Martha + Gabriel: A Pastel Summer Iowa Park Wedding By Dust Studios
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Photos: Dust StudiosHair Stylist: Ashley Yoder; Venue:Ledges State ParkGroom and Groomsmen Attire: Gap and ExpressRings: Ames SilversmithingCeremony Musicians: Isaac Schmidt, James Laugerman, Lissa Lecy, Brian Grootveld, and Lydia Yoder; Caterer: Hy-VeeReception Musicians: Meng Lo and Lorzone Lo

Martha and Gabriel were married at Ledges State Park in Ames, Iowa last summer. They first met on a trip to China, where they became friends. “It wasn’t until we returned to the U.S. and worked out that friendship more that we both became interested in each other,” Gabriel said. “Once I finally figured that much out, I took her to coffee, and the rest was history! Ten months later we were married!” The bride wore a floral applique wedding gown with an illusion neckline and back, while the groom wore a white button-up, gray pants, and suspenders with an orange bow tie. “First objective was to keep the focus on Christ, and the true meaning of marriage,” he said. “Our secondary priorities were budget of course, and the fact that the wedding and most of the reception would take place outside. We simply had a general theme and color scheme, and really went with anything we liked!” Before the ceremony, a first look was captured by their photographer, who is also Gabriel’s sister! The ceremony itself included 200 guests! However, the reception was held in a shelter near a river following. “It provided an amazing summer sunset view throughout most of the evening,” Gabriel said. Their first dance? “The Lime Tree” by Trevor Hill. See the full board here.

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