The midwest is always known as the flyover states…
Iowa and Ohio ? I’m not sure why that always get’s confused, but here we are, wanting to elope or have a small, intimate wedding in Iowa!
My name is Jamie, I was born and cornfed so I know that traditional large weddings rule this state BUT I am here to scream it loud to the humans who want different.
Eloping in the midwest means you might get a “shotgun wedding” comment here or there, but who cares, you are doing exactly what you want to do, in the state you call home.
Whether you want to elope with under 20 humans, or plan a small intimate wedding with ~50 guests there are amazing places here in Iowa, and amazing vendors that can bring your dream to life.
Here is my list, in no order, of amazing venues / places you can elope at in Iowa!
The BEST Elopement + Small Wedding Venues in Iowa
1: Sister Hill Inn, Manchester, Iowa // Sister Hill website + more info here
I absolutely adore this renovated victorian house. The ceremony held in the front lawn, cocktails on the patio, full main bedroom + bathroom for bright getting ready photos. AH! This place is amazing whether you are eloping or hosting a small wedding. Did I mention theres a tree swing?
2: Cedar Ridge Winery, Swisher, Iowa // Cedar Ridge website + more info here
I can never say enough good things about this place, from their event coordination, to the space itself its perfect for small weddings. The ability to roam the vines, the barns, and also sip wine all day is a wine-o’s dream. I love capturing sunset in the summer greens between the barrel barns too! PLUS – some of the best food I have had at a wedding is from here, and a hotel + airport is near by for guests.
MIX OF URBAN + NATURE
3: Rose Garden, Des Moines, Iowa // Rose Garden Website + more info here
This little spot is perfect for small outdoor ceremonies. My favorite is when you bring in rental furniture, do it pop up style, and then take in all the spots for photos. Plus we can easily go roam around Des Moines and mix in that urban vibe!
4: Botanical Gardens, Des Moines, Iowa // Botanical Garden Website + more info here
Iowa has more than 4 seasons, we have at least 20 in between seasons and sometimes you want a tropical spot in the middle of -20 degree windchill. This is the PLACE. It is indoors but with all the outdoor vibes because it is a botanical garden full of plants + water + upper level to look down on one of the options for a ceremony spot. We can easily plan a Des Moines City elopement, get ready at a hip hotel, roam the city, and then warm up here in the middle of winter (or really any time of year).
5: Cedar Rapids Library Roof Top // CR Library Website + More info here
This is super city vibe in small town Iowa. You legit get married on the roof of the Cedar Rapid’s library (which is already a cool + HUGE spot!) Anyone feeling a Sex + City moment?!
This is that speak easy jazz club vibe! Exposed brick and downtown Des Moines!
You can push your guest list a little further here, but how romantic is that Juliet balcony?
Grab a brew and hang out with your family + friends!
Locally owned by a fellow Iowa photographer and gives that “secret garden wedding” vibe!
This is screaming to have a Great Gatsby themed wedding!
Waverly’s Butterfly Garden at the Library // Waverly Garden website + more info here
First, I will admit I am totally biased because THIS is where Mark + I eloped! Second, it’s just a beautiful little butterfly garden in Waverly, Iowa and looks SO good in the summer.
Highly recommend these Iowa Vendors!
So, you might think that only big cities have the best of the best? Think again!
Iowa is home to some of the most creative, kind, hard working vendors the wedding world has to offer. When it comes to my clients I want you to have the dream day with no stress, so let me shout out a few of my absolute favorite vendors in this state.
(In no order, I will update with more!)
Hair + Makeup
Planner / Coordination
Bespoke Socials (Okay she JUST moved, but still midwest!)
Dress / Attire
Flutter Bridal Co (Okay technically Minnesota, but being an INCLUSIVE VENDOR is everything to me!)
Skin + Pampering
Contact Jamie for your ELOPEMENT!
Need more help planning your elopement or small, intimate wedding day? I got your back, reach out to me right now!
Because you deserve to have a photographer who is FULLY committed to your dream wedding!
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