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Intimate Wedding at Reiman Gardens in Iowa

Okay, brace yourselves because Reagan + Forrest’s intimate wedding at Reiman Gardens in Ames, Iowa is an absolute MOOD. Seriously, this couple was vibing so hard with nature and their crew, it felt like we all got transported to an alternate universe of pure happiness.

Reagan + Forrest’s Intimate Wedding at Reiman Gardens in Iowa

The best part? Everything was outside—yes, you read that right. Ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception, all wrapped up in lush, garden beauty. You could feel the good vibes oozing from the leaves themselves. Reagan and Forrest were torn between eloping or having this garden party, and let me tell ya, they nailed the decision. The photos speak for themselves; it was THAT epic.

What made my heart do little somersaults were the tiny details – elegant jewel tones, luscious florals, you name it. They proved that intimate doesn’t mean skimping on the luxurious details. Small weddings can be, and SHOULD be, just as fabulous as big ones, and this wedding was LIVING PROOF.

Their Intimate Wedding Timeline

10 Hours of Coverage + First Look 

  • 10:30 am: I arrive to scout the spot (Getting ready at R’s fam’s Airbnb, btw)
  • 11:00 am: Let’s get those detail shots (Venue, flowers, bling, outfits).
  • 11:30 am: Getting ready photos.
  • 1:00 pm: First look, here comes the magic.
  • 1:30 pm: Couple’s Portraits (Garden vibes only!)
  • 2:30 pm: Squad pics (Still in the gardens, ’cause why not?)
  • 3:45 pm: Family photo time (Yep, still in the gardens)
  • 5:00 pm: Cocktails and yard games, anyone?
  • 5:30 pm: Pre-ceremony details
  • 6:00 pm: The big “I do” moment in the garden.
  • 6:15 pm: Candids and greetings.
  • 6:30 pm: Chow time!
  • 7:15 pm: Those golden-hour couple shots.
  • 7:45 pm: Time to boogie – first dances!
  • 8:00 pm: Reception rolling!
  • 9:00 pm: And that’s a wrap on the pics!

Reagan and Forrest’s Intimate Wedding Vendors

Florals: Wildflower DSM

Food: Hickory Park

Hair: Christina Wilson from Esprit Salon

Makeup: McKenna Pryor

Dress Shop: Hope’s Bridal

Tux Shop: Milroy’s

Cake/Desserts: HyVee

Rentals: Celebrations Ames

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If Reagan + Forrest’s nature-infused, intimate garden wedding is making your heart sing, I’m your hype person. Hit me up via my contact form and let’s get this show on the road. And if you’re craving more inspo, check out another dreamy day I had the pleasure of shooting!


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