Kayla and Tony had the most beautiful spring Grand River Center wedding!!!! If you aren’t familiar with the Grand River Center, it’s an event venue in Dubuque IA that is right on the Mississippi River. The views of the river from the windows are beautiful! There’s a hopping walk path that runs along the river there so there is a lot of fun activity throughout the day.
Kayla and Tony lucked out with the weather on their wedding day! Just two weeks before was Nicole and Brandon’s wedding day and it was so rainy, blustery, snowy, and cold that we couldn’t take outdoor photos. Then Kayla and Tony had a gorgeous sunny, bright, warm wedding day just two weeks later. It was so perfect for them especially since they also had planned to have their ceremony outdoors at the Grand River Center, so rain would have really put a damper on their plans!
Kayla and her bridesmaids started their day at Designworks in Dubuque. The stylists there did such a fantastic job on their hair and makeup and everyone was incredibly kind and friendly to the whole wedding party! Tony also surprised Kayla with a beautiful bouquet of flowers which made her cry some super happy tears.
The ladies then all met back at the Grand Harbor hotel to get dressed. Kayla’s nerves were starting to creep up on her by now and she was anxious to see Tony!
Tony and his guys met up at the Grand River Center just before it was time for him and Kayla to see each other for the first time.
Kayla and Tony’s first look took place right along the treeline in the front of the Grand River Center. It was so sweet to see them smile together and share letters that they read aloud to each other. After their first look we spent some time taking photos around the Grand River Center and Riverwalk.
The wedding party joined us for a few photos on the Riverwalk too!
We took a little break to give everyone some time to freshen up, and then it was time for the ceremony to begin! Sherri with the Grand River Center performed their ceremony. It was sentimental and sweet and perfect for Kayla and Tony.
After the ceremony Kayla and Tony wanted to spend time with their wedding party taking photos and hanging out in Dubuque. While their guests enjoyed a cocktail hour back at the GRC, we went to the Millworks District for some photos and then to Mason Dixon for some beverages. It was a fun time of laughter and celebration with their closest friends!
The decor of the reception room was beautiful! Kayla put a lot of time and energy into selecting every part of her reception decor and it showed! The backdrop behind the head table and the little loveseat she and Tony sat in for their dinner were unique touches that pulled the whole room together.
The dance floor was full all night long and everyone had so much fun celebrating with the newlyweds!
Before the night was over, we snuck Tony and Kayla out for a few photos on the Riverwalk at night. Tony handmade these LOVE letters so we knew we had to use them! We grabbed a battery pack we keep for our lighting and carried these all out to use them for the night photo. It was so worth it! We love how these turned out!
Kayla and Tony, thank you for asking us to join you for your wedding day! It is always an honor to photograph the most special day in a couple’s lives and we are so happy to have taken these photos for you!
Special thanks to the vendors that made Kayla and Tony’s day special:
Ceremony/Reception Venue: Grand River Center, Dubuque IA / Wedding Coordinator: Sherri from Grand River Center / Photography: UnPosed Photography, Galena IL / Florist: Flora Bella, Dubuque IA / Hair & Makeup: Designworks Spa, Dubuque IA /Bridal Gown: Zazou’s Bridal and Tuxedos, Dubuque IA / Bridesmaids Attire: Zazou’s Bridal and Tuxedos, Dubuque IA / Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Zazou’s Bridal and Tuxedos, Dubuque IA / Ceremony Musician: Elizabeth Mary and Anthony Salas, Dubuque IA / Entertainment: Alexxus Entertainment, Dubuque IA / Cake: Cake Balls from Becky’s Cakes, Dubuque IA, Cupcakes made by a friend / Drapery & Décor: Inside Décor, Dubuque IA / Transportation: Tipsy Trolley, Cuba City WI