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Oh Paula and Stephen, a slow burn romance that resulted in this gorgeous fall wedding in Dubuque. From the rich autumnal oranges of the bouquet to their charming pup Archie, this wedding was one for the books. I first photographed the McDermott’s for an engagement session and they are the perfect example of being the ying to a yang. Paula is the loveable extrovert full of laughter and Stephan is the sophisticated introvert with a passion for whiskey. 

The get it done midwest work ethic of these two was so evident on this day. Every detail was magical. From the florals artistically placed throughout The Driftless to the perfectly delicious dessert table with layers upon layers of frosting. Basically it was a photographer’s dream. No wonder these two just tackled their first full fledged remodel on a fixer upper. The design gene is present in this family!

The personalities that Paula and Stephen pulled together for their wedding day brought just the right balance of sappy speeches and killer dance moves. Nothing beats quality time with family for the McDermott’s. Whether it be cuddling a puppy for sweet photos or dancing the night away with nieces and nephews, this is a family bond that can not be broken. Group hug!

Congratulations to Paula and Stephan! What a joy to capture the big moments of your love story. Want to see their engagement photos and a peek at how they met? Read more here!


venue // The Driftless
florals // HandPickd ( Just for You)
catering // Kalmes
desserts // J and D Catering
hair // Megan Moor
video // AMX Films
dj // Mike with Absolute Music


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