Luke and Jess Romantic Summer Wedding | Four Mounds, Dubuque

Luke and Jess had to downsize their wedding day from 250+ to 20 people. Their parents, siblings, a few close friends, and my husband and I.

These two joked all day about the length of time it took them to find their forever partner- but I believe their love was worth waiting for. the adoration they have for each other was one of the most obvious I've witnessed.

As they giggled and snuggled into each other all night, I couldn't help but tear up as they read their vows and as their best friend and sister officiated their wedding, with the passages read by their cousin and sister, and the love pouring out of everyone carefully chosen to be there.

On a beautiful late August evening overlooking the Mississippi river, in the gorgeous Four Mounds B&B we witnessed a beautiful union between two people so in awe of each other that nothing else in the world mattered.

The absolutely AMAZING floral arrangements were done by Clara Joyce Flowers! (I mean WOW)

Jessica's wedding dress is by BHLDN- I've been in awe of their gowns for years now and it was so beautiful to finally be able to photograph one! Her hair was done by Anova Salon!

Luke's suit is from Grahams in Dubuque- and might I say-he cleans up nice!!!

They worked with Inside Decor Rental, and Creative Catering for the meal.

'Captain Corelli's Mandolin' by Louis De Bernieres

Love is a temporary madness, it erupts like volcanoes and then subsides. And when it subsides, you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion, it is not the desire to mate every second minute of the day, it is not lying awake at night imagining that he is kissing every cranny of your body. No, don't blush, I am telling you some truths. That is just being "in love," which any fool can do. Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident.

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