Kate & Jesse’s Wedding at the Graduate in Iowa City, Iowa

Falling in Love

Kate & Jesse are the most adorable couple! They met through her brother, Luke, when Jesse was visiting him in Buffalo, NY. Luke introduced the couple and it was instant chemistry. They kept in touch over the fall and went on their first official date when she returned over the Christmas holiday. Since they share a passion for traveling, it was just natural that their relationship blossomed. Soon they were taking trips together all over the globe.

The Engagement

Kate & Jesse were traveling in the Dominican Republic with another couple in March 2018. They took a day trip to Santo Domingo where he planned to propose, but the right moment didn’t present itself and they returned to our resort later that evening. They met up with friends and decided to grab a drink & take some photos by the ocean before dinner. The group walked to a pier where they took photos and that’s when Jesse proposed! She couldn’t help but say yes!

The Assistant Package

Kate & Jesse chose our Assistant Package for their wedding planning, and we helped them with many tasks over about twelve months. We helped to maximize their vision, hire their wonderful vendors, and worked on the logistics for the day to ensure a fun & flawless event for them to enjoy! The day was wonderful and went off without a hitch! We loved how they used photos from their travels for the table numbers at the reception!

We loved working with Kate & Jesse for their wedding plans and wish them nothing but the best in their new married life together! Congratulations, you two!


Planning & Coordination: Soirée Wedding Planning
Photography: Bethany McNeill Photography
Church: St. Mary’s Riverside
Reception Venue & Catering: The Graduate
Floral: Fountain of Flowers
Beauty: Skin Deep Salon & Spa
Stationery: Allegra Iowa City
Transportation: Dolly’s Party Bus
Cake: Classic Cakes by Design
Entertainment: Felix & Fingers Dueling Pianos
Bride’s Gown: Ellyne Bridal Gallery, Essence of Australia
Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazie
Groom’s Suit: JOS A Banks
Groomsmen Suits: JCPenny