Kate and TJ’s Wedding at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa

A Joyful June Wedding in Clear Lake, Iowa

From Work Colleagues to Forever

Love stories often begin in the most unexpected places, and for Kate and TJ, it all started with a chance encounter at work. Little did they know that a red dress, a crowded bar, and a heartfelt proclamation would set the stage for a love sweeping them off their feet. The beautiful tale of Kate and TJ, a couple whose connection blossomed through friendship, a shared passion for college football, and a momentous dance that sealed their fate.

One night, Kate and TJ found themselves walking home, where they discovered a magical scene — a makeshift dance floor and stage illuminated by twinkling lights. TJ, renowned for his dancing skills, whisked Kate onto the dance floor, spinning her around and around. In that moment, the world faded away, leaving only the two connected by an invisible thread of love.

Creating Unforgettable Moments

Kate and TJ decided they wanted to get married in their hometown of Clear Lake, Iowa. With their sights set on the Central Gardens for their ceremony and the Surf Ballroom for their reception, they contacted Soirée Wedding Planning. After meeting with Emily, they chose the Experience Package. Kate and TJ wanted to create an unforgettable celebration for themselves, along with their friends and family. Emily and the team at Soirée helped Kate and TJ create an amazing & crazy FUN party.

This is the original inspiration board that Emily created. Keep scrolling to see how everything came together! Congratulations, Kate & TJ! We wish you a lifetime of happiness!


Planning/Design: Soiree Wedding Planning
Venue: The Central Gardens The Surf Ballroom
Caterer: The Quarry Restaurant
Bakery: The Sweet Tooth
Photographer/Videographer: Glen Wood Weddings
Rentals: Unique Events
Florals: The Red Geranium
Stationery: Allegra Iowa City
Band: Diamond Empire Band
Bridal Gown Shop: Bridal Boutique Des Monies
Bridal Gown Designer: Allure Bridal
Transportation: Express Midwest
Bridal Gown Shop: Bridal Boutique DSM
Bridesmaids Dresses: Azazie
Suits: Moorman Clothiers
Jewelry: Cait Dillavou

I love being able to show a couple the event space before the rest of the guests come in. It’s a magical moment in the design journey! Kate was so happy to see how we transformed this historic ballroom into the gorgeous dusty blue and navy celebration.


We love a good ballroom reveal! It’s such a great feeling to show how the design plan comes together!