Riley and Nick’s Wedding at the Hilton Garden Inn Iowa City Downtown

A Dreamy December Wedding at the Hilton Garden Inn Downtown Iowa City

University to United

A chance meeting at Drake University initially brought Riley and Nick together. While they had a few classes together, it wasn’t until about a year later that sparks began to fly. Their story turned romantic over the summer, evolving from casual acquaintances to something much more profound.

Life’s challenges have a way of revealing the strength of a relationship, and Riley and Nick’s love story is no exception. From relocating from Iowa to Texas to weathering the storm of the COVID-19 pandemic, which confined them to the same space for six months, their bond only strengthened with each passing hurdle. The couple fondly recalls the milestones that marked their journey, from shared laughter to adopting a furry friend that brought even more joy into their lives.

Dreamy December Wedding

Love knows no boundaries, and for Nick and Riley, the heart of the Midwest called them back for their December wedding. With roots in Iowa City and the Twin Cities, the couple embarked on a beautiful journey, enlisting the expertise of Emily and her team at Soirée Wedding Planning. After meeting with Emily, the couple chose the Experience package. Riley, admitting she needed help in almost every aspect of wedding planning, reception design, and event management, found the perfect ally in Emily. Soiree Wedding Planning took charge, helping the couple choose vendors that aligned with their vision and coordinating the intricate details that would bring everything together on the big day.


Planning & Design: Soiree Wedding Planning
Caterer & Venue: Hilton Garden Inn Downtown Iowa City
Photography: We Are The Creative
Rentals & Photo Booth: Unique Events
Floral: Nicole Reisen
Stationery: Allegra Iowa City
Transportation: Express Midwest
Band: JM3DJS
Beauty: Mint Salon and SpaRenee Rumler
Bakery: Tip Top Cakes
Bridal Gown Shop: Lulu’s Bridal Boutique
Bridal Gown Designer: Mikaella
Men’s Suits: The Black Tux
Jewelry: Pampillonia Jewelers