Have partner, will travel – and the wedding moves from Illinois to Iowa!
Chicagoland resident Marykim met Kris in Iowa and they enjoyed a commuter relationship.
So it was fitting that their Illinois wedding would ultimately be moved to Iowa. For almost
three years Kris would travel to see Marykim and help with her bed and breakfast on his
weekends away from work. The Paper Doll House in Sycamore, IL. often holds scrapbooking
retreats and keeps her hopping.
Please enjoy, Scott Shaw Photo | Cleveland Wedding Photographer
After a few more photos at the Candle Lit Way Wedding Chapel in Dallas Center, Iowa we
checked out the town of 1,623 (as of the 2010 census) and took a few photos with the local
grain storage elevator of Heartland Co-Op in the background.
The leaf like pattern underneath Marykim’s bouquet was the beaded crown head piece from Kris’ mother,
Dorthy, and was part of her veil when she married Oris, in 1953.
We had to make some photos in the corn fields as we left town.
Then we were off to the Sculpture Park in downtown Des Moines, Iowa.
The John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park has been open since 2009 and features the work of 21 artists.
The more than four acre park is a striking way to enter the city.
Nomade by artist Jaume Plensa is a three-story high sculpture made from scrambled steel letters.
He envisioned the letters as building blocks for words and ideas.
The couple is framed through the legs of Spider by Louise Bourgeois.
It is said to be a portrait of the artist’s mother.
Marykim is seen through Modular Piece by Sol Lewitt.
This sculpture is called Marriage & Willy, by the artist Tony Smith. Yes, marriage!
I had no idea when I photographed them with it.
Back of a Snowman by Gary Hume features twin snowmen and many
think of them as chess pieces or salt and pepper shakers.
In the background is the Iowa State Capitol. It was built between 1871
and 1886 and is the only five-domed capitol in the country.
The reception was held at the West Des Moines Marriott and the lobby was decorated with some great art.
These light boxes over the check-in desk were a nice touch.
The couple played the Shoe Game. They swapped one shoe each, someone asks questions and to answer
the bride and groom (who are seated back to back an so can’t see each others’ answers) the bride and
groom hold up the shoe of the new spouse or their own shoe. Questions included “Who is older?”
They both lied and said “he” but I won’t reveal the real answer. “Who can drive stick shift better?”
And “Who keeps a cleaner car?” which was asked during this photo. Funny and sweet.
Marykim dances with some of her best friends.
The couple poses with a picture frame they often use at the bed and breakfast with clients.
Josh was quite the dancer and led his mother in a lively dance.
Marykim and Kris, we wish you a long and happy marriage in Illinois.
And if you find yourself in the Chicago area be sure to book a night or two
(especially if you love scrapbooking!) at The Paper Doll House!
For more info about Marykim and Kris’ bed and breakfast go to:
For more about the sculpture park this site is super informative:
– Scott Shaw Photo | Cleveland Wedding Photographer