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Christina Ney

Christina Ney

EST. 2018

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April 20, 2020

Let me pull at your heartstrings for a minute and share with you this Romantic Des Moines Wedding. I’ve had several messages from people wanting to see a full wedding gallery, to give them hope for their weddings being postponed due to COVID-19. When I first thought of what wedding I wanted to share, the McDonald’s immediately came to mind.

When I first met Darian she sent me a dm on Instagram asking for pricing for a June 15, 2019 wedding in Winterset, Iowa. She found me on instagram through hashtags, I always hated having to use hashtags in my posts but this time it proved to be effective.

Darian is the sweetest human and the love between her and Nick is so inspiring. They met almost 8 years ago now and have been inseparable ever since.

How did they meet?

We were both working as lifeguards at our hometown swimming pool. We were both working the night swim, and I remember, Nick switched with one of the other guards so that he could rotate next to me for the shift. Nick and I stood next to the diving board chair together and just started talking. It was our first real conversation and we could both feel a connection. The conversation flowed so easily and we had so many things in common. When it came time for us to rotate to our next stations around the pool, Nick waved the other guards around us so that we could keep talking. He did this for the WHOLE SHIFT! Neither of us took a break for the entire night swim. Seven years later, we still have that connection and I am so excited for our future!

Darian

June 15, 2019

I knew after their engagement session, that their wedding would not only be fun, but romantic. If you know me, you know I’m a sucker for a little romance.

Their wedding took place at a cabin like venue called Knotty Pine, just outside of Des Moines. The walls brought so much texture and warmth to the space. The fireplace, though a June wedding it was not needed, was a beautiful backdrop for the head table. And the fields behind the building were the perfect setting for their post-ceremony bridal session as they decided to forego a first look.

Though the ceremony was moved inside, due to a potential storm, the day went on; and with beautiful cloud coverage if I may say so myself. Regardless, Darian and Nick were surrounded by their family and friends during an intimate ceremony. After an amazing taco buffet, Darian surprised Nick with her rendition of Daydreamer by Adele. Then the party started and ended with a very fill dance floor.

Not sure about you, but I see a lot of Romantic Des Moines Weddings in my future.

A Note from the Couple

“Hello future married couples! I would like to start by saying that I have all of you in my thoughts as these crazy times just keep getting crazier. While there are probably no words that can truly repair the damage done by this pandemic, I do want to offer some words of encouragement. As I look back, almost a year after my wedding, I think about the things that were the most important and memorable from that day. What mattered most, and still does matter most to me from that day was marrying my person. It wasn’t who was there to see it or what we ate or even where we were. It was the feeling of love that day. I know that a lot of you are having to make different arrangements that aren’t exactly what you pictured your day to be like, but you will always have that feeling of love to remember.”

Groom spinning Bride in field

Vendors

Gown: Stacey’s Bridal
Tux’s: Men’s Wearhouse
Bridesmaids Gowns: Etsy JamesCreation Infinity Dress
Darian’s Hair: Maggie McDonald (Sister-in-law)
Darian’s Makeup: Haley Scott (Darian’s Mom)
Florist: Maureen Belzer (Grandma’s Friend)
Venue: Knotty Pine
Entertainment: A Special Event DJ, Kathy & Company String Quartet
Cake: Sweet to Eat Bakery and Cake Shop
Catering (Taco Meat): Hy-Vee

Meet the McDonald’s

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LIndsay & MAtt

"She did an INCREDIBLE job with our engagement and wedding photos! She made us feel comfortable and really just did a fantastic job capturing us. I can’t thank you enough Christina!!!"

Working with Christina was an absolute dream!

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Darian + Nick

"She is so fun to work with and makes you and your partner feel so comfortable in front of the camera. She perfectly illustrated the feeling of love on our big day and that is something I will forever be grateful for. I would highly recommend her, not only for her incredible photography skills, but also for her professionalism, timeliness, organization. 

"She perfectly illustrated the feeling of love."

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Taylor + Bennet

"We couldn't be happier with choosing to work with Christina for our wedding day. Everything was fun, enjoyable, and our gallery turned out phenomenal. From the engagement sessions, to our fall mini session, and our wedding day, everything was done in a professional and timely manner. We Highly recommend Christina Ney Photography. You will not regret it."

"We couldn't be happier!"

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Bri + Criss

"Christina traveled across the country to be part of our special day! The best thing about her being our photographer, was seeing how freaking excited she was to do her job! It is very apparent that she is passionate about what she does and we loved seeing her share in our joy! It makes it that much more special to know that the person who is capturing some of the most precious moments of your life, is just as invested in your love as you are!!"

"She traveled across the country!"

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Jisoon & Ryan

She makes a point of meeting you in person/via Skype to get to know you as a couple and get a feel for your vision on your wedding day. She plans your day-of timeline which is a huge stress reliever. She has an amazing wedding guide that helps you pick vendors, tips on planning your big day, and great photos that show off her photography style.  On top of all that, she becomes an amazing friend.

Christina is more than a photographer!

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