Winter Wedding Photography at Surety Hotel in Des Moines / Tyler & Cheyanne

Winter Wedding Photography - Surety Hotel, Des Moines, IA

Interestingly, my first wedding shoot of 2021 was not in Minneapolis, or even Minnesota!

Tyler and Cheyanne’s original wedding plans fell through due to COVID-19 restrictions. They were able to reschedule, however, to the newly-opened Surety Hotel in Des Moines, Iowa! The venue is a modernized hotel fixed in a renovated building dating back to 1913. Modern touches accent the building’s original bones with huge open windows around open brick walls. 21st century urban meets Midwestern heritage. I was more than happy to make the trip down from the Twin Cities.

There may have been a few tears shed during the first-look in the gorgeous ceremony hall. After these, the couple’s portraits were a dream — formal poses in the modern, airy lobby mixed with passionate kisses in the building’s original iron-wrought staircase.

The wedding itself was an intimate affair. Close friend and immediate family were attendance, making the ceremony small, but that much more personal. And the ceremony was elegantly decorated–black tablecloths with small candles and warm light glowing from overhead.

At the end of the night, we braved the winter took portraits outside in front of the gorgeous Polk County courthouse, which was light up in stunning blue lights.

Congratulation, Tyler and Cheyanne!


Venue: Surety Hotel
Rings: Josephs Jewelers
Dress: Bridal Connection
Photography: Rachel Lahlum Photography

Photo looking down on save the date and wedding invitations and wedding rings for wedding in Des Moines, Iowa.
Groom awaits bride for first-look wedding photos.
Groom and pride pose for wedding photos outside of Surety Hotel in Des Moines, Iowa.
Bride and groom pose for intimate portrait in the lobby of Surety Hotel in Des Moines, Iowa.
Black and white portrait of bride and groom sharing a kiss before wedding ceremony.
Bride and groom enter wedding reception at Surety Hotel in Des Moines.
Bride and groom kiss after toasts and speeches.
Groom dips and kisses bride in front of blue-lit Polk County Courthouse in Des Moines, Iowa.

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Rachel Lahlum is an award-winning Minneapolis wedding photographer with experience in hundreds of weddings and engagement sessions. She takes a guided approach towards working with couples, from helping with planning and scheduling, to guiding with poses and prompts during the session. Her photography is crisp, clean and bright, with true-to-life colors and a mix of traditional poses and candid moments.