A Rustic, Waterfront Wedding in Burlington, Iowa

Nicole Platz (35 and a sales representative) and Ashley Jay (29 and a deputy city clerk) knew each other for several years before realizing they had a spark; but it wasn't until a night out with friends when the two finally realized they were a match. After a few months of dating, the couple went to look at rings together on a whim and ended up picking the exact same one. A few weeks after that, Ashley proposed to Nicole at a local restaurant and the couple began planning their outdoor wedding for the following September. Since the two love spending time on the water, it only made sense to have their ceremony in the backyard of a friend's cabin overlooking the Mississippi River. "We were focusing on a rustic, country river theme," Nicole said. Ashley handmade most of the signs used for their special day along with all of the save-the-dates and invitations. After a short pontoon ride to the reception at the Port of Burlington in Iowa, guests celebrated with a casual reception with homemade BBQ foods and fun music.