Amber + Dan
They met through mutual friends, during a night out at the Hotel Julien. Dan was enamored by Amber and her pocket dress. Pocket dresses for the win, always. 🙌
“We are the definition of opposites attract…we balance each other out.” – Amber
Fast-forward to today, these two have a beautiful blended family with 3 kiddos. On their wedding day, they will have been together 11 years + 1 day.
The Traveling Engagement Ring
They say good things come to those who wait. Case in point, Amber’s gorgeous Tiffany & Co. engagement ring. Slow your scroll about halfway through this post to check it out. 😍💍
Dan went to Tiffany’s in Arizona and described the ring he was looking for. The associate had a ring shipped from Miami, Florida to Scottsdale, Arizona for Dan to see it in person. Once he purchased it, the ring was off to New York to get sized. Then it traveled back to Dan & Amber’s home in Iowa, where Amber unknowingly held it in her hand. She held the package up and asked Dan what he had gotten in the mail. Thinking quickly he responded that they were lightbulbs for his vehicle. Then Dan brought the ring along to Las Vegas and proposed to Amber there.
So just to re-cap, this engagement ring traveled from Florida to Arizona to New York to Iowa to Nevada, and then back to Iowa again. All within 2 weeks. We can probably all agree this ring has done more traveling than all of us in the past year and a half. 😂
Amber + Dan’s summer engagement session at the Hotel Julien in Dubuque, Iowa
We started their engagement session at the place where they first met all of those years ago. They joked about how they like each other much more now than they did then.
We also noted that the hotel bar has had quite the transformation and definitely has a higher sophistication level now than it did then. A glow-up, hotel bar style. Dubuque-ers, if ya know, ya know.
After enjoying a drink on the patio, we headed outside to check out one of my favorite murals in downtown Dubuque. After a quick outfit change, (I am still obsessed with Amber’s dress 😍), we were off to Mount Carmel to check out those stunning Mississippi River views. We wrapped up photos at The Mines of Spain after sunset.
3 words to describe Dan, by Amber | meticulous, responsible, loving
3 words to describe Amber, by Dan | sassy, loving, fun…in that order
I knew I wanted to spend forever with my love when…
Amber: “When he grabbed my hand during a very stressful first encounter!”
Dan: “When I saw her standing there in her pocket dress, not knowing dresses with pockets even existed.”
What is something you both have in common?
Amber: “Going to supper clubs for dinner, and we both align in our beliefs on raising our kids in a non-conventional way.”
Dan: “We’re both Hawkeyes fans.”
What is something that’s totally different about the two of you?
Amber: “We are the definition of opposites attract…we balance each other out.”
What is a fun fact/something people might not guess about your fiancé?
Amber: “He’s great at falling asleep at the most inconvenient times.” Side note… this is so relatable! My husband is the same. 💯 😂
Dan: “There’s nothing anyone does not know about her because of her “biznatches”…. she’s an open book.”
I am so excited for Amber & Dan’s wedding at The Diamond Jo Casino in Dubuque. If these photos resonated with you, & you’re getting married in Iowa, Illinois, or Wisconsin click over to my contact form & drop me a line.