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Introducing: Attic Co.!

Six years ago, in June of 2011, we launched Dust Studios.

The idea was born out of our passions for quality imagery, and a desire to start paying off student loans while still in school. Fast forward to the present, and we have had the opportunity to be a part of almost 100, fantastic weddings!

We have loved the opportunity to celebrate with our friends, make new relationships, and contribute in any way to some great weddings. It has been an incredible ride, and will likely continue for many years to come. In that seemingly short time, Dust Studios has become synonymous with weddings and portraiture.

As we have grown over the past six years both personally and professionally, it became clear that adding more corporate and long-term work relationships in the mix was the perfect next step. To continue with our Dust Studios brand, we decided to launch another, separate project focused on those projects outside of weddings and portraits.

Enter, Attic Co.

We have a lot of new content coming along, and we hope you check out all that is brewing over at our new website as well!

 

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Dust Studios Wedding Reel

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Dust Studios Wedding Reel

We at Dust Studios have been to a lot of weddings over the past few years.

And to be honest, they never really get old! The raw joy and celebration cannot be shrugged off. It is impossible to spend time with a couple on their wedding day and not get caught up in the excitement and anticipation of a life ahead.

So here is a tribute to those brides and grooms, and their families and friends that give us the honor of being a small part. We are grateful!



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Katie & Brandon - Wedding Film

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Katie & Brandon - Wedding Film

Having grown up in New London, Iowa, a small town in the Southeast corner of the state, we always get excited for the opportunity to head "back home" for a wedding.

We hadn't met Katie and Brandon before working together for their wedding, but upon our first meeting, we knew they were going to be an awesome couple to work with. I had actually seen Brandon play soccer with our older brother in high school, and still remember some excellent goals he had scored. That was a long time ago, but suffice it to say these two came through thick and thin to be together.

One of the most unique features of the day, and actually one of the most unique wedding venues we've ever seen, is a family heirloom!

Legend has it, this old, one-room country church was passed down generation-to-generation, and over the years had fallen into disrepair. Then, it finally closed for business as people preferred the larger, more regional churches. However, the property stayed in the family, and was recently renovated back to its proper state, retaining all of the old style and charm.


Meet the Pickle Church, a quaint cozy, and romantic little country church.


While the church was certainly a highlight of the day, it could not overshadow the love Katie and Brandon had for each other. They had such a natural poise and joy when together that is rare to see, and certainly a pleasure to be around. Not only was the couple full of joy, but everyone we encountered throughout the day was ready to celebrate with great anticipation.

This was a wedding that exemplified the coming together of family and friends to celebration a new family.



Congratulations, Katie & Brandon! God bless!


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Katie & Brandon - Wedding Trailer

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Katie & Brandon - Wedding Trailer

Here is the trailer for the coming wedding film for Katie & Brandon!



Be sure to check out the full film for Katie & Brandon's wedding here: http://www.dust-studios.com/blog/2016/12/27/katie-brandon-wedding-film


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Paige & Nick - Wedding Film

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Paige & Nick - Wedding Film

To say we were excited to get the call to shoot Paige & Nick's wedding is quite an understatement.

Paige and Nick had been friends of friends for years, with our paths rarely crossing. Nevertheless, we had seen and heard great things about them, notable their passion for Christ, love for each other, and impeccable style. Also, something about the cubs...So for us, this was the perfect opportunity to celebrate at a beautiful wedding with friends old and new! 

Words are unnecessary and insufficient, but suffice it to say, this was one beautiful wedding.

Paige & Nick went on their first date to a Shakespeare on the Lawn event at Salisbury House & Gardens. It must have gone pretty well. Just a short bit later, we found ourselves celebrating their wedding at the very same place. The couple's penchant for style and design was evident in every single detail (see: flowers by Shelley Sarver Desgins), and the guests were transported upon arrival to a place reminiscent of early-century glam and rife with modern style. Couple that with an illustrious venue, amazing fall weather, incredible people (see: photography by our old pal Logan Clement), and you have the formula for a grand event. 

However, the true highlight of the day was the wedding ceremony, and Paige and Nick's expression of faith, worship, and covenant with Christ and each other. 

The guests love and care for Nick and Paige is probably best evidenced by the wedding officiant, Rusty who traveled back from the east coast in order to be a part of their day. We couldn't say enough about this wonderful celebration, but we will let the video do the talking from here.



Congratulations, Paige & Nick! May God bless your marriage.


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Helane & Ryan - Wedding Film

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Helane & Ryan - Wedding Film

We are pumped to release the wedding film for Helane & Ryan Palmer! 

You would be hard-pressed to find a more relaxed and fun-loving couple than Helane and Ryan! We had a really great time hanging out with these two, and though the day was fast-paced and full, there were so many beautifully fun moments that are really evident in what we captured for their video.

The ceremony was a beautiful blend of tradition and celebration, with hymns, communion, and a whole lot of laughter and love.

When it comes to wedding ceremonies, it gets easy to overcomplicate. But these two had a perfectly simple ceremony to drive home their commitments to each other and to Jesus. It was truly beautiful to behold!

If you haven't yet, go check out their teaser trailer here.

The reception at Farmhouse Gatherings was positively splendid. Every single detail was planned to the tee, and yet you felt like you were just walking into a friend's home for a dinner party. And we can't overlook the inclusion of gourmet doughnuts...that is going to be hard for us to top! A lovely place to celebrate full of light and texture and solid vibes - perfect for this relaxed and fun-loving couple that can't stop smoochin'!

Without further ado, here is the full wedding film!



Congratulations, Helane and Ryan!


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Amanda & Andrew - Wedding Film

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Amanda & Andrew - Wedding Film

Our first-ever Memorial Day wedding could not have been better!

May 30, 2016 marked the wedding day of Amanda and Andrew Rohlf. We loved getting to spend the holiday celebrating alongside such a joyful couple! 

I met Andrew back in Salt Company, and then we had a blast as teammates on a summer soccer team last year. And then all came full circle when they asked us to create the film for their wedding! We were pretty jazzed. 

In case you missed the teaser trailer, check it out here.

As you will very quickly realize, when watching the video, the wedding day was a blast. Every soul in attendance was having a great time, and it all started with these two who radiate joy as their love for each other, and their Savior, overflows constantly. Couple that with an awesome venue, and gorgeous weather, and it makes a pretty killer wedding day.

We look forward to seeing where God leads Amanda and Andrew in the future, and given the vast amount of love and support displayed by family and friends on their wedding day, they have all the right stuff in place to do so!

Without further ado, here is the wedding film for Amanda & Andrew Rohlf!



Congratulations, Amandrew!


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Amanda & Andrew - Wedding Trailer

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Amanda & Andrew - Wedding Trailer

It was a gorgeous Memorial Day wedding between Amanda and Andrew, and we loved getting to be there!

Dust Studios hadn't made the jaunt over to Celebration Farm in almost three years, and what a glorious return it was...



Check out the full wedding film here!


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Emily & Matthew - Wedding FIlm

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Emily & Matthew - Wedding FIlm

Here it is - the full-length wedding film for Emily & Matthew Heimann!

I met Matt in 2008. I had likely met him in group settings or in passing before, but when I really MET Matt, was at a little men's retreat before our Freshman year at ISU came to an end. Throughout the festivities of the weekend, I found it prudent to get to know Matt after witnessing his (literal) feats of strength. Please ask me about these.

In case you missed the teaser trailer, give it a quick viewing.

Fast forward a few years, and Matt and I find ourselves nearing the end of our leases and looking for more sensible housing, and - there you have it! We became roommates. While our time as roommates was brief, due to my dating and marrying Martha that next summer, Matt and I became good friends through our time sharing an apartment, and I was blessed to have him as an usher at our wedding.

Even though Emily came to ISU as well, and participated in many of the same activities as Matt, it took both of them moving to Minneapolis to meet and fall in love! And in love they truly are. Matt has garnered quite the reputation for being a dumpster-diver extraordinaire, and he has found his perfect match in Emily to both encourage and curtail that passion when necessary. Truly a God-given chemistry.

Spend any amount of time with these two, and you can't help but be filled with joy and laughter! 

The Heimann wedding was just that - a joy-filled event that clearly displayed their love for each other (it was hard to get them to stop kissing for even a moment) as well as their passion for the Lord which has been characteristic of their lives for many years. The decor was beautifully simple and reflected both the couple's quality taste, as well as a fervent DIY/re-purposing ethic. This was most evident in the hand-made coaster favors (re-purposed pallet wood) and the ceremony whereing the couple completed and hand-made, wooden "H" (also using re-purposed wood). While the weather that day was uncharacteristically cool for mid-May, the beauty of the wedding won out, and it was a non-stop celebration!

Not often do you have a limbo competition followed closely by a glow-stick dance party...

We were blessed to be a part of the day (notice Martha and her sister playing the stringed instruments as well), and even more blessed to call the Heimanns friends!



Congratulations, Emily & Matt! May God bless you and lead you (to whichever dumpster He wills).


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Emily & Matthew - Wedding Trailer

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Emily & Matthew - Wedding Trailer

Teaser trailer for the wedding film for Emily & Matthew Heimann on 05.14.2016!

The full wedding film will be released on Thursday (6/9/16)!



Stay tuned for the full wedding film coming Thursday!


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Paulina & Ben - Wedding Film

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Paulina & Ben - Wedding Film

We are thrilled to release the full wedding film for Paulina & Ben Colton!

Back on May 7, we had the pleasure of shooting a splendid country club, big-top tent wedding in Burlington, IA. I had met Ben in passing a few years back, and knew Paulina was a friend of friends, but it was our first official meeting together when we knew this wedding was going to be a blast to shoot! Any time spent around these two will simultaneously be as relaxed and fun a day could get. They radiate joy and love for each other, but never miss an opportunity to chuckle or crack a joke.

In case you missed the teaser trailer, check it out here.

Their wedding was at the gorgeous Burlington Golf Club, but took place in a simple and elegant big-top ten near the practice green. The relaxed and fun nature of these two truly came out in the styling, while painting a clear picture of their future full of love and adventure. The ceremony, officiated by David Livingston, was an amazing story of love between God and his people, and of the love between Paulina & Ben. Even with a little heat combined with a little rain drizzle, we had an amazing time, and were very blessed to be a small part of the day.



Congratulations, Paulina & Ben! May God bless you on your adventure together.


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Paulina & Ben - Wedding Trailer

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Paulina & Ben - Wedding Trailer

A teaser for the upcoming wedding film for the wedding of Paulina & Ben Colton on 05.07.2016!

The full wedding film will be released on Tuesday, May 31st.



Check in on Tuesday to see the full wedding film!


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Felicity Joy

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Felicity Joy

A few weeks back, we welcomed the newest member to the Dust Studios family - Felicity Joy Noll! 

Since this one has already made it to two(2!) weddings in her short, 7-week, post-womb life, we are a bit past due in formally introducing her to you all.


If you want to know more about the birth and all that jazz, I will let you ask Martha personally. While all the details are quite unnecessary, some of them are grand and beautiful. We thought we would try to capture those pieces with a short video and some photos. 



Thank God for children and good health! We are rich indeed.


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Mississippi Jake - "DFS" - BTS

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Mississippi Jake - "DFS" - BTS

We at Dust Studios love BTS videos. That is, Behind-the-Scenes. They are a joy to make, and a laugh to watch. We hope you think so. If you missed the full music video, go to our blog post and check it out!

This one is more of an outtakes video, but still just as worthwhile:

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"Gotta get down in the salt..." - Some guy

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Mississippi Jake - "DFS (Wards of the State)"

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Mississippi Jake - "DFS (Wards of the State)"

We had the great pleasure of working with a good friend of ours, "Mississippi Jake" Turner on his latest endeavor: the music video for his latest single "DFS (Wards of the State)". 

We love the opportunities provided by this line of work to meet new people and build new friendships. The people part of the job is incredibly rewarding and has led to some fantastic work experiences and genuine relationships. But we also greatly appreciate the opportunity to partner with our (existing) good friends on their projects and collaborate to spur the creative genius onward.

Getting to know Jake and his family over the last couple of years has been a blast, and we look forward to much more.

Mississippi Jake has a unique musical talent in tandem with the ability to tell his very own stories in a beautiful way, which culminates into a very enjoyable and authentic listening experience. Jake is one of the most laid-back and genuinely kind people you'll ever meet. I think it might be impossible to truly offend him. But it doesn't take long to see that there is a lot of depth to his character, and a lot of wisdom ground out of the toil of experience. That is certainly evident with this single.

That authenticity (and simplicity)was our focus when approaching this music video. To present something visually dynamic, yet simple. To entertain, and REMAIN authentic. 


Mississippi Jake - "DFS (Wards of the State)"

if you noticed the cello backing on the track, that was dust Studios' own martha!

Another layer to the fun was getting in the studio (at The Ark) with Jake and getting to observe his work, as well as actually recording with him (Martha). We always love the opportunity to loop in as many people in these things, and it is so rewarding to do it alongside friends and see it all come together! 


Mississippi Jake (and his Bootlegger's Orchestra) will be hitting the studio very soon to record a full length album. Be on the lookout for that to drop, as well as some more collaborations with Dust Studios!


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Mia & Luke - A Wedding Film

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Mia & Luke - A Wedding Film

Our first wedding of 2016 could hardly have been better!

Being involved in weddings year in and year out means perpetually living in a "small world". It seems as though (nearly) every single wedding we get to be a part of, we see old friends, or meet friends of friends, or someone's parents know our parents, or our high school friends went to college with our recent friends. You name it, the scenario has likely crossed our path!

With Luke and Mia, it was much more direct. Mia was Martha's college roommate for a year whom I (Gabe) became acquainted with by proximity; Martha and I were still dating at the time. Fast-forward a couple of crazy years and I sign up to play soccer with a couple friends and a handful of "randos" (random people - to me at least). Lo and behold, our team captain is none other than Luke Pierson! It wasn't until Mia started coming to the occasional soccer game that I started to put the (obvious) pieces together.

Fast forward another 6 months, and these guys are married.

There are pros and cons to having a wedding in any season and any setting. For instance, a winter wedding tends to add some challenges to shooting out of doors. But we got our 3 minutes in, and it was worth it!

As you can see, Mia and Luke toughed it out like champs, and that says more about their character than anything! It was such a blast to shoot with these guys, and get to see just how much fun and excitement they have in their relationship. It is obvious God is taking them places, and it will be a joy to behold!


Congratulations, Mia & Luke!


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Whilst We've Been Away...

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Whilst We've Been Away...

While this blog has not seen much love in recent months, the Dust Studios team has been quite busy!

Prior to the summer's tsunami of grand weddings, we were able to launch this new website and dive deeper into our branding and client relations. Needless to say, we love the opportunity to be creative with every aspect of our business, and yet - there is so much more we can do!

First up, communicating more with our clients/friends in an effort to build and strengthen relationships!

A big part of communication and relationship is transparency. We want to be honest about our lives in hopes that you will do the same. And while we love what we do and the people we get the pleasure of working with, it really is a smaller portion of our time than it may seem. We keep pretty active on our Facebook and Instagram accounts, but still have a desire to share more in-depth about our work and our lives. Hence, the blog!


1. Most of you who know our GENIUS PHOTOgrapher(s), Elena and Nathan, will know that they are on an adventure in Albania, supporting the church there in many ways.

They have an awesome blog together that you should definitely check that out to hear about their goings-on and see some killer photos (frequently featuring their new puppy!). 

Some teasers to pique your interest:


2. The video team (gabe & Martha) has been carrying on, shooting a great deal of weddings as well as some special projects here and there. 

We will be updating the blog with our recent work and general good times. But for all things Dust prior to 2016, check out our videos page! We shot a lot of super-fun and exciting weddings over the course of 2015, and don't want you to miss those.

The most recent update( addition) would be that of our newest family member, Felicity Joy! She was born back on March 25th and we could not be more thankful!

We will discuss that adventure soon, but for now, here is a teaser:


That's all for now, folks. More to come!


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