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!