Sarah + Michael | Des Moines Wedding

Des Moines Wedding | Sarah + Michael

Des Moines Wedding Photos by Shea McGrath Photography

We kicked off the 2021 wedding season for our friends’ wedding, Sarah and Michael! Sarah and I worked together in college and we also spontaneously drove to Pennsylvania together to be extras in a movie with Matt Damon and John Krasinski. Even though I would love to share more about that fun adventure, this blog post is meant for Sarah and Michael. Not Sarah and me. 😛

First of all, I just want to say how happy I am for these two that they found each other (they are perfect together.) Secondly, their wedding was a blast and so fun to witness as a friend and capture as a photographer. Sarah and Michael got married at Sarah’s home church in West Des Moines. They had their first look in the prayer garden by the church before the ceremony, where they exchanged letters and gifts. They had a beautiful ceremony at Sacred Heart surrounded by their family and friends. After the ceremony and family pictures, the wedding party hopped on a party bus and drove around Des Moines with a couple of fun stops, including the Sculpture Park downtown and UpDown, a barcade.

After cake cutting and some emotional toasts and parent dances, Sarah and Michael surprised their guests with a really fun, choreographed first dance. They danced to a medley of songs from Hamilton and The Office. (It was my favorite part of their day!) Another fun and unique part of their reception was a scavenger hunt/musical chairs game with their wedding party. For each round, each person in their wedding party had to find an item and bring it back. Some examples of this included a shoe, toilet paper, a can of beer, etc. The last person to come back to the center of the dance floor was eliminated. This game got so competitive that multiple people ended up on the floor, including the DJ. But it was hilarious to watch and photograph.

Congratulations Sarah and Michael! We had so much fun photographing your day we’re so happy for you!!

wedding rings and invites detail photoArt of Life Salon wedding hair and makeupwedding day makeupwedding day makeupSacred Heart Catholic Church Weddingwedding rings and invites detail photoBustling wedding dressGroom getting ready for weddingDes Moines Wedding PhotosSacred Heart Church WeddingSacred Heart Church WeddingDes Moines Wedding PhotosCandid wedding photographyCandid wedding photographyDes Moines WeddingDes Moines WeddingCandid wedding photographyCatholic Church wedding photosDes Moines WeddingCatholic Church wedding photosCandid wedding photographyCatholic Church wedding photosparty bus wedding photosSculpture Park Des Moines wedding photosSculpture Park Des Moines wedding photosDowntown Des Moines weddingDowntown Des Moines wedding photoUpDown Barcade shotskiWedding shotski photoGrand entrance wedding receptionDes Moines wedding receptionDes Moines wedding receptionCake cutting ballroom weddingKids running at weddingCandid wedding photographyDes Moines weddingCrying during wedding toastsCrying during wedding toastsMother daughter dance at weddingMother son dance at weddingFun first dance at weddingFun first dance at weddingDes Moines wedding receptionWedding reception game ideasMusical chairs at wedding receptionFun wedding reception photosSunset wedding photo



A big thank you to the following vendors for making this day special for Sarah and Michael:

Ceremony Venue: Sacred Heart Catholic Church

Reception Venue and Food Caterer: Hilton Garden Inn

Officiant: Fr. Josh Link

Hair and Makeup: Art of Life Salon & Spa

Florist: Nielsen Flower Shop

Wedding Dress: Amanda’s Bridal 

Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazie

Tuxedos: The Backroom

Sarah’s rings: Charles Ganske

Cake: Zuzia Wheeler- Zuzia’s Cakes and Desserts

Ceremony musicians: The Lane Family

DJ: A Special Event DJ

Transportation: Prestige Party Bus

Invites: Designed by Sarah with suggestions from friend Amber Haack

Photography: Shea McGrath Photography


Add a comment...

Your email is never published or shared. Required fields are marked *


    Denver Colorado Wedding Photographers, Shea McGrath Photography, has been photographing weddings since 2010 and has photographed over 200 weddings. Voted one of the 23 best wedding photographers in Denver, CO by Expertise, Shea and her husband/second photographer, Jacob, specialize in outdoor mountain weddings and elopements across the state of Colorado and beyond, including destination weddings. Shea McGrath Photography enjoys photographing weddings all over Colorado including but not limited to Denver, Evergreen, Estes Park, Vail, Aspen, Beaver Creek, Boulder, Granby, Telluride, Ouray, and Crested Butte. Click here or fill out the form below to get in touch!

    Form submitted successfully, thank you! Expect an email response within 2-3 business days.Error submitting form, please try again or email