Having been a photographer 5+ years now- I’m still in love with intimate set weddings. You can do this with 200+ people with a lot of thought & intention, as well as with 50 or fewer people in attendance!
My favorite elopement/intimate wedding venue is in The East Village of Des Moines- right on Grand Ave, a block away from the Des Moines River: Vows DSM. This space holds 65 people or less and is perfect for your intimate wedding- and has all-inclusive wedding packages!
They take care of all the planning and details when you book with them! With their in-house planning, photographer, (you always have the option to book your own *hint hint* 😉) coordinator, florals, food, officiant- the whole shebang. This is the first of its kind in Iowa! With a very modern design, this space is a clean slate when it comes to decorating and planning your intimate wedding!
One of my couples changed the vibe of their whole wedding 6 months before their date- shifted from a full-size wedding to 50 of their favorite people at Vows! The day was so relaxed and so perfectly them, I couldn’t imagine their day any other way!