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Mara + Thomas's Wedding Day at The Monroe

Mara + Thomas’s Wedding Day at The Monroe


From every detail and special moment, all those present on their wedding day could see the great love Mara and Thomas have for each other. The West Des Moines wedding was one all those present will remember forever. Keep scrolling as we share more enchanting details of Mara and Thomas’s wedding day at The Monroe

The Love Story

Since September 2021, Mara and Thomas’s love story has been one of togetherness and shared passions. Weekends at Iowa State tailgates became their cherished ritual, with Mara cheering on Thomas at his marathons, creating a bond that only strengthened with time. December 2022 marked a pivotal moment when Thomas proposed, making official what their hearts already knew—they were each other’s eternal travel companions. Complete Weddings + Events photographer Megan had the opportunity to capture their engagement photos in downtown Des Moines. This photo session allowed the couple to connect with their photographer well before the big day.

The Attire

As Mara prepared for her big day, the elegance she exuded was matched only by the thoughtfully chosen attire of her bridesmaids and groomsmen. Mara, in a long-sleeved V-neckline dress and half-curled hair, radiated grace. Her bridesmaids donned mismatched long dresses in a delightful array of pinks, brown, and orange, while Thomas and his groomsmen added a touch of classic charm in navy suits and brown shoes.

The Venue

The Monroe, with its stunning outdoor space, played host to their October celebration. A perfect backdrop for saying “I do,” it offered not only a romantic ambiance but also the convenience of groom’s and bridal suites to keep the excitement flowing seamlessly. The simplicity and elegance of the venue, adorned with white florals, bud vases, and candles, added to the timeless beauty of their special day.

The Details

Mara and Thomas infused their day with personalized touches that reflected their unique journey. From a wedding newspaper detailing their story to a custom word search entertaining guests during the cocktail hour, every element spoke volumes. White Converse with their wedding date embroidered on them added a playful twist, and the couple’s handwritten thank-you notes to each guest were the sweetest of touches.

The Celebration

The celebration unfolded with symbolic moments—a beautiful cake cutting, heartfelt speeches, and a mesmerizing first dance. Laughter and joy permeated the air as guests shared in the couple’s happiness. As Mara and Thomas continued their journey together, the echoes of their love story lingered, a testament to a day filled with genuine warmth, shared dreams, and enduring love.

In the glow of The Monroe’s lights and the warmth of October, Mara and Thomas’s wedding day became a cherished memory. Their commitment to each other, evident in every detail, spoke of a union that transcends time. As the celebration continued with laughter, speeches, and dance, it was clear that Mara and Thomas’s journey was one marked by love, joy, and the promise of a lifetime together.

Mara + Thomas’s Des Moines Wedding Vendors

Venue: The Monroe 

Photography: Megan + Drew, Complete Weddings + Events

DJ: Darcy, Complete Weddings + Events

Caterer: Christiani’s Catering

Planner: A Memorable Event of Iowa

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