welcome to my journal

Stories, wedding planning tips, recent sessions, and some of my thoughts all jumbled together. 

Ceremony: Crapo Park, Burlington, IA Reception Venue: Regal on the Hill Getting Ready: The Peacock Loft Dress: Rime Arodaky Tux: Men’s Wearhouse DJ: GoodVibez Entertainment Catering: Smokin’ J’s BBQ This was a dreamy, dreamy day in Burlington, Iowa. Skyler and Lucas married on a very hot Iowa summer day. We started at the Peacock Airbnb […]

I just can’t get over how effortlessly vintage this session is. I met Haley & Pedrick in the middle of Iowa’s rolling hills, left my car and climbed into the backseat of their truck. We drove through gates with cows who eyeballed us lazily, so content in their grazing. We drove across the fields from […]

Venue: The Shore Event Center Hair: Lacey Homan-Kemp with Rooted Salon Dress: Zazou’s Bridal Suit: Men’s Wearhouse Flowers: Flowers by Melanie This wedding day has a special place in my heart. Allie & Phil are two incredible human beings that I’m so blessed to have gotten to meet. I know I say all the time […]

Oh, where do I start? I feel blessed by every couple that chooses me to be their photographer, but these two were pretty special. I showed up on rehearsal night and then ended up staying for dinner and hanging out with this super rad group of people. I never once felt awkward with them, and […]

April showers bring May flowers. It was true for Cierra & Kevin’s spring wedding, and we did 95% all of our shooting indoors! Little Lights on the Lane in West Branch and Saint Elizabeth church in Hiawatha provided beautifully for their wedding day. It was a whirlwind adventure, and we had a bit of traveling […]

I love this session with Maya so, so much. The lighting was perfect, the fossil gorge was empty, and Maya was so fun to work with. I’m really proud of this one! Congrats on graduating, girl!! And thanks for getting artsy with me!

Often times before I meet with a couple, they let me know how nervous they are and/or how much the guys don’t really like photos. I mean, even I get uncomfortable in front of the camera so I totally get it! There’s truly no other time when you’re this vulnerable, and despite the Instagram/Facebook/email messaging […]

(Images by Torey Rohde Photography at Little Lights on the Lane) Setting up the timeline for your wedding day is a big deal! After all that time, money, and energy spent planning and preparing for your big day, you’ll want to make sure the day flows smoothly and that you have time for everything you […]

Choosing your ceremony and reception location(s) are one of the first (and biggest!) decisions you’ll make after deciding to be someone’s lifelong adventure partner. There’s a lot to consider, and often a lofty price tag as well, so you want to make sure that your investment is what will really serve you best. First things […]

January 30, 2021 Meet the Buffingtons: Alex, Kori, Hudson, who is almost 3, and their newest family member, who is still in the oven! I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know this family over the last few years through my sister, who worked with Kori as a nurse, and their friendship has been a […]