Pete + Leslie Akers | Romantic Eastbank Venue & Lounge Wedding || Cedar Rapids, Iowa Wedding Photographer

Stephanie Marie Photography Eastbank Venue and Lounge Cedar Rapids Iowa City Wedding Photographer Pete Leslie Akers 1

Pete and Leslie decided to go against your traditional wedding trends and standards and instead opted for details that were more meaningful to them as a couple. Those details created quite possibly one of the most beautiful and unforgettable weddings anyone has ever attended. Just look at the bride’s AH-MAAAZING green wedding dressed designed by Jovani – there has never been a dress more suited for an individual than this one was for Leslie. While it wasn’t an easy process finding an “unconventional” wedding dress, she ordered it without knowing if it would work, and it ended up being exactly what she wanted. It literally looks like it was made just for her!

Pete and Leslie loved that Eastbank Venue & Lounge was a blank slate that could be customized the way they wanted, and they were also able to have the wedding, cocktail hour, and reception all in one spot. The jewel tones and metallic color scheme popped perfectly against the white walls of the venue, and made for a dark, romantic vibe the couple wanted to achieve. They wanted their wedding to be different and customized to them, and everything came together seamlessly. One piece of advice Leslie shared for future brides was, “to not get caught up with focusing on what is traditional or not… You don’t have to do anything that you don’t want to do. Ultimately all that matters is that the day is what you and your future spouse want it to be.”

Pete and Leslie met in Athens, Georgia through mutual friends in 2011. They were friends all throughout the summer of 2011, and would find themselves drawn to sharing stories with one another for hours on end, even when surrounded by a big group of friends. They made their relationship official at the beginning of 2012. Originally Pete wanted to propose in Asheville, North Carolina, which is Leslie’s favorite place to visit. But once he started planning that trip, Leslie knew it would be the trip he proposed during. Their schedules started filling up quickly, and Pete realized he needed to propose quick or he was going to have to wait a while. On April 17, 2016, Pete and Leslie went to breakfast with some friends, then hiking in the mountains, where Pete proposed at Rabun Bald Lookout Tower – a beautiful mountain overlook in Georgia. Afterwards they went to Tiger Mountain vineyards to celebrate.

What made the ceremony and reception so special? According to Leslie: “We had one of my best friends perform the ceremony. Actually, he was part of the couple that we met for breakfast the day we got engaged. He was able to reach out to our parents and could pull stories from our years of friendship. We loved how special and customized our ceremony was to us. Our friends and family are all spread out around the country, so our reception was a great time for people to meet and catch up. It was fun seeing all the different phases of our life coming together in one spot.”

Stephanie Marie Photography Eastbank Venue and Lounge Cedar Rapids Iowa City Wedding Photographer Pete Leslie Akers 2
Stephanie Marie Photography Eastbank Venue and Lounge Cedar Rapids Iowa City Wedding Photographer Pete Leslie Akers 3
Stephanie Marie Photography Eastbank Venue and Lounge Cedar Rapids Iowa City Wedding Photographer Pete Leslie Akers 4
Stephanie Marie Photography Eastbank Venue and Lounge Cedar Rapids Iowa City Wedding Photographer Pete Leslie Akers 5
Stephanie Marie Photography Eastbank Venue and Lounge Cedar Rapids Iowa City Wedding Photographer Pete Leslie Akers 6
Stephanie Marie Photography Eastbank Venue and Lounge Cedar Rapids Iowa City Wedding Photographer Pete Leslie Akers 7
Stephanie Marie Photography Eastbank Venue and Lounge Cedar Rapids Iowa City Wedding Photographer Pete Leslie Akers 8
Stephanie Marie Photography Eastbank Venue and Lounge Cedar Rapids Iowa City Wedding Photographer Pete Leslie Akers 9
Stephanie Marie Photography Eastbank Venue and Lounge Cedar Rapids Iowa City Wedding Photographer Pete Leslie Akers 10
Stephanie Marie Photography Eastbank Venue and Lounge Cedar Rapids Iowa City Wedding Photographer Pete Leslie Akers 11
Stephanie Marie Photography Eastbank Venue and Lounge Cedar Rapids Iowa City Wedding Photographer Pete Leslie Akers 12
Stephanie Marie Photography Eastbank Venue and Lounge Cedar Rapids Iowa City Wedding Photographer Pete Leslie Akers 13
Stephanie Marie Photography Eastbank Venue and Lounge Cedar Rapids Iowa City Wedding Photographer Pete Leslie Akers 14
Stephanie Marie Photography Eastbank Venue and Lounge Cedar Rapids Iowa City Wedding Photographer Pete Leslie Akers 15
Stephanie Marie Photography Eastbank Venue and Lounge Cedar Rapids Iowa City Wedding Photographer Pete Leslie Akers 16
Stephanie Marie Photography Eastbank Venue and Lounge Cedar Rapids Iowa City Wedding Photographer Pete Leslie Akers 17
Stephanie Marie Photography Eastbank Venue and Lounge Cedar Rapids Iowa City Wedding Photographer Pete Leslie Akers 18
Stephanie Marie Photography Eastbank Venue and Lounge Cedar Rapids Iowa City Wedding Photographer Pete Leslie Akers 19
Stephanie Marie Photography Eastbank Venue and Lounge Cedar Rapids Iowa City Wedding Photographer Pete Leslie Akers 20
Stephanie Marie Photography Eastbank Venue and Lounge Cedar Rapids Iowa City Wedding Photographer Pete Leslie Akers 21
Stephanie Marie Photography Eastbank Venue and Lounge Cedar Rapids Iowa City Wedding Photographer Pete Leslie Akers 22
Stephanie Marie Photography Eastbank Venue and Lounge Cedar Rapids Iowa City Wedding Photographer Pete Leslie Akers 23
Stephanie Marie Photography Eastbank Venue and Lounge Cedar Rapids Iowa City Wedding Photographer Pete Leslie Akers 24
Stephanie Marie Photography Eastbank Venue and Lounge Cedar Rapids Iowa City Wedding Photographer Pete Leslie Akers 25
Stephanie Marie Photography Eastbank Venue and Lounge Cedar Rapids Iowa City Wedding Photographer Pete Leslie Akers 26
Stephanie Marie Photography Eastbank Venue and Lounge Cedar Rapids Iowa City Wedding Photographer Pete Leslie Akers 27
Stephanie Marie Photography Eastbank Venue and Lounge Cedar Rapids Iowa City Wedding Photographer Pete Leslie Akers 28
Stephanie Marie Photography Eastbank Venue and Lounge Cedar Rapids Iowa City Wedding Photographer Pete Leslie Akers 29
Stephanie Marie Photography Eastbank Venue and Lounge Cedar Rapids Iowa City Wedding Photographer Pete Leslie Akers 30
Stephanie Marie Photography Eastbank Venue and Lounge Cedar Rapids Iowa City Wedding Photographer Pete Leslie Akers 31
Stephanie Marie Photography Eastbank Venue and Lounge Cedar Rapids Iowa City Wedding Photographer Pete Leslie Akers 32
Stephanie Marie Photography Eastbank Venue and Lounge Cedar Rapids Iowa City Wedding Photographer Pete Leslie Akers 33
Stephanie Marie Photography Eastbank Venue and Lounge Cedar Rapids Iowa City Wedding Photographer Pete Leslie Akers 34
Stephanie Marie Photography Eastbank Venue and Lounge Cedar Rapids Iowa City Wedding Photographer Pete Leslie Akers 35
Stephanie Marie Photography Eastbank Venue and Lounge Cedar Rapids Iowa City Wedding Photographer Pete Leslie Akers 36
Stephanie Marie Photography Eastbank Venue and Lounge Cedar Rapids Iowa City Wedding Photographer Pete Leslie Akers 37
Stephanie Marie Photography Eastbank Venue and Lounge Cedar Rapids Iowa City Wedding Photographer Pete Leslie Akers 38
Stephanie Marie Photography Eastbank Venue and Lounge Cedar Rapids Iowa City Wedding Photographer Pete Leslie Akers 39

Stephanie Marie Photography Eastbank Venue and Lounge Cedar Rapids Iowa City Wedding Photographer Pete Leslie Akers 40
Stephanie Marie Photography Eastbank Venue and Lounge Cedar Rapids Iowa City Wedding Photographer Pete Leslie Akers 41
Stephanie Marie Photography Eastbank Venue and Lounge Cedar Rapids Iowa City Wedding Photographer Pete Leslie Akers 42
Stephanie Marie Photography Eastbank Venue and Lounge Cedar Rapids Iowa City Wedding Photographer Pete Leslie Akers 43
Stephanie Marie Photography Eastbank Venue and Lounge Cedar Rapids Iowa City Wedding Photographer Pete Leslie Akers 44
Stephanie Marie Photography Eastbank Venue and Lounge Cedar Rapids Iowa City Wedding Photographer Pete Leslie Akers 45
Stephanie Marie Photography Eastbank Venue and Lounge Cedar Rapids Iowa City Wedding Photographer Pete Leslie Akers 46
Stephanie Marie Photography Eastbank Venue and Lounge Cedar Rapids Iowa City Wedding Photographer Pete Leslie Akers 47
Stephanie Marie Photography Eastbank Venue and Lounge Cedar Rapids Iowa City Wedding Photographer Pete Leslie Akers 48
Stephanie Marie Photography Eastbank Venue and Lounge Cedar Rapids Iowa City Wedding Photographer Pete Leslie Akers 49
Stephanie Marie Photography Eastbank Venue and Lounge Cedar Rapids Iowa City Wedding Photographer Pete Leslie Akers 50
Stephanie Marie Photography Eastbank Venue and Lounge Cedar Rapids Iowa City Wedding Photographer Pete Leslie Akers 51
Stephanie Marie Photography Eastbank Venue and Lounge Cedar Rapids Iowa City Wedding Photographer Pete Leslie Akers 52
Stephanie Marie Photography Eastbank Venue and Lounge Cedar Rapids Iowa City Wedding Photographer Pete Leslie Akers 53
Stephanie Marie Photography Eastbank Venue and Lounge Cedar Rapids Iowa City Wedding Photographer Pete Leslie Akers 54
Stephanie Marie Photography Eastbank Venue and Lounge Cedar Rapids Iowa City Wedding Photographer Pete Leslie Akers 55
Stephanie Marie Photography Eastbank Venue and Lounge Cedar Rapids Iowa City Wedding Photographer Pete Leslie Akers 57
Stephanie Marie Photography Eastbank Venue and Lounge Cedar Rapids Iowa City Wedding Photographer Pete Leslie Akers 58
Stephanie Marie Photography Eastbank Venue and Lounge Cedar Rapids Iowa City Wedding Photographer Pete Leslie Akers 59

Stephanie Marie Photography Eastbank Venue and Lounge Cedar Rapids Iowa City Wedding Photographer Pete Leslie Akers 60
Stephanie Marie Photography Eastbank Venue and Lounge Cedar Rapids Iowa City Wedding Photographer Pete Leslie Akers 61
Stephanie Marie Photography Eastbank Venue and Lounge Cedar Rapids Iowa City Wedding Photographer Pete Leslie Akers 62
Stephanie Marie Photography Eastbank Venue and Lounge Cedar Rapids Iowa City Wedding Photographer Pete Leslie Akers 63
Stephanie Marie Photography Eastbank Venue and Lounge Cedar Rapids Iowa City Wedding Photographer Pete Leslie Akers 64
Stephanie Marie Photography Eastbank Venue and Lounge Cedar Rapids Iowa City Wedding Photographer Pete Leslie Akers 65
Stephanie Marie Photography Eastbank Venue and Lounge Cedar Rapids Iowa City Wedding Photographer Pete Leslie Akers 66
Stephanie Marie Photography Eastbank Venue and Lounge Cedar Rapids Iowa City Wedding Photographer Pete Leslie Akers 67
Stephanie Marie Photography Eastbank Venue and Lounge Cedar Rapids Iowa City Wedding Photographer Pete Leslie Akers 68
Stephanie Marie Photography Eastbank Venue and Lounge Cedar Rapids Iowa City Wedding Photographer Pete Leslie Akers 69
Stephanie Marie Photography Eastbank Venue and Lounge Cedar Rapids Iowa City Wedding Photographer Pete Leslie Akers 70
Stephanie Marie Photography Eastbank Venue and Lounge Cedar Rapids Iowa City Wedding Photographer Pete Leslie Akers 71
Stephanie Marie Photography Eastbank Venue and Lounge Cedar Rapids Iowa City Wedding Photographer Pete Leslie Akers 72
Stephanie Marie Photography Eastbank Venue and Lounge Cedar Rapids Iowa City Wedding Photographer Pete Leslie Akers 73
Stephanie Marie Photography Eastbank Venue and Lounge Cedar Rapids Iowa City Wedding Photographer Pete Leslie Akers 74
Stephanie Marie Photography Eastbank Venue and Lounge Cedar Rapids Iowa City Wedding Photographer Pete Leslie Akers 75
Stephanie Marie Photography Eastbank Venue and Lounge Cedar Rapids Iowa City Wedding Photographer Pete Leslie Akers 76
Stephanie Marie Photography Eastbank Venue and Lounge Cedar Rapids Iowa City Wedding Photographer Pete Leslie Akers 77
Stephanie Marie Photography Eastbank Venue and Lounge Cedar Rapids Iowa City Wedding Photographer Pete Leslie Akers 78
Stephanie Marie Photography Eastbank Venue and Lounge Cedar Rapids Iowa City Wedding Photographer Pete Leslie Akers 79
Stephanie Marie Photography Eastbank Venue and Lounge Cedar Rapids Iowa City Wedding Photographer Pete Leslie Akers 80
Stephanie Marie Photography Eastbank Venue and Lounge Cedar Rapids Iowa City Wedding Photographer Pete Leslie Akers 81
Stephanie Marie Photography Eastbank Venue and Lounge Cedar Rapids Iowa City Wedding Photographer Pete Leslie Akers 82
Stephanie Marie Photography Eastbank Venue and Lounge Cedar Rapids Iowa City Wedding Photographer Pete Leslie Akers 83
Stephanie Marie Photography Eastbank Venue and Lounge Cedar Rapids Iowa City Wedding Photographer Pete Leslie Akers 84
Stephanie Marie Photography Eastbank Venue and Lounge Cedar Rapids Iowa City Wedding Photographer Pete Leslie Akers 85
Stephanie Marie Photography Eastbank Venue and Lounge Cedar Rapids Iowa City Wedding Photographer Pete Leslie Akers 86
Stephanie Marie Photography Eastbank Venue and Lounge Cedar Rapids Iowa City Wedding Photographer Pete Leslie Akers 87
Stephanie Marie Photography Eastbank Venue and Lounge Cedar Rapids Iowa City Wedding Photographer Pete Leslie Akers 88
Stephanie Marie Photography Eastbank Venue and Lounge Cedar Rapids Iowa City Wedding Photographer Pete Leslie Akers 89
Stephanie Marie Photography Eastbank Venue and Lounge Cedar Rapids Iowa City Wedding Photographer Pete Leslie Akers 90

Photographer: Stephanie Marie Photography

Venue: Eastbank Venue & Lounge

Event Planner: White Ivy Events

Dress Designer: Jovani

Dress Boutique: Hope’s Bridal

Shoes: Harriet Wilde

Jewelry Designer: Bride’s ring – Capucinne (etsy), Groom’s ring – MetalForestDesigns (etsy)

Menswear: Groom – custom made through Men’s Warehouse, Groomsmen – Men’s Warehouse

Florals: E’s Floral, Petals for exit: Shopshire Petals

Catering: Avacentre

Rentals: Spielman’s and Unique Events

Invites/stationary: Artwork – FineArtKat (etsy), printed by Allegra Iowa City

Socks: Women’s – Sock It To Me, Men’s – Jimmy Lion

Custom Embroidery: Connie’s Custom Embroidery

Cake/Desserts: Jules Bakery

Cake Topper: PSWeddingandEvents (etsy)

Hair: Jaimee Warbasse

Makeup: 100% Pure Pro

DJ: Crown Entertainment Services

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Anna : 19:53 October 23, 2018 Reply
I love everything thing about this! I love that they did non traditional from the wedding dress to the invitations.
Marci Cook : 10:07 October 28, 2018 Reply
Absolutely beautiful ❤️
Jill White : 10:32 October 28, 2018 Reply
This dress is gorgeous! Such a bold and fantastic idea.
Jordan Hase : 10:48 October 28, 2018 Reply
This literally made me tear up and I don't even know these people!!! This wedding looks like an absolute fairytale. The colors have me swooning, her dress is jaw dropping... that ring, those shoes!!! You did such an amazing job capturing these little details and this whole blog is absolutely breathtaking!!!!
Brianna : 15:12 October 28, 2018 Reply
That emerald color is absolutely stunning! What a beautiful wedding!
Shannon De La Cruz : 15:24 October 28, 2018 Reply
I love that they went non traditional on the wedding! An amazing dress!
Brianna : 09:46 October 29, 2018 Reply
That emerald gown is stunning! What a gorgeous wedding!

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