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Gems & Joy is committed to designing and planning your dream wedding around you - because every love story is beautiful, but yours should be an adventure.

Iowa and destination wedding planning, for wherever your adventure leads you

I'M Denise! wife, MOM,
Iowa native, and
Certified wedding planner/best friend

hi, friend!

At Gems and Joy, we design and plan weddings as unique as your love story, for couples who want a luxury wedding experience. I'm known planning weddings with fun color schemes, gorgeous lighting elements, and beautiful floral installations. Interested in having an adventure wedding or elopement? We've got you covered! Looking for a luxurious, unique, and personal vibe? No problem, we've got you covered there too.

I love the hustle and bustle (pun absolutely intended) of weddings, but I am also passionate about Jesus, my family, and using quotes from The Office in everyday situations.

Gems and Joy is based in Iowa, and planning and designing weddings in Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Des Moines, or wherever your wedding day adventure may take you.

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Forever Green Studios

Love notes

"I would very highly recommend Gems and Joy for anybody's wedding planning. And in hindsight, I wish I would have had her do more than just the day of coordinating."


"She worked so hard to help us have the wedding day we dreamed of! She is organized, caring and we love her very much. There are many vendors out there that offer the same services, but Denise from Gems & Joy is nothing like the rest."


" I just want to thank her for being such a caring, thoughtful wedding coordinator, catching the little moments and details, and for making my wedding dreams come true!"


"I truly believe my wedding wouldn't have been as great as it was without her positivity and expertise."


"I will be forever grateful she was there at my wedding. She was like part of the family and would recommend her to anyone! 5 star service!"


"Denise was so wonderful to work with for my wedding!! We couldn’t have done it without her."