Fabulous People

becky thomas

Fabulous People: Becky Thomas

Becky Thomas is the founder and president of Mostly Becky, Des Moines-based wedding and event planner. While Thomas started the business as the sole planner on the North Shore of Lake Superior in Minnesota 13 years ago, Mostly Becky now has a team of five who have planned weddings in seven states, and counting.

Travis Hempstead

Fab Dad: Travis Hempstead

Father-of-three Travis Hempstead is the owner of Iowa-based 11:11 Event Co., a design and décor rental company for weddings and events. Hempstead has also been a DJ in the wedding industry for 12 years.


Fab Moms: Iowa

Mother’s Day is right around the corner. And while the superhero women in our lives deserve to be celebrated every day, the holiday presents a unique opportunity to shower them with a little extra love—and showcase a few of the leading ladies making an impact in Iowa.

Iowa Eco Trendsetters

Fab Eco Trendsetters

Changing the world? That’s a mission that starts at home—just ask any one of Iowa’s many sustainably-minded business owners, philanthropists and leaders who are looking to make a difference and leave the state a better (more green) place.

jessica bass

Fabulous People: Jessica Bass

Jessica Bass is the owner of Stay Cozy Creative Co., small business based outside of Cedar Rapids that specializes in handcrafted blankets, baby goods, home decor and more, as well as workshops to teach others how to get creative. Plus, Stay Cozy donates a portion of all sales to a local organization that supports Iowa’s immigrant and refugee population.

Fabulous People: Riley Mullane

Riley Mullane is the co-founder and co-owner of Anne & Ellis Events, which offers consultations, in-house wedding service options and curated vendor connections in Cedar Rapids and beyond. “We’re a team of passionate wedding experts committed to elevating and streamlining the entire wedding planning process for our clients.”

Allie Lanham

Fabulous People: Allie Lanham

Allie Lanham is the owner and chef of The Hangry Lady, crafting charcuterie boards, grazing tables, wedding cakes and more in the Newbo City Market storefront in Cedar Rapids. “We take pride in creating beautiful, edible art for any occasion.”

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Fab Philanthropists

Whether it be donating vital sign-monitoring (and potentially life-saving) devices for infants, providing therapeutic services for women survivors of violence or volunteering their time at a variety of impactful organizations, this philanthropy-minded group is showing up for Iowa and its communities in a big way.

couple in love

Fab Couples

In honor of the month of love, meet five Iowa-based power couples who are sharing their dreams for the future, most cherished traditions (from bird watching to barbecuing!) and what they love most about one another.