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letter-when asked what she was most looking forward to about her wedding day, she said being with everyone she loves in one place. He seconded that saying, “Seeing family and friends that I don’t see very often, most of whom I see less than once a year.” Their families and friends showed up and the support, love, and happiness was so evident! I secretly fell in love with the Lammer/Stoermer families; they are just that sweet.

Anna & Cody first met working together at Hy-Vee (read more about their love story here) and have since both moved to the Des Moines area to continue their successful careers with the company. Everything from the florals to the cake to the catering and the venue, of course, were all represented by Hy-Vee and it was all so perfectly beautiful and delicious that I decided Hy-Vee should just be a one-stop-shop for all things wedding.

It was the peak weekend for fall colors and, man, we hit the jackpot! It also happened to be a gorgeous fall day for temperatures; we felt so lucky all the way around! Cody & Anna, thank you so much for having us. It was a true pleasure working with you and I am so excited about these images and memories from your wedding day!

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You guys, I’m a sucker for a ballgown. Let it be known again and again and again. I was swooning over Anna’s Maggie Sottero gown. It is a perfect combination of tulle, lace, beading, and shape.
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We went to the Des Moines Art Center for their photos and this was really where we got to see so many fall colors!!

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See what I mean about the fall colors?! Holy wow…

One of my favorite wedding color combinations to date!

Cody picked out the suits and I think they are so sharp! I love that they are so classy without being the traditional all-over black suit.

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Something I had never seen in a wedding was a congregational unity candle. Every guest had a candle and, starting in the back of the chapel, the candles were lit and then one-by-one they passed the flame to the candle next to them and up through the rows. It finally reached the front where Anna & Cody’s mothers took the flame to the candles on the altar, from which Anna & Cody lit their unity candle. What a beautiful symbolism of community and support!
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The reception was nearby at the Hy-Vee Conference Center. It was truly stunning and I know Anna was so happy with how her vision all came together.
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Photography: Emily Crall Photography
Makeup: Annie Clevenger
Hair: Crystal Arguello of Bloom Studios
Bridal Gown: Maggie Sottero from Schaffer’s
Bridesmaid Gowns: Alfred Sung from Weddington Way
Suits: Skeffington’s
Florals: Jody of Waukee Hy-Vee
Cake Artist: Caroline of Waukee Hy-Vee
Catering: Executive Chef Kim & staff of Hy-Vee Conference Center
DJ: A Special Events DJ
Paper Suite: Wedding Paper Divas
Linens, Chargers, & Decor: Bella Flora
Uplighting: Hy-Vee Conference Center
Ceremony Venue: Lutheran Church of Hope
Pastor: Mark Brandt
Musicians: Amanda Strenge, Catherine Smith, Brian Wynia
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Shortly after finding out I was pregnant back in April, I immersed myself into the nursery design. We didn’t tell our families for a few weeks so, when I wasn’t vomiting, I distracted myself with design boards. My goal was to create a room that wouldn’t be too baby-themed and would remain fairly gender-neutral. If there were elements to invest in, I wanted them to be able to be used elsewhere in the house later on and be able to be used for either a boy or a girl (since we didn’t know yet what we were having).

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We had had to reschedule their engagement session once already due to rain so when it was raining again, we watched for the weather to clear and went ahead as planned. If I could pick any kind of lighting to shoot in, it would be this. Especially for engagement photos. There’s something so special and romantic about a slight chill in the air and a little mist. It just squeezes love right into every photo.

I met up with Sarah & Ian at Terry Trueblood Recreation Area last week and they came so well prepared with perfect outfit choices and calm, beautiful smiles.

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Also, their dog Jack joined us for a little bit. Isn’t he beautiful?

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I loved this blanket so much that I went to Target the next day to purchase it. Unfortunately, it was sold out and I was very sad. If they ever restock, I’m going to be all over it!

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Let’s not even talk about Sarah’s ring for a second. Let’s instead just look at it and enjoy. Okay? Okay.

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We went to the spot where Ian proposed to Sarah in August. The fall colors combined with the overcast sky made for a perfect location!

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Although I have been documenting my pregnancy quite extensively in private, I have refrained up to this point from posting too much online about my maternity experience. In part because it’s hard to balance a wedding photography blog with pregnancy stories and also because, to be frank, my pregnancy experience hasn’t been sweet-smelling roses. Pregnancy is hard. Your body is growing and incubating a human. Of course it’s hard.

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Last month, when the foliage was still summery green and the sun was hot, Paige & Christopher renewed their wedding vows in a beautiful outdoor ceremony. They recently finalized their wedding album design so I thought I’d share since I believe that the album, more than any other product I offer, tells the best story of the day. Here are a few of my favorites spreads and you can view their entire album design here.

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Back when I first met with them, I asked them both what they were most looking forward to on their wedding day. He responded that he couldn’t wait to see her in her dress for the first time. She said she was most looking forward to marrying him and, after that, spending the day prepping for an afternoon and evening filled with the ones they love the most.

Aubrey & Garrett had their wedding ceremony at the Timber Dome Lodge in Solon, but prior to that, they started getting ready nearby at a church. It’s always challenging to do prep photos in a church because most churches don’t have a bridal suite with beautiful natural light for photos. We improvised in this case and were able to use the sanctuary to get ready.

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I absolutely love the basket-weave design of Aubrey’s gown! I had never seen a gown like it before. And that sash? Delicious.

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Aubrey & Garrett opted for a First Look so we were able to spend lots of time doing their photos as well as bridal party & family photos prior to the ceremony. I absolutely loved their reactions to seeing each other for the first time!

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One of my new favorite photos. Their laughs are absolutely infectious and I couldn’t get enough!

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It was right about this time that a tree randomly fell over and scared us all half to death.

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During their ceremony, Aubrey & Garrett sealed a box with a bottle of wine (signed by their family & friends) with letters to each other to open up on their first anniversary.

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While the guests were finishing dinner, we snuck outside for some extra photos. We were only out maybe 5 minutes, but I love these additional shots we got.

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Photography: Emily Crall Photography
Makeup: Kate of Exo Salon & Spa
Hair: Kristi of Trends & Traditions and Michelle of Total Look
Bridal & Maids’ Gowns: David’s Bridal
Suits: Holley’s Shop for Men
Florals: Jan’s Flower Yard
Cake & Cupcake Artist: Greg Ballenger
Catering: Kalona Kountry Katering
DJ: Lighthouse Entertainment
Paper Suite: Destiny Borland-Moon
Ceremony Venue: Timber Dome Lodge
Reception Venue: West Liberty Community Center
  
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