Paige & Christopher’s gorgeous wedding day was so much fun! And before they flew back to California, we had one more photo shoot to make happen and it was, by far, one of my favorites!

Presenting Sergeant Christopher Prior and his beautiful wife, Paige, in this stunning military wedding day after session:

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We experienced a plethora of weather systems during this one evening. First there were clouds and impending thunderstorms. Then, tornado winds. And somewhere in all of that, the sun came out brighter than ever. It kept me on my toes trying to keep them dry and safe as well as changing my camera settings constantly for the ever-changing light. The hard work that it took to bring these images together though makes me even more proud of them. I’ll photograph these two any day of the week.
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For the wedding, Kailee of Hair by Kailee did a beautiful updo for Paige. But I have to say, I love this free-spirit braid and waves combo that she did for this session even better. The way the wind played with Paige’s hair made for some of the most authentic images I’ve been able to capture. I love the perfect messiness of wind gently playing with loose hair.
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Immediately after this image, the wind tore this umbrella nearly apart. There’s a pretty great outtake of it.

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They’ve been together for years. But not just in normal years. They met back in their school days. They’ve been married almost 4 years and have made it through 3 deployments. Theirs is a relationship bonded and secured through closeness and distance, through happiness and pain. It was such an honor to celebrate their “big wedding” and vow renewal this past Saturday. Their wedding was held by the waterfall at Bella Sala and the day graced us with a cool breeze to offset the hot sun.

Paige & Christopher are based in California, but they call Iowa home. These two will be moving back to Iowa within the next year and I am so excited to have them nearby! Paige is also a photographer and it’s always fun to befriend others in the industry.

Come back next week for a special Day After session before they flew back to California.

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Paige & Chris opted for a First Look to give us plenty of time for photos before the ceremony.

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Photography: Emily Crall Photography
Venue: Bella Sala
Makeup: Lindsey of Electric Beach
Hair: Kailee of Hair by Kailee
Bridal Gown: Allure from Heart to Heart Bridal
Bridesmaid Gowns: Alfred Angelo from XOXO Bridal
Florals: Pleasant Valley
Cake Artist: A Koch’s Cakes
Catering & Linens: Dostal Catering
DJ & Uplighting: Livewire Entertainment
Paper Suite: Remember November Shop
  

Though by many definitions, they’ve already started and live a beautiful life together–including two gorgeous children–on this day, it was about celebrating their marriage, their commitment, and their happiness…together.

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Laci & Johnny have known each other since their senior year of high school and I absolutely love how they describe their meeting and falling in love. (You can read about it here.) Getting to know them as a couple and a family over the last year has been such fun. Also, as a huge bonus, Laci was the matron of honor last month in Brittany’s wedding and Brittany returned the favor on this day for Laci. How lucky am I to photograph both of these beautiful women?!

Laci & J’s ceremony & reception were at The Celebration Farm, which was an absolutely perfect venue for this couple who loves the outdoors. I began the day by swooning over Laci’s dreamy ball gown. The way it flowed around her as she walked…I can’t even describe it.

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I love this sweet moment with L & J’s daughter Jett helping button her mama into her wedding gown.
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Just about a mile from The Celebration Barn is Wilson’s Orchard. We had gone their for Laci & Johnny’s engagement session last fall and it provided the perfect space for wedding photos as well! I love the anticipation of the first look.
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Laci, you are gorgeous. For real.
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I love how photos can erase some of the not-so-fun memories like humidity, heat, and a sticky breeze. Oh, and the bugs that kept getting caught up in the many layers of tulle in Laci’s skirt. See, you’d never know any of that was happening during these following moments…
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A couple who lays in the grass makes me happy.
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One of my favorite things ever as a wedding photographer is when the bridal party doesn’t perfectly match. I think it adds such dimension to photos. Both the maids and men were given instructions for the color scheme, but the freedom to wear something of their choosing. It helps when you have a classy bunch like this group because, seriously, look how gorgeous they all look!
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There was a large, looming threat of rain headed our way just in time for the ceremony. Somehow, it missed us completely until later that night when everyone was indoors anyway.
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Right before the sun set, we hopped outside for a few more photos. I love when my couples agree to do this!!
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Photography: Emily Crall Photography
Venue: The Celebration Farm Amphitheater & Double Round
Makeup: Nichole of 100% Pure Pro
Hair: Bride’s aunt, Traci
Bridal Gown: Sarah’s Bridal
Florals: Groom’s mother, Jane
Cupcake Artist: Scratch Cupcakery
Catering: Jerry & Margie’s Catering
DJ: Travis N. of Unique Events of Iowa
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In a large family with an equally large sibling age gap, it’s so strange to me that my youngest sibling is actually graduating. It’s an end of an era of continuous schooling all the way from my oldest sister in Kindergarten to now my youngest brother finishing high school.

Payton came along a few years after Jordan. I seem to remember Jordan’s arrival much more vividly than Payton’s, but I mostly attribute that to my 6-year-old fashion crisis of spilling ketchup on my white shirt. The mortification. Still, Payton’s arrival 3 years later gave me another chance to mother a live doll.

It’s been fun to have my younger brothers transition from little kids to adults. The older we all get, the more fun we have together and I’m continually reminded of how grateful I am for my large, crazy family.

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They grew up only blocks from each other and though they now live in Colorado, it only seemed fitting to marry in their hometown at the Davenport Country Club.

He says he knew she was the one long before they dated. “I should have asked her out long before I finally did.” They love to laugh together and their love for each other is so evident in the way they interact. They love watching sports together and drinking coffee in the mornings. They love traveling together and Jen says they try to do all the things locals do “although Matt always tries to talk in fake accents and that really annoys me.” It makes me laugh because I also try to talk in fake accents (particularly British) and my husband rolls his eyes at me.

They got engaged in December of last year and Matt pulled off a huge surprise in how he proposed. At the time, they were living in separate states, dating long distance. “I told Jen that I was going to a Bears game in Cleveland so she wouldn’t suspect that I would be trying to surprise her. I then had her sister make fake dinner plans with her.” Upon landing in Denver, he had a pre-arranged limo take him to Jen’s home. “When Jen answered the door thinking it was her sister picking her up for dinner, it was actually me. I got down on one knee and proposed on the spot with our dog jumping on me at the same time.” Jen adds, “We had a fantastic night riding around in the huge limo and going out for dinner & drinks and then met up with a friend and my sister to celebrate!”

Jen & Matt, thank you so much for allowing me to capture your beautiful wedding celebration. Enjoy reminiscing as you scroll on through!

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Their first look was so beautiful!
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I can’t make this stuff up, you guys.
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Then we took off in some golf carts to roam the course. It’s under construction right now, but we still found lots of green space.
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The bridal party joined us and I just adore the maids’ dresses! Aren’t they a beautiful group of friends?!
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I absolutely adore this shot of them! The new Mr. and Mrs.!!
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The inside of the country club was stunningly laid out for the reception.
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It had been overcast all day long and I had nearly given up on a chance at sunset photos when, boom, out came the sun just 30 minutes before it dipped over the horizon. We quickly went outside for a few minutes to capture some of the last golden rays.
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Photography: Emily Crall Photography
Venue: Davenport Country Club
Makeup & Hair: Salon Luce
Bridal Gown: Monique Lhuillier
Bridesmaid Gowns: Lazaro
Suits: Men’s Wearhouse
Florals: Clazzy Designs
Cake Artist: Le Cake of Davenport
Band: Galaxy Band
Paper Suite: Bella Figura
 
  
  • Karen Petersen - OMG! Love this bride and groom! It was an absolutely joyful weekend!
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Jessica & Dave got married a few months ago on a gorgeous weekend! I’ll never forget the golden sunset that evening that we were able to photograph!
They finalized their wedding album design last week 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 the spreads and you can view the entire album here.
(For Photographers: I use InDesign CS6 to design all of my albums and use MADERA for all printing, binding, and album creations. They deliver, in my opinion, some of the most stunning, high quality albums in the industry.)
  
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