Lake Keomah Backyard Wedding : Chanelle & Nikunj


They met in London and now live in California, but she grew up in Iowa and so they planned their wedding in her childhood backyard on a jetty into Lake Keomah under the oak tree that she used to climb as a kid. But as the date got closer, the weather forecast got worse. There was an 80% chance of thunderstorms all day long and she admitted to having a tearful meltdown two weeks before the wedding. Miraculously however, on the morning of the wedding, the forecast started to look better, still rainy, but better. By noon, when she needed to make the call for the backup plan, the chance of rain had dropped to 20%. They took the chance and I’m so grateful they did because their wedding was stunning, absolutely stunning. And you know what? It only sprinkled for about 3 minutes during a few photos after their ceremony. Otherwise, it was all blue skies and clouds. None of us, even in the midst of the day, could believe how it was turning out.

Chanelle & Nik are two of the kindest people I’ve ever met. They surrounded themselves with their closest family and friends on their wedding day and it was so evident how much they cherished their guests as well as their guests cherished them. People had traveled from literally all over the world: England, Sweden, New York, India… During the reception, Chanelle expressed her gratitude for people coming to share their day and that she was so happy to be able to show everyone where she came from, her tribe, her village, her home.

Chanelle mom and step-father had recently gutted their home for a renovation overhaul. (Bless them! They deserve a break now!) When we arrived, I found the most delightful palette I could have ever imagined; clean white everywhere! It was a dream to be able to photograph all of Chanelle’s details right there in the living room as the ladies finished hair and makeup and the guys started setting up chairs in the lawn.


Chanelle’s gown was my dream come true. Blush pink (check), intricate lace detailing (check), button-back (check), flouncy tulle layers (check), and a ballgown silhouette (check-check). There’s nothing that could’ve made this more beautiful.

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Photography: Emily Crall Photography

Ceremony Venue: Private residence

Reception Venue: Lake Keomah State Park

Videography: Diamond Label Films

Florals: Shelly Sarver Designs

Cake Artist: Cheryl’s Sweet Shoppe

Caterer: Grate Expectations & India Cafe

DJ: A Special Event DJ

Makeup & Hair: The Hair Designers Salon & Spa

Bridal Gown: Allure Bridals from Alegria’s Brides

Maids’ Gowns: Jenny Yoo

Invitations & Paper Goods: Minted

Linens & Tableware: Say Yes Rentals

Tent, Tables, & Chairs: Pella Rental

Transportation: Hawkeye Stages

Alka Anuj -

Great pictures Emily !!! very impressed.
are there more? i am looking for a few of the whole family (together or seperately).

Traci Bazzelle -


Jessa Nicole Drake -

Stunning!! Great work Emily!!

Jamie Wilcoxon Bowman -

Absolutely beautiful pics!

Angie Lomas -

So stunning! These are incredible photos of such a beautiful day! Congrats!

Crystal Fawcett -

What a gorgeous day!!! Everything looks stunning!!!

Crystal Fawcett -

What a gorgeous day!!! Everything looks stunning!!!

Jessica Ashley -

so so SO amazing! stunning photos, beautiful flowers, and the most magnificent bride 😉 you’ve captured this memorable event wonderfully!

Kelly Drake -

Beautiful wedding for a great couple! And man I loooooove your dress Chanelle!!! My favorite photos are probably the first look ones!

Katie Mothershead -

Beautiful pictures and perfect location ! Congrats!

Jazlyn Fitz -

Love all of these and can’t wait for the rest! Brava, Emily!

Carey Fullilove -

Beautiful wedding, perfectly captured! The details, setting, colors and flowers are all so captivating. Looks like a perfect day!

Angie Lomas -


Joanna Dingle -

You have beautifully captured an incredible wedding!

Helena Hills -

These pictures are just beautiful! Best wedding I have ever been to, and the photos actually do it justice!!

Leah Miller -

Absolutely gorgeous wedding pics! Enjoyed looking at each and every one. Color scheme and setting were beautiful!

Joshua Vallis -

Beautifully captured. Great photos for a wonderful day and wedding. Great job Emily!

Rishi Gohil -

Beautiful album!

Sue Dingle -

Beautiful pictures, congratulations

Emily Gravestock -

What a beautiful day 🙂

Brittany Sparks -

Absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!

Carly Kravitz -


Jessica Courtney -

Amazing photos! Chanelle, you looked gorgeous and all your ideas came together so beautifully! Congrats

Leigh Howell -

What a gorgeous wedding

Missy Ringnalda -

Amazing! Can’t wait to see the rest.

Nidhi Patel -

The moments r captured beautifully x great job x

Emily Weber -


Sara Stratton -

Amazing photos! It was such a lovely day and was captured beautifully! 🙂

Erica Renee Drake -

Beautiful photos for this beautiful day and couple

Vatsala Anuj -

These photos are so precious!!!!

Amy Miller -

These are stunning!

Bradley Ericson -

So extraordinary!

Simon Hills -

Best wedding ever! Perfectly captured 🙂

Karen Kay Christensen Messamer -

Karen Kay Christensen Messamer Well documented. Stunning photos. Beautiful bride. Handsome groom.

Sim Frankel -

Amazing photos of an incredible couple. Looks like a magical day for everyone. I’m glad the weather held up.