One of my favorite memories from Caitlin & Brad’s wedding is how happy everyone was despite being miserable in the humidity and heat that day. I rushed through photos faster than I ever had before (or since!) and we were all sweating from every pore in our bodies, but we made it…and the photos don’t show even a drop of sweat. 🙂

I always think a cooperative bridal party deserves way more props than they get. The bride and groom, of course, are going to weather the heat or rain or sun or whatever weather elements get thrown their way because it’s their wedding. But a bridal party who puts up with all of that as well gets credit. They get credit for showing up, smiling, and not complaining because they love their friends who are getting married.

We are in June and already hitting the high-90s with intense humidity so the next few months are going to prove challenging for many more bridal parties, but I am looking forward to meeting so many people who adore their friends more than the discomfort of summer weddings in Iowa.

Caitlin & Brad’s gorgeous wedding from last July is being featured today on Borrowed & Blue and it’s so much fun to look through some of my favorite images again!

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I love Sunday weddings. There’s something relaxed about a non-Saturday wedding day. Add to that having a Sunday wedding when the following Monday is Memorial Day and suddenyl the extended weekend felt like a treat to the guests!

It was perfectly sunny and warm that Sunday. When we arrived at Rapid Creek Cidery, all was quiet and calm. It was just a few of us vendors getting set up and working. It was a treat to be able to take my time getting all the detail shots of Carolyn’s wedding gown, shoes, jewelry, and their invitations. I knew the rest of the day wouldn’t be as calm, a fault of no one, of course, that’s just part of the game of weddings.

Carolyn & Marc met 14 years ago, in high school. She was a freshman, he was a sophomore. There aren’t a lot of high school relationships that last this long, let alone lead to marriage. As homage to the longevity of their relationship, they used photos from their lives together as their table numbers; so year one was Table One, etc.

One of the major perks to having gone through half of your life together before even being married is that you deeply know the other person. You’ve been with them through awkward life phases, through big college decisions, through exams and finals, through moving and moving again. Her friends are his friends and vice versa. Not many people get that lucky, to find love that young and to hold onto it. But Carolyn & Marc did and it was a joy to see them finally wed!

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Without knowing it, Carolyn picked out her wedding perfume that just happened to be in a bottle the shape of an apple, which was especially lucky since they got married at an orchard!
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Carolyn & Marc had their first look before the wedding and we were able to do all of their photos before the ceremony. I loved seeing them laughing and talking with their guests during cocktail hour!

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I loved that all of the bridesmaids had different gowns and each one fit so perfectly!
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The dessert table was a huge hit and guests quickly devoured everything after dinner.
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That evening as the sun dipped low in the sky, I pulled them out for a few more minutes of photos.
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Photography: Emily Crall Photography

Wedding Coordinator: Unveiled Event & Design

Florals: Mint Julep

Desserts: Bread Garden Market

DJ: Unique Events of Iowa

Makeup & Hair: Flip Salon & Spa 

Bridal Gown: Tara Keely from An Elegant Affair

Maids’ Gowns: Joanna August from Bella Bridesmaids

Suits: Men’s Wearhouse

Venue & Catering: Rapid Creek Cidery

Musicians: Cameron & Andrew

Officiant: Groom’s aunt, Deb Gladson

Earrings, Engagement Ring, & Groom’s Wedding Band: Siebke Hoyt Jewelers

Bride’s Wedding Band: Helen Ficalora

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It’s been a year since their beautiful wedding day and I love reliving it through their photos. Chanelle & Nik had what might be described as a magical wedding. They were married in her childhood backyard, under the towering tree she used to climb as a kid. The yard backs up to Lake Keomah State Park so the views were breathtaking, with the guests parking in the state park and being ferried over to the ceremony by boat. I have a personal love of ballgown dresses and the color of blush pink so when I saw Chanelle’s blush pink ballgown wedding dress, it took my breath away.

Perhaps one of the loveliest things to happen was Chanelle making the rain-call. It was supposed to rain that day. The forecast was gloomy and rain lurked behind every cloud. A few hours before the ceremony, she had to call it and she decided they’d go ahead with the plan, outside in the backyard. We made it through the entire ceremony without a drop and then for just a few minutes afterwards, it lightly rained, then the sun came out and all that gloominess dissipated.

I’m so honored to have their wedding featured over on Blushing Bells Iowa today!

In the weeks leading up to their wedding day, the forecast was dooming. Thunderclouds, lighting bolts, and a 70% chance of pouring rain the entire afternoon and evening. It wasn’t until the day before that things started changing. The thunderclouds and lightning bolts disappeared from the graphic and the chance of rain went down to only 20%. Still, we prepped some backup plans for photos just in case, including a quick shipment of umbrellas. As it turned out, we didn’t need them at all! It rained that morning, but by the time we needed to go outside for photos, the rain had stopped and the greens in the grass and trees were nearly vibrant from the fresh drench.

Xiaoni & Jung met several years ago in the same lab at the University of Iowa. They were introduced briefly, but didn’t really become friends until about a year later when he was doing a rotation in the lab she worked in. Since that time, they have weathered many ups and downs, including both taking on huge educational workloads and her moving to Connecticut to attend Yale while he finished up medical school here in Iowa. The distant has made their relationship stronger though and it’s clear how much respect they have for each other as well as how deeply they love the other. It’s a joy to witness this next step in their relationship and it’s made even better by the fact that Jung just graduated the week before their wedding and will be doing his residency in New York, just a little over an hour away from Xiaoni! They are getting geographically much closer.

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Xiaoni & Jung’s color palette was perfect for a May wedding: blush pink, champagne, mint green, gold…it was soft and gorgeous.
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They both got ready at the Iowa House Hotel, which was perfect since it was a short walk uphill to where we were going to take photos and another short walk from there to the church. All of their wedding day events would be happening within 3 blocks of each other!
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They chose to do a first look before the ceremony, which allowed us plenty of time for photos as well as getting all the formal photos done beforehand!
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Every bouquet should have ribbons in my opinion. They are my favorite!
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During cocktail hour, we went back outside for a few more photos, this time with Xiaoni’s stunning cathedral blusher veil.
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Photography: Emily Crall Photography

Wedding Coordinator: Chevrons & Champagne Weddings

Videography: Diamond Label Films

Florals: Shelly Sarver Designs

Cake Artist: Tip Top Cakes

Catering: University Catering

DJ: B.A.M. Productions

Makeup & Hair: Flip Salon

Paper Suite: Minted

Bridal Gown: David’s Bridal

Suits: Macy’s

Ceremony Venue: First United Methodist Church

Reception Venue: Iowa Memorial Union

Last summer I had the honor of photographing Melanie & Dan’s wedding. It was such a unique celebration of marriage with their combination of traditional American and traditional Hindu ceremonies. Their wedding day was bursting with colors: bright pinks, citrus oranges, deep reds, and shimmering golds! It was a feast for the eyes. In the time since, their wedding has been featured four times (on Maharani Weddings, Baubles & Bowties, and The Big Fat Indian Wedding) and today on Borrowed & Blue.

This wedding day was such a wonderful collaboration of many talented artists and I’m so glad to not only work with such talent, but to see my clients being so well treated and loved by everyone they have chosen to work with. Enjoy another look back at this beautiful wedding day.

It’s been a gloomy & unusually cold few days here in Iowa so it’s hard to remember how hot it actually was at Sara & Corey’s summer wedding last year, but I do recall feeling the need to shower every few minutes. Despite the heat of the day, their ceremony was held on the Hotel Vetro rooftop patio and it was absolutely perfect. Right before the ceremony began, we got some delicious cloud coverage, which helped ease the heat and a slight breeze ruffled through the rows. As for photos, I found a spot on the University of Iowa campus that would provide shade during the high heat as well as a slight wind tunnel due to the positioning of the buildings. (I use that spot a lot in hot weather for that specific reason!) With that combination of shade and a breeze, we all made it; just a few drops of sweat!

Their wedding was gorgeous with the most lovely palette of navy, blush pink, and soft gray. Get inspired over at Blushing Bells today, where their wedding is being featured!

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