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Stephanie & Matt

A Celebration Farm Iowa City Spring Wedding





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She was in the hotel room. Comfortable, but fidgety. Her hair and makeup were done, she had eaten lunch, and she had carefully laid out everything she would be wearing that day. There was nothing left to do but get into her gown. As I began photographing, she softly moved about, busying herself with any last minute detail she could think of. “I’m so excited,” she said. “I’m anxious to see him. There’s nothing else left for me to do. I’m so ready.”

While their ceremony and reception were being held later on at the Celebration Farm, they both got ready nearby at the Marriott. It was forecasted to potentially rain that day, but instead we got humid sunshine and a very slight breeze. Thankfully, as the day progressed, the weather also got more comfortable!

Stephanie & Matt were not just a beautiful couple to photograph, but a truly gracious couple to work with! I could say a thousand wonderful things about them, but I’ll let the photos speak for themselves.
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CelebrationFarmWedding_SM_EmilyCrall_0822.jpgThis. If you’re on the fence about a first look, this is reason enough to have one. You know in this moment there is no one else in the world but her and him.
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We drove out to Celebration Farm for the rest of the day and were met there with a gorgeous bridal party.

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Let’s take a moment to admire those triceps. Girrrllllll…

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Photography: Emily Crall Photography
Wedding Coordinator: Tweedt Weddings
Venue: The Celebration Farm Amphitheater & Timber Frame Barn
Makeup: Salon La Di Da
Hair: Salon Voche
Bridal Gown: Sarah’s Bridal
Bridesmaid Gowns: David’s Bridal
Suits: Men’s Wearhouse
Florals: Heaven Scent
Cake Artist: Deluxe Cakes & Bakery
Catering: Ruzicka’s Catering
DJ: Big D’s Jamz
Paper Suite: Zephyr Weddings


  1. […] & Matt are just the most fun couple! I have gotten to see them several times since their wedding and watching them become parents to little Silas is just, well, even better than watching them […]

  2. […] Stephanie: “My husband and I didn’t really have to debate on a first look, we just both kinda wanted one. I think it is such a special moment to share with each other. The day is so crazy and hectic (in a good way!) that looking back, this was one of the few moments we had that was just so intimate and raw. Once we saw each other, all the nerves and jitters just melted away. Emily was there capturing the moments, but honestly, there could have been 100 people there and we wouldn’t have noticed anything because were were just so in the moment with each other. The whole day is spent celebrating with family and friends and this is just such an important moment to have between the two of you.” […]

  3. Marcia Peterson says:

    Beautiful pictures Emily. Thank you for catching so many of those special moments.

  4. Judy Hostetler Balbinot says:

    Beautiful! Especially love the first look. ♥️ His expression is priceless! And oh my goodness. Who has a drone?! Did you invite Justyn Miller with his drones?

  5. Carla Whipple says:

    Lovely! The aerial view of celebration farm… Helicopter or selfie stick extension??

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