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Sarah & Ian

An Iowa City Sheraton Summer Wedding





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SheratonWedding_EmilyCrall_0171.jpgPlanning an outdoor wedding in any area of the country involves two things: 1) a backup plan and 2) a flexible spirit. While we encountered no rain on their wedding day, we did have a brutal heat wave sweep through that brought temps in the upper 90s with “but it feels like 103” cautions from the weathermen. The morning of their wedding, Sarah & Ian made the decision to move their ceremony indoors and, in a matter of a few hours, the ballroom in Hotel Vetro was set up as if it had been the original plan all along. Their Sheraton wedding reception was just next door through the pedestrian mall and was brought to life with stunning florals and amazing design. Scroll on through to see!

Sarah & Ian, you guys were a dream to work with. Thank you for being flexible, for being gracious, and for being such kind souls. I wish you so much love and happiness!!
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Sarah’s “something blue” was this stunning ring that was a gift from Ian’s family. His father had given it the blue stone to his mother when she was pregnant with Ian and they had it reset in a ring with the stones from Sarah’s grandmother’s necklace. I absolutely adore all the history present in this one piece of jewelry.

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Sarah’s eyes…I could photograph them all day every day.

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The back of the gown was so intricate and perfect! All of the lace detailing was so fun to photograph!


Ian is a realtor so this custom sign was a fun surprise for them!!

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I loved working with this bridal party for a few reasons, but the first being that any bridal party who pays attention during photos gets automatic gold stars from me! Despite the heat, they graciously went along with my plan to do photos outside with the promise that if they listened, I’d move quickly and they could dash back into the hotel lobby to cool down.

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We stepped out for some sunset photos on the rooftop (where their ceremony was going to be) during dinner.

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Photography: Emily Crall Photography
Wedding Coordinator: Town or Country Event Design & Coordination
Makeup: Buzz Salon
Hair: Michael Tschantz Salon
Bridal Gown: Allure Bridal from Bridal Boutique
Bridesmaid Gowns: J.Crew
Suits: Austin Burke
Florals: HyVee Florals
Cake Artist: Tip Top Cakes
Catering: Sheraton
DJ: LMD Productions
Paper Suite: Zephyr Weddings
Ceremony Venue: Hotel Vetro
Reception Venue: Sheraton Ballroom


  1. […] known this family for years, all the way back to 2015 when I photographed Ian & Sarah’s wedding! Miss Jennifer, Ian’s mom, used to work in the daycare at the gym and took care of my own […]

  2. Anne Wallace says:

    Beautiful pics
    Wonderful time
    Great families

  3. Elie Halsch says:

    These pictures are amazing!! Can’t believe how much fun we had!

  4. Cara Montgomery says:

    Love all these pics!! Such a good time!

  5. Kara Nicole says:

    So much love! So happy for you two!

  6. Natasha Nicole Helmick says:

    Absolutely beautiful! Wish I could have been there!

  7. Stephanie Marsh Belford says:

    Beautiful wedding and photographs! Just lovely.

  8. Amy Lee Whitmore says:

    I wish Ian and Sarah could get married every weekend!! The best of all time!

  9. Beth Anne Marsh says:

    Beautiful pictures!!!!!

  10. Jennifer Gross Whitmore says:

    I so love these pictures…….brings back the day over and over!

  11. Carla Whipple says:

    Gah!!! I love a well-done classic wedding!

  12. Joanna Halsch says:

    Beautiful couple and beautiful day! It was so much fun!

  13. Jessi Gordon says:

    Best wedding ever!!

  14. Chelsea Holman says:

    The best day with the best couple!

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