May 31, 2016

The Hotel at Kirkwood Center Wedding : Jaclyn & Jacob

Hotel_Kirkwood_Wedding_EmilyCrall_Photo_0112.jpgThe whole day we all kept commenting about the weather and how we couldn’t have gotten anything better had we tried. The weekend before had been unusually cold with winds and rain, but on Saturday, the sun shone bright and the breeze brought welcome cooling. It was the kind of weather where you wanted to be outside all day long.

It’s always a fascinating for me to meet the families and bridal party (who are presumably the best friends) of my couples. Since I met Jaclyn & Jake first, it was a treat to see the full-rounded background of their lives by filling in the pieces of so many important people. So, even though I had heard about Jaclyn’s long-time crush on Jake back in high school at their engagement session, it was  a hilarious treat to hear Jaclyn’s friend, Rachel, describe the true depth of that one-sided crush so many years ago.

Jaclyn & Jacob are a beautiful couple with such sweet, genuine hearts. I have absolutely loved getting to know them and am so excited for them to finally be married! With the preparations all laid out, we met at the church. Jaclyn had her mother’s wedding shoes cleaned and planned to wear them on her own wedding day!
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Jaclyn & Jake chose to have a first look, which then gave us time to take some of their photos as well as all of their family photos before the ceremony.
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And this magnificent field of flowers was right behind the church, which felt like a huge stroke of luck.
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Their reception was at The Hotel at Kirkwood Center, which is always a treat because the space is beautiful, but I truly love working with Mary and the staff there. They always take such great care of us.
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During the reception, I snuck Jaclyn & Jake out for a few minutes to get some fresh air and take some extra photos. I commented over on Facebook about why I love to take couples out for sunset photos. The light is beautiful, of course, but it’s also about giving the couple permission and time to push the pause button and soak in their feelings. The whole day flies by and anytime I can try to slow it down for them, I do.
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Photography: Emily Crall Photography

Ceremony Venue: St. John’s Catholic Church

Reception Venue: The Hotel at Kirkwood Center

Videography: Nepo Productions

Invitations & Paper Goods: Zephyr Weddings

Florals: Hy-Vee Johnson Avenue

Cake Artist & Catering: The Hotel at Kirkwood Center

DJ: B.A.M. Productions

Makeup & Hair: Kayla at Tru Salon

Bridal Gown: Bridal Boutique

Maids’ Gowns: Heart to Heart Bridal

Suits: Holly’s Shop for Men

Linens: Spielman’s Event Services

Transportation: Black Diamond Limousine

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  1. Amanda St Andrews

    May 31st, 2016 at 1:34 PM

    Gorgeous photos of a gorgeous wedding for a gorgeous couple! Such a fun day, blessed to have been a part of it

  2. Rachel Craig

    May 31st, 2016 at 2:00 PM

    So beautiful!

  3. Lindsey Scarola

    May 31st, 2016 at 2:15 PM

    Love the photos, they turned out beautiful!

  4. Sara Shields Ruhlmann

    May 31st, 2016 at 2:51 PM

    These pictures are as stunning as everything about the wedding was! I didn’t know you were wearing your Mom’s wedding shoes, that is awesome!

  5. Lauren Hoffman

    May 31st, 2016 at 3:57 PM

    I love the story you told with these beautiful photos. Such an amazing wedding. I’m so happy for you Jaclyn and Jacob!

  6. Jacob Craig

    May 31st, 2016 at 4:32 PM

    Great pictures, thank you so much for capturing our day!

  7. Rhonda Rohlk Christensen

    May 31st, 2016 at 5:00 PM

    Over the top stunning!!! Love seeing the love through pictures! Beautiful couple!!! Beautiful wedding!!!

  8. Taylor Kesterson

    May 31st, 2016 at 5:26 PM

    Beautiful pictures of a perfect day!

  9. Jean Hoffman

    May 31st, 2016 at 5:48 PM

    Emily, you captured everything beautiful about the day. These pictures will be cherished always.

  10. Lindsey Payton Reed

    May 31st, 2016 at 6:15 PM

    Emily captured amazing shots of a beautiful couple on an amazing day!!

  11. Kelsay Marie

    May 31st, 2016 at 6:51 PM

    Amazing!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️

  12. Janda Petersen

    May 31st, 2016 at 7:31 PM

    We had the best time! Beautiful wedding and family!

  13. Kelly O'Rourke

    May 31st, 2016 at 8:05 PM

    Such a beautiful couple. All the photos turned out amazing!

  14. Kim Bergen-Jackson

    June 1st, 2016 at 1:53 AM

    The photos are stunning and breathtaking!! The couple are adorable! The day was just perfect and now they are off on a perfect honeymoon.

  15. Shelly Craig Skahill

    June 1st, 2016 at 2:11 AM

    Beautiful wedding for two beautiful special people. Pictures are great!

  16. Tyler Craig

    June 1st, 2016 at 2:13 AM

    Awesome photos!

  17. Rebecca Wagner

    June 1st, 2016 at 2:15 AM

    Beautiful!!!

  18. Amanda M. Bagby

    June 1st, 2016 at 8:32 PM

    The most stunning couple made for some stunning photos! Love ya cookies!

  19. Sylvie Hall

    June 1st, 2016 at 10:13 PM

    The perfect day captured beautifully by Emily Crall Photography!

  20. Melissa Ludovissy

    June 2nd, 2016 at 11:29 AM

    Love this!!!

  21. Sara Pumphrey

    June 2nd, 2016 at 11:53 AM

    Beautiful photos!!❤️

  22. Sydney Brady

    June 2nd, 2016 at 11:57 AM

    ❤️❤️❤️

  23. Chiwaya Mbaso-Sikapizye

    June 3rd, 2016 at 2:56 AM

    Congratulations, it was a beautiful wedding

  24. Scott Craig

    June 6th, 2016 at 2:41 AM

    Amazing pictures and memories !

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