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Chanelle & Nikunj

A Lake Keomah Tented Backyard Spring Wedding

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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.

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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

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  1. Sim Frankel says:

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

  2. Karen Kay Christensen Messamer says:

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

  3. Simon Hills says:

    Best wedding ever! Perfectly captured 🙂

  4. Bradley Ericson says:

    So extraordinary!

  5. Amy Miller says:

    These are stunning!

  6. Vatsala Anuj says:

    These photos are so precious!!!!

  7. Erica Renee Drake says:

    Beautiful photos for this beautiful day and couple

  8. Sara Stratton says:

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

  9. Emily Weber says:

    Beautiful!

  10. Nidhi Patel says:

    The moments r captured beautifully x great job x

  11. Missy Ringnalda says:

    Amazing! Can’t wait to see the rest.

  12. Leigh Howell says:

    What a gorgeous wedding

  13. Jessica Courtney says:

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

  14. Carly Kravitz says:

    Gorgeous!!!

  15. Brittany Sparks says:

    Absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!

  16. Emily Gravestock says:

    What a beautiful day 🙂

  17. Sue Dingle says:

    Beautiful pictures, congratulations

  18. Rishi Gohil says:

    Beautiful album!

  19. Joshua Vallis says:

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

  20. Leah Miller says:

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

  21. Helena Hills says:

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

  22. Joanna Dingle says:

    You have beautifully captured an incredible wedding!

  23. Angie Lomas says:

    Amazing!

  24. Carey Fullilove says:

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

  25. Jazlyn Fitz says:

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

  26. Katie Mothershead says:

    Beautiful pictures and perfect location ! Congrats!

  27. Kelly Drake says:

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

  28. Jessica Ashley says:

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

  29. Crystal Fawcett says:

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

  30. Crystal Fawcett says:

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

  31. Angie Lomas says:

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

  32. Jamie Wilcoxon Bowman says:

    Absolutely beautiful pics!

  33. Jessa Nicole Drake says:

    Stunning!! Great work Emily!!

  34. Traci Bazzelle says:

    Gorgeous!

  35. Alka Anuj says:

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

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