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November 8, 2018

Friday weddings are my favorite. There’s something magical about getting married on a Friday; like the rest of the world is carrying on and you’ve carved out a little nook all your own. So when Diana & Lee hired me for their Friday wedding, I was excited not only because it was a Friday, but because some of my favorite vendors would be there, their color scheme and design style was going to be stunning, and Diana & Lee themselves are so sweet and I knew they’d be so fun to work with.

Their engagement session just a few months ago was hot and humid (and buggy!), but their wedding was a gorgeous fall day with perfect weather. The day started out overcast (which was beautiful for photos!), but the sun came beaming right during their ceremony and cast it’s glorious warm light all over them as they vowed their love to each other.

When Lee proposed to Diana and they started looking for a wedding date, Lee suggested a wedding this fall, which in wedding terms would be a quick engagement season, but he had a point when he told Diana that he loves her and wants to marry her and, well, why wait? They quickly pulled Jennifer of Harper Hadley Events into the planning equation and she took the reins on helping them bring their vision to life. Diana wanted lots of rich, fall colors, but she also wanted to pull in some food elements into the design. Shelly of Shelly Sarver Designs was the perfect choice to make this happen and the incorporation of grapes and pomegranates and pears and apples made each centerpiece a beautiful creation!

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August 27, 2015

FILED IN: Engaged, Photography

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They first met over breakfast at the Blue Plate Cafe in Memphis, Tennessee. She was living in Mississippi at the time; he in Memphis. They have now ended up in Iowa City as she is finishing up her PhD dissertation at Iowa. When I asked her how she knew he was “the one”, she responded, “When he was willing to let me quit my job to become a full-time student and move in with him. He went from being a bachelor to carrying most of the load for both of us and our feline children. I respect that.”

While Iowa most likely won’t be their home much longer (she presents in October and he owns his own business and works from home), I had the pleasure of photographing them earlier this week while they’re still here. I met with Ellen & Jason at the Terry Trueblood park area for their session and, though we had some gusts of wind, we truly had the most beautiful weather to work with!
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October 27, 2014

FILED IN: Engaged, Photography

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We had had to reschedule their engagement session once already due to rain so when it was raining again, we watched for the weather to clear and went ahead as planned. If I could pick any kind of lighting to shoot in, it would be this. Especially for engagement photos. There’s something so special and romantic about a slight chill in the air and a little mist. It just squeezes love right into every photo.

I met up with Sarah & Ian at Terry Trueblood Recreation Area last week and they came so well prepared with perfect outfit choices and calm, beautiful smiles.

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Also, their dog Jack joined us for a little bit. Isn’t he beautiful?

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I loved this blanket so much that I went to Target the next day to purchase it. Unfortunately, it was sold out and I was very sad. If they ever restock, I’m going to be all over it!

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Let’s not even talk about Sarah’s ring for a second. Let’s instead just look at it and enjoy. Okay? Okay.

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We went to the spot where Ian proposed to Sarah in August. The fall colors combined with the overcast sky made for a perfect location!

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October 13, 2014

Terry Trueblood Wedding - ES © Emily Crall_0173.jpgDespite the sudden drop in temperatures coupled with a strong, cold wind, they smiled and laughed and declared the day was perfect. And it was. Couples like Emily & Shamus are a dream because they don’t let the unchangeables (like weather) ruin a moment. They embrace each other and collect the memories of the day, it’s perfection recalled because it was their day.

Their wedding was held at the Park Lodge at Terry Trueblood Recreation Area, but before we went there, we started in the ladies’ hotel room with the preparations.

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Once we made it out to the ceremony site, we pulled some extra coats from our car (to warm them up in between shots) and strategically scouted for some locations for photos where we’d get the most wind block.

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Emily & Shamus opted for a First Look so there was plenty of time for photos of them as well as the bridal party & family before the ceremony.

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I loved the wind that snuck in perfectly for this shot. One of my favorites.

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They’re married!!

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The evening carried on with lots of food, cake, well-wishes, and dancing. It was a beautiful start to the rest of their lives.

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Photography: Emily Crall Photography
Makeup & Hair: Skin Deep Salon & Spa
Bridal & Maids’ Gowns: David’s Bridal
Suits: Men’s Wearhouse
Florals: Sarah Neary
Cake Artist: Deluxe Cakes & Pastries
Catering: The Avacentre
DJ: Gary Wolter
Photo Booth: Corridor Photo Booths
Paper Suite: Zephyr Weddings
Rentals: Spielmans
Ceremony Venue: The Park Lodge at Terry Trueblood Recreation Area
Reception Venue: The Avacentre

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