Category: Iowa

Iowa Backyard Wedding: Emma + Tucker

Emma and Tucker’s Iowa backyard wedding will have you smiling! Their wedding this past May was at Emma’s childhood farm in Sperry, Iowa. The joyous day was filled with heart-warming looks, a marvelous outdoor landscape, and a chic theme with gold colors. Kim from KimAnne Photography captured all the day’s beautiful moments. See the photos and find out more…

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Kim tells us, “Can I just say Emma and Tucker’s wedding was absolutely out of this world stunning and simply breathtaking?! We have loved getting to know Emma and Tucker, they are very special to us and I know they will find so much happiness together in their newest adventures.”

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“Their wedding ceremony was so elegant and intimate, held in Emma’s childhood backyard garden, adorned with sweet momentos of her family and beautiful flowers. Emma’s mother’s best friend, Gina, from Peacock Park Designs, brought a mobile wedding day with her when she arrived the week of the wedding and, together with their closest family and friends, did not miss a detail throughout the day. Every last detail was thought of from the old fashioned typewriter with their names typed together to their beautiful love story pinned to their darling little flower girl’s dress. We were awestruck and in photography heaven the entire day!”

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“Their reception was held in a beautiful tent in their backyard and their guests were treated to the amazing band “HELLONUVO” from Chicago as entertainment, and a great time was had by everyone who had the honor of celebrating with them. The lanterns topped off the night in a beautiful remembrance of Teresa and she was there the entire day in every amazing detail that adorned their wedding and in every loving guest that attended.”

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Blown away by Emma and Tucker’s wedding photos? Then be sure to check out KimAnne Photography. You can also see Kim’s wedding photographer business listing in the Emmaline Bride Bridal Book.

All images courtesy of KimAnne Photography. All rights reserved.

Iowa Engagement Session: Brett + Alivia

Brett and Alivia’s Iowa engagement session was something special. Meet Brett and Alivia! This happy couple’s engagement session this past fall has some marvelous details. One cool detail included in the photo shoot was Brett’s 1965 Ford F100 truck passed down from his grandfather. Photographing their engagement session was Paul, from Catchlight Imaging Inc. Brett and Alivia will be getting married this July. See the photos…

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Iowa Engagement Session

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Did you enjoy Alivia and Brett’s engagement session? Than you should check out their photographer Catchlight Imaging Inc. You can also see Paul’s wedding photographer business listing in the Emmaline Bride local wedding vendor guide.

All images courtesy of Catchlight Imaging Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Celebration Barn Wedding in Solon, IA: Rachel + Bryan


This Celebration Barn Wedding was a glorious event! Rachel and Bryan’s wedding at the Celebration Barn in Solon, IA was a day they’ll never forget. Rachel’s details include her stunning dress and sleek peep toe shoes. Her bridesmaids wore an elegant one-shoulder green dress that perfectly coordinated with flower colors and wedding theme. Bryan and groomsmen wore a fashionable black tie and grey suit. Their reception at the Celebration Barn had an impressive stone arch under which they were wed. Their wedding had other great elements including fun Mr. and Mrs. signs, cute flower girls, an adorable ring bearer, and a red train car perfect for a lively group photo. Capturing their Celebration Barn wedding and every little detail was photographer Laura from Ruby Shoes Photography. Check out Rachel and Bryan’s wedding after the jump…

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Check out more photos from this wedding right here.

Since you loved these photos and need to see more from this Massachusetts wedding photographer, check out Laura’s website Ruby Shoes Photography. You can also view Laura’s business listing in the Emmaline Bride Bridal Book.

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Andrew + Teresa’s Flirtatiously Fun Engagement Shoot


Andrew and Teresa’s fun engagement shoot was recently photographed in Indianola, Iowa. This future bride and groom enjoyed posing for the camera in wide open fields all while enjoying a picnic with wine and cheese. Following their delicious picnic, Andrew strung a few chords on his guitar for Teresa before a full session of fun broke out with Andrew’s two daughters and one large balloon. Their fun engagement shoot photographer was Allison from Allison Marie Photography. Allison being a friend of Teresa was able to listen to her engagement shoot inspiration ideas and capture them perfectly in some beautiful locations including Buxton Park and Lake Ahquabi. See for yourself.

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We love hearing from the bride! Read about Teresa’s e-session experience in her own words:

“We were thrilled to book Allison as our photographer; not only because she has been a dear friend to me; but also because she creates such BEAUTIFUL work. Allison has an amazing talent at capturing God’s beauty and light. We knew we wanted a natural and artistic look to our photos, and knew Allison would capture those shots perfectly.

Andrew and I love the outdoors, so we knew we wanted our engagement pictures to reflect that. I started to search for inspiration by searching online for ‘engagement pictures’ and ‘trees’, ‘flowers’, ‘lake’, etc; and then I decided upon my favorites. I sent several of my inspiration photos to Allison, and she found some locations that were similar.

I then took on finding outfits and some props for the photos. I knew I wanted our outfits to match in color scheme, and to be something we would wear out on a fun date. I found a silk khaki jacket that I knew I wanted to wear and I love the color navy, so that inspired one set of outfits. Andrew liked the peach, orange and white, so that inspired our second look. It was fun to mix and match items to come up with the perfect look. We decided to do a picnic with cheese and wine, because Andrew and I both enjoy them; plus it is just a cute theme. We also wanted some pictures to reflect Andrew’s love of music, so we found some sheet music and took some pictures with his guitar. And, we were inspired by an engagement picture that included balloons for our last theme. We found a giant orange balloon; which created some fun awesome pictures.

We were very happy that Allison understood the look we hoped to create and found the ideal locations, immaculate sunlight, and appropriate settings to perfect our engagement pictures. We are excited to see what she does with our upcoming wedding photos!”

We can’t wait to see the wedding photos, too! Thanks to Teresa and Andrew for sharing your day with us and for Allison Marie Photography for the beautiful images.

If you’re looking for more creative photo shoots than you’ll want to check out Allison Marie Photography. Allison is a preferred photographer in The Bridal Book at Emmaline Bride and you may view her listing here.

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Keri + Drew’s Shabby Chic Wedding

Keri + Drew’s shabby chic wedding is absolutely stunning. Their Iowa shabby chic wedding has so many beautiful details including mason jars, weathered furniture, and flowery greenery that pops. Keri and Drew went out incorporating the color green into their wedding details from the brides shoes and table centerpieces to their delicious green candy table. Using more than just the color green, one of the most unique and creative ideas Keri and Drew used in their shabby chic wedding was the use of plants as guest favors. Photographing their Iowa wedding was Emily from Emily Crall Photography. Emily fills us in on some of the couple’s wedding day fun.

Emily tells us, “Keri and Drew were married in the hot, muggy Iowa summer, but no amount of heat could overshadow their beautiful day. Every little attention to detail was carefully created and crafted by their family and friends, who spent days and weeks preparing the grounds for this wedding. The groom’s mother owns Sisters’ Garden & Bloom, where the reception was held, and so there was an endless supply of unique vintage furniture, candles, antiquities, apothecary goods, tableware and chandeliers. Since the groom himself is a landscaper, he created a sort of sandy beach area as well as a gurgling tiny waterfall and stream in the backyard area. Keri and Drew had guests write their well-wishes on stones and Drew will use those to incorporate into a landscaping design at their home.”

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Ceremony: Sugar Creek Mennonite Church, Wayland, Iowa
Reception: Sisters’ Garden & Bloom, Kalona, Iowa
Flowers: The Empire House
Decor: Keri & Drew’s family and friends

Want to see more happy couples? Check out Emily Crall Photography for more lovely Iowa weddings.

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Love at the School House Engagement

Are you ready to be schooled in the ways of love? Let’s begin today’s tutorial by learning about this fun and creative school house engagement shoot. Our engaged couple Alex and Robin have quite the cute story on how they met and ended up posing in an Iowa school house for their engagement session. The talented photographer team of Rodney and Jodi Gehman from The Gehmans captured and recreated this couple’s past romantic chemistry adding a lot of old school history into what is known as the “School House Engagement”.

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Their photographers tells us, “Alex and Robin are a wonderful young couple full of life and laughs and energy. They first met in grade school, and by the time they were in fifth grade in small town Iowa, they had a major crush on each other. But, like most fifth grade relationships, someone has to step up and take charge. Sometimes its a friend who has to be a go-between, and pass notes for you, and do the talking for you, but in this case… Neither Alex nor Robin did anything. Neither one made a move!

Fast forward to two years after their high school graduation, and they reconnected, fell in love and the rest is history! We really wanted to find an old school house for their engagement session, and it so happened we didn’t have to look very far at all. Just a few blocks from Alex and Robin’s house sits a reconstructed school house that is now a history museum, complete with desks, props and chalk boards!”

We hope you enjoy!

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If you loved this creative photography shoot and are interested in seeing more wedding photography from this incredible husband and wife wedding photographer team, check out their site The Gehmans.

You can also visit The Gehman’s advertisement in the Emmaline Bride wedding vendor Bridal Book.

Rodney & Jodi Gehman are a husband and wife photography team from Kalona, IA, specializing in wedding photography with motion picture.