Lake Keomah Backyard Summer Wedding: Chanelle + Nik

Lake Keomah Backyard Summer Wedding: Chanelle + Nik

Chanelle + Nik’s backyard summer wedding is the perfect way to usher in June and the exciting wedding season ahead. From the light pink dress and the jaw-dropping florals to the amazing location and stunning color combos, this is one Iowa wedding you won’t be able to get enough of. 

Backyard Summer Wedding

From the Photographer: Chanelle and Nik 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 and 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’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. They shared their First Look in the backyard under the leafy trees and guests parked in the state park across the lake and were ferried across by a pontoon. Isn’t that the most magical way to get to a wedding ceremony?

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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