Summer Rooftop Wedding: Sara + Corey

Summer Rooftop Wedding: Sara + Corey

The Iowa heat and humidity didn’t stop Sara + Corey from enjoying every minute of their summer rooftop wedding. Luckily, photographer Emily Crall was able to find the couple some shade and a light breeze during some of their photos.  At the reception, guests enjoyed a wide selection of food options including a make-your-own salad bar, southern shrimp and grits, and a chef-made create your own pasta station. 

Summer Rooftop wedding

From the Photographer: Humidity made the air thick and the sun shone bright on their wedding day. The ladies were gathered in her air conditioned hotel room, cool and calm as they sipped mimosas and snacked on homemade cookies and sandwiches. Sara had the happiest smile on her face the whole time; patient and excited for the day to unfold.

At their engagement session last fall, Sara & Corey had told me about the first time they met. About how they had texted for a while before being able to coordinate an in-person meeting. How Sara had liked him over text and hoped he didn’t turn out to be lame. (“He did not,” she said.) Their conversation was easy, comfortable. “I had a feeling he was really genuine and kind and I knew I wanted to see him again. That was unusual for me. I didn’t just want to give him one more try; this time, I was actually hoping for a second date.”

That first date turned in a second date, then a third, fourth, fifth, and now a lifetime of dates ahead. Sara & Corey are so comfortable together and they are incredibly kind to the people they come in contact with. At the reception, one of Corey’s cousins told me, “Is there anything wrong with the guy? I’ve been trying to find a flaw for years.”

Despite the heat of the day, their ceremony was held on the Hotel Vetro rooftop patio and it was absolutely perfect. Right before the ceremony began, we got some delicious cloud coverage, which helped ease the heat and a slight breeze ruffled through the rows. As for photos, I found a spot on the University of Iowa campus that would provide shade during the high heat as well as a slight wind tunnel due to the positioning of the buildings. With that combination of shade and a breeze, we all made it; just a few drops of sweat!

Photography: Emily Crall Photography 
Videography: Diamond Label Films 
Makeup & Hair: Zen Salon & Spa  
Bridal Gown: Wedding By Design
Maids’ Gowns: Davids Bridal 
Suits: Men’s Wearhouse
Florals: Covington & Company (now merged with Unique Events Iowa)
Cake Artist: Deluxe Cakes & Pastries 
Dessert Bites: Jules Bakery 
Catering: HotelVetro
DJ: Colby Yoder
Paper Suite: Zephyr Weddings 
Venue: HotelVetro, Iowa City
Musicians: String Quartet (ceremony) and Kevin B.F. Burt (cocktail hour)
Transportation: Hawk Bus Properties 


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