Rural Iowa Wedding of Sarah and Ross

It was the most perfect of October days, and Sarah and Ross were ready to get married. At the church in Clarence, Iowa, Sarah and her bridesmaids had their hair done. The clock was ticking but Ross was nowhere to be seen.

Sarah wasn’t going to worry. She was on time, and knew Ross would come. She had a calm excitement for this day to finally be here – and in good humor imagining her annoyance at Ross during their First Look.

Bridal Gown and bride getting ready

And then he came, and joined his groomsmen before getting dressed.

Groom getting dressed

The couple’s First Look – seeing each other before the ceremony – happened in an empty room not far from the church sanctuary. These first shots from my assistant Cathy of this moment were just beautiful.

Bride and groom first look

During the First Look, Sarah informed Ross that she was wearing the dress he helped choose back when she had narrowed down her favorites. Ross chose wisely, thus proving himself with good taste in style.

Bride and groom meet and kiss

The soon-to-be newlyweds.

Bride and groom

Turns out that after formals we had some extra time to kill before the ceremony. So they got more photos of themselves outside the church.

Bride and groom standing

Sarah’s dad, after walking her down the aisle, later said it was just as hard to give her away as it was her older sisters. And Ross, after being teased about not kissing her intensely enough at the ceremony rehearsal the day before, made sure he did so after they said their vows.

Bride walking down aisle and First Kiss

After church, it was time to party. Enroute to the reception, the couple, their bridal party and a handful of friends wanted to stop for photos at a park in Mount Vernon, Iowa.

Bridal party by lake

Ross’ brother, Kelly, was just crazy excited about his brother getting married. Can ya tell?

Brother of groom showing excitement

At the reception, members of the bridal party gave a mix of animated, memorable, bittersweet and poignant speeches.

People giving wedding toasts

We had a CrazyBooth at this party, and here are some highlights to commemorate the craziness.

People acting goofy

Ross and Sarah are now in Hawaii. After they return, they move to the Twin Cities where Ross will begin a post-doctorate.

Couple dancing

Thanks to you both for having me as part of your day. Enjoy your time off, and best wishes in your new life.

Cheers,

Shuva Rahim's signature

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Wedding Notes

Ceremony: St. John’s United Church of ChristClarence, Iowa, with the Rev. David Mears officiating
Reception: Regal Crown Receptions, Lisbon, Iowa
Photographer: Accent Photographics (me!) assisted by Cathy Kovach
First Dance Song: “When You Got a Good Thing” by Lady Antebellum
Entertainment: A Fine Affair DJCedar Rapids
Florist: Tipton Greenhouse & Florist
Cake: Yummy’s Gourmet CakesCoralville, Iowa
Wedding Gown & Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal
Tuxes: Men’s Wearhouse
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Accent Photographics specializes in on-location baby, children and family photography, and special-event photography of weddings in eastern

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