Romantic Barn Wedding // Levi + Emily 6.1.19

I have been swooning over this gorgeous wedding since Saturday! Levi and Emily’s day could not have gone more perfectly, and I’m so incredibly thankful I was there to photograph it. Emily knows a friend and previous bride of mine, which is how she found me. When she reached out to me over a year ago, I KNEW their day would be special. She shared with me about her sweet little family of her, Levi, and their little daughter Presley. They immediately had my heart!

Levi and Emily’s wedding day was at Red Acre Barn in Prole, Iowa, on the anniversary of their first date. The forecast had warned of rain, but weather cleared up the day before— it was a warm, slightly overcast, and altogether perfect day for Emily to marry the love of her life. The girls were there bright and early to start getting hair and makeup on in their matching robes, giggling and sipping mimosas out of handmade, custom glasses. Emily was calm and collected as she was pampered, and her sweet bridesmaids took care of her every need. Emily’s mom and daughter were there with her, and the love the 3 of them shared melted my heart to my toes!

Emily’s momma helped her put on her GORGEOUS wedding gown before Emily shared a sweet first look with Presley. We then brought Emily’s dad up with his eyes covered for a first look. When Emily’s dad turned and saw her, he was overwhelmed and fell to his knee—2 years ago on the day of the wedding, Emily’s dad had been in a motorcycle accident that should have taken his life. It was such a blessing for him to be witnessing his beautiful daughter on her wedding day!

The guys got ready on the main level in a really cool groom’s suite! Little did Levi know the surprise in the works when his best man, Tim, snuck out of the room a little before they all finished getting ready. Levi expected a first look with Emily as we walked him outside, but she had something else in mind. After Tim snuck out, he had put on a loveeeeely dress (that fit him so well! haha) and was the one who was waiting for Levi instead of his bride when he turned around. This was such a funny moment!

After the bridal party photos, Levi and Emily met up around the corner of the barn to read letters written to one another and calm their nerves before the ceremony. Their guests made their way down the hill to the ceremony area and sat on gorgeous wooden benches.  Levi walked the parents down and then waited expectantly for his bride as the rest of the bridal party walked through the doorway on the path one by one. Guests stood as Emily made her appearance, walking arm-in-arm with her daddy while her sweet daughter walked in front of them and dropped rose petals on the path. Emily’s dad officiated their ceremony. Levi and Emily exchanged rings and vows, planted a small bush together, and were prayed over by Emily’s mom before sealing their marriage with a kiss. After giving their love to all their guests, they finished taking pictures and then the bridal party made their grand entrance into the reception!

Levi and Emily’s reception was SO sweet! They walked right in to cut the cake, and you could see the playfulness they shared as they both attempted to smash it in one another’s faces. As dinner was wrapping up, their best friends shared toasts before the dance floor was prepared. Levi and Emily shared their first dance as husband and wife before inviting Presley to dance with them-- as Levi leaned in and was forehead to forehead with Presley, their daddy-daughter bond was so evident. Emily danced with her dad and Levi with his mom, and then the dance floor was open! Levi and Emily chatted with their guests, spent time with their bridal party, and then snuck out at sunset for more photos of the two of them. Their day was SO perfect, their love story is so perfect, their family is so perfect, and I’m so thankful I was there to see it all.

HUGEEEEE shout out to all the amazing vendors!

Second Shooter // Amelia Renee Photography

Videographer // Leah Rose Productions

DJ // Julion Sumpter

Florist // The English Rose

Catering // Ken Welch

Cake Artist // Little Blackbird Bakery

Makeup // S + K Glam Team

Hair // Stacy Allgood

Dresses // Bridal Elegance

Tuxes // Skeffington’s

Rentals // Vintage Love Rentals + A Family Affair

Gabrielle Glover