A Warm Fall Wedding Day at the Celebration Farm

A Warm Fall Wedding Day at the Celebration Farm

They danced to the lyrics of Boyce Avenue’s “Heaven” as the cafe lights twinkled above them. Family and friends looked on with large smiles and we watched them mouth the words to each other before embracing even tighter. Chelsea + Matt’s vision of a soft, romantic wedding came to fruition at the Celebration Farm in Iowa City last fall and The Modern Lovebird was on the scene to capture it.

While threats of flooding happened elsewhere that week and the rain kept coming, the photo team watched a relaxed wedding party of confident, supportive bridesmaids and groomsmen rally to explain they’d do whatever necessary to ensure the day was perfect. “We’ve got umbrellas… we’ll run back + forth from the car… whatever! What do you need us to do?!”  It was no surprise that Chelsea + Matt surrounded themselves with people like that, either. They’ve found their counterpart in one another — laughing that they’re the same kind of “quirky” and, all the while, so very kind.

While the team was ready, the umbrellas + extra efforts were unnecessary.  The rain held off just in time for a heartfelt first look and portraits at Wilson’s Orchard just up the road from the farm. As if to smile on the couple’s intimate nuptials, the sun also popped out from the clouds as they anticipated their outdoor ceremony under the farm’s stone arches. One particularly special moment was when both mothers helped the couple add dirt to a potted plant during their ceremony. The plant was a lily from one of their family farms and the dirt added was from all the family farms combined so that the couple could plant a piece of their family history in their future home’s yard.

Blush tones, custom lace table runners, an ivory cathedral veil + gown from Brides by Jessa, stationery by Zephyr Weddings, a lovely buttercream cake by Jules Bakery, and to top it all off – gorgeous florals, design, lighting, + music by the Unique Events team brought it all together that day. The couple even worked with The Modern Lovebird team to ensure they had time for sunset portraits of the two of them around the property that evening. This was a seriously gorgeous day!

All images by Robyn + Anna with The Modern Lovebird:
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Groom's tie and music playlist for his wedding day. Groom putting on his tie on his wedding day looking in the mirror. Wedding rings and invitation. Wedding dress details and diamond shoes.

Guest book details. Photos of the bridesmaid helping the bride get dressed on her wedding day. The bride and her crew getting ready for photos on the wedding day. The wedding party in blush and navy getting ready for photos.The groom waiting to see his bride for the first time.The groom lovingly kissing his bride after he saw her for the first time. The bride and groom before their wedding ceremony.

The wedding party in blush and navy on a fall day. Close up photo of blush bridesmaid dresses complimented by light pink and white roses and baby's breath. The groom and his best men overlooking Wilson's Apple Orchard. Beautiful photo of bride and groom ready to kiss on their wedding day. Bride and groom taking photos at Wilson's Apple Orchard on their wedding day. Fun photos of bride and groom on their wedding day at Wilson's Apple Orchard. Bride sporting her long veil with her groom on their wedding day. Solo shots of the groom on his wedding day. Decor at Celebration Farms. Photos of the wedding cake and dessert table and signage. White wedding cake with roses and a "love" topper and sugar cookies to compliment. Adorable "here comes the brides" rustic sign. Ring bearer and his "here comes the bride" sign walking down the isle. "Welcome to the wedding" signage. Father walking his daughter down the isle on her wedding day at Celebration Farms. Groom with his mom on at his ceremony at Celebration Farms. Wedding ceremony at Celebration Farms. Planting Lily's and dirt from the bride and groom's homes at their wedding ceremony for them to plant at their new home together. Planting a lily from one of their family farms and the dirt added was from all the family farms combined so that the couple could plant a piece of their family history in their future home's yard. Bride's bouquet and the happy couple kissing on their wedding day. Outdoor photo of bride and groom hugging at Celebration Farms. Bride and Groom "fist pumping" on their wedding day. Happy Bride and Groom walking outside together on their wedding day at Celebration Farm. Bride and Groom excitedly looking at each other on their fall wedding day. The wedding party celebrating the newly married couple at Celebration Farm. The bride and groom in navy and blush accents on their fall wedding day. The bride and groom's first dance at their reception at Celebration Farm. Photo of wedding guests having a great time at the reception. Photo of bridesmaids and wedding guests at Celebration Farm.Bride dancing at her reception at Celebration Farm.Groom dipping and kissing his bride at their reception.








About Robyn Aaron

I’m a hugger! I’m also a Chicago suburbs gal who stayed in Iowa after college + fell in love with a boy from Kansas. We’re total Midwesterners! (Trust me. We tried the east coast for a bit!) I’m also the owner + principal photographer at The Modern Lovebird (formerly Robyn Photo) and will capture my 100th wedding this year! When I set the camera down, I’m probably drinking coffee and snuggling my two daughters or meeting up with friends for sushi + wine. I adore collaborating with incredible couples + colleagues in the wedding industry to create beautiful memories, so I’m so glad to contribute to the Corridor Wedding Guide this year.