The New Corridor Wedding Guide Is Out!

Iowa corridor wedding guide stack of books

The 2018 Iowa Corridor Wedding Guide is now out! We told you a few weeks ago that Appleby Photography’s image was chosen for the cover here. Now the guide is really out. It’s so fun to be able to see and hold it! And if you need ideas, advice or want to know who the local wedding professionals are that can help you on your big day, pick one up for yourself. The Corridor Wedding Guide website is also amazing for getting you the information you need to plan the wedding you want!

Merry Christmas!

“The joy of brightening other lives, bearing each others’ burdens, easing each others’ loads and supplanting empty hearts and lives with generous gifts becomes for us the magic of the holidays.”
– W. C. Jones

May the good times and special moments of now become your golden memories of tomorrow.
May your holidays be filled with happiness, love and understanding.
And may all your dreams for the coming year be fulfilled.

From our family to yours, have a magical holiday season and happy new year!

Becky & Chris


2018 Corridor Wedding Guide: We Got The Cover!

We got big news yesterday and we’re so excited!

There is a local publication and website, the Corridor Wedding Guide, that helps engaged brides and grooms plan their wedding and advertises wedding professionals and vendors from the area. I love this guide because it not only helps engaged couples, but also because of how much Nicky, the owner, works to support local businesses and people in the community.

Recently, photographers were asked to compete for the cover image spot that will be the face of the publication for all of 2018. The submitted images were then voted on by our fellow business owners.

We are absolutely delighted that Appleby Photography’s image was voted the top choice and we’ll be gracing the front of next year’s wedding guide!!! How amazing is that? It makes my heart happy and I truly appreciate being chosen. What a cheery, effervescent sort of week this makes.

I hope you have wonderful things to be happy and thankful for this week, as well.

Happy Thanksgiving.

cover of iowa corridor wedding guide with image of bride and groom in front of church

Outside Family Portraits | Chelsey & Jeremy

Fall is a beautiful time to capture family portraits outside, on location. The gorgeous reds, oranges and yellows of autumn make a rich, warm backdrop for the photographs. When Chelsey wanted to capture her family, I knew October was going to be a great time to use my favorite park that had pretty maple and oak trees. Here is a look at some of the images I got that day!

outside child portrait session with fall leaves kid on yellow chair

outside child portrait session kid on yellow chair

on location in fall sisters together on bridge with leaves

family photo in fall leaves outside

Wedding Details, Part 1 | Kristen & Nick

Kristen and Nick were recently married in the Iowa City area. I love images from their wedding and I want to share my favorites!

The day started with Kristen getting ready at Iowa City’s hotelVetro. We then went to their wedding ceremony location, which was Saints Peter and Paul Church, which is a former Catholic Church that is now available to rent for weddings.

Next week, we’ll show more images from Kristen and Nick’s special day! Check back!


Fall Grape Harvest

Recently, a friend who has a vineyard asked for help with their fall grape harvest. I said sure, I’d bring six helpers! Our friend already had a winery expecting the grapes to be delivered that evening, so they were lucky to have a beautiful day and were happy for the extra help.

Our friend’s vineyard has 19 rows of beautiful Marquette grape vines that needed to be hand picked before they were weighed and loaded onto the truck. Marquette grapes are a deep, pretty purple color that are grown in the midwest and used to make red wine.

When it’s time to pick grapes, you have a narrow window when they’re at their peak. You need to wait until they have a high enough sugar content, measured in brix, but not so late as to lose fruit to bad weather, pests or even the berries simply splitting open. Luckily, the dry summer and fall has made this a great year for grapes.

The kids enjoyed helping out. Though they did treat the vineyard a little like a “pick-your-own,” tasting the grapes as they went (wine making grapes are sweeter than table grapes), I promise more went into their buckets than their mouths.

After feeding apples to the horses, my 11-year-old has decided that we need to move to the country, too. She says we can have a vineyard, and she’ll have horses, chickens and cows (but no pigs, because “the only thing you can do with pigs is eat them”). And, she said she dreamed we got a llama for the farm, too.

But, for now, I think we’ll stick with just lending a helping hand at other people’s vineyards when we can.

Wedding Album | Shelby & Jeff

I love being able to show off what our clients’ finished wedding albums look like. It’s such a better way for couples to savor the images, them being able to pour over each photograph, instead of just looking at a small proof booklet or seeing them online. Brides and grooms are always amazed at how much better it is to see their wedding photographs in an actual album.

I worked with Shelby and Jeff to create a beautiful album for them that I want to share. Also, if you want to see more images from their wedding (and you really do–it was an amazing event!), you can see the sneak peek here, details about their venue Oak Hill, and a lot of photos from their whole wedding, which was featured on the Corridor Wedding Guide.

It was so important to have to the details from the day in the album. This is what you spend so much time working on as you plan, yet the details are some of the things you forget first. Capturing them in the album will help you remember all the important elements of the day.

Shelby and Jeff had a lot of special details, too. Like the childhood photo collages that they displayed in the old school house for people to see during the cocktail hour. And the candy buffet at the old general store. And even details that showed off their personality and relationship. Because they love going to breweries together, Shelby and Jeff used beer “growlers” (large brown jugs breweries will use to send you home with their beer from their kegs) with flowers in them as center pieces for their reception tables.

Here is the finished wedding album for Shelby and Jeff, showing off all those details, family groups and the fun photographs of them, as a newly married couple.

bride groom wedding photography album oak hill reception