Do you remember Eliah and Rachael from last year? They had a beautiful June wedding, that unfortunately was scaled down due to Covid. They had been hoping to hold their wedding reception with all their friends and family last fall, but unfortunately Covid restrictions prevented them from planning the party they had dreamed of. So when Elijah and Rachael reached out this spring to say they had scheduled their wedding reception, I was so thrilled to have their date available! Their reception was held at Brown Deer Golf Course in Coralville, which was a simply beautiful setting for their celebration! We kicked off the evening with family portraits. Elijah's family is quite large, his parents being one of twelve and one of seven. What an amazing opportunity to get portraits of everyone together! The dinner started with each of their father's toasting the couple. It was so sweet to hear about their journey together. After dinner, Elijah's best man and Rachael's maid of honor share beautiful heart-felt speeches honoring Elijah and Rachael. Part way into the first dance, Elijah and Rachael invited all married couples to join them. The dance floor filled quickly with couples, including their parents. The father-daughter dance welcomed all fathers and daughters to the dance floor, and the mother-son dance welcomed all mothers and sons to dance. It was so fun to see all the dads with their daughters and all of the mothers and sons. What a special moment for all! Most of Rachael's parents original bridal party was present for Rachael and Elijah's celebration, so we were sure to get a portrait of them 26 years after the big day. I love sunsets out at Brown Deer! Thankfully, we had an amazing one for Elijah and Rachael! While we were outside for sunset portraits, the party was going strong inside! Their guests really love to dance and the dance floor stayed busy the whole evening!! As the sun set lower in the sky, some clouds rolled in and the sky lit up a glorious golden red. Thankfully, Elijah and Rachael were on board with popping out of the reception again for a few short minutes to take advantage of the gorgeous sunset! Thank you so much to Elijah and Rachael for allowing me to capture your beautiful celebration! It was an absolute joy to work with you both again!!