Sara & Caleb’s Pella Opera House Wedding

Sara and Caleb’s love story is proof of two things – that timing is everything, and that some people are worth the wait. Caleb had been living in Chicago for two years and feeling frustrated that he hadn’t met anyone yet. Sara had just moved to Chicago and was walking down the street when Caleb drove past on his way to church. Caleb said to himself, “why can’t girls like that go to church?” And sure enough, church is right where Sara was walking!

Caleb was talking to some friends before the service started and turned around to see Sara walk in. Coincidentally she sat down right behind him and he introduced himself during meet and greet time. This led to dating for a year and a half before the sweet night where Sara wore her lucky blue dress and Caleb popped the question in front of the Chicago skyline. The sweet and romantic start to their story led to a beautiful wedding in Sara’s hometown of Pella with a ceremony at the church she grew up in and a reception at the Pella Opera House!

It’s clear that this couple has such a deep love for each other and for those that have supported them throughout life. Their wedding day consisted of a simple and romantic ceremony followed by a joyful and laughter filled reception. We think you’ll be able to see that throughout these photos!

Ceremony Venue: Covenant Reformed Church

Reception Venue: Pella Opera House

Event Coordination: Silver Elements

Floral Design: Indigo Row

Catering: Country Catering 

Cake: Cranberry Stone Bakery

Videography: Lauren McDonald Photography

Photography: Jennifer Weinman Photography

Invitations: Minted

Bridal Dress: Reflections Bridal Salon

Menswear: Menguin

Bridesmaid Dresses: Birdy Grey

Bridal Jewelry: Brilliant Earth

Hair Styling: Expressions By Design

wedding dress and bouquet getting ready robes first look at the altar

The sweet anticipation on Calebs face as he waits to see his beautiful bride!

unique large flower bouquet

This unique bouquet with the large flower at the center is stunning!

Basically it was a wedding day of these two looking at each other like this all day!

pella wedding

The long veil flowing in the wind all day made the photos extra special.

The lace details on the back of this dress deserved to be on display!

Not only are these dresses gorgeous, but the color was stunning on all of Sara’s bridesmaids!

periwinkle bridesmaid dresses

The way that the bridesmaids bouquets complimented the brides was so lovely.

bridal party tunnel

Everyone should walk through a tunnel created by their bridal party on their wedding day!

pale blue bridesmaid dresses

bridal party over molengracht in pella

The Molengracht in Pella is always a favorite backdrop for some of these bridal party portraits!

downtown pella bridal party photos

Downtown Pella looks a little different than downtown Chicago, but we had to showcase some of the unique parts of Sara’s hometown!

walking down the aisle covenant reformed church pella wedding ceremony first kiss as husband and wife convertible grand exit

Who wouldn’t want to exit their ceremony in the back of a convertible?!

bride and groom portraits grand entrance reception head table

So much laughter filled Sara and Caleb’s wedding day!

first dancechalkboard reception menu reception dances

These are the type of images where you can almost hear the music playing to cause this type of dance floor!

long veil in the wind

Sara and Caleb’s wedding day was so intentionally beautiful. They didn’t just want the day to be about themselves, but about their friends and family as well. It is so clear that they accomplished their goal and had a fun-filled day with their people!

Congratulations again Sara and Caleb! We are so thankful that you allowed us to be a part of your day!



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