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The Power of Love at Rapid Creek Cidery | Iowa City

Dear 2020,

You couldn't keep these two amazing people from getting married. You tried and tried some more, but as fate would have it, their wedding went off without a hitch.

The first hurdle to cross of course, was COVID 19. But we planned and prepared for months (and had backups plans just in case). The guest list ended up being smaller than originally planned, but it was perfect all the same.

Oh, but the giant curveball the week of the wedding-boy that was a doozy none of us could have ever planned for. I'd never heard of a derecho, until we were all personally introduced to this little known weather event the Monday prior to The Big Day (thanks 2020 for the meteorology lesson). Basically, we were hit with an inland hurricane. The storm swept through eastern Iowa with winds reaching top speed of 140 mph, ripping endless trees out of the ground, destroying homes, toppling power lines and knocking out power and cellular service to thousands.

In the end, you couldn't stop the power of the people and a lot of positive thinking. The venue was largely untouched by the storm. The hard working power crews repaired the power lines to Rapid Creek the day prior to the venue. We were able to get our hands on a generator to power the floral cooler. While it was pretty darned uncomfortable in the 85 degree studio creating that week, that wonderful generator (and my husbands' endless out of town gas runs) kept the flowers happy and beautiful for the wedding.

I'm so thankful we were able to celebrate this wedding as originally planned. These two sweet people handled all of the challenges you could throw at them with grace, and through it all, had an absolutely wonderful and memorable wedding.



Rapid Creek Cidery in Iowa City, Iowa

blush and blue floral invitation suite

Wedding lounge flowers by Studio Bloom Iowa and furniture from Borrow my Vintage

beautiful bride outdoors at Rapid Creek Cidery in Iowa City

bride and groom outdoors at Rapid Creek Cidery in Iowa City

Studio Bloom Iowa bridal bouquet held by couple at Rapid Creek Cidery

Studio Bloom Iowa bridal bouquet of roses, dahlias, ranunculus, delphinium, and eucalyptus

Studio Bloom Iowa bride and bridesmaid bouquets in blush and white

Bride and maids in light blue with Studio Bloom Iowa wedding flowers

happy bride walking down the aisle with moms

iowa wedding during covid 19 bridal party in masks

bride and groom married at St Thomas More Church Coralville flowers by Studio Bloom Iowa

Seating chart in gold frame with flowers by Studio Bloom Iowa at Rapid Creek Cidery

Rapid Creek Cidery in Iowa City with flowers by Studio Bloom Iowa

Head table with eucalyptus greenery runner garland, roses, candles, and blue goblets

blue wedding at Rapid Creek Cidery in Iowa City

wedding cake with Studio Bloom Iowa wedding flowers

bridal party in blue and navy with Studio Bloom Iowa bridal bouquet in blush, white, and blue

· Photography: Emily Crall Photography

· Event Planning: Soiree

· Floral + Rentals: Studio Bloom

· Bridesmaids: Azazie

· Hair: Domonique L’Heurex & Eden Salon

· Stationery + paper goods: Allegra Iowa City

· Videography: Nepo Productions

· Cake: Deluxe Bakery

· Decor + Draping: Unique Events

· Rentals + Lounge: Borrow My Vintage

· Calligraphy sign: Painting For Cheese


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