Jacob & Jessica | Wedding

Years ago, before I was even doing photography as a business at all, and certainly before I'd shot any weddings, Jessica told me she wanted me to shoot her wedding. I laughed, flattered that she liked my pictures that much, but also thinking that scenario was pretty unlikely ("Me? Shoot a wedding? Ha! I only take pictures of flowers!" Haha. Much has changed :-). Well, fast forward several years and here I was, a professional photographer, and she was engaged. I got the email from her: "I get to ask you the question I've waited years to ask - will you shoot my wedding?" Uhhhh, let me think about this for a nanosecond... YES! It was so wonderful to shoot a wedding of someone who has followed my work from the very beginning and was so committed to me and my style - not just hiring me because I'm a friend who takes pictures, but because she truly loves my work in particular.

And this wedding... Oh, it was just dreamy. First off, her dress. was. incredible! She got a tulle dress and then had a custom bodice put on to it (by the inimitable Lily!) using lace from her great-great-grandmother's jacket. WOW. It was too stunning! Combine that with a perfectly lovely day, beautiful bridesmaids in mint dresses, gorgeous light in a lush green park, and a reception on a river boat... yeah, it was fabulous! Jacob & Jessica, thank you so very much for entrusting me with capturing your amazing day. May the Lord bless your life together!

There are probably too many pictures in this post... but I don't care. :-P THANK YOU to Laura for her stellar second-shooting-dress-fluffing-keeping-me-hydrated skills! As usual, I included some of her captures as well!

Her mom tipped me off that she was in the sanctuary by herself, practicing. When I asked her if she was ready, she gravely replied, "I don't think I've quite got it yet."

Dad's first look at the bride! He couldn't wipe that grin off his face. :-)

Love candid moments like this!

Their reception was on this fabulous river boat, The Spirit of Peoria! SUCH a fun venue!!

So much beautiful food!

Cupcakes and cheesecake by the amazing Simply Grace

Instead of the traditional clinking of the glasses, guests had to sing a love song at the mic. :-)

One of my favorite sequences of the day. *melt*

That's Jessica's nephew... completely adorable and very mic-happy. ;-)

We snuck out on the deck as the sun went down for a few more portraits and I'm SO glad! These are some of my favorite photos ever.

The crew let us go up to the top level!

Wedding Dress: David's Bridal with alterations by Mode de Lis
Bridesmaid Dresses: OK Bridal
Ceremony Venue: Providence Church
Reception Venue: The Spirit of Peoria
Florals: Floral Designs Ltd
Hair & Makeup: Cori Rivas at Studio 117 & Kathryn Loughman
Cake/Cupcakes: Simply Grace

Jacob & Jessica | Engagement

So excited to share today's post! There's just a little too much wonderful going on. I've known Jessica quite a few years now - I attended a sister church of her church and our churches would do various events together. She's always been the bubbliest, friendliest young lady with a ready smile and contagious laugh. I am SO excited she's getting ready to get married!! Though I don't really know Jacob well yet, I love the way he makes her face light up, and, well... if he won a gem like her he's gotta be a great guy. :-)

We scheduled their engagement photos but weather got in our way, so we rescheduled to a day where I would already be in their area instead of them coming all the way up my way. But then we were rained out AGAIN. It was getting a bit frustrating trying to make something work while I was still in town so that neither of us would have to make a long drive a second time. I threw out the crazy idea of doing a sunrise shoot the morning of my departure, not really expecting Jessica to go for it. To my surprise and delight, she loved the idea and voila! I got to do my first sunrise shoot! Thanks to Jacob and Jessica's sister Christa for traipsing down to the riverfront at an insane hour of the morning to humor us and our wild schemes. :-) Enjoy the photos! I am so excited for their wedding later this month!

Seriously. How do they look this good at 6:30am?!

Such a gorgeous ring!