May 16, 2014

Ryan & Rachael’s Lake Sara Wedding

A wedding to remember…….John and I remember when this beautiful bride was born.  We were only dating when Rachael’s mother went into labor after a family bonfire.  Over the years we have grown to love her more than we ever imagined.  She is not only beautiful, smart and determined, but also an incredible mother and friend to all that are lucky enough to be in her life. Ryan and Rachael have a special relationship that is built on the simple little things in life.  Ryan is the perfect yin to her yang. Sweet things that are said at an unusual moments and the hugs and laughter shared with the boys are only a few of the things that Rachael loves about Ryan.  He is always there for her and has loved her little boys as if they have always been in his life.  He is truly a special man and we couldn’t be happier for the two of them.

When they became engaged, I was hoping and hoping that we would be asked to photograph the wedding!  Coming back to Illinois was not only special because it was going to be a beautiful wedding celebration with John’s family, but also because I began my photography there, working for a local photographer while attending college.

It was a sweet and natural wedding with a lakeside reception.  Pictures of their friends and family decorated the reception and beautiful sunset views set the tone for a relaxed and fun celebration! One of the hits of the evening was the amazing 10 minute dance the bridesmaids had choreographed as a surprise for the groomsmen and all the guests!  It was so much fun and I loved how they incorporated the groomsmen without them even knowing about it!

The day flew by as usual and wish we would have had another day to photograph this wonderful couple!  Congratulations to two amazing and wonderful people!!

John and his sweet niece.



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