I am so lucky….there are days when I really feel that I am one of the luckiest photographers….Abby and Edward’s wedding day was one of those days. These two lovebirds were married at St. John’s Church and had their reception at Aberdeen Manor. There was so much beauty in what they’d chosen for their wedding day that I had a hard time capturing it all. What I love even more (and if you follow my blog, you know this about me! ha!) is learning about the couple before I take pictures of their wedding day. I love a good story and Abby and Edward’s is one of the sweetest. In the words of the bride….
“We met in high school. He had transferred to my high school, Andrean, after his father passed away to be closer to his extended family. He started playing sports and became friends with my older brother, and then we hit it off. Somehow, despite my brother’s over-protectiveness, he slipped through the cracks, and we’ve been dating ever since we were 16 and 17 years old!”
“I knew Eddie was “the one” about 7 months into dating him.. I was only 17 years old and at the kitchen table with my mom talking about true love and how she knew when my dad was “the one”. It was a big deal to me to even think that I loved Eddie at that point, yet I felt all those emotions. She probably thought I was a crazy, teenage girl with a crush and never realized that we would actually get married ten years later!”
“He proposed when we were on a trip to celebrate his graduation from law school. He had studied for the bar exam all summer long, so we wanted to treat ourselves to some fun when he was done. We hadn’t looked at rings yet, and I didn’t even think he had my ring size! “
“We went to San Francisco for a few days and then Napa Valley, where he proposed on the last day of our trip. I had planned the whole trip and scheduled winery tours that day. He rearranged all those plans without my knowing, so he could propose at my favorite winery known for champagne and pinot noir, Domaine Carneros. Since the winery concierge knew what was happening, they had a “cancellation” on this private balcony and asked us if we wanted to take that table instead when we first arrived. I thought, “how lucky are we?!” We had this incredible view and were in awe by the beauty of the valley and vines. He asked me if I was sure I wanted to spend the rest of my life with him and I had thought nothing of it and replied, “of course.” He then proceeded to ask, “Are you sure?” which I thought was odd, so I jokingly responded “Why? Are you proposing?” (Never thinking in a million years, he actually was!) Then he stood up and walked around the table and got on one knee and brought out this beautiful ring and proposed! I was in disbelief!”
Abby and Edward, thank you for letting me be a small part of your forever.
V E N D O R S
Venue: Aberdeen Manor Ballroom, Valparaiso, Indiana
Flowers: Kris Livovich, Sugarfield Flowers, Chesterton, Indiana
Gown and Accessories: Something Blue Bridal, Schererville, Indiana
Groom’s Attire: Franc Lloyd Custom Menswear, Chicago, Illinois
Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids, Chicago, Illinois, designer= Monique Lhuillier
Cake: Diane King-Small, Dunning’s Market, Homewood, Illinois