Katy's family owns a farm just outside of Lebanon. Alex used to work on the farm and actually grew up just down the road from Katy and her parents' farm. It's the classic country story of the boy falling in love with "the farmer's daughter." :-)
Staying true to their farming origins, Katy and Alex poured corn and soybeans into mason jars in lieu of a traditional unity candle ceremony.
After the ceremony we went back to Katy's family's farm for some photos in the fields and, of course, on the big green tractor!
The above photo is one of my favorites from the day. It was taken in the middle of the road that connects their two family homes.
Congratulations, Katy and Alex! May the road ahead of you two only bring you happiness!
Ceremony: St. Paul UCC Church, Lebanon, IL
Reception: Bretz Winery, Carlyle, IL
Hair and Makeup Artists: Beauty Brands, Shiloh, IL
Regina and Jesse wed in a meadow at Mills Apple Farm. Guests rode in tractor-pulled carts through the peach and apple orchards to the ceremony site. The aisle was lined with flower-filled hanging mason jars as Regina’s handsome son, Bryce, escorted her down the aisle. Regina, Jesse and Bryce symbolized their new family of three with a sand ceremony while bridesmaid (and sister of the groom) Kristie sang a beautiful rendition of Etta James’ “At Last.”
The cloud-dotted skies were a perfect blue to match the bridesmaids’ dresses. The farm and orchard provided gorgeous backdrops for portraits of the couple and their bridal party. The flash mob to Beyonce’s “End of Time” performed by the bride and bridesmaids in between the bouquet and garter tosses was absolutely fantastic…and definitely surprised the groom. But what really made the day truly wonderful was the joining of two very special people.
The vows Jesse and Regina wrote to each other, which produced laughter and tears and sometimes both at once, express just how exceptional their love is. In part, they promised:
“They say that there isn’t such a thing as a perfect relationship. But I believe in a perfect love and I promise to love you with perfect love. My love for you is never failing and never ending. It is a love that is pure and true and doesn’t quit…it is unconditional and only gets stronger with time.”
“Before I ever held your hand, before I ever knew your name, before I ever saw your face, I prayed for my perfect wife. Today my prayers are being answered…If you live to be 100, I want to live to be 99, so that I never have to live a day without you.”
Congratulations, Regina and Jesse! Jerry and I are so honored to be counted among your friends.
(To see more photos from Regina and Jesse‘s wedding, watch the video slideshow below.)