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YAY! – 2019’s first wedding is on the blog, and it’s an extra special one to me. I’ve known Kylie and her family for many years now. They are a part of our IC family back from our college days when Brad (the hubs) was roommates/good friends with Kylie’s brother and her now sister-in-law. There were also two other mutual friend connections amongst the wedding party of ours, making the day even more exciting to celebrate a marriage. Good company always makes for a great day.
Starting our morning with bridal party preparations at a family friends’ mansion, (which I somehow missed, twice) the perfect setting for all of us girls to catch up while getting ready. There was an endless number of large windows for all the natural light to come through making for so many photo opportunities. There is just something about photographing the bride’s details to get the day started that just fires me up. Especially when pieces like Kylie’s bracelet made from the necklace her mom wore on her wedding day are involved!
Once the girls were looking gorgeous (per usual) we jumped right into portraits using the beautiful white gravel road surrounded by lush green trees with glow from the sun that makes me turn into a crazy person with a high-pitched voice … Then it was off to do the same with the dapper men of the wedding party. After we wrapped up pre-ceremony portraits with the guys my favorite part of the day happened, we were given the privilege of driving Jon to the ceremony. This doesn’t happen very often, but on this day, I was so glad it did. You could tell he was a tad bit nervous, but mostly he was SO ready to see his bride. Wee discussed wedding day details, and what he looked for to in married life with Kylie, but the part of the conversation I remember the most was when Jon told us how they met and fell in love. I have heard this story before, maybe even a few times, but his time was different and more special in a way. He told the story with pride, excitement, and just straight up joy in voice.
Kylie and Jon met with perfect timing. It was right before Kylie was getting ready to take a new job that was no longer Jon’s home town, and Jon had just come home from graduating. They were introduced through mutual friends (it’s a thing in this group) and were hesitant at first to date since they knew it would be long distance, but with some encouragement from those same friends and persistence from Jon they gave it a shot. You could say it worked out pretty well, and on that drive to the church on his wedding day there was no denying Jon was more than pleased that it did. Not to mention his reaction seeing Kylie for the first time, and when he read her note to him – I won’t give it away and let you see for yourself below – it just confirmed how happy he was that he didn’t give up on their love story.
After getting the two love birds hitched, we headed back to the mansion with the whole wedding party for the final round of portraits and believe me when I say I was beyond pumped for the glow that was popping through the trees for those images. I quite literally could’ve kept them all (especially the insanely photogenic bride & groom) there to photograph all night but we had a party to get too!!
Town & Country Events is new to my top favorite venues. The set-up is literally perfect. One side of the venue was used for the cocktail hour, then we headed to the other side through the bar area for dinner and special dances while cocktail hour was turned into a celebration area where the Brat Pack Band but on one heck of a show! I didn’t want the night to end!
Congrats Kylie & Jon! Your day was amazing and I can’t wait to watch your love story continue and your love to grow!
Bride’s Attire : Elite Bridal | Bridesmaid’s Attire : Elite Bridal | Jim’s Formalwear | Hair & Make-up : Morgan Bauer | Florals : Sheila’s Sunny Bloomers | Live Band : Brat Pack | Catering : Long Branch | Deserts : Two Whisks Bakery