Ceremony: Lavender Crest Winery - Colona, IL
Reception: Lavender Crest Winery - Colona, IL
I met this couple at a family wedding last spring. This couple actually found out I was a wedding photographer because of my youngest daughter. Her son, Dylan, and my daughter, Mary, danced the entire night away last spring. They still talk to each other on the phone... ah puppy love.
On to this love story...
This wedding had me tearing up. It doesn't happen every time I shoot a wedding, but once in a while one really gets to me. Maybe it was what the officiant said during the ceremony. He hit every important point about what being married is about. Especially that marriage is not just about being in love with the person, but that you both believe in the idea of what a marriage is and that you spend your life together creating that dream and making it happen.
Maybe it was the moment when the groom turned to the bride's two little boys and told them that he was not only marrying their mom, but that he was becoming their step-dad and that from this day on he was going to watch over them and guide them and love them. Then he presented the boys each with a pocket watch to remind them that he would always be watching over them. Oh... tears of happiness were flowing from every corner of the room.
Congratulations Jessica and Jason. I wish you both a long and full life together...