Christy & Jake : Blumen Gardens, Sycamore, IL Wedding

Jake and Christy were married last month on a sunny, warm Monday evening.  We've known Jake since he was little, and I can't believe he's all grown up and married!  Makes me feel old, but I'm so happy for them both!!  They've spent their entire relationship apart from each other (click here to read their story), and it's such a joy for Seth and I to see these two finally together. :)
I was slightly frantic the day of their wedding.  The Weather Channel was calling for severe storms all day, and the wedding was supposed to be outdoors.  I spoke with Christy the morning of, and she was very calm had a great attitude about it!  We worked out a game plan in case of storms, but despite her positive outlook, I knew how much Christy wanted to get married outside at Blumen Gardens.  We all set about praying at once, and wouldn't you know it, not a single drop of rain fell all day!!  :)
Blumen Gardens is such a beautiful place to shoot, and when it came to the ring pictures, I couldn't decide on my favorite shot. :)

Christy looked like someone right out of the movies, she was so glamorous!
Could she BE any more beautiful????
Jake was looking extra dapper in his dress blues.
Seriously, Christy, you're killing me!!
I just love the look on Christy's face when Jake saw her for the first time!!
So much sass going on's awesome!!
Christy had a very particular place in mind for the ceremony to take place, which was right outside of the Tea Room, and if you've ever been to Blumen Gardens, you know it's not a very large area.  Everyone had to stand and squish together, which made it a much more personal and intimate environment.  
Jake's family is very close, and his dad, Dan, officiated the ceremony.  
Jake's mom, Laura. :)
In your face, severe storms!!!
My favoritest first kiss shot ever. :)

Jake thought it'd be awesome to cut the cake with his sabre.  It was. 
Congratulations, Jake and Christy!!!  We love you guys so much!!!!!!!!!