Emily and I, and Brett too this time, got to spend the day in San Luis Obispo today capturing the story of Jen and Jake. What a wonderful day to celebrate their nuptials. We've been waiting for this day since their fairytale engagement in Paris and it was finally here. Everyone came together to make this day happen....and when I say everyone, I mean everyone. Jen and Jake's friends, and church families, helped in every part of the day.
After all the girls got their hair and makeup done, everyone headed to Grace Church in San Luis Obispo. Each party started out separately to grab a bite to eat before getting into their fabulous wedding attire.
Both Jen and Jake were surrounded by the most amazing group of men and women for their special day.
They opted for a First Look which allowed us plenty of time to spend with them, and the bridal party before the wedding and festivities. There was a beautiful gazebo right across the street from the church that made for the perfect spot for their first time seeing each other as bride and groom on their wedding day.
I love being able to witness such loving love.
The girls' flowers were done by Jen's cousin, April, of April Flowers in SLO, and I have to say that she did an outstanding job. I loved the way that she put together the bridesmaid bouquets, combining soft white flowers with the details of the piney type punches of color. A family friend did the the billy ball boutonnieres and they were a favorite of mine too!
I snuck into where Jen was waiting right before the ceremony, as she watched all the guests being seated in the church. Such a special gift for her to carry her grandmother's Bible down the aisle with her.
I love this moment as Jen's Dad gives her away to Jake at the end of the aisle before he initiates the ceremony.
A special time of prayer with all of the parents over Jen and Jake's future and marriage.
We were giddy to be able to steal them away for a little big more after the ceremony. Jen had mentioned this field of flowers that was on the way back to where the reception was being held, and asked if we might be able to find a way to get into them. Well, we did....and boy, was it worth it.
When we got closer, we learned, rather quickly, that the flowers had the most prickly leaf on them. So prickly that none of us were about to get that close.....well, except Brett. He took one for our team, and made his way into the crop to get this shot. Yeah, it was worth it.
The light was gorgeous, and we had an open field......one of my favorite places, so we had a little more fun with them before we got them back to their guests.
Back at Jen's parent's house, where the party was to be....Emily had, earlier in the week, painted "jake + jen" on the water tower for the occasion. It was such a fun addition to the plentiful details that friends and family put together for the party.
No detail was left undone. I think one of my favorites was how the glasses and drinks were served. You took a mason jar, wrote your name on it, and it was yours all night. The vanilla lemonade was a hit too!
In lieu of a traditional guestbook, guests were asked to type a note to the bride and groom on the old fashioned typewriters. So neat!
Signs, signs, everywhere, signs.
Party favor was a special blend made by Jen and Jake. Yummmm.....coffee beans!!
Oh, and the desserts.....oh my GOSH....the desserts. The whole town must have contributed.....there was so many delicious treats!
The toasts were heartful and everyone raised a glass!
The night got underway with Jen and Jake starting off the dancing......
....and it didn't stop. This crowd knew how to keep the dance floor packed!!
Today was a true display of God's love and how He provides for us. Every bit of this wedding was provided by Him, and his people.
Jen, Jake....thank you for allowing Brett, Emily and I to be part of your wedding day. It was an honor to serve you, and we are thankful for being in your lives. May your love continue to bless everyone for the rest of your lives together.
Oh.....wait....you didn't get enough? Well, good. There's more for your eyes to see in the slideshow. :)