What a treat it was for me to be able to photograph James and Lydia’s wedding day. My husband and I are originally from Illinois and where our family still lives, so when I was asked to photograph this wedding I was thrilled. We were able to spend time with our families and photograph this beautiful couple’s wedding day. James’ mom was my junior high band director in Pontiac, IL and with my dad taking the high school band director’s position after Jamie’s grandfather retired, well you could say our families have a fun connection and years of musical experiences together:)
James and Lydia had a moment together before the ceremony to pray, but not before the bride’s father snapped a picture of his gorgeous daughter. You could tell all day he was one proud papa.
Lydia left her groom with a little reading material:)
The bride’s father is that pastor at Edgewood Baptist church in Rock Island and had the privilege of being the father of the bride and sharing his ceremony duties with the groom’s uncle.
I don’t know if you have noticed how intently James has been looking at Lydia from the moment she walked down the aisle. I love it. You can tell he is serious about his love for this woman.
I mean, look at them! They are in their own world, now happily married.
We made a quick stop at Lincoln Park to get some outdoor photos. It was sticky and hot, but it wasn’t raining, so we were good to go!
The day ended with a luncheon reception at the Holiday Inn downtown. The toasts had us laughing and crying. Cake cutting was followed by a family tradition of toasting with silver cups and then the dance floor was open. These two were a joy to watch all day long. It was evident they took their commitment to one another seriously and that they were so very much in love. Congratulations, James and Lydia! Thanks for allowing me to be a part of your incredible day.