You guys. Jackie and Justin. We were part of the family/wedding party/crew (not sure what our title really was) but literally – we lodged in Galena for three days chilling + hanging + yeah – documenting everything…everything! So many wonderful things happened, to tell you in just a blog post is impossible. Since we did have several days with them (and several sangrias, and several cups of Whiteys ice cream shipped in from Iowa City, and several bags of cheddar/ranch/chocolate popcorn…and more than several laughs and inside jokes and probably stories we should not have heard) so dang, I tried to keep the photos equivalent to that of a, I guess, traditional wedding (singular) day, I realized I pulled 80 photos for the blog, then laughed at myself come time to shrink them down in Photoshop. So, here is a mini recap of the wedding day in photos…and see the VIDEO for more such as golf, mens prayer, shopping/deliciousness (oh dang we were fed well that weekend) and just to feel the energy and spice that Jackie has (its so contagious)!
How did our worlds collide? Jackie and I worked together at the cutest scrapbooking store in the world, Reminisce, in Iowa City, while we were still broke college kids. Yes, we spent every dollar we earned right back in the store. We lusted over stickers, paper, ribbon, stamps/ink, you get the idea. I had no doubt in my mind that the wedding day decor + details would exceed my expectations but whoa:
A sweet + charming popcorn station fed guests during their short walk from the outdoor vows to the outdoor reception (all at the same location/venue). If one chose to forgo popcorn, you could grab a Czechoslovakian traditional tart (of course made by the grandmother). Is this not perfect? Oh you just wait – theres more.
So make your way nearly to the reception (already flabbergasted by the lovely details) and graze through an adorable little schoolhouse that showcased wedding dresses (nope not photos, like legit the dresses of generations) and be greeting by lanterns softly bouncing in the wind (a breeze that felt delightful following a sunny ceremony) then into this tented bash, where guests were fed like kings, pampered their tootsies to complementary flip flops (who needs heels anyways) and were entertained by live music (not just anyone – musicians were family/friends and they were GOOD stuff)…our salads were so delicious that Chad embarrassed us all by asking the chef directly for the recipe (we all love and hate Chads blunt approach to life). And no, unfortunately, no recipe (total secret).
It was a weekend we will never forget. Literally – you do not want to know the amount of memory card space we exceeded (wink). Thanks J + J for everything. How come this only gets to happen once?! Miss you guys + the families already.
Enjoy the video: