Wedding Day [part two]

Elijah and I were so blessed by the friends and siblings in our wedding party! Each of them were so helpful and joyfully poured out their time and energy to help bring wedding details together – and keep us focused on the most important thing, Jesus. Their presence at our wedding made the day even sweeter.

The bridesmaids: Mandy Saeler, Julie Millero, Sarah Wyman, Joy Torres, Hannah Torres

The groomsmen: Philip Purdy, George LeDoux, Austin Middleton, Sean Morris, Jason Egge

Since we had some rain, we ended up shooting the bridal party and family photos inside the church – instead of the park as we had planned. Though it wasn’t our original plan, Grace did a wonderful job of capturing photos in a location that didn’t have the best lighting.

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The sisters.

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My sister, Hannah, and I.

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My sister, Joy, and I.

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Sarah and I.

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Julie and I.

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Mandy and I.

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My sweet friend and talented photographer, Grace! I was so honored that she made the trip to Illinois even amidst her current health challenges. This woman truly operates in the strength of the Lord and it was such a testimony to see Him sustain her as she sought to bless and pour out.

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My dear friend Nicole came, too! She is a skilled pianist and was one of our wedding musicians.

And family portraits! Oh my goodness, has the Lord richly blessed us with godly parents and wonderful siblings! We are so thankful for our families. The Robertson’s and Torres’ have been friends for years now, but now we’re officially family. What a happy thing! It can be quite the challenge to get a good photo with this many people and energetic little ones, but I’m just glad to have a photo of everyone together. (Everyone except for two of Elijah’s brothers who are in the military and were unable to make it.)

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Dad and Mom and I.

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All seven of  us sisters!

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Me and the good-lookin’ boys. Doesn’t the handsome little guy in glasses melt your heart? : )

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My whole family.

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Elijah and his parents.

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Elijah, his parents, and his siblings.

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Elijah and his sisters.

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Elijah and his brothers.

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The Robertson family!

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The last few moments before the ceremony started…

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And then whilst Anne of Green Gables music filled the air, my dad walked me down the aisle to my groom…

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We had the amazing honor of having Eric [Ludy] officiate at our ceremony : )

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My sister and aunt Rachel did ASL to the song, Before the Throne of God Above, while we took communion together.

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And before knew it, we were married!

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And despite little-sister threats to sneak into the “kissing room” and spy on us, the first kiss was indeed kept private : )

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We were driven to our reception in a snazzy old car, courtesy of the Robertson’s Uncle Bob…

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Finally married!

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Next up: reception photos!