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Meet Jessica and Bill. Picture perfect couple. Picture perfect day.

This Real Wedding is extra special to me as Jessica and Bill are dear, dear friends of mine and I just adore them as a couple and as friends and am so excited to share their wedding!

After years of anticipation, their big day was finally here...they lead crazy busy lives and for them to be able to take the time and celebrate each other with their family and friends was truly awesome (and one heck of a party!)

So fun to go back to my hometown and not only help them celebrate but to be a part of the wedding party! I stood up on Bill's side as a groomswoman. Such a honor. Thank you!

I have to admit some of the best humor came from the rehearsal and the priest never having had a ceremony with grooms "women". (I thought Bill would have debriefed him on this!?) And I think if Margie, the church coordinator, has anything to say about it, she will encourage it with wedding parties to come...she loved the idea and embraced it fully!

The weekend was overflowing with charming details and personality...from the bridal party gifts full of memorable inside jokes to the handwritten letters to the groomsmen/women from Bill to the handmade pearl jewelry by Jess' mom to the choreographed dance to Thriller (including a pair of blinding socks and a sequined glove!). And the toast by the best man, Bill's brother, was heart felt and a true testament to when less is more. Perfect.

Jeffrey & Julia Woods Photography captured the beauty and energy of the day completely. Absolutely gorgeous (and fun!) just like Jessica and Bill.

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Wedding Photography: Jeffrey & Julia Woods Photography \ Ceremony: Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Peoria, IL \ Reception: Gateway Building \ Floral Design & Reception Decorations: McKinley Park Events \ Caterer: Barrack's Catering \ Wedding Cake: The Cake Connection \ DJ & Photo Booth: Star Talents Events \  Trolley: Elegant Limousine \ Bride's Dress: Allure Bridals \ Bridesmaid's Dresses: Alfred Angelo \ Bridesmaid's Shoes: Nina \ Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Seno Formalwear \ Groomswomen's Dresses: Alfred Sung \ Bridal Party Accessories: Handmade by Cyndi Brown \ Bridal Party Hair & Makeup: B Loved Stylists

 

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