Hi! My name's Daniel Solomon Jackson, and it's great to have you here. Whether you're here to look at some beautiful images or just to get some encouragement, I hope I can be a provider for both. So kick up your feet and stay a while.
When I think of Kristen and John, one word comes prominently to my mind: balance. Simply put, they are one of those couples that just mesh together so perfectly. Kristen with her easy-going joy is balanced out by John’s constant, calm demeanor. Like chocolate cookies and a tall glass of milk, they share a symmetry that is both interesting to watch and refreshing to experience.
In terms of the actual wedding, although high temperatures attempted to drive us all indoors, wonderfully wistful clouds swooped in to offer us just the right amount of protection as we went about our morning activities. We laughed together as Kyle, Kristen’s brother, covered his face to avoid watching Kristen and John share a bridal party kiss (image below), and then we laughed some more when Mike (Kristen’s dad) accidentally dropped his glasses during his daddy-daughter dance. Throughout it all Ashley Cudsik (the owner of The Barn at Oak Manor & the lead coordinator at Flower Child Weddings), did an incredible job of making sure every detail ran just as it should! All in all a near perfect wedding day.
SPECIAL THANKS TO… Ceremony Venue – Warrenville Baptist Church Reception Venue – DiNolfo’s Banquets of Homer Glen Florist – Phillips Flowers Cake Artist – Mariano’s Grocery Band/DJ – Tim Legér Makeup Artist – Kristin Wielenga Hair Artist – Emily Spaargaren Wedding Dress – Wolsfelts Bridal Bridesmaid Dresses – David’s Bridal Tuxes – Wolsfelts Bridal
When McKenna was a Freshman at Auburn University, she decided to take up blogging in order to cope with the many stresses of college life. After writing her very first post, she placed it on social media, where Jake saw it and entered her life. He found her blog, read it, and let McKenna know that she had a friend. A friendship blossomed from there, and just a short three months later, they decided to go on their first date. Being health enthusiasts, they spent a wintery day hiking, sharing life’s stories, and simply enjoy the company of the other. This of course let to another date on the trails. And then of course another. By three months of pursuit, McKenna and Jake were discussing their future together, both knowing that this budding love was leading to something much much more.
But where did they discover that the other was the one? On the third date, McKenna started to see Jake in a whole new way. You see, when McKenna was younger, her father used to take her on dates just the two of them. They would get dinner and then for desert frequent a local bookstore, where McKenna would always be allowed to buy one book each visit. So, when after getting dinner together for the first time, Jake decided to take McKenna to a bookstore, unknowingly mirroring a tradition set in place by her father, she knew she’d found a man she could love.
Assured of his decision, Jake eventually decided it was time to take the leap. Planning with family and friends, he built his moment. McKenna suspected nothing as they walked through Town Creek Park in Auburn, AL, getting their pictures taken by a mutual friend. It didn’t even register for McKenna when they walked past a “misplaced” speaker playing one of their favorite songs. Then, she saw it. Under an Auburn gazebo, Jake had placed rose petals and hung pictures of all their memories together. He got on one knee, looked up at the woman of his dreams, and asked. Overcome with joy, McKenna couldn’t even speak. She simply nodded and pulled him up into a sweet embrace.
The perfect start to an amazing couple.
THANK YOU VENDORS! Wedding Coordinator – Rebekah Dupree (friend) Ceremony Venue – First United Methodist Church oh Hampton Reception Venue – The Historic Post Office Makeup & Hair Artist – Sarah Rawlings (friend) Florist – Fluttering Flowers Florist – I do Weddings With Love DJ – Surf & Sound Events Rentals – Splendid Seating Linens Rentals