Bethany and Allyus are one of the amazing couples that were featured in our April 2019 issue. Most of the submissions we receive are from the bride’s perspective, so it was refreshing to feature a story from the groom’s point of view. We loved it so much that we just couldn’t resist sharing it on the blog, too!
Bethany and I met in high school, but it took a few years for us to begin dating. Her best friend lived across the street from me growing up, so we were friends, but I had no way of knowing what would eventually become of us. We got married in September of 2018, but we’ve been together now for eight years.
Our relationship took off in college at the University of Missouri. What has always struck me about Bethany is her kindness, her ability to always make me laugh and her selflessness when it comes to her friends and family. She makes time for everyone, no matter what they need. We share a connection and are able to speak to one another in a way that I didn’t know was possible prior to our relationship.
Our dedication to each other became critical when Bethany decided to move to St. Augustine, Florida, in order to attend graduate school there for occupational therapy. We both worried about spending time away from one another. Dating long distance, as many know, is an incredible challenge, even for the strongest couples. Luckily, I was able to find a job in St. Augustine, and we agreed to move together and begin a new chapter in our lives.
I proposed on Vilano Beach in Florida. After suggesting we go to the beach near sunset and arranging an entire day’s worth of activities for us, Bethany had a fairly good idea of what I was planning. Proposing is nerve racking even when you know the answer is going to be yes. You hope everything goes perfectly and there are so many things I wanted to say. When I got the ring out of my pocket, I was only halfway my “speech” when she nervously said “Aren’t you supposed to get down on one knee?” I busted out laughing, and so did she. My anxiety melted away, and something that I had rehearsed so many times in my head became a moment consisting of us laughing and smiling. I knew a local photographer at the time, and got him to walk around the beach incognito for me that day. When the moment came, he snapped pictures of the proposal with the ocean waves in the background. I got down on one knee to say the most important words of the proposal, despite Bethany’s hope I would do it sooner. It was indeed perfect.
We now live in Longmont, Colorado, which is 45 minutes north of Denver. Since moving there after Bethany completed grad school, we have continued to flourish. Bethany is my hiking buddy and my closest confidant. Each adventure we take and life choice we make only strengthens my belief that we found each other for a reason. I can’t imagine life without her.
When it came time for us to tie the knot we faced obstacles. Our families still live in the Midwest, so we felt that would be the best place for us to get married. However, planning an event of that magnitude from Colorado was extremely difficult. We had to make the most of each of our trips back home in the months leading up to the wedding. We met with everyone that we could, scouted venues and had the bridal shower, but our friends and family helped ease the burden of the planning process. Our advice to anyone planning a wedding would be not to try and do it all yourself. Relinquish the reins, and allow your friends and family to help. The help you may receive could be immeasurable.
Our wedding day was everything we hoped it would be. We really wanted our wedding to be a relaxed and fun event to celebrate our love and friendship. People warned us that it would be a hectic day, and to stop and take mental notes of our favorite parts. We are so grateful for the memories of that lovely day we will cherish throughout our lifetime.
Venue: Lake Hill Winery – Carthage, IL. 217-357-267, firstname.lastname@example.org
Florist: Right Touch Florals – 217-936-2452
Dessert: Underbrinks Bakery – 217-222-1831
DJ: Rustin Lippincott, Purple Star Entertainment – email@example.com
Hair: Megan Waller at Morgan Creek Villa & Day Spa – 217-224-8268
Tayler and Blake’s wedding was featured in January 2019. Enjoy this “blast from the past” blog post about their big day!
Tayler and Blake met at HyVee grocery store in Quincy when Blake would bag Tayler’s family’s groceries every Sunday. They both attended Quincy High School but finally connected after one Sunday grocery trip. Their first date was in February 2011 at Casino Lanes Bowling Alley in Quincy. Blake challenged Tayler that the loser had to kiss the winner. Either way, one of them was getting kissed that night. Blake walked Tayler to her front door where they shared their first kiss. Blake proposed to Tayler on October 7th, 2016 while hiking St. Mary’s Glacier in Colorado.
Almost 8 years together now and on December 8th, 2018, the two finally tied the knot! Tayler had always dreamt of a Winter Hallmark- inspired Christmas wedding. The couple was graced with a light blanket of snow on the day of their wedding. The ceremony was held at Blessed Sacrament Church in Quincy. The aisles lined with close friends and family members.
The bride wore a satin Justin Alexander mermaid gown and was escorted down the aisle by her father to the music of the harpist. The bridesmaids wore Sorella Vita black assorted style gowns. The groomsmen wore grey tuxedos with black ties to match their maids. The bouquets were full of white peonies, anemones, and winter greens. For the reception, the event was held at Town and Country Inn in Quincy. The bride chose silver and gold decorations to accompany various winter greens. The atmosphere was warm and inviting with the glow of lights everywhere you looked. Tayler’s father’s toast had his entire audience in tears. It showcased
the strong bond the two share. When it was time for dancing, Tayler switched in to a tea-length Allure Bridals dress with
statement red Christmas bow heels. The night was full of love, laughter, and all of the warm and cozy Christmas feels!
VIDEOGRAPHER: The Film Jar; Quincy, IL.
CEREMONY: Blessed Sacrament Church; Quincy, IL.
RECEPTION VENUE: Town and Country Inn and Suites; Quincy, IL. BRIDAL WEAR: White Traditions Bridal House; St. Charles, MO. HAIR & MAKEUP: Changes Salon and Spa; Quincy, IL. TUXEDOS: Schuecking’s Mens Wear; Quincy, IL. FLORIST: Lavish Floral Design; Quincy, IL. DJ: Mike Howerton Entertainment; Quincy, IL. HARPIST: Sarah Javaux Music. STATIONERY: Ali Taylor Studio. TRANSPORTATION: Valentine’s Xpress; Quincy, IL CAKE: Underbrink’s Bakery; Quincy, IL. COOKIES: Sara Kapp. FROZEN YOGURT: TCBY; Quincy, IL. RINGS: Sturhahn Jewelers; Quincy, IL. WEDDING PLANNER: Sara Elizabeth Weddings; Quincy, IL.
Where are they now? Baby Nothold arrived in October 2019!
More than anything, you want your wedding day to be a celebration of your love and a reflection of who you are. Many couples share a relationship that is centered around their faith. If your love of Christ plays an important role in your relationship, you might consider incorporating scripture into your big day. Here are 15 Bible verses about love to include in your wedding day.
- Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. (1 Corinthians 13:4-8)
- “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. We love because he first loved us.” (1 John 4: 18-19)
- “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” (Ephesians 4:2)
- “With all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” (Ephesians 4:2-3)
- “I thank my God every time I think of you. Philippians 1:3”
- “Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.” (Proverbs 3:3-4)
- “I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine.” (Song of Soloman 8:3)
- “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”(Corinthians 13:13)
- “Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.”(Romans 12:10)
- “Do everything in love.” (Corinthians 16:14)
- “We love because he first loved us.” (John 4:19)
- “Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm, for love is strong as death, jealousy is fierce as the grave. Its flashes are flashes of fire, the very flame of the LORD. Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it. If a man offered for love all the wealth of his house, he would be utterly despised.” (Song of Solomon 8:6-7)
- “Love yesterday, today and forever.” (Jeremiah 31:3)
- “Above all things have intense and unfailing love for one another.” (Romans 12:10)
- “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” (Peter 4:8)
Our August issue is full of love stories and engagements that will warm your heart. Elizabeth and Corban’s is one of our favorites…so much so that we wanted to share it with you on the blog!
“I first met my husband, Corban at a bonfire in October of 2016. Sparks started to fly after that night. Our engagement is not one to forget. We were catfishing at “our spot” on Pittsfield Lake. Little did I know that that the bait on my line wasn’t for the fish, but for me instead. When I reeled in the line, on the other end was a diamond ring and Corban was already on one knee behind me to pop the question! Two and a half years later, on June 1st, we were married. Picking our venue for the ceremony was a challenge. We both have simple taste and wanted our day to be simple but elegant. We found the Bethel Church of Griggsville, IL and booked it immediately! My father and brother cut all 44 stump center pieces for the tables and my father handmade our arbor. Our flowers were stunning! My florist friend, April Myers did a fabulous job using a variety of garden roses, spray roses, eucalyptus and other greenery. Our wedding was everything we wanted it to be. Beautiful, simple, elegant and fun! And our whole day was captured by my wonderful photographer friend, Blondale with Unseen Grace Photography. We were blown away by the photos.”
Vendors: WEDDING VENUE: Bethel Church, Griggsville, IL. RECEPTION VENUE: Crossroads Center, Pittsfield, IL. PHOTOGRAPHER: Unseen Grace Photography. FLORIST: April Myers. MAKEUP ARTIST: Blondale York. HAIR STYLIST: Rachel Devri.
If you enjoyed Elizabeth and Corban’s love story, you’ll love the others we featured in our latest issue. Check it out here!
In every issue, we feature content submitted by local couples and wedding experts. This wedding was submitted by local event planner, Amy Deters. She planned Amy and Ryan’s beautiful wedding and their day went off without a hitch. Read their love story from the bride’s perspective.
“The Beginning: I first met Ryan in high school in 2005. We shared consumer ed class together. The first day of class, he was of course late, so there weren’t very many open seats available. The one next to me happened to be open, so guess where he chose to sit? I was pretty shy in high school and he rarely talked. He had a bad boy look to him, so instantly I wasn’t interested. Our conversations were short and either consisted of asking for answers to homework or making fun of our teacher and his super slick hair. Time went on and I stared seeing him more and more at social events. I played hard to get at first, but after many attempts and him telling he would never give up, we made it official!
The Proposal…August 30th, 2017.
We planned a family vacation this year to Mexico. It was going to be Ryan and my son Braydens‘ first time there and my second. By this time, Ryan and I have already been together for 7 years, so I was definitely for the next step in our lives. Of course I was throwing out hints here and there that year. Mexico was so beautiful. I should also mention that my dad went to paradise with us! We had a great time! The second to last day we were there, I noticed Ryan and Brayden whispering a lot while we were hanging out by the pool. They came over to me and said they were going to get some ice cream. A little later, my son came up to me and said “Mom, Ryan wants to see you down on the beach”. I got instant butterflies in my stomach. I walked down to the beach to Ryan standing out there by himself. As I got closer, I noticed that the words “MARRY ME” were written in the sand. Ryan got down on one knee and said his proposal, and after the water-works, I said YES! As we kissed, we heard clapping from all the people on the beach. It was truly the most romantic day ever. I was so excited to marry my best friend!
We chose a day in September because this is our favorite time of year. Our bridal party consisted of 5 of my closest friends/family and 5 of Ryan’s. Our colors were cobalt blue and shark skin grey. These 2 colors made for a very bold but beautiful wedding and were shown in the wedding party’s attire. Our ceremony was held at Dick Brothers Brewery. We fell in love with the venue’s rustic feel. Ryan’s grandpa, Hershel, officiated the ceremony which was very special to us. We chose to write our own vows, which was the best idea ever. We were so surprised with how similar and in sync they were because we didn’t share our thoughts before this magical moment. After the ceremony, we rode away with our wedding party in a stretch hummer, which was so cool! The Quincy Senior Center held our reception and handled all the catering. Tammy and her team outdid themselves with the delicious food. All of our decorations, linens and up-lighting came from Celebrations Party Rental. Sherry was amazing to work with. All of our beautiful white flowers came from County Market on 24th and they listened to the simplicity I wanted. Trent Vogel was an awesome DJ and Firestorm Entertainment provided us and our guests with a great photo booth and album. Ashley at Kustom Cuts and Karla Green made me and my girls look so beautiful with our hair and makeup. A huge thank you to our wedding planner, Amy Deters Events! Our day was perfect because we had her. When Ryan and I reflect on that day and the many memories we made, our hearts are filled with so much joy. I wouldn’t have changed a single thing about our wedding. It was absolutely perfect! Thanks to all our friends and family for making this a special day for Ryan and I. Can’t wait for a ten year anniversary/vow renewal party!”
LOCAL VENDORS: PHOTOGRAPHER: Parkview Photography by Ashlyn. CEREMONY: Dick Brothers Brewery. RECEPTION: Quincy Senior Center. WEDDING PLANNER: Amy Deters Events. CATERING: Quincy Senior Center. FLOWERS: County Market on 24th. RENTALS: Celebrations Party Rental. PHOTO BOOTH: Firestorm Entertainment. DJ: Trent Vogel. SUITS: Seno Formal Wear. MAKE-UP: Ageless by Karla. HAIR: Kustom Cuts. LIMO: Dave’s Limo.
Congratulations, you’re engaged! Now it’s time to choose the wedding date. Weddings are beautiful in every season, but we’re here to tell you some of the best things about having a summer wedding.
You can take advantage of the gorgeous weather.
Are you dreaming of sunset photos? Longing for an outdoor ceremony? Then summer is the perfect time for you to tie the knot. Of course weather varies based on geographical location, but across the board, summer has the most consistent weather of the four seasons.
The venue options are endless.
Because the weather is so nice, your venue options are abundant. You can opt for an outdoor ceremony and an indoor reception or vice versa, or have the entire celebration outdoors! The summer heat and sunshine almost guarantee a beautiful day.
More friends and family will be able to attend.
With less conflicting school and work schedules, summer weddings tend to have the biggest turnout. Memorial Day, Labor Day and 4th of July can be turned into long weekends for out of town guests. Couples who want as many of their loved ones to be there as possible may opt for a summer wedding for this reason.
You’ll have a bigger flower selection.
Summer offers a wide variety of flowers that wouldn’t be available otherwise. More flowers are in bloom between the months of June and August, so chances are, you’ll be able to get the flowers you want at a more reasonable price since they won’t have to be shipped in from somewhere else. Not to mention, the greenery will be gorgeous in your photos!
Bring on the bright colors!
While muted tones like blush and powder blue are gorgeous year round, summer gives you the freedom to play with any color pallet your heart desires! What better season to bust out beautiful bright blues, corals and yellows? You’ll even have the freedom to play around with these colors in your bouquet.
Never-ending honeymoon options
Most resorts across the world plan for summer to be their busiest season, so you can guarantee excellent hotel and shuttle service. Plus, you can bank on the weather being fabulous no matter where you go.
Since it stays light out longer, you’ll have ample opportunities to take photos outside. You’ll also be able to make the rounds at your reception and enjoy your dinner without having to worry about missing those gorgeous sunset shots.
Summer weddings are always a hit, and we know that your special day will be no exception!
Have you been recently married? Engaged? Do you have great marital advice to offer or an area of wedding expertise you’d be willing to share with your community through an article? Our publication would LOVE to feature you in an upcoming issue! Submitting to our magazine is quick and easy, but we’re here to break it down and make it even simpler.
So you get to spend forever with your other half…what better way to share the news with friends and family than in our magazine?! Submitting your engagement consists of just a few steps. All of our submissions require entering your name and contact information. Next, add the announcement you’d like to appear in the magazine and upload photos from your engagement shoot or the proposal! Make sure you have your photographer’s permission to use the images before you submit. We’ve included some examples from our last issue below. You can submit your engagement here.
Local Love Stories
Gush about your wedding day! We want to hear all about it. Tell us your Local Love story in an essay up to 750 words. This can include anything from how you met, why you fell in love, why you chose a specific theme for your wedding, and any special details about your wedding day. We’d love to hear from both the bride and groom! You’ll also need to include a list of local vendors that contributed to your big day and their contact information so we can show them some love, too. Next, choose 15-20 of your favorite images from your wedding. We want to see your floral arrangements, cake, and of course photos of the happy couple. Make sure to get your photographer’s permission to share the photos and notify your vendors that you’ll be submitting their information as well. If any vendors would rather their names not be included in the magazine, tell them to notify you so we can make these changes. Submit your Local Love story today!
Photographer: Amanda Genenbacher
Whether you’ve been married 5 years or 50, we want to hear from you! Tell us about married life. Grab your spouse and a glass of wine and enter 2 answers for each question, one from each of you. Upload your favorite picture of the two of you and you’re good to go! What do you remember about your wedding day? What song played during your first dance? What advice would you give to a couple planning their wedding now? Answer these and the rest of our 20 Questions now to be featured in an upcoming issue.
Calling all photographers, hair stylists, bakeries and DJ’s…this one’s for you! If you’re a local vendor who wants to be featured in our magazine, this is the perfect submission for you. There is no better way to brag about your expertise in the wedding industry. Submit an unbiased article that showcases your knowledge of your field. Articles are chosen based on relevancy to issue and supporting imagery availability. Submit your article here before June 15th to be eligible for feature in our July issue!
Photographer: Laken McDonald
As a local publication, showcasing local couples and vendors is our mission. Thank you in advance to anyone submitting — we can’t wait to brag on you!