Throwback Tuesday: Abby & Price’s Local Love Story

Abby & Price’s engagement was featured in our October 2018 issue. They’ve since been married, but we loved their submission so much, we knew we has to feature them as a #ThrowbackTuesday on our blog! 

Abby & Price, married July 21st, 2018. Photographer: Justine Wright

From Abby:

It was mid September of 2016 when we met in an astronomy course at Wheaton College, a private Christian school in the west suburbs of Chicago. Though we had been at this small school for over two years together, our paths and friends had surprisingly not overlapped. On our first long weekend of the school year (Labor Day), Price was driving to Canada with friends and on a whim reached out to our mutual and very trusted friend Nikki to ask if I was single. He had seen me in class and knew I was also friends with Nikki. She told him yes I was single, and she then encouraged both of us in the possibility of a potential romance. Her encouragement was very important to me, as I only knew of Price from his reputation and what our few mutual friends had told me. The following week Price approached me after our class and asked me on a date. Our first date was on September 19, and this first date led to evenings mapping the night sky in the observatory and getting to know one another on many dates around the greater Chicago area. After our third date, the attraction was very obvious and we both knew we were falling in love.

The following year and a half would bring wonderful visits to our hometowns of Panama City, Panama and Quincy, Illinois, then seven months of distance between the Philippines and Texas, and finally even more long months of distance between Colorado and Illinois. In all of these moves and transitions, we were comforted by an obvious approaching engagement and God’s sovereign goodness to us. We were completely sure we wanted to be together for the rest of our lives. On December 30, 2017, we got engaged in a small chapel at Price’s family reunion held each year at The Country Place in rural west Tennessee. Price coordinated the surprise appearance of my entire family with my father (which they somehow kept a complete

secret from all six of my sisters) and we had the sweetest time celebrating our engagement with both of our families. This was a wonderful foreshadowing of the celebration to come.

We wanted a simple and worshipful wedding day, honoring our Creator and the generations who have guided and loved us. Most important to us were the joy of music, the truth of Scripture proclaimed, and beautiful photos to capture our love for one another. We also prioritized both of our large families being able to join us in a very special place to me– my hometown, Quincy. Nearby in Camp Point, we chose Lakeview Weddings for our venue. The rolling green hills, old trees, wildflowers, and clear lakes added the perfect backdrop to the dusty blue and sage details of the day. We prepared for the ceremony with those closest to us. Our photographer definitely helped put us at ease as she captured these quick moments of preparation. We are now extremely grateful to be able to look back at the moments before the ceremony and remember the joy of anticipation we were feeling. Pictures of the wedding party took place by the lakes, but we chose to see each other for the first time when I walked down the aisle. Before the ceremony started we had a few minutes to hold hands around a corner, laugh together, and pray for one another. Our photographer captured this moment perfectly and gave us the time we needed to feel alone.

Standing with us at the altar were our combined ten siblings, a few cousins, friends from Wheaton College, and dear friends from Quincy. Price remembers the first time he saw Abby, recalling that “she looked more beautiful than any of the details or scenery that surrounded us, and I almost forgot I was surrounded by 300 people.” After we had said our vows and were pronounced Mr. and Mrs. Gunn, we joyfully walked outside to an unusually cool and windy July day. We could not stop laughing and smiling while taking family and bridal party portraits on the picturesque property at

Lakeview. After the guests had left for a cocktail hour at the Quincy Country Club, we entered a more intimate time while we took our couple shots. We love looking back at those initial moments when we couldn’t stop smiling at the thought of finally being married.

As we reflect on our wedding day, we feel undeserving of the perfect weather, the support and prayers from so many people, and the stunning photos our photographer gave us to remember the celebration of our union. The orchestration of our relationship leads us to worship God and thank Him for His grace and mercy to us. We glimpsed Christ’s love for us in a beautiful way on July 21, 2018. Glory to God!


CEREMONY: Lakeview Weddings; Camp Point, IL RECEPTION: Quincy Country Club; Quincy, IL VIDEOGRAPHER: The Film Jar; Quincy, IL FLORAL DESIGN: Lavish Floral Design; Quincy, IL CATERING: Quincy Country Club; Quincy, IL
DJ: Firestorm Entertainment; Quincy, IL STATIONERY: Emily Beck GROOM & GROOMSMEN Attire: Schuecking Inc; Quincy, IL

If you’ve been recently engaged or married, we’d love to feature you on our blog or in an upcoming issue! Submit your love story here.


Throwback Tuesday: Ceres & Brad’s Local Love Story

Ceres and Brad were featured as one of the Local Love couples in our April 2019 Issue. Haven’t read their story? We’re featuring it here on the blog so you can check it out! 

Ceres & Brad, married 10.13.2018. Photographer: Guyla Behring

From Ceres: 

“Do you know that feeling deep in your soul when you’ve never been more sure of a decision in your life? Yeah, I didn’t either, until I said yes to you forever.” This quote comes from the letter I wrote to Brad the morning of our wedding day. This is a feeling I had never experienced before, and was one that I knew did not develop lightly. Brad and I consider ourselves “unconventional” high school sweethearts. We met in 2009, when I was accidentally placed into a junior/senior level elective class. It was a rather small class of only nine students – eight of which were upperclassmen… and me, a terrified freshman. Each of the class members and our teacher knew there was a spark long before we were willing to admit it, and to this day like to remind us of that. We never in our wildest dreams imagined our relationship could withstand the tests and turbulence young love and years of long distance endures.

Since we fell in love at such a young age, we dated longer than most. Seven years into our relationship, Brad decided to ask the long awaited question that he and all of our friends and family knew my exact answer to, “It’s about time!” The day he proposed will forever stand out to me as an incredibly special occasion, not only because we committed to our future together, but because he managed to keep a secret from me for the first time in our seven year relationship. I was on a girls trip to Chicago with some girlfriends from graduate school. Brad and my best friend coordinated with my friends on the trip for him to surprise me at the end of Navy Pier. Before the proposal at lunch that November day, my best friend asked Brad if he needed to practice what he was going to say, to which he responded, “No, I know in the moment it will all come to me perfectly, I don’t want to rehearse something that would limit how I feel in that very moment.” Brad tends to be a very well spoken man, so she naturally trusted his response.

When I turned around and saw him there he was already crying, an emotional response I had only witnessed from him once before. All I could mutter is, “What are you doing here?”, to which he responded, “You know why I’m here.” His “perfectly in the moment” response has become quite the laughing point with family and friends, but it’s at the heart of the very reason I fell in love with him and continue to love him more with each passing day. Our wedding day was full of romance, surprise, sparkle, tears, laughs, and love. It is a day we will forever cherish, with memories we will reminisce frequently, but if we’re both being honest, we love the lazy days home alone with one another just as much. When you marry your
best friend, every day — even the ordinary ones — can feel as exciting and special as your wedding day. We’ve loved all of the highs, lows, and in-betweens of our journey together thus far, and look forward to laughing longer, smiling bigger, and cherishing each other more than we thought possible the day before last.

Photographer: Guyla Behring Photography., 573.795.2344
Wedding Planner: Amy Deters Events., 217.248.7912
Ceremony Venue: Zion Lutheran Church. 210 S. Spring St, Palmyra, MO., 573.769.2739
Reception Venue : The Ambiance., 217.222.1111
Caterer: Riverside Smoke House and Grill., 217.214.7675
Florist: Paige’s Poseys.
Cake and desserts: The Yum Factory., 847.772.8877
Hair/Makeup: Shear Sisterz, Palmyra, MO. 573.769.0444
Reception DJ: Firestorm Entertainment, Brett.
Phone number: 217.440.9141
Rentals: Something Borrowed, 217.653.0308
Picture Location: Dick Brothers Brewery., 217.224.9892

If you’ve been recently married or engaged, we’d love to feature you on our blog or in our publication! Submit your stories at 





Throwback Tuesday – Bethany & Allyus’ Local Love Story

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 & Allyus, married 9.2.18. Photographer: Amanda Genenbacher

From Allyus:

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,

Photography: Amanda Genenbacher Photography – 217-257-3184,,

Florist: Right Touch Florals – 217-936-2452

Dessert: Underbrinks Bakery – 217-222-1831

DJ: Rustin Lippincott, Purple Star Entertainment –

Hair: Megan Waller at Morgan Creek Villa & Day Spa – 217-224-8268,

Makeup: Kellie Gilbert at Simply Lovely Salon – (217) 641-2555 ,

Dress: Luv Bridal Denver – (303) 339-0093,
Donna Beth Creations (Denver)- (303) 861-1688,,

Suits: The Groomsman Suit, +1 (773) 303-6006,