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!
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
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