Abbey and Stephen | A St. Mary’s of Pine Bluff and Lake Windsor Wedding

Abbey and Stephen. These two are some of the most kind, faithful, and generous people you could meet. From the first time we chatted, I was inspired by their love of the Lord and the way they encourage each other to grow in their faith. After a year of starting a new chapter in their life, living in Pittsburg while Abbey began law school, it was such a joy to witness them enter this next chapter of life, united in marriage. I am so happy for them as they enter this beautiful sacrament!

I couldn’t have imagined a more beautiful day for Abbey and Stephen’s wedding. Abbey’s mom found the most amazing AirBNB for all the girls to get ready. There was so much space for everyone to spread out, and the front room had magnificent windows that flooded the house with light. It was the perfect spot to get ready for a wedding day!

Once everyone was ready and had arrived at Pine Bluff, the whole wedding party gathered in the nave of the church to pray a rosary together. How inspiring to see a group of friends supporting the bride and groom by spending those last moments before the wedding ceremony in prayer together! In order for Stephen to not see Abbey before the ceremony, she entered a pew behind him. I love how Abbey and Stephen got to share in such an intimate moment of prayer together before their ceremony while still saving that first look for the aisle.

Soon it was time for the ceremony to begin. Fr. Michel — ordained just one week before Abbey and Stephen’s wedding! — offered so much reverence and beauty throughout his celebration of the sacred liturgy. One of my favorite parts about photographing weddings is the encouragement and reminders that I get to receive for my own marriage. I loved Fr. Michael’s reminder that a marriage doesn’t just affect the couple. We are all members of the one Body of Christ. Thus, the marriage has a ripple effect throughout the whole Church. Therefore, Fr. Michael encouraged Abbey and Stephen to stay close to confession, to stay close to Mary, for she will always lead us to her Son, and to stay close to the Eucharist. There is nothing better than Christ Himself!

This was actually my first time at St. Mary’s of Pine Bluff. As the Mass transitioned from the Liturgy of the Word to the Liturgy of the Eucharist, Abbey and Stephen rose and entered the sanctuary to take their place on the kneelers before the altar. After they entered, the servers approached the communion rail and closed the gates. I was very struck by this. It was as if this movement was communicating to the congregation, “Something significant — magnificent — is about to happen here.” And indeed, what is more magnificent than the Lord Himself offering Himself — Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity — to us and allowing us to take Him into our very bodies. It is incredible!

After the beautiful ceremony, Abbey and Stephen continued the celebration with their family and friends at Lake Windsor where again, the location was filled with gorgeous light! Their reception was absolutely stunning! From the massive window walls, to the beautiful chandeliers and centerpieces, to the fun donut dessert table, all the details of the reception were amazing. And Abbey and Stephen’s family and friends are all so wonderful! Everyone there was so kind, joyful, and excited to celebrate the wonderful couple! I was so honored to be there, celebrating with their family and friends, and capturing this incredible day.

Abbey and Stephen, thank you so much for trusting me to capture your wedding day. It was an absolute joy to serve you, and I hope you love your images as much as I do! May God bless you and your marriage always!

Wedding Ceremony: St Mary’s of Pine Bluff

Flowers: Polly’s Petals and Particulars

Invitations: Zazzle

Bridal Gown: Genevieve’s Bridal

Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazie

Men’s Wear: The Black Tux

Hair and Makeup: Lox Haus

Cake: Neat-O’s Bake Shop

DJ: Midwest Sound

Special thanks to my friend Amy of Amy Lynn Creative for photographing this day with me!

Check out Abbey and Stephen’s spring engagement session here!

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