This wedding season has been perfect thus far. Justin and Jessica were married 2 weeks ago in an outdoor ceremony at Hudson Park in Portland, IN. Having an outdoor wedding can be risky, but they had a plan B in place, just in case. Thankfully, everything went as planned and there was no rain in site.
I went to Justin and Jessica’s house for the getting ready photos. After seeing how pretty their property was we decided to do all of the before photos in their yard. It was such a great location and we needed the shade! My first observation of Justin and Jessica’s friends was that their friends are family. And the icing on the cake of how much fun they all have together was at the reception. Jessica is a huge 90’s boy band fan. She loves the Backstreet Boys. At the reception the groomsmen lip-synced a very well timed and rehearsed version of I want it That Way. Even as I was editing their reception I could hear the song in my head. It was so memorable and I know that Jessica was completely shocked when the song started.
Justin and Jessica, Thank you so much for having me as your photographer. It was so much fun to spend your day with you. Enjoy your wedding highlights below.
MEET THE NEWLYWEDS: Justin and Jessica WEDDING DATE: June 11, 2016 LOCATION: Hudson Park Amphitheater , Portland, IN and the Lions Civic Building, Portland, IN HOW THEY MET: Justin and Jessica met in May of 2010. Two of their mutual friends including Nick (who was a groomsman) planned a night for their group to get together because they wanted Justin and Jessica to meet. They stayed up late talking and bonded over loving football among other things. They went on a few formal dates after that and then made it official. ENGAGEMENT: Justin planned the perfect proposal months after going ring shopping. It was with his friends during the fireworks on the 4th of July. Jessica’s friend asked her to go on their daily walk for exercise. They always walked on the same path and headed toward Hudson Park. While they were walking Justin had gotten to the park ahead of time and had Jessica’s parents and closest friends waiting there at the amphitheater to watch and take pictures. Justin and Easton (their baby son) walked out from behind and surprised Jessica and asked her to marry them. FAVORITE WEDDING MEMORIES: Justin and Jessica both agreed that the groomsmen singing and dancing to the Backstreet Boys at the reception was one of their favorite memories. However, they also loved having Easton included in so many special parts of the day. Justin holding Easton as Jessica walked down the aisle, and Easton being included in the entrance to the reception and first dance song were all special, quiet moments on such a hectic day. SOMETHING OLD, NEW, BORROWED, BLUE: OLD and BORROWED: The pearl necklace that Jessica wore was was her grandmas. She was given the necklace 60 years ago by her husband on their wedding day. It was very special for Jessica to get to wear it too. NEW: Wedding Dress BLUE: Flowers FIRST DANCE: Happy Man by Thomas Rhett HONEYMOON: Gatlinburg, TN