Our last wedding day of 2020 was one for the books! You might remember this couple from their fall engagement session a couple of months back. Today, we are so very excited to share Katelynn and Jamey’s rustic and romantic wedding day in St. Joseph on the blog!
The Love Story
Katelynn and Jamey met in high school in 2010. Katelynn was a freshman, Jamey was a sophomore. They met through a mutual friend and had study hall together the first semester. The two used to hang out at football games in the fall, where eventually Katelynn gained the confidence to tell Jamey she liked him and the feeling was mutual! They started dating on December 9, 2010 and will be celebrating 10 years of being together just a few days after the wedding.
Jamey proposed to Katelynn on November 2, 2019 while taking family photos. As Katelynn was looking back at photos on the camera, she came across a picture with two pumpkins, one saying “Marry Me?” and the other with a ring painted on it, and in the middle of the two was the engagement ring. When Katelynn turned around, Jamey was down on one knee. He asked her to marry him and she said “Heck yes!”.
Jamey is a fourth-generation farmer, and Katelynn cannot wait to be a farmer’s wife. Riding in the tractor or combine is a favorite fall activity that Katelynn and Jamey love to do together. The two enjoy traveling to the city and spending weekends away together, especially when it involves a Chicago Cubs game. Katelynn is currently in school working to get her teaching license to teach special education and Jamey is a pre-commercial corn researcher, where he takes data on pre-commercial corn before it is able to be sold to the farmers. Jamey and Katelynn enjoy spending time with each other’s families and nieces and nephews! Jamey and Katelynn cannot wait to be parents one day and hope to add more little ones to their families soon!
The Wedding Day
These two are troopers and one of the ultimate coronavirus couples if I do say so! They went from wedding Plan A to Plan B to Plan C and you know what? They did it with grace and kindness and focused on each other the entire time. Because after all, they would be married on December 5, 2020 – no matter what!
We started the day by meeting Katelynn and her sister at the church in St. Joseph while they finished getting ready. As we photographed and videoed details, we loved catching up with Katelynn. Before we knew it, Jamey arrived and the couple exchanged sweet letters and gifts before getting dressed. Time was on our side on this day, and we loved focusing all our energy on these two in every single moment!
At two o’clock in the afternoon, it was wedding time! Katelynn and Jamey shared a Lutheran wedding ceremony with their closest loved ones – from their parents and siblings to their grandparents and nieces and nephews. We loved documenting their loved ones witness their union and celebration. It was an intimate, beautiful ceremony.
After the ceremony, we spent some time with the couple and their family for photos before braving the chilly December day for photos of the newlyweds. It was cold outside but oh so worth it! Before their wedding day, I told Katelynn and Jamey that I had a good feeling about staying on the church grounds for post-ceremony photos. Goodness, I’m so glad I guided them in that direction and trusted my gut on that one! It was perfect. From the golden light paired with the winter jewel-tone bouquet and Katelynn’s elegant dress to the grassy fields and early winter sunset with Jamey grinning from ear to ear at his girl… It was PERFECT for these two, trust me!
Once photos wrapped up in St. Joseph, we traveled to the Acton Homestead for dinner, cake, and a little dancing. We were thankful for the 20-minute car ride between the ceremony and mini reception to thaw our toes a bit, too 😉
When we arrived at their mini reception, Kyle and I were in awe of how Katelynn and Jamey’s families came together to make that evening celebration happen. Nope, it wasn’t how they thought the day would look months ago, but once again, it was perfect. Absolutely perfect. I think everyone that shared the day with Katelynn and Jamey would tell you that, too!
We adore this couple and their truly kind and selfless hearts. It’s true that we always have a soft spot for high school sweethearts, and we are so incredibly thankful that we could document this wedding day and that we get to cheer Katelynn and Jamey on in their new marriage!
Katelynn + Jamey – Thank you doesn’t feel like enough! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for sharing your winter wedding day with us. We truly adore you both and wish you many many happy married years together! We could not have asked for a better end to our 2020 wedding season!
Creative credit goes to…
Katelynn’s Attire: Essense of Australia at Michelle’s Bridal & Tuxedo – Urbana, IL | Jamey’s Attire: Michelle’s Bridal & Tuxedo – Urbana, IL | Hair & Makeup: Timothy John Salon & Spa – Urbana, IL | Jeweler: Champaign Jewelers – Champaign, IL | Ceremony: Prince of Peace Lutheran Church – St. Joseph, IL | Wedding Officiant: Pastor Andrew Jones | Reception Venue: The Acton Homestead – Collison, IL | Florist: A. Hunt Design – Champaign, IL | Photographer & Videographer: Kara Evans Photographer – Kankakee, IL | Catering: Applewood Foods – Covington, IN | Cake: Pam Berbaum | Invitations + Paper Goods: Minted | Favors: Bath & Body Works