Allison and Stephen first met when they were students at the University of Illinois (also my alma mater!) through a mutual friend’s small bible study group. When they decided to advance their relationship from friends to something more, they agreed to perform a 7-day water fast to evaluate their relationship and find the Lord’s blessing for it. Luckily, it is clear that he said yes, and the two started dating right afterwards! And he brought joy and happiness to their wedding day as well as their relationship as a whole.
The big day took place on the land of a family friend of Allison’s, out in the country outside Seymour. The girls got ready in the basement of the beautiful farmhouse while the guys donned their tuxes upstairs. After Allison changed into her dress, she shared an emotional first look with her dad, and just like the rain outside, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house!
Stephen’s brother officiated the ceremony, which focused on the couple’s loving relationship and their dedication to each other, as well as the Lord. It continued to rain throughout the ceremony, but that didn’t matter—everyone was just so happy to be celebrating Allison and Stephen’s love, and their smiles brought sunshine under the tent! After the pair shared their first kiss and walked down the aisle as husband and wife, the rain let up enough for us to all funnel outside so everyone could wish the happy couple congratulations. We were also able to snap a few wedding party photos before the rain started coming down again.
The day continued with dinner and speeches, including an emotional speech given by Allison’s father, and then dancing began. Everyone had a wonderful time grooving on the dance floor, including the best man, who entertained everyone by dancing to NSync’s “Bye, Bye, Bye,” in which Allison and Stephen joined in as well (which made me excited since NSync was my favorite band in grade school! ;)). It was a fantastic time, and I am so blessed to have been a part of such a wonderful day! Congrats Allison and Stephen, and may you have countless years of happiness!