When Jeffrey and Julia Woods send us a wedding, we know it’s going to be brimming with beauty and emotion! Today is no exception.

Ryan and Anna met in shop class during high school …

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… the rest was destiny …

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from Anna …

We met in high school, during shop class! I was the senior girl who wanted to learn something different (or take an easy class…) and Ryan was a junior taking a class with the rest of his buddies. Being the only girl in the class, I got a lot of attention … mainly from Ryan. We dated for a few months, but thought we were better as friends. We remained close friends throughout high school and college, always there for each other, whether with a problem or just for support and encouragement.

I started my own photography studio in the summer of 2004. Ryan was there to support me in my adventure {unforgettable photography by anna}. Our friendship soon blossomed into a serious relationship. On a Monday evening in September 2007, Ryan came home from guitar lessons, woke me up from a nap and asked me to take our dog out. To my great surprise, an engagement ring was attached to the leash!

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Since my work schedule was booked solid for the following year, we planned for a May 2009 wedding! So many people thought we were crazy for waiting over a year and a half …

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In December of the same year, we found out we were expecting!!!

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On August 4, 2008, I gave birth to our daughter, Madeline. Good thing we planned for a long engagement!!! Crazy how that worked out… Ryan walked Madeline down the aisle the day of our wedding.

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For us, we know that we not only have a partner for life, but a best friend.  I think deep down, even when we were not an “item”, we always saw ourselves together forever!

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What a terrific story!

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I totally intended to talk about the different styles of photography through the years … vintage effects in particular. I even started researching the subject to be able to speak to the topic more intellectually. Then, I simply became mesmerized by Anna’s story … and the Woods’ images, in all their glorious beauty, and decided to let the photos speak for themselves. No matter the style, Jeffrey and Julia are quite literally the experts of the experts!

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Thanks to Jeffrey and Julia Woods, this lovely family can now remember their wedding day forever and ever … amen!

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A few more details from the day … their wedding took place at Hidden Lake Winery in Illinois … just east of St. Louis in rural Aviston. Wedding vendors included Ahner Florist, Weck Events & Weddings, Switzer Film, and Bella Vita Salon.

After looking at Anna, Ryan and Madeline’s wedding day, you should have no doubt. Jeffrey and Julia Woods are … well … just amazing artists!

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