We switched things around a bit today and started with Rachel and Nathan’s fantastically fun wedding celebration at the Peoria Country Club. But now, it’s time to get take a few steps back to earlier in the day … because seriously … their ceremony and portraits are unbelievably gorgeous!

And we have to start by thanking their awesome photographers, Jeffrey and Julia Woods for sharing these photos with us. Their artistic flair is pure and simple genius!

Isn’t Rachel just the epitome of the radiant bride???

Here’s a bit of their story ~ from Rachel …

We have both known each other since childhood … we grew apart and decided to meet up again 6 years ago. We immediately hit it off and dated for 5 years until Nathan proposed on September 13, 2008, which happened to be the wettest day in Chicago’s history! It seems that the rain followed us throughout our entire engagement — a snow storm hit the night of our engagement party and a storm came through during my (outdoor) wedding shower. But on August 22, 2009 when we married, the weather was absolutely perfect. Not a cloud in the sky.

Congratulations Rachel and Nathan from all of us here at Style Me Pretty!

And as always, a huge thank you to the tremendously talented Jeffrey & Julia Woods!!

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To see all 90+ images from Nathan & Rachel’s wedding, simply click on any one of the photos and you’ll be linked to the SMP gallery! (or ~ click right here!)

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Event planner: Save the Date~Peoria,  Floral Design: Moniers Flowers,  Lighting: Scott Fort Lighting Sound & Creations, Cake: Cyd’s Sensationals