Favorite Weddings of 2009 II
December 30, 2009

This week, we thought it would be fun for you too see a few of the weddings that made our hearts flutter over the past year... a few that we just can't get out of our heads. I loved seeing everyone's picks and the reasons they loved each wedding so much. Eddye fell hard for this Illinois winery wedding from Jeffrey and Julia Woods for it's emotional, beautiful photos, but also for the sweet-as-can-be family, Anna, Ryan and baby, Madeline.

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From Little Black Book Blog Editor, Eddye...

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.

Photography by Jeffrey & Julia Woods

Ryan and Anna met in shop class during high school, the rest was destiny ...

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.

Photography by Jeffrey & Julia Woods

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

Photography by Jeffrey & Julia Woods

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. 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!


Vendor Credits: Photography by Jeffrey and Julia Woods / Venue Hidden Lake Winery / Ahner Florist / Weck Events & Weddings / Switzer Film / and Bella Vita Salon.

What a terrific story!