Best of Ceremony Moments – UnPosed Best of 2017

There are always so many beautiful moments that happen during wedding ceremonies.  Though this is sometimes the part that couples think of last in lieu of planning the party and the decor, the ceremony is the reason for the whole day.  It’s why all of these people are here.  They want to witness you pledging your hearts to each other for the rest of your lives.  It’s a beautiful part of the day.  Often filled with emotion, there are very few ceremonies that pass without me shedding a tear or two.

I loved the look on Ronnie’s face as April walked down the aisle for their wedding ceremony in Jamaica.  The emotion shared between the two of them throughout the ceremony was so genuine and truly melted our hearts to witness. Best of Ceremonies, Ceremony, Wedding Ceremony, Wedding Day, Bride and Groom, Bride, Groom, Wedding Party, Bridesmaids, Groomsmen, Galena IL, Galena IL Wedding, Galena IL Wedding Photographer, Galena IL Photographer, UnPosed Photography, Jamaica, Riu Jamaica We love when tears are shed among friends and family during ceremonies like at Ashley and John’s and Jess and Steve’s weddings.  It makes me feel less alone when I shed a tear or two!!!  Plus, John shedding tears as Ashley walked to him is a PERFECT example of our belief that you don’t lose any of that emotion if you have a first look.  John and Ashley had a first look and did their wedding party photos all before the ceremony and John still shed some tears as Ashley walked down the aisle to marry him.  Best of Ceremonies, Ceremony, Wedding Ceremony, Wedding Day, Bride and Groom, Bride, Groom, Wedding Party, Bridesmaids, Groomsmen, Galena IL, Galena IL Wedding, Galena IL Wedding Photographer, Galena IL Photographer, UnPosed Photography, Eagle Ridge, Eagle Ridge Resort and SpaBest of Ceremonies, Ceremony, Wedding Ceremony, Wedding Day, Bride and Groom, Bride, Groom, Wedding Party, Bridesmaids, Groomsmen, Galena IL, Galena IL Wedding, Galena IL Wedding Photographer, Galena IL Photographer, UnPosed Photography, Eagle Ridge, Eagle Ridge Resort and Spa These are faces of pure joy!  And Matt shocked Ashley with a full on passionate first kiss  🙂 Best of Ceremonies, Ceremony, Wedding Ceremony, Wedding Day, Bride and Groom, Bride, Groom, Wedding Party, Bridesmaids, Groomsmen, Galena IL, Galena IL Wedding, Galena IL Wedding Photographer, Galena IL Photographer, UnPosed Photography Best of Ceremonies, Ceremony, Wedding Ceremony, Wedding Day, Bride and Groom, Bride, Groom, Wedding Party, Bridesmaids, Groomsmen, Galena IL, Galena IL Wedding, Galena IL Wedding Photographer, Galena IL Photographer, UnPosed Photography, Eagle Ridge, Eagle Ridge Resort and Spa Mr. Budweiser wanted to be part of every moment of his mom and dad’s ceremony.  He was trying so hard to get Seth to scratch his belly during the processional!!!  And aren’t these little flower girls and ring bearer too cute?!?!

Best of Ceremonies, Ceremony, Wedding Ceremony, Wedding Day, Bride and Groom, Bride, Groom, Wedding Party, Bridesmaids, Groomsmen, Galena IL, Galena IL Wedding, Galena IL Wedding Photographer, Galena IL Photographer, UnPosed Photography, Guttenberg IA This goes down as one of my favorite ceremony moments.  Christine’s dad walked her down the aisle, gave her hand to Kyle, and then changed into a robe to officiate their ceremony.  Christine and her mom both had no idea Ed was changing and were so confused when he disappeared behind the ceremony platform for a few minutes.  Only Kyle, Jeff, and I knew what was happening.  Best of Ceremonies, Ceremony, Wedding Ceremony, Wedding Day, Bride and Groom, Bride, Groom, Wedding Party, Bridesmaids, Groomsmen, Galena IL, Galena IL Wedding, Galena IL Wedding Photographer, Galena IL Photographer, UnPosed Photography, DeNovo Barn I love when a bride and her dad share sweet moments as they go down the aisle like Christine and her dad did.
Best of Ceremonies, Ceremony, Wedding Ceremony, Wedding Day, Bride and Groom, Bride, Groom, Wedding Party, Bridesmaids, Groomsmen, Galena IL, Galena IL Wedding, Galena IL Wedding Photographer, Galena IL Photographer, UnPosed Photography, Eagle Ridge, Eagle Ridge Resort and Spa Destiney and Joe sharing a kiss as they exited their ceremony.
Best of Ceremonies, Ceremony, Wedding Ceremony, Wedding Day, Bride and Groom, Bride, Groom, Wedding Party, Bridesmaids, Groomsmen, Galena IL, Galena IL Wedding, Galena IL Wedding Photographer, Galena IL Photographer, UnPosed Photography, Preston IA This ceremony was special in that Erin and Jason’s kiddos were their wedding party and they had them involved in a  family ceremony during the wedding proceedings.  There were many cute moments shared between them all, but these laughs were my favorite.
Best of Ceremonies, Ceremony, Wedding Ceremony, Wedding Day, Bride and Groom, Bride, Groom, Wedding Party, Bridesmaids, Groomsmen, Galena IL, Galena IL Wedding, Galena IL Wedding Photographer, Galena IL Photographer, UnPosed Photography, One Eleven Main, One Eleven Main Galena Heather was one of the most smiley people we have ever seen.  She grinned and was filled with joy every moment of her day.  I loved her dad giving her a kiss as he gave her away, and then her sweet look back to her guests during the ceremony.  And the look she and Chris gave each other as they realized they were officially husband and wife was so cute!  Best of Ceremonies, Ceremony, Wedding Ceremony, Wedding Day, Bride and Groom, Bride, Groom, Wedding Party, Bridesmaids, Groomsmen, Galena IL, Galena IL Wedding, Galena IL Wedding Photographer, Galena IL Photographer, UnPosed Photography, Family Farm Wedding, Farm Wedding Jess and Andrew are living proof that even when there is TORRENTIAL rain, you can still bask in the beauty of your wedding day.  Though the rain made the inside of their tent a muddy mess, they embraced it all and focused on each other.  Also, their officiant was hilarious with his umbrella!!!
Best of Ceremonies, Ceremony, Wedding Ceremony, Wedding Day, Bride and Groom, Bride, Groom, Wedding Party, Bridesmaids, Groomsmen, Galena IL, Galena IL Wedding, Galena IL Wedding Photographer, Galena IL Photographer, UnPosed Photography, LeFevre Inn We loved these doors leading to Kara and Anders ceremony at Oak Hill.  Best of Ceremonies, Ceremony, Wedding Ceremony, Wedding Day, Bride and Groom, Bride, Groom, Wedding Party, Bridesmaids, Groomsmen, Galena IL, Galena IL Wedding, Galena IL Wedding Photographer, Galena IL Photographer, UnPosed Photography, Oak Hill, Oak Hill Weddings These little faces were so cute!!!!  I also loved how Kelsey’s dad gave her a little kiss on the head before he walked away.  And who doesn’t love when a couple dances their way back down the aisle after the ceremony is over?!?!Best of Ceremonies, Ceremony, Wedding Ceremony, Wedding Day, Bride and Groom, Bride, Groom, Wedding Party, Bridesmaids, Groomsmen, Galena IL, Galena IL Wedding, Galena IL Wedding Photographer, Galena IL Photographer, UnPosed Photography, Eagle Ridge, Eagle Ridge Resort and Spa This little lady did NOT want to walk down the aisle by herself!  And Liam and Kristina win for fastest wedding ceremony of the year.  It was 4 minutes from start to finish!  Best of Ceremonies, Ceremony, Wedding Ceremony, Wedding Day, Bride and Groom, Bride, Groom, Wedding Party, Bridesmaids, Groomsmen, Galena IL, Galena IL Wedding, Galena IL Wedding Photographer, Galena IL Photographer, UnPosed Photography, Grant Park, Grant Park Galena This barn was such a cool wedding venue for Lindsay and Brian’s wedding day.  Best of Ceremonies, Ceremony, Wedding Ceremony, Wedding Day, Bride and Groom, Bride, Groom, Wedding Party, Bridesmaids, Groomsmen, Galena IL, Galena IL Wedding, Galena IL Wedding Photographer, Galena IL Photographer, UnPosed Photography, Ehler Barn, Ehler Ranch The sky could not have been more perfect and beautiful for Maeghan and Charley’s wedding ceremony.  Best of Ceremonies, Ceremony, Wedding Ceremony, Wedding Day, Bride and Groom, Bride, Groom, Wedding Party, Bridesmaids, Groomsmen, Galena IL, Galena IL Wedding, Galena IL Wedding Photographer, Galena IL Photographer, UnPosed Photography, Chestnut Mountain, Chestnut Mountain Resort The look on Margaret and Matt’s faces as they met for their ceremony were so sweet.  And folks, this is another perfect example of the fact that you don’t lose any emotion if you share a first look.  Matt and Margaret spent their whole morning together and still were emotional as they saw each other at the aisle.  Best of Ceremonies, Ceremony, Wedding Ceremony, Wedding Day, Bride and Groom, Bride, Groom, Wedding Party, Bridesmaids, Groomsmen, Galena IL, Galena IL Wedding, Galena IL Wedding Photographer, Galena IL Photographer, UnPosed Photography, Eagle Ridge, Eagle Ridge Resort and Spa Best of Ceremonies, Ceremony, Wedding Ceremony, Wedding Day, Bride and Groom, Bride, Groom, Wedding Party, Bridesmaids, Groomsmen, Galena IL, Galena IL Wedding, Galena IL Wedding Photographer, Galena IL Photographer, UnPosed Photography, Eagle Ridge, Eagle Ridge Resort and Spa And finally, I couldn’t neglect to share this image.  Sam and Joe released butterflies at the end of their ceremony which was so unique and beautiful!  Best of Ceremonies, Butterfly Release, Ceremony, Wedding Ceremony, Wedding Day, Bride and Groom, Bride, Groom, Wedding Party, Bridesmaids, Groomsmen, Galena IL, Galena IL Wedding, Galena IL Wedding Photographer, Galena IL Photographer, UnPosed Photography, Eagle Ridge, Eagle Ridge Resort and Spa

Be sure to keep checking back for more Best Of posts next week!!!

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