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Going to the Chapel

By Sarah Ryberg | Photography by Crystal Stokes Photography

Posted: Monday, Aug. 05, 2013

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Amy Kessler and Eric Jackson always knew they had a connection, but the timing never felt right. When the couple finally started dating, their long-lasting chemistry meant a proposal wasn’t far behind. One night, Amy arrived home to find Eric’s car in her driveway. “When I walked in, there were candles, roses, and little notes he’d typed up about why he loved me,” she says. “These notes led me to Eric, where he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him.”

Amy and Eric knew they wanted family to be a big part of the wedding. For the ceremony, Eric’s grandmother offered Amy her bridal Bible, which had been carried in the groom’s family for generations. Touched by the gesture, Amy had their floral designer attach it to her bouquet so that she could carry it down the aisle.

Amy’s father also played a pivotal role in the day: “Having my dad walk me down the aisle, and then having him switch over and take us through our vows, was so very special,” she says.

The couple decided to forego the bridal party or a large reception venue, instead enjoying their dream wedding: an intimate chapel ceremony with “no fluff and extra stuff, just us.”

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