Jill and Ruben’s day started in their home in the western suburbs, where the bride was with her bridesmaids as they had their hair and makeup styled. Energy was high and the laughs abounded as everyone finished their preparations. Jill and Ruben had a huge party planned and this crew was ready to celebrate!
Jill looked gorgeous! She was helped out by Morgan Blaul, who styled her makeup.
A few final details and the bride was ready to go!
Her mom couldn’t help but smile when she got a glimpse of the bride fully ready for the day.
Before going out to meet with Ruben, Jill had a special moment with her father. He waited patiently for Jill to come downstairs and then had a special ‘first look’ with his daughter.
You can tell by looking at his face that Jill’s father is proud of his daughter.
Jill and Ruben’s shared first look was held on the dock behind their house. Jill carefully made her way down to the lakeside and tapped Ruben on the shoulder.
Ruben lit up as he saw his beautiful bride… and Jill couldn’t get enough of her handsome groom!
After a round of photos on the couple’s property, we headed inside so Jill and Ruben could greet their family. Below is a picture of Ruben as he saw his daughter walking in the door.
Isn’t she beautiful? She was smiling from ear to ear for the whole day.
Ruben’s daughter shared a hug with the bride, and then we were off!
The two got even more time to cuddle in the limo on the ride to the church.
A few minutes later, Jill’s father was walking her down the aisle. After joining Ruben at the altar, the ceremony began. It was a lovely ceremony, held in a marvelous, modern church sanctuary. Family and friends participated in the proceedings, too, as they shared readings with the couple.
The couple and their guests were led in a closing prayer after the rings and vows were exchanged…
…and after a first kiss, Ruben and Jill were officially official! Congratulations!
The newlyweds made their way down the aisle, met with cheers and applause from their guests, then took their places outside of the sanctuary to welcome everyone.
Ruben’s daughter was so happy that she couldn’t keep herself from dabbing.
Jill and Ruben’s reception venue was nearby, and when we arrived, we took advantage of the scenery by taking a round of portraits outside.
Jill made herself a little more comfortable before joining the crew for cocktails. She was ready to enjoy her guests!
Ruben was enjoying his time with family and friends, also. He smiled the entire evening!
Jill spent a few loving moments with her mother-in-law.
And Jill’s grandma was ready for her turn in front of the camera!
After dinner was served, everyone settled in for speeches, which were kicked off with a toast from Jill’s dad.
Next up were Ruben’s groomsmen, who gave funny and touching tributes in honor of the groom.
Ruben’s sister had some words of love and advice, while sharing some of her favorite memories.
Finally, the bride and groom took their turn, thanking all their guests for sharing the day with them.
With speeches completed, Jill and Ruben took to the dance floor to share their first dance as husband and wife.
Then Jill shared a dance with her father…
…while Ruben did the same with his mother.
Then everyone hopped on the floor and the dance party was underway!
Jill’s sister and aunt share a laugh during the reception. Jill’s aunt did all of the floral design for the celebration– she did a fantastic job, too!
What a party! The guests were still going strong as I began to pack my stuff to go. But nobody was partying harder than the newlyweds!
Congratulations on your marriage, Jill and Ruben! Thank you for sharing your day with me!