Story by Kayla Lowey
Photos by Katelyn Turner Design and Photography, katelynturner.com
May 23, 2015, was the best day of my life. I married my high school sweetheart of eight years; Jake Lowey went to Herscher High School and I went to Bishop McNamara Catholic High School.
Jake proposed at night, just after I returned from a Florida trip with my girlfriends. My flight was delayed, and I didn’t get home until about midnight. He met me in front of his house and brought me to the backyard. About 100 candles were lit all over the yard, and Christmas lights were hanging from the fence. There was an old door with the dates of when we met, started dating and the day he asked me “forever." There was a table in the corner with a dozen roses and the ring sitting on it. And, of course, I said, "Yes!"
Our wedding theme was vintage country glam. We used all pastel colors, with touches of crystals, sparkles and vintage lace. We had a perfect day for our wedding: It was pretty much the only weekend in May it did not rain.
The bridesmaids and I woke up at 4 a.m. because we were so excited. They wore dusty blue strapless floor-length gowns. My maid of honor was my twin sister, Megan Palmateer, of Kankakee. The bridesmaids were Ashley Wilkins, Jenna McCabe, Ashley Haley, Maddie Snyder, Kate Quigley and Alexis Payne, all of Kankakee; and Ashley Lovell and Colleen Smith, both of Bourbonnais.
The best man was Gage Wood, of Herscher. Groomsmen were Andy Burton, Alex Petkunas, Ashton Wilkins, Todd Koerner and Jace Koerner, all of Kankakee; Drew Ogrentz, of Irwin; Michael Krygowski, of Herscher; and Brock Pfeiffer, of Bonfield. They wore gray suits and ties.
My wedding dress was vintage lace in a candlelight color. The intricate stitching was gold and silver with small amounts of beading. I wore my mother-in-law's wedding veil. I had part of my mom's wedding dress wrapped around my bouquet.
The ceremony was outside at the Timber Creek Bed and Breakfast in Paxton. Pillars made up the aisle. Beautiful flowers in vintage wire baskets matched the bridesmaid’s flowers: hydrangeas, garden roses, peonies, dusty miller, lavender stock and scabiosa pods in pastel colors.
The best part of the day was walking down the aisle and getting married. My dad and I surprised everyone by coming in on a horse and carriage to “A Thousand Years” by the Piano Guys.
The reception was held in a white tent with chandeliers and a wooden dance floor surrounded by stone. The centerpieces were tall candelabras lit with candles and flowers in vintage medicine bottles. Each place setting had a cookie with our initial on it. My little cousin, Irelyn, read her own prayer for dinner. Guests sent us off with sparklers at the end of the night.
The bride is the daughter of Andrew and Kathy Palmateer, of Limestone. The groom is the son of Jill Brian Lowey, of Bonfield. She is a recent graduate of Kankakee Community College's nursing school and as a registered nurse in Special Procedures at Riverside Medical Center. The groom is an inspector with the family business, Kankakee Grain Inspection in Essex. The couple lives in Limestone.