Newlywed Wisdom: 28th Edition

Congratulations to Jennifer Baie and Kyle Guymon who were married October 12, 2007. The newlyweds are both long time residents of the DeKalb area. Jennifer’s mother is Barbara Baie, DeKalb, and her father and step-mother are Terry and Marjorie Baie of Sycamore. Kyle’s father is Jerry Guymon also of DeKalb. His mother is the late Sue Guymon.

When Jennifer and Kyle selected October 12 as their wedding date, it only gave them five months to plan and the clock was ticking. Nowhere but First Lutheran Church in DeKalb would be right for the ceremony and Altgeld Hall at NIU was the couple’s favorite site for their elegant reception. Photography settings on the grounds at NIU and the Ellwood House Museum provided the background for amazing images. Jennifer said, “And we were blessed with a beautiful fall day!” She added, “having all of these locations so close was important for the convenience of our guests and kept travel time to a minimum.”

Jennifer is not only an organizer and planner, she has a background and career that gave her a significant advantage over most brides. She’s a wedding photographer! Jennifer, along with her mother, Barbara Baie, has a commercial studio in DeKalb – Womack Photography Ltd. Working for years with other brides, grooms and their respective “moms” has given Jennifer a close look into this process of preparing for a wedding event. Jennifer has the opportunity to personally know many community-wide vendors also involved in wedding events.
Kyle did his own careful plotting to make sure his proposal was romantic and special. He proposed to Jennifer on May 4th which was her 30th birthday! He also chose the setting that was his and Jennifer’s first date 13 years earlier. It was a picnic at NIU’s scenic lagoon!

Other than the ring, a carefully selected princess-cut diamond in a white-gold cathedral setting-and the courage to make it official, Kyle happily left most of the wedding-day details to Jennifer. Kyle contributed his ideas and made decisions in areas that were important to him: tux selection, gifts for his guys, music, food/beverages for the reception, etc.

Jennifer wore a custom-designed strapless ivory satin gown tastefully accented with a café-color sash. Her gown was of simple, classic elegance with subtle pick-ups all around to add fullness and flair to its princess-like form. The cathedral-length ivory veil was custom-designed for the bride, carrying the flowing lines past the train of her gown. The ladies in the bridal party wore black floor-length, crepe-backed satin gowns with café-color sashes to compliment the bride. Four-year-old Samantha wore the colors of the bride, looking just like the little princess she knows she is!

Kyle and all the guys–the dads, groomsmen, ushers, and two little ring-bearers, were handsome-as-ever decked-out in traditional tuxedos. Kyle’s distinctive look included a tie and vest to match Jennifer’s sash, and a diamond-white shirt highlighting a solid black tux.

Jennifer’s bouquet of Leonidas roses gave a “dipped” effect of a cinnamon-to-burnt-ivory hue. Her groom wore a matching single-rose boutonniere. Beautiful fall flowers were provided for the 19 bridal party members, assistants and special relatives. “Additional flowers and a glowing candle were placed on the altar–two roses in loving memory of Kyle’s mother and brother, and a bouquet in honor of several of our grandparents,” described Jennifer.

A personal touch was added by combining Jennifer’s love of cooking with the reception gifts. Jennifer and Kyle included one of their favorite cookie recipes and heart-shaped cookie cutters in small organza bags.
Jen & Kyle’s wedding day tips in a capsule:

Organize, organize, organize! All the hard work and planning pays off so you can just relax and enjoy the day!
Budget before you spend. We listed our top five priorities and concentrated our financial resources on these.
Time-line for your day is critical. Make sure to schedule enough time throughout your day so you can enjoy it without rushing or skipping something important.

Enjoy all the moments you can; they’ll just fly! If something doesn’t go as planned... punt! Let it go, and accept that “it was meant to be.”

Jennifer continues with her newlywed wisdom, “Preparation for the wedding day involves attention to detail, time, and lots of patience. Most of what we’ve shared in these pages has been in paying attention to the wedding day. We wouldn’t want to end this message without including a thought for the day’s real purpose. If you’re a bride-to-be, you may feel frustrated, maybe disappointed, or even upset with something or someone during this process. Try to keep in mind that you and your fiancé have chosen each other in love. Remember to be there for each other. Listen to each other. Trust in one another. Be each other’s best friend. Support one another. Believe in each other. The love you share on the day you wed will certainly grow as you grow together in all your experiences as a couple!” She added, “The best wedding gift we received was having wonderful friends and family with us on our wedding day.”

Jennifer’s degree and background are in early childhood development. Kyle works for Advance Communications and he loves coaching athletics–primarily baseball. He coaches for DeKalb High School and area teams.
Jennifer and Kyle appreciate those whom contributed to their wedding day: First Lutheran Church, Ellen Anderson at NIU Altgeld Hall, la joli mode, Laura Herrmann-Murray at Shear Changes, Sweet Dreams Desserts, Ducky’s Formal Wear, Glidden Campus Florist, Ollie’s Frozen Custard, Sound Escape DJ, Matt Watkins at Imaginations Unlimited, and our photo team-Joanne Alice, Katie Beverly and Tunwa Yee.




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