Drew and Jamie have a coworker to thank for initially setting them up at a group happy hour. The pair officially started dating In a matter of weeks after that happy hour.
For their engagement, Drew planned a romantic trip to a cabin in Broken Bow, Oklahoma. They spent an afternoon hiking “Friendship Trail,” which ended up being much more difficult than the name suggested. Drew proposed as they reached a beautiful lookout point near the river, and they shared in the joy with some celebratory drinks he had tucked away in his backpack.
Hoping for a rustic and romantic wedding, an ombre color story of rose hues filled this Texas wedding with an unmistakable warmth. The natural brick and wood interior of the venue provided a warm and cozy feeling for this winter wedding. Outdoors, Stone Crest Venue overlooked miles of rolling Texas countryside. Drew and his father designed a DIY cross for the ceremony constructed from wooden logs from the couple’s garden. Behind the couple, a fireplace was lit with candles. For her entrance, Jamie made her way down the wooden staircase lined in florals, which offered a perfect moment of drama. Jamie’s lace wedding dress included a layer of sparkle tulle in the skirt, beautifully pairing with her rhinestone booties.
Unique signage was scattered throughout the reception space, expertly designed by a close friend. Their seating chart was based around their history fostering dogs. Each table included the dog’s photo, as well as information about their adoption to their forever homes. Jamie recalls the joy of including so many of their closest friends on their wedding day. She even rented an Airbnb the night before the wedding to spend some time with her gals before the delightful day of celebrating with her new husband!
How did you meet?
My (Jamie) old coworker/bridesmaid started a new job and met Drew in her on boarding group. She thought we would be a good match and invited both of us to a group happy hour to set us up. We instantly hit it off and became official a few weeks later.
What is your proposal story?
Drew planned a trip to Broken Bow, OK where we stayed in a cute little cabin. We went hiking one day on a path named Friendship Trail (that turned out to be way harder than expected) and he popped the question when we got to a very pretty lookout point near a river. I wondered why he had packed a backpack for what was supposed to be a pretty short trail, and it turned out it was to hide the ring and some celebratory drinks.
Tell us a little a bit about your wedding
Searching my venue’s tagged pictures on Instagram helped a lot in getting a feel for the space and what people had done before. I wanted to create a rustic/romantic vibe and my venue was the perfect space for that.
Tell us about your attire choices.
The bridesmaid dresses were different shades of pink from a light rose petal color to a deep wine color. My wedding dress made me feel like a princess and even had a whole layer of glitter in the skirt. It was really pretty when the sun caught it. I also had the most amazing rhinestone booties that I see have now become very popular, but I totally was a trendsetter and had them first 😉 We were going for an overall very romantic feel with the attire.
What was the most important to the two of you while planning? Was there anything that you chose to splurge on or skip?
A special detail was our seating chart was based on our past foster dogs that we had worked together to find homes for. Each table had their picture with their name and the date they found their forever home, and our head table was our own 3 dogs who are also rescues.
We also each had a signature cocktail named after where we’re from – The Texan and The Arkansan. My friend Kelly is a super talented graphic designer and made cute little signs to display each drink.
What were your favorite parts of the day?
My sisters requested Teardrops on My Guitar by Taylor Swift because it has Drew’s name in it, and we just love it, and we belted it out and danced together on the dance floor.
My grandma also gave the most heart warming and beautiful speech. Everyone came up to her to tell her what a great job she did and how unique it was for a grandma to be the one giving a speech. There were many tears.
Please describe any DIY, handmade, or personal details.
My dad and husband built a cross for the altar out of wooden logs that were originally used for a garden in our backyard. It was sweet seeing them work together on the project, and also knowing a part of our home was represented.
Do you have any advice for couples planning their weddings now?
Don’t get too stressed about little details. Things will go wrong, but I guarantee no one will notice, including you.
Also have a back up plan if your first is an outdoor wedding!