The July 11th Iowa City wedding of Corrie and Jared was truly unique, incorporating thoughtful touches from family members and their favorite things to create a fun shabby chic event.
The two met in junior high, when Jared was the note messenger between Corrie and a boy she was dating. However, she didn’t talk to him much until they were seniors. She always thought he was “cocky,” but Jared took it as a challenge to win her over as a friend. Throughout the next couple of years, they stayed in touch while they went off to different colleges. “We always had that flirty type of relationship, but I looked at Jared as one of my best guy friends. Winter break of our sophomore year of college Jared told me he wanted to try dating, and I was a little hesitant at first because of past relationships I’ve had. My dad told me to, ‘Give Jared a shot,’ and I’m sure glad I did!”
Jared proved to be the perfect man for Corrie. The star baseball player for Simpson College went on to earn his DDS at the University of Iowa dental school. She describes him as the laid-back one in the relationship and affectionately says, “Jared loves to be sarcastic and a cocky little turd at times still, but that’s what I love about him. He is also very caring, has a great work ethic, and has a good head on his shoulders. I’ve never trusted anyone like I trust Jared.”
He also knows her well; he chose one of her favorite days to pop the question. On Halloween 2013, he lined up a proposal incorporating his cousin’s kids whom they babysit. When she opened the door to them, she noticed the little boy was holding a sign that said “Will you marry me?” But she was confused as she saw they were dressed as a bride a groom. As she called for Jared, he walked out carrying a pumpkin he had carved for the special occasion, had the ring in his other hand, and got down on one knee. She was crying so hard he had to ask her twice to get an answer! “I said yes of course! It was perfect! The kids got extra candy for playing their parts so well!”
As they planned their summer wedding, Corrie got right to it. “I didn’t want my parents, Jared, or anyone else worrying about when things were going to get done, so I took it upon myself to get things done early, as much as I could anyway. It helped alleviate a lot of stress.”
She found her Robert Bullock lace gown, an accent belt, and her Bill Levkoff plum bridesmaid dresses at Hope’s. She describes Hope’s as very flexible and accommodating. “I had a friend from Australia in the wedding and when she called in to give her measurements and payment they were very nice and took care of her needs, and they always made sure I was happy. When I got my wedding dress steamed the first time, it didn’t looked like it was steamed very well and the owner drove down to Iowa City herself to pick it up and make sure it got done the right way. She also delivered it back to my house as well. She was awesome!”
She has advice for those planning a wedding. First of all, get things done early and don’t be afraid to ask for help. “You’re going to need it and don’t be afraid to ask for it. There is someone always willing to help you.” And even more importantly, she stresses to remember what it’s all about. “It’s easy to get upset over the details and such, but remembering why you are getting married is important. As long as you and your significant other are married at the end of the day, it was a good day. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Whatever is supposed to happen will happen.”
Because Corrie is really close with her family, she wanted to incorporate as many things a possible from their weddings and lives. These ideas are totally Pinterest-worthy!
• I incorporated part of my mom’s wedding dress onto mine
• We made the flower girl’s dress out of my mom’s wedding dress
• I also used my mom’s lace from her dress to wrap my bouquet in
• I used old egg baskets from my mom’s farm for people to put cards in at the church and used my grandpa’s old suitcase for people to put cards in at the reception
• I used old cream and milk cans as decoration in front of our memory doors
• I had wood center pieces on the reception tables that were from my uncle’s timber that my grandpa used to work in.
• I had three memory doors at the reception. One of them had wedding photographs of our parents, both sets of grandparents, our siblings, and a picture of Jared and I in the middle. Everyone loved this.
• The empty chair in the picture says, ‘This seat is left empty for those who could not be with us today.’
• We also had a slurpee/slushy machine since we were getting married on 7/11.
• We had some baseball pictures taken since Jared has played baseball most of his life and it’s a big part of him.
• I am a HUGE fan of the movie Grease and John Travolta and my cousin, who was one of my matrons of honor, got me a Pink Ladies jacket and got Jared a T-Birds jacket too.
Overall, when Corrie looks back on the day, her favorite memories include getting ready with her girls in the morning, seeing Jared for the first time when she walked down the aisle, her father/daughter dance (“it was something”), seeing family and friends having such a great time, and dancing!
The newlyweds honeymooned in St. Lucia, staying at Sandals Regency La Toc. They did all kinds of activities from snorkeling to horseback riding, mud baths, to volleyball. And they enjoyed trying nearly all of the nine restaurants at the resort!
“Married life is great. Take each day at a time and don’t worry too much about the future. Live in the present and be happy with everything you’ve been given,” Corrie says. Great advice! Thanks so much for being a Hope’s Bride and sharing your real wedding with us! Many blessings on your life together as husband and wife!
Ceremony: Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Iowa City
Reception: Clarion Highlander Conference Center in Iowa City
Photographer: Emily Crall Photography
Flowers: Michael’s, with the help of “Kelly” who no longer works there but was awesome!
DJ: Bill Kilberg from LMD Productions out of Cedar Rapids