Hope’s bride Jessica and her husband Matthew have been best friends since high school. “He was the one I could call when I needed anything or if I just needed to talk,” Jessica says. After two years of friendship, they began to date, and five years later, they were planning a rustic, country wedding!
Matthew popped the question on a day Jessica used to hate, Valentine’s Day. “He made this one special. He went and got my favorite box of chocolates and a dozen roses. He put the engagement ring in the middle of the box. I opened the box, and that’s when he asked me to marry him.”
They planned a May wedding for the following year. Jessica visited Hope’s after shopping for her wedding dress a couple of other places. “From the moment we walked in the door I felt very welcomed and felt like my needs were all that mattered. This is what made that day the best,” Jessica remembers about finding her gown.
On the big day, Jessica says everything went smoothly. Her favorite memory is standing in front of all their family and knowing they were all there to support them. “I would tell other brides to make sure to enjoy every moment because it will go by fast. Be sure to include the groom in planning as well,” Jessica advises.
Their Missouri country wedding included many special touches, from the haybale seating to the wooden centerpieces made by Jessica’s father, mother, brother, and husband and the wooden “T” for their last name hanging at the ceremony and reception. The ceremony took place at the school Jessica’s grandmother graduated from, so they were able to get some unique wedding photos. And Jessica came out of a camper to walk down the aisle! “It sounds really country, but it as very pretty we thought, and it was the best way for the groom not to see me until I hit the aisle.”
The newlyweds headed to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina for a honeymoon. It was the first time either of them had been to the beach, so they enjoyed every minute together! They visited Ripley’s Aquarium, the Sky Wheel, Ripley’s Believe it or Not Museum, the Wax Museum, and even went parasailing.
“Married life is great. We had been living together for three years prior to being married so not much has changed other than now we are looking for a house to start a family in. We are excited to hopefully do this by next year,” Jessica concludes.
Jessica, thank you so much for shopping with us! You were such a pleasure to help, and we wish you and Matthew a lifetime of happiness!
Ceremony: Bible Grove School House in Bible Grove, Missouri
Reception: Baring Hall in Baring, Missouri.
Photographer: Joni Kraus
Salon: Natalie’s New Outlook in Memphis, Missouri
Florals: Country Side Flowers in Memphis, Missouri
Wedding Cake: Jessica’s Aunts!