Jackie and Robert celebrated their perfect real wedding in Cedar Rapids years after first meeting in early education. Though Robert moved around with his military family, he returned for high school, which allowed the two to reconnect through mutual friends. As young professionals, they kept running into each other at local events.
“We were both at pivotal times in our lives when we were finding our entrepreneur lives and paths. The reciprocal support we provided each other during hard times was irreplaceable, and it strengthened our bond even further.” Though a wedding wasn’t on Jackie’s mind, Robert proposed to her with the assistance of their pit bull named Chakra. It was a complete surprise, as he popped the question on his birthday as a camouflage!
The two creatives worked together to develop a vision for their August wedding. “I think I was in shock and overjoyed because the previous years had provided some hardships. This was a welcome reprieve to express our creativity and personal styles.” Rob planned the guys’ style and the couple’s unity piece. He created a wooden loop, copper wires made into trees, and a floating silver matte globe. “He is the yin to my yang, and we’ve been so thankful for finding our other half.”
The style of their wedding can be described as a jeweled, royal, vintage affair. They enlisted the help of an army of wonderful local vendors to help them accomplish their dream. At Hope’s, Jackie found her gown, veil, and bridesmaids. Plus, the couple outfitted the gentlemen in tuxedos and shoes through Hope’s.
Even with all the choices Jackie faced, she had lots of fun at Hope’s. “I loved how it was so nice to talk to the ladies there and have them on the journey with us.”
Jackie could continue having fun through the process because she stayed organized. Her biggest advice to current brides is to stay on top of the planning. “The time spent making sure things run smoothly is worth the time. Hire a planner, or at minimum, a day-of coordinator. Your wedding day is to relax and enjoy with your family and friends!”
The organization they had as they prepared for the big day allowed them to take in the magic of their wedding. Jackie remembers the beautiful morning getting ready at Warehouse Salon with the ladies, the many hugs from Robert, the moments with her uncle and grandpa who walked her down the aisle, and Chakra walking down the aisle in her adorable tutu. The ceremony was touching with the vows they each wrote, the special music played by Jackie’s cousin on violin with Van Duesen duo, and the leadership and beautiful words of their celebrant and readers. She’ll always remember Robert trying to steal a kiss after their vows and sharing their first dance as husband and wife.
After the wedding, Jackie and Rob took a mini-moon to Minocqua, Wisconsin for a few days before closing on three acres of land where they plan to build their home.
“Married life is a blessing. We are relishing in the moment that we get to be present with each other,” Jackie says. To relive their wedding day, they often read a book together featuring their ceremony and vows.
Clearly, this power couple is off to an amazing start in their marriage, and had a beautifully unique real wedding to celebrate it. Thank you for letting us share in your wedding story, and many blessings on your life together!
Photography: Von Presley Studios
Ceremony: Veterans Memorial Building Ballroom
Reception: Veterans Memorial Building Coliseum
Caterer: Bread Garden (Fresh, scratch whole foods!)
Planning: Soiree Event Planning/Emily McMahon
Florals: Covington & Co.
Delivery Service to and from venue: Always Moving Forward
Cake & Cupcakes: Take the Cake
Rentals, Décor, Etc.: Bright Designs, Speilman’s, Unique Events, Spaulted Wood, Aero Rentals
DJ: Happ DJ
Groom’s Cake: Cathi’s Creations
Hair/Make-Up: Warehouse Salon
Custom Men’s Belts: Rise Above Leathers by Preston
Trolley: VIP Transportation
Wedding Jewelry: ReJewel Custom Jewelers
Stationery: Zephyr Weddings & A Work of Heart by Cari
Music: Van Deusen Strings
Engagement Photography: Kaylyn Hoskins Photography
Rehearsal Dinner: Lion Bridge