Jessica & Jacob’s Rustic Crafts, Music, and Faith-filled Wedding
First of all, happy 2014 dear Poptastic Bride readers! As my first post for this year, I’m delighted to present Jessica and Jacob’s beautiful wedding. Their celebration in Columbus, IN was filled with DIY rustic and music themed elements that defined them to a T. Lots of inspiration for you music-loving couples here, from the guitar “guestbook” to the song-themed table numbers decorated with musical notes. I also loved the creative activity book a bridesmaid made to entertain the young guests — each page had something unique that related to the bride & groom and their life as a couple, so cool! Their faith is also very important to them so they incorporated unique little things in their ceremony and reception to reflect that. The wedding was completely held indoors but the rustic decor and twinkly lights gave it a magical and dreamy outdoors in-the-middle-of-a-forest feel.
We have the talents of Jennifer Van Elk Photography to thank for the gorgeous images you see here today. Please enjoy!
From this point on, I will let the lovely Jess tell you all about themselves, from their love story to their wedding.
How We Met
Jacob and I met at a Halloween party that I threw with two friends in our freshman year of high school. We had to party to celebrate the end of marching band season. Of course, no Halloween party would be complete without a scary movie. As the movie started I decided to sit by the cute boy I didn’t know. That cute boy was Jacob. Jacob kept me from being scared by talking and making jokes throughout the whole movie. He also put his arm around me, how bold! After the movie we talked for the rest of the night. He won me over by his rendition of “The Lollipop Guild” (including the munchkin voice) from The Wizard of Oz. Eleven days later, having asked me to winter formal AND holding my hand, Jacob asked me to be his girlfriend. I was delighted and said yes. Little did we all know at that point that nearly 7 years later I would say yes again when he asked me to be his wife.
In short, we are high school sweethearts. We started dating at 14 and then 8 years later we got married! Jacob graduated from Ball State University in May of 2013 and is currently an Information Systems Developer. I graduated in May of 2013 from the University of Indianapolis and am now a Masters student at Christian Theological Seminary pursuing her degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. I work for a daycare and as a dance teacher. We love to spend time with family and friends. We share a passion for music, both playing and dancing to it. Our faith is very important to us, which shined through our wedding ceremony.
Our wedding was uniquely us in a handful of ways!
The ring bearer sign, “I’ll fight you for her:”
My cousin, Nolan, was our ring bearer. He and I have always had a connection. I love him and he loves me! When I asked Nolan to be our ring bearer he shyly said yes and ran away. A few minutes later he ran back in the room and said, “Can I be the broom?” I laughed a little and asked him to repeat himself. He said again, “Can I be the BROOM?” Jacob and I looked at each other and laughed because Nolan was asking to be the GROOM, not a broom. I told him he would have to take that matter up with Jacob. Since then we have had a joke about Nolan fighting Jacob for me.
Cowboy hat on the stage at ceremony:
The cowboy hat with the flowers placed in memory of loved ones belonged to my Grandpa Beasley. He bought it to wear for my mom’s wedding. He passed away when I was 9 years old, but I know if he were here he would be wearing that hat to my wedding too. It was important to both my mom and me to incorporate it in the wedding somehow. (I don’t think we have a picture of it though…)
Mason Jar Stands:
Jacob and his dad and brothers built all of the posts the mason jars hung from at our ceremony and reception. My mom and I mad all of the hanging jars. We had quite the DIY wedding. Our Save the Dates and Invitations were made by my godsister, Katie Kutsko. I designed our programs. I loved doing the DIY projects. I think that helped our wedding stay true to us!
My maid of honor, Molly, and I have a very special relationship and sheep are essential to it. Molly and I started leading a Bible study together our sophomore year of college. One of our first studies was over John 10:14, the verse talks about Jesus being the Good Shepherd. For some reason that really struck us. A few days later was April Fools Day. Molly decided to take our sheep joke to the next level. She made cardboard sheep and posted the around my door and out of the hall to the front door of the door. Outside the front door the word “SHEEP!!!” was chalked. It made my day and the sheep stuck around. We then traveled to Ecuador in the spring of 2011, where we took little stuffed sheep named Woolsey and Fluffy. From there the sheep became “our thing.” Whenever people ask about them we get to tell them about Jesus and what sheep mean to us, God’s love, faithfulness, and guidance.
I really wanted to do a non-traditional guestbook, especially one that could be displayed. Jacob is a very talented musician and I love music too. We met through music (in high school band). Music is important to us. We decided it would be neat to use a guitar that we could later display in our house. We received the guitar from a very talented musician friend of the family, Les Wilson.
Musical table numbers:
Instead of traditional table numbers we decided to use songs. People were dismissed for dinner when they heard their table song play. We picked many songs that are special to us and ones that we like.
We had activity books at all of the tables with children that my very talented friend and maid of honor, Molly Workman, made. Each page had something unique to Jacob and my relationship, from a maze to distinguish who went to what college to coloring a movie theater to represent our very first date in 2005!
Our Wedding Feel
Our wedding was all indoors, but we wanted everything to feel very outdoors. I guess you could say we had a rustic theme with bright pops of color. We used turquoise and orange as our colors and they worked beautifully together, especially for a fun summer wedding. We also used a ton of burlap and mason jars to fit the rustic feel. We really wanted our wedding to be a celebration of the commitment we were making in front of God, our family, and our friends. Our ceremony was pretty traditional and very faith based, as our faith is very important to us. Our reception was a huge celebration of our new lives together. We had so much fun dancing the night away with our friends and family. (To see how much fun we had and how awesome our bridal party was check out this wonderful video of us dancing, )
My biggest piece of advice is don’t lose sight of the big picture. At the end of the wedding day, it’s about marrying your best friend. Enjoy every moment because it goes by SO quickly. Don’t let the little details or the things that you just didn’t have time for ruin your idea of a wonderful wedding day. A practical piece of advice that I stole from a friend is to have someone besides yourself as the bride or your parents field everyone else’s questions. I had my (fairy) godmother be my mistress of ceremonies and she made everything run smoothly! It was wonderful and that way on our wedding day no one came to me with questions or concerns so I could enjoy my day without that stress.
Huge thanks Jennifer for sending your lovely images my way, and congratulations Jessica and Jacob! I sincerely wish the two of you a lifetime of married bliss.
Photographer: Jennifer Van Elk Photography (Bride’s note: We LOVED working with Jenn and Steve. They made our day so special and captured every moment beautifully. We couldn’t have asked for better photographers.)
Ceremony Location: Community Church of Columbus
Reception Location: Factory 12 Loft in Columbus, IN
Catering: The Pines in Seymour, IN
Officiant: Pastor Chuck Coleman
Wedding Dress: Essence of Australia from That Special Touch in Columbus, IN (Bride’s note: I just LOVED my experience at That Special Touch. Everyone was just so helpful in making my day everything I wanted it to be!)
Bridesmaid dresses, Suits, & Florist: That Special Touch (as well as attire for the flower girls and ring bearer)
Hair Stylist: Brides: Tammy Brody, Bridesmaids: Wendy Kirts & Penny Hundley
Make-up Artist: Grace Hundley, friend of bride (Bride’s note: Gracie doing my make-up was particularly special. She was one of my students when I taught middle school youth ministry. I can say with confidence that as a freshman in high school she is one of the best make-up artists I know.)
Cake Designer: Tina Vanest from Heartsville Sweets in Hartsville, IN (Bride’s note: No one beats the flavor of Tina’s cakes! We had five different flavors for our wedding: chocolate, vanilla, peanut butter/chocolate, white chocolate/raspberry, and carrot cake. They are the most delicious cakes ever!)
Entertainment: Mike Asher of Midnight Express
Save the Dates: Designed by Katie Kutsko
Wedding invitations: designed by Katie Kutsko
Programs: made by Jessica (Oliver) Foster
Children’s activity books: made by Molly Workman
Image submission via Two Bright Lights
Tags: DIY weddings, first look, handmade weddings, rustic weddings