I have to give Jennifer and Jarred all the credit for creating this beautiful weekend. It was Jennifer's vision of what she wanted the wedding and reception to "look like" and Jarred allowed her the space for creativity and supported her decisions and even had some input. Jennifer and Jarred even paid for some of the wedding because they wanted to help with the expenses. I think they make a great team! And, I wish them a lifetime of happiness together!
I have to say a special "thanks" to Ashley Brockman our wedding planner for making everything come together flawlessly. She put in many hours of work and she did a wonderful job. I remember the day that Jennifer and I realized that we would need some "professional help" with planning and coordinating a wedding in College Station, Texas with Jennifer living in Austin and going to school full-time, and me living in Bentonville, Arkansas, the wedding dress in Houston (Katy), Texas, we knew we were in over our heads! Thanks to Jennifer's research, we were able to secure the best wedding planner in College Station, Texas! I am forever grateful to her for all she did to help us!
*Ashley Brockman of An Affair to Remember http://www.anaffairtorememberplanning.com/
Jennifer found her wedding dress at Weddings by Debbie Houston's Premier Bridal Salon located actually in Katy, Texas on I-10 west. They gave me this written description of her wedding gown: "Jennifer chose an ivory satin and lace gown designed by Alfred Sung. The elegant strapless gown had a delicate beaded lace top. The stylish bodice featured a rouched sash at the natural waist. The back was highlighted by timeless satin covered buttons. The classic A-line skirt cascaded to the floor had a chapel length train that made for an ethereal entrance." She made at least eight trips to Weddings by Debbie for fittings and try-ons. I made about half of these trips with her. They are truly expert at what they do at Weddings By Debbie!
Jennifer did her research on florists as well, and she chose absolutely the best florist in the Bryan/College Station area. Nita's Flowers in Bryan, Texas with Margie as our florist. She did such a great job with understanding what Jennifer wanted and creating the beautiful flower arrangements.
*Margie Streater at Nita's Flowers http://www.nitasflowers.com/
Amy McCormick was our photographer. Another one of Jennifer's great choices. She was so easy to work with and really did her best to take every picture we asked her to take. She was so patient with all of us! I am looking forward to seeing the wedding photos she took soon!
Amy McCormick at Picture Perfect Images http://www.pictureperfectimages.net/
The Bride's Cake was by Cinderella Stories in Somerville, Texas. It was both beautiful and delicious! I know because I got to eat as much of the leftover cake as I wanted! It was a special white vanilla cake with a cherry filling between the layers. This was by special request from Jarred, and Jennifer wanted it to be the flavor that Jarred would like. The Groom's cake was made by Jarred's Aunt who owns a bakery in Beaumont, Texas. It was also very delicious!
Sandee at Cinderella Stories Cakes http://www.cinderellascakes.com/
Wade the DJ was so professional with his Livewire Productions business. He also did the up-lighting around the perimeter of the room which was definitely an asset to the look of the Hilton ballroom, and Ashley Brockman our wedding planner also provided the linens on the tables and the chair covers for the reception. They were all so beautiful! Thanks so much to everyone! It was so much fun!
I must not forget to thank the Hilton College Station event planner Ashley Lackey, Catering Sales Manager and also Caitlin her assistant. They worked so well with us and Ashley Brockman. The staff at the Hilton were all so patient and accommodating to everyone in our family and in placing us in rooms around in the hotel. The manager Adam Couch was especially gracious with us as he delt with the problem of the electricity going out on Thursday evening. He gave us a special $100 Visa Gift Card to go out to dinner on Thursday night. I will never forget the kindness that so many people showed to our family on this weekend.
I also would like to thank the First Presbyterian Church of Bryan, Texas. The minister, Marie Mickey worked with Jennifer and Jarred on the ceremony and the church wedding coordinator was so good! They both really worked hard to make us feel welcome at their church and to ensure that our wedding would go smoothly. And it did! Also, they allowed us to have Rev. Chris Osborn a Baptist minister to come in and assist with the wedding at our request. The church was beautiful and accommodating to all who came, and I really appreciated that.
The organist/pianst was Edward Kane. He was outstanding!
A special thanks goes to all of our guests who traveled at least an hour or more and to all of those who stayed one or two nights at the Hilton with us in order just to attend Jennifer and Jarred's wedding. That shows extraordinary love that anyone would go to such lengths to attend a wedding! I love each one of you! Thank you so much!
Here are a few scenes from the Rehearsal and the Wedding Day! Enjoy!
(I'm sorry I don't have more pictures of everyone. I guess I was too busy to take pictures this time. Thanks to Beau and Kim for taking some of these pictures for me!)
Fletcher and Jarred at the Rehearsal.
Kim and Dan at the hotel before going to the Rehearsal.
Lauren Nuttall Guynn,
a bridesmaid and Jennifer's friend from Tomball High School,
with Jennifer at the Rehearsal.
Jarred with his Mom, Jan, at the Rehearsal.
I love the way Jarred treats his mom with such love and respect.
That is a good quality in a husband!
Fletcher and Jennifer "practicing" at the Rehearsal.
The Grandparents Table at the Rehearsal Dinner.
The Rehearsal Dinner was held at the Longhorn Tavern in Bryan, Texas.
I loved the table decorations all done by Jarred's mom and her friend.
They went to such detail to make it very special and personal.
Grandmother and Rick at the Rehearsal.
Meg (left) Molly (right) were two of the Bridesmaids (and cousins),
and Beau in the middle is Molly's boyfriend.
Will she be the next one to get married?? That's the big question!
In this photo they are seated together at the Rehearsal Dinner.
Jennifer and Jarred at the Rehearsal Dinner on the night before their Wedding Day!
Amy, the Maid of Honor, Jennifer, Jarred and that's Josh on the right.
Josh is Amy's boyfriend from Atlanta.
They drove together from Atlanta to be at the wedding in College Station.
I think it was a bit further than they anticipated, but they are young and recovered quickly!
Lauren, Sofie, and Mrs. Nuttall
This is my mother, Gloria, the Grandmother of the Bride.
This is my sister, Rhonda, my mother, Gloria, and me at the Bridesmaid's Brunch given by Rhonda and her two daughters, Meg and Molly. It was great! There were sandwiches from Jason's Deli and Chick-fil-a nuggets, and a fruit tray and a vegetable tray. We had the brunch in the Bridesmaid's room at the Hilton where they all stayed together, and during the Brunch they were getting their hair and make-up done. It was chaotic and fun!
This is our daughter, Amy, the Maid of Honor,
all dressed and ready for the wedding to begin!
This is the Bride, Jennifer, getting ready with a little help from me and Amy!
Amy assisting Jennifer with the buttons!
This snapshot was taken while the photographer was taking our pictures outside
before the wedding in the church courtyard.
It was an especially beautiful day!
Rhonda (my sister) and me before the wedding.
This is my mother, Gloria, the Grandmother of the Bride,
standing out front in the church foyer near the sign in book.
Doesn't she look beautiful!
Daddy, waiting for the wedding to begin!
I loved the pretty pink bows out in front of the church to mark the entrance into the wedding.
These are three of my favorite people!
Amy, Jennifer, and Dan
our three beautiful children all dressed up for Jennifer's Wedding!
This is Vernaughn, Fletcher's Step-Mother,
getting her corsage pinned on by Ashley Brockman our wedding planner.
Vernaughn, Grandmother of the Bride, looked beautiful
and Ashley was so calm!
This is Judy, Fletcher's Mother, getting her corsage pinned on by Ashley,
and signing in at the guest book.
She is also Jennifer's Grandmother, and looked so beautiful!
The church altar and flowers.
A close-up of the large bouquet.
The Unity Candle.
Fletcher and his Dad.
The Bride's Cake table.
The Groom's Cake Table.
A Close-up of the Groom's Cake Table.
Kim (our daughter-in-law) on the left,
Amy (our daughter) Josh (Amy's boyfriend),
and Marie (a bridesmaid) at the reception.
One of the bridal pictures of Jennifer displayed at the reception.
The Chocolate Fountain!!!
The gift table at the reception.
The Martin Family, our dearest longtime family friends from Ruston, LA.
A photo table at the reception with photos of Jarred's deceased Grandparents
and a few photos of Jennifer's Bridal Portraits.
"Memaw and Poppy" Gullatt enjoying the Reception!
They were honored at the reception for celebrating their
60th Wedding Anniversary this year.
They were married on June 8, 1952.
My sister, Rhonda, and her husband John.
They were so much help throughout the entire time we were
planning the wedding because they let me stay at their home many
times as I was traveling back and forth to Texas, and they were very helpful
on the day before and the day of the Wedding.
Thanks Rhonda and John!
I love and appreciate them both so much!
Beau and Molly at the reception!
Will they be next?
Fletcher's brother Jason and his wife Andrea and their two boys William and Andrew.
We were so glad they were able to come all the way from California!
A snapshot of the Bride and Groom cutting the cake!
Well, that's most of the pictures I was able to take. Some pictures didn't turn out as well as I would have liked, so I didn't include them in this post. But really the pictures don't do justice to the fun and beauty of the wedding. You just really had to be there to get the whole experience.
Jennifer, now that you're married, I hope you will still know how much we love you and how proud we are of you. You are such a smart and determined person as you have always been, and you showed such creativity in planning your wedding! I loved being a part of it and sharing this experience with you. You were such a beautiful bride and I will never forget how beautiful you looked coming down the aisle with your Daddy. The smile on your face and the tears in your eyes are imprinted on my heart forever because I know they were tears of joy because you were so happy that day. I love you and miss you so much, but I know that now you have started a new life with Jarred and you and Jarred make such a great team. I will enjoy sharing fun times with both of you in the years to come!
"May God bless you and keep you and make his face to shine upon you and give you peace."