Real Bride: Whitney W.
From the bride: Jake and I both grew up in small towns a few miles apart from one another. As we went through our high school years, we would find ourselves at the same location continuously every other weekend, our group of friends hung out frequently. We had a couple conversations but nothing further than a friendship. After we both graduated from High school, I left for college in Colorado on a soccer scholarship and he made the decision to serve his country in the United States Army. We would reconnect here and there over the next 4 years to see if there would be a spark but with me living in Colorado and him in Virginia, our lives were too different we’re both in different places with our lives. In 2014, little did we realize how much our lives would change. Around February of2014 he sent me a message and asked if I would be interested in spending spring break in Virginia with him to reconnect. I wasn’t sure at first but took a leap of faith. The day my plane was supposed to depart there was a snow storm and my flight was cancelled. I had this feeling urging me to make the trip, so I hopped in my car and drove 18 hours to see him. The day I met him in Virginia it was Valentine’s Day and a few days later we made our relationship official. I finished college a few months after we met and he flew to Colorado and watched me receive my Diploma with my family. On that day, when I looked up at him in the crowd after I walked across the stage, I knew one day he was going be my husband. After college, I moved to Virginia and we officially moved in together!
Fast forward to 7 months, he took me to Virginia Beach, my favorite spot in the world and told me how he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me, got down on one knee, and asked me to be his wife. I SAID YES OF COURSE!!! We had planned for the wedding to be July 9th 2015. We received unexpected news that Jake would be deploying to Kuwait July 25, 2015. I was crushed. We had to push our wedding back one year as I felt we would be too rushed on time. The day he deployed was one I’ll never forget. Over the course of the 9-month deployment I hired Sarah from Vintage Rentals KC. She focused all of her energy on helping me plan the wedding of my dreams while I was still living in Virginia and planning a wedding to be in Missouri. We talked about my theme which was inspired by the vintage style with a mix of modern class. I wanted to incorporate both of our styles with his being very country and mine conservative. Planning this wedding made the deployment go by quickly and soon enough it was our wedding day.
The whole day in all was a blessing but I have a few memories that stick out to me more than others. We of course have some family members who have passed away. Unfortunately, a few of Jake’s family members did while he was deployed. I wanted to do something special in remembrance of them. I made a sign remembering all of our loved ones who couldn’t be there on our wedding day with a reserved seat. I remember my grandparents tearing up as well as some members of Jake’s family. You know, their loved ones were listed on there as well. It was absolutely special and important to me that they’ll always be remembered. I think Jake and I can agree the moment when we first saw each other on our wedding day was the best moment in our lives. I am not a crier and found myself choking back tears trying to compose myself. His face said it all and I lost it. I was finally marrying the love of my life. The reception and the entire day flew by way too quickly. We ended our wedding with a sparkler send off. Having all of our family and friends in one picture, enjoying our special day with us, that’s a memory you cherish forever.
Jake & Whitney
Venue for Ceremony and Reception: The National Golf Club in Parkville, Missouri
Gown: Pippin by Wtoo
Hair & Make-up: L. Louise Hair and Makeup Studio
Photography: Calle McGregor Photography
Wedding Coordinator: Vintage Rentals KC
Floral: Pendleton’s Country Market