Jessie and Travis chose Heritage Prairie Farm for their eco-friendly wedding, which reflected their deep appreciation of nature, love of gardening, and sense of responsibility for environmental conservation. The couple’s ethical wedding featured minimal paper waste, handmade decor and a vintage gown (her mother’s!), locally-sourced flowers designed by Pollen, farm to table food, and no plastic usage! Through deployments and long distance, these two have grown in their love, and every moment of their wedding is beautifully captured by Rebecca Marie Photography.
How We Met
Travis and I first met in high school band. He was my drum major. We never dated in high school and went to different colleges in different states. We didn’t quite notice each other’s romantic potential until after college. We began to notice in 2011 at a mutual friend’s holiday party. Travis engaged me in a rousing game of billiards which he won. Being quite competitive myself, I demanded a high-stakes rematch a few days later. This time I was the victor, and Travis was required to buy me dinner for my win. We decided to go out for a real date on New Years Eve.
Four years of long-distance, four states, and one deployment later, I was finishing up my Special Education student teaching in Nashville when Travis decided to drive up from Florida and surprise me. His plan was to crash my class karaoke dance party. Unbeknownst to me, he had conspired with my mentor teacher to plant a video of his own – a doctored version of Bruno Mar’s “Treasure” music video. A few minutes into the video, Travis snuck into the classroom to dance with me and my students. He presented me with the ring he designed in a beautiful carved box that he and his dad had made together. I was so shocked I couldn’t speak. When he asked me to marry him, l all I could to was nod YES!!
Our Wedding Vision
In order to make our ceremony more meaningful, we asked my dad to perform our ceremony. He was honored to be asked and made our ceremony very personal. At the end of our ceremony Travis and I sawed a log together to symbolize the importance of working together to achieve our goals.
The environment is very important to Travis and I. We wanted our wedding to be outdoors and as eco-friendly as possible. This meant no plastic, minimal paper waste, handmade decor, locally sourced flowers, farm to table food, and repurposing as much as possible. We wanted the venue to be casual, beautiful and very welcoming to our guests.
My mom made all of our decor which was enhanced by our florist with vintage glass vases and flowers that looked like they had just been picked from the garden. Our flower girl carried a basket woven by my late maternal grandmother and my adopted grandmother made or wedding cake. My college roommate’s mom crafted my wedding dress from my mom’s wedding dress.
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