Photographs courtesy of Third Element Studios.
Wedding Inspiration: Country chic with reflections of family heritage.
Favorite memories of the day
Jillian's favorite memories: Seeing Cody in the Walnuts for the first time and getting to spend a few moments together before the craziness continued...there was a brief moment where we were together, with just us two. Also, having my nephew and dad walk me down the aisle and being greeted by our families directly after the ceremony.
Cody's favorite memory: Walking back down the aisle after the ceremony and seeing how happy and supportive our family and friends were
It was important to us to incorporate our family and relatives as much as possible during our big day. We performed a tree planting ceremony that symbolized the combining of our two families. The tree we planted was a 4' ginkgo biloba and the focal pieces of the ceremony were two larger ginkgos symbolizing each of our families (one was then given to Jillian's parents and one to Cody's parents). We also took a moment to capture photos of ourselves with things given to us from our late grandparents (rosary from Jillian's grandmother, Air Force jacket from Jillian's grandfather, Fishing vest from Jillian's grandfather, Hat & Army aircorps bombadier wings from Cody's grandfather). Jillian also had a doily her grandmother crocheted wrapped around the stem of her bouquet. Jillian is half-Portuguese so Portuguese sweet bread was served as the bread at dinner (made by her cousins). Cody's family owns the property where the wedding took place, they grow pecans, walnuts, oranges, and mandarins, all of which were incorporated into the food choices for the wedding. Every Valentine's day Jillian and Cody cook each other grilled cheese sandwiches with havarti and carmalized onions and tomato soup, a mini grilled cheese slice was served with a tomato soup shooter as an appetizer at the wedding. Family photos resembling couples from our family tree were positioned on a table welcoming guests.
Advice for Couples Planning Now
Make your wedding your own, delegate, and continue to communicate to your friends and family about how grateful you are that they have been so helpful.
Floral Design: Christa Rose
Bride's Gown: Maggie Sottero "Miri"
Grooms suit: Indochino "Vincero"
Bride's Shoes: Barefoot Tess
Photographer: Third Element Studios
Venue: Clark Farms (owned by Cody's family)
Bridal Attendant dresses: J Crew
Hair & Makeup (bridesmaids and mothers)--Geneva Pacheco and Devon from Renaissance Day Spa-Visalia
Caterer: Elaine's Table at Tres Bien
Officiant: Chris Goodwin (Friend of Bride and Groom)
DJ: Mike O'neil
Rental Company: Details in Visalia
Wedding Security and Valets: Exeter Police Department Explorers