Nicole & Jacob Mar 24, 2018
How it all began

"Jacob and I met and started talking to each other online and instantly had a connection. We realized we had more than a lot in common with each other; music, movies, sports and family. Our first date was November 18th, 2015. I was living in Atlanta at the time and Jacob was in Perry. He drove up to Atlanta and we went to a Mexican restaurant for dinner and then to an Atlanta Hawks basketball game! We continued to date long distance until I graduated from Georgia State University and accepted a job at the Georgia School for the Deaf. Jacob and I moved to Cedartown, Georgia together in May 2016."

How did Jacob pop the question?

"In January 2017, we went down to Perry to celebrate his Dad's birthday. We all went out to lunch and then planned on going to see Jacob's sister Amber and his nephew Jackson. We were on our way there and Jacob said we had to wait a little bit because Amber wasn't ready for us. I said okay and we pulled into the parking lot of Houston Lake that we would often go and sit by. It was a cold, windy day so I wanted to sit in the car but Jacob kept insisting we get out. I got out of the car and had to go to the bathroom (of course) so I went in a porta-potty and he was rushing me the whole time, I didn't understand why! We walked down to the lake and onto a dock and he handed me his phone and said that Amber just sent him a video and I needed to watch it. He handed me his phone and was standing behind me. In the video, his nephew Jackson, who was 2 at the time and calls me "Cole," said "Hey Cole, turn around please!!" I couldn't completely understand what he said, so before I turned around, I said "did he just tell me to turn around?" And as I turned Jacob was on one knee with a beautiful ring in his hand and the biggest smile on his face. Of course, I said yes and then Amber showed up with a friend of hers who took professional pictures of us right there on the spot and even captured the moment! It was one of the best days of my life and I know there will be many more to follow with Jacob!"

Share something fun or special about your wedding planning phase.

"Looking back on it now, wedding planning was so much fun. It definitely felt stressful at the time because we were worried about every little small detail. But I would have to say just talking through it with each other and our families was the best part. It was the first step to making life decisions with each other!"

Share something fun or memorable about your rehearsal and/or rehearsal dinner. 

"After our rehearsal, we went to Logan's with our families and bridal party. I remember people saying to me, "you're going to Logan's for your rehearsal dinner?!" like it was a crime to not be dressed up and somewhere fancy. But that was exactly how we wanted it! Everyone wore jeans and we all had t-shirts on with our title like bride, groom, maid of honor, mother of the bride, etc. It was great to be in a laidback, fun environment and just enjoy each other's company. I'm definitely glad we kept it low key."

If you wrote your own vows, please share how you came up with them and why?

"We did not write our own vows but we asked our officiant if we could pick one or two Bible verses and he work them into our vows or the ceremony somehow. This was really special for both of us and we didn't share our verses with each other before the wedding, we wanted it to be a surprise. I think it was a nice, personal touch without us writing our own vows!"

Tell us about your wedding day.  What was your favorite part?  Would you do anything differently?  What would you share with people planning their day?  

"Oh goodness. Our wedding day was an absolute dream. We were concerned about the weather because it was showing rain, and it ended up being perfect. The sun came out, it wasn't too hot and there was a nice breeze. I can't even say what my favorite part was because the entire day was exactly as I imagined it to be. If I had to do anything differently, I would have hired a videographer. I remember people kept asking me why I wasn't hiring one, and I didn't think I was going to need it. But if I have to share one thing let it be this, your day goes by a blink. There are so many emotions and feelings happening that its a complete whirlwind. Lately, when Jacob and I talk about that special day, we find there are things we can't remember. I barely remember what we said to each other in our ceremony and it's almost a little sad. I would love to be able to take out a video and watch it just to remind myself. Don't get me wrong, our pictures are amazing and I have memories that will last a lifetime, but if you're on the fence about a videographer, do it!"

If you did First Look, First Touch, First Talk, etc. tell us about it.  Would you recommend it to others?

"We decided not to do any of these things and were very traditional about it and we were both happy with our decision. I wanted the first time he saw me to be when I was walking to him and it was perfect."

How was your experience at The Wedding Barn at L'Horne?  Is there anything you would change?  What was your favorite part of having your special day with us?

"Our experience was incredible. I can't say enough good things about everyone involved at The Wedding Barn. I tell everyone about it, even if they have no idea what or where I'm talking about. I think my favorite part was just feeling comfortable, feeling like we were at home. We were free to make our own decisions, didn't feel pressured and we felt taken care of. When it was time for my Dad and I to walk out of the dressing room and towards the aisle outside, Anna carried my dress for me so it wouldn't get dirty. WHO DOES THAT?! These people are so amazing and the venue is gorgeous! It was everything I ever dreamed of."

Is there anything else you you would add to your wedding story?

"Remember that this day isn't for anyone else. It's for the two of you to start the rest of your lives together. As I said before, planning can be very stressful and there were times we didn't agree on things, but what got me to calm down was to look into my future husbands eyes and to remind myself that we were doing this for us. It wasn't for anybody else. So don't worry if your second aunt is upset because your third cousin wasn't invited, the centerpieces showed up wrong, that your friend's boyfriend's favorite song didn't get played, that half of your RSVP's didn't come back (yes that will happen), it doesn't matter! What matters is the love between the two of you, focus on that!"

Vendors

Dress: David's Bridal

Photographer: GingerSnap Photography

Tux:  Men's Warehouse

Florals: Brouwer's Flowers & A Touch of Glover

DJ/Band: High Voltage DJ

Catering: Foshee Foods LLC

Sweets/Cake:  Publix

Hair:  Tiffany Baker of Southern Accents Salon & Spa

Makeup:  ValerieProMakeupArtist

The Wedding Barn at L'Horne

1651 Moseley Rd.

Byron, GA 31008

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