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Ceremony & Reception Venue: Weston Red Barn Farm Photographer & Videographer: Cork Creative Coordinator: As You Wish Gown: Emily Hart Bridal Menswear: The Black Tux Catering: Shining Stars Catering Programs/Branding: Cody Martin Designs Florist: Botanica KC Hair: Salon Bara Makeup: MAC Rentals: Marquee Event Rentals DJ: DJ Jerry Bro Cake: Hy-Vee Bar Service: 3 Blondes and a Martini
Jeffrey & Kali’s Love Story:
I got an offer from Kanakuk Kamps to work at the high school camp, K2, after my freshman year at the University of Arkansas. I walked into camp and set my stuff down in my cabin – determined not to get distracted by any boy, I was there only for my campers. I then walked straight down to the K2 dock for boat driver training. Waiting for me was a tall, Ray-Ban clad boat driver from Kansas City with the best laugh and a killer sense of humor. The Lord, apparently, had other plans than I did that summer. Jeff spent the rest of the summer trying to impress me with his wakeboarding skills, and well, it must have worked.
From the beginning, I knew Jeff was faithful, steady, patient, and filled with humility. These strengths made it easy to fall in love with him. Our college years were filled with road trips to and from K-State (where he went to school) and the University of Arkansas (where I went to school), long phone call dates, and old school letters he would write me. After a lot of prayer and consideration, we were both led to Dallas after graduation to start our careers. Long distance was finally over!
The night Jeff proposed, I thought it was just a normal Tuesday night in Dallas. We had a great dinner at a restaurant called Meddlesome Moth. Jeff kept his cool until the waiter came to ask us if we wanted dessert. Jeff nervously responded with, “Well…I…um…I’m not sure if we know…..I don’t know maybe bring a menu?” The waiter, and I gave him a weird look and the waiter ran off to get the menu. We decided we wanted coffee instead.
Afterward, we started to drive to White Rock Lake, a beautiful lake in the middle of Dallas that we spent a lot of time at. His roommates had said that there was an amazing Christmas lights display there, so I waited patiently, looking around for lights. We drove up to a dock, parked the car, and got out and walked. All of the sudden I saw that a single dock was lit up with lanterns and lights. At the end of the dock sat a big marquee “K” and “J”. At that moment, I knew Jeff was going to ask me to marry him. We got to the end of the dock and he pulled out a letter he had written to me. After reading the letter, he got down on one knee and asked me to spend the rest of our lives together. I said, “Yes!”
Jeff and I really wanted our wedding day to celebrate the people that we love, that have helped us get to where we are now and to celebrate the union we believe marriage to be. We decided on simple, clean decorations to exemplify our style as a couple. We chose to get married outside and incorporate greenery in our florals because Jeff is passionate about the outdoors. The wedding was just as we had prayed for – beautiful and meaningful.
A Few Special Pieces:
The goblets that we used for communion during our wedding ceremony were my parent’s toasting glasses at their wedding 25 years before. And the cake cutter was loaned to us from Jeff’s parents, who had used it at their wedding 30 years ago.
The Groom’s Favorite Part of the Day
My favorite piece of the wedding was the venue itself. I’m a big fan of the outdoors and the Red Barn Farm was an incredible location! It had beautiful rolling hills and the Timber Barn is very well designed.
The Bride’s Favorite Part of the Day
After the ceremony, the entire wedding party (28 people, Jeff and I) crowded into the bridal suite at the Red Barn Farm to get ready for the wedding party’s entrance. We got to celebrate and dance with all of our best friends. It was such a sweet time!