Jacquelyn and Hunter’s story began back in the days of AOL instant messenger. The two met at a party during their junior year of high school. They exchanged screen names, as it was the “cool” thing to do back in the day. After a few weeks of instant messaging back and forth, Hunter asked Jacquelyn to be his girlfriend.
Nearly nine years of dating later, the time had come for Hunter to pop the big question. Every Wednesday, they would head over to Jacquelyn’s grandmother’s house for dinner. This particular Wednesday, Hunter claimed he was feeling a bit under the weather and needed to stay home to rest. After dinner with her grandmother, Jacquelyn headed home. As she reached the front door, she noticed a note that read “Come to the backyard. I love you!” Puzzled but curious, Jacquelyn peeled back the blinds and peeked outside. In the backyard, was Hunter down on one knee. Lights were strung from the trees and candles were lit. On the fence the words “Will you marry me?” were written in chalk. This was reminiscent of their very first Valentine’s Day together, when Hunter wrote “I love you” in chalk on the parking lot of their college apartment. With this very special surprise, Jacquelyn couldn’t do anything but say yes!
The two were wedded at the Rose Hill Plantation in Nashville, North Carolina on October 15th, 2016. Jacquelyn and Hunter had their first dance as husband and wife to Christina Perri’s “A thousand years”. This song was perfect for the couple who had dated for “a thousand years”. Jacquelyn wore a classic Justin Alexander fit and flare gown for the big day. The dress featured a Queen Anne neckline with a delicate Venice lace and organza combination throughout the bodice and cathedral train. Both Jacquelyn and Hunter chose traditional vows, but worded them differently to add more of a modern flare. A unique aspect of their wedding was the ceremony processional. Instead of the wedding party and family walking down the aisle to traditional wedding music, the couple let each member walk down to whatever music they wanted. From the Star Wars Imperial March song, to “I’m sexy and I know it”, the grandparents, groomsmen, and bridesmaids trekked down the aisle in style. What a fun way to kick off a wedding!
Looking back, Jacquelyn has said it is important to remember the reason for the whole day. For a wedding to be successful all that needs to happen is for you and your fiancé to end up married. At the end of the day, if you are married, that is all that matters. The party is just a bonus!
Now a year into married life, Jacquelyn and Hunter enjoy the simple life. Dinner. Netflix. Sweatpants. Talk about the perfect date! Jacquelyn now owns an Etsy shop called “Gone to Carolina Crafts” and Hunter is an ER Pharmacist at Southeastern Regional Medical Center. They are currently living in Fayetteville, NC with their precious Jack Russel/Dachshund named Snickers.
Jacquelyn, you were a dream to work with! We are so happy to be a part of your story. Thank you for letting us share it!