Blythe was on Facebook one day when a particular photo caught her eye—a scroll-stopping dog and the handsome fella who was hoisting the adorable boxer up onto his shoulders. Jordan and Blythe met at the University of Redlands and stayed in touch on Facebook, but love didn’t truly bloom until after she saw the photo of him and his boxer, Maddie, and felt compelled to message him.
A mutual adoration of Maddie soon became something more, as the pair transitioned from messaging to texting, from texting to phone calls, from calls to FaceTime, and eventually with a flight out to visit Jordan in person, who had since moved to Florida for flight school with the Navy.
They dated cross-country with Blythe in Orange County and Jordan in Florida, until he was assigned to a Naval base in Lemoore—just a six-hour drive away from the beautiful blue eyes and the playful banter of the woman he fell in love with. Before long, Blythe was packing up her life in Orange County—making the move to share a home near the base.
After a couple years of dating, Jordan was ready to make it official. The couple was on vacation in Oceanside, and Jordan had planned a date day out in San Diego. They visited the Belmont Park Roller Coaster (a throwback to one of their first dates), enjoyed one of their favorite meals (breakfast burritos), and toured the USS Midway, a decommissioned aircraft carrier and museum—a nod to Jordan’s work as a Flight Officer in the Navy. Toward the end of the day, the couple was enjoying a romantic walk through Balboa Park when Jordan started giving a “love-spewing speech,” as Blythe calls it.
“He got down on one knee, and about all I remember is that I had full Dino-arms,” she says, borrowing Jordan’s description of the way she flaps her arms up and down when she’s excited.
For a lot of the wedding planning period, Jordan was deployed, so Blythe would email with updates and questions for whenever he was able to check his messages. Though she was nervous about planning and coordinating vendors from afar, her mother and sister were able to keep her stress levels in check by giving her plenty of help.
The couple found an incredible number of ways to incorporate their family and friends into their big day. The venue was the lush and dreamy back yard of one of the bride’s lifelong family friends in Sacramento, Blythe’s uncle got ordained so that he could act as their officiant, the bride’s veil was lovingly borrowed from a dear friend, and the bride’s sister provided artwork and signage (some of which hangs in the newlywed’s home now).
Another touching homage to family comes by the groom’s wedding band—a hand-me-down from his late grandfather which bore his grandparents’ wedding date alongside the inscription “Yes in Love” in French. Blythe surprised him by adding their own wedding date to the engravings on the band.
The newly minted Mr. & Mrs. kicked off their party by doing their signature “happy dance” out onto the dance floor (“You make two fists and side pump your hands twice on left, twice on right, back to twice on left,” Blythe says.), and before long they were dancing the night away and enjoying a late night visit from a taco truck with friends and family under romantic twinkling lights.
The couple is looking forward to sharing family adventures with their dog Bruce and having kids in the near future.
“Knowing we’ll always lead a life full of laughter, adventure, (healthy) competition and unconditional love fulfills my heart. So I’m excited to continue doing that and growing stronger through the chapters to come,” Blythe says. “There are a lot of unknowns living a military life, but having confidence in the foundation of our known, is everything.”
First Dance Song
“I Found You” by Alabama Shakes
Father/Daughter Dance Song
“Father & Daughter” by Paul Simon
Mother/Son Dance Song
“The Perfect Fan” by Backstreet Boys
Cake Cutting Song
“In Case You Didn’t Know” by Brett Young
Bouquet Toss Song
“I Believe In A Thing Called Love” by The Darkness
Garter Toss Song
“Call On Me (Radio Edit)” by Eric Prydz
Last Dance Song
“Jungle Boogie” by Kool & The Gang
Details about the cake
Our cake was gifted to us by a dear family friend and it was DELICIOUS! I told her our vision of a simple vanilla, maybe some light flavor cake, with a gorgeous lightly frosted gold flaked cake. Our florist then topped it with BEAUTIFUL flowers!
Details about the flowers
Light blue delphinium flowers, ivory polo garden roses, blue thistle flower, anemone white with black eye flower, tecolote white ranunculus
Details about the favors
Heart shaped cookies made by Leah Leatherby (family friend!) to represent our *heartfelt gratitude* for the love poured into our big day.
Anything else you’d like to share about your wedding?
• Our wedding was truly a dream come true of a handful of our family and friends coming together from the very beginning to help set up, support us, exert all sorts of physical energy to hang the perfect string lights, and so on. Every vendor and every resource and every person involved in our big day helped in more ways than we could begin to recognize!
• Mr. and Mrs. Fike are our DEAR family friends, who have been like second parents to me (the bride), and are the wonderful homeowners of the beautiful yard we said our “I do’s” in! They willingly opened up their home for the most memorable celebration, and I couldn’t have dreamt of a more perfect setting as I married my best friend.
• EmLaurenVO artwork – this was such a special touch that was seen EVERYWHERE throughout our big day. My sister is a beyond talented artist, and having her apply her endless creativity combined with all of her heart she poured into making our signage and designs extra unique, was SO special. Everywhere you looked there were thoughtful touches; the welcome signs, our signature drink sign welcoming all to cheers to the love we have for our dogs, the seating display…EVERYTHING she did was truly perfect and we feel so lucky to have had her work incorporated into our big day; as she’s a BIG part of our everyday (we now have some of the signage, like Mr. and Mrs. Suazo established sign, up in our home as a cherished keepsake!).
Our wedding day was everything we could have dreamed of. The weather couldn’t have been more perfect; the vendors couldn’t have worked more cohesively; and we couldn’t have felt MORE love. A BIG takeaway that we absolutely would recommend to all engaged couples…WRITE YOUR OWN VOWS!! We knew from the start we wanted to do this, recognizing it’d be tough and nerve-wracking, but it is SO worth it. It was so special to hear one anothers’ promises and outlook on our love story, and share that with our closest family and friends.
Any tips you’d give brides and grooms planning their wedding today?
• BLYTHE: Enjoy the whole process! Find ways to make the list a fun teamwork task! Sip good wine or cook a nice dinner then tackle planning with one another. Stay organized with a planner (there are several on Etsy or go through The Knot!). And at the end of the day, when the stressors seem to be piling up, try to not sweat the small stuff, and remember that everything will work out perfectly and it’ll be the most amazing day!
• JORDAN: “Let your wife do it” … haha, say “yes, yes” and “how can I support you?” But in reality, be a team. It’s the most fun celebration and biggest party of your lives, so enjoy it!
What would you have done differently if you had the chance?
Made this a mandatory monthly occurrence so we could relive the best day ever…allllll the time!
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