Robert always joked that he was going to propose to Jill while she was doing one of her favorite things, riding horses. And he made good on that promise. “Robert suggested a trail ride at Folsom Lake, so I invited my best friend and her husband to go on the trail ride also,” she remembers. “It worked out perfectly because they were in on the proposal and were there to take pictures.”
Jill was in the middle of her master’s program when the couple began wedding planning, so she wanted to keep the process as straightforward as possible. “Our favorite part about planning was spending time together,” she shares. “We are both so busy it forced us to make time to get things done together for the wedding.”
Although they had 120 guests in attendance, they wanted to keep the ceremony intimate. “Jill’s uncle officiated so that was really special for us to have someone that we were very close to marry us,” says Robert. The bride and groom also wrote their own vows, infusing their senses of humor to keep the ceremony fun and light. Robert loves Dr. Seuss, so the ceremony included a reading written by the children’s author. Their dog also made an appearance, walking Robert into the ceremony.
It was important to Jill that her father, who has Parkinson’s, walk her down the aisle. She shares, “My older brother was also a champ during the ceremony. He had to make three trips down the aisle to escort my mom, one of the bridesmaids, and me until we reached my dad who was seated in the last row of chairs. Once we reached him, we did a hand off and my dad walked me down the rest of the way.”
At the reception, the newlyweds relished in seeing their guests enjoy themselves. “One of my uncles danced his heart out, which my aunt later said didn’t even happen at their own wedding,” smiles Jill.
They also set up different lawn games for guests to play during the reception and dinner, including corn hole and Jenga, both of which Robert built. “We had a custom wood brand that we used on the Jenga pieces,” he says. “The same emblem was also painted on the corn hole.”
Other than officially tying the knot, Jill and Robert say their favorite part of the day was spending time with close friends and family they don’t get to see very often. “And eating,” she adds. “We love eating.”
Jill & Robert's Wedding Resources
Papermum Press (printed by)
Four Seasons Tailoring (tailor)
“Die a Happy Man” by Thomas Rhett
My dad was sick and had to leave so my older brother filled in. We danced to “Always and Forever” by Heatwave which is the song my parents danced to for their first dance.
“I Got You” by Jack Johnson
We had three different kinds of cake. The cake we actually cut was a chocolate cake with chocolate frosting from Pushkin’s because I can’t have dairy or gluten. We also had a red velvet cake, marble cake, and bacon brownie for our guests.
I largely left it up to our florist but I did request dahlias because they are one of my favorite flowers.
Potted succulents. The succulents were ordered from Etsy and I planted them for favors.
• I chose to shop for my wedding dress at Glamour Closet because they donate a portion of their proceeds to Parkinson’s research. My dad was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2005 so I was determined to find my dress there. The first dress I tried on was the one I ended up purchasing. It was everything that I was looking for and more.
• We also cannot speak more highly of Shane Co. They were and have been so wonderful to work with. Their ring warranty is also second to none. I am incredibly hard on my rings and they have to be rhodium dipped every couple of months, which is completely covered under the warranty.
• Josh from Men’s Wearhouse in Roseville was fantastic to work with. My older brother always works with him when he shops for formal wear and he set up the entire wedding party with suits including both of our dads.
You just have to go with the flow. Wedding planning is only as stressful as you make it. And at the end of the day no matter what goes wrong you will still end up married to the love of your life.
Destination wedding with a handful of guests