Jessica and Tyler

Cleveland, North Carolina



Photography | Hilary Koon Photography | @hilarykoonphotography

Venue | The Arbors Events | @thearborsevents

Floral Designer | Summer Fresh Flower Farms

Cake Designer | Sweet Caroline’s Cakes @sweetcarolines_cakes

Makeup Artist | Bailey Upchurch MUA| @baileyupchurchmua

Caterer | LKN Weddings & Events

Tyler and Jessica met and quickly knew they were the ones for each other. Funnily enough Jessica contacted me about wedding photos before they were engaged. Little did she know that Tyler had already contacted me to do their proposal session. So they were both on the same page without knowing. They both work at an assisted living home, and were introduced by friends/coworkers. They celebrated their big day in style with friends and family!


Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette?

Tyler and I knew that we wanted a lot of friends and family to be a part of our big day. We wanted to have a wedding that accommodated a large crowd but was also intimate for us and our guest. We chose a rustic themed, romantic wedding with many personal touches including memories from loved ones who are now in heaven. Our color theme incorporated blush, navy, and burgundy with a variety of sage greenery. We used the unity cross in our ceremony to demonstrate Christ’s salvation as the center of our marriage. Following the ceremony, we walked back down the aisle together as we surprised our mothers with a white rose and escorted our parents out of the ceremony arm in arm. Our most favorite things are love and laughter and that is exactly what we wanted our wedding day to embody.


Let’s talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception?

The wedding décor for our wedding was a rustic fresh flower theme. We wanted the feel of whimsical romance with traditional elegance. Many fresh flowers, provided by Summer Fresh Flowers, were arranged for the ceremony and reception the night before and day of the wedding by Sandra Beam, owner of Victoria Cole Gifts, along with a few of the bride’s closest cousins.


What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop?

We used flowers throughout the entire wedding. Everywhere you looked, there was some type of greenery or floral arrangement. All arrangements were created as one of a kind. The bride’s belated grandmother’s flower vases were placed on the unity cross table during the ceremony. The groom’s belated father’s wedding ring was distinctly wired into his boutonniere. The bride hung mini picture frames of the couple’s lost loved ones onto her bouquet for the ceremony.

Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?

The couple executed a mock leave in a white 1961 Corvette Convertible with red interior prior to heading back into the reception to dance the night away with their guest. Most guest wonder if the bride and groom are going to smash the cake during the cake cutting. Tyler and Jessica both got as much icing on the other’s face as possible during their fun cake cutting experience.


Let’s talk fashion. How did you both choose your wedding day look? Describe the looks in detail.

The bride actually found her wedding dress during the first wedding dress shopping trip within one hour! The bride knew what she wanted and did not waste anytime finding the perfect romantic embellished lace wedding dress featuring a cathedral train. The groom also knew early on his vision for the big day. The only request the groom made was to wear a navy tux and a bow tie. The groom actually spent more time picking out the pieces of the tux and color of the shoes than the bride did finding her dress!


How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.

Tyler and Jessica met at work when they first laid eyes on each other at a Christmas party where neither one of them had the courage to speak to the other. Jessica was an Assisted Living Health and Wellness Director within the same district as Tyler an Executive Director. The bride made the groom work for a date the entire first month as the relationship began to develop. The couple’s first date was February 10, 2018. The groom was able to contact their amazing photographer to capture the sweetest proposal on a family friend’s peninsula on Lake Norman Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018. The groom led the bride towards the lake as they talked about the beautiful view as the groom looked down to point out an Easter egg left behind by the children. As the bride looked down, she saw a wooden box with the words “Marry Me?” written on top. The bride grabbed the groom’s neck hugging him so tight. The groom was finally able to open the ring to ask Jessica to spend forever together. The couple knew they did not want to waste any time, so the couple quickly planned a romantic fall wedding for September 29, 2018.


What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?

As the wedding day approached, the bride and groom could not help but wonder how they were going to react the first time they saw each other on the wedding day. As the bride was walking down a stone path leading to the aisle, no one could miss the smile that covered the groom’s face. Both the bride and groom saw no one else present once their eyes connected.


Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?

Since being married, the couple tries their best to read a devotion together and pray every night before going to bed. The couple has already faced several situations that have required them to make tough decisions. We try to love each other with Christ like love that is unconditional and always loving with open arms no matter the circumstance. Life is too short to go a day without demonstrating your spouse’s importance to you and the world around them.