Katie and Justin Jones
I met my husband, Justin, at Electric Forest Festival in Rothbury, Michigan through mutual friends in 2015. We made plans to move in with one another a month later. I’ve not been lucky in love and my family was skeptical about this guy. They quickly came around when they saw how perfect we are for each other. A year to the day later, on the anniversary of our first kiss, we were engaged at the same festival during the String Cheese Incident set.
We wanted a Fall wedding and set the date for October 14, 2017. I have always dreamed of an outdoor ceremony, as did my husband, so we set out to find the perfect space. We chose a shelter with a fireplace at the Mississippi Palisades State Park in Savanna, Illinois.
I watched the weather anxiously for weeks before the wedding, and tried to tell myself that we still had enough time, it would change. It was not meant to be, and the severe thunderstorms the day of the wedding were not going anywhere. We had to accept the fact and prepare. Our preparations were thwarted when the umbrellas we ordered were sent to Tennessee by mistake. We were determined to get married at the park come Hell or high water, so we ran to Dollar General the night before and were fortunate to find just enough umbrellas for the wedding party. The morning-of proved to be dark and gloomy. Everyone was excited, nervous, and kept reassuring us “rain is good luck.” My honey and I parted ways after breakfast and went off to salon appointments. After my attendants and I got our hair done, we went back to the hotel suite to start makeup. The entire room was absolute chaos. Mimosas flowed, attendants and mother gifts were passed out, tears were shed, make up and brushes were everywhere. It was so fun. My husband gifted me the most beautiful bracelet via my soon to be sister-in-law after I read his personal vows, which we both exchanged beforehand. As the limo pulled up to take us to the park my stomach was in knots.
We arrived and it was absolutely pouring, cold and windy. My Dad and brother had managed to get a fire started in the shelter before the guests had arrived, so thankfully it was warm and dry inside. We had approximately 40 people brave the storms, standing around us in a semi circle. There was so much love in the room. I cried, my husband cried, even our officiant had tears as she read our vows. I had my best friends, two of my sisters and my husband’s sister stand for me. He had my brother, his cousin, and his friends stand up for him. Our Flower Girl is the daughter of my best friend and MOH, so that was really special to me. The whole ceremony was short-maybe 20 minutes. The rain actually died down after the ceremony long enough to get some great pictures outdoors (yay!).
We made our entrance to the reception to Jefferson Airplane’s “Somebody to Love” and got the party started. Our first dance as husband and wife was to Etta James’ “At Last.” Our amazing five tiered wedding cake was made by my talented cousin. It consisted of s’mores, chocolate, carrot and vanilla layers covered in toasted meringue. Mums and pumpkins purchased from the local Farmer’s Market lined the tables.
Our DJs are friends of my husband and they played an eclectic variety of music from 50’s classics to EDM. Instead of a traditional guestbook, we had our guests sign records, as music is such an important part of our lives. I made a paper mache tree for our card box, as homage to the place that brought us together. I tossed my bouquet to the Golden Girls theme song “Thank You For Being a Friend” and my husband tossed the garter to Jimi Hendrix’s “Foxy Lady.” After the reception ended, we proceeded to the hotel for the after party. The entire day and night flew by, but it was so amazing. I wish we could do it over and over again.
Love Katie xxx
WEDDING LOCATION: Mississippi Palisades State Park in Savanna, IL
DRESS DESIGNER: Oleg Cassini @olegcassini
Mine was the sample dress so it was a third of the original cost. I paid $500.
WEDDING BUDGET: $5,000
PHOTOGRAPHER: Ivan Olmos @olmosperfectphotography
HAIR / MAKE UP:
Hair- Sara Purdom at Tangles Salon in Savanna, IL
TIPS FOR FUTURE BADASS BRIDES: Don’t sweat the small stuff-just focus on the fact you get to marry the love of your life.