July 4, 2017
When Nicole and Jason initially contacted us, their email stood out from any other message we’ve received. I remember standing in the kitchen with our friends and feeling a giddiness wash over me. They genuinely seemed to get what we do and their story was a beautiful one. We’d love to share a bit of that with you now.
Nicole and Jason are both very passionate creatives. They haven’t been without hard times in their lives though. The best part about them is the unity they have and their amazing outlook on life. Their parents were a huge part of their ceremony, though not here in flesh. Both Jason and Nicole share the loss of their parents, who we loved hearing about so much. Their ceremony was decorated with many sentimental pieces to remind them of their parents that day. They continuously lit incense in honor of them also. Having been through so many similarities in their lives, Jason and Nicole have felt like two kindred spirits from day one.
They chose their date, June 6th, because it was a growing moon that night, reaching full moon a couple days later. It’s said that the period between the waxing and full moon is the most auspicious time for a happy, healthy marriage. They both find peace and meaning in nature and astronomy. Their ceremony took place on a rainy Tuesday in their soon to be store in the Fondren area of Jackson. Their love of art has led them to open a space to display their work, share items from local makers and sell quality art supplies. Jason, wanting to give Nicole the universe, chose to paint their ceremony backdrop with the stars. He also covered a wall with a beautifully painted galaxy. The floor we walked on was the moon. We were in awe of it all. They also covered the space with a variety of plants and fresh cut flowers. Plants are near and dear to both Nicole and Jason’s hearts. She shared with us how her mother’s home, where they now live, is covered in so many different plants because she’d walk around their neighborhood and ask neighbors for cuttings, while sharing her own. It made for a stunning canvas.
We watched as the two worked together to make a beautiful, intimate space for their ceremony. Also joining them that day were two very important people. The minister that would marry them had been a student of Nicole’s father in Education For Ministry years ago and went on to fill the vacancy left at the church after his passing. Father Blanton was even part of the presiding clergy at Nicole’s mother’s funeral. It meant so much to have he and his wife there as part of their union. Being there and witnessing everything come together, it truly felt as if their family was gathered there in the room too. The ceremony was one of the most emotional we’ve witnessed to this day. It doesn’t take 300 people or a venue full of food and decorations to make a wedding day. For Nicole and Jason, it meant two souls finally uniting as the stars had so perfectly aligned.
Lack of Color hat from GypsterVeil, Starkville (@shopgypsetitgirl)
Stone Cold Fox jumpsuit (@stone_cold_fox eBay)
Custom Sunburst Earrings by Marie Handmade Jewelry (@mariehandmadejewelry)
Grandmother’s gold bangle
Mom’s gold necklace
Combination of Fresh Cut Flowers provided by:
Little Bluestem Farm (@littlebluestemfarm)
The Prickly Hippie (@prickly_hippie)
And our yard, arranged by us, along with all the food and decor
Officiated by Father Robert “Bob” Blanton + his wife Joan