Davi Killion met Jonathan Ingram when they were both young teenagers taking tennis lessons at the local country club, but it would be many years before their relationship truly began. After crossing paths many times in the small town of Palestine, Texas but never actually getting to know each other, the two of them finally reconnected in late 2008.
After a short courtship, it was apparent to the couple that marriage was in their future. “When you know, you know,” said Davi. However, that did not keep Jonathan from taking her completely by surprise with his proposal.
One Saturday afternoon, following a particularly long morning at the library as they studied for the Master’s degrees they were both pursuing at the time, Jonathan received a call from a friend suggesting that they all play tennis. Little did Davi know that this phone conversation and the events to follow had been planned ahead of time.
They arrived at the country club where the two of them had first met, warmed up for the tennis match that Davi was expecting, and waited for the friends who were never really planning to meet them there. Finally, Jonathan told Davi that he had something for her. He handed her a letter saying that he had written it while they were in the library to which Davi replied, “No, you didn’t. You were reading the whole time!” However, after opening up the paper, she soon realized that it was no simple letter but rather a poetic foreword to a proposal. When she finished reading and looked up, she found Jonathan on one knee with a ring in his hand.
The surprise engagement party that immediately followed was only the first of many wedding celebrations for the couple during their five-month engagement. After several bridal showers and a rehearsal dinner, their July 25th wedding day arrived.
Davi and her bridal party spent the afternoon together enjoying a luncheon and a trip to the salon to get ready for the evening‘s events. Instead of waiting until the ceremony to see each other, however, the couple chose to share a few quiet minutes together right before the event began. Photographer Alex Maldonado from Alex M. Photography was there to capture the special moment when Jonathan turned and saw Davi for the first time that day. “He’s so great! He was able to get so many pictures of us alone that we wouldn’t get to do if we had waited until the ceremony to see each other,” said Davi.
The traditional ceremony was held outdoors just before sunset on a warm summer evening at Elmwood Gardens in Palestine. Because of the location’s lush courtyard with surrounding gardens in full bloom, the bridal party’s bouquets were the only extra flowers brought in for décor. The romantic arbor and raised deck created the perfect backdrop for the couples’ exchange of vows and unity sand ceremony.
Davi’s strapless white satin bridal gown was detailed with lace appliqué, intricate beading, and a corseted back. Her six bridesmaids each wore a deep purple dress with a silver gray waist sash. Jonathan and his groomsmen were smartly attired in gray tuxedos with Chuck Taylor Converse shoes.
The tables for the indoor and outdoor reception were decorated with freshly cut flowers from Elmwood Gardens. The guests, totaling to over 350 in number, dined on a casual buffet Bar-BQ and enjoyed various cheesecakes in place of a traditional groom’s cake. The five-layer wedding cake was made by Jonathan’s mother and sister and elegantly decorated with fresh flowers and purple ribbons.
Casey Brown from CMB Music Productions supplied songs and laser lights for the evening’s dancing and entertainment. Instead of a traditional wedding favor, Davi and Jonathan chose to provide a photo booth where guests could have their picture taken. For each picture, two copies were printed -- one for guests to take home as a keepsake and one to sign and place in a scrapbook for the couple.
Just before leaving the reception to a send-off of sparklers, the newlyweds changed into custom printed t-shirts, hers reading “Mrs. Ingram” and his “Mr. Ingram,” with the phrase “Just Married” on the back. After driving to Dallas for an overnight stay at the W Hotel, Davi and Jonathan flew to the Dreams Resort in Tulum, Mexico where they enjoyed a romantic honeymoon.
The Ingrams, along with their two dogs, currently live in Austin where Davi works as a middle school English teacher and Jonathan pursues his career as a financial advisor for Edward Jones. The proposal poem that Jonathan presented to Davi is now framed and holds a prominent position in their new home reminding them of both their past and their exciting future together.