"We're pretty much the same person. Just opposite genders," was Jessica Correll's response when asked about her relationship with Charles Combs. The two of them attended Texas A&M University at the same time but did not cross paths until the beginning of 2008. In fact, it took a trip across the Atlantic to bring them together. Jessica and Charles met during a semester abroad in Italy. "We bonded over sarcasm," said Jessica, humorously describing the likeness of their personalities. Although it was a few months before their friendship grew into courtship, by the end of the season they were a couple very much in love.
Marriage was discussed but not something that Jessica knew was at the top of his mind. "We had kind of talked about it, but I didn't expect it that soon," she said. When he showed up at her doorstep one chilly day, with a friend secretly recording the surprise proposal, all she could think about was how cold it was outside her door. "I kept telling him to come inside," said Jessica with a laugh. Charles' proposal was not to be deterred by the frigid weather, and the two became engaged to be married. Finding a wedding venue can often be a daunting or overwhelmingexperience for many couples. However, Jessica and Charles did not have to think twice about where their nuptials would take place. Kindred Oaks was the only name on the list as it was both ideal to them and owned by a very familiar face – Jessica's mother, Elaine Lincoln. The venue, tucked away in a quiet, wooded area of Georgetown, was perfect for the outdoor ceremony and reception planned for the fall.
The theme was an easy pick as well. Since Italy was significant to the
beginning of their relationship, they decided to incorporate subtle details
to the event to evoke the cozy and relaxed feel of Tuscany.
Pretty bouquets, courtesy of Kindred Oaks' in-house florist ZuZu's
Petals, featured sunflowers, roses, amaranthus, and craspedia in shades
of yellow and "pasta sauce red," as Jessica described. The arrangements,
which the bride explained were meant to look "as if they had just been
picked," were echoed in loose table centerpieces at the reception. Bridesmaids
wore green to complement the natural beauty of the surrounding
Jessica's gown was ivory-colored with a pleated bodice and touches of
delicate beading. The details were gorgeous, but the biggest selling point
according to the bride was a hidden detail. "It had pockets," quipped
Wanting something unique to incorporate into the traditional ceremony,
the couple helped create the passage that was read during the wedding.
Their familiarity with the order of the service also kept things from flying
by without notice. "It helped the ceremony to stay in real time because
we had spent so much time on it and knew what was coming next," said
The reception took place at Kindred Oaks' covered pavilion. Guests
dined on traditional Italian food and enjoyed a selection of beverages including
signature sangrias and Italian margaritas. The wedding cake had
multiple tiers with varying flavors. In lieu of a groom's cake, the couple
chose to treat guests to a gelato bar stocked with multiple choices.
Jessica and Charles visited with family and friends, danced well into
the night, and were seen off by guests through an archway of sparklers.
Not long after, the newlyweds unwound from the festivities on a weeklong
Jessica's mother Elaine, who was uniquely involved in the planning
process as both venue owner and mother-of-the-bride, described the
wedding best; "It wasn't about the food, the flowers or even our precious
venue. It was about the blessing that our sweet couple bestowed upon
each of us, there to witness."
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