Real Wedding Wednesdays: Jazmine Singer and Jesse Bowman

Emma Frankart Henterly

Photo credit: 222 Photography

College sweethearts Jazmine and Jesse Bowman first met as leaders in Young Life, a nondenominational Christian ministry, and that shared passion played a role in Jesse's proposal. A friend lead Jazmine to a park, where Jesse was waiting. He took Jazmine by the hand and read her a Bible passage, along with notes about memories and places of growth in their relationship. Jesse said a prayer for the couple before getting down on one knee and asking Jazmine to marry him.

"I said yes twice," Jazmine says of her excited response. Exactly one year later, the two were wed in an outdoor ceremony in Lancaster. The groom's family pastor officiated, delivering an amazing and memorable message in the ceremony. The wedding took place one year ago yesterday; happy (belated) first anniversary, Jazmine and Jesse!

The reception took place in the venue's refurbished horse barn, complete with stalls still standing. Jazmine says they used those spaces to their advantage, turning them into a "photo room," a room for kids to play in, and so on.

Family and friends chipped in on many aspects of the big day; a friend played guitar at the ceremony, and Jazmine's aunt made her garters, crown and sash. A friend baked the pies served as dessert, and Jazmine's cousin served as DJ-he, Jesse and Jazmine's mom and aunt surprised everyone with a flash dance.

"Our guests are still raving about it," Jazmine says. "Truly the best."

The Details

Wedding date: Sept. 6, 2015

Wedding colors: Neutrals, pinks, deep reds and gold

Attendants: 15, plus a flower girl, ring bearer and a "Here comes your bride" sign holder

Bride wore: Paloma Blanca gown from LUXEredux Bridal, veil from Etsy, shoes from Nordstrom and "something borrowed" jewelry

Hair and makeup: Hair by Kenneth's Salon

Groom wore: Suit from JCPenney

Rings: Engagement ring from Sawchuk Jewelers, bands from Etsy

Rehearsal dinner: Lomonico's in Pickerington

Ceremony: Little Brook Meadows

Reception: Little Brook Meadows

Caterer: Hoggy's

Dessert: Homemade pies in lieu of cake

Florist: The Flowerman

Photographer: 222 Photography

Invitations: Made by a friend

Reception tunes: Nyte-Flyte DJ Troy Singer

First dance: Ben Rector's "Forever Like That"

Registries: Macy's, Crate and Barrel, Target, Pottery Barn

Favorite gifts: Glassware and plate sets

Honeymoon: Punta Cana, Mexico