Jordan and Jarrett are magnetic personalities. The kind of people you meet only once and feel that you've been friends with for decades. People with giant hearts and an equally large mass of people who adore them. At once effortlessly glamorous, charismatic, and proud self-proclaimed hillbillies, their seamless melding of perceptual contradictions has produced the most unique and delightful pair of humans imaginable. So it was that, on my first occasion discussing wedding plans with Jordan, I became instantly enamored with this woman and her refreshingly organic grasp on life, love, and exactly the way she envisioned the day that she'd marry the man who had possessed her heart and soul.
Their story began beneath the atmospheric glow of indigo lights in Royal Oak's Tequila Blue one summer night in 2012. Bright-eyed beauty Jordan, then a junior in college, was out with her best friend Kara at coincidentally the same time and place as a group of merrily inebriated gents across the room. On the fringe of this group was a sober Jarrett, whom Jordan immediately noted was strikingly handsome, but oh-so-grumpy. In her characteristic low-key, gregarious way, Jordan piped up, "What’s wrong with you, you look like you need a drink!” The music was loud, everyone yelling to talk to each other over the noise. “What’s your name?!” she asked. “Jarrett.” Jordan shouted back, “Jerry?!” “No… 'Jarrett.'" "Oh okay, 'Jared?!'" Shaking his head no, Jarrett removed his ID from his wallet and showed it to her, the photo boasting his once full head of hair. With that, guards came down and the two became dancing partners for the rest of the evening, which ended with Jarrett carrying Jordan's heels out the bar for her. Before they parted ways, Jarrett asked for Jordan's number, which she gave him without much expectation. Two days later, he was back in touch. Their first date was to be a week later. On the entire drive to the restaurant, Jordan struggled to calm herself and muster the courage to walk inside. Was he even going to show up? While she sat in the parking lot breathing into a paper bag, a text appeared on her phone from Jarrett; "“I’m here, sitting outside on the patio.” Inside, she found Jarrett who greeted her with a warm hug. Instantly, Jordan was home. His presence somehow calmed and excited her all at once, and the two were absolutely captive to one another in conversation for the next four hours. Jordan managed to eat only half a sandwich, despite having chosen the restaurant on account of their fantastic bread sticks. While they sat completely lost in catching each other up on the twenty-something years they'd lived apart from one another, the restaurant began to close around them. Jordan headed home that night on cloud 9, telling herself decidedly, "I'm going to marry that man".
And marry him she did.
What follows is a small but moving glimpse at the glorious day that began this new chapter in their beautiful life together. This unstoppable pair is a joy and an inspiration, and we can't wait to watch the rest of their story unfold through the years.