It’s so encouraging to hear couples who have set their focus on their relationship, loving God together, and rolling with the flow of their wedding day and focusing on the important stuff. 2020 threw a lot of kinks into people’s plans – but some of the happiest weddings we’ve seen are the ones who just pushed forward and had a beautiful day even if it wasn’t the way they always envisioned it, instead of stressing about multiple reschedules. Cassidy and Jacob have a lovely story together … let’s dive right in.
from the photographer: “When Cassidy shared her and Jacob’s love story what she said really stood out to me, “God does his greatest work during our storm. This year (with COVID) reminded me that you have to go through the process to get to the promise. I knew God was doing something amazing in our lives. This was the man that I wanted to go through the worst and the best times with. This is the man I want to raise children with and grow old with. THIS is my forever..” This striking couple have such a beautiful view around planning their wedding and staying strong through the crazy that last year brought the wedding industry. Their day was inspired by dreamy neutral colors and lots of texture! When talking with Cassidy she had such an exceptional imagination of the feeling she wanted for their day. Their day was all she had envisioned, it truly showed off the whimsical and romantic style along with raw emotion she wanted!”
from Cassidy: “On October 10th, 2020 I married the man I fell in love with when I was just 16 years old. People always say, “When you know, you know.” It didn’t take long for me to know that Jacob was the man that God handpicked for me. I remember the day I first laid eyes on him. It was after a football game in 8th grade. I asked his cousin, Jaime, “Who is that hot guy?” Little did I know that “hot guy” was going to be my husband. He has the purest soul and the kindest heart and I thank God every day for putting him in my life. He truly makes me a better person.
We had been dating for a little over 5 years when Jacob finally asked me to be his wife. I had always known I wanted to get married on 10-10-20. I had the guy, I just needed the ring! So as soon as I got the ring, wedding planning went into full swing! Everyone told us that a year and a half was too long for an engagement, but my heart was SET on this date and looking back now, I’m glad we didn’t listen! I have nothing against short engagements. In fact, that is probably the smarter route, but I knew I wanted to enjoy this stage of our relationship. After all, we had been dating 5.5 years…another 1.5 was nothing to us!
We watched friends get engaged then married, we watched friends get pregnant then give birth, we even watched friends buy their first homes. All within the 1.5 years we were engaged. It seemed like everyone else was passing us by. I was constantly having to remind myself that life isn’t a race. We get so caught up in comparing our lives to the people around us that we forget to embrace the season we are living in. Life doesn’t follow a set timeline. Yet we set unrealistic expectations of ourselves to hit every milestone at a specific time in life and when we don’t, we discredit ourselves. But really, what’s the rush? Jacob and I had the rest of our lives to spend together!
When I first imagined what our wedding day would look like, a worldwide pandemic was not included. Unfortunately, 11 months into wedding planning, that became our reality. I had dreamt of this day since I was a little girl. I had so many ideas that I had been saving to my secret Pinterest board over the years. However, God had different plans. What was supposed to be the best times of our lives quickly turned into doubt and constant disappointment. I felt like the world was against us. Yet somehow, the difficult season we were living in brought me the biggest blessing of all. It was the challenges, doubt, and constant disappointment that forced me to cling to God more than ever. This year taught me that no matter how much I plan and prepare, His plan for me cannot be altered. I would constantly find myself asking, “God, where are you?” When in reality, He was more present than ever. God does his greatest work during our “storm.” This year reminded me that you have to go through the process to get to the promise. I knew God was doing something amazing in our lives.
On October 10th, 2020 at half after four in the afternoon, Jacob and I made a promise before God, our families, and our closest friends and it was more than I ever could have imagined. When I saw him waiting for me at the end of the aisle, nothing else truly mattered. I was marrying my best friend. I would relive being a COVID bride over and over again just for that exact moment. I’ve never been a very decisive person, but this was one thing that I was 100% sure of. This was the man that I wanted to go through the worst and the best times with. This is the man I want to raise children with and grow old with. THIS is my forever.
So my advice to all of the brides, I’m not sure when things will return back to normal and maybe they never will. But don’t let that stop you. These are the cards we’ve been dealt with. Make the best of it and don’t lose sight of the reason behind it all. At the end of the day, it’s about you and your best friend making a promise to forever. What else really matters?”
Tell us a funny story relating to your wedding day or relationship!
My veil blew completely off as we were walking back down the aisle!!!! Thankfully, nobody saw, but my husband and I shared A LOT of laughs over this when we got back to the bridal suite for our intimate moment before pictures!
Any special ways you incorporated your family or family history into your wedding day?
My mom played the song “Mama, He’s Crazy” by The Judds to her mom (my Grandmother) when my dad proposed to her, so I surprised my mom with a mother/daughter dance and we danced to the same song! It was so special!
What part of your wedding day was/is most important to you?
The most important part of our wedding day was making a promise to forever with my absolute best friend.
What is your favorite thing about each other?
Jacob: “My favorite thing about Cassidy is how self-driven she is. She is fierce and strong yet so kind and generous to everyone. She’s going to make the best mom one day.”
Cassidy: “My favorite thing about Jacob is his kind heart. He is the perfect example of the love God has for me. He loves me unconditionally and constantly reminds me of my worth. He is my light.”
Photographer: Angel Owens
Venue: Old Bethany Venue
Stylist / Planner / Designer: Heavenly Weddings
Floral Designer: Laurel and Finch
Dress Boutique: Coreena’s Bridal
Cake Designer: Morgan Pearl Cakes
Makeup Artist Illuminate by Rachel
Hair Stylist: Blush and Blow by bcb
Rentals: Action Rentals Waco
Film Lab: The Goodman Film Lab
Video: Jake Moore Films
DJ: Wall of Sound Productions
Couple: Cassidy & Jacob