Every once in a while, we hear stories of couples who “just knew” — that love at first sight, locking eyes from across a room, “we’ve only just met” inexplicable feeling in the depth of their being that they’ve just met their soul’s true counterpart. But what happens if you meet your soulmate… and they just want to be friends? For John & Jordan, it meant a little bit of patience.
A word from photographer, Faith Teasley:
“Jordan and John are two of my dearest friends! It’s clear that these two are meant to be together, and God has woven their story together so beautifully. Their wedding day was magical – from their First Look to Jordan walking down the aisle with her father, and all the tear jerking moments in between. The Fair Barn truly looked like something out of a fairytale, with it’s perfect blend of Christmas-esque winter decorations and natural rustic vibe. It was an honor to photograph this wedding day!”
Love notes from John & Jordan:
How did you two meet? What were your first impressions of one another?
Jordan: “We met at church. We were both on the youth leadership team. The first time I saw him I thought he was a dork. The first time he saw me he says he knew he was going to marry me, even though I was blatantly rude to him. I still have no idea why he was attracted to my bad attitude. Now that we’re married we know we are both dorks, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.”
Tell us a funny story relating to your wedding day or relationship!
Jordan: “John and I have known each other since 2013. 3 weeks after meeting, John wrote an entry in a journal (he writes to me in this journal every once in a while so that when we’re old we can read it and remember how we fell in love) that said ‘I know we haven’t known each other long and this might sound crazy but WILL YOU MARRY ME?’. About a month after he wrote this I put him in the friend zone. He held on to that journal and still wrote me until we finally started dating in 2015 and proposed with the journal 2 and a half months after being together. Now both of our families regularly crack jokes about John being friend zoned and how stubborn I was!”
What part of your wedding day was most important to you?
“We wanted a Christian wedding. Our faith is incredibly important to us and we wanted to honor God with our marriage. Marriage is hard and we believe without Christ as the foundation it is way harder. We love because He first loved us.”
What is the best thing you’ve learned from one another?
Jordan: “John has definitely taught me not to get so stressed out about the things I can’t control. Life happens and over reacting doesn’t help anything.”
John: “Jordan has taught me that it’s never too early to decorate for Christmas, or fall, or the 4th of July, or any other holiday that she has decor for.”
What is your favorite thing about each other?
Jordan: “My favorite thing about John is how goofy he is. Laughing is my favorite thing to do and John keeps me laughing. He makes me a happier person and I am so thankful for the constant joy. He is also the most romantic person I have ever met and I definitely am not. “
John: “My favorite thing about Jordan is how easy it is to fall in love with her smile. I like being able to sing a song on the radio as badly as we possibly can. I love being able to enjoy life with my best friends. And I love that she doesn’t judge me when I eat an entire bag of Cheetos in one sitting.”
If you had one piece of advice for other couples, what would it be?
“Don’t take life too seriously. Things happen for a reason and sometimes there’s not much you can do about it. There is a time and season for everything, so consider it all joy and laugh your way through. Things that are frustrating or stressful in the moment will frequently turn into a funny story or a cherished memory.”
What is the most honest thing you can say about love?
“Love isn’t just date nights and long walks on the beach. Love is not killing each other after a 26 hour road trip. Love is 3 am trips to the hospital. It’s eating grilled cheese and having slumber parties in the living room. Love is letting your wife talk you into getting a kitten and coming home with 2. Love is having someone to laugh with when you do something embarrassing in public. Love is praying for your spouse. Love is hard but it’s fun too.”
photographer: Faith Teasley Photography / venue: The Fair Barn / stylist & planner: Celebrations by Paula / floral designer: Aldena Frye Floral & Event Design / dress boutique: Bridal and Formal Center / dress designer: Justin Alexander / cake designer: The Bakehouse / hair stylist: Carla Marie Hairstylist / men’s formalwear: Bridal & Pageant Connection / rentals: Ward Productions / film lab: Indie Film Lab