From Meet Cute to Luminous Elegance: Jessica & Joseph’s Wedding

It would seem like a too-sweet movie script, the kind of thing that only Hollywood could create – “boy meets girl” and “friends become more.” It is reserved for rom-com fantasy – if only it weren’t the honest truth. Jessica and Joseph, who met at work and triumphed over timing issues, unspoken feelings and casual dates that all evoked the best plot points from films “Hitch,” may have started as friends and partners-in-crawfish, but their wedding, a study in perfect timing and refined elegance, granted every genuine promise of a “happily ever after” ending that would shame even the silver screen.

Befitting the elegance of where their story has taken them, Jessica and Joseph exchanged vows before family and friends at the incomparable Thistlewood Manor, just west of Kyle. The lush lawn and manicured landscape revealed both ideal setting and lighting for the outdoor ceremony, which was framed by a canopy of green leaves, which provided a cool contrast to the soft pink and ivory colors that were the theme of their celebration.

Surrounded by lush green canopy, Jessica & Joseph exchange vows.

Thistlewood Manor's lawn provided a canvas for a fairy tale wedding.

Enchanting in a luminous white, Jessica readies for her fairy tale beginning.

Precious flower girls pave the way with pink petals for the grand arrival.

Guests were seated and dined among white tablecloths and the rustic distressed wood and wrought iron accents of the manor, surrounded by its most decadent marble floor and dramatic staircase. Surrounded by white, the swashes of color came courtesy of the wedding cake and the macaron, who all carried elements of pink, pastel, white or all. The wedding was an exercise in subtle splendor.

The floral arrangements, too, enhanced the theme’s colors, expressing pastel and white and softly brightening everything from the tables to the wrists, lapels and bouquets of the wedding party. Leslie Hayes and Marge Wiatrek, of I do flowers, provided for adornments for every vantage, whether outside or in, adding the occasional orange cream touches to further accentuate Jessica and Joseph’s picture-perfect day, all captured through the lens of Lauren Rathbun.

Guests are treated to an elegant dinner service.


Orange cream accents dot the table markers for Jessica and Joseph's wedding.

Surrounded by brilliant white and marble, the bride and groom's place of honor is set.

A study in decadence and elegance, the wedding cake set the scene.


Centerpiece accents that do not block conversation or view rise above the diners.

A lovely color palette is made possible by variance in bridesmaids dresses.

A pastel macaron serves as respite for a most important wedding element.

The bridal bouquet, arranged by I Do Flowers, rests in Jessica's elegant hands.

The bridal party's places are marked in floral flourish.

With a pause in the ceremony to observe the Eucharist, the class and sophistication of a union long in development could now be celebrated. Jessica, luminous in her ethereal gown, and Joseph, in purest and warmest ivory, took to the dance floor. Surrounded by groomsmen in matching ivory, alongside bridesmaids clad in a delicate spectrum that further complimented the idyllic setting and scenery, all in attendance celebrated the story of Jessica and Joseph, adding the fairy tale ending – or “happily ever after” beginning – to an already fantastic tale.

Wedding communion is taken by Jessica and Joseph, to further bind their union.

Clad in purest ivory, the groomsmen are perfect compliment to the stunning bride.

A first dance for the ages, as Jessica & Joseph take to the marble floor of Thistlewood Manor.

As luminous as their celebration, Jessica & Joseph depart their wedding reception.

Photography: Lauren Rathbun Photography • Cake: Simply Delicious • Flowers: Thistlewood Manor in-house designer Leslie Hayes/IDoFlowers.