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Danielle • Jesse


She said yes to the dress: The blissful bride is framed by her fabulous gown.

She said yes to the dress: The blissful bride is framed by her fabulous gown.

photos by Christine Meeker www.christinemeeker.com

Some things are just meant to go together, like salt and pepper and Danielle and Jesse,” announced officiant Jason Nelson, pastor of Christ United Methodist Church in Sugar Land. As far back as high school, Danielle and Jesse went together, and they tied the knot in a romantic spring wedding set in the countryside.

 

First Date

Danielle Pratt met Jesse Hester in the hallway at Elkins High School. “We were both sophomores, and Jesse made fun of me for wearing my brother’s letter jacket,” says Danielle. “I guess that was his way of flirting.” He soon asked her out for a first date, a BBQ at his parents’ house where she met the family.

 

Courtship & Proposal

Danielle and Jesse dated for about six months before going their separate ways, and reunited after graduating high school in 2004. Their love continued to blossom through the years, much of it spent attending college and building their careers. Danielle is owner and director of Bikram Hot Yoga in Missouri City and Jesse is district manager for Panera Bread.

Fast forward to September 23, 2011, when Jesse planned a surprise destination proposal in Ohio as the couple visited Danielle’s uncle. The day started out as usual, and then Jesse asked, “What time does the sun set?” That was Danielle’s first clue. They had planned to take a 4 wheeler out to a huge field to watch dusk set in, but ended up walking due to technical difficulties. “This was a farming field, keep in mind,” says Danielle. ➝

As she and Jesse trekked through the wet acreage, he spoke sweet nothings in her ear as she slapped mosquitoes off his head. Suddenly he got down on one knee in the soaking wet mud and popped the question! “The sunset was absolutely beautiful that evening, and it was perfect and extremely sweet, in spite of the 4 wheeler mishap, the mosquitoes, and the wet field. That’s true love,” Danielle recalls. Their engagement of one year and seven months led to the ceremony and reception of Danielle’s dreams on April 20, 2013. The wedding website, daniellejesse.com, now features the wedding video.

 

The Wedding

The bride envisioned a traditional wedding that reflected the couple’s love of the great outdoors. She chose an open pastoral setting with water features, trees, lake and fields in the background. Vows were spoken at 6 p.m. under a gazebo at House Plantation, a restored 1890s Victorian Mansion on 18 acres in Hockley, Texas. The bride and groom composed their own vows — Jesse said daily laughter would be mandatory, and Danielle promised to watch “Monday Night Football” with him. The indoor reception took place in the Plantation’s Grand Hall.

Style: Simple, sweet, elegant and romantic, the wedding and reception incorporated the bride’s favorite color, vivid blue, and muted hues of blush pink, champagne and silver grey.

Attire: The bride chose designer Tara Keely’s lovely ivory alencon lace strapless gown with a sweetheart neckline, elongated bodice, floral belt at the natural waist, three tiered tulle skirt with horsehair trim, and a chapel train. She wore a designer Winnie Couture fingertip-length veil with delicate crystal edging borrowed from a bridesmaid and Toms petal pink grosgrain wedges. A beaded crystal headband replaced her veil at the reception.

The bridesmaids wore airy chiffon Bill Levkoff gowns in Horizon (a dazzling blue) with sweetheart necklines, covered buttons accenting the back, soft gathers at the waist and flowing A-line skirts with a small train. Each bridesmaid wore silver sandals.

The groom wore a charcoal tuxedo by Vera Wang paired with patent leather Converse shoes. The groomsmen wore the same charcoal tuxedo with blue vests coordinating with the bridesmaids’ dresses.

Floral Décor: Danielle’s bridal bouquet of blue hydrangeas, maidenhair fern from her mother’s garden, stephanotis with pearl centers, blush pink and white roses, gardenia, white ranunculus, Queen Anne’s lace, and light blue delphinium was wrapped in a tatted lace handkerchief belonging to her maternal grandmother.

Aisle markers in hanging jars with metal handles adorned the sanctuary, and the aisle flowers of blue and white hydrangeas were repurposed as centerpieces. Table linens were a light gold crushed satin with coordinating chair sashes.

The Cake: Four tiers were flavored in white chocolate apricot, strawberry almond and raspberry amaretto. Pale pink buttercream roses adorned the top and bottom with gold ribbon at the base. The cake was topped with a sophisticated gold script initial “H.” The groom’s cake, shaped as a Landshark beer bottle, was flavored in chocolate and iced in chocolate ganache.

The Bridal Party: Parents of the bride, Steve and Marita Pratt, and parents of the groom, Dawn Hester and Vince Hester, proudly watched as as their children were united. Matron of honor Theresa Sullivan joined bridesmaids Chrissy Jahrling, Heather Tyler and Brandy McMillan at the bride’s side. Brother of the groom and best man Daniel Hester along with Tyler Pratt (brother of the bride), Marshall Sullivan, Chad Ballard and Clay Culver stood by the groom.

Behind the Scenes: Beautiful romantic music accompanied father and daughter down the brick walkway and up a small incline to the gazebo in the side yard. After the wedding ceremony, it was on to the reception. A globe served as a sign-in book, inviting guests to write where they had traveled or where they would like to visit. Guests also gave “advice” to the couple by writing “marriage mad libs” on journals provided at each table.

The new husband and wife danced to “You and Me” by Lighthouse, and Danielle and her father danced to “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” as sung by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole. The couple’s cake-cutting escapades caused laughter when the groom couldn’t resist smashing cake in his bride’s face! “I got him back,” Danielle affirms.

Favors of handmade dark chocolate cherry and key lime Rice Krispie treats were made by neighbors of the bride, and custom koozies were also provided to guests. Fireworks made for a grand finale overhead as the couple made their exit, flanked by their guests waving sparklers.

The Honeymoon: After a relaxing, sunny honeymoon in Cancun, the couple returned to their residence in Lake Olympia.

Danielle’s  bouquet popped with color and was wrapped with sentiment.

Danielle’s bouquet popped with color and was wrapped with sentiment.

The couple’s engagement  portrait was Texas Chic.

The couple’s engagement
portrait was Texas Chic.

The bride and her very merry maids.

The bride and her very merry maids.

The gown’s delicate floral belt front.

The gown’s delicate floral belt front.

Aisle flowers were repurposed as  centerpieces.

Aisle flowers were repurposed as
centerpieces.

The cake featured pale pink buttercream roses.

The cake featured pale pink buttercream roses.

The bride’s three-tiered tulle skirt was a vision of beauty.

The bride’s three-tiered tulle skirt was a vision of beauty.

The groom’s Landshark beer bottle cake.

The groom’s Landshark beer bottle cake.

Landshark beer bottle cake. • Marita Pratt helps her daughter get dressed.

Landshark beer bottle cake. • Marita Pratt helps her daughter get dressed.

Danielle proudly displayed her “Mrs. Hester” custom hanger.

Danielle proudly displayed her “Mrs. Hester” custom hanger.

 A “Hitched” coozie was a guest favor.

A “Hitched” coozie was a guest favor.

The bride gets a chuckle at the sight of her bouquet-carrying groom

The bride gets a chuckle at the sight of her bouquet-carrying groom

The newlyweds had plenty of fun at their own wedding.

The newlyweds had plenty of fun at their own wedding.

Double the love: Father and new husband kiss the bride.

Double the love: Father and new husband kiss the bride.

Steve Pratt escorts his daughter down the aisle

Steve Pratt escorts his daughter down the aisle

The brand-new Mr. and Mrs. Hester leave the ceremony gazebo to the applause of the bridal party.

The brand-new Mr. and Mrs. Hester leave the ceremony gazebo to the applause of the bridal party.

 Before the ceremony, Jesse turned around for a “First Look” at his beautiful bride-to-be.

Before the ceremony, Jesse turned around for a “First Look” at his beautiful bride-to-be.

The dance floor was full at the reception.

The dance floor was full at the reception.

 There were a few hijinks when the newlyweds fed each other their wedding cake.

There were a few hijinks when the newlyweds fed each other their wedding cake.

A man she can lean on, literally and figuratively.

A man she can lean on, literally and figuratively.

The couple made their exit to a grand finale of fireworks and guests saluting them with sparklers.

The couple made their exit to a grand finale of fireworks and guests saluting them with sparklers.

Danielle and Jesse share a kiss in front of their friends at House Plantation.

Danielle and Jesse share a kiss in front of their friends at House Plantation.

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