MEMORABLE WEDDINGS – Kelli and Jordan
Text by Melanie Saxton | Wedding photos by Luis JD Swiger, John David Photography
| Engagement photos by Colin and Christina Dismuke
Kelli Fyke and Jordan Fox met while playing intramural flag football through a Bible study class at Houston First Baptist Church. Dating was difficult due to Jordan’s oil and gas engineering job with a month-on, month-off work schedule traveling to Africa with little to any Internet availability. But thanks to their shared faith and perserverence, the relationship blossomed into wedded bliss.
Kelli Fyke graduated from Lamar High School and Texas A&M University, earning both a B.A. degree in Spanish and M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction. She is an admissions counselor at Houston Baptist University. Jordan attended Cinco Ranch High School and Texas A&M University, earning a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering. He is currently a full-time MBA student at Rice University.
They celebrated their nuptials in a lovely ceremony and elegant reception held on April 22, 2016 in Richmond.
First Date and Courtship
They met at Agora Café on Westheimer on Dec. 29, 2014. Neither Kelli or Jordan liked coffee at the time, yet stayed from 3-9 p.m. This six-hour conversation was a prelude to a courtship filled with intentional efforts to get to know each other. For instance, Jordan planned another date at Barnes & Noble and set a 5-minute timer. Each went through the bookstore gathering five books or items that were personally important. Then they found comfy seating and shared why their selections were meaningful. Among the items Jordan chose were flashcards because they reminded him of of long car trips during which his mom would practice math facts with him. “He has always loved math…hence the engineer profession, of course,” says Kelli.
Jordan surprised Kelli at Rice University outside of the Jones Graduate School of Business (where he would later be attending the MBA program). She beheld a garden table beautifully decorated with flowers and six well-worn Bibles belonging to family and their closest friends. Each person had hand-written a personal note and highlighted a meaningful Bible verse detailing how Kelli and Jordan’s relationship had grown through time and how wonderful it was to see the couple join their lives together. Alone with his love, Jordan read the missives and verses, and then told Kelli he loved her for the first time. He got down on a knee and popped the question. Friends hid in the gorgeous landscaped gardens and recorded the special occasion.
After the proposal, Jordan told Kelli they were going to Katy to celebrate with their families. She was further surprised at his parents’ house when they were greeted by loved ones with tears of joy and excitement.
The couple was engaged from October to April, and during that time learned a lot about wedding planning. Kelli’s sister was married in December 2015, which meant Kelli’s parents were celebrating two weddings in a span of four months. Jordan spent a month in Ghana working, so he and Kelli really enjoyed the precious time they spent together. Their engagement was filled with road trips, hiking and traveling with friends for impromptu outings. They both like physical outdoors activities and played lots of Ultimate Frisbee, volleyball and flag football.
The ceremony was themed in elegance and tradition with timeless hues of gray, light pink and white. Bouquets of white hydrangeas with gray ribbons hung from every third pew. Photos were placed in the foyer as well as a “guestbook” that was actually a huge wooden sign with the shape of Texas painted on it in maroon. Guests were encouraged to sign with a white paint pen. Melanie Hancock, the bride’s sister, created the wedding hashtag sign and a sign with Psalm 126:3, “The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy,” representing the Lord’s goodness and faithfulness in the bride and groom’s relationship. A journaling Bible was available at the guestbook station so that guests could highlight favorite scriptures and add a note of encouragement. The couple chose not to have an order of events in their program during the ceremony. Instead, they wrote love notes to their guests and described anecdotes about each member of the wedding party. On the back was a “Did you know?” section about the bride and groom. The bride’s former youth pastor, Rev. Josh Arrington, officiated.
Bridal Party: Parents of the bride, Steven and Carolyn Fyke, joined Dean and Rebecca Fox to witness the union of their children. Matron of honor Melanie Hancock stood with bridesmaids Amanda Dunlap, Micaela Fox, Paige Goodson, Angela Haggard, Haylee Nelson and Katie Williamson, along with adorable flower girl Harper Haggard. Tiffany Howerton, Allison Johnston, and Amber Vial served as the house party. Best man Matt Copeland stood with groomsmen Jesse Cruce, Colin Dismuke, Sean Dougherty, Jonathan Leake and Ben Vial. Ryan Borden, Tim Hancock and Casey Schaefer served as ushers.
Attire: The bride wore a 2016 Pronovias Laren style off-white mermaid gown with a sweetheart neckline in petit pois tulle and guipure, with straps and a daring semi-sheer appliquéd back. The flared skirt was adorned with appliqués and a scalloped hem. Her white Bel Aire bridal veil had a fingertip cut edge with Alencon Lace starting near the elbow. Her great-great-grandmother’s lace was wrapped around the bouquet as her “something old.” Her “something new” were Toms metallic suede ballet flats worn for the wedding and reception. Her “something borrowed” was a pair of her mother’s diamond earring studs and her grandmother’s pearl necklace. Her “something blue” was the garter.
Bridesmaids wore a pewter floor length mesh dress with illusion neckline, and each wore her own pair of nude heels or flats. Members of the house party wore cocktail-length light-pink dresses with nude heels. The groom wore a tuxedo with a white pocket square, a bowtie, and black tuxedo shoes. Groomsmen wore black and white tuxedoes. Ushers wore black suits with black ties.
Top Wedding Moments: The bride’s father escorted her to Canon in D, one of her favorite songs. Joy filled the room as she approached the groom with her eyes solely on him. The couple exchanged traditional vows and had their bridal party gather around them during the ceremony to pray as a sign of being invested in their union and future. The newlyweds walked back down the chapel aisle as husband and wife to Ben Rector’s White Dress with guests cheering them on.
A highlight at the reception was the dance party. The Aggie bride and groom enjoyed the War Hymn led by former head yell leader and usher, Casey Schaefer. Many Aggies circled around the dance floor to sing and sway. Their first official dance as man and wife was to the classic At Last by Etta James. Father and daughter danced to The One You Need by Shane & Shane. Mother and son danced to Amarillo By Morning by George Strait. One of the couple’s family friends volunteered to run the photo booth, which guests enjoyed along with unique favors — Texas A&M 12th MAN towels monogrammed with the couple’s names and the wedding date.
Floral and Décor: Guests sat on Chiavari chairs at numbered tables set with gold charger plates. Photos were displayed of the bride and groom in corresponding ages. Floral centerpieces were lush and low floral, blush hydrangeas, white tulips, white classic mums, pink Majolika spray roses, white stock and Dusty Miller.
The Cakes: The white round wedding cake rose four tiers and was decorated in a horizontal drag/rustic look. The cake topper had adorned the bride’s grandparents’ wedding cake in 1951. The groom’s four-layer carrot cake was frosted in cream cheese and sprinkled with crushed walnuts to simulate the forest and topped with miniature figurines of a Fox wedding couple. The tiny bride figurine had a white veil and a string of pearls while the groom had a tiny black top hat and bowtie.
The Exit: Mr. and Mrs. Fox made their way to the car amidst exciting, loud and celebratory noise. Each guest lined the sidewalk from the doors to the car waving their Texas A&M 12th Man towels above their heads and chanting an Aggie cheer.
The couple enjoyed a Hawaiian honeymoon on Maui and the Big Island, which they describe as “paradise!”