June Naylor 2017-07-15 02:06:43
A Fort Worth bride with ties to Pepperdine takes her groom westward to wed. When Jennifer Crossland and Andre Marse became engaged in 2016, the wedding location possibilities might have seemed many. Jenny and Andy, as they’re known to family and friends, live in Fort Worth but bring a lot of geography to the table. Jenny’s a native of Illinois who has lived in half a dozen states, while Andy’s a New Orleans guy, through and through. But having studied at Pepperdine University in Malibu, Jenny knew this beautiful perch overlooking the Pacific Ocean would forever be her special place. “It’s a magical spot where dreams come true, shaping me into the person I am today. I wanted to share that positive energy with Andy and start our marriage on a beautiful note.” Their journey to matrimony began at Pacific Table, the Fort Worth restaurant Jenny was managing when she and Andy, a chiropractor, met in 2014. That they’d connect at a dining venue was fitting, as she is a restaurateur and chef and Andy is passionate about creating great meals at home and finding them out on the town. His proposal, in fact, was a scavenger hunt and picnic involving champagne and sushi. Planning a wedding long-distance brought only minor challenges, and Jenny smoothed the way toward the big day by spending the week prior to the March 2017 wedding in California with her mom. For a casual rehearsal dinner, family and friends gathered at sunset at Malibu Seafood, a cafe overlooking the Pacific. One of Jenny’s close friends made arrangements to include her favorite food, a whole steamed crab. Another friend brought her a birthday cake, which Andy customized with a special New Orleans ritual, a cake pull: Ribbons are attached to tiny charms that are inserted into the cake, and guests pluck out these good omens. The ceremony at Pepperdine University’s Stauffer Chapel blended Scripture, poetry and music. A string trio played tunes like the Beatles’ “All You Need Is Love” and the Lumineers’ “Ophelia.” Jenny’s youngest brother, a youth minister, officiated, having written the ceremony together with the bride and groom. Jenny’s uncle, who was the couple’s premarital counselor, said a prayer to bless the marriage, as well. Among the readings was Pablo Neruda’s Love Sonnet XVII. The reception took place at Calamigos Ranch, where 85 guests celebrated with the couple. Memorable moments included Andy sabering a champagne bottle for Jenny and a wedding cake made of vanilla, mocha, sea salt-caramel, raspberry and blackberry macarons. Party favors included little jars of Mademoiselle jam from Bolo Patisserie, the line Jenny makes for sale at Clearfork Farmers Market in Fort Worth. Music played a significant role in the fun. Jenny and Andy danced to Ellie Goulding’s “How Long Will I Love You,” and Jenny and her dad — a man who doesn’t like to dance but spun her twice anyway — made their way through “The Way You Look Tonight.” In honor of Andy’s heritage, the dancing concluded in classic New Orleans fashion with a second line, a ritual not unlike a parade. Food, of course, was a big focus of the evening. Cheeses came from noted makers in California, and local farms provided the cornucopia of salad and vegetable elements throughout the dinner. The bride loves fish and the groom’s fond of beef, so dishes included ahi tuna tartare with caviar and grilled Thai beef skewers with lemongrass and ginger. The evening culminated with guests holding LED-lit helium balloons that glowed against the pitch-black night, sending the couple off to their getaway convertible. The effect, Jenny says, was magical. The Wedding Details Venue Stauffer Chapel, Pepperdine University, Malibu, pepperdine.edu | Reception and catering Calamigos Ranch, Malibu, calamigos.com Wedding planner Events by M and M, Southern California area, eventsbymandm.com | Photographer Jenna Rockett Photography, Dallas, we.rockett.net Reception photographer Danto Photography, Southern California area, dantophotography.com | Flowers Kate Baker Floral Design, Los Angeles, katebakerfloral.com Invitations Occasions in Print, occasionsinprint.com | Wedding dress and veil De Ma Fille, Fort Worth, demafille.com | Alterations Tailoring by Rios, Fort Worth, tailoringbyrios.com Groom’s attire Men’s Wearhouse, Fort Worth, menswearhouse.com | Custom handkerchiefs Adorable Boutique & Embroidery, Fort Worth, 817-841-8537 Hair Tiffany Gregory of Tru Salon, Dallas, trusalondallas.com | Makeup Katrin Mostowfi of Becca Cosmetics, Dallas, 469-386-6759, email@example.com Cake Vanilla Bake Shop, Santa Monica, vanillabakeshop.com | Toasting flutes Anthropologie, anthropologie.com Ceremony music Trio from The Classic Quartet, Santa Monica, theclassicquartet.yolasite.com Reception music Electric Entertainment DJs, Southern California area, electricentertainmentdjs.com | Wedding map Sarah Ayala, Fort Worth and Boulder, sarahayala.com
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