When the phrase 'high school sweetheart' is used in modern society, images of Tumblr proficient teens texting to each other in class hoping that the teacher won't see and sneaking kisses in between classes in the hallway are the norm. Long gone are the days of our parents sock hops and malt shops yet, the romanticism  of finding true love at a blissfully young age and growing old with that person is still the dream of countless youth. This dream became the beautiful reality for two Mobile Alabama natives, Jessica and Trevor. 

Let's start this story from the beginning. In late September 2009 Jessica, a freshman in high school at the time, met her eventual husband, Trevor, while he was visiting the school and assisting a JROTC instructor in an afternoon physical fitness examination of the cadets. Trevor, who graduated the spring before, felt as if the cadets were being too loud and disrespectful so in an effort to quell the noise, he called the entire room to a standing attention. Jessica found this incredibly comical as she knew that Trevor had no real command over the students, but was just flexing his upperclassmen muscles. As she stood at her desk giggling to herself at just how frazzled Trevor was becoming, Trevor walked calmly over to her and asked what it was that she found so funny. Without missing a beat, she sharply replied "You". A short year later, Jessica and Trevor began what would be one of the most beautiful and geeky relationships we have ever seen.

After 3 years of dating, on September 24th, 2013 Trevor popped the question and without hesitation, Jessica said YES! However, these two lovebirds were in no real hurry to tie the knot. After two years of planning, venue changes, dress fiascos, date changes, vendor mishaps, and more glasses of wine than anyone could count, the day finally came.

Jessica and Trevor were married on September 26, 2015 at The Dauphin Island Sea Lab Estuarium. The City of Dauphin Island, Alabama holds many cherished memories for Jessica and Trevor; one of their first dates, summers spent on the beach with friends, weekends spent exploring the history of the island and countless evening drives to catch a beautiful sunset. 

One aspect of the wedding that was totally new to me was the first look. Jessica decided to break tradition and give the first look of her as a bride to her mother and father with the assistance of her maid of honor, Kirsten. I remember standing on the pier that day with Jessica's mother and father. Her mother was calm and collected but I could tell that her father was growing more anxious and emotional by the second. When the moment came for her father to turn and see his little girl turn transformed into a blushing bride, I watched as a lifetime of love and devotion culminated into a single embrace between father and daughter.

When the time came for Jessica to walk down the aisle to Trevor, the bride and groom were surrounded by a large wedding party of 16. Several dozen friends and family members, and staff from The Dauphin Island Sea Lab Estuarium. 

Venue: The Dauphin Island Sea Lab Estuarium
Decorations & Bouquets: Batgirl Designs
Music: DJ Boogie Knights Entertainment
Catering: Full Of Grace Catering