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MEMORABLE WEDDINGS –
Jacklyn & Tyler


The perfect pair pose with the entire bridal party.

The perfect pair pose with the entire bridal party.

Text by Melanie Saxton  Photos by Alicia Pyne of Mustard Seed Photography

Jacklyn Wilken and Tyler Hendrickson met as college freshmen and became friends in a Petroleum Engineering 101 class. By the second semester they were dating, and after seven years of togetherness, they celebrated a stunning wedding and reception at Chandelier Grove in Tomball on April 29, 2017.

Jacklyn attended The Woodlands High School, and Tyler attended Sauk Rapids-Rice High School in Rice, Minnesota. Both earned bachelor of science degrees in petroleum engineering from the Colorado School of Mines. Jacklyn is employed as a petroleum engineer at EP Energy, and Tyler holds the same position at Lonquist.

First Date and Courtship

At a gathering of mutual friends, Tyler invited Jacklyn out to dinner later that week. They enjoyed pizza at Woody’s, a local pizza parlor, and met each other’s parents within the first few months of dating. “We all knew our relationship was going to be ‘the one’ from the very beginning,” says Jacklyn. “It was just so easy being together.”

The couple dated throughout college and were fortunate to find jobs in downtown Houston a month after graduation. They settled in and were happy to be located close to Jacklyn’s family.

Proposal

A Christmas trip to New York City had always been on Jacklyn’s bucket list, so Tyler suggested they visit the Big Apple for their first Christmas together outside of college. Jacklyn loves to travel and didn’t think twice about the arrangements, other than wondering why Tyler made such a big deal out of forgetting his carry-on bag. She thought he could survive the trip without his laptop, but little did she know he had secretly stowed an engagement ring in the bag! They rescheduled their flight, went home to retrieve the bag, and finally flew to New York. Tyler took her by taxi to Brooklyn for dinner, but as they exited the cab he guided her toward a waterside view of the New York City skyline. Then he surprised her by dropping to one knee and proposing — with a photographer on standby to capture the moment.

Engagement

Over the next year and a half, the perfect pair built a home and added a puppy named Kenai to their household. The timeframe gave Jen Lowrance of J Low Events plenty of time to plan the rustic, elegant wedding and reception that Jacklyn had always dreamed of. Tyler traveled to Breckenridge, Colorado for his bachelor party, while Jacklyn’s bachelorette party was held in Fredericksburg, Texas. However, during the rehearsal dinner her father fell ill and was hospitalized — a dramatic event on the cusp of her wedding. Thankfully, Jacklyn’s older brother, Nathan Wilken, offered to walk her down the aisle and do his best their fill their father’s shoes.

The Wedding

Friends of the bride’s father and stepmother, Richard and Tracy Wilken, arranged to have the wedding live streamed so that the entire ceremony could be viewed by Jacklyn’s father from the hospital. Officiant Ron Ramsey united the couple in holy matrimony with the bride’s mother and stepfather, Debra and Suhail Arekat, and the groom’s parents, Thomas and Trisha Hendrickson, in attendance.

Maid of honor Lindsay Wilken (sister of the bride) stood with bridesmaids Julia Zrenner (sister of the bride), Kristen Soos, Emily Rittenburg, Sarah Young (future sister-in-law of the bride), Tana Hendrickson (sister of the groom) and Madison and Whitney Borne (both nieces of the bride). Ava Borne and Brynn Kropp served as flower girls.

Best man Jeremy Thene and junior best man Tucker Hendrickson (brother of the groom) stood with groomsmen Nathan Wilken (brother of the bride), Maximilian Zrenner (brother-in-law of the bride), A. J. Carlson, Dylan Rittenburg, and Brian Stanley. Jake Borne (the bride’s nephew) served as the ring bearer.

Floral and Décor: Candles lined all of the wood beams in the ceremony space and reflected against the glass walls. Swagged ivory chiffon draping provided a soft backdrop for the exchange of vows. Rust lanterns in varying heights were adorned with lush bouquets of white hydrangea, Vandella roses, white stock, blush spray roses, olive branches, silver dollar and seeded eucalyptus. The same rust lanterns lined the aisles with accents of cascading floral.

Attire: The gorgeous bride wore an ivory form-fitted Martina Liana gown with a sweetheart neckline and lace embellishment on the back and train (her “something new). A cathedral-length veil was lined with lace to coordinate with the train. Oscar de la Renta heels detailed in gold completed the ensemble. The bride carried her grand­­mother’s blue and white
handkerchief as her “something borrowed” and “something blue.”

Bridesmaids wore floor-length neutral grey and light blush Watters dresses with light tulle skirts and a variety of necklines, and neutral-colored heels of their choosing. The handsome groom wore a black tuxedo, white shirt, and black vest and bowtie. Groomsmen wore dark grey suits with white shirts and thin black ties.

Top Wedding Moments: The bride certainly missed her father’s presence as the wedding was about to commence, but was happy to see her brother waiting to escort her to the altar. She was excited to finally see her groom and exchange personalized vows, which were enclosed in a wine box to be opened on the couple’s fifth wedding anniversary. After their first kiss, they exited to the song Best Day of My Life by American Authors.

The Reception

The reception was festive and fun, and the dance floor quickly filled to music that ranged from country to classic rock. The couple’s romantic and emotional first dance was to Dan and Shay’s From the Ground Up. The bride’s brothers Nathan Wilken, Jason Borne, Justin Borne, as well as her brother-in-law Maximilian Zrenner, stepped in during the father-daughter dance as Rod Stewart’s Have I Told You Lately played. The groom  danced with his mother to Simple Man by Shinedown.

The final dance was to Tennessee Whiskey by Chris Stapleton, and guests slowly joined in to form a large, loving circle around the newlyweds.

Floral and Décor: Gold and crystal chandeliers dazzled above the dance floor, topped with a beautiful overflowing hedge of white hydrangea, ivory roses, white stock, blush spray roses, olive branches, silver dollar and seeded eucalyptus. Candles glowed from tabletops and wooden beams and infused the venue with candlelight. Natural wood tables, light tan linens, Italian gold rimmed chargers, ivory hemstitch napkins and French-style chairs added to the ambiance.

The Cake: A cake frosted in buttercream rose five tiers on a clear acrylic cake stand designed by J Low Events to give the illusion that the cake was floating. Half was flavored in red velvet with cream cheese filling (the bride’s favorite), and the other half was a traditional white wedding cake filled with strawberry and cream cheese.

Top Reception Moments: The groom used a saber to open a bottle of Prosecco for the wedding toasts. “The idea came from Jen, our amazing wedding planner, who provided the actual saber!” says the bride. Everyone enjoyed the video guest book and champagne flute favors inscribed with couple’s name and wedding.

The Exit: Guests celebrated by tossing white rose petals as Mr. and Mrs. Hen­drickson ran to the limousine.

The Honeymoon

The couple enjoyed a week in beautiful Antigua at Hermitage Bay. They soaked in the sun and sights before returning home to Houston.

 

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The happy couple shares a romantic moment in the scenic outdoors.

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A beautiful ivory Martina Liana gown with a sweetheart neckline and lace embellishment hangs in splendor

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Not a detail was missed: wood tabletops were decorated with elegant florals and candlelight.

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Guests on their way to the ceremony were greeted with an engagement photo, ceremony programs and a request to silence their phones during the ceremony.

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The couple’s rings are displayed with the bride’s Oscar de la Renta heels, detailed in gold.

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Lush bouquets of white hydrangea, Vandella roses, white stock, blush spray roses, olive branches, silver dollar and seeded eucalyptus.

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Bridesmaids help dress the bride.

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Anticipation: a handsomely tuxedoed groom eagerly awaits his bride.

The flower girls and bridesmaids make their way to the venue with the bride.

The flower girls and bridesmaids make their way to the venue with the bride.

The husband-to-be walks down the aisle with his groomsmen.

The husband-to-be walks down the aisle with his groomsmen.

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The couple exchange vows in front of family and friends at Chandelier Grove.

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Root beer floats – one of Jacklyn’s favorite items offered by Main Course Catering – were given to guests later in the evening.

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A breathtaking hedge on wooden beams overflows with florals and greenery.

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The couple placed a bottle of wine from the wedding and their handwritten vows in this box as a keepsake.

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Rust lanterns in varying heights and adorned with cascading florals were displayed at the reception.

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The happy newlyweds’ first dance was to Dan and Shay’s From the Ground Up.

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Memorable moment: the groom opened a bottle of Prosecco with a saber provided by J Low Events.

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A five-tier wedding cake frosted in buttercream seemed to be floating on a clear acrylic cake stand designed by J Low Events.

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Guests tossed white rose petals as Mr. and Mrs. Hendrickson exited the reception.

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The couple shared a kiss in their getaway limousine before driving away to their happily ever after.


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