Real Weddings - - Celebrations -

MAY 30, 2015


ou know a cou­ple are in sync when they each find the same wed­ding venue while brows­ing Pin­ter­est sep­a­rately. When Drew Jaz and Chase Ce­cil started plan­ning their nup­tials, a shared love of the out­doors—along with Chase’s fam­ily roots in small-town Iowa—hatched the idea for a barn wed­ding. Then each came upon the pic­turesque Se­crest 1883 Oc­tag­o­nal Barn, near Iowa City and less than two hours from Chase’s home­town, and the de­tails of their day fell into place with a lit­tle help from lov­ing fam­ily mem­bers. Chase’s grand­fa­ther built a “sweet­heart” re­cep­tion ta­ble that now re­sides in the duo’s new home in Oak­land, Cal­i­for­nia; Drew’s cousin-in-law at Sprout Creek Farm, in Pough­keep­sie, New York, sent cheese for cock­tail hour; and Chase’s mother al­tered a flow­er­girl dress she had worn as a child to fit Drew’s niece.

An out­door wed­ding was a given for th­ese two. Ever since they met at a New York City bar in 2012, they’ve put their feel­ings out in the open—lit­er­ally. On one of their first dates, Chase, a birder who now works for the Golden Gate Na­tional Parks Con­ser­vancy in San Fran­cisco, sug­gested a hike in New York’s Hud­son Val­ley. Drew, a New Jersey–bred ad­ver­tis­ing cre­ative di­rec­tor, started feel­ing sick in the heat but pow­ered through it. Then, in Novem­ber 2013, Drew vis­ited Chase, who was study­ing con­ser­va­tion sci­ence in Lon­don, and a hike in the Cotswolds led to an­other heart-rac­ing oc­ca­sion. “The sun came out, and I thought, ‘This is the mo­ment,’” says Drew, who was hid­ing an en­gage­ment ring in his pocket. “I got down on one knee and read a poem I’d writ­ten.”

The sun was beam­ing on them again the fol­low­ing spring as they ex­changed self-penned vows, stand­ing on an­tique ori­en­tal rugs un­der a vin­tage chan­de­lier hung from a piece of farm ma­chin­ery. One hun­dred guests wit­nessed the cer­e­mony, feasted on a lo­cally grown din­ner as Drew’s best friend played clas­si­cal gui­tar, and danced to DJ-spun tunes. Rev­el­ers then moved off the farm and on to an af­ter-party in Iowa City. It was a blast, but for their an­niver­sary the pair will get back to na­ture—re­turn­ing to the Cotswolds, their own place in the sun. — Becky Mickel SOURCES Lo­ca­tion Se­crest 1883 Oc­tag­o­nal Barn Event plan­ning, de­sign, and styling South So­cial & Home Cater­ing The Mot­ley Cow Cafe Flow­ers The Fox­glove Stu­dio Pho­tog­ra­phy Rebekah Mol­loy Sta­tionery moss + bone Mu­sic Ruby Des Jardins of Toast & Jam (cer­e­mony and re­cep­tion); The Mayflies (cock­tail hour) Rentals Aero Rental Drew’s at­tire J.Crew (suit); Steve Madden (shoes); Stag Hand­made (tie and pocket square) Chase’s at­tire J.Crew (suit); Cole Haan (shoes); Fox & Brie (bow tie) See The Guide for more ven­dor sources

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