DREW JAZ & CHASE CECIL
MAY 30, 2015
| WEST LIBERTY, IOWA
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