Babb & Wilson
Jodie Babb and Jason Wilson were set up through mutual friends, and their relationship proved to be a perfect fit from the start.
“We met for the first time at Sky Sushi Japanese Restaurant in Little Rock,” Jodie said. “He chased me around the table trying to pull my chair out for me. I gave him what he says was a dirty look — though I disagree. He caught me and the rest is history.”
Jason lived and worked in Maumelle so most of the couple’s time was spent there including nearby Lake Willastein.
“In fact our first real kiss was at Lake Willastein inside a gazebo overlooking the lake,” she said.
On a dreary Saturday, Jodie was rushing up to see Jason and when she arrived he quickly rushed her out the door saying he had to get to the Post Office before it closed. However, a long detour brought the couple to the lake.
“I was curious as to why we were here because it was a yucky day,” she said. “Jason pulled into a parking space and told me to get out.
“After he put his coat on me, he took my hand and walked me over to a precious wooden bridge that went across the lake. The whole time all I was worried about my hair frizzing up in the misty rain.”
After small talk that “seemed to last forever,” Jason told Jodie to close her eyes. When she opened them, he was on one knee with “the most beautiful ring” she had ever seen.
“He said ‘Miss Jodie, I love you with all my heart. Will you marry me?’” she said. “I immediately said ‘yes’ and was on cloud nine all the way back to his apartment. When we got there, there was a dozen red roses and a bottle of
wine there waiting for me. The celebration began!” The big day: March 22, 2014 Best Man and Maid of Honor: Jason’s dad, Chuck Wilson and my big sister, Lisa Babb
The location: First Baptist Church in Hot Springs
The reception: The reception was at The Clarion on Lake Hamilton. Food was catered by The Clarion with a mashed potato bar, fried chicken, roast beef, roast turkey, queso and chips, quesadillas, fried mac and cheese bites and fresh fruit. The cake was a five tiered white cake, created by Deanne Rogers, decorated with candy pearls, and each tier was wrapped in rhinestone ribbon adorned with antique rhinestone brooches and topped with two large, silver wedding rings.
There was a cash bar for guests with champagne provided for guests to toast to the bride and groom.
Central Arkansas Entertainment provided the music for guests to dance to and our first dance was to “Then” by Brad Paisley.
The look: We were going for “classic elegance” with a touch of glamour. The colors were kelly green and fuchsia. The church was turned into a glamorous setting, decorated in white flowers, feathers and rhinestones. Bridesmaids wore short, kelly green dresses of various styles matching each girl’s style and personality. The train bearer wore a long, strapless, kelly green dress and the maid of honor wore a similar dress with 3/4 sleeves, adorned with rhinestone brooches.
Flower girls wore kelly green tutus with a ribbon-tied halter and fuchsia ballet slippers that tied around their ankles.
Our messenger boy wore green and white seersucker shorts, a vest and hat while pulling a wagon with our baby ring bearer and wore a sign that said “Uncle Jason, here comes your bride!”
Our baby ring bearer wore a white suit with kelly green suspenders and bow-tie, and our ring bearer wore a black and white tux with tails.
The dress: The dress was a trumpet-style Maggie Sorrero with a corset back. It was white, fitted and strapless, and flared out into organza flowing ruffles. The bodice was adorned in rhinestones and had a satin ribbon sash with pearls and rhinestones and cathedral train. A three tiered blusher veil reached a length of 15 feet, carried by the train bearer.
The honeymoon: Playa Del Carmen, Mexico.