Babb & Wil­son

The Sentinel-Record - HER - Hot Springs - - Contents - Story by Beth Bright

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.

Pho­tog­ra­phy cour­tesy of Misty Col­cla­sure

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