Army Capt. Guy White and Jessica Blackmon White couldn't have met in a more picture-perfect manner.
It was the summer of 2016 and Jessica was spending time with her family on Folly Beach in Charleston, South Carolina, when Guy, who was stationed in Charleston at the time, walked up and introduced himself. He immediately hit it off with Jessica — and her entire family, for that matter — and the two have been an item ever since.
Following a long-distance courtship, Guy decided to pop the question and flew Jessica out to Charleston for a visit.
"He took me to the exact spot on the beach where we first met and asked me to marry him," Jessica says. "It was so romantic."
Eager to tie the knot, the couple considered a courthouse wedding. But ultimately, they decided on an intimate wedding with family and friends at Jessica's family farm, Black Star Sport Horses in Rockwall.
"We decided to highlight my life with horses and to play off of our names, Blackmon and White," says Jessica. "So, we called it the 'Black and White Affair' and lined the barn with black and white horses."
On October 20, 2018, the couple said I do in front of family and friends. White rose petals were scattered on the barn aisle, and white swags hung from the ceiling.
The ceremony took place outside the barn, with rolling hills and a sunset as the backdrop. The family's beloved horses were present for every moment, and miniature horses even acted as companions to the flower girls, walking beside them down the aisle.
"The miniature horses were the stars of the wedding party arrival," says Jessica.
Immediately after the ceremony, the bride and groom held a photo session with Jessica's "best friend," a Friesian horse named Tjitte, and then guests settled in for a quaint celebration with a taco bar and a very on-theme white and chocolate cake.
Flowers and decor were DIY— and all the more special because of it. All of the vases used at the wedding were saved from flower arrangements that Guy had sent Jessica while they were dating, and decor came together with the help of family and friends.
"The willingness of our friends to help was one of the things I loved the most," says Jessica. "We had so many come out to help decorate. And I couldn't have done it all without the love from my father and mother. My daddy made me tear up a time or two."
Location: Black Star Sport Horses
Cake: Cristina’s Cakes DFW
Catering: Chiloso Mexican Bistro
Photographer: Caitlin Demura Photography
Horses: Black Star Sport Horses
Tables and chairs: U-Rent It
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