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September 23, 2018, Stirnella Bar & Kitchen

YOU LIGHT UP MY LIFE

Jessica Luna and Jordan Jackson met in 2007 at a friend's house and talked all night. "That was it," Jessica says. Jordan proposed on a trip to the Northeast. They were driving from Boston to Acadia National Park when they stopped for the night in Rockland, Maine. A visit to Breakwater Lighthouse was on Jessica's list of things to do before dinner at Primo, a restaurant known for its farm-to-table Italian cuisine. As the couple walked the breakwater, they stopped to look at the moon, and Jordan popped the question. "A full moon on one side and a setting sun on the other," Jessica recalls. "After he proposed, a woman with a camera walked up and took our photo; it was perfect. We both were in our road-tripping gear so we looked a bit rough but perfectly relaxed at the same time. Such a great memory!"

OVER THE MOON

The couple ran out of time to change for dinner so they went directly to the restaurant. At the table was a floral arrangement from Jordan. "I was so over-the-moon excited that I wasn’t hungry, so he ate and I had a martini. I still want to go back and try the food; it looked really good."

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SMALL BUT PERFECT

The couple had an intimate ceremony and reception at Stirnella in the Blackstone District. Their best friends stood up for them and another friend, Christina Pierce, officiated. "The day of our wedding was so joyful," Jessica says. "The sun was shining in the space so perfectly, and the energy was so wonderful." After dinner, the couple went into the street for photographs against a golden setting sun.

PERSONAL TOUCHES

Jessica's niece played guitar and sang as Jessica and Jordan walked down the aisle. Friend and Stirnella head chef Matt Moser prepared a Spanish-style meal with the bride's favorite starter, shrimp bisque. The tables were decorated with boho shibori-dyed table runners made by the bride, her mother and an aunt. Small paintings by Jessica served as place cards and favors for guests. Songs the newlyweds listen to at home while cooking together played in the background.

BRIDAL STYLE

The bride wore custom-designed earrings by Heather Kita using heirloom pearls gifted to the bride from her grandmother, who died a month after the wedding.

WE ARE FAMILY

Jessica's uncle had guests in stitches during his speech about the couple while the groom brought tears with his touching toast.0

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FAVORITE GIFTS

Jessica's uncle made a large brass triangle as a backdrop of their vows. The rug the couple stood on was a gift from Jessica's mom. And aunts and uncles provided the wine for the party. "They know good wine so that was awesome."

NO SURPRISES

Jessica and Jordan have been together a long time, so there were no shocks after the wedding. He says Jessica is smart, beautiful and the sweetest person he knows. "He has a big heart, makes me laugh and is darn good-looking," Jessica says.

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Essential details

THE COUPLE Jessica Luna and Jordan Jackson

PHOTOGRAPHER Pine & Forge

WEDDING DATE September 23, 2018

REHEARSAL DINNER Backyard BBQ at the couple's home

CEREMONY AND RECEPTION Stirnella Bar & Kitchen

VIDEOGRAPHER Wiese Productions

BRIDAL GOWN BHLDN

ACCESSORIES Heather Kita Jewelry Design

HAIR AND MAKEUP Kali Rahder

BRIDESMAID DRESSES ASOS

MEN’S ATTIRE Men's Wearhouse

RINGS Heather Kita Jewelry Design, Borsheims, Goldsmith Silversmith

FLORIST Jon Taylor, The Bachelor's Button

CAKE Katie Jackson

CATERER Stirnella Bar & Kitchen

MUSIC Brent Crampton

TRANSPORTATION Military escort arranged by the bride's uncle

INVITATIONS/PROGRAMS Méldeen

GUEST ACCOMMODATIONS Element Hotel

WEDDING COORDINATOR/EVENT PLANNER Kaleigh Wiese & Nicole Stanford

HONEYMOON Big Sur, California

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Marjie is a writer for The World-Herald’s special sections and specialty publications, including Inspired Living Omaha, Wedding Essentials and Momaha Magazine. Follow her on Twitter @mduceyOWH. Phone: 402-444-1034.

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