Andrea Parton & Stephen Jackson’s Wedding Story

Andrea Parton was at Trumans Bar & Grill with a girlfriend watching the NBA finals game on June 8, 2010, when a man approached them. Andrea’s friend and he talked the rest of the night and decided to have an official date the next day. Andrea reluctantly agreed to tag along, and her friend’s date said he would bring a friend as well so Andrea wouldn’t be a third wheel. He brought Stephen Jackson, who worked with him as an Army recruiter at the Columbia Mall.

“Stephen swears that he knew he would marry me from the moment we met, but I was not a huge fan of him in the beginning,” Andrea says. “It took about a week of hanging out as groups before I decided I might like this guy. By this time, our friends who forced us to meet had not worked out, but we were inseparable after that first week.”

After about a year of dating, Stephen and Andrea found out they were expecting a child. Stephen bought a ring and proposed at their home. Their son, Lukas, was born on Dec. 15, 2011.

Stephen and Andrea were wed on Sept. 22, 2012, at First Baptist Church of Columbia. The Rev. Ed Rollins officiated.

Elegant white flowers, with touches of cobalt blue, decorated the church. Tall arrangements next to the unity candle table featured ivory hydrangea, blue delphinium stems, white larkspur, ivory orchid stems and ivory roses.

The bride wore a strapless ball gown with intricate beading on the fitted bodice. Her medium-length veil was edged with beads and she added sparkle with a crystal necklace and earrings. Andrea wore her hair side-swept in front and pinned into a loose curly updo in the back. Her veil fit under most of her curls, accented by a crystal hairpiece was on one side toward the back. She carried an ivory bouquet of hydrangeas, roses and mini calla lilies, with blue bachelor buttons for a pop of color. Her shoes also were blue.

The bridesmaids wore long dresses of flowing chiffon in cobalt blue. A blue chiffon flower accented the single shoulder strap of each dress. The bridesmaids carried bouquets of ivory roses with blue bachelor buttons.

The groom wore his U.S. Army service uniform. His groomsmen wore black tuxedos with blue vests and ties and ivory rose boutonnieres.

Stephen and Andrea exchanged traditional vows in a joyful service celebrating love and family. Their son, who was 9 months old at the wedding, served as the ring bearer.

A reception followed at the Holiday Inn Executive Center. A color scheme of white with touches of blue gave the room a formal air. A tall centerpiece adorned half the tables, featuring a tall curly willow branch decorated with single gladiolus blooms, blue lights and strands of dangling crystals; the vase held a submerged ivory rose, The second centerpiece featured three cylinder vases, each with a single submerged calla lily and floating candles on top; these vases featured silver wire spiraling up around them.

The three-tiered, round wedding cake held elegant white-on-white designs: rose swirls on the bottom tier, a lace design on the middle, and stripes and dots on the top.

Dinner was a formal affair, and then it was time to cut loose.

“People were running around everywhere dancing, dressing up in the photo booth, dancing with props and hats the DJ provided,” Andrea says. “It was a great, fun time! Hands down, the best moment for me that night was dancing with my son and my husband together as a family.”

Andrea and Stephen honeymooned for one week at Secrets Maroma in Riviera Maya, Mexico.

Currently, Andrea is a manager at a UPS Store in Columbia. When she graduates from Columbia College in December with her master’s degree in business administration, she will move to Savannah, Ga., to live with Stephen, who has already moved there for the Army.

Andrea is the daughter of Rhonda Parton of Columbia and Gene Parton of Jefferson City. Stephen is the son of Wendy Zettler of Gainesville, Ga., and Earl Jackson of Lafayette, La.

The Businesses That Helped Make The Day Special

Bridal Gown:
The Gown House

Bridesmaids’ Gowns:
David’s Bridal

Bella Salon

Bridal Makeup:
Dermistique Face and Body

Gina Beckley Photography

White Knight

Savvi Formalwear

Christy and Company Florist, Boonville

Complete Music and Video


Kay Jewelers

Bed Bath and Beyond; Target

Wedding Coordinator:
Phyllis Golden

Michelle Henke Cinema, Kansas City