Jill Paul & Brent Moore
Jill Paul was working one Saturday evening in March 2008 when she received a text from Brent Moore, aka “Doc” of MO-X and Doc & Norm Direct, inviting her to join him for a night out. The two had been seeing each other out and about quite a bit since meeting through friends the summer before, but this was the first request for a date. At first, Jill declined. She was working because she’s an accountant and it was tax season, but Brent didn’t accept her excuse.
“He texted back, ‘You can’t work; it’s Easter Eve,’ ” Jill says. “I decided that was pretty clever, so I met him and some friends out for a few drinks.”
Brent and Jill hit it off. He was in his late 30s and a definitive bachelor — never married — while Jill was a working mom with two sons.
“It really didn’t seem like a good match for either of us at the time, but we enjoyed each other’s company, and the rest fell into place with time,” Jill says.
Brent proposed on his birthday, Nov. 27, 2012. He canceled his bowling night to surprise Jill at home with a ring and dinner plans for Murry’s. Their first dinner together also had been at Murry’s.
Brent and Jill were wed in a 4 p.m. ceremony on New Year’s Eve 2013. But technically, their anniversary is Jan. 1, 2014.
“We didn’t formally sign the marriage license until after midnight on Jan. 1, 2014,” Jill explains. “I am a CPA, and this was a better option for us for tax purposes. Yes, everything is calculation!”
The ceremony took place at A.P. Green Chapel on the University of Missouri campus. It was a simple, intimate ceremony with no bridesmaids or groomsmen. Guests were limited to 65 friends and family; a friend of the groom, the Rev. Woody Crosthwaite, served as the officiant.
Jill wore a floor-length, A-line ivory satin gown with a halter top and diagonal pleating that gathered at a beaded embellishment on her hip. She added a fur stole for warmth and wore an elbow-length veil over her hair, arranged in an updo.
Brent wore a black suit with a white dress shirt and no tie.
Jill’s two sons, who were 12 and 14 at the time, walked their mother down the aisle and stood up with the couple.
“We like to say they didn’t give me away, but they agreed to share me with Brent!” Jill says.
After the ceremony, a cocktail hour and formal dinner took place for wedding guests at the Central Missouri Events Center. White sheer drapes partitioned off the reception space, and more white drapes softened the ceiling. Silvery-purple lighting infused the room and lit up a glass-front bar.
White floor-length tablecloths covered the dinner tables, topped with silver pin-tuck overlays; silver tiebacks accented the white-draped chairs. Large glass cylinders on the tables held floating candles and reflected the room’s vibrant lighting.
The room also held several white-draped pub tables, accented with rhinestone runners. White faux-leather sectionals placed on both sides of the room allowed people to sit, chat and watch the dance floor.
Instead of a traditional wedding cake, Jill and Brent served sheet cakes a family friend made using Brent’s mother’s recipe.
After dinner, the atmosphere transitioned from formal to fun.
“At 7:30 p.m., we ‘opened the floodgates’ to the remainder of our friends and family for a large celebration and New Year’s Eve party,” Jill says.
A highlight for many guests was the Crown Royal fountain.
“We literally ran Crown Royal through a champagne fountain,” Jill says. “My brother built it so that it would actually run through a chilling system before flowing through the fountain.”
Other memorable touches included the toast Jill’s 14-year-old son gave before dinner, the couple’s first dance — which featured “interruptions” from both of Jill’s sons — and, of course, the countdown to midnight.
“At 12:01 on Jan. 1, 2014, after a toast of champagne and a kiss, we signed the marriage license,” Jill says. “A highlight was having the boys sign as witnesses. They thought they were pretty important!”
Brent and Jill took a five-day honeymoon to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, where they stayed in a suite on the ocean.
Today, they continue to make their home in Columbia. Jill owns CFO2GO, a small-business accounting and consulting company. Brent is co-owner of MO-X and Doc & Norm Direct, located in Columbia and St. Louis.
Jill is the daughter of Jan Arnold and Steve Colbert of Columbia, and Mark and Teresa Paul of Ashland. Brent is the son of Bonnie and Morrie Crews of Mexico, Mo., and Bob and Jan Moore, also of Mexico.
Carla Ciolli, Hair Therapy
Shorty Walker, Salon Shorté
Amy Enderle, SilverBox Photographers
MO-X and Doc & Norm Direct
RECEPTION DRAPES & LIGHTING
Exclusive Events, St. Louis
L.C. Betz Jewelers
The Pear Tree
“M” ICE SCULPTURE
Amazon; Crate & Barrel; Target