Katelyn Gribble & Jack Meyer
Katelyn Gribble did not mean to leave her high school sweetheart, Jack Meyer, kneeling in the snow, holding out a ring. She was just so shocked to see him proposing she forgot how to stop on skis.
It was December 2012, and Jack and Katelyn — a couple since their senior year at Rock Bridge High School three years earlier — were in Wildwood, Mo., on Christmas break. Jack had asked Katelyn to ski down from the top of a slope so he could take a picture of her. Then he waited on one knee with the ring and when she got close, asked her to marry him.
Once Katelyn recovered enough to stop, she turned around and said yes.
Katelyn and Jack married on May 24, 2014, at Les Bourgeois Vineyards.
Katelyn wore a full-length chiffon gown with a sweetheart neckline and halter straps that tied behind her neck, with the ends trailing down her back. Diagonal pleating appeared on the gown’s bodice; the simple flowing skirt was slit in front.
“I wanted something very simple but still unique, and this was the first dress I tried on,” Katelyn says.
She didn’t wear a veil but accessorized with a silver calla lily necklace and a pearl comb in her hair, which she wore pulled to one side and down in loose curls. Her bouquet featured purple irises, white lilies and white calla lilies.
The bridesmaids each picked out a black dress to wear and paired it with a teal sash, worn as a belt, and teal shoes. Their bouquets featured purple irises and white lilies.
Jack wore a gray tuxedo with a white shirt, black tie and white calla lily boutonniere with purple iris accents. His groomsmen wore black tuxedos with white shirts, teal ties and purple iris boutonnieres.
The wedding took place overlooking the Missouri River. An arch topped with greenery and white flowers, along with two large arrangements of white and purple flowers, framed the couple. It rained most of the day but the showers stopped about an hour before the ceremony.
A friend of the couple, Rose Weston, became ordained to lead the wedding. For Jack, the most memorable moment was watching Katelyn walk down the aisle and take her place across from him.
“Every moment up to that, I thought I would be scared and nervous and flustered, and then — just looking at her and how beautiful she was — I was completely cool,” he says. “I knew: ‘This is what I want to do. This is where I need to be, and everything is going to work out, and it is going to be amazing.’ ”
Katelyn and Jack exchanged personalized vows and celebrated their union with a unity tree, which they watered together.
A reception followed inside Les Bourgeois, where a theme of birds and books paid tribute to the couple’s interests.
“Katelyn likes hiking and bird-watching, and I like books and literature,” Jack explains.
Two porcelain birds topped the three-tiered round wedding cake with white-on-white detailing. Purple and teal ribbon wrapped each tier, and purple calla lilies cascaded down one side. The groom’s cake took the shape of a stack of the couple’s favorite books. An open “book” on top revealed the poem Bird Understander by Craig Arnold. The wedding favors were bookmarks with a picture of two birds and the Peter Ustinov quote, “Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit.”
Table centerpieces featured driftwood collected by the bride, her mother and a bridesmaid from the Missouri River. Cylinder vases held brown pebbles and single, submerged calla lilies; votive candles added a romantic glow.
For their first dance, Jack and Katelyn performed a swing dance to Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat’s “Lucky.”
“One of our friends came up to us afterward, and he said, ‘I promised myself I wasn’t going to cry and hadn’t through your whole wedding, and then you started dancing, and you got me,’ ” Jack says.
For their honeymoon, Jack and Katelyn drove to Seagrove Beach, Fla., where they spent a week.
“I drove, and Jack read to me the whole way,” Katelyn says.
Today, Jack and Katelyn make their home in Columbia. Katelyn, the daughter of Mitzi and Kurt Gribble of Columbia, is attending the University of Missouri’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Jack, the son of Amy and Kevin Meyer of Columbia, is earning his master’s degree in library science, and works at Daniel Boone Regional Library and Ellis Library.
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