Goofy In Love

Jeanine Mielke and Brian Davison met in 2013 through a mutual friend. Two years later, on June 7, 2015, they became engaged while on a Disney cruise to Norway and Denmark with Jeanine’s parents. Brian arranged for Jeanine’s favorite Disney character, Goofy, to propose to her with a pretend ring. Then, Brian appeared, got down on one knee and asked Jeanine to be his wife.

“The proposal was an elaborate setup with Brian and my parents,” says Jeanine. “My love of Goofy was the highlight. It was amazing and indescribable. Dreams do come true!”

The couple wed on Oct. 11, 2015, at Stephens Lake Park. The Rev. John Anderson of New Liberty Primitive Baptist Church in Ashland officiated. Jeanine wore a satin, full-length, strapless gown by Alfred Angelo. Crystal beading trimmed the top of the bodice and embellished the waist. Jeanine paired her dress with glittery blue ballet flats, a circular diamond pendant necklace and matching earrings. A decorative crystal comb adorned her hair, styled with soft curls. Jeanine’s silk bouquet contained white roses, black dahlias and flowers with polka dots; the stems were wrapped with a braided black and white ribbon and a diamond droplet accent. The bridesmaids wore black knee-length dresses by Calvin Klein and carried miniature versions of the bride’s bouquet.

Brian wore a black tuxedo by Calvin Klein, accessorized with a silver vest and tie. His boutonniere was a single white rose. The groomsmen wore black tuxedos with black vests and ties; their boutonnieres were white anemones.

Jeanine and Brian opted for a firefighter themed wedding in honor of the careers of Brian, his father and stepmother. Their short, traditional ceremony took place in the park on a vintage fire truck. Fire hoses draped posts on each side of the aisle.

“We wanted to include our passions, and our history with the fire department,” says Jeanine. “The fire truck was the focal point in the park.”

A brass quintet played before and after the service. As Brian and Jeanine left the altar, guests showered them with birdseed. To celebrate the nuptials, Brian’s father drove the newlyweds around Columbia in the fire truck.

A reception — with the theme of black, white, silver and polka dots — followed at the park’s Riechmann Indoor Pavilion. The tablecloths alternated among the three colors topped with round mirrors and sparkle gems as centerpieces. Jeanine also incorporated Goofy and firefighting into the decorations. A handmade, 4-by-8-foot wooden cutout of Goofy driving a fire truck was used as a cupcake stand. The truck ladder served as shelves for the cupcakes. Goofy’s outstretched hand held the one-tier wedding cake covered in colorful gumballs and topped with a light green bow with white polka dots.

“I have always loved the classic combination of black and white, and I love polka dots,” says Jeanine. “All of those things go well with Goofy. We wanted to keep it classic, yet fun. Each piece of the wedding and the reception had significance to each of us or our relationship.”

Jeanine’s mother made chocolate confections for the dessert table. The couple also treated their friends and family to an ice cream bar, featuring the signature Tiger Stripe flavor from Buck’s Ice Cream and several toppings. Special moments filled the evening. As a keepsake for the couple, guests filled out Mad Libs, writing down advice, date ideas and their favorite memories of the pair. Jeanine and Brian performed a choreographed first dance. As a surprise, the bride asked her friend to serenade Brian with a love song accompanied with a ukulele.

The newlyweds, who live in Boonville, plan to travel to Ireland for their honeymoon. Jeanine, daughter of Vernon and Bonnie Mielke of Brookfield, Ill. is a school counselor at Columbia Public Schools. Brian, son of Alan Davison and Sandy Schiess of Independence, and Ron and Vicki Nichols of Mission, Texas, is a lieutenant for the Columbia Fire Department.

Bridal Gown
: The Gown House

Bridesmaids’ Gowns: 

: Kendra Farmer (friend of the bride)

: Jennifer Roberts, Moonshadow Studio

: Fazoli’s

: Savvi Formalwear

: Janice Fasciotti

DJ: Wayne Kammerich, K Sound Disc Jockeys, Boonville

Hannah Lea, O’ For Heaven’s Cakes, New Franklin

: Noe’s Jewelry, Raymore

Wedding Coordinator
: Mandy Llewellyn (friend of the bride)

Reed Millard, Parker Funeral Service & Crematory

: Sassy Dawgs