Real Weddings: Jordann Baker & Graham Skipper
02/05/2014 12:00 AM
02/05/2014 2:07 PM
She’s a cirque aerial acrobat and he’s part of a comedy troupe, and when the performers met on the set of a show in New York City, it was a hit in more ways than one.
“We performed together and got to know each other and really hit it off,” says Jordann Baker, who married Graham Skipper in May.
“Ever since we got together, every Fourth of July we would go to his mom’s ranch in Graham,” she adds. “It’s always been such a special, beautiful spot for us.”
That spot, on Wildcatter Ranch, is where Graham proposed one summer night, and when Jordann said yes, their closest friends appeared on a nearby ridge and set off fireworks to celebrate. A year later, the couple, who now live in Los Angeles, returned there for a Western vintage-themed ceremony, overlooking a horse shoe bend in the Brazos River.
“It was pretty awesome to be able to have our ceremony at sunset in that beautiful place with all of our friends, who came from all over — Florida, L.A., New York — and have that sunset behind us,” Jordann says.
Colorful globe lanterns hung from the ceiling of an “over-the-big-top” cocktail party tent. Guests were instructed to “step right up” and get their escort cards, held by tiny circus animal figurines. A friend of the couple mesmerized the partygoers with a fire dance performance, and the wedding cake portrayed Jordann and Graham inside a circus tent on a trapeze, commemorating a scene in the show where they met.
Even Jordann’s dog, a 100-pound shepherd mix named Mufasa, was in on the fun and served as the couple’s ring bearer.
“We encouraged our guests to dress with the theme of Western vintage circus,” Jordann says. “We had a lot of colorful folks.”
Adding femininity to all of the circus-inspired flair were the ranch’s wildflowers, which Jordann incorporated into the centerpieces and decor. The couple wore cowboy boots; hers were embroidered with wildflowers. Jordann’s YolanCris wedding dress was made of textured lace.
“I’m somebody who likes bohemian style,” she says. “I really wanted my dress to have a vintage feel. When I saw this line, I fell in love.”
Wildcatter Ranch catered a buffet in the ranch’s barn, which was lit in part by classic string lights. Guests danced to country western tunes from a Vermont-based band — friends of the couple.
“We were really excited to be able to bring all of our friends in and have our wedding in such a lovely place,” Jordann says.
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