By Rachel Jones | Photographs from Lex King Photography

The love story of Jansen Hartmann and Chris Jamison starts back in fifth grade. “He’s a triplet, and his sisters were (and still are!) my best friends,” Jansen explains. “Chris and I acted like we hated each other.” They gave up the act in middle school, committing to a courtship that lasted nine years. Their long-awaited nuptials arrived with plenty of emotion and personal touches. Jansen and Chris each penned heartfelt vows, declaring their love for one another before family and friends. “The ceremony was the best part,” Jansen says. “I really enjoyed saying our vows the most. It was an emotional time, exciting but also sentimental.” Their sentimentality shined through rustic, antique decorations like the suitcase they converted into a card box and the romantic candlelight. During the reception, Chris, a former finalist on “The Voice” performed a song he had written for his bride called “Coffee in the Morning.” “In an episode of ‘This Is Us,’ one of the characters talked about always bringing his wife coffee in the morning,” Jansen explains. The moment inspired Chris to sing his promises to always show Jansen he loves her. “And yes,” Jansen says, “he still brings me coffee every morning.”

Bride’s Gown: MB Bride
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: David’s Bridal
Cakes: Chris’s grandmother, Barbara Stanko
Caterer: Remo’s Catering
Ceremony & Reception: The Mayernik Center at Avonworth Community Park
Decorations, Linens, & Rentals: Pippa’s Pieces
Entertainment: DJ Chuck Webb
Florals: Bolsinger’s Flowers
Hair: Amanda Laughlin
Jewelry: Clarissa’s Boutique
Makeup: Valarie Panei Professional Makeup Artist
Photographer: Lex King Photography
Suits: JoS. A. Bank
Videographer: Xavier McAllister

Jansen fell for an A-line gown from MB Bride, complete with lace and jeweled details, a fun cut-out in the back, and a long train.

Bouquets of ivory and cream roses, blue thistle, silver brunia, Italian ruscus, dusty miller, and anemones complemented the bridesmaids’ neutral dresses.

Chris’s grandmother, Barbara Stanko, handmade white almond cakes with buttercream icing to serve as centerpieces for each table at the reception. “She made a total of 20 cakes and 19 pounds of icing!”

An antique piano, adorned with greenery and candles, served as an altar during their ceremony.

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