Sometimes things just don’t go as planned – that is last year’s story for many Houstonians.
But if there’s an award for “Don’t Let Multiple Disturbances Destroy The Beautiful Wedding You Had Planned,” there is no doubt that it would Courtney Broussard and Jeremy Craft.
Many couples have had to navigate the pandemic this year and reorder their wedding plans, guest lists, and dates. Courtney and Jeremy battled not only that but also the February ice storm that brought Houston to a standstill.
Their wedding was always planned for Valentine’s Day. They had booked the Meekermark in Magnolia for their ceremony and reception. As the wedding day drew near, they knew a storm was coming.
“We expected it to be Sunday evening,” Courtney told CultureMap. “All the forecasts said Sunday night, and we figured everyone would be home by then. It’s no big deal. But on the morning of the wedding, my phone woke me up and just rang and buzzed by guests who were moving, and I had a salesman move out They said, “Check the news. Check the weather. “And I realized that while everyone had to be out, Uri was going to beat. It was heartbreaking.”
It was stressful too, but this is a couple who refused to let roadblocks get in the way of their planned wedding.
Courtney called Jeremy and the couple’s wedding planner to discuss what to do. Her officer, Jerry Holt of Nashville’s Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church, agreed to go to Courtney’s hotel room on Residence Inn Market Street in the woods to perform the ceremony.
“It went from stress and heartache to just excitement,” says Courtney.
Her vision of her wedding originally included 150 guests attending an outdoor ceremony at Meekermark and then filling the place’s renovated bard for the reception.
As the COVID-19 pandemic dragged on, they changed their plans to hold the entire wedding outdoors and remained optimistic that February daytime temperatures would take this into account.
When Uri settled in Texas, the couple changed plans again and eventually got married in their hotel suite with 10 guests.
Her story was such a triumph that it landed in the New York Times.
“There were so many moving parts,” said Courtney of the quick recalibration of her ceremony. “It didn’t really hit me until I looked at Jeremy that we were really doing this.”
“I think success leaves clues,” says Jeremy, the coach. “And when we started planning this one non-negotiable thing was our date. When Courtney called me that morning and asked if I could come to the hotel, the answer was natural. Because we were going to marry day. ”
The couple is anchored in their belief in one another, and when they interact there is a flow between them that reinforces and clearly highlights each other’s optimism and steadfastness.
That met in 2014 at The Flat. Jeremy was there with friends and Courtney was there too – on a date and the groups overlapped a little. A song by Jesse Boykins came on the sound system, and Jeremy and Courtney were the only ones who knew the song and the artist. That fascinated Jeremy. But he didn’t want to interfere with their date.
However, the couple exchanged Instagram.
“I texted my friend Luther that night,” says Jeremy. “Something like, how cool is that and that the great girls are always taken away.”
“However, Instagram became our connection,” says Courtney. “And it’s random how fate works. I went to a concert years ago and the opening act was the artist who connected us. And I didn’t feel good and didn’t want to go to the concert, but I did. And so I found out about this singer. That’s fate. ”
The couple started dating in 2017. It would be another year before they understood that much more than that was happening. Jeremy invited Courtney to New Orleans to attend a white-smocked ceremony for a friend of his. She said yes, although she wouldn’t know anyone there but Jeremy. On this trip, they realized that they wanted more than just a relationship.
“I kept watching how he treated his friends,” she says. “He had such love and joy for her. I could see how happy he makes everyone. And I was like, ‘Wow, I love that. I want this in my life.'”
“Everyone – my mother, my best friend – kept asking me this weekend: ‘Are you together? Because it has to be you,'” says Jeremy. “I watched her interact with us and realized I had to be more deliberate. That was what I wanted, needed, and searched. And I knew I had to set things up to make it official. ”
Jeremy proposed the anniversary of his parents on December 21, 2019. His proposal restored several milestones that marked the couple’s relationship. Her evening started with drinks at The Flat and then moved on to dinner at the Backstreet Cafe, which was her first date.
Then they went to Postino in The Heights, where Jeremy says, “I first acknowledged that I wanted her to be my girl.” While the couple was walking down Memory Lane, Jeremy’s brother and a friend were decorating a hotel room where he was going to ask the question.
When the couple walked in, the Jesse Boykins song they heard the first night they met was playing and Jeremy fell to one knee.
“I was just, ‘Are you serious? Is this happening?'” Recalls Courtney, who, after recording everything, quickly said yes.
The couple emerged from a pandemic and hastily rescheduled the wedding, with their bond even stronger. And they plan to hold a reception at Meekermark on June 21st to celebrate with all of their friends. They could all have their original vendors except the bakery that supplied the cake.
The date happens to be Jeremy’s birthday.
Wedding dress: Sarah Seven “Milan” by Lovely Bride Houston (Changes: Prestige Tailors by Mario)
Bridal bouquet: Jackie Trejo Floral Design, LLC
Groom’s suit: Indochinese
Wedding planner: Tamarah Smith, Tammy’s table
Wedding venue: Residence Inn by Marriott Houston The Woods / Market Street
Original wedding location and location of the June celebration: The Meekermark, Magnolia, Texas
eat: Cafe Natalie
Makeup artist: Charlie Rojas
Bridal hair: Braids from Indie Fendi
photography: Meeker Pictures
Wedding party: Pastor Jerry Holt, Hicks Tabernacle MBC, Nashville, Tennessee
Attendees: Carmen Prado (maid of honor), Jay Craft II (best man)
Participants’ dresses/suits: Maid of honor: David’s bride, best man: Indochino