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Megan Lee Jackson, Elias Tobin Krauklis wed
SoVaNow.com / November 20, 2012In a late autumn afternoon ceremony outside of the barn of Cloverdale Quarters of Sutherlin, on Oct. 20, Megan Lee Jackson, daughter of Danny and Connie Jackson of Alton, became the bride of Elias Tobin Krauklis, son of Kevin Krauklis of Fairbanks, Alaska and of Eileen Heppeard of Homer, Alaska.
The double ring ceremony was performed by the Rev. Vance Midgett. Two antique nail kegs with yellow mums accented the beginning of the aisle. Log stumps decorated with vintage oil lamps lined the aisle. Straw bales decorated with mums, white pumpkins, and oil lamps framed the altar and an arch decorated with fall leaves, berries, wheat, and burlap bows was featured. The Carrington Trio performed string music for the ceremony. The bride, escorted by her father, entered to the song “Once Upon a Dream,” a song with sentimental attachments for the groom. Grace Krauklis, sister of the groom, read “A Lovely Love Story,” by Edward Monkton and Chad Jackson, brother of the bride, read “To Love is Not to Possess” by James Kavenaugh as part of the ceremony. The bride’s father helped to secure the knots in the accompanying handfasting ceremony, an ancient Celtic tradition. The bride and groom wrote their own vows and said them directly to each other.
The bride wore a Lian Carlo strapless silk dress in the mermaid style with a sweetheart neckline and featuring spiral tulle, organza bands and ruffles in ivory. A light gray belt featuring feathers and crystals surrounded the waist and she wore a birdcage veil with an ivory feather fascinator. She carried a rustic fall bouquet of yellow and orange fall flowers with details of feathers and berries that was wrapped in lace from her mother’s bridal veil.
The maid of honor, a high school friend and swimteam mate, was Kylie Lowe of Richmond. She wore a knee length J. Crew charcoal gray chiffon dress and carried a similar bouquet to the bride. The other bridesmaids wore a selection of J. Crew gray chiffon dresses and included Crystal Kappelman, a roller derby teammate of Anchorage, Alaska; Sally Wilmot, former co-worker in Atlanta, Georgia presently of Pownal, Maine; and Grace Krauklis, sister of the groom, of Anaheim, Calif.
The groom and his men wore charcoal gray dress suits with an orange and yellow striped tie, yellow socks with mustaches, and an orange rose boutonnière. The best man was Drew Barlett, college friend, of Jupiter, Fla. The other groomsmen included Joe Stepovich, high school friend and basketball teammate of Fairbanks, Alaska, and college friends Josh Malnight of Irvine, Calif.; Andrew Scott of Alpharetta, Georgia; and Andy Holt of Raleigh, N.C.
A cocktail hour was held immediately after the ceremony under a tent in an adjacent part of the lawn. Orange tablecloths, yellow and orange mums, and white pumpkins were the featured decorations in this area. A thumbprint tree was utilized rather than a register. Custom cornhole games representing the colleges of the bride and groom were played during this time of festivities while pictures were being completed.
The grandparents of the couple were acknowledged during the ceremony and also by the presence of a display of their photographs during the cocktail time. Megan is the granddaughter of the late James and Doris Jackson of Alton and of the late John and Edna Gilbert of Siler City, N.C. Eli is the grandson of the late Julius and Loretta Krauklis of Morristown, N.J. and of Patricia Heppeard of Homer, Alaska and the late Harold Heppeard of Tonawanda, N.Y.
A dinner featuring pork barbeque and blue ribbon chicken, catered by the Turbeville Ruritan Club, followed in the barn. The tables featured white tablecloths with burlap runners, rustic fall flowers in antique blue mason jars and miniature white pumpkins. The cake, a four tiered confection iced to represent birch bark and topped by kissing polar bears and fall leaves, was created by Harriet Carter, a friend of the family.
The bride and groom entertained the guests with a choreographed first dance. DJ Loco provided upbeat dance music for the rest of the evening.
The couple left to a sparkler farewell and was transported from the event in a vintage 1946 Ford owned and operated by Bobby Shotwell.
Megan is a graduate of the University of Tennessee with a BS degree in Interior Architecture. She is currently employed as an executive assistant with the Dan Wolf Realty Company of Anchorage, Alaska. Eli is a graduate of Georgia Tech with a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering as well as a Masters degree in Financial Engineering. He is employed as a Quantative Analyst with McKinley Capital Management in Anchorage, Alaska. The couple will continue to live in Anchorage after a honeymoon trip to Maui, Hawaii.
A rehearsal supper was held on Oct. 19, at The Barn of Cloverdale Quarters in Sutherlin. The event, hosted by Kevin Krauklis, father of the groom, featured a meal of fried chicken and accompaniments as well as old-fashioned desserts. Guests from 10 states and London, England attended.
A bridal shower was held at the home of Bobbie Wilkerson on Friday, Aug. 31. Bobbie, Josephine Gulley, and Cindy Day hosted the event.
Crystal Kappelman hosted a shower in Anchorage, Alaska. Teammates from the Rage City Rollergirls attended.
Abigail Owens, coworker of the bride, hosted a lingerie shower in Anchorage, Alaska.
Coworkers from the Keller Williams Realty firm were invited.
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