Jessi and Tone’s Wedding at Vale Royal Barn

Our Real Wedding: May 11, 2019

“We would definitely recommend Mike Staff Productions for all 3 services! The process was awesome by getting to pick the perfect wedding photographer and DJ for us, as we are both graphic designers and very particular. They are a great company all around and delivered what they promised!”

Happy Bride, Jessi
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Our Love Story

Tone and I met through mutual friends, but our paths could have crossed many times before. We had a lot of overlapping friends and even attended the same vocational school for Visual Imaging. I was an AM kid and Tone was a PM kid. The rivalry still continues to this day.

Fate knew that high school and college just wasn’t the right time. Shortly after we met, we became best friends! We spent most of our time going on adventures, getting to know each other, and just hanging out. Our friends and families knew we were made for each other long before we did. We were both in denial and I think we were afraid to let anything come between our friendship.

After a few months of being inseparable and some serious talks, Tone finally asked me to be his girlfriend. Not long after, we started looking at homes to buy. Everyone thought we were crazy but this time, the tables had turned, and we just knew that it felt right. We built a strong foundation by being best friends first, which then resulted in an amazing relationship. Tone and I took a chance at love and WON!

The Proposal

Tone and I had been dating for about 4 years when we took a trip to Florida for my cousin’s 21st birthday. We have taken many vacations before, but little did I know, this one would be my favorite. We flew down a couple of days early to meet with my parents at Cocoa Beach prior to the birthday celebrations at Disney.

wedding cake topper

It was Friday, October 20th, 2017, and my life was going to change forever. We spent the day hanging out on the ocean, but soon dinnertime was approaching. We all went back to our rooms to get cleaned up and my mom suggested that we wear something nice to take some pictures on the beach before we went out to dinner. Silly me, I thought nothing of it and didn’t even notice Tone pacing back and forth in the room waiting for me to get ready.

Of course, I was running late and my parents said that they were already on the beach waiting for us. As we walked towards my parents, I was just enjoying the view until Tone pulled me by the hand and asked “What is that over there?” When I turned around, all I saw was a sand castle that some kids had built earlier that day. As we got closer, I noticed something shiny sitting on top of it. To my surprise, it was a golden snitch. A golden snitch is the smallest and fastest ball used in Quidditch, the game that Harry Potter plays. Once you catch the golden snitch, the game is over and you won.

golden snitch wedding ring box

Tone then grabbed the snitch, opened it up, and got down on one knee. I was in disbelief and my only words were, “Is this real?” followed by happy tears. He asked, “Jessi Christine Skaggs, will you marry me?” and of course, this was followed by more tears. He had to ask me if I was going to say anything because I couldn’t get anything out until I nodded my head and finally got out a “YES!!” It was the most wonderful surprise I had ever experienced. I could not believe that they had pulled this off without me noticing at all! Tone even hired a photographer to capture this special moment on the beach and I was none the wiser! BEST DAY EVER!!! (Until the wedding day)

Our Wedding Video

Being able to relive the day is a must! The wedding video shows a lot of things that we might have missed because we were so busy. Seeing your husband/wife’s reaction while they read a personal letter you wrote to them is heartwarming!

Our Wedding DJ

What song didn’t he play that had everyone on the dance floor?! Our professional wedding DJ kept the party going and played a little bit of everything for all age groups. He took our suggestions and made it work throughout the night.

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wedding DJ dance floor

Our Wedding Photos

Our professional photographers were great. They fit right in with our group and were good at directing us. Being able to relive a night that goes by in a blink of an eye is super important! And the best way to do that is through photos!

bride and groom kissing
bride and groom kissing
bride and groom first dance

pre ceremony groom wedding photos

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wedding sign decoration
bride and groom wedding photo

Our Wedding Memories

We had a first look before the ceremony and we got to be alone (with the photo/video of course) and take in what we were about to do. It was an emotional day and just the two of us getting to laugh together made it a little easier. Another would be the dance party!! We love to dance and the DJ had everyone on their feet! It was an absolute blast!

bride and groom hugging

A barn wedding was fitting because half my family is from Kentucky and Tony’s dad was a jockey. Our style is rustic/industrial so it fit in very well with the barn. My DIY decor was a special and rewarding addition to the natural beauty of the barn. We are not traditional so our ceremony was short and sweet! We even sealed our vows with a whiskey shot.

wedding ceremony

Jesse & Tone’s Wedding Vendors


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