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Lydia Jacobsen & Austin Phillips' Dreamy Outdoor Wedding

An important aspect of the wedding planning process for Lydia and Austin was adding personal touches that made the big day unique to them as a couple. The two wrote their own vows, which Lydia says brought her to tears.

By Reese Radmacher

Jan 2020

Lydia Jacobsen & Austin Phillips on their wedding day
Photo by Hannah Arnzen Photography and Shana Lynne PhotographyAn important aspect of the wedding planning process for Lydia and Austin was adding personal touches that made the big day unique to them as a couple. The two wrote their own vows and though Austin was nervous at first, Lydia says they brought her to tears.

The love story of Austin Phillips and Lydia Jacobsen could easily be mistaken for a real-life version of Nicolas Sparks’ movie The Longest Ride. The gist is the same: A female college student meets a thrill-seeking bull rider and their love perseveres against all odds. The two found each other thanks to Lydia’s roommate at Mizzou, who was dating Austin’s best friend at the time.

After about four months of getting to know one another, Lydia and Austin went to the Magic Tree—a popular spot in Columbia where a tree is often illuminated in Christmas lights. Under the bright lights, Austin asked Lydia be his girlfriend, and the two spent their early days traveling to rodeos on the weekends.

On their wedding day, rain threatened to damper the festivities, but Mother Nature smiled on the newlyweds and kept the rain at bay. One of Lydia’s favorite moments was seeing Austin tear up as she walked down the aisle—somebody get the bull rider a tissue! “He was adorable,” Lydia says. “He was bawling and couldn’t quite keep himself together. It was pretty awesome actually.” A big aspect in planning their wedding was making sure everything was done with intentionality, whether it was writing their own vows or choosing the song for their first dance, which was a cover of “A Million Dreams” from the film The Greatest Showman.

For their honeymoon, the pair spent two weeks in South Africa. Some of their favorite moments included horseback riding on a safari and getting close to giraffes. The couple is now renovating a 1942 farm house in Fair Grove, Missouri, and they have four rescue dogs, three goats, two horses and one barn cat.

Lydia Jacobsen & Austin Phillips on their wedding day
Photo by Hannah Arnzen Photography and Shana Lynne PhotographyThe couple decided not to do a first look, which made room for this priceless moment when Austin saw his bride-to-be for the first time as she walked down the aisle. Photographer Hannah Arnzen captured this picture worth a thousand words.
Lydia Jacobsen & Austin Phillips on their wedding day

Lydia and Austin shared their first dance to a cover of “A Million Dreams” from The Greatest Showman. Lydia says the lyrics mean a great deal to them both.

Lydia Jacobsen & Austin Phillips' wedding rings

Austin chose a ring from Kay Jewelers, and Lydia passed down her grandfather’s ring as a family heirloom.

Lydia Jacobsen & Austin Phillips on their wedding day

Lydia found her wedding dress at Gracie’s Bridal, and the blush-colored gown complemented the light gray suits worn by Austin and the groomsmen.

Photos by Hannah Arnzen Photography and Shana Lynne Photography
Lydia Jacobsen & Austin Phillips' wedding desserts
Photo by Hannah Arnzen Photography and Shana Lynne PhotographyInstead of a traditional wedding cake, the couple decided to treat guests to cupcakes made by Star Cakes Bakery.

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