Imagery: Sydney Leigh & Co. | Colors: Champagne, Taupe, and Gold

A tale as old as time.

“We have known each other our whole lives, growing up in the same town and having our family farms only 10 minutes away from each other,” said Jackie Slater.

At only 13 and 14 years old, Jackie and Matt Slater started seeing each other. 

“The weekend before your wedding, go on a date one last time and soak up those moments. It’s the best.” -Jackie Slater

“We can both agree that once we started dating in middle school, there was just something about each other we never wanted to live without,” said Jackie. “We saw marriage from the beginning—a forever together.”

With school finished and behind them, they wanted to take the next steps. Together they raise cattle, hogs, and grain at their family farms.

“During your reception, find a moment to step back with your spouse and look at your friends and family enjoying their time celebrating the two of you.” -Jackie Slater

“We were on a trip to the Black Hills that I planned before going back to college, and Matt decided to propose as we were snowmobiling and stopped at a waterfall,” said Jackie. “It was just the two of us, and it was so special.”

Top Piece of Advice from Matt + Jackie

Do not procrastinate. Find a wedding planner you can fill out and follow the timelines with. If you are decorating yourself, pre-decorate everything in boxes and label them, so it’s done and prepped for set up. Have everything done a week before the big day.

In June, they said their “I dos.”

“We wanted something super simple with a touch of elegance,” said Jackie. “We went with all neutral tones: taupe, champagne, and gold colors with pops of greenery. We used a lot of décor from family and family friends, which was special to us. We loved the simplicity.”

The couple exchanged vows in an outdoor ceremony before boarding a party bus with the wedding party. At the reception, they made sure to get photos with every table in order to see every guest they could.

“Matt and Jackie are just two purely sweet souls, so it is super special to see two people who are meant to be get married,” said Sydney Heitkamp, photographer with Sydney Leigh & Co.

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Photography: Sydney Leigh & Co.
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Videographer: Luke Larsen Videography // Venue: Laurel Ridge Barn // Florist: Seed & Stem 12:27 // Wedding Attire: Bridal Gallery // Rings: Ashcroft & Oak // Hair: Makeup & Hair By Corie // Makeup: Kelsey Barstad // DJ: DJ Jer Events & Lighting Design // Caterer: Tony’s Catering // Cake: Bride’s Aunt Desiree Hokeness