It’s often noted that the greatest love stories begin as friendships, and Jim and Jackie certainly embody this sentiment. The two became acquainted twenty-nine years ago through work, and witnessed each other’s joys and sorrows over the years. This led initially to a solid friendship, and eventually to an unexpected relationship that soon blossomed into LOVE! The couple was devastated when, a year into their courtship, Jim was diagnosed with stage 4 prostate cancer. Enduring a year of aggressive chemo and an additional six months of radiation, Jim was blessed by Jackie’s steadfast support throughout his treatment.
Miraculously, Jim was eventually given the unbelievable news that he was cancer free. His doctors, having practiced a cutting-edge treatment on him that proved to be successful, were asked to be on Great Day Houston and to invite their “star” patients. Jim was asked to participate, and after reluctantly agreeing to do so, as he a private person by nature, he decided to use the show as a platform to ask for Jackie’s hand…on LIVE TV!
Great Day Houston host Deborah Duncan worked closely with Jim to plan the whole event. On June 8, 2012, Jim was the first guest on the show. After giving an inspiring interview, Deborah led into how Jim would want to thank not only his doctors for getting his life back, but also recognize Jackie as well. Jim suddenly came down off the stage and into the audience, where Jackie was seated in the front row. In a beautiful moment and before all of Houston, Jim got down on bended knee and asked Jackie to be his wife.
Jackie was totally caught off guard and completely overcome with joy. She said YES! The segment of the show ended with the pair kissing and crying with joy. Afterwards, they celebrated with a beautiful lunch at Tony’s, and began to plan their wedding. Because the engagement was all planned very quickly, Jim had not had an opportunity to get an engagement ring. They called Uptown Diamond’s Rick Antona, who helped bring the couple’s ring designs to life.
After months of planning, the wedding day arrived at last. The ceremony was held at the First Presbyterian Church in Tomball, TX. In light of Jim’s Scottish ancestry, they incorporated many Scottish traditions into the wedding ceremony. Jim and the groomsmen all wore the traditional kilt. Guests were treated to the soothing hymn of a bagpipe, as well as readings of Scottish poet Robbie Burns. Since Jim is also a faithful Beatles fan, Jackie enlisted musicians to re-enact a scene from the movie Love Actually. As the couple walked down the aisle for the first time as man and wife, the musicians popped up and serenaded the congregation with the famous song, “All You Need Is Love”.
A beautiful reception followed at the Champions Golf Club, where no detail was left unattended. The ballroom was transformed into a winter wonderland, and renowned silhouette artist Cindi Rose designed silhouettes of each guest as a memento of the occasion. The couple and their guests danced the night away to the beautiful music and voices of world class artists Kristine Mills and Bryan Anthony, and it was all captured on film by Debbie Porter Photography and Cakewalk Films. Check out the videos and pictures below!