Both students at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville in 2012, Jordan Ashley Anderson, 26, and Matthew Taylor Smart, 25, never crossed paths until July of that year when Jordan was out with her friends and met Matthew’s sister, who quickly took on the role of “matchmaker” and introduced the two by giving Jordan her brother’s phone number.
“We started texting each other that very same night and instantly hit it off,” Matthew said. “It didn’t take long to realize we should meet face-to-face.”
The two made plans to meet the next night, July 11, at the local Buffalo Wild Wings and, little did he know, on that warm night in July, Matthew was about to meet the woman of his dreams and future wife.
There was something special between them from the moment they laid eyes on each other, Matthew said, and the couple talked for hours about everything from family to football and learned that they had more in common than either of them could ignore.
“Though that night went by quickly, I knew that I had to see her again,” he added.
Jordan went home to Hot Springs the following weekend and told her mother that she thought she had met the person she would marry.
Two years and seven months later, on Feb. 25, 2015, Jordan and Matthew were at home relaxing on the couch, as they’d done many times since moving to Dallas, Texas.
“It was this night that I knew I could never live without her by my side,” Matthew said.
Right then and there, while enjoying a meal of steak and vegetables that Matthew had prepared, he stood up, knelt down on one knee and asked Jordan to be his wife. Of course, she said “yes!” and the rest was history.
A native of Hot Springs, Jordan graduated from Lakeside High School in 2008 and is now employed at Lewis Elementary in Forney, Texas. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas and is currently working toward getting her teaching certification.
Born in Plano, Texas and raised in Richardson and Denison, Texas, Matthew is a graduate of McKinney Boyd High School, class of 2008. He works as a client manager for J.B. Hunt out of Corsicana, Texas.
The two enjoy spending time with their family and friends, watching football and playing with their dogs, Maverick (a chocolate lab) and Maybel (a yorkipoo).
The big day: October 17, 2015
Best Man and Maid of Honor: The Maid of Honor, or “Best Girl,” was Jaley Anderson, Jordan’s younger sister, and the Best Man was Daniel Cooper, Matthew’s best friend from college.
The location: Timberlodge Ranch of Amity
The reception: The reception was also held at Timberlodge Ranch. Beef and chicken fajitas from Taco Mama were served at the reception, and guests enjoyed food from Smokin’ In Style at the rehearsal dinner. The wedding cake was a three-tiered white cake with strawberry, lemon and apricot fillings and DJ Xavier provided the entertainment. The couple danced to “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran for their first dance.
The look: The look of the wedding was simple and rustic with decorations including lanterns and moss. The colors were navy and coral and the flowers were gold calla lilies.
The dress: The dress was an A-line style dress with a sweetheart neckline.
Most unforgettable moment: The “first looks” with both Jordan’s Dad and Matthew.
The honeymoon: The couple enjoyed a cruise to Cozumel, Belize and Isla Roatan.
Florist — Flowers and Home
Hair — Sheri Thornton and Kayla McKay
Makeup — Adrianne Brooks with Whiplash Beauty Cake — Ambrosia Bakery
Band/DJ — DJ Xavier
Caterer — Taco Mama and Smokin’ In Style Rentals — Signature Events
Photographer — Faith McCallister Photography