A Dreamy California Wedding in 2020? This Couple Is Making It Happen

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Jessica & Trevor Enjoying their surprise backyard honeymoon
(Photo by Crystal Lynn Collins).

Surprise proposals are pretty common, but surprise first dates are a little more unique. That’s how Jessica and Trevor’s love story began in 2017, with Trevor inviting Jessica to a movie outing that turned out to be an extra special date. The two had already been friends and coworkers for two years, so Jessica initially thought nothing of it. 

“Trevor asked me if I wanted to see ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ with some friends and when I showed up, everyone else had conveniently not been able to make it,” she says, laughing. “So that was when we had our first date.”

The couple has been inseparable ever since and they made it official by getting engaged in November of last year. Much like their first date, the proposal was a fun surprise for Jessica who thought they were getting together with their families for brunch. Instead, Trevor popped the question while their family members waited nearby to congratulate them. It’s a moment they both describe as perfect, made even better by the fact that they were able to share it with their loved ones. 

A Socially-Distanced Lake House Wedding

Trevor & Jessica after being surprised with their honeymoon points

Like many other couples, Jessica and Trevor have had a challenging year. Trevor became an essential worker in the spring when his company began producing lifesaving PPE equipment such as face masks and face shields for hospitals and other health organizations at the start of the pandemic.

Although they originally planned to have their wedding at a ranch close to their home in Sonoma County, California, they’ve since made the switch to a backyard wedding at a lake house in Clear Lake. “We were having a heart-to-heart and we decided that we didn’t want to put any of our family or friends at risk because we still just don’t know enough about COVID and we didn’t want to be selfish,” says Jessica.

To keep their wedding small and COVID safe, the couple has scaled down their guest list to include just their immediate families. But that doesn’t mean they’ve given up on the idea of having their special day be as memorable as possible. 

Bringing their loved ones together in a picturesque location, Jessica and Trevor have written their own ceremony, which will be officiated by Jessica’s stepfather. The couple also plans to have a bigger party with friends and family sometime next year, and they’re hoping to have it serve the dual purpose of a family reunion. 

One thing they know for sure is that the challenges they’ve faced this year have brought them closer together. “This year has made us really appreciate our time together,” says Trevor, emphasizing that the two are finding joy in taking on new hobbies such as gardening.

Honeymoon Plans & Travel Adventures

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Jessica and Trevor's lake house wedding isn’t the only celebration the couple will be enjoying this fall. As one of the five couples included in the “Honeymoon for Heroes” program launched by the Southwest® Rapid Rewards® Credit Card, the couple was recently surprised with a pop-up honeymoon experience inspired by their wedding. 

To get a headstart on their future honeymoon planning, Jessica and Trevor also received 200,000 Southwest Rapid Rewards points that won’t expire and they qualified for Companion Pass®. Companion Pass is one of the most coveted benefits in travel as it allows one person to fly with you for free (not including taxes & fees from $5.60) every time you purchase or redeem points for a flight on Southwest Airlines. Companion Pass is good for the remainder of the year that it’s earned, plus the entire next year. That can be a big cost savings when you take multiple trips. Since Jessica is an existing Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Credit Cardmember and enjoys perks like anniversary points each year, the additional points are a great way for them to build on their love of travel. 

While their ideal honeymoon plan is to head to Europe once it’s safe to do so, they’re also planning to use their points to explore locations a little closer to home and to visit Jessica’s family in Arizona.

* If you’re thinking of traveling soon, you may want to consider a new Southwest Rapid Rewards Credit Card to help you earn the 125,000 points in a calendar year needed to qualify for the Companion Pass benefit. All Rapid Rewards rules and regulations apply, please visit Southwest.com/rrterms.