Ryan proposed in Las Vegas. It was my 30th birthday and he was extremely nervous all day! We flew to Vegas that day and were having dinner at STK with my sister and a big group of friends. He kept asking where we were opening gifts...I kept telling him not to worry about it and I didn't really care about gifts. It was getting late and we headed back to the hotel for a drink which is where he finally popped the question. I was definitely caught of guard as I wasn't expecting it! I think I spent 1/2 an hour with him in the bathroom in total disbelief and sharing in the moment privately-I just needed a moment with just the two of us.
How long was your engagement?
Our engagement lasted close to 1 1/2 years. We decided to take that time to plan and save money...lots of planning!
What was the most fun about wedding planning? What was the hardest?
The fun part was going to bridal shows, looking for dresses and choosing a cake. The hardest was making decisions! I tried on a ton of dresses before deciding which style fit with my body.
We loved the outdoor space at the Veranda. We also loved that it was so close to our home and church, we love this area! The Veranda is right in the city, but being there feels like you are way out of the city. We loved all the green areas, places for pictures and the huge space. We chose St. Francis because this is our church we attend and we always feel right at home at St. Francis.
Describe your flowers:
Hydrangeas, roses, dusty miller....
Describe your decor and how you chose it?
I chose all the decor with a little help from our wedding coordinator. I found our candle holders on my own and just about wiped out a chain store in town for every single crystal candle holder! I also bought our vases and found the floral arrangement on pinterest. I made some trial floral arrangements and had the wedding coordinator make all of our large florals for the wedding so I could be stress free the day of.
Tell me about your attire – who designed your dress and where did you buy it?
My wedding dress is by Allure and I purchased it in Sugar Land, TX at La Reve Bridal Couture. I tried on so many dresses in San Antonio and the Houston area and one day decided to finally go by myself to try some dresses on. I had so many opinions on what looked good and did not that I really just needed to decide myself. Thanks goodness I did because I made the decision that day! I had Julie from Julie's alterations in Houston basically re-create the dress for me. The dress was HUGE on me but didn't realize until I took it home. She was able to practically remake the dress to fit me perfectly.
What shoes did you choose and what jewelry did you wear?
My shoes I found on a whim from Antonio Melani. My jewelry was from Nadri and very dainty. I don't normally wear dangle earring so I made sure to find studs that were elegant but that wouldn't take away from my dress and veil.
Any other significant accessories?
My veil was very special. I had found it in a boutique but discovered that it was coming from Los Angeles where my sister had recently moved. I asked her if she knew where the store was and she was able to go and purchase it for me! It was nice because she tried it on to make sure it was the right length and got it for me as a gift. That was very special and meaningful to me and i'll always think of her when I see that veil. The lace veil was the best part of my look!
Why did you choose me, Jackie , to be your wedding photographer?
I chose Jackie because of her style and editing photography. I knew I wanted a photographer who was not only able to just take photos but also capture emotions and reactions in photos. We have so many photos of Ryan and I but also family that are so special. I love the editing process Jackie uses as well. She captures such amazing detail and colors!
What was one of your favorite moments from your wedding day?
My favorite moment from our day was probably choosing to have the Mariachis play our first song. We had a song selected and had practiced so much. But having the amazing Mariachis there and feeling the love between Ryan and I as they played was amazing. Rigth before they introduced us I asked Ryan if he wouldn't mind having them play a song for us and he agreed. I asked them to play a Luis Miguel love song for us and they said sure. It was special because of the meaning of the song and Luis Miguel has always been a favorite of my mom's so it made me think of her as well.
Did any of your other vendors go above and beyond for you?
They all did! Debbie from Oak leaf made sure to add details to my bouquets so that the bridesmaids could carry them but to make sure we could also use them as centerpieces. I can't stress enough about having a wedding planner or day of coordinator. They were such a huge help to Ryan and I not only the day of the wedding but they helped a lot throughout the planning process.
Do you have any tips to share with other couples?
Have a wedding planner! But most importantly, try to capture every moment of your day. It truly does fly by so quickly you'll be left wishing you could re-play it over and over.