Words by// Meggie + Stephen We had managed to go through four years at Southwestern University without ever meeting, which, if you have been to SU you know, is not very easy. The week before graduation is called "Senior Week" because all of the seniors are finished with finals and cutting loose while the rest of the school hits the books. Stephen's friends decided to fulfill a promise they had made earlier in the year to go take a dip at Lake Georgetown some evening before they graduated during Senior week. After Stephen was dragged out of bed in the wee hours of the morning on frighteningly little sleep, he went to pick up his friends on campus. Simultaneously, a couple of Meggie's pledge sisters began gathering a couple of recruits to go to Lake Georgetown, and Meggie got sucked in and ended up hopping in Stephen's car with the rest of the crowd. On the walk to the lake, Stephen opened with the winning line, "So, are you a Sophomore?" And the rest is history.
Meggie went to Camp Mystic in Hunt, Texas, for 15 summers and fell in love with the Texas Hill Country. The problem is, Texas can get pretty hot. That is why the month of October was so appealing. Once those two general details were out of the way, and all of Meggie's close friends had blocked off the month of October for the foreseeable future, there was plenty of time for everything else--like finding a groom!
Once we decided to get hitched, the first thing we agreed on were the 3 R's--relaxed, romantic, refined. Every other detail followed from those three words.
Meggie: I am pretty sure I will always remember standing at the top of the stairs with my dad, waiting to walk down. It all hit me at once that this was it. We were all dressed up, the candles were lit, and the guests had shown up. The fact that I had a fire ant bite my toe right about then couldn't even lessen that moment.
What was your favorite part in the wedding planning process?
Stephen: The cake tasting.Meggie: Watching Stephen be more of a bridezilla than I could ever be over what the groomsmen wore in the wedding.
What was your favorite part of the day, Stephen?
Stephen: Our first dance. While four minutes has never seemed so long to me in my life, the whole experience, I think, embodied our relationship's trajectory. We put no thought beforehand into the dance and totally winged it. Afterwards, a lot of people asked how long we practiced. So apparently it went well. So just like when we met in our last week of college, or I moved to Lubbock after we'd been together for two months, or when Meggie took a job in East Texas and I had no idea where I would end up, we just trusted each other and we somehow made it work.
While we both enjoy the slightly inappropriate, yet completely catchy summer hit "Blurred Lines," we hadn't discussed the possibility of the song playing at the reception. But when we heard the band start that song, we made a bee-line to each other and started dancing and singing along. Before we knew it, people were handing us sunglasses to put on and making a circle around us to watch us boogie. It was the best impromptu moment we could have hoped for.
Venue - Hideout on the Horseshoe | Florist - Margot Blair | Band - The Sophisticates | Wedding Planner - Cheryl Bailey - Yellow Umbrella Events | Wedding Cake - Simon Lee Bakery | Groom's Cupcakes - Polkadots Cupcake Factory | Catering - Crave | Vintage Furniture & China Rental - Loot | On Stage Hair Design | Intelligent Lighting Design | Tents - Premiere Party Central | Iron Archway - Mancino Iron | Strings - Musical Discovery Chamber Players of Austin | Richie Schalin with PhotoHouse Films | Bagpiper - Hylton Cruickshank | Buses - Transportation Consultants | Wedding Invitations - Paper Place | Photo Booth - The Original Traveling Photo | Brunch - The Peached Tortilla
Words by // Nichola + Todd We met through mutual friends at a job that we worked at together. It was love at first sight!
We had 2 requirements for where we got married. 1. It had to be Downtown. Todd and I had a shoebox sized apartment downtown and we have so many great memories of living in the city and being together that we knew that's where it had to be. 2. Outside ceremony. We love the outdoors and how naturally beautiful it is. I didn't want anything 'over the top' in terms of decorations for the wedding, so an outdoor ceremony fit the bill perfectly since we wouldn't need to dress it up any more that it already was.
So Todd and I aren't exactly the most traditional couple, but we did stick with the tradition of "don't see each other the night before and the day of the wedding". When we were in the bridal room getting ready at the wedding and we heard all the guys arrive, I remember being so excited that he was there and that we were moments away from being man and wife. The rooms that we were all getting ready in were really close in proximity to each other, so if had to run to the outside hall for photos or some one was trying to get to the wash room - it was like a game of frogger navigating the hall ways so that I stayed hidden and didn't run into Todd! It was all just really exciting and perfect and romantic. I don't think we will ever forget all the electricity in the air that day!
My favorite detail of the wedding was the succulents in the gold tins. I just love succulents! They are so cute and happy, so I was excited to be able to incorporate them in a way that allowed everyone to take home a piece of the wedding to help remember our special day.
We had an ARMY of flower girls! My older sister has 3 little girls, 7 year old twins and a 5 year old. Todd's brother also has a little girl who is 4. Since there is no possible way that you only pick 1 of them to be the flower girl, I asked all four of them to do it!
If I was asked how wedding planning was going about 7 months before the wedding, I replied with 'Great! It's so much fun and really easy - I don't see what all the fuss is about!'. This was about the time when my idea of wedding planning was pimping out a pinterest board and knowing exactly what I wanted. I think that was my favorite time. It was all about me and Todd's imagination and envisioning exactly what it would be like the day that we got married. It really is one of the few times in life that you can make something to this scale reflect you as a couple combining your interests and tastes with a giant party to wrap it all up!
Dress: Jessica Fontaine | Hair: Indulge Vanity | Wedding Planner: Inspired Events & Design | Florist: Simply Love Floral | DJ: Space Craft Entertainment | Officiate: Andrew Fox | Venue: Chateau Bellevue