Chelsea + Taylor

How they met.... Chelsea: Taylor and I met at a Gateway Community Church college night. I was the girl that got there late and he was the super tall, very cute guy I got introduced to as I rushed in the door. He was the guy who cracked me up and distracted me all night and I was the girl actually laughing at all his jokes ;)

Taylor: We met at church. She was cute, I made her laugh.

Favorite part of the planning process.....

Chelsea: I am a wedding planner for a living (I work for The Simplifiers) so I thoroughly enjoyed most of the process. I'm a very creative person so I loved dreaming up a theme, DIY projects, floral, mismatched bridesmaid dresses, etc and then seeing it all come to fruition on the wedding day. On the day of the wedding my dad and I got about 20 minutes to ourselves before walking down the aisle so we walked around the reception barn space and talked about how amazing it all turned out. I couldn't have done it all without all our family and friends and that makes me so happy and grateful. I could cry right now thinking about everyone's involvement and how much it meant to me.

Taylor: Food tasting. Hands down.

Tell us something fun about your wedding or about the two of you as a couple:

Chelsea: Taylor and I are obsessed with animals. BAD. We send each other images of cute puppies or other baby animals on an almost daily occurrence. Our first date was spent at the Austin Zoo and I like to think that it was seeing how much we equally loved animals that really brought us together, as silly as that may sound. I even bought him a traveling petting zoo for his birthday last year complete with fluffy bunnies, a chinchilla, hedgehog and baby chicks. (Told you we were obsessed.)

Taylor: We literally danced for two and half hours straight on the night of our wedding. We seriously didn't leave the dance floor once. Cindi at Heritage House said she had never seen a group dance so much and that we "danced our feet off". Anytime we're stressed out we crank up some music and dance around the living room to get it out of our system.

Favorite part of the wedding...

Chelsea: Taylor's face as I walked down the aisle.. incredible. Dancing with everyone I love. Spending time with my dad before he walked me down the aisle, moments like that are priceless.

Taylor: Seeing Chelsea walk down the aisle. Also, when we walked out of the chapel and got a couple of minutes to ourselves to just celebrate.

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Chelsea:

We had already visited a ton of venues before we came across Heritage House and were pretty exhausted by the whole process. But, when we arrived at Heritage House Cindi, the owner of Heritage House, was there to greet us and immediately brought us back to life again. We felt like we were at home, but better. It was the only place that made my mom cry and just felt perfect. The bridal cottage even had a lovebirds theme, perfectly fitting in with our theme we had already chosen!

I had always thought about having a spring wedding (what girl hasn't?!) but we just couldn't bear to wait four extra months to get married! Clearly, that didn't stop us from having a fresh, spring-like affair. We chose pale pink, light mint and glittery gold for our colors and had birdcages adorned with gold painted candles and lush flowers via Rosehip Flora. We even forced our bridal party into springtime clothing but they were troopers, of course.

So much of our wedding was full of DIY projects created by the bridesmaids and myself. Taylor's twin sister, Rosie, spearheaded all of the projects and we are forever indebted to her for that!! We had a crafting day full of mimosas, cheese plates and every glittery project you could imagine. We are still finding glitter all over my parents floors but who doesn't need some extra sparkle added to their day, right mom and dad? ...right?! :) Everyone I love played a huge role in creating the decor for the wedding and that made me feel so loved and appreciated.

Taylor: I played the role of caretaker of Chelsea throughout the detail choosing process. All I know is that it was really pretty.

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THE TEAM

Venue - Heritage House

Floral Design - Rosehip Flora

Catering - Royal Fig China - JenMarie Vintage Rentals Getaway Car - Antique Limousines of Austin Dessert - Tiny Pies Day-of Coordinator - The Chic Reception Hair and Makeup - Erica Gray DJ - Spacecraft Entertainment Ceremony Musicians - Evan Lecker and Sally Kirk Paper Goods - hmf + design Videographer - Brittan Pittman

Meggie + Stephen

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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What was your favorite part of the day, Stephen?

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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.

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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 - LootOn 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