//Words by Lyndee + Caleb Tell us your story...
It really was one of those when you least expect it stories...
My company was opening a new location and as a marketer I had to help plan out merchandising/advertising for the walls. The day we visited the branch to plan out what was going to go where, Caleb was overseeing the punch list as the Project Manager for the company who was building our new branch.
We eye flirted for about an hour...and right when I was about to leave he finally came out to introduce himself. Sadly enough he didn't ask for my phone number, BUT it could have been because he was distracted by his friend yelling "Oooooooo Caleb's in love!!!" across the parking lot as I was just about to leave.
So there I was driving away thinking, "wow, that was WAY too good to be true." Awkwardly enough I contacted the project manager for my company and asked if he'd known anything about the guy in the Red Sox cap...Caleb. Nicely enough he did not think I was weird for asking and did a little recon for me. Turns out Caleb's brother also worked for the company and was told if I showed back up that he was to immediately call Caleb so he could come up and ask for my phone number. Longer story short...his brother ended up giving me Caleb's number and I had to make the first move...eek! But I did, and we're been inseparable ever since. The best part is neither one of us had to go back to the branch after that one specific day. I like to think it was kismet.
Almost 2 years later - to the day he proposed...in front of that same branch. There's a story to go with that too, but none the less it was perfect!
We love the hill country! When we first starting dating there was nothing more we liked to do than just drive through the hill country enjoying the scenery. Whether we were taking our dogs for a swim, antiquing, visiting our favorite B&B in Comfort, TX or just driving aimlessly it was the perfect way to spend time together. Vista West Ranch is located in the heart of the hill county and provided that perfectly rustic natural charm we had envisioned for our big day.
I (Lyndee) am a florist and I have a deep love for flowers. And, through the "dating years" Caleb was suckered, er, kind enough to help me on occasions...a man after my own heart! Point is we'd seen a lot of different styles, color combos, etc. We decided to take it back to the simplicity of a garden. We wanted beautiful touches of flowers to be presented as if you had just picked them out of your garden. The Vista West Ranch venue helped us turn our reception into an evening rustic tea party set for 200.
The food, of course, was one of Caleb's and my dad’s favorite part. After looking at many menu options we decided the food should be just as rustically charming as the venue. So we had what we called our southern comfort menu full of melt in your mouth pot-roast, chicken fried chicken with white gravy and cheddar biscuits, fried okra, greens beans and a crowd favorite the mashed potato bar AND macaroni and cheese bar. To top off the night we had a buffet of sweet treats including key lime cake, a tower of strawberry shortcake, carrot cake and homemade banana pudding made by mama Grooms.
I could go on, but overall the wedding was simply amazing. Many many many thanks go out to our family and the superstars Cheryl and Shea of Yellow Umbrella Events for making our day so unforgettable.
...One of my favorite underlying tributes was to the furry family members in our lives...our puppies. My neighbor growing up is quite the baker and graciously created over 200 custom puppy cookies which paid tribute to two of our furry family members that had passed away earlier that year. The cookie was tied with a note explaining a donation was made to Austin Pets Alive in their honor.
And, turns out after some discussion with our caterer we found out he was also a dog lover to the extreme and if his absolutely delicious food wasn't enough to seal the deal this made him a perfect fit for us! We also incorporated the most random colorful metal pup we found along the way at the base of the stairs leading to the Overlook Lounge. It was almost as if he was greeting you as you made your way upstairs as if you were coming home. So even though we weren't able to have our furry friend's with us on our wedding day they were absolutely there in spirit!
What was your favorite part of your day?
Both of Us - The unbelievable amount of love that was present on our wedding day. Between the two us, between us and our families, between us and our friends...it was truly overwhelming and that will be what we hold most dearly as we reminisce in the years to ahead.
Both of Us - Having our dream team of friend's as our wedding parties. It was amazing to spend that morning of the wedding day with some of the people you've made the absolute best memories with.
What were some of your favorite parts of planning your wedding?
Lyndee - Working so closely with my mom. She is AMAZING!! I believe she could rival Martha Stewart in a craft-off...and I say that loving Martha Stewart. I hope I grow up to be like her someday...my mom that is.
Caleb - The food and cake tasting. Yum.
Both of Us - The support and contributions given from our friends and families along the way. They are all SO amazing; we are so very blessed.
Wedding Planner: Yellow Umbrella Events & Design | Venue: Vista West Ranch | Catering: Southern's Fine Dining | Cake: Sweet Treats Bakery | Rentals: Premiere Party Central | DJ: Complete Music Video Photo | Florals: LisaLyn Designs | Make up/Hair: The Beauty Jar | Ceremony Shoes: BHDLN | Bridesmaids: Various | Groom/Groomsmen: Men’s Warehouse | Transportation: Transportation Consultants