Lindsey & Ben
How did you meet? We met working together at an elementary school in Northeast ISD in August 2012. We were on the same team; Ben was a special education teacher pursuing his masters degree in counseling and I was a speech pathologist assistant pursuing my masters degree in Speech Pathology. Our work relationship grew as we worked to program and support our students that we served. Our friendship grew as we shared interests in God, cooking, wine, TV series and movies. Our relationship grew after we went on a mission trip to Romania and God laid on our hearts His desire for us to be husband and wife.
Tell us about the proposal. It was a Sunday afternoon on June 25, 2017, and we had decided to have a "day date in,” making homemade pasta and meatballs (the first meal we ever made together) and watching a movie. After we ate, we sat down to select a movie, which usually was a process where we watched several previews until we made our selection. Ben said there was a movie he was sure I wanted to see but didn't see it as an option, so he pulled it up on his phone and projected it to our Apple TV. Before I knew it, I realized it was a preview he had made, telling the story of us and the end had a picture of our two dogs with a ring in between them. I looked over and he was down on his knee asking if I'd spend forever with him. I said YES of course. We then went to my parents where I thought we were going to a party for my Dad, but lo and behold it was an engagement celebration with our closest family and friends!
What inspired the design or theme of your wedding day? Faithfully Ever After. We were very prayerful when, not only planning our wedding, but preparing for marriage. We wanted to keep things simple, but wanted it to reflect our interests and our story. We had the pastor who was our leader on our mission trip marry us. We had bible verses displayed, which had been meaningful to the development of our relationship. We selected colors, which were classic and timeless (gray, burgundy/red wine, pink, natural greenery and white). We incorporated elements which reflected our interests (the groom's love for golf, cake and signature drinks, and the bride's love for music—a string trio, acoustic guitarist for the ceremony and cocktail hour).
Why did you choose the venue and vendors you did? The venue was exactly what we were looking for. The space allowed for transition from space to space to accommodate our ceremony and reception, along with accommodating our 300 guests. We loved that very minimal decorations were needed as the ambience and natural environment were perfect just the way they were. Our vendors made sure to provide us with excellent quality and care throughout the planning process and up to the wedding day. We used referrals along with research in choosing each of our vendors. Taking time to reach out, ask questions and ensure we could all work together to execute our dream day.
What were some of the most unique elements of your wedding? I wore my mother's veil and grandmother's pearl earrings. My sister designed all the "type" for the signs, invitations, programs, menu and our favors. The guests each received a Fiesta Medal which said "Viva Ben & Lin" in honor of San Antonio's 300 year celebration. The guests were treated to Whataburger Honey Butter Chicken Biscuits & Breakfast on a Bun as a surprise treat at the end of the night. The pastor who married us was our leader on our mission trip to Romania. Signature drinks included Minty Moscow Mule (Bride's Choice) Back Nine: Spiked Arnold Palmer (Groom's Choice).
Did anything about your wedding exceed your expectations? Our band. While we had seen them play before (at my sister's wedding in 2016), they took time to learn our first song and finished the night by surprising us and calling us on stage to sing Journey "Don't Stop Believing" before our crowd of family and friends! We felt like rock star. It was the perfect end to the most perfect day!
What advice do you have for couples planning a San Antonio wedding? Planning a wedding no matter the size or capacity can bring stress and will undoubtedly present challenges. Remember to keep in mind the purpose of the wedding—the focus in which you and your husband/wife will be embarking on a lifelong journey. Stay true to your values and what you envision for your perfect wedding day, but don't let the small things keep you from losing focus. It will all come together in the end. Choose a team of people, family, friends, wedding planner/coordinator, vendors who have your best interests in mind and will ensure you have the day you dreamed of!
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