How did you meet?
On September 30, 2011, I was searching through Facebook and recognized a mutual friend, Jacob, as one of the boys that lived down the street. I added him, and shortly after he accepted my friend request and sent me a message. We quickly started a conversation that lasted all night and exchanged phone numbers. The next day, anxious to see Jacob, I asked him to take me to the convenience store down the road to get some candy. We ended up hanging out all day, which was easy since we shared all of the same friends. We were 15 and17 years old when we started dating and made it official on November 20, 2011.
Tell us about the proposal.
Jacob proposed on September 30, 2016—exactly five years after we connected on Facebook. It all started with a girls’ day, getting my nails done and shopping with two of my best friends, Bianca and Abbey. Jacob had told me he was working extra that evening at the fire department, so I didn’t suspect anything at all. We were driving around Gruene when all of a sudden Abbey pulled the car over and handed me an envelope with the number “1” written on it. This would be the first of six letters leading me on a scavenger hunt. Every letter sent me to another location from a significant moment in our relationship, such as where we shared our first kiss, where another friend would be holding the next letter. He even sent me to the convenience store he took me to years ago where the sales clerk gave me the same candy and drink I had gotten five years prior, along with a blindfold and flowers. We drove around for what felt like forever, and when I took the blindfold off I was in my parent’s backyard surrounded by my closest family and friends with Jacob on one knee. The whole thing was perfect.
What inspired the design or theme of your wedding day?
Jacob and I fell in love in the fall. It’s our favorite time of year, so we really envisioned a fall wedding. We wanted our guests to feel the romance of fall time with the greenery and floral, and to warm it up we incorporated deep wine and navy colors. Evember Floral, along with the natural beauty of the venue, truly made our wedding vision and Pinterest dreams come to life.
Why did you choose the venue and vendors you did?
The Club at Garden Ridge was exactly what we wanted and more. The large trees and greenery gave it that romantic feeling and natural beauty we were looking for. We came across Color and Dust Photography's work on Facebook and immediately fell in love with her effortlessly beautiful photos. Cake My Day by Jessica was recommended by a friend, and once we tasted her chocolate cake there was no turning back. DJ Christian Alonzo was recommended by a friend, and not only was everybody dancing all night long, but nobody had to put a single song request in because he could read the crowd so well. Hairspray Salon and Makeup by Victoria went above and beyond in making myself and my bridesmaids feel absolutely stunning. Our caterer, bar service, florist and the amazing Heather Gafke from Love Story Addicts were recommended by our venue, which took a big weight off of our shoulders, and they did not disappoint!
What were some of the most unique elements of your wedding?
One of our favorite details is who married us, Tony Lehman. Not only is Tony a fellow firefighter that works with Jacob, but he is Jacob's brother-in-law. Another special element in our wedding was how close our bridal party is. Most of us have been friends since we were about eight years old and have stayed close our entire lives. When Jacob and I started dating we were "the couple" of the friends’ circle. Having a family member marry us, along with the group of friends we had standing with us made walking down the aisle and standing at the alter so emotional for everybody, and our photos captured that beautifully.
Did anything about your wedding exceed your expectations?
Everything about our wedding was absolutely perfect and I truly believe that we can thank Heather Gafke for that. Our wedding day ran smoothly and we had a fun, stress-free, dream of a day. Heather is extremely professional and passionate about her job, and is amazing at what she does. Color and Dust Photography's Madison Harris is so incredible at capturing the real moments and real emotions, and turning them into photographs we can cherish forever.
What advice do you have for couples planning a San Antonio wedding?
Hire a coordinator. I never thought I would need to hire a wedding planner, but once Heather came into the picture I realized just how much I would have missed or been stressed about on my wedding day. It is so worth the extra money to be able to thoroughly enjoy every moment of your wedding. Make sure you are happy with your photographer's photographs, and not just their pricing. Your wedding photos are the one thing you can look at to remind yourself of every detail of your day. Enjoy your day, take a deep breath and soak it all in. It goes by so quickly, but it truly is the absolute best feeling in the world.
Tell us about your floral choices and the significance behind the ring tied to your bouquet’s ribbon.
For my bouquet, we incorporated burgundy, blush and greenery to bring in the dark, romantic colors of our wedding. I wanted something that was full and free flowing and had lots of deep colors, yet still looked bridal. I loved the natural elegance that the lush greenery added. The ring tied into my bouquet belonged to my great grandmother. Her ring was always my favorite as a little girl, and I received it as a gift from her on my sixteenth birthday. My great grandmother and I were very close. She inspired me to follow in her footsteps and become a nurse. She passed away when I was 17 years old, so it was very special for me to have a part of her with me on our wedding day.
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