(photos by: Two Pair Photography)
How did the two of you meet? Andrew and I met during our senior year of high school. We had the same circle of friends and when it came time to plan for senior prom, the couples started pairing off. I didn't have a date and one of the group's guy friends had just moved so the group conspired to get us to go together, but Andrew was in charge of getting the other boy and I together as dates. The more Andrew and I got to know each other, the more we liked each other. Much to the playful dismay of the group, Andrew asked me to prom on a weekend lake trip. The day after prom, Andrew and I officially started dating. We spent the next two years as a long-distance couple before I transferred to Texas A&M. We spent two years in College Station together, and then spent another two years long distance after graduation.
How did Andrew propose? In December 2012, I was living in San Antonio and Andrew was living two hours away. He came to town one weekend to take me to dinner. When he picked me up, I thought he was taking me to the restaurant where we had our first date, but finally, we got to Gruene. As we walked to dinner, we cut through a field and Andrew stopped in front of a white barn. He got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. He was so nervous he didn't even let me answer and put the ring on the wrong hand. I was still in shock when my best friend popped out from behind some trees where she had been taking pictures. Everyone laughed, celebrated, and hugged. Andrew had planned a celebratory dinner and got us a room at a beautiful bed-and-breakfast overlooking the river. It was a perfect night (and we have the pictures to prove it!).
What three characteristics made you fall in love with Andrew? I fell in love with Andrew because of his humor, his kindness, and his laid-back personality that balances me out.
What three characteristics made him fall in love with you? I fell in love with Courtney because of her beauty inside and out, her passion for everything she is involved with, and her intelligence.
What inspired the design of your wedding? We wanted our wedding theme to reflect us as a couple: a little bit rustic, a little bit of glamour, but classy and elegant all around. We enjoy the outdoors and are proud Texans and we thought it was important to capture that. We felt the striking combination of dark stained wood, gold, and soft champagne and blush tones were perfect for the Texas Hill Country and us. We emphasized those contrasting elements throughout. We definitely didn't want too girly and I wanted Andrew to love everything, so I really tried to incorporate the soft colors with the dark wood evident in all of the DIY pieces Andrew created—the signs, cake stand, wine box, flower boxes, and ceremony doors. I also wanted as many flowers as possible. We added the burgundy and maroon flowers for a pop and because we're graduates of Texas A&M University and die-hard Aggies.
How did you decide on the local vendors you chose? The two biggest factors were how well we got along with them and the value we were getting. We didn’t want to settle on “close enough” and wanted vendors who were as excited as we were about our big day.
What was the most trying part of the planning process? The guest list (surprise!). Trying to get answers from everyone and then getting everyone to keep the same answer was so time-consuming and made the seating chart change constantly. In the end, we decided we were just going to appreciate all of the people who were there to celebrate with us.
Did either of you have a bride/groomzilla moment? I would love to say I didn’t, but I probably had a couple—one with the flowers because I was so nervous the colors wouldn’t be right, and the other was at the rehearsal. We ran out of candles, I forgot the marriage license, and half of the party was late. I was very stressed.
What element of the wedding exceeded your expectations? Definitely the food and the flowers. The flowers because the colors made me nervous—it was really important to us to get the maroon pop of color right. And the food because it’s always good when you try it at the tasting but it’s even better the day of. The caterer went above and beyond in not only creating my “dream” salad (Fredericksburg peaches, goat cheese, and a champagne vinaigrette) but also in being so gracious about serving our guests. The best part of the food though was the venison poppers—venison we harvested on the family ranch wrapped in bacon with jalapeños and cream cheese.
What is your favorite memory from the day? It’s hard to pick just one but I’d say my two favorites are: 1) Saying our vows (and having our two puppies there)—we wrote our own vows and I loved how they embodied our playfulness and the things that make us the couple we are. 2) The speeches—MOH, BM, and FOB—mostly because the day is so focused on us as a couple and then the people you love the most point out all the things you love about your significant other and it just made my heart so full to be surrounded by people who know how wonderful my new husband is.
What is Andrew’s favorite memory? The moment I saw Courtney walk through the rustic doors and down the aisle. I was so overjoyed to see her and how gorgeous she looked—I was holding back tears the entire time. The moment was finally there, and everyone else became a blur. It was also fun to see the symbol of everything we had gone through in planning and building our dream wedding—the doors designed by Courtney and constructed by me.
If you’d been a guest attending your wedding, how would you describe it? Rustic, elegant, and warm with just a bit of sparkle and glamour, but most of all, very Texas.
Besides marrying the love of your life, what was the most important part of the day? Having our family and friends and puppies there to celebrate with us. It’s so rare to get to spend special moments with so many loved ones around.
What are your plans for the future? We both love our jobs and the San Antonio area, especially Boerne where we bought our first house just after our engagement, so we plan on enjoying married life and spending time with our puppies outdoors.
What advice do you have for couples planning a San Antonio wedding? Always meet face-to-face with the vendors so you can see how your personalities mesh and because it’s so much easier to talk about your vision in person. I would also say: be as specific as possible with examples you’ve seen on Pinterest or in magazines, and always get everything documented so there isn’t any confusion if you work with different people.
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