How did the two of you meet?
We have known each other since middle school. We didn’t really hang out until the summer of 2009. Kyle had just graduated high school, and I was home from college for the summer. We started hanging out with mutual friends, became beer pong partners, and had the best summer of our lives together. We both went away to separate colleges, but kept in touch and finally decided we couldn’t stand to be apart! We started dated October that year, and saw each other almost every weekend. The following year Kyle transferred to a college closer to me, then after college we moved to Austin, TX!
What happened the day he proposed? How did he do it?
Kyle and I both work for the same company, Camden. They own and manage apartment communities all over the country. Each year they have an “employee appreciation day” where all of the Austin communities (there are 9) get to do something fun for the day. That year we were at Top Golf, which is a huge arcade style driving range, with food, drinks and lunge areas. We had an entire section reserved for our company with food and drinks and everyone hanging out. Kyle had planned out the entire thing with our corporate bosses beforehand. Our Regional Vice Present was making announcements about the day, and asked someone to volunteer to do a demonstration with the golf. Kyle volunteered, but walked over to grab me “to help demonstrate”. We got up the bay area, she had the mic in front of him, he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him! Kyle wanted to do this in front of our Camden family. They are an amazing company to work for, voted in the top 10 for the past 10 years. It was a really special day, he had people taking video and photos of the entire thing and we got to celebrate with everyone after!
What were the main influences behind the style of your wedding, it’s location and your venue choice for your big day?
I would say my style for our wedding was romantic with a touch of glitz and glamour. I choose my venue because of the beautiful outside ceremony area, and the fact that the reception area was in the same place was great-very convenient for guest. The reception space had a lot of character and we were able to rent extra space for guest to relax and visit, and two bars-which is obviously a plus!
How did you approach wedding planning? did you use any computer systems, apps or social media?
Most of my wedding planning was done across the country in Texas-which was extremely difficult! We had to strategically plan each visit home that year and schedule all of our wedding stuff during our time home. I had a wedding binder with all of my information in there, pictures, examples of ideas I had for decorations, etc. I used Pinterest for a lot of ideas, and wedding wire to answer a lot of questions about how to properly do things.
What made you decide to hire a videographer?
We had no doubt in our minds that we would want to be able to look back on our big day over and over again. I started researching wedding videos, and fell in love with the story that you tell of the couple, the preparation, the ceremony, and really capture the special feeling of the day. I am really glad we did-because I was so nervous I don’t really remember much of our ceremony! LOL
Did you have any surprises for each other, or for your guests on your wedding day?
We both surprised each other with our wedding gifts. I surprised Kyle with a Cigar bar at the wedding, and his own personalized Cigar Humidor, cutter and lighter. He surprised me with another wedding bang for my gift, and wrapped it in a big box-I was very confused at first, and opened it and saw the Diamonds Direct box and was SO surprised! We also had been taking country two step dance lessons to surprise everyone for our first dance, and we nailed it!
What would your top tips be for somebody planning their wedding?
I would say to set a budget and stick to it. Sadly, I did not do that LOL! Do what makes you happy, and stop worrying about what everyone else will want. Do your research, read your contracts, get everything in writing and keep it all somewhere safe.
What were your favorite parts of your wedding day (or perhaps most memorable)?
One of my favorite memories was seeing Kyle’s reaction when the doors opened and I started walking down the aisle. I had a great time at our reception, and our first dance was so much fun! We also went to Club Lava at the Casino after and had a huge VIP table, and had an amazing time there too.
Any advice for brides currently in the planning process?
Biggest advice is to try to enjoy the planning process-remember what it is really all about-marrying your best friend!
Wedding ceremony venue – Dibbles Inn
Wedding reception venue – Dibbles Inn
Catering – Dibbles Inn
Photographer – Larry Rocco
Wedding dress – Maggie Sottero purchased at Phiajames
Bride accessories & shoes – Mon Cheri Veil, Cowgirl Boots
Bridesmaid dresses – Bill Levkoff
Groom’s attire & accessories & shoes – Tuxedo Junction
Groom’s party attire – Tuxedo Junction
Hair – Split Ends Salon / Bride-my friend &hairstylist from Texas – Nikki
Make up & beauty – Ann Erny
Stationery – Wedding Paper Divas
Venue décor – Purchased a lot from Etsy, misc. online websites, some handmade by my mom
Wedding cake – Dibbles Inn
Wedding favours – BBQ Sauce from Salt Lick BBQ in Austin TX in personalized bottles purchased from Etsy
Wedding rings – Diamonds Direct in Austin
Transportation – Impressions Limousine
Entertainment – Jammin Beats
Florist – My Aunt did most of the floral arrangements