Wedding Date: April 7, 2018
Wedding Location: The White Room in Arlington, TX
Tell about your love story!
How did you meet? What makes your mate a perfect match? How was the question popped?
We met not intentionally through the networking website Linkedin. He kept viewing my page and didn't know I could see him viewing my page. So I messaged him to ask him why he kept looking at my page.....and because I thought he was cute! As we would come to find out, we knew some of the same people and he had affiliation with the church I grew up in. A few months after messaging back and fourth, we decided to meet up at a snow cone stand that turned out to be up the street from where we were married. Afterwards, we went to the park and talked all night....we haven't stopped talking since...
We make a perfect match because we are spiritually compatible when it comes to our faith in Christ and we have the same life views.
He proposed on Valentine's Day. February 14th 2017. He brought over some really good Barbecue from this place called Woodshed BBQ, our favorite ice cream Blue Bell Pralines and Cream and a bouquet of red roses. He kept trying to hide the ring in different places in the apartment...All attempts failed. Finally, he just pulled it out of his pocket and I was speechless. I kept saying, "For real!!!" After he kept assuring me, I finally said Yes!
Describe your wedding planning process.
The wedding planning was fun and stressful. It did bring us closer. It was the first time we ever had to really compromise on something because it involved both of our lives, which is exactly what marriage is. Caring about what the other person wants/needs and doing what you can to make it happen.
How long were you engaged? Who helped plan? Did you hire a planner? What planning tools did you use? What turned out to be your best decision surrounding the big day?
Recap your big day for us.
We dated for 6 months, but were engaged for 1 year and 2 months...lol. I pretty much planned the whole wedding myself with the help of David, my mom, my sister and bridesmaids. I didn't have a wedding planner, but I did have a coordinator and she helped a great deal, ESPECIALLY the day of the wedding. The cool thing about my coordinator is she is not an official wedding coordinator, but she is superb at coordinating things. Having her as the wedding coordinator, instead of a bridesmaid (which is what her role was at first) was the best decision I made for that day. Also, choosing the vendors I had! They didn't disappoint! My wedding day was the BEST day of my life (next to giving birth to my son). Not only did I get to marry the love of my life and my best friend, I had TONS of fun doing it. We are still thinking of that day with a full heart!
What made you laugh? What made you cry? What were the most memorable moments? What unexpected things happened that weren't planned for?
The thing that makes me laugh most is me, my mom and one of my bridesmaid sneaking me to the restroom in my wedding dress to go potty! I was so nervous, I didn't realize I had to go until I was fully dressed! I didn't cry that day, but if I did it would have been because of my husbands vows. They were the most beautiful vow's ever! They were better than mine! I had never heard him speak so sweetly from his heart. I knew in that moment, I am defiantly with the right fella! . There were a few things that I planned for that did not happen that day. We bought table numbers and a guest book for the wedding. They were in the venue, but literally got pushed under a table and didn't go up. When it was time for our guest to get their plates, the DJ had a not so smooth time with calling them up. Plus, I don't have a record of who was all there because the guest book didn't go out. That bugged me for a few days, but I'm over it....I think...
What about the details?
What was your vision/theme? How did you bring it to life?
Our vision and theme did come together with the exception of those few things listed about. We were determined to have all we wanted within the budget we set. The wedding colors where navy, blush pink and champagne. I was able to incorporate those colors really well throughout the wedding. It was beautiful.
What's the best advice you can give a bride and groom planning their wedding?
Don't go broke or into debt paying for your wedding! What's important is WHO you are marring, not how. There is more than one way to skin a cat. If a bakery charges $500 for a 3 tier cake, go to another bakery that charges half that and will make it look just as nice. Do that with everything! We had a budget, stuck to it and had peace of mind. Save that money for important things at the wedding like your photographer and honeymoon. Also, get a wedding coordinator! If you can't afford one, ask someone you know who would be good at it to do it for you as a favor. You want to be able to relax and enjoy that day.
What do you look forward to most as Mr. & Mrs.?
Seeing what purpose God has for us as a couple, having more kids and just doing life with each other!
What has surprised you most during the first few weeks of marriage?
How much fun it is to be married! I couldn't have imagined how much closer we have become in just the matter of a few days/weeks!
Your vendors: List your vendors you'd like to credit for your wedding day.
MUA: By Amiya at Studio 21 in Grand Prairie, TX
DJ/MC: Tony French at the French Palace in Dallas, TX
Bakery: Cooper Street Bakery in Arlington, TX
Photographer: Brianna Dickson Photography in Dallas TX