It poured rain by the buckets the days leading up to Erin and David’s wedding but nature saw fit to send some high winds that morning. It was like a mother nature blow dryer just for the grounds. The wind settled a little bit, and we were left some AMAZING wether for an afternoon wedding! Erin has graced us today as the guest blogger with all her wedding details, more from Erin after the pictures!
David and I met while attending The University of Texas at Austin through mutual friends. I majored in Business and Marketing and played on the club volleyball team, and David was a Geography major and 3rd baseman on the Texas Baseball team that won a National Championship in 2005, his senior year.
Once we started dating, our relationship was long distance for most of the first five years with David playing professional baseball for the San Francisco Giants’ minor league teams. Inconveniently, he played on the West Coast when I lived on the East Coast, then we both switched coasts until finally both moving back to Dallas in 2010, after David was finished playing baseball.
After a few years of finally living in the same place and just over 8 years since we first started dating, David proposed on a picnic at Turtle Creek. Although we had been together for quite a long time, I was completely shocked by the proposal, as he proposed on his birthday- February 15, 2014. As someone who doesn’t like a lot of attention, he later told me that the day was now “our day.”
I immediately started thinking about what I wanted our wedding to look and feel like, and bought every bridal magazine I could get my hands on. I was also able to extend a work trip to New York City to go dress shopping with my sister, and fell in love with one of the first dresses I tried on at Lovely Bride NYC- a stunning Hayley Paige dress.
Next on the list was finding a venue. We both knew we wanted to get married near Austin, since we met there and love the city, and we also knew we wanted a fun, rustic venue, preferably for both the wedding ceremony and the reception. After looking at some of the best wedding venues in the Texas Hill Country, I visited Vista West Ranch and immediately knew it was “the one”! I was not only drawn to the fact that the venue was so beautiful and well thought out with the ceremony site, beirgarten, and rustic barn reception venue, but I also loved the all-inclusive offering they provide.
We were happy when we continued our search for vendors and found local companies that did exceptional work and also suited our rustic, romantic vibe, which included Mike Reed Photo, Sweet Treets Bakery, Petal Pushers, Pok-e-Jo’s, and The McKellars Wedding Cinema.
The day of the wedding it was quite chilly and windy, so I am so thankful we were still able to get married outside, as we had envisioned, and take advantage of the beautiful property for outdoor pictures and video. We really wanted to do a first look to take advantage of the light, since there wouldn’t be much after the ceremony, and we were so glad we did. The first look definitely helped calm any nerves and allowed us to have a special private moment with just the two of us.
The rest of the evening was a whirlwind with a beautiful ceremony, pictures with family and friends, delicious food, and dancing. We couldn’t have asked for a more amazing day that we will cherish the rest of our lives together- it was definitely a “dream come true”!
We are so thankful for all of the wonderful people who have been a part of our journey, and we are excited to start this new chapter in our lives!
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