Wedding Recap: Georgetown, TX

This post obviously has nothing to do with running or food. But it’s a pretty cool part of life that I’d like to remember, and I thought, “HEY! Maybe someone else is planning a wedding and would like to creep on mine???”

So… in honor of receiving the wedding photos (from our amazing photographer), here’s one of the most fun days of my life:

7:00 am: Wake up Call

We stayed the night at the cozy cabins located onsite at the venue. I was SO NERVOUS/excited, and I’m not sure if I actually went to sleep. We woke up to a frigid seventeen degrees, a record low this year for Austin, Texas. I still had high hopes completely naive wishes of having the ceremony outdoors.
We headed over to Flair Austin for our 8:00 AM hair appointments, champagne and Round Rock Donuts in hand. Disclaimer: No one felt like drinking champagne, so we just towed it around with us.

12:00 pm: Make-up

As soon as the hair fun had ended, we raced over to the venue for makeup, courtesy of Veronica Smiley, ESPN, celebrity, and freelance makeup artist (AKA miracle-worker). I felt like Samantha Ponder.
Shoutout to my face for having zits after weeks of being clean and clear.

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Zack’s dad was kind enough to deliver sandwiches for everyone, so all stayed happy and full. I snacked on EPIC brand turkey jerky, wine (may or may not have been from a straw), and lots of water. I finally had to make a game time decision of where to have the ceremony due to the ridiculous cold. My bridesmaids were amazing, “It’s YOUR day. Where do YOU want to have the ceremony?” What did I do do deserve these people? We all thankfully decided on our Plan B: indoors. No way I could make people sit in 22 degrees while we said our vows!

2:30 pm: Dress

This deserves a shout-out to the photographer, Rebecca Taylor Photography. Everything was SUCH a blur and I wasn’t thinking straight most of the day, but it was her idea to pull me into the courtyard to get my mom and sisters get me into the dress. Such a sweet moment. Thank you, Becca!!!

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Earrings, a gift from Zack’s mom:

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And Zack was getting ready with his guys at the cabins at the same time:

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He look good.

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And those tuxes were fiyah.

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Zack said this was their “album cover”
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3:00 pm: “First Look”

A special moment, just for my #1 since day 1, my sweet dad:
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Love my dad ❤

3:30 pm: Bridal Party Pics

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Oh. My dress wasn’t ready in time for bridal portraits, but Becca miraculously made time to squeeze in a few while my gals finished getting ready. THANK YOU ❤

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Girl had her work cut out for her, because I am hella awkward.

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4:00 pm: Note Exchange
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4:45 pm: LET’S GET MARRIED!

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My late granddad’s wedding band was a gift to Zack from my Memaw. Zack had my ring custom made and hand-picked the diamond, and we designed my sapphire band together.

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I feel like I should maybe write a post about how we saved SO much money on our wedding, but I literally downloaded these invitations from Etsy for $12, and they were perfect.

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And I made all the signs myself #BrideOnABudget
*flips hair*

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Okay. Wedding time.

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Our ushers were the best.

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YAY!

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5:30 pm: Fajitas & Party Time

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[Really good] Speeches

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When the MOH spills a drink all over the groom… :p

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Father-Daughter Fun ❤
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Really surprised that our cake was amazing…our baker forgot it was our wedding day, and had to make an emergency delivery after I sent a panicked text. But it turned out GREAT!
Lemon cake with real raspberry filling. mmm.

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Devin, 3x garter toss reigning champ

Dancing with the bouquet toss winner, Lorraine Ralaine
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Invite Germans to your wedding. Let them lead the party.
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The most fun night!
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Thank you to EVERYONE who came to make us feel celebrated! You all are the reason why we had so much fun, and we hope you did too!

If I could offer any advice to anyone planning a wedding, just remember that at the end of the day, you’re going to walk away married to the person you love, and that’s the ultimate goal! It doesn’t matter if your baker forgets to bring the cake, or your wedding spontaneously gets moved inside because of record breaking weather (ha)…but all those memories certainly make the day all the more fun, I promise.

🙂

Stacey

Shoutout to:
-Rebecca Taylor Photography, a true God-send
-Flair Austin (hair)
-Stefanie Cutler (hair)
-Veronica Smiley Makeup
-Norma, Anthony, and Angel Springs Event Center
-Mario, our amazing caterer, who even took the time to pack us to-go meals and had them ready in our car that picked us up form the reception. HOMEMADE EVERYTHING.
-Rocks With Sass (bridesmaid jewels)
-My hard-working dad
-Jesus. None of this would’ve happened without Jesus. 
-Lindsay (MOH & BFF) for dealing with me, and Sydney, Becca, Shelby, Christy, Hailey, Susanne, and Haley for being the greatest friends

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Be OK

Hey Friends!

Hope life is treating you well. Here’s an update on what’s happening in mine plus a semi-big announcement:

Two weekends ago we took engagement pics on Zack’s family’s land. My sister, Lindsay, whipped out her camera in the middle of a pasture in Central Texas and started snappin’ away! SHE. HAS. AMAZING. TALENT. It was 100 degrees. Bugs were biting us. And she still managed to make us look so dang enchanted. If you don’t believe me, LOOK!  Thanks, Linds!

I’ve had a ton of requests on where I got the dress, so in case you are wondering too, it’s from Urban Outfitters on sale! I felt like I was about to shoot a country music video. Or become a mermaid. Either sounded like good options, so it was worth the purchase.

And this past weekend…*drumroll*
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I moved Zack to Oklahoma, which I guess brings me to my announcement *clears throat*, “We are moving to Oklahoma!”. We found a little house and within two days were hauling all of Zack’s belongings to Central Oklahoma. This is a big deal because Texas is BIG and miserable to drive through. But not only that. This is the first house that we will live in as a married couple…and I never in a million years imagined that it would be in Oklahoma.

I think we are going to love it though. Our neighbors took the time to say “Welcome to the neighborhood!” as we were unloading the Uhaul. Made me smile. An older guy stopped by on his morning walk to complement Jaxon on how cute of a dog he is (I didn’t tell him that Jaxon is deaf, but I think Jaxon was thrilled to meet a stranger anyway). The neighborhood is SO cute and quiet. I keep calling it “The Sandlot” neighborhood, because all the homes are from the 1950s-1960s and it reminds me so much of the neighborhood from my favorite movie!

jaxwatchdogLife is so funny. I think back to being 19 or 20 and I always thought I’d be a nurse, with Zack, who would be in oil. We would live somewhere near Austin or Houston, and we’d be really well off by the time we were a year out of school. Big, silly plans. Now here we are, still doing more school and nowhere near Austin. I’m on my way out of Houston soon. But we are still together and we are still doing life, even though sometimes it feels like life is doing us. Honestly, I couldn’t be more content with this big, new, scary, fun adventure. God knows what He’s doing. And I’m thanking him for it all. I’m thanking Him for Oklahoma, for new jobs, for new opportunity, for new people, and for a fresh new chapter in life. It’s gonna be a challenge, but I really think God has it all under control. I’d like to think that Joshua 1 is a promise for us, too. We need to be strong and courageous, because God has given us this new land, in Oklahoma. We are going to be OK. 😉

Any words of encouragement after surviving a big move? Any suggestions on finding a cute couch? Decorating is about to go downnnnn.

P.S. Ever been stuck in traffic when you REALLY have to go to the bathroom? My recent real life traffic troubles next time. You may want to skip over it.

 

Keep moving forward 🙂

 

 


I am so excited to tell y’all this.

BIG NEWS, YALL.

[But first…]

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I traveled to the mountains in New Mexico over Fourth of July weekend to visit my guy and his family. After a three hour flight delay because united airlines someone forgot to RESERVE A PILOT, followed by a five-hour road trip from Midland to New Mexico, WE REACHED OUR DESTINATION. Praise!

The next day after a run with Zack’s mom, Lindsay took photos for ma blog as we explored uncharted mountain territory while the guys golfed. Isn’t she the cutest photographer that ever photographed? Due to one too many uphill hikes coupled with altitude struggles (#TexanProbs), Lindsay announced that she would not be accompanying me on my real hike through the mountains the next day. Grr. Fine.

Later in the evening we went to an amazeballs American Italian restaurant, Michael J’s, to celebrate Zack’s dad’s birthday. If you’re ever in Ruidoso, NM, make a reservation, and thank me later. The weather was a perfect 60something degrees, a blissful break from smoldering Houston. We sat under the stars and listed to Sinatra, Etta James, and Louis Armstrong under glistening patio lights as we shared a bottle of cab with a side of garlic bread and olive oil. My favorite dining experiences are conditions just like these, complete with a sweet waitress who appreciates the opportunity of no rushing between courses. It couldn’t have been better, including my veggie + chicken primavera pasta.

Next, casino time. We were lucky enough to find a table where we could all sit down at a table together and play black jack, my first time! I lost thirty dollars, which isn’t bad for someone who doesn’t do mental math at all. If we had been playing as a team, our entire team ended with only five dollars less than what we started with! We chalked it up as an overall win, headed to the cabin, and called it a night.

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The next day I slept in, and everyone else was already awake by the time I trudged downstairs to some coffee and plain Greek yogurt, my favorite. It was a patriotic treat for the eve of the Fourth sprinkled with ripe, fresh strawberries and blueberries, walnuts, and dried cranberries. After breakfast, Zack took me hiking.

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Views for dayz.

We hiked a short four mile(ish) loop around the lake. Once we reached higher grounds with prettier views we found a log to sit on while we inhaled our snacks. Edit: I was inhaling my snacks; Zack was watching as I ravenously shed layers of polite eating habits on a protein bar and strawberries.

Then this happened:

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He dug through his hiking pack (I actually thought he was reaching for snacks…), got on one knee, and the rest is history. I haven’t smiled that hard maybe ever.

It was our sweetest, most exciting moment, and there was no one there to witness it but us: perfection. I was really thankful that Lindsay convinced me not to paint my nails a patriotic blue for the Fourth which I had been contemplating. Apparently Lindsay, Zack’s parents, and my parents knew it was happening. I had no idea! Otherwise, I would’ve picked a better outfit and possibly worn mascara at least.

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I know, I’m bragging a little a lot, but guys, HE DID SO GOOD. He had it custom made by a sweet, family-owned jewelry store in Waco, TX. I could swoon all day. 5+ years of dating, the guy knows me well.

We celebrated with champagne and kabobs from the grill (Thanks, Kathy!) after returning to a cabin full of happy, excited people. I have never felt more welcomed! Lindsay gifted me with a Kate Spade knot bracelet and the kindest hand-written card I have ever received. SO CUTE AND THOUGHTFUL. We spent the remainder of the day calling our closest friends and family to share in the excitement.


After a healthy dose of putt-putt, we took Lindsay to the airport and watched the best fire-works display of my life at the Inn of The Mountain Gods for the Fourth, and then headed back to Midland so I could catch my plane back home. Interesting take-off during a West Texas dust storm, but I made it back to Houston! Let the planning begin! 🙂

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Promise not to make this blog all about bein’ a bride. But I was too thrilled not to share. 🙂

-Stacey