daniel and i tied the knot back in february and it was amazing! we had a small wedding at the driskill hotel, and it could not have been more perfect. we had an amazing time celebrating with our community here in austin, and while we wished we could have invited the whole world, it was the right choice for us.
the day itself presented a few challenges. of the few folks we did invite from out of town, most didn’t make it due to weather…even my dad almost didn’t get here! my groom had the flu, and my jewelry didn’t arrive in time, but all of these things faded away when we focused on the purpose of our day: love.
we had a beautiful, intimate ceremony. dan asked his best man, adam, to share the story of Jesus before we got started, and then our great friends larry and jacob co-officiated our vows and challenges that ushered us into marriage.
we had some of the greatest people in the world standing with us, too. it was one of the toughest, most prayed-through decisions choosing our bridal party. i absolutley couldn’t stop at 3, so i also had 5 honorary bridesmaids, too. :) it was totally awesome and i couldn’t imagine the big day without any one of them participating. they were all a part of our story, and that was so important to us.
yeah…they were seriously great. they prayed with me and encouraged me. bryan, one of the groomsmen, got dan packed for our trip and dressed for the wedding amidst his haze of flu-y sickness. i found out later that day that bryan had just come off an overnight shift at the hospital at 7am. what a great friend! he took such good care of my man!
my sister, mary, directed the actual wedding and i was so grateful for her. we sat down only the week beforehand, so that i could drill into her every single intricate detail and plan that i had worked out with our vendors and she handled it like a pro.
our music was amazing. our friends andrea and darnell played guitar and violin and played several songs darnell had actually written for our community. incredible. everything tied together so well.
the reception was nothing short of fabulous! because it was a small scale, we decided treat our guests to high tea. the driskill is really good at this, and did not disappoint. we had tea sandwiches, lemon tarts, scones with the oh-so-fabulous cream, full tea service and champagne any way you wanted it. we had a BLAST celebrating afterwords!
it really was a great day. i got to marry my best friend. marriage has been a blessing beyond anything i can articulate. insert lots of smiling here. :)
i couldn’t finish this post without mentioning our amazing photgrapher, shari henson. she and her second, clair, were so much fun to work with! they went with the flow, and stayed cool and calm the whole time. i appreciated this so much because things can so easily get crazy on your wedding day. she was super professional and knew exactly what she wanted to shoot. she had asked me a ton of questions before and captured some really great moments. i am so thankful for her, and for her friendship, and just that she’s my sister in Christ. that bond is something else. we get each other.
here are a few pictures from the big day. :) thanks shari! you should all hire her to do your weddings, engagements, portraits, newborn pics, family photos, i mean really anything you can think of!
this picture is really special. one of the reasons we chose the driskill is because it’s a place we go on dates regularly. it’s right next door to the ritz, we can always find parking, and it’s fabulous! katie is our usual waitress, and this is our ‘spot.’ it’s where we first said our i love yous, and i want to marry yous.
i crack myself up right here, hehe! this is our friend adam, giving us a toast before eating the amazing german chocolate cake. it was hilarious and heart felt. and that’s totally an envelope of honeymoon $ falling out of dan’s vest. ha!
this pretty well sums up how i was feeling. i was SO excited to see dan! i was having fun getting ready with my best girls, and we had just had delicious cinnamon rolls. yumm. i love it!
that’s my man! we decided to do a little shoe change for the reception. i had also done a hair style change. we were having a blast with the photogs and our hair stylist. :) great times!
we’ll have more pics soon. thank you, everyone, near and far, for loving us and making our day so wonderful!