GSS Featured Wedding :: Kristin & Cody’s Elegant Summer Texas Wedding :: Krystle Akin Photography

Happy Hump Day, Lovelies!!!  Today’s featured wedding comes from Krystle of Krystle Akin Photography. She is an East Texas based wedding photographer.  Krystle has been so accommodating to GSS on this feature.  Thank you!  Kristin and Cody were married in The Woodlands, Texas on July 23, 2011.  Kristin was kind enough to answer a few questions for us:

How did you and Cody meet?  We are both Texas A&M graduates, so we had several mutual friends. I was having a girls’ night, he was having a guys’ night, my friends knew his friends & his friends knew my friends. :)  We met up at a Wade Bowen Concert (another Texas country event) and that’s where our story began!

How long have you been together?  We met in January 2010, began dating shortly after…He proposed 11 months later in December. We have been together 1 year, 7 months and married 2 months, Sept 23.

How did Cody propose?  I’m a teacher so during my Christmas break I went to visit him because we were in a long distance relationship until we were married (3 hours away from each other). He had just bought a house (our house now)… he didn’t have cable yet so needless to say we were trying to entertain ourselves. He had plans to propose the following day but he couldn’t wait another day. We were sitting on the couch, he asked “how do you picture me proposing to you.” I said that I didn’t want anything fancy or anything that would cause attention; I told him “I want you to propose when you felt like you have never loved me more than that very minute. Make sure I look cute though when you ask me! Haha!” One hour later, we were playing hangman on a dry erase board (trying to keep ourselves entertained) and it was “the final hangman” and it read “Look in the cabinet above the desk.” I still had no idea what was going on… looked in the cabinet, saw a ring box, turned around, and he was on one knee. He then said “Kris, I have never loved you more than I do right now. Will you marry me?”  I said yes and then we BOTH jumped up and down, over and over!

P.S.- I was wearing his flannel pajamas, a tank top, a leopard headband, and NO MAKE-UP. I thought he didn’t pay attention to the fact that I told him that I wanted to look cute but he said “To me, that’s when you are the cutest.”

What sold you on your wedding venue?  I am from Palestine (east Texas) and he is from Nederland (southeast Texas) so we knew that we wanted to choose a location that was an equal distance for both families/friends to travel. We fell in love with the church, Robb Chapel at The Woodlands United Methodist Church at first sight. The only criteria I had for the church is that it had one center aisle that opened up to two double doors.  The reception at Woodlands Resort was an easy choice as well. Since we were making people travel, we wanted our reception to be traditional but yet with a FUN twist- basically a celebration/party for all of our guests! Plus it was beautiful once the sunset and you could see the pond outside the glass room. So it had an indoor/outdoor feel but air conditioned!

Your dress is gorgeous, where did you get it and how did you know it was “the one”?  I loved my dress!! It was by the designer Watters and we found it at Brickhouse Bridal of The Woodlands. I actually picked out the sash first but knew I wanted a dress that was fitting and simple so that way the sash would stand out. It would have been the first dress I tried on but my mom made me try on a poofy, Cinderella dress first. Yuck! Not for me! Otherwise, it would have been the first and last dress I tried on.  From the second I put the dress on; I loved it and could picture myself wearing it on my big day!!

How did you choose your wedding color palette?  EASY! My favorite color is purple, so we did various shades of purple.

What song did you dance to for your first dance?  We are HUGE Texas Country fans so of course… One Woman by Randy Rogers Band.

Do you have any advice for bride and grooms that are in the planning process?  Have fun! Do not stress!! It goes by too fast!

What was your favorite part of your big day?  Seeing Cody’s face when I walked down the aisle.


Venue: Woodlands United Methodist  (ceremony) & Woodlands Resort (reception)

Dress:  Watters (designer) purchased from  Brickhouse Bridal of the Woodlands

Cake: Woodlands Resort

Floral: The Blooming Idea

Linens: Woodlands Resort

Catering: Woodlands Resort

DJ/Band: Casey Brown of Palestine, TX (AMAZING)

Invitations/Wedding Stationery: David’s Bridal

Thank you so much, Krystle, for sharing this amazing wedding with us!  Please stop by Krystle Akin Photography’s website and blog and show her some love!  And thank you, Kristin, for taking your time to answer our questions!  We wish you and Cody a lifetime full of love, laughter, and happiness!!!  May every day be better than the last!

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