Today’s fabulous featured wedding comes from Kristi Wright Photography, a Texas wedding photographer based in Austin, Texas. Kristi has been so sweet and accommodating to GSS and we have truly enjoyed working with her on this feature.
Samantha and Daniel are to be married on May 11, 2011 in Hawaii!!! Samantha was kind enough to answer a few questions for us:
How did you and Daniel meet? We met during undergrad at The University of Texas. We played on the same intramural co-ed flag football team. I was a receiver and Daniel was our stud safety. He would always give me rides to our games, since I was a freshman and had no idea how to get to the IM football fields;)
How long have you been together and how long did you date before the proposal? We had been dating four and a half years when he proposed in April. Come November, we will have been together for five years. We have really grown up together.
Have you set a date yet? We decided to get married next May, 5/11/11. I am in Physical Therapy school and that is my only time off until I graduate in May of 2012. Neither of us were wanting to wait that long.
Have you picked your venue? If so, what made you choose this location? We decided to get married in Hawaii, on the island of Kauai. It is kind of a long and round-about story. I got the idea a few years ago when working with a patient who had broken her leg while at her daughter’s wedding in Hawaii. She brought in these beautiful pictures of her daughter’s wedding, mainly to show us how she was in a wheel chair on the beach during the ceremony. We all got a good laugh, but I couldn’t help but think how amazing it would be to get married there. Since Daniel and I both enjoy traveling, we figured why not and just went for it.
At what point did you know that Daniel was “the one”? I don’t know if there is one single moment that made me think Daniel was “the one”. I really appreciated his drive and passion in life. We both are very goal driven. The more we were together, the more I saw the qualities I wanted in a partner for life. When you start dating at the ages of 18 and 19 and end up still together and engaged 5 years later, there are a lot of things you have worked through. Through the stresses of school, getting into grad school, and work, Daniel has always been my number one go-to person. He always will be. That is what makes him “the one”.
Besides getting engaged, what is your favorite memory as a couple? Daniel and I consider ourselves “old souls”. So our favorite moments are when we are home together and just lounging on the couch watching a movie or Family Guy(Daniel’s show of choice). We did get to take a trip together in 2009 to San Francisco and the Red Wood Forest. Because of our personalities, we of course, had a strenuous itinerary. We over scheduled ourselves and were so tired, but we got to see it all!
How did Daniel propose? Daniel took me back to a place on UT campus where we used to pass by each other when we first met. I always made sure I was dressed nicely on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays because I knew we would see each other. Daniel stuck to his gray sweat pants. It was great to go back to the place where we both would get butterflies at the possibility of seeing each other.
Were you surprised? I knew it was coming! He tried to say he was taking me to a new restaurant. But I knew there were no restaurants on that side of campus. The good thing was that in all the places I had imagined and thought he might ask me, I never thought of that place. So, even though I had it figured out, it was still a great surprise, and I cried of course.
What made you choose Kristi Wright as your photographer? We chose Kristi as our photographer because we love her work. Her photographs are modern, warm and artsy. The last thing I wanted was the same old, matching white shirts, posing in a garden engagement photos. I used to do photojournalism in high school, which I know means virtually nothing, but it allows me to really appreciate her creative eye. It is not always easy to get great shots in great locations, but she picks them out so easily. Plus, she is a blast to work with. We love her and her work so much, we asked her to shoot the wedding in Hawaii too! We are so excited.
Thank you so much, Kristi, for sharing this amazing wedding with us! Please stop by her website and show her some love! And thank you, Samantha, for taking your time to answer our questions! We hope your wedding is everything that you have ever dreamed of and wish you and Daniel a lifetime full of love, laughter, and happiness!!! May every day be better than the last!