We will let her tell you….
How did you and James (husband) meet?
James and I met at Charis Hills Summer Camp. It is a camp for kids with learning differences like Aspergers and ADHD. I was taking a camper to the bathroom and James came up to me and said “So… what are we going to do on Saturday night?” That was his idea of “asking me out.” Surprisingly I had a really good time on that first date. We spent the rest of the summer getting to know each other… and falling in love.
How long have you been together?
What was your “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue”?
Something old: I wore a beautiful antique gold and purple bracelet that I found on etsy.
Something new: My lovely new lace bridal gown.
Something borrowed: I borrowed the perfect pearl earrings from my mother-in-law.
Something blue: There were light blue ribbons used for the bustle on my dress.
Your dress is gorgeous, where did you get it and how did you know it was “the one”?
This was probably the hardest decision I had to make about my wedding. I knew exactly what I wanted, but couldn’t find it anywhere I looked. I spent everyday scouring the internet searching for the perfect designer and price. I was with James visiting his family in Plano, and his mom, sister, and sister-in-law wanted to take me shopping. We went to Stardust Celebrations, and I found the perfect Robert Bullock gown. It was the right material, the right silhouette, and the right price. I loved how it made me look and feel on my wedding day.
We love the color bouquets…. please tell us more about those?
Flowers were an important part of setting the right mood for the big day. My theme was “rustic vintage” and I wanted the florals to reflect that theme. I wanted a variety of flowers, in a myriad of colors, that looked natural and effortless. Our florists did an absolutely fantastic job! I couldn’t have been more happier with how everything turned out. The flowers were a perfect pairing with my vintage milk glass.
How did you choose your wedding color palette?
I am a painter, and my favorite thing about painting is all of the different hues and shades you can create with paint. I love color. I wanted the color palette for my wedding to be limitless. Natural colors that would work well together and with the venue.
My invitations were a sage green color, light brown, cream, and violet purple. I had found some fabric that I wanted to incorporate with the invitations and the color palette grew form there.
What song did you dance to for your first dance as husband and wife?
“I loved her First” by Heartland. It started out being the father daughter dance and then James “cut in” for our fist dance.
How did James propose?
The original camp location was in Kerrville, TX. We were in Kerrville last November visiting some friends of ours. It was late one night (around 10:30 PM) . James pulled into the parking lot of the restaurant where we had our first date. I was pretty confused because everything was closed. He lead me around to the back porch, got down on one knee, and pulled out a box of chocolates. In the box of chocolates was his great grandmothers diamond ring. The ring and the box of chocolates are both part of family tradition.
What sold you on your wedding venue?
James and I met at Charis Hills, and James is the Camp Director. We now both work and live at the camp. We knew we wanted to get married at the camp because it was part of our past and our future. Not to mention it is an absolutely beautiful location.
F.Y.I. for all of those brides out there- Charis Hills is open for other weddings as well! It has a full service kitchen, a dinning room that holds 150 people, and beautiful ceremony locations.
What was your favorite part of your big day?
Getting married! I also enjoyed seeing all of our family and friends who came to support James and I on our big day.
Do you have any advice for brides that are in the planning process?
Stay calm, and let people help. I am a bride who wanted to do EVERYTHING for my wedding. Things went smoothly when I finally let other people join in on the fun of wedding planning.
Also, it helps to be flexible. The ceremony was originally supposed to be outside. However, with record highs in the great state of Texas we decided to move the ceremony indoors hours before it was supposed to take place! The ceremony was perfect and I am so glad I was flexible and allowed “the plan” to change.
Thank you so much, Kari, for sharing this amazing wedding session with us! Please stop by her blog and show her some love! And thank you, Ryann, for taking the time to answer our questions! We wish you and James a lifetime full of love, laughter, and happiness!!! May every day be better than the last!
Venue: Charis Hills Summer Camp www.charishills.org
Dress: Stardust Celebrations www.stardustcelebrations.com
Cake: Colleens Cakes www.colleenscakes.com
Floral: The Porter Touch
Linens: Provided by venue
Catering: Sagebrush Catering www.stagecoachsteaks.com
DJ/Band: Wendell Nelson Billy Bob’s dance instructor
Photographer: Kari Crowe Photography www.karicrowe.com
Invitations/Wedding Stationery: DIY by bride