I'm Married!!! (And Here's the Tea)

Hey y'all!

If you've known me for even 5 minutes, you will have known I have been waiting to say I'm a wife for 6.5 years. Well, I can officially say, I'M MARRIED!!

COVID definitely threw a wrench in our original plan of getting married in Maui. In case you didn't know, there was a mandatory 2-week quarantine if you visited Hawaii. There was an option to get a COVID test done 72 hours prior to arrival, but that option kept getting pushed back. We made the really hard decision to cancel everything on August 17th. BUT we didn't let that stop us from still becoming husband and wife!

We kept our original date of October 20th (yes, that was a Tuesday but 10/20/2020 just sounded so cute) and decided to do a wedding in Texas! Now, let me start by saying that planning a wedding under 65 days wasn't easy. There were days when I wanted to throw in the towel and say we would just postpone for Hawaii. 

I also won't lie and say that I didn't continuously compare everything back to the fact I was going to get married in Hawaii. That had been my dream wedding ever since I was little. I shed a few tears over that, but in the end, the wedding is only the celebration - it's not the marriage. 

I'm also so happy to say that I LOVED my wedding. It was so special being surrounded by our immediate family only. I felt no stress the day of. And even if it wasn't Maui, it was still so amazing.


Michael and I made the decision early on that we didn't want to do a "first look." The first time we saw each other on the day of our wedding was when I was walking down the aisle, which was soooo special (even if he didn't cry..). 

After the ceremony, we took family photos, followed by our romantic photos. It was our first time ever getting professional photos done together. Bruna (our photographer) made it so stress-free and easy. She was great at posing us and telling us what to do. You can see some of her gorgeous shots further down in this blog post.

After photos, we heard speeches from our dads, and Michael's sister surprised us with one too. I definitely cried a little at that one! Then we moved on to dinner, aka my favorite thing to talk about. We had vegan nachos and a hummus plate for appetizers, followed by a caesar salad. We gave the caterers our own recipe for pea pesto pasta, and it was good, but honestly, I think we make it better!

Then for our cake, we ordered a vanilla coconut cake, but I don't think that's what we ended up getting. It definitely didn't taste anything like coconut and had a ton of cinnamon and maybe even jam in it?? I'm not a dessert person, so it wasn't super upsetting; just kind of weird. Everyone said they really liked it anyway! Also worth noting, they charge you for boxing up leftover food - including the cake.

Lastly, we ended our night at the venue by playing cornhole and giant Jenga. It was so relaxing and fun to just spend time with everyone! Once our time was up at the venue, we went to my parent's Airbnb and partied the night away by singing karaoke. 10/10 recommend!!


Now for our vendors...I'll list them all below. I loved my photographer, videographer, and hair/makeup artist! If you're getting married in the Dallas area, I highly recommend reaching out to them for their availability. 

Our guitar player was next level. He is so talented and was one of the most affordable options. If you like country and rock - he's your man. We had him play Humble and Kind for my walk down the aisle and Crazy Little Thing Called Love for our recessional. He was singing and playing during our photography sessions which also put everyone in a great mood. One of the most common things we were told by our family was how great he was!

As for the venue, I personally would not recommend it. It's such a beautiful place, but I constantly struggled to get responses from the owner. Even just waiting for them to send over the contract took a week. When you're short on time, that's very stressful! There were some other issues that I won't list out here, but if you're nosey like me, send me a dm, and I'll fill you in 😂 If we had more time to look, I probably would have figured out another option.

The caterer was in the middle. We are vegans, so we knew we wanted to have only vegan food at our wedding. The food itself was so yummy! But again, they lacked communication, and I had to follow up multiple times with them to get a response.

Photographer: Bruna Kitchen Photography

Videographer: Nobl Film House

HMU: Michaela Paskell - @hairandmakeupbymichaela

Venue/Florals: House of DIRT

Guitar player: Riley Wilson

Catering: Tribal All Day Cafe 


**The following links are commissionable**

My dress: BHLDN - Willowby by Watters Hearst Gown in color ivory/blush

My necklace: Pear Pendant Necklace

My shoes: White Platform Ankle Strap Sandals

Michae's suit: Bar III Men's Slim-Fit Suit in Chambray

Michael's tie/pocket square: Solid Necktie and Pocket Square Set in Antique Blush

Michae's shoes: Alfani Men's Adam Cap Toe Oxfords

Michael's socks: Pupsocks

I am so excited to finally be married to this sweet man of mine, and I can't wait for our many adventures to come. Oh, and don't worry! We'll go to Maui next year. We've got tons of points to make it happen.


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