Tell us about finding your wedding dress. I found a picture on pinterest of the back of my dress and knew I wanted to find a dress that I could have the same back replicated. A friend of mine, Kim Spradlin, owns Bellabridesmaid in San Antonio and in Austin and one of my best friend’s and bridesmaids works at the Austin store. My mom and I drove up to Austin for a fun day trip and tried on wedding dresses at Bella and found “the one”! It was the second dress I tried on and we were able to remake the back from a local woman in San Antonio named Betty.
Describe your wedding flowers and the colors you chose….and why! I wanted our wedding to feel very organic so we went with a lot of greens and natural colors. I honestly don’t even remember what flowers we used…maybe don’t put that in there haha.
What were your favorite details? The boy’s bowties, the color of the foliage behind where we go married, my diamond necklace that Stephen gave me (it was his great grandmothers and has been passed down each generation), Stephen’s cufflinks and wedding band were his Papa Jack’s, bridesmaids and all of the kids wore TOMS shoes, our cake from Bird Bakery had unique flavors: sea salt carmel, carrot cake, pistachio, and sweet potato; the tree stump slices as center pieces….
What part of your wedding was DIY? We made candle jars wrapped in lace and filled with bird seed
Did you have any traditions or special events that were a part of your wedding? Taking communion together was really special, and we loved having a bagpiper
Did you decide to do a “first look”? Why or why not? No, we wanted the first time we saw each other to be when I was walking down the aisle
Did your write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite part? We tweaked them. We took traditional vows and tweaked a few words. For example we said, “With this ring I marry you” instead of “With this ring I thee wed”
What was the most memorable moment of your wedding day? Stephen: (I cannot say my real answer…. wink….) seeing Alli walk towards me down the aisle
Alli: exchanging vows. I felt like it was just us and we were surrounded by so much peace and love. The sun was setting so the light was just perfect! The Lord’s presence there was so tangible, it was amazing. Best. Day. Ever!
What song did you choose for the first dance? Was it meaningful or just a favorite? Michael Buble “You and I” but….they couldn’t get the iPod to work…so the band played “At Last”.
What was the funniest moment of your wedding day? Stephen: when my brothers threw me in the pool when I was getting dressed right before the wedding
Alli: trying to pay attention and listen to Joey during the ceremony but we just kept laughing with each other.
What do you look forward to the most about marriage? Waking up to my best friend every day. Having my best friend to go on life’s adventures with.
Venue: Cordillera Ranch @ Swede Creek
Caterer: O’Briens Restaurant
Cake: Bird Bakery
Flowers: Steven Pizzini
Wedding Coordinator: Country Sugar
Dress: Saja from Bella Bridesmaid, (the back was made by a local dress maker named Betty)
Invitations: Clare Wood of Carriage House Design Co.