One would say it was by chance that Stephanie and Mark met, but I like to believe it was fate that had their offices placed next to each other at work. Talk about the perfect set up! It was just a matter of time before these two would fall madly in love with each other.
Fast forward in time and these two love birds are getting ready to say I do at Stephanie’s parents vineyard just outside of Austin, Texas. They originally wanted to build a winery in time for the wedding but who has time to wait to construct a building when love is calling? So, setting up an exquisitely beautiful tent was the perfect alternative. I think you’ll agree when you see the photos!
Just to give you an idea of how amazing these people are; Stephanie’s parents are actually planning on turning their gorgeous property into a wedding venue in the future with the proceeds being donated to a charity they’ve set up to battle a specific form of cancer that claimed the lives of a few of their beloved parents and grandparents.
Stephanie and Mark’s receptions was, by far, one of the most amazing and captivating receptions I’ve ever had the privilege of shooting. It was easy to see the amount of attention, care and thought that was put into each and every detail of the evening. One thing in particular was the insanely gorgeous florals above the main table! When I first laid eyes on those stunning wedding florals I couldn’t believe my eyes.
Set against the backdrop of opulence and beauty was my favorite part of the entire evening; two people so enamored with each other that their surroundings failed to compete with their extravagant love.
How did you meet?*
At work – we had neighboring offices, but it would be years before we started dating and fell in love. 🙂
What is your proposal story?*
Mark whisked me away to California wine country, and proposed to Stephanie at a winery.
Tell us a little a bit about your wedding (your vision, color, style, and location choices).*
Dark, moody, and romantic. Colors were burgundy, black, cream/white, dark green, and navy. The location was at Stephanie’s parents’, with the ceremony in their backyard overlooking Texas hill country, and the reception was in a tent next to a small vineyard on their land.
Tell us about your attire choices.*
I wanted something simple but that felt very “me” – and I found it perfectly in my Willowby dress. And I asked my bridesmaids to wear anything they want, so long as it was black and long – I wanted them to feel 100% comfortable and actually have something they’d wear again! 🙂
What were your favorite parts of the day? (memories and stories)*
Our vows that we wrote to each other. The slideshow my mom surprised us with, which includes pics of us from birth to present. And just seeing everyone we love all in one place at the same time.
Tell us about your wedding flowers.
STUNNING. Fit the theme perfectly, and my favorite part was the cascading arrangement over the main table at the reception.
Tell us about your wedding cake.
A “naked” cake with Mark’s mom’s buttercream frosting.
What did you do for favors?
Salt Lick BBQ sauce and seasonings.
Did you include any family heirlooms or special traditions?
Our ceremony included special tributes to each of our parents, which they LOVED. I wore my late grandmother’s ring. The reception had a table with pictures of our closest family members.
Do you have any advice for couples planning their weddings now?
Add all the personal touches, write your own vows (and even the entire ceremony!), and hire a wedding planner if you can! I would have drowned without Tracy Collins.
Any unique or interesting elements you want to point out?*
We had an acoustic guitarist for our ceremony, and I walked down the aisle to “November Rain” by GnR and our recession song was “Sweet Child O Mine” by GnR – Guns n Roses is Mark’s favorite band. 🙂