There is no way to adequately explain my excitement over this real wedding — primarily for two reasons: 1. This wedding features two Texans in love. A native of the state myself, I’m always giddy to show off my old stomping grounds…and Austin is just about one of the prettiest spots around. 2. Bride, Ashley and Groom, Seth were SO incredibly creative and personal in putting together the details of their day! Please note the fondant bunting on their cake, for one…. Their lovely rustic wedding venue the Vista West Ranch in Dripping Springs, TX was perfect for their big day! Photography is via Washington DC wedding photographer Nessa K , and is exquisite. (Don’t miss the whole she-bang in the gallery, here!)
What were the playful twists that made your event unique? Instead of a groom’s cake, we decided to do pies on homemade pedestals. We also had a local food truck (P. Terry’s) come out rather than doing a formal, seated dinner.
What was the most memorable moment? At some point during the evening, we realized that our grandmothers were dancing together. It was possibly the cutest thing ever, and heartwarming that two such important women in our lives were getting along so well.
Tell us about the food and desserts: P Terry’s burger truck catered the event, serving burgers and fries. Wedding cake was provided by Classic Cakes by Lori (Dripping Springs, TX) and groom’s pies from Cutie Pies (Austin, TX)
Tell us how you met! We worked at the same company on different teams and a mutual friend suggested we hang out. Seth invited Ashley to join him along with some friends from the office for a happy hour. Somehow, he managed to talk her into joining him with a few other friends for dinner afterward. The rest is history.
Now, tell us about the proposal! After picking out a ring, I had decided on a New Year’s Eve proposal. Ashley’s best friend from college, Kristofer, was living in San Francisco at the time. Ashley isn’t much for extravagant, public displays of affection but I knew it would mean a lot to have Kristofer there after the proposal. He and his boyfriend flew into Austin for what Ashley thought was a fancy dinner and staycation at Hotel San Jose on S. Congress Ave in Austin for New Year’s Eve. After arriving at the hotel and grabbing a quick drink together, each couple retired to their suites to get cleaned up for dinner. Ashley and I had never looked at rings together, though we’d talked in a general sense about marriage and our future. While she was finishing her drink, I sneaked around the corner to fetch the ring. She’d been living with me for a few months and kept leaving her mail key at the house instead of her key chain. Initially, this drove me crazy, but after purchasing the ring and realizing I would be getting official paperwork on the stone, it turned out to be a blessing in disguise. She was sitting on the couch in the hotel room when I presented her with a package, wrapped in gold fabric tied with twine. In the fabric was a Tiffany’s bag. Within the bag was a ring box which contained… her mail key. She was thoroughly confused, which was exactly what I was hoping for. She said “what is this?” to which I replied, straight faced “your mail key.” In her confusion, she kept looking from the key to the box, and didn’t notice when I got down on one knee. I said “I had to hide it, so you wouldn’t realize I’d gotten you this”, at which point I presented her with the ring and popped the question.
Describe your wedding in one to two sentences, so that someone who wasn’t there could envision it: The ceremony was non-traditional, short and sweet with a small wedding party of two on each side. The reception was the laid back gathering that we both hoped it would be, full of close family and friends celebrating together.
Tell us about your wedding gown, and what your wedding party wore: Ashley’s wedding gown was an online shopping impulse purchase that turned out well. She chose a simple champagne gown from J. Crew. She tried on no other dresses. The wedding party, comprised of four men, was encouraged to wear their choice of slacks, vest and bow ties. Seth chose a tan Calvin Klein suit (sans jacket) and a colorful bow tie from Forage.
What was the best advice you received? To just enjoy the day and not worry too much.
We want to know about all the wedding details. Was it small and intimate or big and traditional? With about 85 attendees, we were able to keep the ceremony and reception feeling intimate. Neither of us are especially formal, so we let our day reflect that through the ceremony itself and the reception that followed (burger and fries for dinner, flowers in collected glassware and bags of wildflower seeds as favors).
What were the honeymoon plans? We went to Peter Island (BVI) for a week following the wedding. We spent most of time sitting on the beach and enjoying each others’ company.
Venue: Vista West Ranch in Dripping Springs | Caterer: P. Terry’s | Photographer: Nessa K Photography | Floral: STEMS Floral | Stationery: Dodeline Design | Cakes: Classic Cakes by Lori | Dessert: Cutie Pies