your love story!
(Greta) moved to Texas in 2013, I started searching for a way to get involved
in the volleyball community since I have played all my life. One day, it finally
hit me that I should search volleyball Facebook groups in the Texas area. I
found a group called Dallas Sand Volleyball Players. The admin of the group
contacted me and asked me a bunch of questions about how long I had been
playing and eventually invited me out to play some sand volleyball on Sunday
afternoon. It turned out that this involved a group of people that all had been
friends for years and I ended up coming out to play volleyball with them almost
About a month in to joining this group of friends, CeCe showed
up to play one afternoon, and that is where we originally met. It turned out
that I was now part of this “friends group” that she had been a part of for
years! Over that summer we ended up seeing each other quite a bit just through
weekends spent hanging out, playing sand/water volleyball, and enjoying each
other’s company as part of this group of friends.
Less than a year later in
May, our friend decided that she wanted a group of our friends to go up to
Broken Bow and spend the weekend in a cabin for her 40th birthday
party! This ended up being the trip that solidified our friendship and brought
us extremely close. From this trip on, we were best friends, inseparable. I got
her to come over every day after work to do workouts with me, we’d spend the
weekends hanging out with each other and
our mutual group of friends. Two months later on July 24th of 2015 we started dating,
and the rest is history!
What about the
When CeCe and I started talking about
getting married I told her two things, (1) that I wanted a ring with twisted
bands, and (2) that I didn’t want to get married until I completed my CPA exam
(I didn’t want the added pressure of planning a wedding while I was already
under loads of stress, and I, personally, did not want a long engagement). I
ended up passing my CPA exam in December of 2016. At some point towards the end
of January, CeCe asked me if I would go to a jewelry store with her to show her
the types of rings I like and the size of stone I prefer. I ended up showing
her a few rings I liked, however, I was particularly in love with one specific
ring that was unique and beautiful in every way. It was perfect for me. The
particular jewelry store (that this ring was at) just happened to be having a
sale that same weekend. Later I would find out that the next day she took my
sister back to the store to show her the ring and ended up buying it that day.
couple days later, on February 7th, CeCe called my dad and asked him
if he wanted to go to lunch with her (he is retired, so he always enjoys
spending time with people during the day). CeCe was so nervous to ask my dad
that they ended up spending 3 hours at lunch, where, of course, my father told
her yes. She originally had the idea to plan out a proposal that included some
Harry Potter (my obsession) in it, however, after asking my father, she got so
excited to ask me to marry her that she ended up coming home that night and
proposing. She told me that she didn’t want to spend her days with anyone else
by her side and asked me to marry her right there in our own home. She even
planned a surprise dinner with a group of close friends after the proposal to
celebrate the occasion!
When did you know that you were meant to be with each
I knew that CeCe and I were meant to be
together during the span of time between the trip to Broken Bow for our friends
40th birthday, and the day we started dating. She supported me in
every way, she was always there for me, she cared about my family and my
thoughts, and I was the happiest I had ever been!
Going into the wedding planning, what did you definitely
We definitely knew that we wanted to put little pieces of
Harry Potter in places throughout the wedding (this is mainly because of me but
she supports and loves my obsession). We also knew that we wanted a wedding
away from the city. I grew up in a small rural farming town in Illinois, and
she spent a lot of her childhood in Corsicana, so we knew we wanted to be out
in nature and away from the city. We also knew that we wanted a spring wedding,
Green is my favorite color, and therefore, spring is my favorite season, and
wanted all the greenery to be visible during our day!
What surprised you during planning? What was easy, what
The thing that surprised me the most
is how quickly everything adds up, and how fast the time passes between the
engagement and the wedding day. For me, the hardest part was all the little things
like the decorations, the guest book, the cake topper (which we forgot about
and bought through prime literally just in time to arrive for the wedding), the
transportation plans to get to the venue, etc. The hardest vendors to select
was the photographer and the caterer (which both ended up being perfect), just
due to the volume of choices, the extreme variations in pricing from one to the
other, and the fact that, for us, our photos and the food we ate on our wedding
day (obviously had to be DELICIOUS) were two extremely important things for us!
Is there anything you wish you knew while you were
planning your wedding that you know now?
Almost all vendors will have some price you pay up-front, and then the rest
will be due a month before the wedding, so you kind of pay the up-front portion
and then forget a little bit about the huge balance due (once you add up all
the vendors) 1 month before your wedding. So I wish someone had told me to just
make sure that from day 1 of planning, to the day of the wedding, save every month in order to pay those items. Also, the amount of money you end up
spending the SAME week as your wedding, be prepared for all of that. There are
so many last minute items that you go grab that, before you know it, all add up
to a significant amount of money!
Any advice for couples planning weddings now? Anything you
would have done differently or anything you’d like to add?
Save, save, save….unless you are blessed to have your
parents paying for the entire wedding. Also, on the day of the wedding, just
remember that at that point, whatever happens is going to happen. So don’t
worry about it, don’t stress about it, just relax and enjoy the day because
before you know it, the day is over! None of the guests know exactly what the
vision in your head was, so if something varies from that, no one else will
know. If you don’t allow yourself to stress about it, then there can be nothing
wrong – just go with the flow. In the end, the day is about you and your
spouse, so as long as you have each other, and at the end of the day the I do’s
are done, then everything is perfect.
What was your
favorite part of your wedding day?
wedding day was a dream come true. Having so many people, family and friends,
travel to our wedding to celebrate the best day of our lives and us as a couple
was the most special and incredible thing I’ve ever experienced. But if I had a
pick something specific, I would say standing arm and arm with my dad (the best
man I’ve ever known) and walking down the aisle towards CeCe while seeing each
other for the first time was a moment I will never forget with two people that
have always, and will always being two of the best parts of me. CeCe’s favorite
part of our wedding day was seeing me for the first time and seeing how
extremely happy I was all day.