A West Point Wedding
Tell us your love story!
We met in Denver, Colorado…Summer, 2014. We were both playing rugby for a local women’s team and from there, our love transpired. ☺ Jess was living in Colorado Springs, and I (Alex) was in Denver. After about a year of commuting back and forth, I moved down to the Springs.
What about the proposal?
Jess proposed in September of 2016 almost immediately following a deployment to Afghanistan. She reserved this beautiful wine room at our favorite Colorado Springs restaurant and got our friends and family involved…it was magical. She recorded the entire proposal by hiding her GoPro in the wine room.
When did you know that you were meant to be with each other?
It’s so hard to pinpoint the exact moment you realize that you couldn’t possibly live your best life without this person. There are so many moments I can reflect back on when I remember saying…”This is it…”. Jess is truly the Yin to my Yang. We share the same passion for travel, adventure, wine….but differ so much in personality (I lift her and she grounds me) that it all comes together full circle in the most magical way.
Going into the wedding planning, what did you definitely know?
We knew, that no matter what, we had to stay true to ourselves for the wedding. It had to be fun, it had to be romantic and it had to represent everything our love is about; fulfillment, love, family, friends…and dancing. Lots and lots of dancing.
What surprised you during planning? What was easy, what was difficult?
I plan meetings and events so I’m not sure that anything really surprised me. It was easy to nail down our venue and vendors. West Point was a no brainer since Jess went to school there. However, narrowing down the guest list was very difficult. You want to invite everyone, but ultimately, the pocket book tells you otherwise, especially when you’re planning a wedding at the Thayer.
Is there anything you wish you knew while you were planning your wedding that you know now?
I wish I would have known how fast the day would pass us by. A year’s worth of planning boils down to 1 day and it goes so fast.
Any advice for couples planning weddings now? Anything you would have done differently or anything you’d like to add?
We received some really great advice right before the wedding, that was…Do not let go of each other during your cocktail hour/reception or you’ll never see each other. Guests will be pulling you in different directions so my most sincere advice is to stay together. Greet everyone together.
Things I would do differently: 1) have a much longer reception 2) I would have had post reception hors d’oeuvres (we were married on Sunday and NOTHING in the small town was open for a late night eat).
What was your favorite part of your wedding day?
When Jess and I kissed for the first time at the ceremony and I got lipstick ALL OVER her face.