A San Antonio Wedding at Western Sky
Tell us your love story!
We met at work. Liz had a major crush but tried to avoid Britt (a strange tactic). With Britt’s persistence in becoming friends, Liz finally asked her on a wine and cheese date. She denies that this is how it came about, but that’s when it all started.
What about the proposal?
Liz proposed in St. Stephen’s Green in Dublin, Ireland. We spent the day in cheese and wine shops and left a lock on Ha’Penny Bridge. We ended the day in a bar called the Long Hall, since Liz wanted to make sure Britt knew she was in it for the long haul. (get it?!) Liz is really sentimental and wanted the proposal to be symbolic and memorable. This almost didn’t become the proposal story because Britt got food poisoning and was horribly sick for the two days prior to the proposal!
Britt re-proposed a year before our wedding after an amazing Italian dinner. We both had each other’s rings custom made so it was an extra special exchange.
When did you know that you were meant to be with each other?
There isn’t really an event or moment that we realized we were meant to be. The most defining moment in the relationship, however, is when Liz decided to come out to her parents. She was raised in a very conservative family, and she knew that coming out to her parents was a big decision that could result in a strained relationship with them. Falling in love with Brittany made that decision clear, and that’s when the relationship was able to progress.
Going into the wedding planning, what did you definitely know?
We definitely knew that the wedding needed to be held in the winter. Texas is always hot, so our window of time was narrow. Liz hates the heat, so this was a nonnegotiable. We knew that we needed an open bar and amazing food, so that was our biggest focus. Britt’s must-have was great music!
What surprised you during planning? What was easy, what was difficult?
Honestly, I think the cost of everything surprised us the most. We were mostly on the same page about what we wanted our day to look like, but fitting that into a budget was really hard. We compromised on a few things that we wanted (Britt initially wanted prime rib served for dinner before she realized how expensive weddings are-- ha!), and we also made a lot of our decorations and signage. That helped offset the cost of some of the fun extras, like a photo booth and signature drinks.
Is there anything you wish you knew while you were planning your wedding that you know now?
We were shocked at how fast the day went by! After the months/years planning, the day just flew by and we were being sent off in our getaway car before we realized it was over. We wish we’d been a little more mentally prepared for things to not go according to plan.
People will disappoint you, schedules will go awry, and there are simply things you can’t control. In retrospect, we should have been better at stress management and focused on being more flexible. Ultimately, we got married and had the greatest day of our lives. We were able to celebrate the next phase of our lives together, and we can’t ask for more than that!
Any advice for couples planning weddings now? Anything you would have done differently or anything you’d like to add?
We recommend setting boundaries immediately—with yourself, your friends/family, etc. Wedding planning is super stressful and there is so much to think about. On top of that, it’s a financial strain for most couples! The best thing we did for ourselves was schedule time to talk about the wedding. Liz tried to tackle too many things at once and every day it seemed like all we did was “talk wedding.” We compromised by setting aside time dedicated to discussing whatever was next on the list. This saved us a lot of arguments and let us set things aside for later. We only wish we’d done that earlier!
Hire that day-of coordinator! Having someone to run the show on the day of is absolutely worth the money. This allows you and your bridal party to let loose and let someone else worry about any timing issues or other mishaps. If we could change anything, we would allow lots of extra getting ready time. Things are bound to go wrong and eat into your timeline, so give yourself lots of wiggle room.
What was your favorite part of your wedding day?
We wrote our own vows, so it was nerve wracking to share with each other our very intimate feelings in front of a large crowd. Britt wrote a sweet, but funny poem (her signature), and Liz’s was (of course) sweet, emotional, and romantic. Both of us were in tears. It was such a genuine, vulnerable moment for us and it was better than we imagined. We were super nervous to write our own vows, but it ended up being extremely rewarding. We had our bridal party walk into the reception to “I’ll Be There for You,” by the Rembrandts. We are obsessed with Friends and didn’t tell our bridesmen/maids what their song was as they made their entrance. It was a huge hit! We followed our bridal party into the reception with “Happy Together,” by Weezer. Liz couldn’t stop smiling and air-drumming. It was an out-of-body experience seeing full tables of people from all over the country cheering, and ready to celebrate with us. The rest of the night was a blur with all of the dancing and champagne.
- Location: Western Sky
- Photographer: Joshua and Parisa
- Planner: Tracy's Union Events & Services
- Florist: Daisy Lady Florals
- Caterer: Got it Covered Events
- Baker: Meemo’s Bakery
- Music: ICADJ
- Makeup: A Very Good Hair Day
- Hair: Bloom Salon & Studio
- Attire: Celebrations
- Wedding Party Attire: David's Bridal
- Jewelry: CD Clark Diamonds & Design Studio
- Paper Goods: Minted