It's Real Wedding Wednesday Y'all.... Texas Style

{Couldn't you just bust?! I cannot get over this photograph!}

You thought a long distance relationship was difficult? Well, think again bridey! You know what's more difficult than a long distance relationship? Long distance wedding planning!! It's adds a whole other kind of stress to the planning experience. You are forced to have to depend on the other people to help you, and when you do make your way in town for a weekend, it's all about the wedding plans. And trust me brideys, that sucks! But, take the advice from our GORGEOUS bride, Jacqueline, and really TRY not to sweat the small stuff.

And you know what brideys? Jacqueline had a rather big issue she had to deal with (um, see question #7... WTF?!!), and if you look at these amazing photos, she listened to her own advice, and she didn't let it get to her! I mean, look at how amazing this wedding is! I am completely obsessed and amazed by this black, white and red wedding! Take notes my dears!!! 

1.Bridey, how did you meet your spouse? (The short and sweet version please.)

My hubby and I met during recess on the basketball courts in sixth grade (11 years old). My best friend and his best friend were playing basketball against each other for a bet to see if he would date me! Haha! Long story short my best friend lost, so I ended up dateless. After the game was over, the guy’s best friend (my hubby), approached me and introduced himself, and said “Man, that was a close game! My name is Travis!” And that is how it all started…

2. How long were you together before you were engaged?

9 years

3. What was the length of time between the engagement and the wedding?

9 months

4. Where did your wedding take place? (venue, city and state)

Wedding Ceremony: Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Sinton, Texas
Reception/Dance: San Patricio County Fairgrounds, Sinton, Texas (small town of less than 6,000)

5. If you had to rate your wedding planning experience on a scale of one to ten with one being shitty, and ten being awesome, how would you rate it?

For the first six months, I would rate my wedding planning experience a 7 because I really did not have to do a lot. My amazing older sister helped me out tremendously! All I did was give her the colors I wanted for my wedding, the venue, month we wanted to get married, type of flowers, and she did almost everything else. Now the last three months, when I was actually in the same town for the final wedding arrangements, I would rate a 3! I was sick to my stomach until the day we got married! I worried about all the million things that could go wrong!

6. What was your favorite part of the wedding planning process? Least fave?

My favorite part of the wedding planning process was getting closer to my mom and sister. I lived five hours away from our hometown, where we were getting married, so they helped me in so many ways during the planning of my wedding. My least favorite was thinking we could save money and make our own invitations! Advice for any other crazy bride who thinks creating their own invitations will save money; it doesn’t. I am pretty sure we all wanted to hurt each other in the end and we spent way more money making our own invitations.

 

7. Did anything go wrong (that you were aware of) at your wedding? If so, we’d love to hear about it. Allow us to learn from you, bridey!

The caterers that we hired were not very experienced; bad idea. My parents went to a wedding they catered and loved their food, but a few days before the wedding we got a call that they might not have enough servers for the wedding. We crossed our fingers and hoped for the best, but the day of our wedding it was a disaster! A few of my family members volunteered to help serve. So, do not hire inexperienced caterers because it is not fun having your own family serve food at your wedding instead of enjoying their time.

8. What was the biggest challenge you faced from the moment you were engaged to the day you walked down the aisle?

The biggest challenge my hubby and I faced was deciding on what church we wanted to get married at. We grew up in the same town, but went to two different Catholic churches. After many “heart to hearts” we comprised to have the wedding at Sacred Heart Catholic Church (mine) and use the guitarist from his church.

9. What advice do you wish you had before started planning your wedding?

I wish someone had told me how hard it could be to plan a long distance wedding. My sister had to meet with a lot of the vendors for me since it was really hard for me to go home on a weekday, when everything is open.

10. Looking back, would you have done anything differently?

Eloped! (j/k) I am sure if I sat here long enough and thought about all the crazy things that went on during the nine months of planning our wedding I would change a few things, but we had an amazing time. It was one of the best days of our lives and I wouldn’t want to change anything about it. What fun would it be to look back and say everything was absolutely perfect? All good stories have a few hiccups to laugh about.

11. Bridey, please provide the most valuable lesson you learned while planning your wedding.

To not sweat the small stuff! I worried about crazy things like, getting heights for the groomsmen and bridesmaids so the girls wouldn’t be taller than the boys! Or worrying about hairstyles for the bridesmaids (I sent everyone an e-mail with the hairstyles I picked) and type of earrings everyone would wear.

 {I am in love with this!!}

 

Industry Folk (AKA Vendors):

Decorator/Coordinator: Dandelion Designs & Events
Photobooth: Image Cinema
Church: Sacred Heart Catholic Church