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Samantha and Hamilton

May 2, 2020

Tell us your love story!

We first met in August of 2017 in a communication class at Texas A&M University, although we didn’t really start talking until a couple of weeks later. We recognized each other at my Lutheran student group which met in the same building as Hamilton’s Episcopal student group. From there we began writing speeches together for our class and looking for reasons to spend time together.

How did you know he was “The One”?

I knew he was the one when everything just seemed to work out perfectly and fall into place. Nothing felt hard or like it was work. Spending time with him truly brought joy, happiness, and adventure into my life. I think we were made for each other and were brought together for a reason. It seems like it had to be chance that we were in the same communication class at Texas A&M and then met again when our two church groups started meeting in the same building. Now I couldn’t imagine my life without him, and I’m so excited to see what our future together holds.

How did he propose?

He proposed just before my birthday in December of 2018. We had visited The Nutcracker ballet on campus at Texas A&M, and then as we walked back to the car, we walked under the branch of the century tree which is an Aggie tradition meaning that we will be together forever! Under the tree he proposed, and then our friends and family jumped out to surprise me. We all went back to my house where I was surprised again by friends and family throwing us a surprise engagement party!

Tell us about your wedding planning process.

 

What did you expect it to be like?

I honestly was a little naïve about wedding planning and expected it to be super easy. 

What was it actually like?

It was really really fun, but also stressful at times because I wanted to make sure I made decisions that would keep everyone involved happy.

 

What was the easiest part?

The easiest part was getting to plan the wedding with my future life partner and dreaming about what our wedding day could look like.  

 

What was the most difficult part?

The most difficult part for us was having to adapt to all the changes, uncertainty, and fear that came along with COVID-19. I still worry now about not making the right decisions or what others may think. Fortunately, we were able to still have the most perfect wedding with no one getting sick. 

What about the details?

What were you inspired by while planning your wedding? 

We met at A&M and both graduated from there, so this was an important aspect of our lives we wanted included. Our colors, of course, were shades of pink and Aggie maroon. We incorporated these shades in our florals but also added an abundance of beautiful greenery. 

 

Why did you choose your venue?

Since I grew up in New Braunfels and Hamilton grew up in Boerne, we chose our venue because we fell in love with the white chapel church in the hill county. 

How did you bring your vision to life? 

We planned our wedding for a year and a half before finally getting married. I feel like we brought it to life just one step at a time until everything eventually came together! 

 

 

Did you incorporate any special traditions or sentimental details in your ceremony or reception?

We had a lot of Texas A&M Aggie items sprinkled around and sang the Texas Aggie fight song! We also had a unity candle during our ceremony. 

 

Tell us about

Your dress:

 I always dreamed of wearing a ball gown type dress with lace, sparkle, and sleeves.

The food: 

We had an outstanding caterer who provided exceptional food.

– FIRST COURSE –

Passed Hors d’oeuvres

– ENTRÉE –

Ricotta and Spinach Stuffed Chicken with a Garlic Cream Sauce

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Pasta Primavera with Creamy Garden Marinara Sauce

– SIDES –

Three Cheese Gouda Gratin Potatoes

Seasoned Haricot Verts

Homemade Yeast Roll with Butter

The cake/dessert:

 – DESSERT –

Wedding Cake: Red Velvet, Pink Champagne, Strawberry, & Vanilla 

Grooms Cake: German Chocolate & Chocolate with Strawberry Filling

Bride & Groom Sugar Cookies

 

Who helped with the planning?

My mom and family helped most with the planning.

 

What turned out to be your best decision surrounding the big day? 

Our best decision was just doing everything we could to be safe, taking a leap of faith and going for it. This was the most stressful decision we had to make.

 

What is one thing you wish you would have known prior to planning your wedding?

I wish I would have known how much a wedding planner could have really helped out with everything involved in planning a wedding. 

 

Anything you would have done differently?

Since I couldn’t control COVID-19, I would say hiring a planner to help plan everything is the one thing I would have definitely done differently!

Recap your big day for us!

 

What made you laugh?

The toasts our siblings gave were really sweet and definitely made us laugh.  

 

What made you cry? 

Looking at Hamilton for the first time during out first look was so emotional. Another instance was when I walked down the aisle!

 

What were the most memorable moments? 

I am not going to lie! Everything was so unique and memorable throughout the day. I am so thankful for all the support we both had and continue to have. 

 

What unexpected things happened?  How did you handle them?

Even though our wedding had been moved to August, it rained on our wedding day! Luckily it was brief, but while waiting for it to let up, we took pictures inside the church which ended up being amazing.  

How many guests? 

Originally our guest list was 450 people, but as it turned out, we ended with only 170 due to COVID-19.

 

Where did you save the most? 

We definitely saw a huge decrease in price by ending up with a much smaller number of people. 

 

Where did you splurge?

Our splurge was definitely the venue. It was worth it to be there for so many reasons. We especially liked having the ceremony and reception at the same location. 

 

What’s the best advice you can give a bride and groom planning their wedding?  

The actual wedding day really flies by too fast, so make sure to take time to look around and enjoy the moment with your new spouse!

 

What did you look forward to most as Mr. & Mrs.?

We have really been looking forward to having a home of our own where we can begin to imagine the future we want to create with each other. 

 

What surprised you most during the first few months of marriage?

Sometimes it still feels unreal that we are actually married. We have already overcome so many challenges together, and now I know that we can get through anything as long as we work together!

 

Local Vendors used

 

 

 

 

Venue The Chandelier of Gruene
Photographer Pine and Blossom Photography
Officiant Mindy Roll
Cake/Dessert Serendipity Cakes
Hair and Makeup  Vixen Onsite Hair and Makeup
Caterer River City Catering
Florist  Barbie Forrester
Attire Celebrations
Bar Service Margarita Madness
Videographer Dynamic Films
Music Crossroads DJ

                                                           

 

The soundtrack for our wedding day

 

Processional Come Thou Fount Canon in D-Pachelbel
Presentation of the Bride A Thousand Years
Lighting of Unity Candle Can’t Help Falling In Love
First Dance Perfect Duet  Beyonce by Ed Sheeran
Father/Daughter Dance I Loved Her First Heartland
Mother/Son Dance A Mother’s Song T Carter Music
Texas A&M Aggie Fight Song! Whoop!

 

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