Sarah and Austin
October 8, 2020
Tell us your love story!
How did you meet?
We met at a pastor’s house at a training weekend for our church in February 2019. It was a two day event. Austin told me later that he noticed me on Friday night and thought I was very pretty. He says we kept making eye contact that night (we didn’t)! When I first arrived at the house Saturday morning, I walked through the kitchen and Austin was the first person who came up to me and said, “I don’t think we’ve met yet!” We ended up sitting next to each other the rest of the day and had great conversations just getting to know each other. From February to the beginning of April, we were just acquaintances who would run into each other maybe once or twice a week at church. It was hilarious how every time we would find ourselves in a conversation, someone would interrupt us without fail! The first week of April I ran into Austin at church, and he asked me how my weekend was. I told him I had spent some of my weekend with an elderly woman and that I love old people. He said, “Well, if you love old people, you should come play pickleball with me and the old folks!” The next day we just happened to run into each other at a coffee shop where we talked for an hour. Two days later we ran into each other AGAIN at the same coffee shop! That Saturday we went to play pickleball together, and we went to lunch after. At lunch Austin said, “I am really intrigued by you, and I have seen your heart for people this week. I think it would be stupid if I didn’t ask you out on a date, so would you like to go on a date with me?” I paused and said, “Yes, I think that would be okay.” We immediately went on our first official date after lunch and walked around the Japanese Tea Gardens and Brackenridge Park. **Side note: Austin broke his foot the day before our first date playing basketball, so he was hobbling around all day just for me!
How did you know he was “The One”?
After our first date, I came home on cloud nine! I immediately called my oldest brother Chris and told him all the details of our date. My brother told me during that conversation that he had never heard me talk about ANYONE that way before. He asked me if I thought I had found MY person. I said, “Yes, I really think I have.” I already had a gut feeling the week leading up to the date as we kept running into each other, but our first date solidified it for me. This was the man I was going to marry!
How long did you date?
Austin and I dated for six months, and he proposed on October 5, 2019.
How did he propose?
As I mentioned, I knew Austin was the one right off the bat, and it didn’t take him long to realize I was the one as well. Two weeks after we started dating, Austin wrote me a letter stating that was the day he knew he loved me and would ask me to marry him. He wrote out all the reasons leading up to coming to that conclusion. On October 5th he took me to watch the early morning sunrise at Boerne City Lake (This is the exact spot we went to watch the sunrise the day before he asked me to be his girlfriend). As we sat on the dock watching the sunrise, he pulled out the letter he had written back in April. I had to read over it multiple times because I couldn’t believe what was happening!!! He got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife, and he had a friend hiding who was capturing all the moments! He gave me a ring with a round diamond that had a halo of small diamonds around it. The middle round diamond was the diamond my dad gave to my mom when he proposed, and that meant the world to me since my dad passed away when I was 18. To top it off, Austin threw me a surprise party right after he proposed and had friends slowly trickle in so that I would constantly be surprised by who walked in!
Tell us about your wedding planning process.
What planning tools did you use?
Pinterest was my best friend for inspiration, and I honestly used a good old fashioned paper planner for everything.
What did you expect it to be like?
I dreamed about my wedding day since I was a little girl. I imagined hundreds of people and the most magical day ever!
What was the easiest part?
The easiest part was choosing my wedding gown which I expected to take forever! I only tried on about five or six dresses. When I put mine on, I just knew it was the one!
What was the most difficult part?
I was really devastated when I found out COVID was going to cancel all the plans I had worked on for months. I started to see our wedding may be postponed. I went to my favorite park that day and just cried. I had to surrender all my dreams about the wedding and just be open and willing to follow God’s plan for us in that season. As difficult as it was to postpone the wedding, it stripped away all the distractions that come with a big wedding and allowed us to focus on each other and the union we were going to step into!
Who helped with the planning?
My mom was SO helpful in planning the wedding. Her house looked like a workshop the week of the wedding. She made a lot of Hobby Lobby visits for me that week!
Did you DIY any aspect of your wedding?
Our family and friends helped us make individually wrapped smore’s packets for the guests to use at the firepit. They contained a graham cracker packet, a small Hershey bar, and two marshmallows. I designed all of the signs using templates from Etsy. I created the welcome, smore’s table, guest table, bar, and masks signs. Pastor Drew’s wife, Jane, made a sign for us that read “The Johnsons 5.8.2020” that I placed in a gold frame. I framed two pictures of Austin and myself to go next to the sign.
Did you have a specific theme?
Everyone enjoyed our mixed rustic and modern theme.
How did you bring it to life?
Pinterest was HUGE for me in finding inspiration! My coordinator, Carey, who was provided by Gruene Estate was super helpful in recommending great vendors such as The Bloom Bar and 2Tarts to help me bring my dreams to life. My favorite part of planning was corresponding back and forth with The Bloom Bar to choose the perfect floral colors and arrangements.
How many guests were invited?
We had one hundred fifty guests on our list.
Where did you save the most?
We saved the most by asking close friends who are great musicians to play at the wedding! We were lucky enough that our friends Claire and Reed gifted us with their talents. We also knew our DJ from church, so we got a great deal! Our friends and family helped us package smore’s packets for the fire pit which was enjoyed by all our guests!
Where did you splurge?
We splurged on flowers. I LOVED choosing colors and designs for the flower bouquets and arrangements! I feel like flowers bring a wedding to life!
Why did you choose your venue?
Austin and I did some research online, and as soon as we saw Gruene Estate, I said, “This is it!” The chapel at Gruene Estate was what I had literally imagined in my head! I loved the openness and stained glass windows. I also love how there is so much to do at the venue! There is a fire pit and outdoor games. The property is just gorgeous!
Did you incorporate any special traditions or sentimental details in your ceremony or reception?
Because I am a 3rd generation Aggie, we did the Aggie War Hymn for my side of the family and all my college friends! We also did a dollar dance which was a blast.
What was your most stressful decision?
Deciding on who should be in the wedding party was really difficult for me. I have a lot of very close friends, so it was hard to narrow down the list. I literally lost sleep worrying about all of this. When it came down to deciding, I chose the girls who actively invest in me and push me to be a better wife.
What turned out to be your best decision surrounding the big day?
The best decision for both our weddings was to have our people surround us in prayer during the ceremony. Stepping into marriage comes with many obstacles and learning curves, and it was a beautiful picture to see how many people we have fighting for us through prayer.
Is there anything you would have done differently?
I honestly would not have changed anything about our wedding! Every little detail came together so beautifully. The only thing I would have changed was not stressing about all the little things!
Tell Us About
My dress was from Pronovias in Austin. It had every single detail I was looking for! It was low cut in the back with buttons and a long flowy train. I loved the lace because it gave the dress so much dimension. It laid in different directions instead of having the typical lace I had seen on other gowns.
The Bloom Bar was simply amazing. Our flowers had a lot of fall vibes! The hanging installation with dried pampas grass and blooms was my favorite! We used Quicksand Roses, Polo Roses, Cappuccino Rose, Terra Cotta Carnations, White Scabiosa, Ranunculus and Mixed Eucalyptus with touches of fall foliage. The dried textures were Bunny Tails, Bleached Ruscus and Fern and Scabiosa Pods.
Gourmage set up a BEAUTIFUL charcuterie station during the cocktail hour. Anyone who knows me knows how much I love gourmet cheese! Blanco BBQ was a huge hit! It was great comfort food, and we had a lot of guests comment on how delicious it was. Of course we had to end things with a bang and have Chick-fi-a nuggets for a late night snack! I highly recommend any wedding offer a late night snack after all the dancing.
2Tarts did a beautiful job on the cakes! My cake was a 4 layer semi-naked cake. Fall-themed blooms and greenery were carefully placed throughout the cake. I always look forward to the cake when I go to weddings, and ours was delicious! It was a vanilla cake with raspberry jam filling and iced with almond buttercream frosting. Austin worked at Chick-fil-a for six years and ate it nearly every day last year, so his groom’s cake was Chick-fil-a themed! Chicken nuggets, fries, and a sandwich made of fondant were placed on top of the cake. It was almost scary how real it looked!
Recap your big day for us!
What made you laugh?
Austin and I both went a little too hard on the dance floor! Austin dropped it low and split his pants entirely in half! He had to change into some black jeans! “Mamma Mia” is one of my favorite sound tracks, so when the DJ played “Dancing Queen” I was running around the entire dance floor. My train came under me, and I wiped out on the floor in front of everyone! I popped up immediately and screamed, “I’m OKAY!!” and everyone clapped and laughed. We clearly had a great time!
What made you cry?
I cried the most when we actually got married on May 8th. I could hardly read my vows to Austin because I just kept bawling. I also cried when some of our family members spoke a blessing over us. I teared up at the October 8th wedding hearing the speeches from our best man, maid of honor, and matron of honor. I also teared up at the rehearsal dinner when Austin’s grandparents stood up to talk. Austin told me he bawled in the shower before we got married on May 8th, and he cried before I walked down the aisle on October 8th just thinking about our five months of marriage together and all we had been through.
What were the most memorable moments?
A lot of people say weddings are a blur, but I really feel like I was able to soak in every moment. The ceremony was so beautiful. My favorite part was when we had our wedding party surround us in prayer, and then we worshipped to “Great Are You Lord.” Hearing everyone’s voices echoing in the chapel gave me chills. Our first dance was so perfect. Our friend Claire Leslie sang “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” and she did an incredible job. We winged our first dance, and before Austin would do spins or anything, he would whisper what he was about to do. Everyone thought we had choreographed it, and our DJ said it was the most beautiful first dance he has seen! And dancing the night away was a blast. My favorite songs/dances were the “Aggie War Hymn,” “Dancing Queen,” and “SHOUT.”
What’s the best advice you can give a bride and groom planning their wedding?
I cannot reiterate enough, don’t get carried away in all the details of the planning that you forget to see each other and remember the REASON behind the wedding. Protect at least one date night every week, and on those nights DO NOT talk about the wedding. Focus on your relationship, what you have been learning and what areas you are each struggling in.
What did you look forward to most as Mr. & Mrs.?
We bought a house the week we got married, and we were so excited to build our new life and make our house a home. We also were excited to have a space of our own that we could invite people into. We now have people over at our house almost every day!
What surprised you most during the first few months of marriage?
Marriage quickly reveals just how selfish we really are. Marriage is a vulnerable space to enter into. There is no more hiding any of your faults or weaknesses. I also learned how important it is to voice any and all expectations. We found that most fights lead to one or both of us not voicing expectations. We have learned so much over the past few months. We are learning what healthy conflict looks like and how to love one another like Jesus!
Local Vendors used
|Florals||The Bloom Bar|
|Hair and Makeup||Southern Tease|
|Caterer||Blanco Barbeque, Gourmage of Texas and Chick-fil-a|
|Day of Wedding Coordinator||BASH Events|
The soundtrack for our wedding day
The Greatest Day
Piano Man Sam
Sleeping at Last
|Presentation of the Bride||Canon in D||Brooklyn Duo|
Worship Song After Wedding Party Prayed Over Us
|Great Are You Lord||Claire Leslie and Reed Deming|
|Recessional||Here Comes the Sun-Remastered 2009||The Beatles|
|First Dance||Can’t Help Falling in Love||Claire Leslie|