Jena and Jared

May 1, 2021

Tell us your love story!

How did you meet?

We met at a bar called Salvation Taco in New York City thanks to Bumble! A modern day love story: Jena was giving the app ‘one more shot’ and Jared just got incredibly lucky on his first Bumble date. We fell in love with each other during the summer of 2017. We then moved across the country in October of 2018 and fell in love with Texas.

How did you know he was “The One”?

About six weeks after we made it official, we were sitting at the Gumbeaux’s Restaurant at the Coushatta Casino in Louisiana when the “love” word was used. Everything just clicked with us. We enjoyed the same things and constantly laughed. For the first time in my life, I truly felt I knew what love was supposed to be. 

How did he propose?

Jena thought she was going to spend a weekend alone in Newport with her family. Just before sitting down for dinner, the family took photos at a nearby gazebo.  When Jared appeared out of nowhere, he spun Jena around as her mom’s favorite song, ‘Yellow,’ by Coldplay was being played by Jena’s brother on the guitar. It was then that Jared proposed. The look in Jena’s eyes was a never-before-seen combination of confusion, concern, and excitement. It was the most perfect surprise proposal. He also planned a trip to Cabo to celebrate, and if that wasn’t enough, friends and family made the trip up to Newport for an engagement brunch the next day.

Tell us about your wedding planning process.

What planning tools did you use?

A portion of the wedding was planned using Zola.

Did you DIY any aspect of your wedding?

We did all of the signage ourselves.

Did you have a specific theme?

Wild Flowers and romance was our theme!


What was your most stressful decision?

Staying within our budget was important to us throughout the planning process.

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

Since both of us are from New York, our best decision was having our wedding in Texas.

Tell Us About

Your Dress:

I love the details Jack Sullivan puts into all of his dresses.

Your Flowers:

We love Texas wild flowers and wanted a more relaxed and fun feel throughout our wedding.

The Cake:

We wanted a smaller, more visual display. 2Tarts did not disappoint. Since pies are our favorite, we also served specialty pies from the Texas Pie Company.

The Food:

Trisha at River City really went above and beyond to meet our request. They tailored the menu to our favorite foods we have loved while living in Texas. They NAILED IT!!!

Recap your big day for us!

What made you laugh?

Seeing all of our friends and family from New York in cowboy hats made our day!

What were the most memorable moments?

The entire day from start to finish was amazing. Everything was perfect, and having all my family and friends there to celebrate made it so special.

What made you cry?

Our first look was so emotional for us both.

What were the most memorable moments?

We loved dancing the night away. The speeches are something we will always cherish!

Did anything unexpected happen?

As I was slipping into my dress, we started receiving flash flood warnings!

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

Don’t stress! Get everything done before the last month of the wedding so you can relax and just anticipate the coming celebration.

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

We looked forward to being a real family!



Local Vendors used






Venue Gruene Estate
Photographer Allison Jeffers Photography
Florals I Do Flowers
Cake/Dessert 2Tarts and Texas Pie Company
Bar Service  Southern Tapsters
Wedding Coordinator Carey at Gruene Estate
Caterer River City Catering
Transportation New Braunfels Limo Service




The soundtrack for our wedding day


Processional Bag End Howard Shore
Presentation of the Bride Patience The Lumineers
Recessional Theme from “The Search for Everything”
John Mayer
First Dance A Life Where We Work Out Flatland Calvary
Father/Daughter Dance First Man Heartland
Mother/Son Dance So Long Honey Jared and his three sisters
Last Dance Piano Man Billy Joel





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