Brittany and Colton
January 9, 2021
Tell us your love story!
How did you meet?
Colton and I met through work at Rush Enterprises about 6 years ago. I was working in Houston while Colton worked for their corporate office in New Braunfels. Our Houston store hosted a training which Colton attended. Having been with the company for 2 years, he introduced himself to me, the newer employee on the block. It was strictly a working relationship after that for about three years. During this time we both dated other people, and I even moved to Dallas for a while. One day we were talking about one of his truck deals when I asked him how his girlfriend at the time was doing. That’s when he told me they were not together anymore. As it happened I was single as well, and as they say, “The rest is history!”
How did you know he was “The One”?
In the three years before we started dating, we both had been through a lot. It was a season of growing and maturing. It wasn’t long before we decided we needed to determine if ours was a long term relationship or just a fling. Eight months later I dropped everything in Dallas, quit my job, and moved to New Braunfels so we didn’t have to do long distance anymore. We both figured if it wasn’t meant to be, moving in together would surely test that, and it did. We learned so much and are stronger because of it.
I knew he was “The One” after our first vacation together to Disney World with his family. I visited Disney World as a child, but experiencing Disney as an adult was a completely new thing. I kept thinking the whole trip, “If we can have this much fun on a family vacation at Disney World, life with this man is going to always be fun.” I came back from that trip counting the days until he asked me to be his forever!
How did he propose?
Covid ruined a lot of people’s plans in 2020. Little did I know, it ruined the elaborate proposal my now husband had planned for us. We had been planning another Disney World trip with his family for the end of May of last year. The plans were in motion months in advance before Covid even started to surface.
Colton asked my parents for my hand (secretly of course) during the Christmas holiday while we were visiting them. Shortly after that is when Covid started popping up everywhere. We began closely tracking news of the Covid out-break with our trip in mind. Since it is such a special place to us, Colton had this grand plan to propose to me at Disney.
If you are not familiar with Disney, you may not know about some of these places, but Disney fans, will understand how special this was. Colton rented out the Grand 1 Yacht for the whole family during dinner which also happened to be when the fireworks show would go off at the Magic Kingdom Park. He even went as far to have an extra room booked at our hotel to fly my parents and brother in for the whole thing and would have proposed to me in front of the entire family under the fireworks out on Bay Lake. I can’t deny, it would’ve been very magical, but the way it actually happened was just as beautiful.
On Friday, May 8th, we were working from home. I was busy cleaning up around the house while Colton was working from his home office. While I was in the middle of doing dishes, he came walking in the kitchen and asked me if we could talk for a second. I noticed he had a framed picture of the two of us standing in front of the Magic Kingdom castle from our first trip in his hand. He then said, “I had this all planned out, but with Covid, this is the closest I can get to proposing to you in front of the castle.” He then set the picture frame on the kitchen counter, knelt in front of me right in the middle of our kitchen, and asked me to marry him. We spent the next hour together on the couch. I listened as he explained his original proposal plans, but to me, it happened just how it was supposed to. It was perfect in every way.
Tell us about your wedding planning process.
What planning tools did you use?
I used The Knot strictly for the wedding website and RSVP’s. We didn’t offer a “mailing” RSVP with Covid so we encouraged our guests to do it all online which was much easier to keep track of.
What did you expect it to be like?
I expected it to be like every bride, a whirlwind of celebrations, meetings, and road trips to different bridal shops. I heard from friends how they wished they would have enjoyed the process more, so I desperately tried to keep that in mind during the eight month planning process.
What was the easiest part?
The easiest part was deciding to spend money on a great photographer and videographer. Pictures, for me, are the most important part of the wedding day. Those are keepsakes you will have to cherish forever.
What was the most difficult part?
The most difficult part for me was spreading out the expenses. We tried to spread out the bigger items and then purchase smaller necessities when we could. Once we decided on the type of wedding we were going to have and the number of people we were inviting, we had to be ok with the expenses that came along with it.
Who helped with the planning?
My mother-in-law was a huge help throughout the wedding planning process. She only had boys, and Colton was the first to get married. Being involved in the planning was such a treat for her and for me. She was so excited and came up with many ideas for the wedding day. Having her help made things much less stressful.
One of the things I loved the most about planning our wedding was how involved Colton was with the process. Granted, there were some things he just didn’t care about, but he was involved in the majority of the decisions. It was rewarding to have my husband get so creative and to see everything come together knowing that BOTH of us had a hand in it.
We had many family members and friends that put a lot of sweat and tears into our wedding and it was overwhelming to see all the love and excitement they had for us. It was a stressful time but having all the help is what made the memories along the way.
Did you DIY any aspect of your wedding?
We DIY’d where we could, but Colton’s fabricated frames to hold our welcome and bar sign were the best. He is big into welding, so when we came up with the design, he went to town on it and brought our design to life. So much so that the girls from The Allen Farmhaus asked to buy them from us after the wedding. Colton also created metal sign holders to hold up our smaller acrylic signs around the venue.
Did you have a specific theme?
We called it a modern, industrial, country theme if that’s even a thing.
How did you bring it to life?
We found inspiration from Pinterest, Etsy as well as from our own ideas. My husband and I are very much DIY’ers which was helpful in bringing our theme to life.
Where did you save the most?
We probably saved the most using Etsy and Amazon. We saving 75% by purchasing our candles and glass hurricanes instead of renting them. We were also able to have custom napkins made for the same price as renting. We purchased all of our alcohol from Specs because anything could be returned that wasn’t chilled and/or opened can be returned. We ended up returning almost $800 worth of alcohol.
Where did you splurge?
We splurged on our photographer and Videographer – no question.
Why did you choose your venue?
We toured three venues before choosing the Allen Farmhaus. Honestly, if you took the buildings and pricing out of the equation, we chose The Allen Farmhaus because of Cassie and Maitlyn. If you know these girls, then you get it. They are so kind and welcoming. It was so easy to talk to them about our vision and what we wanted for our day. Of course, every time we visited the venue after signing with them, we ended up there for three hours just talking about life rather than the wedding.
We chose the venue itself because it fit our vision. It was big, open and on a huge plot of land. Although we didn’t use their chapel except for pictures, I fell in love with it. The stained glass windows and the open-air design is just breathtaking. They offered a bridal suite AND a groom’s suite, so there was less traveling the day of for the bridal party. With the Farmhaus only being ten minutes from our house, I see many days in my future bothering the girls just to hang out.
Did you incorporate any special traditions or sentimental details in your ceremony or reception?
Yes! I really wanted to incorporate as many sentimental details or traditions as we could so I could one day pass them on to our daughter.
- My mother-in-law surprised me on my wedding day with a 6 pence for my boot that she had ordered all the way from England.
- Instead of doing a memory table filled with pictures of the ones not able to make it to the wedding, we did a “Memory Tree.”
- I love that Colton and I handpicked all of our readings for the ceremony.
- The earrings I wore belonged to my grandmother who had passed away three years ago.
There are so many things I’ll always cherish, but these are the most memorable to me.
What was your most stressful decision?
Florals! I know it sounds funny, but this is what caused me the most stress. I am by no means a “girly” girl and to me, florals were not a very important part of my wedding day. I was going for a minimal greenery, white flower look and I had no idea what to expect for pricing. We met with multiple florists before we found Flourish Floral Design. Macey captured our vision in the first try. As soon as we booked her, I felt like the final decisions were a piece of cake.
What turned out to be your best decision surrounding the big day?
It sounds weird, but renting a U-Haul van was our saving grace. We had a whole bedroom full of things to bring to the venue on our wedding day which we packed up two days before the wedding. This saved Colton and I the stress of packing up multiple vehicles and many trips the day of.
We set up a party bus to pick up the wedding party from the venue and transport them to the church and back. Forty-five minutes before we needed to be at the church, Blaize came in the bridal suite to let me know the party bus was running late. Her solution was to shove all the guys in the U-Haul van and take the girls in whatever cars were at the venue. I don’t think the guys cared in the least bit, and there are some fun photos floating around from that ride. It made for a great memory!
Tell Us About
Dress(es)!! I had no idea what I wanted when it came to a wedding dress. I had many dresses saved on Pinterest, but I tried to keep an open mind and try on different styles. I knew it would be hard to tell what worked best until I tried them on. For example, I thought I would love lace, so I tried on a lace mermaid fit dress first, but it did not look good on me at all. Even my mom and mother-in-law passed on it.
I believe the dress I went home with was the third or fourth one I tried. It was one my mother-in-law pulled while I was changing. She threw it in my dressing room and said, “Here, try this one on, too.” It was a satin, strapless, A-line/ball gown, and it was gorgeous. I had found my dress.
I decided to go with a second dress for two reasons:
- The dress I picked was very elegant looking which was perfect since we were getting married in the Catholic Church, but our venue was an indoor/outdoor barn setting and all gravel, so I wanted something better suited for our reception venue.
- I wanted something I could boogie in. While my ceremony dress was very comfortable, it was big and full. Colton and I are big dancers, and I knew he would have a hard time trying not to step on that dress all night.
When I went into Celebrations Bridal and Prom to nail down the bridesmaids’ dresses, my mother-in-law encouraged me to try on some of their sale dresses just to see if anything interested me. The dress I found was the complete opposite of my ceremony dress. It was a thin strap V-neck, A-line, Haley Paige but had a tribal pattern in all white sequins. It was subtle but beautiful. It was the definition of a “party dress.”
We did simple greenery with white flowers and a blush colored rose with anemones for our florals.
When it came to the food for the wedding, Colton did a wonderful job. We both knew that would be something guests would talk about after the wedding. Colton used to work for an alcohol distributing company that delivered to the local HEB here in New Braunfels. That is where we met Nicole. She is the head chef in Cooking Connection at the HEB Plus and has expressed her dreams about opening her own food truck and catering business. Once we were engaged, there was no question who we would be using for our wedding meal, and Nicole was thrilled. We let her decide which flavors and sides after we had decided on a braised pork loin and chicken breast. She KILLED it!!
Since our guests would be traveling from the church to the venue, we wanted to make sure they had refreshments and a snack while they waited for us to do our family pictures and make our changes. We met Randy and Tina from The Gruene Avocado and instantly fell in love with them. They provided a grazing table that included deer sausage Colton’s dad contributed from his last hunt, other meats, cheeses, jams, jellies, and so much more. Tina created a masterpiece using an antique chest of drawers.! They also provided a queso bar that was a huge hit with our guests.
I knew I wanted something simple for my cake, so we did a naked four tier wedding cake with alternating flavors of Pecan Whisky with a caramel filling and a Raspberry Swirl with a Bavarian Cream filling. On Colton’s cake we had Rhonda make a replica of the Epcot ball with the Disney monorail riding around it, and it was spectacular. She also did a raspberry chocolate sheet cake with a chocolate butter cream filling for the base.
Recap your big day for us!
What made you laugh?
We made a memory with Blaize, our coordinator when she added “Limo Driver” to her resume. Our limo didn’t show up at the church after we were married, and after waiting for about 30 minutes, I looked at Blaize and said, “Let’s just take a ride in your jeep.” What a fun memory!
What made you cry?
Colton and I did a first touch/no look. When my hands touched his, all the emotions I had been holding in for the day just came out. We both cried for a second. If you’re not wanting to do a first look (which was me 100%), I recommend a first touch. It felt good to get some of those emotions out and have those quiet moments with him.
What were the most memorable moments?
My brother and Colton’s brother both gave toasts at the reception, and they were both amazing in their own ways. We still talk about how loved we felt on our wedding day and how much the day reminded us of how many important people are in our lives.
What’s the best advice you can give a bride and groom planning their wedding?
Let it go! Just like the song. This will save your sanity throughout the planning process and on your wedding day. Don’t stress about the things you can not control and move on. No matter how much you plan, something will go wrong. Your day does NOT have to be perfect; it just needs to be perfect for YOU.
What did you look forward to most as Mr. & Mrs.?
Just making more memories with my husband and creating our own family with our own traditions is definitely something I looked forward to. Other than changing my last name and calling Colton my husband, life is about the same, just better.
Anything else you’d like to share? Feel free to add in anything you’d like!
When choosing your venues, don’t feel obligated to use all their preferred vendors. Sure, we used some and used their lists as a starting point, but do your own research, too. We decided to stay local for all our vendors, and we’re so happy we did. When you create those relationships, they don’t just have to last the length of your wedding planning, it could be lifelong friendships. With our vendors being local, it makes these friendships a reality, and I know we have made many in the last eight months. I also strongly feel that we had the best group of vendors. Everyone we used, besides our transportation of course, was so welcoming and excited and played a very special role in our big day. We made memories with all of our vendors along the way that we’ll remember forever.
Local Vendors used
|Venue||Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church|
|Reception Venue||The Allen Farmhaus|
|Officiant||Deacon Rusty Brandt|
|Florals||Flourish Floral Design|
|Hair and Makeup||Blushd Beauty|
|Bar Service and Coctail Appetizers||The Gruene Avocado|
|Bridal Attire||Celebrations Bridal and Prom|
|Wedding Planner||Borrowed & Blue Event Coordination|
|Other Desserts||Naegelin’s Bakery|
|Entertainment and Music||CrossRoads DJ|
The soundtrack for our wedding day
|Presentation of the Bride||I Get to Love You||Ruelle|
|You Make My Dreams Come True
||Daryl Hall & John Oates|
|First Dance||Ain’t Nothing To It||Cody Johnson|
|Father/Daughter Dance||My Wish||Rascal Flatts|
|Mother/Son Dance||Neon Moon||Brooks & Dunn|
|Last Dance||You Are The Best Thing||Ray LaMontagne|
|Cake Cutting||Sugar||Maroon 5|
|Garter Toss||Garter Toss||ZZ TopTush|
|Bouquet Toss||Man! I Feel Like a Woman||Shania Twain|