Samantha & Tyler


Tell us about your love story!

How did you meet? How did you know he/she was “The One”? How long did you date? How was the question popped?

We met on Match.com. We knew very early on that this was something truly special! It sounds cliché, but it’s true! We dated for almost three years before he popped the question. We went on a surprise staycation at the Hilton hotel in downtown Austin for my birthday. When we got inside the room he told me to check out the view from the window. When I pulled back the curtains, there was a Post-it note that read, “Will you marry me?” and when I turned around, he was on one knee with a beautiful ring that he picked out himself. He also had our newly adopted senior dog waiting in the bathroom as an extra surprise! We then went out for a fancy dinner and drinks. It was so much fun and something I will always remember.

Describe your wedding planning process.
How long were you engaged? Who helped plan? Did you hire a planner? What planning tools did you use? What turned out to be your best decision surrounding the big day? Most stressful decision? Anything you would have done differently?

We got engaged in November and were married in August. In my opinion, this was the perfect amount of time to plan. A family friend helped me in the beginning and then my lovely florist was my day of coordinator and helped me with so many other decisions.
I also used The Knot and really loved that service. The Knot helped me keep everything organized and in one place. The best decision I made was to be open about a date. For me, picking the venue and the cost of the venue was more important. Once we had a venue, I went with an August date to save money, which really helped our budget. We also used a caterer outside of Austin that was amazing, but less expensive than ones within the city. The most stressful decision was the guest count. Deciding who to invite while staying within our budget was difficult. As far as things I would’ve done differently, I would have made sure I had lunch plans the day of the wedding. We waited until we were getting ready to order something and it never showed up! Also, make sure to sit down and eat during the reception. Everyone says that, and it really does make a difference. I also made sure my bridesmaids knew to get me watered down drinks from the bar. You’re so busy you don’t even notice, and it helps you hang on to every detail. Soak it up and enjoy your time as a bride!

Recap your big day for us.
What made you laugh? What made you cry? What were the most memorable moments? What unexpected things happened that weren’t planned for?

We did a first look before the ceremony and that was surprisingly emotional for both of us. It was an indescribable, special moment. The ceremony was long (Catholic mass) but beautiful and the reception was gorgeous. I was very lucky to have a great team in place and there weren’t any unexpected events. It was great!

What about the details?
What was your vision/theme? How did you bring it to life?

I had very little vision going in. I knew I wanted rose gold and light pink as my colors, but that was about it. I sent a picture of a few flower arrangements and centerpieces I liked to my florist and she was able to recreate it for me. She had so many wonderful ideas and really helped me bring a vision to life that I didn’t even know I had. It’s important to have a good team of people around you and to be open to ideas. I wouldn’t change a thing about my decorations or flowers. It was beautiful!

What was your wedding day budget (and for how many guests)?

Where did you save big? Where did you splurge?

Our initial budget was $25,000 (ha!) for 150 guests. I tried to save at every opportunity possible. We picked a date in August which gave us a discounted rate, we used a caterer outside of the city, and chose a florist who could also do the day-of coordinating. I also went for artificial flowers so that I could keep them as decorations. We splurged on the bar, but that was about it. It was more important for us to save money.

How much did you actually spend?
What parts of your budget did you go over?

We ended up spending about $38,000 for 185 guests. I ended up spending about $3,000 on my dress, with alterations, which was much higher than I anticipated. Honestly everything adds up so just take any opportunity you can to save money if that is important to you.

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

It’s important to be open-minded to everything- date, guest count, venue, etc if you are trying to save money. Stay in the moment and have fun! You won’t get to do this again.

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

We are looking forward to traveling, buying a house and having kids.

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

Married life isn’t that different. But we did just close on a house so I’m sure that will change!

Local Vendors used

Photographer Madison Richards Photography
Wedding Coordinator Swanee Browning – Daughtry Dame

The soundtrack for our wedding day

Bridal Party Entrance at Reception Chris Brown Yea 3x
First Dance George Strait I Cross My Heart
Last Dance Garth Brooks Friends in Low Places

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