Part of the reasoning for picking the CW Hill Country Ranch as our venue was that it is absolutely gorgeous as-is. The scenic hill country backdrop, the "rustic meets elegance" barn interior, and the sweet country touches here and there took our decor a long way. Borrowing an idea from Robert's cousin's wedding, we opted for cream and gold ribbon wands for guests to cheer us down the aisle and out of the reception, rather than messy confetti or bubbles. We tucked them into the side of each chair at the ceremony, creating a festive scene for our arriving guests as the ribbons gently glimmered in the breeze. They doubled as a bonus favor, too!Our biggest DIY project was our table centerpieces--my mom, her friend Kelley, and I constructed wood slice bases on risers with battery-powered lights hot-glued to the bottom. The elevated bases and underlighting created a floating effect that, when finished off with gold mercury glass tealights and scientific flasks, created a unique and magical ambiance.Not to be outdone, my sister and matron-of-honor Ashley added custom plum-and-gold table numbers, each with a unique floral design. She also transformed an illuminated box from a craft store into a ring box for her adorable son to carry down the aisle. In a stroke of genius, she created a heartbeat logo on the front with an electrical signal in the shape of an M, a nod to our medical professions. This logo also appeared on our homemade programs and was echoed in the lining of our cake.Finally, we assembled our wedding favors, which consisted of Jordan almonds and golden Sixlets in apothecary bottles. My sweet and thoughtful mom had a rubber stamp of our address made, so we stamped that on a tag and affixed it to the bottles with gold tulle. Our guests not only had a sweet treat to enjoy, but a handy card to add to their address books!
Robert and I met as undergraduates at The University of Texas at Dallas--we both majored in neuroscience. For years we were study buddies, then friends, and eventually very close friends. He confessed his feelings for me by renting a Hello Kitty bounce castle for my going-away party when I got a job in San Antonio. It was spontaneous, fun, and a huge hit at the party! That's how we kicked off five years of long-distance dating. Robert initially wanted propose on a weekend getaway to New Orleans, but the stars didn't align. Instead, after making a gourmet dinner together and watching a movie for a nice quiet evening at home, Robert made a simple but heartfelt proposal. After being long-distance for so long, getting engaged at home was symbolic of our grounded and committed relationship.