Rain provided a beautiful backdrop for Jen and Parker’s wedding at Stonehouse Villa in Driftwood. Luckily, it stopped just before the ceremony so that this gorgeous, outdoors-loving couple could have the nature-themed hill country wedding they had planned. Enjoy the photos and read the couple’s love story below.
How and when did you two meet? How did you meet and when did you know he/she was “the one”?
Parker and I met in college at the rock climbing wall, I thought he was super cute and was hoping he would talk to me. We started our relationship with a strong friendship, as we got to know each other more we just couldn’t stand being apart and had grown strong feelings for each other. I knew he was the one early on in our friendship, he had graduated and was moving away to Houston to start his new job. I realized at that moment I couldn’t stand the thought of being away from him, it turned my world upside down and I couldn’t stand to see him go.
Do you have a super romantic proposal story or engagement memory?
We flew to Colorado for a week last August for a week in the mountains. One day we were hiking up to a glacier lake, he kept trying to take me off trail away from all the people but it was packed everywhere. I knew he was up to something that day. Later we found a beautiful part of the park that opened up into a valley, we found a spot to sit and watch the storms roll in. He set up his camera to take pictures of us and then he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. Talk about a proposal!
Tell us about your wedding style. When you sat down to really figure out how your dream wedding would look, did you start with one central color, a palette of colors, or a theme that served as your inspiration?
We never wanted anything over the top, we really just wanted something simple and beautiful. We also really wanted to try to have the ceremony outside somewhere in the hill country. I really love succulents, so I based me wedding colors around that and had succulents as the main piece in my bouquet.
What did you enjoy most about the process of planning your wedding?
Honestly the cake tasting was the best part! We also had a lot of fun picking out a venue that fit our style.
Looking back, was there a really special moment that you remember from your wedding that stands out as the most magical?
A few minutes before the ceremony it began to sprinkle a little bit, I was worried we would have to move the ceremony inside. Luckily the rain let up and we continued as planned, and had some amazing storm clouds in the background for our pictures. I really love storms anyways, so I was super excited to have that as the backdrop.
Did you have a special song that you danced to as your first dance? How did you choose it?
We danced to “I have and always will” by Dave Barnes. That song stood out to us because of the line “in your darkest hour, will I love you still? I have and I always will”. We have been together for nearly 5 years now, we’ve seen good days and we’ve been through some dark day, but through it all our love is unwavering.
Do you have any tips for couples planning their wedding?
I think the most important thing to remember is to have fun in the whole planning process, it goes by so fast that it will be your wedding day before you know it. Don’t get caught up in the small details, believe me no one will remember if you had plastic plates or china on your wedding day. Make your wedding exactly how you both want it to be, don’t try to compromise to please anyone else. This is yall’s big day, do what you want to do.
Were you happy with Svetlana Photography?
Svetlana took some amazing pictures of our wedding, I am so grateful she captured such sweet and tender moments when I didn’t realize she was right there. The photos turned out beautifully and we will cherish them forever.
What are your day jobs/hobbies?
Parker works offshore as a subsea engineer, and I am a cardiac sonographer in Round Rock. We both absolutely love climbing, hiking, mountain biking, and exploring new places with our fur baby Roman.
Wedding Ceremony & Reception: Stonehouse Villa
Ring: engagement ring – intercontinental jewelers. Wedding bands- Avant Garde Jewelers
Dress: Miriam dress from Willowby by Watters
Tux: Jos. A Banks
Florist: Wow Factor
DJ: TXDJ – David Cohen
Cake: Classic Cakes by Lori
Photographer: Svetlana Photography
Second Photographer: Marina Marston with 2 Sweet Hearts
Videographer: Javier Fernandez
Invitation: Wedding Paper Divas
Wedding Hair: Julian Mireles
Makeup: Adrienn Ihasz
Transportation/Getaway Car: Austin Classic Limo