Love was in the air at Springdale Station during Suzy and Jeff’s wedding day in East Austin. The couple met for the first time during SXSW 2013. It was that first year at the iconic Austin event that Suzy knew Jeff was “the one”. They consider SXSW their anniversary. Jeff proposed to Suzy as they jumped out of an airplane during a skydiving excursion disguised as Jeff’s birthday celebration. When planning their wedding, the couple knew that ” lots of greenery and brass was a must”. It was important to Suzy that they incorporate greenery and succulents as much as possible because Jeff loves plants and Suzy wanted to honor that side of him. In the end, their wedding day was everything Suzy and Jeff wanted it to be and they are excited to see what 2019 has in store for them as husband and wife.
How and when did you two meet? When did you know he/she was “the one”?
We met at Flemings in February 2013. I knew he was the one when we spent SXSW together that same year. We went to so many great concerts and had some awesome moments. We consider SXSW our anniversary.
Do you have a super romantic proposal story or engagement memory?
We had decided to go sky diving to celebrate Jeff and Rhea’s birthdays. I was completely blind sided when he pulled out a ring after we jumped. I had no idea he was even planning to propose! When people ask about my sky diving experience and how I felt afterward I have to tell them I’m not sure because of all the emotions from freefalling and getting engaged smooshed together. It was definitely the best day ever.
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?
I knew we wanted to incorporate succulents and greenery as much as possible. Jeff loves plants and I wanted to honor that side of him. I wanted succulent colors like dusty pastels for my bridesmaids dresses. I knew from the beginning I wanted romantic/chic/vintage/bohemian vibe. That’s why we went with mixed china. I also loved brass candlesticks and terrariums, so those were a go from the beginning. Lots of greenery and brass was a must.
What did you enjoy most about the process of planning your wedding?
The endless possibilities. There were so many ideas! So many choices! But my all time favorite was finding my dress. I had stressed so much because I had no idea what I wanted, and also didn’t want to spend thousands of dollars on one single dress. My MOH convinced me to go to a boutique and start trying on styles and find my size. So we went to second summer bridal with all my girlfriends and the sales lady convinced me to try on this beaded dress that was completely different from what I had been trying on. It was the one and I had that moment that I honestly thought I would never have. My girlfriends then proceeded to buy the dress for me as my engagement gift. It was the sweetest gesture ever. I was so happy and grateful to have such amazing friends.
Looking back, was there a really special moment that you remember from your wedding that stands out as the most magical?
Our ceremony was exactly what we wanted. Personal, intimate and full of love.
Did you have a special song that you danced to as your first dance? How did you choose it?
We could not decide on a first dance song. I spent 4 hours the morning of the wedding trying to find something that felt like us. I randomly found “Is that All Right” by Lady Gaga from the A star is Born soundtrack and immediately knew it was the one.
Do you have any tips for couples planning their wedding?
Not everything will go as planned, and it will be perfectly fine. Remember to make yourself available and don’t do everything on your own.
What are your day jobs/hobbies?
We both work as servers at Flemings. I’m a student and Jeff owns rental properties around Austin that he oversees. We love hosting dinner parties and spending time with friends and family. Kenley keeps us busy with school functions, baseball and gymnastics.
Wedding Ceremony & Reception: Springdale Station
Ring: Mike Tanner
Dress: Ashley & Justin (Designer) from Second Summer Bride
Shoes: Steven by Steve Madden
Tux: Calvin Klein from Men’s Warehouse
Florist: Melanie Tipton from Last Petal
DJ: Sid Sharda “DJ Kurupt”
Caterer: Johnny and Adrianna Romo
Cake: Gambino’s Bakery, New Orleans
Photographer: Svetlana Frolova
Wedding Day Coordinator: Alexa Lopez
Hair and Makeup: Milk and Honey
Lighting: Sid Sharda