My clients often have unique stories and great advice for the newly engaged which I enjoy sharing on my blog. I found as their wedding photographer, the story of Hannah and Matt both interesting and inspiring. After meeting through a dating website, this couple soon discovered they had a strong commonality….their journey to sobriety. This bond strengthened their relationship and led to a very beautiful and meaningful wedding at Villa St Clair in Austin, TX. “What we enjoyed most about our wedding planning was how effortless Kim, Emily, and Kelsey at Villa St. Clair made it. We gave them our inspiration themes and let them get creative. The end result was a wedding that was beyond our wildest dreams!” ENJOY!
Delicious bites from Pearl Snap Cuisine
“We danced to “Tennessee Whiskey” by Chris Stapleton. Being in recovery, we felt this song paradoxically portrayed our love for each other” said the bride.
And how awesome is that cake from Simon Lee Bakery!
When did you know he/she was “the one”?
Matt: “I knew pretty early in our relationship. I think what solidified this the most was the first time she met my family and immediately fit right in. Later that night after hearing her talk about how much she enjoyed meeting my family, I came to the realization that she was my future wife.”
Do you have a super romantic proposal story or engagement memory?
Matt began planning the engagement around 6 months before he proposed. Funny story- About a week before proposing, Matt mistakenly put the ring on top of his car and drove off. He soon realized his mistake and turned around to look for it in the parking lot. Fear set in as he wasn’t able to find it. He and his best friend searched up and down the service road of Mopac in the dark for hours. After giving up, he got into his car and saw it there…sitting at the bottom of his cup holder.
Our proposal happened in a way that completely took Hannah by surprise. Hannah was in the middle of buying a house that we both absolutely loved and we had to do the inspection. Hannah works in downtown Austin and the house was about an hour drive away in traffic. Matt was already at the house with the realtor and inspector waiting for Hannah to arrive. Once Hannah arrived, we did the usual inspection walk through. At the end, the inspector asked if we had any more questions and Matt had just one more. He got down on one knee in the living room and asked Hannah to marry him. We shared this incredibly special moment in the house that we now share together and will raise our future family in.
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 came to designing meetings with a very basic color palette and look that we wanted. We wanted a natural winter wedding with warm jewel tones throughout.
What did you enjoy most about the process of planning your wedding?
What we enjoyed most about our wedding planning was how effortless Kim, Emily, and Kelsey at Villa St. Clair made it. We gave them our inspiration themes and let them get creative. The end result was a wedding that was beyond our wildest dreams.
Looking back, was there a really special moment that you remember from your wedding that stands out as the most magical?
The whole wedding was incredibly memorable and magical, but the thing that sticks out to us the most was getting introduced into the ballroom after eating privately in the bridal suite (absolutely recommend that alone time to breathe and enjoy one another). The overflowing love, support, and cheer that we received was profound and so touching. Being able to look back at the special moments that Svetlana captured in the most beautiful way has helped ensure that we’ll be able to keep these memories for a lifetime.
Did you have a special song that you danced to as your first dance? How did you choose it?
We danced to “Tennessee Whiskey” by Chris Stapleton. Being in recovery, we felt this song paradoxically portrayed our love for each other.
Do you have any tips for couples planning their wedding?
We got married at a very small ceremony in June 2019 and decided to have a large celebration with our friends and large families later on. Doing it this way really took a lot of the stress and fear out of a big wedding. Our advice is take time to stop and enjoy the process. Make sure to show your fiancé love and support throughout all of the decisions. Also, when looking at vendors, do your research and make sure that when you’re booking with a company, that you meet with the actual person who will be at your wedding. This will create a great rapport which will help your wedding go off smoothly.
Matt: Case Manager and Discharge Coordinator at Infinite Recovery
Hobbies: Hunting, video games, spending time with friends and family, loving on our sweet pups
Hannah: Specialist at Stitch Fix
Hobbies: Softball, hanging out with friend and family, hanging out with our pups, crossfit