It sounds like something straight out of a movie – the kind of movie that leaves you with a happy feeling inside, wondering if maybe such a love story could come true in real life. A girl and a boy meet in college, then go their separate ways. Time goes on, life goes on, and they end up on opposite sides of the country. He eventually settles down in the southwest, while she ends up in the Windy City, and the seasons turn until five years have gone by. One year, with the end of December fast approaching, each of them decided to fly home to New York, not knowing the surprise they were about to find. Finally, Christmas came, and as you know, sometimes magical things happen around Christmas time that we can only dream of. Sometimes, in fact, all it takes is one Christmas night to change the rest of your life…
The finishing touches…
Francine, you’re so lovely!
Love the gorgeous colors the bride chose.
Kevin was surrounded by his guys as they hung out.
Francine and Kevin opted to do a first look, and it was beautiful! How sweet is Kevin’s jaw-dropping reaction to his pretty bride, and the special moments they shared? Love.
After the first look, the bride and groom set aside time to go around Sky Creek Ranch, and take some portraits of just the two of them…
The ceremony, over the golf course, was beautiful.
It’s always such a treat to see our couple’s engagement photos at the wedding. : )
One of our favorite exit shots of all time. You can feel the joy in this photo!
The gorgeous reception! Special thanks to Meaghan, with Sweet Pea Events, for pulling together everything so beautifully…
Love these two! : )
Francine and Kevin had a popcorn bar, with tons of different flavors and options…and to say it was a hit with the guests would be an understatement! How fun is this?!
Everyone was so happy for the bride and groom…
The toasts were great…
Goodies for the guests…
Francine and Kevin shared a final dance – just the two of them.
A gorgeous end to a stunning day.
Francine and Kevin,
From your first email to us – we knew y’all would be a couple we’d want to know, and when you came to our house with yummy sweets and a Christmas ornament, we were blown away. We’ve loved getting to know you all, and your enthusiasm for life, love, and each other has made every time we see you just awesome! We wish you both (and Buddy!) many years of happiness…and of course, a Merry Christmas! : )
Matt and Ivy
Story from the Bride:
We met 12 years ago through a mutual friend in college. We dated for a few months before going our separate ways- Kevin moved to Phoenix and I moved to Chicago. Five years later we reconnected back in our hometown in Buffalo, NY on Christmas night. There was an immediate connection and we were inseparable from that point forward. We dated long distance until we couldn’t take living so far apart and Kevin made the big move to Chicago. Kevin proposed on a beautiful fall Saturday afternoon as we were getting ready to go to Navy Pier to ride the famous Ferris wheel, something neither of us had done since we lived in Chicago. Kevin initially planned to pop the question at the top of the Ferris wheel but couldn’t wait, dropped down to one knee before we even left our apartment, and asked me to marry him. I was not expecting it so I was totally surprised. Kevin told me how much he loved me (and our dog Buddy), how he wanted us to spend the rest of our lives together, and many other things that soon became a blur. I actually looked at the ring and said “I get to wear that?!” Then, “Yes”. The proposal was perfect, sweet, and simple. We moved to Texas in 2012 and started planning our big day.
Since neither of us are from Texas the majority of our guests traveled here from other places and we wanted them to feel welcome and at home. We decided we wanted a day that felt romantic and cozy, comfortable but not too casual, dressed up but not stuffy. Sky Creek Ranch captured that feeling in every way. From the beautiful outdoor setting to the wood details and floor to ceiling windows inside, we knew from the first moment we visited that we would be married there. For our fall affair we chose plum and ivory colors with touches of gold.
I always thought we would elope to Mexico and get married on a beach. Then we realized all the people who wouldn’t be able to be with us one of the most important days of our lives. So we decided having a wedding closer to home was a better idea. From the day we got engaged we both agreed that the photography was the most important part of the wedding to us and we knew without a doubt we wanted Ivy Weddings to capture our special day. We even chose our date based on when our photographers were available! We couldn’t have done it without the help of our fabulous wedding planner Meaghan. It’s easy to get caught up in all the options out there for your wedding so we made sure we stayed true to who we are and focused on the things we really cared about.
A big part of our budget went to hiring a planner because we really didn’t have time to take on everything ourselves. Another big part of budget was dedicated to our photography which was the most important aspect of the wedding to us. Our photographers made us feel like rockstars and we’re so grateful to have found them. Our popcorn bar was a fun splurge and everyone loved it!
We both agree hands down that our favorite parts of the day were our first look and exchanging our vows that we wrote for each other. We’re so glad our amazing photographers convinced us to do a first look because it really set the tone for the rest of the day. Being able to spend some time together before the ceremony was very intimate and we had a blast driving around in golf carts with our photographers. We kept our vows secret from each other and really had no idea what the other would write. So many people said we would be so nervous, why put more pressure on yourself to say your own vows but we both stood by our decision and couldn’t be happier. I think we were both so excited to share our vows with each other that we didn’t feel any nerves at all. They were romantic and heartfelt and really spoke to who we are as individuals and as a couple. We were more excited about eating our cake than we were about dinner! Overall, our wedding was everything we dreamed of and more. We wish we could go back and do it all over again!
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