Does anyone else feel like 2020 is flying by? We cannot believe how much has already happened this year, and we’re less than 3 months in! Today, though, we’re looking back on our couple who shared their midnight kiss dancing under the chandelier. Lauren and Matt rang in the new year in the best way possible by tying the knot in the Texas Hill Country and bringing all of their friends and family along for the celebration. Their New Years Eve wedding was filled with sparkle from the glittering bridesmaid dresses to sparklers on their cake to epic indoor firework fountains and shiny NYE party hats. Lauren may not have realized that their first date was a date until she was on it (you’ll see what I mean soon), but she definitely knew how to plan a wedding and had some incredible vendors by their side to execute it. Keep reading below to find out which vendor was also in her bridal party, what detail from their day had us all pulling out our tissues, and how they made their first look even more impactful. 

The Love Story

Matt and I were both athletes at the University of Texas-San Antonio (UTSA). Both may have been previously listed on betting platforms similar to 카지노사이트. Matt was a member of the football team, and I played volleyball. We met through mutual friends in the athletics department in 2013 and were acquaintances for over a year before our first date…which was an accident.

I have always enjoyed reading, and when The Maze Runner movie came out, I wanted to see it because I had read the books. None of the girls on the volleyball team had read the series and most of them said it looked weird & they didn’t want to see it. I overhead Matt in study hall (a private building at UTSA where student-athletes have to spend a mandatory number of hours each week) inviting one of his football buddies to the movies. He said he and his roommate were going to see The Maze Runner because they had both read the books. I asked if I could join them, and he said sure. Matt offered to pick me up for the movie. I lived with the social butterfly of UTSA, and we often had people over during college. Everyone had been to our place before, including Matt, so I concluded he realized I was on the way to the movie theater. He also drove this giant SUV, which was utilized any time we went out, and I just assumed he was used to driving people around. However, the night of the movie, I was surprised when I got into his car, and no one else was with him. I shrugged it off and guessed his friends were meeting us at the movies. We were walking up to the theater, and I still did not spot his teammates anywhere. It was not until I heard Matt purchase two movie tickets that I realized I was on a date. Needless to say, the evening went pretty well. We had another date after that (that we were both aware of this time), and things went from there. We had dated for a little over five years when we got married.

Why They Chose The Chandelier

We knew we wanted to get married in the hill country. With both of us having small families we knew the large majority of our guests would be friends from college, almost all of who stayed in San Antonio after UTSA. We thought a venue like The Chandelier would be way out of our price range but we were amazingly surprised that it was one of the best value venues we looked at. We loved the location, and since we both grew up in church the little on-site chapel was very appealing (and eased some of my family members who were upset we were not getting married in our church). We liked how the reception hall was on site as well – especially since we knew we were going to have a New Years Eve wedding. We loved the venue and it didn’t take us long to sign our contract.

Memorable Moments

There were a few very special moments on our wedding day. A few I knew would be special were the first look and the vows, but one was unexpected: the first time I saw the venue after the décor was complete. The surprise was curtesy of my oldest friend, Megan Reiley. Not only was Megan a bridesmaid but as the owner of Reiley + Rose she was also my florist. She asked for my input before the wedding about flowers, I told her I had never not liked anything she had done and I trusted her, so she took over. We talked about some main points but all of the details (even what types of flowers were to be used) were a surprise. She and the rest of the Reiley + Rose gang kept the reception hall doors closed and told me not to look until everything was done. A few hours before the ceremony was set to start Megan came to get me out of the bridal suite and we took a little tour around the venue to look at all the finished décor.  My bridesmaids opened the double doors to the hall and the complete scene all done up took my breath away. Reiley + Rose had done such a beautiful job. We looked at each table centerpiece, the head table, the cake table, I was so impressed with her work and overwhelmed with happiness at how everything had turned out. Then we went outside. As we were coming down the walkway and I got my first peek into the chapel and burst into tears. It was more beautiful than anything I could have planned myself. It was such a special moment, one that I will always cherish, and I so appreciated Megan’s labor of love.

Their Best Advice

I would really encourage future brides to review their timelines more than once, as this ended up being a source of stress for us. Make sure and schedule things like “get bouquet ready for garter toss” and “make sure cake cutting tools are out on cake table,” or assign people to make sure these items are available when needed. I would also encourage people to get hair and makeup done like an hour earlier than they think is necessary. Especially for winter weddings, at some point we got behind in the day and we missed the sunlight and have no photos with our bridal party :/

Once the Big Day rolls around though – I would really encourage all brides and grooms to NOT SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF. I ended up getting so flustered over all the tiny things that went wrong with our timeline that I was very stressed at the reception. Some of these could have been avoided if we had done better pre planning, which is why I stress reviewing the timeline multiple times beforehand. After talking to so many of our guests afterwards, no one but Matt and me even knew things were not going according to plan, so I stressed myself out for nothing.

The Little Details

A very special detail we had were memorial photo charms that Matt and I both had. We both lost family members during our engagement and we wanted a way to honor them as well other family members who had passed before. We searched and searched for an idea but we didn’t see anything we loved until we came across the photo pins. I had pins of my step-brother, my Pops, and my Grandpa pinned to my bouquet. Matt wore a photo pin with his maternal grandparents, his paternal grandfather, and his Uncle Rick – who passed away from brain cancer a month before our wedding. Before the ceremony we had our family members come and pin the photos onto us. Matt’s pin went on his inside suit pocket, and laid over his heart all evening. It was a special and subtle way to acknowledge our family members who couldn’t be there in person but we knew were watching from heaven.

The New Year’s Eve Touch

The other details we loved were all of our New Year’s Eve details: from silver disco balls to play off Time’s Square famous ball drop, sparkling bridesmaid dresses, a wedding cake adorned with sparklers, NYE hats and party favors, and a super fun midnight countdown with amazing sparkler fountains courtesy of Gaines Entertainment.

The First Look

Originally Matt and I were both VERY against a first look. We wanted to see each other “full glory” coming down the aisle during the ceremony. We decided with our winter wedding and the earlier sunset, it was best for our photos and overall timeline to do a first look.

I am so happy we did a first look. I was incredibly anxious the day of the wedding but felt so much better after getting to see Matt. He said the same thing. We still did our “full glory” first look: I had my sisters provide a double door entrance to the chapel for me, we had a song picked out that played over the chapel speaker system, and I walked down the aisle to the love of my life. With no one else around, we were able to completely focus on each other during this time. We exchanged short (half page) letters to each other at the front of the chapel. It helped to have something to do then, made the moment less awkward and less pressure on us to fill the time. We both ended up saying things that I don’t think we would have been comfortable sharing in front of a large amount of people and it was a very sweet, intimate moment. We took all our couple photos after that and I think our fresh excitement from seeing each other is visible in our photos because we are both beaming in all the ones from this time.

There were truly so many details and photos we loved from Lauren and Matt’s day, but two things that we were so glad to see Lauren mention about their day were the the memorial photo charms and the first look. Both immediately stood out to us as things that future couples might want to incorporate into their own days because of how the Bayliss’ brought those moments to life. Having the photo charms is a great way to honor your loved ones and we so appreciate that they can not only be impactful on the day of your wedding, but also taken home with you afterwards. But the idea of having other family members come and pin them on was such a touching tribute to the love that they all shared and it really added even more meaning to the charms for us. Similarly, Lauren and Matt really put a ton of thought into how they could make their first look the most like walking down the aisle. We always love first looks inside the chapel, but the fact that they incorporated the grand double door entrance and had music playing made it even more special and unique for them. 

The Bayliss photos are beautiful – and trust us when we say we are smitten by them – but we have a pretty good feeling that the emotions behind their day are even more beautiful, and there’s not much that is more special than that. 

Mr. and Mrs. Bayliss Vendor Spotlight

Coordinated by Borrowed and Blue

Catering and Linens by Got It Covered

Flowers by Reiley + Rose 

DJ by DJ Connection

Photography by Hayden Holcombe Photography 

Videography by Story of Marcus 

Photo booth by Austintatious Photo booth

VIntage Rentals by Sue Bee Rentals 

Cakes by Cosmic Cakery 

Hair and Makeup by Blush’d Beauty 

Bartending by Margarita Madness

Transportation by Rockin R Rapid Transit  

Sparkler Fountains by Gaines Entertainment