We always love hearing about what initially draws our couples to us. For Bryanna and Travis, they landed on a New Braunfels wedding since it was the middle ground for their two families. It may have been a bit of luck that our little pocket of the hill country ended up being the perfect location for them, but it was more than just luck that played a role in the togetherness that took place on their wedding day. As you read this blog, you’ll see gorgeous floral arrangements, go green with envy over their color palette, and witness just about every photo looking like it’s coming straight out of a fairytale (especially the fireplace photos). You’ll also hear about togetherness – them coming together, the sweetest moments they shared together, and the people they were together with. Mr. & Mrs. May planned a stunning day, but what’s even more stunning is just how much love came through when Bryanna told us about it from her perspective. Keep reading to see what we mean.
The Love Story
Meeting Travis was pure fate. We both moved to College Station for school in 2014. Not only was he my neighbor, but his roommate and my roommate were siblings – meaning they were constantly over at our apartment. Pretty quickly Travis asked me out on a date and I of course agreed, but the day of the actual date I came down with the flu. Instead of cancelling the date, I invited him over to watch The Office… and after that day I realized we would be better off as friends. He, on the other hand, did not give up. He continued pursuing me for the next few years, but I would insist that we were just “best friends.” I eventually said yes to another date, and it was the best decision I have ever made. Three years later, pretty much to the date, we got married!
A little side note: our recessional song that played as we walked out of the chapel was The Office theme song as a little tribute to our start!
Why They Chose The Chandelier
Growing up when I pictured my future wedding day, there were always two constants – a long train on my wedding dress and a white chapel. When looking for the midpoint for both of our families, we found that the New Braunfels area was the perfect middle – and is just a GORGEOUS area overall. I started looking in the area, and the first venue to pop up was The Chandelier of Gruene. I fell in love with the pictures and knew we had to see the venue in person. Travis and I traveled to tour it, and immediately knew it was the venue for us. We fell in love with the chapel, the hall was amazing, and the deer just made it all the more special. The Chandelier was the best possible choice for us. Not just because of the venue, but the staff were a joy to work with. Every single time I called, emailed, or even wanted to stop by, they were more than happy to answer my questions and lend a helping hand.
It’s hard picking one most memorable moment from a day that felt like such a dream… so here I’m going to list my top four:
- Hearing The Office theme song come on over the speakers right after marrying the love of my life, seeing all of our loved ones cheering as we made our way out of the chapel, and stopping to ring the chapel bells. So much joy filled my heart at that exact moment. I wish I could bottle it up and keep that feeling forever.
- Travis and I wanted to save our personal vows for each other, and only say traditional vows at the actual ceremony. After photos while the cocktail hour was going on, he and I snuck away from the party to the groom’s suite. We had 15 minutes set aside on the wedding day timeline specifically for this. During that time, we shared appetizers and recited our personal vows to each other. We originally did it because we were both too nervous to share them in front of everyone, but it ended up being such a special moment that I’m glad we kept private.
- The private last dance at the end of the night in an empty venue. Travis wanted to pick the song for the last dance – Die a Happy Man by Thomas Rhett – and while the guest were outside waiting with their sparklers, Travis and I spent those minutes loving on each other and discussing how perfect the night went. We had a few moments of peace after a long day of crazy, but beautiful and fun, chaos.
- The final most memorable moment I want to mention was having a first look with some of my favorite people. We did two separate first looks, one with my bridesmaids, my bridesman, mother-in-law, and mom, & one with my dad. Seeing their reactions was so heartwarming, and just made me more excited for the day.
Their Best Advice
On the day of, don’t stress the little things… or even the big ones! On the day of the wedding our linens came wrinkled, I left my wedding shoes in Austin and had to travel to get them, and one of my bridesmaids even got stuck in traffic and missed the ceremony. While these things were happening I kept reminding myself that it was going to be okay, because at the end of the day I would be married to my best friend. Looking back, it was smart to not stress about anything. Our wedding coordinator handled the linens, calmed me down when I started to get upset that my bridesmaid wouldn’t be there, and I now have a great story with one of my best friends about going to get my wedding shoes at 7:00 a.m. the morning of my wedding.
Their Vendor Team
Another small piece of advice, make sure you pick vendors that match up with your personality! You’ll be having a ton of conversations with them leading up to the wedding – and even on the day of. Our vendors were so great (especially our wedding coordinator, photographer, and band), and the day of it felt like we were just interacting with friends.
A Personal Touch
One thing that was important to me was making sure there were little details that really tied things together. One of these details were these acrylic place cards. I hand wrote the guest names, painted the back gold, and added personal touches, like nicknames. They took a while to make, but ended up being so worth it. Tons of our friends and family kept them as little mementos of the wedding day!
Making It Yours
I can’t stress this enough, do the things you want to do that day, and take multiple moments to just sit back and enjoy the moment with your new spouse. The day passes by so fast, it’s important to just soak it all in! If possible, get a videographer. We didn’t have one, and it’s one of our biggest regrets.
We told you it was filled with love. We’ve read their four most memorable moments at least 15 times because it was so special to us that every single one was about a moment of them being together as a couple or of them celebrating with the people they love. Their love story is so sweet and we love all of the tidbits of advice that they shared (especially about videography – we really love wedding videos), but their focus on spending moments together and soaking in every bit of your wedding day is so important. We think Bryanna said it best when she described their day as “a long day of crazy, but beautiful and fun, chaos.” That’s what a wedding day is y’all. Embrace it to its fullest.
Bryanna & Travis’ Vendor Spotlight:
Coordinated by Sweet Laurel Weddings and Events
Photography by Love + Art by: Tanya Crystal
Band by Southern Ashes
Catering by Jimmy Lyn’s Events and Catering
Flowers by Evember Floral and Decor
Officiated by Jason Dunton
Getaway Car by SA Transportation
Bartending by Margarita Madness
Hair and Makeup by Vixen Hair and Makeup
Invitations by Minted
Suits by Stitch and Tie
Bridesmaid Dresses by David’s Bridal
Bridal Gown by Hayley Paige