It’s pretty rare for me to actually get to go to the wedding of the albums I go through. I don’t mind, because I love seeing all of the photos and getting a glimpse of their day, then choosing photos to showcase what I think were some of the best moments, but I really love to hear from our couples to find out what they loved. From just looking at their photos, I could tell you that Amy Kaye and Reece had a stunning wedding, filled with people they loved, and each and every detail was thought out to the fullest. I could tell you that their transformation of the chapel and the hall was truly one of a kind. But, what I couldn’t have told you was that Amy Kaye loved their champagne wall as much as we did (it even inspired one of our top 10 Pinterest trends we’d love to see this year!). I couldn’t tell you that she was as touched by her letter reading as I was by my own with my to-be-husband on our wedding day. And, more than anything, I couldn’t tell you what went wrong on their wedding day.
Keep reading below to swoon over their love story, find out Amy Kaye’s biggest piece of advice for couples planning their wedding, and see what some of their most memorable moments were.
The Love Story
Reece and I met through one of my best friends from high school, Kale Slone. Reece and Kale played on the Texas A&M club baseball team together, and I would frequently go watch their games. Before long, I was great friends with all of the boys on the team. Reece and I were just friends for almost two years before we started dating.
One day, out of nowhere (seriously, this kid didn’t drop a single hint that he was even interested in me), Reece asked me on a date… and I politely declined. He spent the next few months pursuing me, but I just couldn’t get past the thought of losing our friendship if it didn’t work out, so I kept saying no.
Until one day, he stopped asking…
Umm wait what?! Was he really giving up?? Noooo! Maybe I did want to date him…
Now it was my turn to do the pursuing.
On May 5th, 2017 we FINALLY went on our first date to the Rockets vs. Spurs playoff game in Houston. We may have been rooting for separate teams, but we had the best time (and obviously the Spurs won, so I also enjoyed rubbing that in his face the whole way back to College Station – Va Spurs Va!)
It didn’t take long for me to realize that Reece is the most loving, patient, loyal, compassionate man I’ve ever met, and that I never wanted to be apart from him.
Why They Chose The Chandelier
The Chandelier of Gruene is a venue that I truly believe is a perfect representation of New Braunfels. I wanted our out-of-town guests to get a glimpse of New Braunfels as soon as they drove up to the venue, and there isn’t another venue in New Braunfels that even gets close to portraying our beautiful town better than The Chandelier of Gruene.
While there are countless moments that made our day so special, there are two that stick out in my mind most. The first happened 30 minutes before the ceremony when Reece and I read each other letters we had written for one another. We couldn’t see each other but I did get to hold his hand and hear his voice. Before that moment I was feeling pretty anxious. We hadn’t communicated in any way since we had left the rehearsal dinner the night before and I was just ready to see him! The second I held his hand, I could breathe again, and all my anxiousness fell away. It was exactly what I needed.
Ever since I was a little girl, the song Cinderella by Stephen Curtis Chapman has been me and my dad’s special song. We’ve been dancing in the kitchen to that song for as long as I can remember. It was no question that we would dance to it at my wedding. However, my dad had something even better in mind. During the months leading up to the wedding, my dad went to a professional recording studio and recorded himself singing Cinderella for us to dance to at the wedding. It was a moment I will never forget, and a gift I will cherish forever.
Their Best Advice
Meet with every single one of your vendors to talk through your expectations and what is most important to you. Don’t assume that they know what you want. Specifically, make a photo shot list for your photographer so they know what moments/details you want captured. Your vendors have worked many weddings and every bride has different expectations, so make sure they know what is important to you!