It’s time for another Blogging Bride! We started this series a couple of weeks ago with our first Blogging Bride, Lindsay, and this week we’re so excited to feature Cameron!
Couple: Cameron and Jay
Wedding date: May 16, 2015
Ceremony location: The Joule
Reception location: The Joule
Photographer: Joshua Aull Photography
Hitched Events: How did you and Jay meet?
Cameron Gummer: Jay and I had been getting our haircut from the same girl, Lyndsey, for close to 10 years by the time of our first date. Both Jay and I happened to be single and Lyndsey thought that we could potentially be a good match for each other. (This was actually the second time she had tried setting us up. The first time was 6 years prior, but the timing just wasn’t right.) She mentioned this to Jay and I and suggested that we all meet for Happy Hour sometime. Well, scheduling Happy Hour was taking longer than Jay wanted it to and he was getting impatient, so he asked Lyndsey for my number. Jay called me and we talked on the phone and decided to meet up in Addison, where I was living at the time. Our first date happened on March 22, 2012 and we’ve been together ever since!
HE: Tell us about your engagement!
CG: My friend, Alissa, asked me to go to an event with her at the Arboretum. She had been volunteering there and told me she could bring a guest to their “Volunteer Appreciation” party. As I was getting ready, a huge thunderstorm came through, which made me second guess on whether or not we should go. Alissa told me not to worry about it and they would just move it indoors. We got to the Arboretum and the worst of the storm was over, but it was still raining. Luckily, one of the Arboretum employees came by in a golf cart and offered to drive us to the party. As we pulled up to the building where the “party” was, I heard music and then I saw Jay. I was so confused! The first thing I thought was “What is he doing here?” Also, he was wearing a teal shirt, which is a color he never wears, so my second thought was “He never wears that color, I like it!” I didn’t make the connection of what was going on until I saw Alissa stay on the golf cart as it drove away.
Next thing I know, Jay is saying wonderful things (none of which I remember) and is down on one knee asking me to marry him. I, of course, said yes immediately! We celebrated with a glass of champagne and enjoyed listening to the musicians he had there playing my favorite songs. He then told me that he had another surprise. We drove to his parents’ house, where he had planned a surprise engagement party for us! I was just getting over the shock of seeing everyone there, then from the crowd of people I saw my Mom, Dad, brother, sister-in-law (who all I’ve in Atlanta, GA) and one of my best friends, Ashlee (who lives in Boulder, CO). He also surprised me with a photo album of when he went to Atlanta the month before (I thought he was on a trip for work) to ask my Dad to marry me 🙂 It honestly was the BEST DAY OF MY LIFE!!!
HE: How long was your engagement?
CG: We got engaged on September 6, 2014 and married on May 16, 2015, so we were engaged for 8 months.
(HE: Please stop what you’re doing right now and go check out more of their super cute engagement photos!)
HE: What did you pick first.. the date or the venue?
CG: I really wanted to get married on New Years Eve, but unfortunately, it just did not work out. We didn’t want to rush and plan a wedding in 3 months and also did not want to wait over a year before we got married.
We started looking for venues around Dallas. We knew that we wanted to have both the ceremony and reception at the same location. We looked at 5 or 6 different venues before we went to The Joule. We then fell in love with the spaces for both the ceremony and reception. We didn’t really have a strong preference for a particular date, so we just went with what The Joule had available.
HE: Tell us about how the planning process went for you.
CG: To be perfectly honest, the planning process was very stressful at the beginning, because I had absolutely no idea what I was doing. I was very unsure of where to start, but I had heard to pick the venue and dress as soon as possible. I immediately made appointments to try on dresses, and Jay and I made appointments to see venues in downtown Dallas. Once we had picked The Joule, I asked if they had any preferred vendors. They provided me with a list, which was wonderful, because that is how I found Hitched Events! I also went to a bridal show to get some names of various vendors, which was also helpful as far as giving me a list of vendors to contact. One of the hardest things to me was trying to figure out the budget. I had the overall number of what we had to spend, but I was unsure of how to divide it up in the most effective way for what we wanted to achieve. After some guidance, we figured out we could spend less in some areas that weren’t “must haves” and more in others that were more important to us.
HE: What was a must have for your wedding?
CG: The “must have” Jay and I talked about from day one was that we wanted our wedding to be a fun celebration. We wanted our guests to leave saying they had a great time, so we knew we needed to have an awesome band, open bar, and a photo booth always helps! We ended up using Love Runs Deep for our photo booth and couldn’t have been happier.. we got so many great pictures!
The search for a band was not an easy one. I reached out to some friends who had their weddings in Dallas to get the names of the bands they worked with. As I was contacting them, each one was already booked for our date we had picked. I was starting to stress, but one of the management groups told me to check out their band Inside Out, who was available on the day of our wedding. Jay, my mom, and I went to see them and I could not get a contract signed soon enough! We immediately fell in love with their talent and energy. And they did not disappoint at the wedding. They were phenomenal! The dance floor was packed all night, and we had so many people asking us at the wedding and after who the band was, because they had such a great time.
My other must have was a great photographer. One of my best friends got married back in 2007 and her photographer captured a candid picture of the two of us, which I have adored ever since. I wanted to find a photographer that could deliver pictures like that along with the typical more staged wedding pictures. Jay and I ultimately decided to work with Joshua Aull Photography. Josh was great to work with. He was able to get everything done when we were running behind and dealing with location changes. He captured so many amazing moments from our wedding. I love our pictures, but honestly the ones from the reception are my favorite. I can’t help but smile and laugh whenever I look through them!
HE: What is your favorite memory from your wedding?
CG: I don’t know if I can pick just one! Of course, the first has to be when Jay and I were announced husband and wife. It was so exciting finally be “official” and it was time to start celebrating! Another would have to be at the very end of the night for our send off. Jay and I were having our private last dance (which I very highly recommend) as everyone was going downstairs to wait for us. We came down the elevator and as we made our way through the rose petals, I saw a vintage Rolls Royce waiting to pick us up! I had told Jay during the planning process that I have always wanted to leave my wedding in a vintage Rolls Royce, but I couldn’t see the point of spending the money on it when we would just drive around the block, since we were staying in the hotel where the wedding/reception took place. Jay, being the absolutely amazing man the he is, planned this surprise for me to end our wedding on the most perfect note.
I also asked Jay this question, because I was curious about which moments he would pick. He said his first was when my Dad and I came up the elevator to walk down the aisle. The Joule has this amazing glass elevator that the brides come up on to walk down the aisle. It’s so unique and was one of the selling points for us when picking the location. His other moment that he loved was the alone time he and I had, while our guests were at the cocktail hour after the ceremony. It was great to have a glass (let’s be honest…bottle) of champagne, take off our shoes, and spend some time just the two of us.
HE: Describe your overall experience with your wedding.
CG: It was honestly the most fun I have ever had. I could not have asked for anything better. I always heard and was a firm believer, based on weddings that I had been in, that there is always something that goes wrong at a wedding, but I can honestly say nothing went wrong! The whole wedding was full of nothing but support, love, happiness, and people wanting to cut loose and have a good time. I feel very grateful that it just surpassed every expectation that I ever had and I’m trying to figure out how we can do it all over again!
HE: If you could give one piece of advice to a couple in the process of planning their wedding, what would it be?
CG: Take advantage of any alone moments you can spend with your new husband/wife, like first looks, during cocktail hour, last dance, etc. Your night is full of spending time with as many of your guests as possible, and it is those moments that you can steal away together that makes it so much more special 🙂
Need more Cameron and Jay in your life? Of course you do! Check out more of their wedding pictures from Joshua Aull Photography or a sneak peek of their wedding video by John Christopher Photographs + Films! We just love this sweet couple!