One of my favorite parts of being a wedding planner is that I get to work with all different kinds of people, and I especially love those who are high school sweethearts like our next Blogging Bride Sarah and her husband Matt. There is just something so special about this sweet couple.. when you look at these pictures, you can really tell how much these two truly love each other!
Couple: Sarah and Matt
Wedding date: August 23, 2014
Ceremony location: The Joule
Reception location: The Joule
Photographer: Sarah Kate
Hitched Events: How did you and Matt meet?
Sarah Moffatt: We actually met in 4th grade. He was the new kid in school and I distinctly remember him wearing a black leather jacket every day. We started dating in high school at 15 years old – our second wedding anniversary is the same day as our 10 year anniversary together. Another little fun fact: He wrote on the back of my 8th grade year book that he couldn’t wait to make me his wife someday. Swoon!
HE: Tell us about your engagement!
SM: After graduating from Texas Tech University, we had a whole summer of travel planned: go to Yellowstone, then Hawaii, then Bonnaroo in Tennessee, then move to New York City.
He had recently told me he didn’t want to get engaged any time soon because he wanted to have a stable job and be able to provide for us, which was a totally believable lie, so I wasn’t expecting him to pop the question on any of our adventures. We were in Yellowstone – one of our favorite places in the world – and he took me to the Lower Falls. He told me to stand in front of the waterfall, so he could get the settings right on his camera, something he’s done hundreds of times. I wasn’t paying attention as he found a couple to take our photo, but before they could take the shot, he asked them to wait a second so he could get a lens cover to help with the sun overexposing the photo. I was two seconds away from telling him to let it go and just let the nice people take the shot when he flipped around to face me and was on one knee with a shiny red box in his hand. I was in shock. After I said yes, I heard screaming as three people were running towards me. Still in shock, it took me several seconds to realize it was my mom and his parents, which he had flown in for the occasion.
The couple, who took photos of the entire thing, are good friends of the family to this day. They live in California and even came to our wedding in Dallas!
HE: How long was your engagement?
SM: We were engaged from May 2013 to August 2014. We wanted to keep our same anniversary date and it just so happened August 23, 2014 fell on a Saturday.
HE: What did you pick first.. the date or the venue?
SM: We picked the date first since it already held such significance.
HE: Tell us about how the planning process went for you.
SM: I’m a very organized person, so it went pretty smoothly – even planning the wedding at a distance wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be. We were living in NYC and planning a wedding in Dallas. Luckily, we had a lot of great support around us, who were willing to run errands and attend meetings. Plus, we found vendors who were willing to be very flexible with our timeline and limited trips to Dallas.
HE: What was a must have for your wedding?
SM: I wanted an overflow of beautiful flowers, which I think we achieved. Flowers are such an easy was to bring a room to life, so we relied heavily on floral decorations in both the ceremony space and the reception.
HE: Sarah and Matt had some of the most GORGEOUS flowers we have ever seen! She enlisted the help of Branching Out Events to help make her vision come to life.
HE: What is your favorite memory from your wedding?
SM: Besides marrying the love of my life, probably having my mother walk me down the aisle. That was a detail I had known was going to happen since I was a little girl and it was so special to have that vision become a reality.
HE: Describe your overall experience with your wedding.
SM: The whole thing was such a unique experience and something I’ll never get to do again, so I really tried to soak it all in.
HE: If you could give one piece of advice to a couple in the process of planning their wedding, what would it be?
SM: Stay organized and surround yourself with a team you trust, from vendors to friends and family. Also remember that the team of people are the only ones who care if the flowers aren’t the right kind or the table cloths aren’t the right shade. No one else is going to notice, so when planning, be kind to that trusted team and remember they are working to make your vision come true!
Sarah, you speak very true words and we absolutely agree! It is so important to surround yourself around people you trust, and we’re so happy we got to be a part of your beautiful wedding.
Y’all have to go check out their sneak peek video of their wedding by Houston-based Monroe Wedding Videography.. both Sarah and Matt’s moms organized a surprise Flash “Mom” (yes, like a Flash Mob!) and it was one of the best things we’ve ever been a part of! And if you’re looking for a little inspiration for your purple themed wedding, then let their wedding pictures be your happy place for ideas, ideas, and more ideas!