The Blogging Bride – Sarah

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!

August wedding at The Joule in Dallas, TX groom in grey tuxedo bride in strapless gown with short veil and all purple wedding bouquet - Photos by Sarah Kate

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!

Outdoor engagement photos in forest with bride wearing white dress - Photos by Sarah KateOutdoor engagement photos in Dallas, TX bride in shorts and black top - Photos by Sarah Kate

Check out more of their super cute engagement photos from Sarah Kate!

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.
Dallas, TX wedding out of town custom guest gift bag with heart on the state of Texas and bride and grooms name and wedding date in canvas tote bag with state of Texas gift tag and jalapenos - Photos by Sarah KateBride in personalized white waffle knit robe with purple monogram and "I do" and wedding date on sleeves August wedding in Dallas at The Joule - Photos by Sarah Kate

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.

August wedding ceremony on the rooftop at The Joule Hotel in Dallas, TX bride and groom standing under custom lush green leafy and purple floral altar with hanging crystals by Branching Out Events - Photos by Sarah KateBride and bridesmaids purple wedding bouquets by Branching Out Events for August wedding in Dallas, TX at The Joule Hotel bridesmaids in long purple dresses - Photos by Sarah KateLong wedding headtable with grey linens silver chiavari chairs with tall and large purple and pink floral arrangements by Branching Out Events with hanging crystals and purple uplighting in ballroom at The Joule Hotel in Dallas, TX - Photos by Sarah KateSmaller guest table floral arrangement by Branching Out Events with floating candles and mercury glass vases with purple and pink flowers for August wedding reception in Dallas, TX at The Joule Hotel - Photos by Sarah Kate

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.

Bride holding hands with her mother as she walks her down the aisle at rooftop ceremony at The Joule Hotel in Dallas, TX - Photos by Sarah Kate

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!

Custom purple candy bar at August wedding at The Joule in Dallas, TX - Photos by Sarah KateFive tiered white brides cake with purple flowers on top and slice of cheese grooms cake at August wedding at The Joule in Dallas, TX - Photos by Sarah KateBride and groom kissing at headtable with Mr. and Mrs. signs tied on their chairs with purple ribbon at August wedding reception at The Joule Hotel in Dallas, TX - Photos by Sarah KateBride and groom grand exit from wedding with guests waving purple ribbons wedding at The Joule Hotel in Dallas, TX - Photos by Sarah Kate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

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