How did you meet?
We met in a small bar in Austin, TX. I had never been there and he made an unplanned stop, we approached to grab a beer simultaneously, we locked eyes.. it's the typical "met at a bar" scenario but we like to think that it was serendipitous.
What is your proposal story?
On vacation in Portland, ME, we went to a small island (Mackworth Island) for a hike. He set up the camera to "take a picture of us" and I knew something was happening when he came over and was visibly shaking. That "picture" is now the perfect engagement video. I barely remember the rest of the hike, our cheeks were stretched with these giant grins and my head was buzzing (and ring finger sparkling).
Tell us a little a bit about your wedding (your vision, color, style, and location choices).
We knew we wanted a winter wedding, as, me growing up in Texas and him being from Brazil, there has always been an element of magic to snow. He was familiar with Estes Park and I immediately loved the idea. Intimate but accessible, surrounded by mountains, a sure bet for a snowy affair. Della Terra was the obvious choice. The rest fell into place as we planned, and it ended up being a classic, elegant event.
Tell us about your attire choices.
His outfit we kept classic, simple black and silver. My dress ended up far more ornate than I originally envisioned; however, when I put it on, I felt like the snow fairy I never knew I wanted to be.
What was the most important to the two of you while planning? Was there anything that you chose to splurge on or skip?
Most important was blending all of our guests and really creating a warm environment for everyone, so we skipped the assigned seating and a lot of the more traditional customs like the bouquet toss and cake cutting. Instead we focused on food, drinks, and music, as those are the best parts of every wedding!
What were your favorite parts of the day? (memories and stories)
The ceremony itself was magical. That feeling of seeing each other for the first time, exchanging rings (I dropped his of course), seeing the faces of all of our guests, the nerves heightening all of our feelings. There was also this really wonderful moment right before we signed the marriage certificate where we had a moment to be by ourselves, to just look at each other (with a cocktail, of course) and be like, "We just did that!" And then the dancing! We do love to dance. The elevation made it so that I had to keep taking time outs to catch my breath (and drink champagne) but I believe we danced for an almost solid three hours.