At THE SPRINGS, your wedding date and guest count are NOT what we care about the most–we love our jobs because we get to hear your story. Getting married is more than just one special day. It is everything that has led up to that day, and everything that happens after. Your story is what helps us to make your special day your kind of perfect.
Today, we want to feature the real wedding of a couple we simply adore: Brice + Stefanie.
So what’s their story?
Stefanie + Brice met in high school. They were at a mutual friend’s party, and Stefanie was talking to her boyfriend at the time on their friend’s balcony. Brice came up and interrupted the conversation just to introduce himself to her. We asked Stefanie to recall that night, and this is what she remembered:
I was instantly attracted to him, not just because he was cute but because of the confidence he had. We ended up breaking up with our significant others at the time and started talking and hanging out, but it wasn’t our time yet. I remember being sad when it didn’t work out and telling my best friend, “Brice isn’t the kind of guy you casually date, Brice is the guy you hope you end up marrying.” Little did I know how accurate I was. Brice told our pastor during our pre-marital counseling that he remembered the night we met exactly. He was able to recall what kind of outfit I was wearing and everything. He said he had to tell the person he was talking to they would have to wait because he HAD to go meet me. He said it was love at first sight. We ended up reconnecting sophomore year of college, and the rest is history.
The proposal story in Stefanie’s words:
My family is spread out so holidays are really hard for all of us to get together for Thanksgiving and Christmas. As a result, my family created Thanksmastines. This is where we get together in February and eat a Thanksgiving feast, open Christmas presents, and have Valentine’s Day decorations. It is a lot of fun. Thanksmastines takes place at my parents’ house in Livingston which is on about 9 acres of land. A lot of walking takes place here and you have to worry about ticks, snakes, spiders, etc. So, jeans and closed toe shoes are a must. I never worry about looking my best while I am here, because it’s home and it’s literally in the middle of no where. We ate our Thanksgiving feast, and started opening presents. It was so exciting having my parents, sister, brother-in-law, niece, nephew, aunt, uncle, both my grandpas, and my grandma present. It is very hard to get us all in the same place at the same time, but that’s the magic of Thanksmastines. Brice & I and my sister & brother-in-law generally do joint gifts for one another, so I thought nothing was out of the ordinary when my sister presented Brice and I our joint gift from her and her husband. It was a big, thin, tall box. I was surprised when it was opened and I looked into it to see a styrofoam poster board. I pulled it out and on the back was Brice’s handwriting. I froze. I began reading and it was a love note. I at first thought it was really sweet since he knows how much I love when he writes me notes, but then as I kept reading I started getting that lump in the back of my throat and realized this was not JUST a love note. I looked over at him and he had such a sweet smile on his face.
He told me to flip the board over. Now, you have to know something about me before knowing what was on the other side of the board. I am a nerd. Most don’t expect it from me when they meet me, but I am. I am a nerd for Harry Potter. I love it! I own two sets of the books (which I have read more than once) and I own all of the movies (which I cannot even tell you how many times they have been watched). Luckily, Brice loves Harry Potter, too. When I flipped the poster board over, it was a drawing of the deer patronus and our favorite quote: “After all this time? Always.” At the bottom of the board it said, “Will you marry me?” Brice got down on one knee, and officially asked. I of course said yes, and immediately started hugging and kissing him.
My family cheered, but I was so excited I completely forgot about the ring. Brice finally had to grab me and ask if I wanted it! He had accomplished my dream–I was completely surprised. I didn’t have my nails painted, my hair was naturally wavy instead of straight like I prefer for big moments–I had on jeans, my jacket, my mother’s muddy shoes, and hardly any makeup… but none of that mattered. What mattered was, I was finally engaged to the man I had been saying would be a good husband since I was 17 years old.
WEDDING DAY//JANUARY 14, 2017
Brice + Stefanie got married at THE SPRINGS in Angleton, Magnolia Manor. Stefanie decided to get married at our southern mansion because it fit her wedding theme + style:
Our wedding theme was “Southern Gatsby Glam.” I wanted it to feel as if The Great Gatsby had happened in the south. I started researching different venues that would feel like a southern version of Gatsby’s mansion. That’s when I saw Magnolia Manor. It was still under construction, but it was far enough along that I realized how beautiful it was going to be. A southern plantation home is EXACTLY what Gatsby would have lived in. The venue itself was so beautiful that I knew I could literally do no decorating whatsoever, and it would still be gorgeous. Brice and I knew once we went and toured the venue that it had to be where our wedding took place.
Stefanie’s wedding day was an absolute dream. We loved the memories that meant the most to her!
My absolute favorite memory is when Brice saw me for the first time. When I first started looking online at wedding dresses, I loved the idea of a colored dress. I showed Brice a white & gold dress, and a blue dress, and asked if he would be disappointed if I didn’t wear a traditional dress. Of course, he said he didn’t mind. So, for the entirety of our engagement he was constantly trying to trick me and others into telling him if my dress was gold or blue. He was shocked when I came down the aisle in a traditional, ivory dress. His smile is one of the most beautiful smiles in the world, and at that moment, it was one of the biggest smiles I had ever seen on his face. It was an amazing feeling.
Their videographer (Cinematic Saviors) really captured this sweet moment–as well as all of the other sweet moments from their wedding day!
My favorite part of my outfit was definitely not my jewelry which I forgot to pack (oops!) But I was able to wear the veil my mother wore when marrying my dad. It is 30 years old, but thanks to it being preserved it was still just as beautiful as the day she wore it. With any luck, I will have a daughter one day who will wear it as well.
When planning our ceremony, I didn’t want to do anything super traditional. I didn’t want to do a unity candle, sand, or tying a rope. I started doing research and learned about the “stone ceremony” and it just fit us so well. Each guest arrived to the ceremony with a stone on their chair. It was an Irish belief that saying your vows while touching a stone (even better luck if it’s by water) will make your vows “carved in stone,” and they will last forever. Remember my parents’ land I mentioned during my proposal story? We have natural creeks running through it. My lovely parents went and picked 200 stones out of the creek. The creek I grew up playing in, the creek Brice and I had walked through together–it was that much better that our stones had beautiful history behind them. Brice and I held a stone that had “God” engraved into it while saying our vows. Then our pastor read a set of vows for our guests and they had to vow to uphold our marriage and to encourage us, and to never come between us. They held their stones and said “I do.” We then collected the stones and plan to make them into steps leading toward our home.
Another highlight moment was our surprise mother/son dance for our friend who unexpectedly died, Escy. Escy was supposed to be a groomsman for us, so since he couldn’t, we asked his dad to stand in place for him as a groomsman. Escy was his parents’ only son. We are very close to both his parents and we have had the same group of friends since high school. His mom has always said Brice and the rest of the guys were her sons, too, not just Escy. So, after Brice danced with his mother, he made a speech. He talked about Escy, and how his dad was standing in place for him as a groomsman… but now it was time for him to stand in place for Escy. He called Escy’s mom down to the dance floor and had a mother/son dance with her. He and the rest of the groomsmen switched out dancing with her. It was a heart-wrenching moment, but so beautiful.
For our final dance, we had everyone leave the venue to go outside and get ready for the grand exit. Brice and I stayed behind, in our empty venue, just holding one another. We talked about how we couldn’t believe this was actually OUR wedding, and how beautiful it was. We were so happy and relieved to finally be married and starting this new journey together as husband and wife.
ADVICE FROM THE BRIDE
Take deep breaths. Book as much of the big stuff (venue, caterer, photographer, videographer, etc) as soon as possible so you do not have to worry about scrambling to find people available on your date. Make sure the vendors you book have good reviews on multiple sites, and if possible, by hearing reviews from actual people you know have used them. Your vendors are going to make or break your wedding and either relieve your stress or add onto it. To me, the most important vendors are: the photographer and videographer (to have memories to look back on)…
A hair and makeup artist (so you look and feel eternally beautiful)…
A day-of coordinator (so you don’t find out about the issues going wrong)…
And a rental/stylist company (to have the exact decorations you want without having to splurge on buying, storing, and selling to make your vision come to life).
One big thing that helped me was I took breaks from planning. I had a short engagement by most standards, but there would be weeks I would do nothing for the wedding. I didn’t want to get wrapped up and consumed in planning the wedding, and forget to enjoy my engagement and fiancé.
Everything about the Owens’ day was absolutely perfect. We are so grateful we got to be a part of it! Brice + Stefanie, we wish you nothing but happiness as you enjoy life’s adventures together–always!