Today’s featured wedding is one so special in our hearts here at THE SPRINGS.
It’s the wedding of our dear Rylee and her sweetheart, Omar.
Some of you may know Rylee from her former position as the assistant manager at our gorgeous Weatherford location. We are so excited that she will now be working in our marketing department–and we H A D to feature her perfect wedding day on our blog, of course!
Omar + Rylee made sure that they had a wedding with Mexican traditions in the mix. This wedding was seriously a triple threat! A beautiful bride inside and out, a pretty venue, and a total uniqueness that has made everyone swoon.
But in order to truly get the full effect of the wedding day, you have to get to know Rylee and her sweet husband first. We interviewed Rylee all about their love story leading up to the big day–all of the answers below are in her own words!
HOW DID YOU + OMAR MEET?
I like to say I won him over with a little good old-fashioned karaoke! The jury is still out on whether he agrees or not. 🙂 When I first moved to Fort Worth, I lived with my best friend/college roommate, Ashley, and she and Omar went to the same church. As the summer went on, I found myself around him in group settings a few times and always ended the evening thinking he was the most charismatic person, with the very best laugh, that I had ever met.
Later that summer, Ashley graduated from nursing school and I threw her a graduation pool party. I asked her for a list of people to invite and “accidentally” added Omar’s name to the list. Whoops. 😉 We ended the evening singing “Summer Nights” from Grease and a little over one year later, found ourselves married.
HOW DID HE PROPOSE?
Earlier this year, Omar was planning on attending an engineering conference in Spain and I wish I could tell you how jealous I was of his upcoming trip. I wanted to experience tapas and sangria with my love!
Little did I know, the boy had bought not one, but TWO plane tickets. 🙂 A few months later and four days before my leap year birthday, I found myself in front of a cathedral on top of a mountain in Spain, overlooking all of Barcelona, with the love of my life down on one knee, telling me he loved me and asking me to spend the rest of my life with him. Aside from saying “I DO” a few weeks ago, it was the easiest yes of my life.
Did I know the proposal was coming? Well, I was sure hoping it would happen while we were abroad (because how romantic!!), but he did a surprisingly good job of convincing me that it would not be a part of our Spanish itinerary. The ring? I could not love it more! It is a solitaire diamond, Tiffany setting, placed on the most delicately thin band of diamonds with a matching wedding band. Swoon! I still get distracted while sending emails at work!
HOW LONG DID YOU PLAN YOUR WEDDING?
Five months and one day! Honestly, I think I could have planned it even quicker! After all… I’ve worked at a wedding venue for the past year and half and have seen a MILLION weddings. 🙂 The only reason we waited until August was so we could book The Lodge at the Denton location!
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THE SPRINGS AS YOUR WEDDING VENUE?
To be honest with you, even though I work for THE SPRINGS, when I first got engaged, I did look around a little at other venues, just to see what was out there (shh… don’t tell my bosses ;)), but after doing some research and comparing, I was only left 100% reaffirmed that no one else does it like THE SPRINGS. I knew I wanted a full 15-hour rental. I wanted to bring in all of my own vendors because, for the most part, I already knew exactly who I wanted to use. I had a very specific vision in mind for our wedding and THE SPRINGS was the only place I could see it all panning out exactly as I wanted. From the moment I heard the name of our newest venue style, The Lodge, I knew it was the one for me. And it was! Best decision ever!
TELL US THE BEST MEMORIES YOU HAVE FROM YOUR WEDDING DAY ON AUGUST 13, 2017.
Picking favorite memories is really hard! The entire day/night was an absolute dream. 🙂
I did three first looks (one with my bridesmaids, one with my dad, and one with Omar) and all three were pretty special to me. I was starting to get a little nervous (I’m still not sure why!), and being able to see and talk to Omar put my heart back at ease.
Our grand entrance into our reception was really fun, as we had stationed a maraca at each of our guest’s place settings at the tables.
Imagine the song “Suavamente” blasting, and 200 of your favorite people welcoming you into your reception with maracas in hand. It was the best!
Quite honestly, the maracas seemed to be the MVP of the wedding! They were seen on the dance floor throughout the evening…
were heard in full-force after each toast…
and appeared one last time for our final send-off at the end of the night.
Prior to our send-off, our day-of coordinator got everyone to start lining up out front, leaving only Omar and myself (and our photographer, of course) inside the venue for one last dance. We were able to finally take it all in. We were married. We were happy. It was emotional in the best way and was the perfect end to a perfect event.
WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU’D GIVE TO FUTURE COUPLES PLANNING, NOW THAT YOU HAVE PLANNED A WEDDING YOURSELF?!
First of all, enjoy the entire process! It is so special and will come and go far quicker than you think it will.
Enjoy being engaged and enjoy all of the celebrating that comes along with it! You are marrying your best friend and that is something to get excited about!
From there, figure out what exactly is important to you, in terms of the wedding. For Omar and myself, we wanted our ceremony to be sweet and Gospel-centered…
and our reception to be the biggest and best party of our lives! Knowing those two things really helped us as we started planning for our best day ever.
WHAT WOULD YOU TELL OTHERS ABOUT TOURING VENUES + GETTING STARTED WITH WEDDING PLANNING?
When you start touring venues, take all of the pictures and ask all of the questions! Make sure you fall in love with the venue management team, as well as the venue itself because these people will play a monumental role in your planning experience. Decide on the things that are important to you. In our case, the venue itself was more important to us than a specific wedding date. We weren’t really planning on getting married in August, but that’s what was available at The Lodge so we grabbed our date… and ended up loving it so much!
A portion of my vows read: “I knew that whether it rained today or not, whether our ceremony took place inside or out, at the end of the day, you would be my husband and I would be your wife, and for that, I could not ask for more.”
Always strive to remember what is important. August in Texas was strangely rainy this year, but it was also the month I got to marry the love of my life. No amount of rain (or heat!) could change that.
Have a blast. Plan the best party of your lives. Cherish the time with both family and friends. And know that it is only the beginning and that it only gets better… because being married is the best thing.
Rylee is an amazing person inside + out–and we are so lucky we got to host her best day ever. We love you, Rylee R O S A L E S!
Photographer: Emily Nicole Photography
Catering: Salsa Limon
Day-Of Coordinator: Kelli Moore with Love You Moore Events
Officiant: Rylee’s uncle, Stephen Heckathorne
Bridal Salon: a & be Bridal Shop
Hair + Makeup: Leigh McPherson with Leigh Jacobs Salon
Suspenders + Bow Ties: The Tie Bar
Floral, Centerpieces, and Decor: Lisa Stiles with Coco Fleur Events
Cake: Back Home Bakery
Linens: Yoli Roy with 5 Star Rental
Dress Alterations: Altered for the Altar
Dying to see THE SPRINGS in person? Book your tour today!