“East met West through Zach and McKinley, meet them in the middle when they get married in Wimberley.” With a save the date as charming as that, it’s no wonder that 200 of McKinley and Zach’s loved ones were delighted to travel from either side of Texas to celebrate their marriage! Even before getting engaged, McKinley began dreaming about their future wedding, and from her elegant lace gown to the stationery she designed herself, everything came together beautifully on their lovely October day.
Thank you so much to Loft Photographie for sharing McKinley and Zach’s wedding with us!
Tell us about finding your wedding dress. After dating for over three years, I started to browse Pinterest for future wedding inspiration, so I had a good idea of what style of wedding dress I liked. When I tried on the first dress of my wedding dress search weekend, I became a bit emotional, but I wasn’t ready to commit. The next day, I tried on an Essence of Australia lace gown and LOVED it, but I felt like I needed to try on the first dress again to compare them. Unfortunately, the salon didn’t have the first dress I tried on in stock. After gliding around in the Essence of Australia dress for probably half an hour, the first dress arrived to the shop on a delivery truck! It was fate that I was able to try it on again and compare the two before deciding to go with the second dress. My dress had a jacket that I would be able to remove after the ceremony, or if it became uncomfortable. I originally had no intention of removing the jacket at my wedding, but after several hours of wearing the dress, I was ready to cut loose on the dance floor!
We were so blessed that my uncle was able to officiate our ceremony. One of my favorite parts of our ceremony was when he asked each of us to take the others’ hands while he described things like, “These are the hands that will protect you. These are the hands that will hold your future children.” It was very touching.
I spent many summers in the Texas Hill Country growing up, and it always felt like a second home. Since I’m from far West Texas and Zach is from far East Texas, it made sense for us to have a Texas “destination” wedding. Our save the date read “East met West through Zach and McKinley, meet them in the middle when they get married in Wimberley.” I had essentially been planning my wedding on Pinterest for a while before getting engaged, so I knew exactly what type of venue I was looking for. As soon as I saw photos of Montesino Ranch, I knew I had found the one!
Describe your wedding flowers. Our florist was absolutely amazing and so patient with me, as I probably changed my mind 100 times about which flowers I wanted at the wedding! I showed her photos of bouquets and told her the colors I wanted, but didn’t provide much other direction, and she nailed it! I provided glittered ribbon for the bouquets to go with the metallic accents at the wedding, which was a nice touch.
One of Zach and I’s “songs” in college was “Home” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, so our very talented musicians sang this song as we walked back up the aisle as husband and wife. Our first dace was to “Taking You With Me” by Daniel Tashan and Mindy Smith. I specifically requested our last dance of the evening to be “Let The Good Times Roll” by Brandon Rhyder, another one of our songs.
How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. Zach and I met in college through my roommate. I would tell her what kind of guy I hoped to meet, and she would always talk about her co-worker, Zach! We met in passing in September 2008, and I thought he was so handsome and had fantastic hair. He would often visit our dorm room to hang out, but he was very shy, and I didn’t take the hint until May 2009.
Tell us all about the proposal! I was working late one evening on stationery and arrived home to see Zach’s truck outside of my house. I thought he had just surprised me by arriving early after being out of town on a business trip. He had made our favorite dinner (he is quite the cook, which is such a plus!) and decided we would go out for ice cream afterwards. I was clueless, and thought he was just being extra sweet by coming home early from his trip. We wound up going to eat our ice cream and chat at the park I used to visit as a child. We expressed how much we had missed each other, and Zach proceeded to tell me that I was his best friend, and he wanted to spend the rest of our lives together. He pulled out the ring, and asked if I’d marry him. Of course I said “YES!” After nearly four years of dating, we were so happy to be on our way to becoming husband and wife.
When did y’all get married? October 19, 2013
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 200
Did you have something borrowed, blue, old, and new? If so, do tell! My something borrowed was my grandmother’s garter, something blue was the date stitched into the lining of my wedding dress, something old was my mother and aunt’s beautiful lace veil, and something new was my earrings.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? The largest obstacle was planning the wedding from afar. While we were planning, I lived over 300 miles away from the wedding site. However, I think having dedicated weekends to visit vendors allowed us to get several tasks taken care of in essentially one stop, versus visiting with vendors all the time. The time between visits allowed me to take care of the many DIY projects I decided to take on.
What was one way you saved money or cut costs at your wedding? Being a graphic designer definitely helped us save money! I specialize in stationery design, and was able to create invitations, programs, and various signage that was displayed at the wedding.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? My very special little nephew was only nine months old by the day of our wedding. Since he was too young to walk down the aisle on his own, we put him in a bear outfit with a little bow tie, and my brother-in-law walked our “Ring Bear” down the aisle. He stole the show!
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? I tell my engaged friends to enjoy the time you have just being engaged. It can be a bit overwhelming to plan a wedding and get all of the details completed. Take your time choosing your dress and picking a venue. You will save yourself a ton of heartache if you have an idea what you are looking for ahead of time. If you can’t find inspiration online for how you want your wedding to look, create your own style!
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? We are looking forward to spending the rest of our lives together, as we truly are one another’s best friend. We are optimistic about where life will take us next!
Photographer: Loft Photographie / Videographer: ILC Films / Planner: Heavenly Day Events / Venue: Montesino Ranch / Florist: Wow Factor / Wedding Cake: Millie / Caterer: Linda Allen Catering / Rentals: Bee Lavish and Whim Event Rentals / Lighting: Star Antique / DJ: Altared Weddings / Bride’s Gown: “Style D1417” by Essence of Australia / Paper Products: Little Loft Studio (the bride) / Bride’s Earrings: Nordstrom / Bride’s Shoes: Schutz / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: “9228” by Alvina Valenta / Groom’s Suit: Paul Betenly / Groom’s Shoes: Allen Edmonds / Ties: Bows ‘n Ties
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