It was a few month’s after Sarah Lawson and Travis Covington’s initial introduction that they had a chance meeting on the campus of Rice University, where Travis was a graduate student. Sarah stopped from her run to chat, they decided to hang out and, as Sarah puts it, they “have been hanging out ever since.”
They were married on April 5, 2014, at The Wild Onion Ranch in Austin, Texas. The event was warm and colorful thanks to a cheerful floral design by Wendee Sawran. With the help of their event designer Gina Whittington and photographers The Nichols, they have some gorgeous wedding photos share that are packed with inspiration and ideas.
What was your something borrowed, something blue, something old, and something new?
My something(s) borrowed were earrings from my mother and a veil from my matron of honor. My something blue were pretty underpinnings, something old was my favorite pair of striped socks to wear with my something new—Lucchese boots.
Tell us about your big day:
There is really only one word to perfectly describe our wedding day: magical. All of our family and best friends were there to celebrate with us. The venue was absolutely gorgeous, the flowers were so vibrant, the food was delicious, and the band was fabulous—not to mention I had a pretty handsome groom! We really could not have imagined a more perfect day and all of the pieces were truly reflective of our personalities and love for each other.
Do you feel like there was any part of your wedding that was particularly Southern? If so, tell us about that.
To be honest, everything about our wedding was southern. We both are very prideful of our southern roots and wanted to make sure it was shown in everything we did for our wedding.
We followed the old Southern tradition of burying the bourbon to ward off rain. As the tradition goes, Travis and I buried the bourbon at the Wild Onion Ranch exactly one month before our wedding. A couple of hours before the ceremony began, Travis and his groomsmen uncovered the bottle of Maker’s, and each enjoyed in his own engraved cocktail glass that Travis had given as gift. Thankfully, the tradition worked, as there were only a few sprinkles of rain the whole day!
Tell us about your favorite moments:
We agree that our favorite moment was seeing each other when I walked down the aisle, as this was the first time we saw one another on our wedding day.
The officiant was the father of one of my best friends (and bridesmaids). It was very special to have him lead a religious yet lighthearted ceremony because he has watched me grow up.
Tell us about your favorite details of the event.
We went with a “Cajun cowboy” theme for our wedding. We loved the idea of a romantic vintage theme and also wanted to our Texas and Louisiana to shine through as much as possible. Since we are both big foodies and music fans, it was important our guests were well fed and enjoyed great music and dancing. Overall, we just wanted everyone to have a great time!
Travis paints in his free time, so instead of having a guest book, we had one of his paintings framed with a wide mat for guests to sign.
Any advice to share with other brides?
Enjoy your wedding day! Everything you have done for many months prior to prepare for has been done and there is nothing you can do about it. If there is something wrong, most likely only you (and maybe the groom and your mom!) will be the only ones who notice. It is your day and you will not be able to relive it, so have fun!