One of the easiest ways to infuse meaning into your wedding day is to get married at a location that is particularly special to you. Martha and Mac met and got engaged at her family ranch, so when her cousins, who had built a barn for their daughters’ weddings at their ranch just down the road, offered to host Martha and Mac’s big day, the decision was a no brainer. Not only was the ranch a beautiful example of the Texas Hill Country landscape and a sweet tribute to Martha’s family, it was also, as Martha says, “the perfect place to bridge the gap between my life growing up and my life with Mac.”
Thank you so much to Kelli Elizabeth for sharing this beautiful wedding with us!
My mom flew to Atlanta shortly after I got engaged to look at dresses. We blocked out appointments at three different boutiques in Atlanta, the last being Bridals by Lori of Say Yes To The Dress fame. I fell in love with a dress at the first boutique and was almost ready to move forward, but I had seen a dress online that I wanted to at least try on before I made a decision. I knew Lori’s carried the line, so we went ahead and kept that appointment, even though I was pretty sure I loved the other dress. When we arrived, we talked with the consultant for a few minutes and started looking around. Shortly after I began browsing, she came with a garment bag and said that for some reason, she felt like she had a dress that was perfect for me–it happened to be the same dress I had seen online! I hadn’t asked if I could see the dress yet, so I was surprised to see that it was the same one. As soon as I tried it on, I knew it was my dress!
What made you choose your ceremony and reception venues? Did they have any special significance to you? We held our wedding at Triple Creek Ranch, a private estate that belongs to my cousins, Mike and Kathy Wilson. Mike and Kathy created the most gorgeous country escape, including a large barn venue where two of their daughters had also been married. I had been going to Triple Creek for years and my family’s farm is just a few minutes down the road. It was so special to hold the wedding there, and so wonderfully generous of them to let us use the space! I love that my cousins and I are the only brides who have been married there, and it is so quintessentially Texas. That area of Texas near Cat Spring is one of my favorite places in the entire world, and it was the perfect place to bridge the gap between my life growing up and my life with Mac.
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? For starters, I wore cowboy boots in lieu of heels. It seemed like a more comfortable and appropriate homage to my history, and much more me! All of our food was Southern-inspired, with shrimp and grits and jalapeno chicken lining the menus. Additionally, we did a late-night snack of hot biscuits and honey–to me, a perfect Southern snack. During our cocktail hour, we served lemonade and Arnold Palmers off the tailgate of a classic pickup truck.
Describe your wedding cake or dessert. Mac only has one flaw, and it’s that he doesn’t like cake! We knew we wanted a traditional wedding cake, but we also wanted a dessert Mac would actually enjoy. Who Made The Cake did our bridal cake, and it was absolutely delicious (assuming you like cake) and gorgeous, but in lieu of a groom’s cake, we had Tiny Pies do a spread of pie pops and miniature pies for Mac. They were delicious!
How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. I was attending Wake Forest University and Mac was at the University of Alabama. One of my best friends in college was dating one of Mac’s best friends from high school. All of my Wake Forest friends planned to fly to Texas, where I am from, for New Year’s at my family’s ranch. Mac happened to be driving from Atlanta to Pasadena to see Alabama play in the National Championship, and since he knew his friend would be going to Texas for New Year’s, he asked if he could join our party and spend a few days in Texas on his way out to California! Sure enough, we hit it off that weekend. We dated long distance for a year and a half before I got a job in Atlanta and relocated.
Tell us all about the proposal! Mac knew he wanted to propose to me at my family’s ranch, where we first hit it off, so when my best friend from high school, and future matron of honor, invited us to town for the Texas A&M vs. Alabama football game, he jumped at the opportunity to get us to Texas! On our drive to the ranch, I kept getting frustrated, because he seemed so unbelievably anxious about getting there to fish, and I wanted to stop at all of my favorite places on the way. Once we finally made it, he asked if we could go fishing on the dock. When he didn’t grab any fishing poles, I knew something was up! Before I knew it, he was down on one knee and I was saying yes! All of our friends and family showed up a few hours later to celebrate. (And, of course, we made it to the Bama game the next day!)
When did y’all get married? March 1, 2014
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? Approximately 200
What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? Our first reading was 1 John 4:7-9, which speaks on a community of love. We are so proud to have such a wonderful and uplifting community, and we wanted to ask them through scripture to hold us accountable to our vows. The second reading we had was Ephesians 4:1-3. The verse that speaks about “living a life worthy of the calling you have received” was one we wanted to pray over our marriage.
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? The details are not important. If you start to feel like preparing for a wedding is more important than preparing for a marriage, take a step back. Details are fun and exciting, but if they stop being fun and exciting for a bit, don’t be afraid to delegate or press pause. Even if someone else makes a choice and even if it isn’t what you would have picked or the color you wanted is sold out, the morning after your wedding, you will wake up and be married and it will all be a bunch of memories. Beautiful memories, but not the whole world. No matter what, you’ll remember it as completely perfect.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? First off, being married is WAY better than being engaged! We aren’t the center of attention, and we kind of like having our Sundays free to do boring things like go to Costco and take our dog on walks. For now, we’re focused on spending time together and saving up for our first house. We also recently became an aunt and uncle on both sides of our family, so we are gearing up to spoil our new nephews and aspire to be the relatives that give the BEST Christmas presents.
Photographer: Kelli Elizabeth Photography / Planner: Two Be Wed / Venue: Private residence / Florist: Scherry Lindley / Wedding Cake: Who Made The Cake / Pies: Tiny Pies / Catering: Party Thyme Catering / Rentals: Aztec Events and Tents / Band: The Drywater Band / Calligraphy: Artful Designs by Rachel Nieman / Paper Products: Crane and Co. / Bride’s Gown: “Jacinda” by Watters / Hair and Makeup Artist: Blush & Co. / Bride’s Shoes: Corral Boots / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: BHLDN / Men’s Attire: Overstock / Transportation: Sam’s Limousine and the Houston car service in Texas