How They Met
Her Side: I met Zac freshman year of college at Texas A&M while sitting next to him in an intro course for our major (seating was alphabetical). I say met because this was a blowoff 8 AM class and we never actually spoke a single word to each other! It’s only after officially meeting sophomore year in ochem lab that we realized we sat right next to each other. We quickly made lab a huge competition and Zac might think he was better at ochem than me, but often I was the one tapping my foot waiting at the door for him to finish up. Coincidentally, we had almost identical schedules that semester so we became pretty great friends. I got to know Zac through late nights studying, whataburger runs, and just listening to music in my car before class. “We had so much in common, it was almost scary. I knew he was something special; however, I wasn’t exactly available at the time so our love story didn’t officially begin until the very end of junior year! I don’t know what it was, but that special feeling grew so intense I decided I HAD to be with him (or maybe it was that new shiny Aggie ring). Anyways, after a few weeks of me not so subtly letting him know I was into him and Zac playing cool and hard to get (I still give him a hard time about that), we finally began dating! “It was such a smooth transition because he was already one of my best friends. There was no ‘getting to know you’ period like some relationships, and within 2 weeks he told me he loved me. It was certainly one of the most magical times of my life. His Side: Much like life itself, our story begins with organic chemistry, or organic chemistry lab at least. Robyn and I first met the first semester of our sophomore year at Texas A&M. As fate would have it, we were assigned to work stations right next to one another in our lab section. Cordial introductions quickly evolved into an intense competition between the two of us over who was the best. She bested me at some, but we both knew who the better organic chemist really was. Looking back, it was definitely her competitive nature that first intrigued me. For those of you who don’t know this about Robyn, she absolutely hates to lose. The real chemistry occurred outside of the classroom. Our lab was in the evening, well after we had already returned home from the rest of our classes, so we decided to start carpooling to and from lab. In the beginning, we just enjoyed the fact that we didn’t have to drive separately every week for lab. Eventually, those drives became the highlight of my week and I prolonged our time together as long as I could. This is where I, Zachary James Richards, First of His Name, began to fall in love with the ever so lovely Robyn Catherine Reed. This would typically be where most love stories end, usually with the cliché phrase, “and they lived happily ever after.” Unfortunately, life isn’t quite like the fairy tales from our childhood and one of us was actually in a relationship. I’m not going to point fingers, but let’s just say it wasn’t me. I was in a pretty tough position as you might imagine. I loved a girl, who loved another. The problem was that I enjoyed being around Robyn and definitely wanted to keep her in my life, even if it meant only as friends. So, I decided to stifle my feelings for her in the hope that she may one day reciprocate them. That day came almost a year and a half later, towards the end of junior year. I can actually remember that day fairly well. We were studying together, like most days, for a biochemistry final later that day. I noticed that something had been bothering her the whole time, but I didn’t know what. After we finished the test, she told me that she had broken up with her boyfriend. It honestly took me a bit to really grasp the meaning of this latest turn of events. Luckily, Robyn is not one to be patient when it comes to something she wants, or someone in this instance. In true Robyn Reed fashion, she made it clear to me that she wanted to be with me and that we should just get together already. This is the type of move that made me fall for her to begin with, so obviously, I fell hook, line, and sinker. We began dating shortly after and I finally had the girl that got away in my arms. I don’t know if it was because we had known each other for a couple years and had been friends before, but once we started dating everything just came so easily between us. It became very clear to me that this wasn’t your run of the mill relationship; I realized that this was the woman I wanted to spend the rest of my life with. The only question that remained was how am I going to ask Robyn the most important question of our lives
Her Side: After graduating and working for a year, we both decided to head back to A&M to get our Master’s in Biomedical Sciences. His mom got us the cutest gift for Christmas that year, a weekend at a bed and breakfast called 7F lodge. These two tired grad students decided to cash that gift in on the weekend of April Fool’s Day. We were so excited to have a nice weekend away to relax! After arriving at our little cottage, I immediately started getting ready for the surprise date Zac had planned for us that night. When I was finally all done up, Zac suggested we go and sit on the private patio attached to our cottage since we had a few minutes to spare before dinner reservations. When I walked out, I was in total shock! On the empty patio I had just seen not 45 minutes ago was a table with champagne. There were lit candles and red rose petals placed perfectly all over the patio — I repeat the patio had just been completely normal, and the only other person there had been inside with me getting ready!? As soon as we got outside he spun me around and got down on one knee. The tears started flowing immediately, to the point that I couldn’t even see the ring when he put it on! I believe the first thing I said was, “Is this real life?” David after dentist style. After saying yes, my two amazing sisters popped out from around the corner! They had been taking pictures the whole time! They were also responsible for setting up the patio while Zac distracted me inside; they’re honestly the best. It was the happiest day of my life and for Zac to have included my sisters is exactly why I’m marrying him. He is my favorite, my Zac Bear, the love of my life! I can’t wait for June 24, 2017! His Side: I don’t know about other guys out there, but planning a wedding proposal probably took the most effort and thought I have ever had to put into a single act. All I could think about was how many times she had imagined that moment and, more importantly, how the hell was I going to turn those dreams of hers into a reality. T The most difficult aspect of proposing was definitely the waiting though. Robyn happens to have a very good nose for bull****, or intuition as she likes to call it, so keeping it a secret from her was no small feat. The proposal day finally arrived, along with a nervous feeling in the pit of my stomach like never before. Fortunately for me, I had a great deal of assistance from Robyn’s sisters, so the task before me was much less daunting. I remember when the moment finally came and I bent down on one knee. The look of joy and surprise on Robyn’s face is a memory that will never fade from my mind. I can’t wait to create more memories like that with her in the years to come.
Bridal Q & A
Describe your wedding invitations Made by Saint Merry Paper and Print My invitations were simple and sweet. I wanted a very romantic feel with script font and pastel flowers that were whimsical and very similar to my bouquet and other florals that decorated my wedding. RSVPs were done online on our knot website and included with the invite was a hand drawn map showing the church and reception venue. Describe the wedding dress Many friends recommended Whittington Bridal as the place to find my perfect dress. With a large selection and comfortable pricing, it was the perfect place. I tried on several dresses, but knew I wanted lace on top with some type of netting, and a flowwy bottom. I was able to find just that! It really was the dress of my dreams. Dress Designer: Lis Simon Shoe Designer: Antonio Melani Veil Designer: Beautiful U Bridal Veil & Accessories Jewelry Designer: Givenchy Groom Attire: Men’s Warehouse What was your vision for the wedding? I really didn’t have a strict color scheme for my wedding, but wanted to keep it pretty neutral. Besides some small pops of pink, dark maroon, and lots of greenery, most of my flowers were soft pinks, cream and white. I wanted a whimsical and romantic feeling throughout my wedding, but also wanted contrast with different textures such as metal, concrete, and geometric shapes. Overall, I wanted it to be simple because the backdrop of the pristine, white farmhouse made everything pop. Color palette Light greens, dusty pinks, creams Where was the wedding ceremony? St. Mary Catholic Church in Plantersville, a registered Texas Historic Landmark. This church is a beautiful painted german church built in the 1894 (web original building built in 1894, destroyed by a fire and current building built in 1917). Besides being extremely beautiful with its intricate details, it was important for Zac and I to receive the sacrament of marriage in the catholic church, before God and our families. In doing so, we were able to have my uncle (who was also my sponsor when I was confirmed in the catholic church) officiate our wedding. What types of flowers were used throughout the wedding? Blushing Bride, peonies, quicksand roses, bunny tail, hypericum berries, scabies flowers, hanging amaranths, queen annes lace, thistle, curly willow, eucalyptus leaves Bridal bouquet: Blushing Bride, peonies, quicksand roses, bunny tail, hypericum berries, scabies flowers, hanging amaranths, queen annes lace, thistle, curly willow Bout: blushing bride, scabiosa flower, bunny tail and globe thistle Ceremony: Nothing but the beautiful painted walls of the church! Reception Greenery on back wall behind cake table, with small flowers here and there sage colored table clothes with cappuccino napkins Centerpieces Mixture of silver geometric glass terrariums, grey concrete, and metal holders with small floral arrangements Describe the ceremony We were able to have my uncle (who was also my sponsor when I was confirmed in the catholic church) officiate our wedding and that made our ceremony so special. He was able to tailor the homily entirely to Zac and I (and our families) because of our deep, personal relationship which I find is missing at many weddings. How many Guests did you have? 165 Where was the reception? The farmhouse in Montgomery, Texas. We chose this location because even though it is rustic, the large patio, pristine towering white walls, and perfectly placed topiaries and bushes sharply contrast that feeling. It gave us the perfect feeling of Texas summer night with the sleekness/niceness of a wedding. The amazing bridal sweet, large chandeliers, and anthropology-esque furniture and sitting rooms, totally fit our style to a T. Describe your reception and what made it special Being able to finally bring all of our family and friends together to celebrate our love was the best part of the reception. In such a pretty venue, with floral and design that exceeded my expectations, I was in awe the whole night! It wasn’t hard to have a great time with the awesome music our dj played (exactly what we asked for, and we were very picky about that hehe :)) and drinks flowing the whole night. What was served for dinner?
- Tuscan Chicken: chicken breast topped with sun dried tomatoes, artichoke heart, and lemon-caper cream sauce
- Thyme Roasted Potatoes: red potatoes seasoned with garlic, thyme, and paprika
- Summer vegetables: green beans and carrots
- House Salad: romain, red onion, cucumber, tomatoes, mandarin oranges, bacon and bleu cheese with a sweet onion vinaigrette
What was the cake flavor?
- Sour cream wedding cake with white chocolate and strawberry filling.
- Strawberry cake pops, peanut butter truffles, brownies, white chocolate dipped pretzels, chocolate fudge cupcakes with dulce de leche filling
What advice do you have for brides planning their wedding? Don’t plan a wedding when you are graduating, applying to medical school, moving, getting a job, and taking the mcat :) But seriously, use those around you for help! Trusting my mom, sisters, and friends with some duties when they expressed interest in helping out was something I should’ve done sooner in the process! Also, remember that no one knows the vision in your head that you have for your wedding, so even if things don’t turn out exactly like that vision, no one will ever know! All they will see is a beautiful event that is celebrating your love. What was your favorite moment of the wedding day? Doing a first look and getting to see my husband for the first time! I was so incredibly nervous before then, and seeing him literally made all the anxiety melt away. Getting to hug him and be in his arms was my favorite part!
Vendors in this Wedding
Venue: The Farmhouse Photographer: Rachel Driskell-Photographer Event Designer: Wed and Prosper Caterer: Red Sage Catering Dress Store: David’s Bridal Makeup Artist: KG Glamour DJ: M.A.D Productions Bakery: Creative Confections by Roxane Floral Designer: Haute Flowers and Events Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Mens Warehouse Veils and headpieces: Beautiful U Bridal Veil & Accessories Dress Store: Whittington Bridal Invitation Designer: Saint Merry Paper & Print
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