Channing Smith was spending the day at the Kemah Boardwalk with her cherished nieces and boyfriend.The girls were having caricatures drawn; Brian and Channing decided to get one as well. The artist revealed his work; he had drawn a large ring on Channing’s finger. “As I turned to ask Brian if he liked the picture, I saw him down on one knee,” she says. As soon as she accepted his proposal, family members appeared, nieces cheered, and strangers high-fived.
Brian Morvant pulled off the perfect engagement. The whole day by the water was a setup; the nieces were bait. Her family was in on the gig, watching from behind the bushes and her sister was there with the trusty video camera to capture the entire proposal.
The icing on the cake, the Bridal Extravaganza Show selected Channing to be the Billboard Bride. Like a few lucky brides before her, her portrait will be on giant billboards all over the greater Houston area. Hundreds of thousands of motorists will see her beautiful smile during their daily commutes.
Channing’s message to future brides: “resist pressures created by mainstream and social media.Forget about crazy, unrealistic expectations we put on ourselves based on Facebook, Pinterest, reality TV and Instagram. Work on being healthy, happy and being you.”
There is no perfect life, yet we race to meet “norms” we see on Facebook. Married right out of college, buy a house, have kids… That’s someone’s life, it may even be a good life, but don’t feel it has to be your life. It’s okay to feel something better is out there and search to find it.
Channing threw away a chance at the “normal life” and waited to find the right man.“I felt like I had nothing worthwhile to post on social media; no picture perfect engagement photos, no romantic weddings shots and definitely no cute, cuddly pictures of my non- existent kids! I started feeling bad about myself despite having a wonderful life. Looking back, I realize how foolish this was; however, it was a real struggle.”
Many brides can have unrealistic expectations for their weddings too, wanting gowns, décor and more based on what they see on Facebook, Pinterest and reality TV. “I’ve been to a ton of weddings and none of them look like the weddings I see on Pinterest. Why not? Because that isn’t the norm,” says Channing. “I’ve joked many times, my Pinterest wedding costs $90,000; my real wedding will cost 1/3 of that!”
Channing feels everyone’s fairytale comes true, some just take an alternate path; some have a different vision of what the fairytale may be. She encourages people to follow their hearts and souls, not buzzfeed.com.
Brian, the LSU Tiger, and Channing, the Texas A & M Aggie, are planning a fall wedding at Crystal Springs in Magnolia, TX. The one hitch to setting the hitching date: “Checking LSU’s football schedule,” she says. “Seriously!” It’s no Aggie joke; these two SEC rivals will have to find a way to get along during the annual LSU/A&M matchup.
Get this look:
Photography- Pixel Studio Productions
Hair & Makeup: Fashion Face
Gown: Ventura’s Bridal Fashions
Bouquet- Dream Boquet
by: Laurette M. Veres