By Laurette M. Veres
Sarah Carruth and Stephen Barrera are from the Houston area and had a lot of family precede them at Texas A&M. Though they didn’t know each other, they started college on the same day. Sarah studied civil engineering, pledged a sorority and joined the Aggie Dance Team. Stephen played football, worked on an under gradate degree in Construction Science, and volunteered in the community through Aggie Athletes Involved and Big Event.
As a member of the Dance Team, Sarah performed at the women’s basketball national championship. Stephen watched the televised game with friends and couldn’t stop talking about “the pretty blue-eyed girl at the end.” Later, he procured an invitation to Sarah’s sorority formal, and introduced himself to her. They sat on a dock at the rustic event venue and talked for hours. They spent the rest of their college years as a couple. After graduation, Sarah returned to Houston and Stephen remained in College Station pursuing his Master’s Degree in Land Development.
His graduation night turned out to be a big night for both of them. “I’ve never been so proud as when he walked across the stage and culminated many years of hard work and secured a bright future for himself,” she recalls. Following the ceremony her friend drove her to Stephen’s graduation party, they turned down a dirt road, saw a moonlit pond surrounded by twinkling trees; on the dock was a tall figure in a suit. She realized it was Stephen. He helped her out of the car and walked her to the spot they sat and talked years before, at her sorority formal, on the night they met. Stephen told her he’d love nothing more than to take care of her, make her feel safe, happy and loved for the rest of her life. Sarah yelled, “Yes!” They walked from the dock through a lit, rustic archway where family and friends who were “too busy” to attend his graduation were waiting with a million hugs and congratulations. “Little did I know, as he worked his way through school, all he could think about was our future together,” she says.
The ring Stephen designed has special meaning. When you look at it from the side, you’ll see three pink diamonds representing her mom, aunt and grandmother; all breast cancer survivors. “A reminder that our love will require hard work but will endure all things,” says Sarah.
Sarah and her mother attended the Bridal Extravaganza in Houston looking for wedding ideas. “We feel grateful to have resources in Houston, like the Bridal Extravaganza. I saw the billboards the week after we got engaged and was so ecstatic to go look for inspiration.” Now Sarah is the Billboard Bride and her image will grace giant billboards throughout the Greater Houston area, inviting lucky brides-to-be to the GRB Convention Center to enjoy two full days of wedding inspiration.
Heather Benge from Heather Benge Events pulled some of Houston’s top wedding vendors together to create a historically elegant photo shoot for the billboard. Five gowns from the vast assortment at Ventura’s Bridal Fashions were carefully selected and all fit Sarah perfectly. Butler’s Courtyard in League City, with its indoor and outdoor spaces, was the perfect location to highlight the beautiful gowns. The natural light and exposed brick created an industrial feel. Tones of blush, peach, ivory and navy, along with metals, and non-traditional centerpieces enhanced the industrial romance vibe. Edible Designs by Jessie incorporated the color scheme into sugar flowers to create a breathtaking cake. The linens selected by Over the Top Linen brought the entire look together.
Gabby Camacho from Edward Sanchez Cosmetics handled hair and makeup. My Urban Invites created all the paper needs, F. Dellit Designs created the floral arrangements, and ANA&IVAN photography captured every look.
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