Cari Brady, marketing analyst, and Daniel Badger, financial analyst, married April 6, 2013 at Haak Vineyards and Winery in Santa Fe, Texas.
Daniel and Cari are both Aggies, so neither expected to meet in Austin. Cari’s best friend Lauren, (an old church friend of Daniel’s), and Cari road tripped to attend an Austin wedding. Daniel was living and working there, and Lauren wanted to see her old friend. She coordinated a late-night dinner and that’s the night that made the couple’s history.
Daniel planned an engagement day of surprises for Cari. The first was driving 200 miles away to the Dry Comal Creek Winery in New Braunfels, Texas. Cari had wanted to visit the winery for some time, and this was the perfect occasion. They enjoyed the tour, the tasting, and a glass of their favorite wine from the day. As the second surprise, Daniel then asked Cari to take a walk with him that ended with him getting down on one knee and asking for Cari’s hand in marriage. Surprise number three was a special dinner before heading to San Antonio, Texas to celebrate with Daniel’s brother and sister-in-law. The small celebration Cari expected was actually an engagement party where both families were present. Daniel had secretly invited everyone to surprise Cari. They spent the rest of the night celebrating with the people they love most.
Instead of doing the more traditional unity candle, they chose to build a Unity Cross. Several pieces each represent the union of marriage: the man, the woman, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
“We had amazing vendors!” she says. Cari and Daniel fell in love with the Haak Vineyards & Winery in Santa Fe, Texas when Daniel surprised Cari with a date there to celebrate their one-year dating anniversary.
The bride wore a Watters gown; a beautiful washed silk organza, strapless, soft folded ball gown. Both the wedding cake and groom’s cake were created through the catering department at the Haak Winery. The wedding cake had different flavored layers of orange cake with orange butter cream filling and lemon cake with raspberry filling. The groom’s cake was chocolate with strawberry filling. The couple honeymooned at the Sandals resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica.
“Don’t stress out too much, everything will come together how it is supposed to on your big day. enjoy the special moments during the planning process—it flies by and can be overwhelming, so take time to enjoy it,” says Cari. She also adds that reading reviews from other brides is very helpful when researching vendors. Be sure to shop around because there are great vendors in all price ranges. She suggests making appointments to meet vendors face to face before making your final selections. Most importantly, Cari says the best way to make your wedding unique is to personalize it to you, the bride and groom. The personal touches are what your guests will remember for a long time!
– Elizabeth Hopper
Photographer: Claire Miranda