The Wooden Box
July 17, 2015
Kaylee and Josh met at Lubbock Christian University in Lubbock, Texas. On their one-year anniversary, Kaylee gave Josh a wooden box with mementos from their relationship. On the night of August 16th, Josh had written down several different date ideas and put them in a hat to be pulled out. Kaylee pulled out the second date idea and Josh took her to the Monterey Church Garden where he led her (eyes closed) to the gazebo. Once she sat down, she opened her eyes to see the wooden box she had given him for their one-year anniversary with a ring inside. Later that night, at his parents’ house, the whole family came out to celebrate with them.
Kaylee and Josh were married at the beautiful Willow Creek Wedding Venue in Waxahachie, Texas. Kaylee wore a Maggie Sottero Ivory over Ivory lace gown from Lulu’s Bridal Salon. A Slice of Life made the three-tier, gold polka dot cake. Along with cake, guests enjoyed some of the family’s favorite desserts such as blueberry banana pie, Mama Hind’s Thumbprint cookies and “Nana’s Kisses” (jam sandwiched in between two cookies). The night ended with guests waving red, white, and blue wand streamers before the couple went off to St. Lucia for their honeymoon.
First, really consider a first look. I was super traditional going into the planning, but once I stepped back and looked at the practicality, I realized that it would make the day way less stressful. It was also such a sweet moment for Josh and I to connect because it was just his eyes on me, not 200 others.
Second, remember your goal. Your goal is not (or should not be) to have the perfect wedding. It is to get married and strive for the most fulfilling marriage. Don’t lose sight of the goal in mind. It will make your big day a happy day!
Third, consider waiting a day to go on your honeymoon! Josh and I waited one day before flying out because it was cheaper, but the day after our wedding it was so nice to just be able to relax and not wake up at the crack of dawn! We did some local things and got to rest before we headed off to St. Lucia for some fun.
Last, smile and remember to be kind to yourself. The world puts enough pressure on brides— you don’t need to add your own.
By Marian Jacob
Photographer: Andrea Elizabeth Photography