September 9, 2016
Maggie and TJ, both Houstonians, met through mutual friends during their college years in Los Angeles. They began dating soon after. One night, while they were watching the sunset in Cabo San Lucas, TJ got down on one knee and asked Maggie to marry him as their favorite band played in the background.
Maggie and TJ were married at the Trinity Episcopal Church in Santa Barbara, California. The ceremony was followed by a reception at the Bacara Resort & Spa— a quintessential wedding venue with Spanish architecture and a beautiful ocean view. Maggie wore a bejeweled lace Madonna gown by Galia Lahav. The three-tier, Signature Princess cake with boysenberry and Kahlua was made by the Resort’s Pastry Chef, Brooke Martin. During the reception, TJ joined the band on stage and played a song with them and his bass guitar. Although the couple is not Jewish, some friends insisted on them doing the Hora dance to “Hava Nagila.” Part of the tradition requires that the couple be hoisted in chairs above the crowd.
Maggie and TJ enjoyed their Honeymoon at the St. Regis Kapalua in Maui.
Over-communicate with all your guests and bridal party. Don’t assume that because the information is on your invitation and wedding website that everyone knows where to be and what to do at what time. People need reminder emails, texts, and calls. Weeks leading up to the wedding (and even hours before the ceremony began), we were still answering our guests’ questions about what time things started, how to book hotel rooms, and what to wear.
However, I really want to note that wedding planning should be fun! Throughout the planning process, my husband was so sweet and would regularly check-in with me and ask how I was feeling and whether I was enjoying the planning. The answer was always “yes.” I recommend doing regular check-ins with each other, and if you’re not enjoying what you’re doing, maybe your planning should go a different direction. Enjoy the time that you get to celebrate with your fiancé, closest friends, and family because it will be over before you know it.
Written by Marian Jacob
Photos: Jessica Castro Weddings