Yay! We’re engaged, now what?
After getting engaged, we started looking at wedding options. Many questions came about – how big of a wedding did we want? Who would we invite? How long do we want to be engaged? Who is paying for everything? Where would we get married? If you’ve ever been engaged, you know there is a laundry list of questions that never seem to end.
For a while, we just stopped thinking about it. Our wedding was usually only talked about when one of our family members would ask the dreaded question, “when is the big day?” When people would ask, I would usually have a snarky comment, “Oh you didn’t hear, we already got married” or “if you don’t know then you’re probably not important enough to be invited.” They usually thought I was joking, but I was being dead serious.
A few more months went by and we both agreed that we should just elope. It would save us time, money and stress. Instead of confiding in our family, we went to the court house and did everything we needed to get a date to get married. It was a simple process and they had a date available on August 1st, not even 2 weeks away so we signed up, paid a small fee and we were set to get married.
I called my immediate family and let them know a date was set and we were getting married. A majority of my family was ecstatic and couldn’t wait while we had a couple other members who couldn’t believe we would go to a courthouse. After all, the day was suppose to be all about us and this is what we wanted so we ignored any rude comments.
Before we knew, August 1st was here. We were ready to get married and couldn’t wait for the festivities. I made reservations at one of our favorite mexican restaurants, Glorias. (Fun Fact: Glorias in Dallas is where our first official date started.)
Approximately 20 members of our family joined us for the day. We ate a quick meal and headed to the court house. My mom got my 2 nieces and 4 nephews all matching outfits which made all our pictures turn out perfect. I had no idea what to expect from a courthouse wedding since I had never witnessed one but it was short and simple. Just what I wanted. I’m thankful my sister took all of these amazing pictures for me.
I still rented a wedding dress and Quinn bought a new outfit for the day so our pictures would look good. My dad surprised me with a bouquet at lunch that was just perfect for the pictures. Here’s Quinn and my immediate family with a few people missing.
He told us that they were completely booked with ceremonies for the day but that we could about 10 minutes afterwards to take pictures, if we wanted. I believe the one below has everyone in our family.
Did I tell you that my sister is amazing? I’m obsessed with these pictures. I saw some lovely pins on Pinterest that had huge balloons for wedding pictures and I loved the idea. They looked great against the backdrop.
Everything turned out perfect. To my surprise my mother-in-law and grandmother-in-law hosted a wedding reception for us right after the courthouse wedding. They had everyone who attended our courthouse wedding to Quinn’s grandmother’s house for cake, champagne and celebrating.
To say we were tired after the day of festivities, would be an understatement. We booked a hotel at the Omni in Downtown in Dallas and had an amazing dinner at the Oceanaire at the Dallas Galleria. It was very low key, but just what we wanted. We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day.