Q. What are your day jobs?
A. Anne is the Director of Business Development at Vida Capital (I raise money from institutional investors for a hedge fund). Mark is the Corporate Retirement Specialist for Principal Financial (Sells 401k plans alongside financial advisors in Austin/San Antonio).
Q. Where did you both grow up?
A. Anne was born in Dublin, Ireland and lived there for a few years, then was raised in San Antonio, Texas. Mark was born and raised in Austin, Texas.
Q. How did you meet?
A. We both worked at American Funds in San Antonio where we met, mostly through mutual friends there since I traveled a ton for my job. Mark told me that he would teach me how to shoot a gun because a lil lady shouldn’t travel on the road without knowing how to protect herself. That started our conversation, and it went from there! Our first date was a cold February day, at an outside venue with pizza/wine/live music (that I chose). Pretty sure Mark was freezing. Our second date was at my (then) five-year-old daughter’s track practice. A good way to a mom’s heart is through her daughter!
Q. Tell me about the proposal?
A. Mark took me to the Ritz Carlton Bachelor Gulch in Vail, CO, for our 3rd year anniversary/Valentines present. I had NO CLUE this was a weekend he was proposing. We had never looked at rings before. When we arrived at the breathtaking resort, Mark said he was going to go explore a bit while I got ready for drinks/dinner that evening. He came back, we changed, and went downstairs where he went on to tell me there was a balcony he wanted to show me with beautiful views of the mountains. I follow him to an empty hallway, and he opens the doors at the end to reveal a gorgeous balcony covered in rose petals with Veuve champagne, blankets on a couch, and the most over-sized vase of flowers I have ever seen. My initial thought was that we accidentally walked into someone’s anniversary suite. And were trespassing. He laughed and said no, it was for me. I then thought that it was a super sweet anniversary present. Nothing more. I wasn’t prepared when he paced, then got down on one knee and opened a red velvet box revealing the largest, sparkly diamond known to mankind. He asked for me to be his wife, and I sobbed and was in complete shock. I normally hate movies when girls do that, and I was one of those girls! It was one of the most magical moments in my life.
Q. Please describe the atmosphere or overall feeling of the wedding you are planning.
A. Glamorous, fun, relaxed, decadent, modern, and big!
Special thanks to the following:
Wedding Planner: Katie Fingerhut
Event Coordinator: Pearl Events
Ceremony Venue: Central Christian ChurchFlorist: Westbank Flower Market
Reception Venue & Caterer: Hotel Van Zandt
Band: Memphis Train Review
Ceremony Musicians: Hill Country Strings
Cake and Desserts: Simon Lee
Florist: Bouquets of Austin
Hair Stylist: Pearl Hair & Makeup Studio
Makeup Artist: Maris Calderon
Videographer: Adam Grumbo Films