Brazos Hall Wedding: Emily + Kyle

January 15, 2018

Bride and Groom portrait

Wedding Dress and Shoes

Bride and her mother share a sweet moment before the ceremony

Mother of Bride helps her daughter into her wedding dress

Groom writes a letter to his bride before the ceremony

Groom's father helps him with his bow tie

Groom spends time with his parents before the wedding

Groom finalizes his tie before the ceremony

Funny shot of the groom checking himself out in the mirror

Portrait of the Groom before the ceremony

Bride and her brother are excited before the ceremony

Father of the bride waits to do a first look with his daughter

Bride walking up to her father before the ceremony

Father of the bride tears up seeing his daughter in her wedding dress

Bride gets excited to show her dad her wedding dress

Bride and her father share a sweet moment before the ceremony

Bride and her father share another sweet moment before the ceremony

Bride tears up reading a letter from her groom

Bride reads letter from her groom

Bride's hands before her ceremony

First Methodist Church in Austin, Texas

Flower girls and ring bearers hang out before the ceremony

Groom and his mother walk down the aisle

Groom hugs his mother before the ceremony

Groom as he watches his bride walk down the aisle

Father walks his daughter down the aisle

Bride is passed off to the groom for the ceremony

Bride and Groom at the altar

Bride and Groom at the altar

Bride laughs during the wedding ceremony

Father of the bride looks on as his daughter gets married

Groom laughs during the ceremony

Bride tears up during the ceremony

Parents of the groom watching the ceremony

Bride and Groom at the altar

Bride and Groom share a kiss

Bride and groom exit the church after they are married

Bride and Groom laugh at the wedding party

Bride and Groom silhouette in front of stained glass window of church

Bride and Groom share a sweet moment

Bride and Groom portrait

Groom helps bride walk across the street in downtown Austin

Bride and Groom stroll through the park in front of the Capitol in Austin

Bride and Groom stroll through the park in front of the Capitol in Austin

Austin Capitol Building

Reception hall at Brazos Hall with beautiful flower arrangements by Westbank Flower Market

Candlelit table at Brazos Reception Hall

Custom gobo with the bride and groom's logo

Beautiful tables at the wedding reception at Brazos Hall

Wedding guests toast at the reception

Lounge area at the wedding reception at Brazos Hall

Toasts at the wedding reception

Toasts at the wedding reception

Bride and Groom cutting the wedding cake

Bride and groom's first dance

Bride and groom's first dance

Bride and groom's first dance

Groom dances with his mother at the wedding reception

Groom dances with his mother at the wedding reception

Groom dances with his mother at the wedding reception

Bride dances with her father at the wedding reception

Bride dances with her father at the wedding reception

Bride dances with her father at the wedding reception

Bride dances with her brother at the wedding reception

Bride dances with her brother at the wedding reception

Bride dances with her brother at the wedding reception

Bride dances with Groom at the wedding reception

Guest break dances at wedding

Bride and groom dance with guests at wedding reception

Wedding guests dance at reception

All brass band plays at wedding reception

Bridesmaids laughing during wedding reception

Bride and Groom having ton of fun at wedding reception

Ring bearer dancing at reception

Bouquet toss with bride at wedding reception

Groom removes garter from bride at wedding

Garter toss at wedding reception

Groomsmen all jump to get the garter

Bride and groom share a kiss at wedding reception

Bride and Groom portrait at Brazos Hall with candles

Bride and Groom share a private dance at Brazos Hall

Groom and bride kiss during exit

Bride and groom leaving their wedding with a ton of sparklers

Bride and Groom jump into a pedicab after reception

What are your day jobs?

Emily- Graduate student at Trinity University studying Health Care Administration. Will be an administrative resident for Methodist Health System DFW starting January 2017.  Kyle is an auto auctioneer.

Where did you both grow up?

Killeen, Texas

How did you meet?

The Buckley and Dykes families have been residents in Killeen, Texas and acquaintances for many decades. My great grandfather was Kyle’s grandpa’s algebra teacher and coach, Kyle’s mom student taught under my grandmother, and Kyle even worked for my dad’s veterinary clinic before we even knew each other. We met at Ellison High School through mutual friends. Kyle was one grade ahead of me and we became extremely close throughout my junior year (his senior year) when I was the only junior put in a senior economics class. We remained close friends when he went off to Texas A&M, but did not begin dating until I joined him in College Station the following fall.

Tell me about the proposal?

It was June 11 – the Saturday after my 23rd birthday. We had traveled back to our hometown to celebrate my birthday and to watch a few of my little brother’s baseball games. I wanted to stay for the entire baseball tournament, but Kyle had other plans. We went to Austin for dinner like we’ve done a thousand times- but this time it was different. We dined at Steiner Ranch Steakhouse where I ate WAY too much- my only regret of the night ;). We then went to Lake Travis where Kyle surprised me with a boat rental. We cruised around the lake and as the sun set, Kyle got down on one knee. For the first time in my life I cried happy tears!!! It was the most perfect moment that we shared with only each other. We felt the need to document the event, so we propped the iPhone up on the wobbly boat and used the self-timer to take a few pictures that we will cherish forever! It was absolutely perfect.

Name a few places that are special to you.

College Station is where our love story really began and evolved. We love going back any chance we can for games, to visit with friends, and to, of course, eat at our favorite spots.

Schoepf’s Barbeque in Belton, Texas has Thursday night concerts every summer. In 2011, Kyle put his arm around me for the first time at an Aaron Watson concert. I had no idea that he had feelings for me! It’s super embarrassing, but it made me feel really nervous and light headed and I had to sit down! We laugh about it often and love going back when we can.

When you can do anything you want to do, what do you do? 

The best days are the ones where we have absolutely no plans. This rarely happens, but when it does, we love to explore a new part of town, try a new restaurant, and spend some time outside with our pup, Blair.

Kyle enjoys working on his family’s farm, golfing, and fishing when he gets the chance. I work for a dance and drill team company and enjoy choreographing for dance teams across the state. I also enjoy helping plan and conduct auctions for Kyle’s company- we make a great team!We also LOVE the beach! Destin, Florida is our favorite summer spot. In the winter we enjoy skiing and snowboarding in Colorado.

What is your favorite music and/or songs that mean the most to you as a couple?

We love all kinds of music! Literally everything from current hits, to alternative, 90s pop, old rock, (really) old country, rap, and all of the random music I hear at dance competitions that I make Kyle listen to. 🙂

Kyle is the one who actually taught me how to two-step and introduced me to Texas Country. We’ve always loved country music. We’ll be seeing Keith Urban and Brett Eldredge in concert in October.My first birthday present from Kyle was tickets to see Train in concert. A band that I’ve loved since first grade! I own every single CD!Songs that are “ours”:

Mean to Me by Brett Eldredge

Better Together by Jack Johnson

Lucky by Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat

Sweet Contradiction by Aaron WatsonWe also thoroughly enjoy Drake Pandora.We love to dance! We’re pumped about having Limelight at our reception and want it to be one upbeat, non-stop party!

What are your favorite foods/restaurants?

Sandwiches. Our favorite place in College Station is Blue Baker! They finally opened one in the Arboretum in Austin, so we visit frequently for a Powder Blue, soup, and unsweetened peach tea. Kyle’s grandmother also makes the BEST chicken salad and she makes it for us frequently.

Pizza. We love neapolitan pizza and Dough in San Antonio is one of our favorites. Gumby’s, Grimaldi’s, Papa John’s… it really doesn’t matter. We love pizza.I live right across from Lick Ice Cream, which is a problem. Kyle and I visit way too often and love when they add new seasonal flavors. They know Kyle by name.

Any pets? Tell me about them!

We have a little poodle mix named Blair and she is our pride and joy! As a puppy, she looked like a stuffed animal so we began calling her “Teddy Blair”. She even has her own hashtag, #teddyblairtuesday, frequently used by my college roommates. She’s spunky, spoiled, but super sweet. We can’t imagine life without her.

How did you choose your venue(s)?

We chose Downtown Austin because it is close to our hometown of Killeen, but also because we knew it would be a fun weekend getaway for our friends and family. I’ve always dreamed of getting married in a Methodist Church just like my parents and many of my family members. When we realized that First United Methodist Church Austin was located right next to the Texas State Capitol, the location of our first date, we knew it was meant to be! For our reception venue, we first looked at Brazos Hall because we knew it would be large enough to accommodate the 300+ guests we were anticipating. When we toured the venue, we instantly fell in love. Brazos Hall is absolutely beautiful and is the perfect balance of traditional, modern, and industrial. It’s location is also unbeatable!

Describe your decor and how you chose it?

Flowers were the most important part of our decor. Fortunately, we had Tyler Ryan from Westbank Flower Market as our florist. With Tyler’s help, we created a vision of hanging florals above the rows of banquet-style farm tables. We knew we wanted simple, neutral colors (pale pink, gray, ivory, and gold) represented throughout the entire event, but Tyler took our vision to another level. Our florals were paired with candles and festoon lighting, as well as blush drapes throughout the beams of Brazos Hall. It was more beautiful than a fairy tale!

Tell me about your attire – who designed your dress and where did you buy it?

I found my dress at Serendipity Bridal in Austin. It was designed by Pronovias. 

What shoes did you choose and what jewelry did you wear?

In addition to my engagement ring, I wore a set of pearl drops my mom gave to me. I also wore her pearl bracelet. The most sentimental piece of jewelry I wore was a pearl ring that belonged to my late grandmother, Lolly. She wore her pearl ring every day and it was very important that I had a piece of her with me. For shoes, I chose to wear a simple pair of Antonio Melani ballet flats. I knew I wanted to spend as much time as possible on the dance floor, so I wanted to be comfortable!

Who designed the bridesmaids dresses?

We found the bridesmaid dresses at Bella Bridesmaid in Austin and they were designed by Lela Rose. 

And your groom – tell me about his look – who was his suit designer? Any other significant accessories?

Kyle’s look was a classic black tuxedo designed by Joseph Abboud.

Why did you choose me, Jenny, to be your wedding photographer?

Jenny DeMarco was recommended to us by our florist, Tyler, from Westbank Flower Market. After looking through the images on her website, we were sold. We knew the majority of our day would be spent inside, so seeing her pictures from church weddings and other indoor venues helped us make our decision. Throughout our entire planning process, Jenny took the time to get to know us and the specific moments that we wanted to capture. Choosing Jenny was one of THE BEST decisions we made!

What was one of your favorite moments from your wedding day?

While our reception was an incredibly fun party, we both agree that our ceremony was our favorite part – specifically walking down the aisle and seeing each other for the first time. There was also a moment in our ceremony where our officiant, Jud, asked us to turn around to look at all of our family and friends who attended. In this moment, we were completely overwhelmed by the hundreds of faces of those who have had such a positive impact on our lives. It was really special and a moment we will never forget!

What was your favorite image from your wedding day?

We each have a ton of favorites! Kyle’s favorite is one from the church. It’s the one where we’re taking our first steps as husband and wife. We have the biggest, cheesy smiles on our faces as we begin to walk down the aisle. My favorite is the last kiss of the evening… THE sparkler picture. To me, it perfectly summarizes the entire evening. We also both love the ones of just us on the Capitol grounds taken right after the ceremony. 

 Did any of your other vendors go above and beyond for you?

We had the BEST vendors who all exceeded our expectations in every single way, but three vendors truly went above and beyond – Katie Fingerhut (Pearl Events), Tyler Ryan (Westbank Flower Market), and Jenny DeMarco! Katie from Pearl Events was SO much more than a “Day-Of Coordinator”. We met with her several times in advance, emailed multiple times a week, and could text or call her anytime. A few weeks before the wedding, Katie walked us through her perfect master plan/minute-by-minute to ensure everything was ready to go and that everyone was on the same page. Because of Katie, we were all able to relax and enjoy the entire day, because we knew she had everything handled! Tyler went above and beyond in making sure our vision came to life. But because of his creativity and attention to detail,  the decor, design, and aesthetic of our venues was more magical than we could have every imagined! And Jenny went above and beyond to make sure we had a solid plan in place for sweet pictures of me with my groom. We did not want to do a “first look” and were worried about having time for pictures because of the strict timeline. Jenny went to the church a few days before the ceremony to scope out spots, lighting, etc. for us to take pictures of just the two of us. Talk about above and beyond!

Do you have any tips to share with other couples?

1. If you can, higher a planner and listen to their recommendations of other vendors. I believe that having vendors who work together on a regular basis made a huge difference. Being able to enjoy the entire day with my family without having to worry about any of the plans was invaluable. 

2. Have fun, relax, and enjoy the ride! 

Special Thanks to the Amazing Vendors:

Wedding Planner and Event Designer: Katie Fungerhut and team at Pearl Events

Venue: First United Methodist Church and Brazos Hall with portraits at the Texas State Capitol

Photographer: Jenny DeMarco at Jenny DeMarco Photography

Videographer: ILC Films

Florist: Westbank Flower Market

Caterer: Royal Fig

Cake: Simon Lee

Rentals: Premiere Events

Band: Limelight

Hair + Make-up: Rae Cosmetics

Stationary: Inviting Pear