Weddings of Our Own: Derick & Jeremy

Galveston

NAMES Derick Hardy & Jeremy Stoll.
LIVE IN Cedar Park, near Austin.
OCCUPATIONS Derick is a commercial designer; Jeremy is a trainer with Apple Inc.
HOW THEY MET Out one night in 2002 while Jeremy was in Galveston, where Derick lived at the time, helping a friend move. “We hit it off right away and haven’t stopped talking,” Derick says.
HOW THEY GOT ENGAGED After 10 years together, Derick asked Jeremy to marry him during a drive home from Illinois after the Christmas holidays. Says Derick: “It was early in the morning and there was snow everywhere. I was just so happy at this moment in time, asking Jeremy to marry me felt like the right thing to do. Thankfully, he said yes, and we started laughing and crying—we weren’t sure whose mom to call first.” Adds Jeremy: “I was always thinking I’d be the one to ask Derick to marry me, but he did it spontaneously. It felt right, and I think deep down we always knew we’d be together.”
BACHELOR PARTY They had a wedding shower of sorts at a friend’s house. There was food, music, laughter, and a piñata stuffed with $1 bills collected by their friends.
REHEARSAL DINNER The couple rented a palatial beach house on the west end
of Galveston Island and had a gumbo dinner with close friends and family.
WEDDING DAY WEATHER Picture perfect—a beautiful fall day in the South.
RECEPTION LOCALE Galveston’s historic Garten Verein house.

NUMBER OF GUESTS 190
THEME Autumn colors.
FLOWERS They kept the decorations fairly simple, using acorns, artificial leaves, and candles to create the centerpieces for the tables, and autumn colors for their boutonnieres and mothers’ corsages.
THE MENU A seasonal fruit display, chocolate-dipped strawberries, cheese, wine, and craft beer from Houston’s Saint Arnold Brewing Company. The buffet dinner included salad, fire-grilled vegetables, apricot-glazed carrots, wild rice, marinated chicken breast, and seafood-stuffed turban of flounder.
DESSERT Instead of a cake they had an assortment of chocolate-covered pecan balls, mini cheesecakes, and raspberry-chocolate mini-cupcakes. Later in the evening, the couple set up a cookie and coffee bar—they’d asked a few friends and family members to contribute some of their favorite cookies.

MUSIC A string quartet, Divisi Strings, played prelude music underneath a tree while guests arrived. Their processional was “Somewhere” from West Side Story. Their first dance song was “Kissing You,“ by Des’ree, from Romeo and Juliet. After dinner, they had a DJ with music, up lights, and a photo booth. “We made sure to have some favorites for the kids, too,” Jeremy says.
IF THEY HAD TO DO IT OVER They loved their photos but wish they’d also hired a professional videographer.
FAVORITE DETAILS Looking out and seeing their loved ones smiling back at them, and celebrating their love in a beautiful, historic venue on the island where they met.
ADVICE FOR OTHERS Allow a year to plan, ask for help, delegate tasks, and don’t stress over the small details. “Most people will remember the love you shared and memories made—not the color of the napkins,” Jeremy says.
THE DAY IN THREE WORDS Transformative, loving, memorable.

Vendor List

CEREMONY AND RECEPTION
The Garten Verein, Galveston

CATERING
Robinette & Company

OFFICIANT
John Pitzer

WEDDING PLANNER
Rachel Brown

PHOTOGRAPHY
Erin Longfellow Photography

PHOTO BOOTH
Johnny Black Productions

FLOWERS
Downtown Bloom

RINGS
Helzberg Diamonds

GROOMS’ FORMAL WEAR
Jack Victor from Capra & Cavelli

HAIR AND MAKEUP
Josh Crippen with J Salon

MUSIC
Divisi Strings and Johnny Black Productions

GUESTS’ HOTEL
Four Points Sheraton Galveston

TRANSPORTATION
Vintage Rolls-Royce from Vintage Limo Service

COUPLES’ HOTEL
Hotel Galvez

HONEYMOON
San Francisco, Big Sur, Monterey, Sonoma

INVITATIONS
My Gatsby

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