Weddings of Our Own: Cara & Christie

NAMES Cara Shepperd & Christie Truong.
LIVE IN North Austin.
OCCUPATIONS Cara is a student; Christie works in customer service at Target.
HOW THEY MET Five years ago, during their freshman year of high school.
HOW THEY GOT ENGAGED As both Cara and Christie are very close to their parents and siblings, they got engaged during a family gathering. Cara: “It was goofy, and the surprise got ruined, but that’s what made it special. We had always planned on being together. The [Supreme Court] ruling allowed us to make it legal.”
HOW THE WEDDING PLANNING PROCESS WENT Smoothly. All the vendors they worked with were open-minded and treated the pair respectfully.
BACHELORETTE PARTY The couple and their friends went to Spare Time in Pflugerville to bowl and play laser tag and arcade games.
REHEARSAL DINNER They gathered at San Gabriel Park near the Best Western Plus Georgetown, where most of the guests stayed, and enjoyed a fun and casual meal of pizzas, pies, knottie martinis (rum, blue Curacao, and pineapple juice), and redneck mimosas (beer and orange juice).
WEDDING-DAY WEATHER A gorgeous day, with clear, blue skies and warmer-than-normal March temperatures.
NUMBER OF GUESTS 100
COLORS Royal blue, pink, crimson, green, yellow, and purple—typical shades of local wildflowers.
THEME Texas-inspired rustic-chic.
FLOWERS Bouquets and jars of wildflowers loosely bundled with burlap.
DIY HIGHLIGHTS They created a guestbook-type keepsake by painting a white tree onto a sheet of dark wood. Guests signed leaves and placed them on the tree. The couple also strung chicken wire across the back of an old wooden window frame and used it as a wedding program board, complete with handwritten plans for the day and photos from their parents’ weddings.
THE MENU Slow-smoked Texas barbecue with brisket, turkey, and sausage links (Christie’s favorite), sides of mac and cheese (Cara’s favorite), glazed carrots, baked beans, and traditional fixings.
DESSERT A classic two-tiered, white-fondant cake with decorative icing depicting colorful Texas wildflowers.
MUSIC A DJ spun a wide range of country and pop tunes. First dance: “I Don’t Dance,” by Lee Brice.
IF THEY HAD TO DO IT OVER They would have provided an open bar.
FAVORITE DETAILS Despite having practiced extensively in advance, the couple found the first dance a bit challenging. Christie kept tripping on Cara’s dress and one misstep nearly took the couple down to the dance floor. “It was funny!” Cara says.
UNIQUE ELEMENTS OF THE DAY A knot-tying ceremony, during which their siblings helped them tie ribbons around their hands. And having their dog, Max, serve as the ring bearer.
HOW THE WEDDING DIFFERED FROM HOW THEY’D IMAGINED IT Cara: “I always thought I would plan an elegantly themed wedding, not a rustic one, and Christie never really expected ever to get married—the thought had never crossed her mind.”
ADVICE FOR OTHERS Cara: “The most important parts of a wedding are good food, music, and photography. Also, don’t stress about every tiny detail because you’ll end up forgetting about some of the more important things. Plan a wedding in your own style, and don’t feel pressured to do things a certain way just because others suggested you should. It’s your big day, not theirs.”
THE DAY IN THREE (ER, FOUR) WORDS Rustic, personal, perfectly imperfect.

Vendor List

CEREMONY & RECEPTION
Gabriel Springs, Georgetown

CATERING
CJ’s Catering

RENTALS
Premier Rentals

OFFICIANT
James Simmons

WEDDING PLANNER
Ashley Bunch

PHOTOGRAPHY
Karen Rowe Photography

VIDEOGRAPHER
Zanzibar Weddings

FLOWERS
Just’in Roses

CAKE
Classy Cakes by Lori

RINGS
Samuels Diamonds

GOWN
Cloud 9 Bridal

ALTERATIONS
Divine!

HAIR & MAKE-UP
Flair Austin

MUSIC & DJ
Complete Weddings & Events; string quartet, Musical Discovery Chamber Players

HONEYMOON
Orlando

INVITATIONS
Vistaprint