Photography by Kari Elizabeth Photography
NAMES Jarred Gammon & Zachry Zientek
LIVE IN Austin
OCCUPATIONS Jarred is in marketing communications; Zachry is a software engineer.
HOW THEY MET Through mutual friends at Splash Weekend 2012 at Hippie Hollow.
HOW THEY GOT ENGAGED After spending Christmas with Jarred’s family in Virginia, the couple took the train to New York City, where on New Year’s Day Jarred surprised Zach by bending on one knee beneath the arch in Washington Square Park. Later that night, Zach “proposed back” at a restaurant surrounded by friends.
BACHELOR PARTY Jarred and his friends went to Puerto Vallarta. Zach and his gang visited New Orleans for Mardi Gras the weekend before the wedding.
REHEARSAL DINNER They went to Stiles Switch BBQ to show Jarred’s family how Texas does barbecue. Jarred: “They were impressed after tasting the brisket, sausage, and mac and cheese.
WEDDING DAY WEATHER A perfect early spring day.
NUMBER OF GUESTS 140.
WEDDING COLORS Black and white.
FLOWERS White hydrangea centerpieces, white bouquets, and red-rose boutonnieres.
DIY HIGHLIGHTS Zach learned to make boutonnieres and bouquets and arranged the flowers. Jarred: “Zach can teach himself to do anything by watching a YouTube video. He saved us a couple thousand dollars on flowers.”
THE MENU Passed appetizers included whipped ricotta with truffle honey and toasted pecans, and short rib sliders with horseradish aioli. Moscow mules and French 75s were the signature cocktails. The buffet meal featured farmers market salad, red wine–braised chicken with mushrooms, roasted garlic–mashed potatoes, and rosemary honey carrots.
DESSERT They served colorful cupcakes instead of cake.
MUSIC Jarred created 13 Spotify playlists for the DJ. The first dance was a waltz to Sam Smith’s acoustic cover of Disclosure’s “Latch.”
IF THEY HAD TO DO IT OVER They would have done a longer photoshoot. Zach: “Being boys, we underestimated the time it would take to get all our girls and moms ready.”
IF THEY COULD HAVE SPENT THEIR MONEY DIFFERENTLY They would have spent less on catering—the largest chunk of their budget—perhaps hiring their favorite food truck.
FAVORITE DETAILs Jarred and Zach each wrote their own vows. It was also fun to have mixed genders within each wedding party.
UNIQUE ELEMENTS OF THE DAY The couple has always enjoyed garter belt and bouquet tosses at weddings, so … Jarred: “We grabbed bouquets from our groomsmaids and did a joint toss, which was just as fun as I imagined it would be.”
ADVICE FOR OTHERS Zach: “Break all the rules. If you want to see each other before the ceremony, do it. If you don’t like a distant cousin, don’t invite them. Take a break from tradition.”
THE DAY IN THREE WORDS Authentic, charming, spirited.
CEREMONY AND RECEPTION
RENTALS AND LIGHTING
DJ Douglas Ray
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