From the Bride:
How they Met:
CJ and I met while we were at Benedictine College, where he played baseball
and I played soccer. Funny story: we actually had a class together my freshman, his
sophomore year and I sat directly in front of him (and I always thought he was
super cute). However, it wasn’t until the following year that we officially met through
some friends, and then the year after that we started dating. Long story short, timing is everything, and it was definitely on our side!
After graduating from college we moved to Dallas to begin our careers. That
December, my sister had decided to come into town for what I thought was just a
normal visit. But, she and CJ had something planned. I had been telling CJ how badly I wanted to go to the Dallas Arboretum for their special “Twelve Days of Christmas”
event that they hold every year. And so, he bought tickets for my sister, Lily, and us.
Weather in Texas in the winter is fairly unpredictable.
The day we were supposed to go to the arboretum, it was a nice 70 degrees that morning, but by the afternoon it had dropped significantly, down to about 25 degrees. At this point, I did not care about going to the arboretum, especially since my sister had already told me she didn’t think CJ was going to propose until March, when we were scheduled to go to the Grand Canyon (she was lying and I had no idea). I thought it odd that CJ was so adamant about going to the arboretum, when he too hates the cold, and it was just about the only day below freezing during the entirety of winter. So, I sucked it up, figuring he didn’t want our money to go to waste.
Once we got there, we went through the arboretum and saw the gazebos each filled with their own “day of Christmas. At the end, CJ suggested that Lily take a few pictures of us with her brand new camera. So, we went over to a secluded area with a fountain, and all the trees were lit up, and my sister started to “take pictures of us” (She was actually videoing the whole thing). CJ finally said that he had one more picture he wanted my sister to take, and got down on his knee and asked me to marry him! It was definitely worth braving the cold for such a special moment.
One that that I loved about our wedding was how big our wedding party was.
I know most people wouldn’t go that route, but it was so special to have that many
people we love be part of our wedding, and I wouldn’t have had it any other way.
The best thing about our wedding was that we had so many friends and family who
came from out of town. That, and it was one big dance party. CJ said that one of his
fondest memories from our wedding was that once the lights came on (to say that it
was time to leave) no one wanted to go, and nobody was leaving. And it wasn’t until
my mom came over to me and CJ and told us that we had to get out of there,
otherwise no one would start leaving. Personally, what I remember most from that
day was that I was never actually nervous. I was anxious and jittery sure, but never
nervous. I have never been so sure about anything else in my life. Marrying CJ is by
far the best decision I have ever made.
Our wedding day was such a spectacular celebration, and CJ and I continue to
say that we wish we could redo that day, as it was so much fun. We can’t thank those
who made it possible enough.
Kara and CJ
July 29, 2017
Venue for Ceremony and Reception: The Garment House
Dress: Style #2083 from Mikaella
Hair: Heather Bosler
Make-up: Ashley Tribble
Photography: Photos by Neyan
DJ: DJ Jared with Fernando Productions
Food: Jack Stack