Ah, Erik Clausen – you must have known I would swoon over your black and whites from Linda + Jojo’s Texas wedding at the Gabrielle Gardens and Restaurant. Because I sure did swoon. Big time. Also swoon-worthy? Linda’s feminine Priscilla of Boston dress, which looks tailor-made for the bride. The b’maids looked chic and sophisticated in gray sheaths (also Priscilla of Boston). Emily would die if I didn’t mention Linda’s cheery bouquet from Blue Lotus Floral Design. Lovely, no? For more from L + J, take a peek at Poser’s post of the big day here.
How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. We met October 2008 at a pool hall. Jojo’s cousin, AJ, introduced us. At the time, he was actually dating a girl with the same name. He accidently tagged me in a facebook note instead of her. After that, we exchanged numbers, but nothing really happened except for the occasional text. It wasn’t until January during his birthday week that we ran into each other at a bar again. For weeks after, we would talk to each other through text messages from the moment we woke up until we fell asleep. The next month, we both happened to be going to Austin on the same weekend. The whole time we were there, he was chased me around the city until we were finally in the same place and we had our first kiss. We’ve been together ever since.
Describe the proposal. It was our six month anniversary and my birthday. Jojo took me to New York City to celebrate and we stayed at the W Hotel in Times Square. Our first night in the city, we came back to the hotel after dinner to change for a night out. He offered to put on my sweater and when I turned back around, he was down on one knee. I immediately started tearing up so I could barely see him. I remember him asking me if my answer was yes before he put the ring on my finger.
Three adjectives that describe the day are: Emotional, cheery, and unforgettable.
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: One: We loved our venue. It helped us create the feel of a small, intimate wedding even though we had over 250 guests. Two: Every aspect of our ceremony. Our faith is the most important part of our relationship. We wanted all our family and friends to feel that. Three: The flowers and arrangements, the paper lantern aisle runners, our mad libs guestbook, and photos of us, and wedding pictures of our parents and grandparents. It all helped that day become ours.
Tell us about finding your wedding dress: I started looking for a wedding dress a few weeks after getting engaged. I wanted to make sure that I found the PERFECT dress so I did tons of research online on cuts, materials, and designers. I think I tried on about 70 dresses. It was the last place we went to. I was with my mom, both of my sisters, and my aunt visiting from England to Bliss Bridal Salon. We tried on a few dresses and then I tried “it” on. I couldn’t stop smiling. When I came to pick it up a few weeks later, I opted to try on the dress with my eyes closed. When I opened my eyes, all I could think about was walking down the aisle with my dad and seeing Jojo at the other end. I couldn’t stop crying.