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We’re convinced at Southern Weddings that we get to share the stories of the absolute sweetest couples in the South, and Caroline and Chase are certainly no exception to that! After their dorm cafeteria meet-cute and a perfectly literature-themed proposal (Caroline is a high school English teacher!), they spent their senior year of college thoughtfully planning for their Heritage Haus wedding and preparing for marriage. Caroline’s advice for brides hit the nail on the head: “We absolutely loved our wedding, but the day was such a crazy blur. Being husband and wife is a forever commitment and blessing, so enjoy the season of engagement, but prepare yourself to be committed ’til death do you part!”

Thank you so much to our Blue Ribbon Vendor Kristen Kilpatrick for sending this lovely day our way!

Tell us about finding your wedding dress. My mom, grandma, future mother-in-law, and four of my closest friends spent a Saturday morning in Austin looking for a dress with me! We went to two different stores. At first, I fell in love with a traditional dress that had a full skirt. That evening, I went back through pictures we took of our favorite dresses of the day. I realized the dress I thought I loved didn’t feel very “me,” so I went with a more form-fitting dress that had also caught my eye that day! In order to add some flavor to the dress, I had the designer create off-the-shoulder sleeves that could be removed. I’m so glad they were able to add in this lovely detail!

I absolutely loved our flowers! They definitely exceeded my expectations. I wanted the color palette to be simple–we had greens with white and pink. Everything looked very earthy and ethereal.

Did you decide to do a first look? Why or why not? We didn’t do a first look. I think our wedding was more traditional overall, so I wanted to keep with that idea. Plus, I’d always envisioned what my husband’s face would look like when he saw me walking down the aisle!
What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? Although we didn’t have a Catholic ceremony, my aunt, who is a nun, spoke after a reading from Ephesians 5 from our pastor. She spoke about the covenant of marriage and the history of my family from Switzerland. She is the kindest, most Jesus-loving woman I have ever met, so it was an absolute honor to have her speak on the best day of our lives! It meant so much to me and my entire family that she made the trip down to Texas and that she was able to speak such truth during our ceremony.

What made you choose your ceremony and reception venues? Did they have any special significance to you? We knew from the start that we didn’t want something with an urban feel. That just didn’t feel like us. We perused venues around Austin and found Heritage Haus. We knew right away that this was the place for us because of the beautiful Hill Country setting, the quaint white chapel, and the stately barn! Not to mention, the lovely owners of Heritage Haus made us feel like family.

We chose a simple white, three-tiered cake adorned with real flowers. The surprise was the strawberry frosting between the layers–when we cut into the cake, you saw a hint of pink! The cake was delicious and just what I wanted! Although we didn’t get to join the cocktail hour, we also had cookies and cupcakes from Polkadots available to our guests. I knew from the start that I wanted to have sweets available to our guests during the cocktail hour! We had sugar cookies in the shapes of Texas with a heart over Austin, longhorns, and cookies with the letter “A” in the center. All of the sugar cookies were white with gold details.

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. Chase and I met in a dorm cafeteria at the University of Texas during our freshman year. We had mutual friends and started having lunch together. He even made his famous gourmet PB&J for me! Although we were fast friends, we didn’t start dating until the beginning of our sophomore year, much to Chase’s chagrin. When I finally confessed that I did indeed want to date him, we both knew we were in it for the long haul. We got engaged our senior year and were married just three weeks after graduation!
Tell us all about the proposal! Chase proposed on November 22, 2014. He asked me to dinner under the ruse of celebrating my recent birthday. We went to dinner at my favorite restaurant in Austin. As we were eating, the storm of the year ended the drought of 2013-2014 emphatically. We braved the torrential downpour and drove around Austin, slowly making our way to the overlook where Chase had first asked me to be his girlfriend, and where he had first told me he loved me. At our favorite spot in the city, overlooking the Greenbelt, our friends had gone out on the cliff in the rain to set up a tent, candles, and my favorite books. Chase had written a literary scavenger hunt in my journal. Each clue directed me to another page in one of my favorite books, declaring his love for me and telling our story. The last clue directed me to 1 John 4:19, “We love because He first loved us.” In the margins, Chase had written his proposal.
When did y’all get married? June 13, 2015
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 180
Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? No, we had traditional vows!
Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding and why you chose them. Our first dance song was “Green Eyes” by Coldplay. We both love Coldplay, and the song really resonated with me because of Chase’s green eyes, and the line, “Honey, you are a rock upon which I stand.” This line made me think about the ways Chase holds me up and points me to Jesus. My dance with my dad was also extremely special! We danced to Johnny Cash’s “You Are My Sunshine.” My dad used to sing this song to me when I was little, and it is still one of his favorite songs. He didn’t know that we would be dancing to that song, so of course, the tears really started to flow when he realized what song we were dancing to!
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: There were so many details we loved! Since our wedding was in the Texas Hill Country, the gorgeous summer sunset was the best free detail we could have asked for! The flowers really tied my vision together. We also used floral china plates for dinner, which was a perfectly sweet, feminine detail!
How did you plan for your marriage while planning your wedding? We always knew that we wanted to do some kind of pre-marriage counseling to help prepare us for spending the rest of our lives together. The Austin Stone, our church, has a great pre-marriage counseling service that we signed up for the day after we were engaged. We were matched with a couple from the church who took us through the curriculum, challenging us every step of the way to confront each other and grow together.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? We wanted to make sure we did our senior year right by spending as much time with friends as possible, which was sometimes difficult because of wedding planning! Other than that, we were very blessed to have very minimal stress during the whole wedding planning process.
If you are comfortable responding, what range did your wedding budget fall into? $25,000-$50,000
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? The ceremony was just so sweet. Walking toward my husband, hearing Sister Alice speak, praying with my husband, and walking hand-in-hand with him out of those chapel doors was something I’ll always remember!
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Prepare yourself for marriage, not the wedding! We absolutely loved our wedding, but the day was such a crazy blur. Being husband and wife is a forever commitment and blessing, so enjoy the season of engagement, but prepare yourself to be committed ’til death do you part!
What’s next for you as a couple? What memories are you looking forward to making together? Currently, we call Houston, Texas home! I am a ninth grade English teacher and JV soccer coach, and Chase is an engineer with a general contractor. We look forward to continuing to call Houston home, and also are exploring the possibility of doing mission work abroad in the next couple of years.

Photographer: Kristen Kilpatrick | Planner: Natalie Conlon | Venue: Heritage Haus | Florist: Flora Fetish | Cake and Dessert Baker: Polkadots Cupcake Factory | Caterer: Whole Foods | Rentals: Loot Vintage Rentals and Bee Lavish Vintage Rentals | DJ: Byrne Rock | Paper Products: Minted | Bride’s Gown: Augusta Jones | Bride’s Veil and Hairpiece: BHLDN | Hair Stylist and Makeup Artist: Makenzi Laine | Bride’s Shoes: Kate Spade | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Joanna August and Nouvelle by Amsale | Menswear: Jos. A. Bank

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    I think it is safe to say that Maegan and Jared are one of the absolute coolest couples we’ve ever had the privilege of featuring. Maegan is a puppeteer/ventriloquist/model/actor, and Jared is a comedian/musician, so it’s no surprise that their unique careers are what first led them to cross paths–Jared reached out to Maegan online, she attended one of his shows, and the rest is joyful, adventurous history. While they now live in Tennessee when they’re not on tour, they chose their home state of Texas for their wedding, allowing them to celebrate with many of their favorite things (coffee food trucks, a Tex Mex spread for dinner, and perfect Texas spring weather, to name a few), as well as their favorite people–Maegan’s nine younger siblings all participated in the ceremony. I loved reading about the heart behind Maegan and Jared’s inspiration and their memories from their gorgeous day, and I hope you do too!

    Thank you so much to the talented Heather Hawkins for sharing this celebration with us in V8!

    Tell us about your wedding flowers. How did you choose them? What did you love about them? Flowers are so symbolic to me and the growth of our relationship, so we wanted a very natural, loose, garden feel with lots of texture in purples, whites, and blues with lots of greenery. After working with Andi and Abby for a couple months, I had no qualms just totally letting them take the wheel–they knew what I wanted, and ordered and foraged whatever their hearts desired. And it was PERFECT.

    There were so many special moments, but one of the stand outs for both of us was our around-the-corner prayer before the ceremony. We wanted to save our first look for the aisle, but also wanted a moment together beforehand. There was a perfect little cottage corner covered in gorgeous greenery, and we came out and stood on either side. As soon as we saw the other’s hands peek out around the corner, we pretty much lost it. We talked for a minute or two, then prayed with each other. Then, all the butterflies spawned into a million more, but it was the best, most excited feeling.

    Tell us a bit about the wedding ceremony. What part was most special to you? Did you include any special readings? The ceremony was so sweet and so profound. From the moment I came around the corner and saw Jared’s teary face for the first time, then hugging my dad after he gave me away, there was just such a joyous peace and thankfulness that stayed throughout the whole day. The sound of the music being played under the trees rustling in the soft breeze–it felt like our own little corner of the world stood still and joined in the moment. Exchanging personal vows was so meaningful, and I pray I’ll always remember the look in Jared’s eyes as vividly as I do now.
    Who participated in your ceremony? Family members, friends? If so, what did they do? It was super important to me to have my siblings be a part of the wedding, so, in addition to the three older siblings who were in the wedding party, we had the remaining six walk down the aisle in pairs to sit on the grass on my side in front of the bridesmaids. My dad prayed over us when he handed me over to Jared, and that was a sweet moment. We also had an awesome friend, Ed Newton, officiate and he did such a great, heartfelt job.

    We were so excited to have live music throughout our wedding. A friend who is a violinist with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra played as guests arrived. For our processional, our full band played “Future/Past” by John Mark McMillan, “All That I Am” by Phil Wickham during our foot washing, and “Do You Believe in Magic” by The Lovin’ Spoonful for the recessional.

    We knew we didn’t want a long engagement, but we also knew we wanted an outdoor wedding with pretty weather, so that landed us in May. We set our date and talked about lots of location options, but loved the idea of Austin. My family is from the Fort Worth area and his is from right outside of Houston, so it was a great in-between and still gave us a super fun destination feel. We love the vibe and the food trucks, and knew it’d be a good time. Picking a venue was definitely our biggest struggle! We knew the feel we were looking for and just weren’t finding it. I reached out to a wedding planner out of desperation–someone I knew had similar style and knowledge of the area–and it turned out to be the best accidentally genius thing I did. Melanie helped us get creative with a space we had loved from the beginning, but thought was too small, then helped us find a separate outdoor ceremony space. She was so awesome, we convinced her to stick around for the rest of the planning process and we were SO thankful to have her. The ceremony was outdoors at Angel Springs Event Center, a little gem I had to book last minute that ended up being so beautiful. The reception was down the road at The Union on Eighth. We loved this venue from the moment we saw a photo! It’s a transmission shop-turned-wedding venue–the owners have done an incredible job with the space and it was the perfect place to dance the night away. It had the industrial, but still warm and romantic, feel we loved, and Jared loved having man card bragging rights telling his buddies we were having our reception at an old car shop. It was a total win-win. Oh! We got married in Georgetown, Texas, which is in Williamson County, Texas. Jared’s home (and now mine, too, of course) is in Franklin, Tennessee, which is in, wait for it, Williamson County, Tennessee! That’s probably dumb and not worth printing, but I thought it was #destiny and, also, it held special meaning for us as a couple.

    Tell us about your wedding cake or sweets. Oh, baby, the SWEETS. Our cakes were unbelievable, and as if they weren’t enough, we also had donuts and pies–some made by my grandmothers, some from a favorite date spot in Dallas. We kinda went overboard, but don’t regret a bit of it.
    Were there any family traditions you included in the reception? Not traditions, exactly, but I did ask both my grandmothers to make our favorite pies, and the Hoosier cabinet we displayed them on belonged to my great-grandmother. They lived in a tent with a dirt floor on the oil field where my great-grandpa worked, and that little cabinet was her whole kitchen. It was in my grandma’s kitchen and has been in our family for as long as I can remember. I’ve always thought it was the coolest thing and was so excited when my parents said we could pack it up and tote it to Georgetown for our big day. It was one of my favorite details.

    Tell us about your grand exit. We went with sparklers and drove off in his uncle’s Corvette–we sped off, stopped off around the corner, and just looked at each other. We both yelled “WE JUST HAD THE BEST WEDDING EVER” and had an awesome little geek-out moment over being married and on top of the world.

    How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. Long story short, he came across my name and reached out to me online to make a “business connection.” Coincidentally, a coworker had just seen him perform, making him legit and not a creepy magician stalker, so I responded. After a couple of months of talking and courageous persistence on his part, I went to a show he was doing in town. He was funny, cute, really talented, and super nice. We hit it off and he changed his flight, rented a car, and drove out to meet my family in our blue house in the country, among the chickens and ducks. It has been the best of rides ever since.
    Describe the proposal: After a day that included an awesome breakfast (because our relationship has been built on a foundation of good food and coffee) and a hike down to a waterfall, he took me to an abandoned bridge overlooking the mountains of Alaska and (after saying some really sweet and genuine stuff that melted my heart) he got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife. It was simple and breathtaking, and I can’t imagine a more perfect moment. (Plus, he had mounted his GoPro, so we got to cry all over again watching it later.)
    How did you prepare for marriage while planning your wedding? Planning for marriage is SO important! A wedding can be your “happily,” but marriage is the “ever after!” (I just made that up and feel kind of proud.) We did some book studies together, listened to teaching podcasts, and also went through premarital counseling. I cannot say enough about the importance of premarital counseling–it is SO worth the time and effort and truly makes such a difference.
    Three adjectives that describe the day are: JOY. That’s all I’ve got.
    How many guests attended your wedding? About 200
    What was the biggest challenge you faced while planning your wedding? I don’t think anybody can say they went through planning a wedding completely unscathed! We had our chosen food truck fall through just a few months before, we didn’t nail down a ceremony venue until six weeks out, and of course, my face had an allergic reaction to makeup that was still healing on our wedding day. I only say all of that to say: you know what? It all came together and totally didn’t matter–looking back, I barely even remember those things!
    Tell us about finding your wedding dress. What was your favorite thing about it? I just knew I was going to find my dress at a certain shop in Tennessee and made an appointment for the next time I’d be in town. Meanwhile, we went to visit Jared’s family in the Houston area after getting engaged, and his mom, sister, and I decided to go look just for fun. (Famous last words.) We pulled a few I liked and I totally had the “moment” when I put on “the one.” I FaceTimed my parents, and through happy, girly tears said, “Heck yes!” to that dress. I instantly fell in love with the elegant, no-fuss fit and the neckline. Jared likes my shoulders, but I knew I didn’t want a strapless dress…this was a perfect win-win.
    Describe your bridesmaids’ dresses. How did you choose them? I knew I wanted a cohesive, but not contrived feel. I gave them words like “effortless,” “romantic,” and “French,” and we laughed because wedding brain sounds ridiculous sometimes. I love everything Alexandra Grecco puts out, and her tulle skirts were a big inspiration. Some girls went with those and some went with other styles, but we all worked together with a color palette, Pinterest board, and group text. At the end of it all, we brought and laid out all the dresses, skirts, and tops we’d gathered and decided on our lineup–some girls swapped and picked out their look the night before. It was a blast.
    How did you spend the morning or afternoon before your ceremony? Jared’s sweet family rented the cutest little house for the girls to get ready in, and we had such a blast getting ready together and dancing to music. My brother brought us coffee and donuts for breakfast and my mom came with my siblings to hang out with me and make lunch. Jared and I also exchanged notes and gifts (Shinola watches). I read his over-achieving six-page note and had all the girls crying (and me so ready to marry that boy).
    Who was one of the most special guests at your wedding? As Jared got older, he always hoped his Meemaw would be able to see him get married, so it was extra special to have her there. She’s 88 and one of his biggest fans. She’s always told Jared that some girl would come along and not be able to resist those dimples. She was right.
    Did you try anything new or nontraditional? Instead of the traditional cocktail hour, we did a coffee and donuts hour with Krispy Kreme donuts and an amazing coffee truck. The coffee truck served the usual menu, plus a specialty rosemary honey latte–it was a huge hit!
    What was Southern about your wedding? We’re both from Texas and Jared has lived in Nashville for the last six years, so we love the South, but weren’t looking to have Lone Star decor or cowboy boots. What we love about the South is its friendly, welcoming heart–the South welcomes people with open, giving arms and invites them in for a good time and good food. That was the Southern charm we wanted to give back to our guests. Oh! And our father/daughter dance was to “You Are My Sunshine” which my dad has always sung to me and my sisters. That’s totally Southern.
    What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? I’ve moved to Nashville and am loving the city and community there. Our schedules have kept us on the road a ton, so in between all the craziness, we’re just loving doing everyday life together and finding our groove. We’re still figuring out what scheduling will look like for us and trying to do as much together as possible, so we’re brainstorming ideas for a combined show and are excited about the future! That future will eventually include the adventure of children, but we’re content enjoying the adventures along the way there. ;)
    What advice would you give to someone currently planning his or her wedding? Make a priority list and beware of the Pinterest plague. Those were a couple things that helped us a lot. Right off the bat, we made lists of our top three priorities for the day. We wanted 1). to be married by the end of the day, 2). to get awesome photos/video of it all, and 3). for everyone to have a great time. That list kept us sane. In regards to Pinterest, it’s an awesome tool that I definitely utilized, but it’s so easy to get so sucked into the land of everyone else’s pretty that we lose sight of our own! The best thing I did was take a break from wedding blogs for a couple months, focus on Jared, and start a board that had no wedding photos–only inspiration from textures, colors, editorial shoots, and art (all images that resonated with me personally). It helped me hone in on creating something authentic and more “us.” And, of course, the only reason we have to buy the white dress in the first place is because of the boy who swept us off our feet and put a ring on our finger. If nobody shows up but you two and the preacher, you still get your happy ending/beginning. Everything else is just extra fun. :)

    Photographer: Heather Hawkins | Videographer: Henry Weddings | Planner: Mayhar Designs | Ceremony Venue: Angel Springs | Reception Venue: The Union on Eighth | Florals: bows + arrows | Caterer: Whole Foods | Coffee Truck: Lucky Lab | Cake Baker: Cake and Spoon | Pies: Bride’s grandmothers and Emporium Pies | Bride’s Gown: “Isla” by Enzoani | Bridal Salon: Brickhouse Bridal | Bridesmaid Dresses: Tulle Skirts in Dusty Blue by Alexandra Grecco | Hair and Makeup: Amy Clarke | Band: David & The Dimes | Menswear: Ted Baker, Allen Edmonds and JCrew | Paper Goods: Whitney Farnsworth | Linens: 12th Table

    lisa Written with love by Lisa
    6 Comments
    1. avatar Sarah Chancey reply

      OBSESSED doesn’t even begin, loveeee the florals and just so inspired by the love for each other and Jesus these two have. Stunning!

    2. avatar Allie Little reply

      The around the corner picture and that last black and white picture of the reception — SO powerful. Beautiful ceremony, story, and couple.

    3. avatar Caroline reply

      Such a gorgeous wedding!! I love the florals and the bridesmaid outfits!

    4. avatar Adrienna reply

      Everything about this wedding is so amazing! From the first touch, to the feet washing ceremony! You can really see how much love they have for each other.

    5. avatar Heather Hawkins reply

      Thank you Lisa for this beautiful blog post! I’m so humbled to have had the opportunity to be a part of this wedding, and so grateful for it to be shared with Southern Weddings readership. Maegan and Jared are one of my absolute favorite couples and Mayhar Designs did such an incredible job planning and designing the intimate event!

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