We have an uber sweet love story today celebrating Jency and Justin. The bride and groom are both from Dallas, TX, and so it was a no-brainer for them to host their incredible wedding soiree in this vibrant city. We got a little behind the scenes scoop from Jency and Justin on their love story: “Justin and I have actually known each other our whole lives, so we have no idea when we technically first met! We became best friends at 14 thanks to AOL Instant Messenger, but it wasn't until we were graduating from high school that we decided this was more than just friendship. It was during our four years together at the University of Texas that I realized how amazing it would be to marry my best friend... but we still had some growing up to do. We were together for six more years long distance, and our love only grew stronger. A decade later, we are finally married!” So sweet! It was very important that their backgrounds and heritages were honored and they designed a perfect celebration with the help of planners from Precisely as Planned and floral and decor aficionados from Bebe’s Decor. The bride began the gorgeous day with a beauty session with her lovely ladies. For her wedding ceremony, she chose an angelic white gown with an ethereal veil. What a beauty! Coming right up we have an amazing ceremony and reception (with entertainment by DJ Riz Entertainment and photo booths by Red Photo Booths) that you won’t want to miss. Get lost in the lovely full gallery by Fairytale Photography!
How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Justin and I have actually known each other our whole lives, so we have no idea when we technically first met! We grew up going to the same church and went to the same middle school and high school. We became best friends at 14 thanks to AOL Instant Messenger, but it wasn't until we were graduating high school that we decided this was more than just friendship. It was during our four years together at the University of Texas that I realized how amazing it would be to marry my best friend... but we still had some growing up to do. We were together for six more years long distance, and our love only grew stronger. A decade later, we are finally married!
Tell us how you went about planning your wedding, and your overall experience with the Venues, Hair & Makeup, Outfits, Decor Theme, and all of the other important details.
We knew we would get married in Dallas where we both grew up and where most of our friends and family live, but I work in Houston and knew I would need a lot of help. So, the first order of business was to get a wedding planner! Rhonda Baker with Precisely as Planned was our savior - she had so many suggestions and great relationships with vendors. But we also looked to our recently married friends for vendor recommendations and general advice. Jenny Torry (JTorry Hair & Makeup) and Fairy Tale Photography were the first vendors we booked, and those decisions were completely based on pictures we fell in love with online. From there, I knew I wanted an elegant reception using neutral blushes and ivories with pops of gold, and when the vendors all truly understood us as a couple and what we wanted for our big day, everything fell into place. My parents bought the bridesmaids' sarees in India (in plum because I wanted them to pop against the neutral backgrounds, and I love purple), as well as my Manthrakodi. Thank GOD for technology!!
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why?
Can I say food tasting? Because food tasting. Justin and I both love to eat, and we incorporated lots of unique foods in our reception. Our venue was very accommodating to our tastes: we were able to cater Indian food for our cocktail hour, specialize our dinner menu, bring in a cake with three custom flavors, and cater our late-night bites from local vendors - breakfast tacos and donuts! We had a donut wall that was very popular, and they went fast!
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Besides the donut wall and cake, which people seemed to love, we got lots of compliments on how there was not too much down time or quiet time waiting for the night to move along. We had "Jency" and "Justin" signature drinks during our cocktail hour, a photo booth, lots of performances, and an extended dance floor. It was amazing to see all that planning result in our friends and family having such a fun night, and I think we will remember those little details forever.
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
There were so many moments that felt special to me, but two in particular stand out. First - Justin had my parents record a video of my grandmother sending us wedding blessings, as she is in India and was unable to come for the wedding. I was in tears because I was so surprised, and it meant so much to me to have her there in that way. Second - Justin completely surprised me by serenading me with two of our favorite throwback R&B songs. He has a great voice, but never sings in front of other people. He even had three of our friends as backup singers! It was amazing.
Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Try to spend the first month engaged just enjoying this special time together! That was the best advice we received. We were able to enjoy that honeymoon period of just getting engaged and even went on a trip to Costa Rica to celebrate. It's truly a unique time for any couple to celebrate taking this huge step together. From there, book any "must-have" vendors ASAP to make sure they can be available for your big day. I would also suggest spending the money and getting a wedding day videographer. It seems like an extra expense, but it is one of the most special keepsakes you can have.
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