We had such an amazing time at this Hyatt Lost Pines Wedding! We had been out to the Hyatt Lost Pines before but never for a wedding, it was gorgeous! The wedding went flawless thanks to the amazing Yellow Umbrella Events! We met Kallie and Spencer for the first time on their wedding day. These two could not be more perfect for each other, and I do not think Kallie stopped smiling the entire day. We hope you all enjoy their beautiful wedding at the Hyatt Lost Pines!
How we Met:
Spencer and I actually met during our high school era. We like to joke around about how we disliked each other back then, but in reality we were continuously drawn to each other. From Sadie’s Hawkins dances to jewelry class, Spencer and I spent small amounts of time together throughout our senior year. Memories made then, that we never knew we’d look back on today and laugh about. Later that year, we graduated high school and went our separate ways, never expecting to meet up again.
Four years after our high school graduation, I received a call from Spencer. It was Thanksgiving evening and Spencer asked if I wanted to go out with him and his friend for the night. I told him I’d think about it and decided to consult my mom on the issue. Mom and I were just about to hit the bed, when my mom said, “Just go out with him. You never know it might be fun.” Mothers know best, and so I called Spencer back declaring that yes I would go out with him. Later that week, Spence returned to Galveston, where he was currently stationed for the Marines. We talked nearly every day and after realizing that I spent almost every waking minute thinking about him or talking to him on the phone, I thought I was time to fly down to Texas and visit him, remembering my mom’s words of advice, “You never know it might be fun.”
After visiting Spence in Galveston, I was hooked. Our walks up the beach that very first visit solidified my feelings for him and I just knew that I’d be with him forever. The rest is history . . . or so they say . . .
After graduating with my Master Degree in School Counseling in December of 2012, Spencer’s parents got me a beautiful belt buckle. The belt buckle left me with the ability to choose any leather I wanted and had a special spot in which to engrave my initials. I had looked forward to getting the whole belt put together, but Spencer kept saying to wait. He wanted to get the belt done for my birthday (March 14), which is coincidentally also rodeo season. I couldn’t wait.
Finally, rodeo season came and not only did that mean rodeo cook-off, Blake Shelton concerts, and spring break, but it also meant that after waiting “patiently” for 3 months I could finally wear my new belt buckle! So, on March 2, 2013, Spence took me to Maida’s Belt Buckles to choose out my very own leather and finally engrave my initials into my buckle.
After an hour, I had finally chosen a black leather bison shoulder as the belt and the lady asked me to please choose the initials I wanted on my buckle. Without a single thought, I said I wanted all three of my initials. I was 100% sure that I wanted all 3 letters, but the lady had other ideas. She kept trying to convince me that I should get just one letter. I’d tell her no I wanted 3, she’d tell me no you should get 2, I’d tell her no, SERIOUSLY, I want 3. Finally, after I had decided on the 3 initials, she had me choose the font that I wanted. It took me about another 30 minutes to find the exact font for my belt buckle.
Finally, we were ready to finalize the order. The lady asked which 3 initials I wanted and I told her KBL. It was at this very moment I realized that I hadn’t heard a peep out of Spencer for the past 2 hours at the very least. I turned to ask his opinion on the matter.
When I asked, “Well, what do you think?” Spence replied, “Well, actually, I’ve been meaning to ask you about that,” all the while bending down on one knee. I turned to finalize my font choice when the lady started, “Oh my goodness-ing,” and I turned back to see Spencer kneeling on the floor of Maida’s Belt Buckle store with an opened box in his hand, containing the most beautiful ring I have ever seen. I replied promptly saying, “Oh my God!”
The funny thing is, Spencer never did ask me to marry him and I never did say yes. It was a simple, “Give me your hand,” and I followed suit, knowing that for the past 7 years, ever since our very first walk on the beach, I would marry him and it only took Spence 7 years to catch up with my plan.
Tell us about the planning for your wedding. How did you go about selecting vendors and choosing a venue, style, colors, etc.
As we began planning for the wedding, we knew that we wanted both the ceremony and reception completely outdoors, al fresco if you will. We also had a vision of a backyard wedding where all of our friends and family showed up to a party that just so happened to be our wedding. That is what inspired me to have all my bridesmaids wear different dresses and inspired Spencer to have his groomsmen wear tieless summer suits. We just wanted the environment of the wedding to be laidback and fun. As we looked at venues, we were looking for something that would accommodate our “backyard” wedding idea. As former Colorado natives, we were initially drawn to the Hyatt Lost Pines because it was seated along the Colorado River. We were met with the most accommodating staff out of any place we had looked at and were immediately impressed with the views and grounds of the Lost Pines. The front lobby building gave us the impression of a large Southern mansion and the surrounding lawns gave us a beautiful backdrop around which to build our wedding. The driving range allowed us to be secluded and surrounded by trees making us feel as if we were in the Colorado mountains.
After picking our venue, we were lucky enough meet Cheryl and Shea from Yellow Umbrella Events who helped to make all of our wedding dreams a reality. We wanted the flowers to be the focus of the wedding with everything else being natural and simple. We decided on flowers from Margot Floral Design that looked as if they had been handpicked from a garden and wrapped with ribbon or grown in boxes. We also knew that besides having a beautiful, relaxing wedding environment, we wanted to throw a great party. Spencer’s must have was great food and mine was a live band. Hyatt Lost Pines catering was able to create our family style dinner with some of our favorite dishes. The Royal Dukes Band was an easy pick after seeing them at a showcase in both Houston and Austin. Their energy and music selections were exactly what we were wanting. Everything else for the wedding developed around these ideas. From watercolor place cards, invitations, and boards to the festoon lighting about the dinner area and dance floor, everything at the wedding that day made the event comfortable and inviting, it truly felt like home being surrounded by all of our family and friends. It felt as if the wedding really did summarize Spencer and I’s personalities: relaxed, natural, a little 80s, and a lotta fun.
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Hyatt Lost Pines Wedding Vendors
Photo: Austin Wedding Photographer Forever Photography … Flowers: Margo Blair Floral … Event Designer/Planner: Yellow Umbrella Events … Makeup: Spa Django … Hair: Leslie Tapia … Ceremony Site: Hyatt Lost Pines … Band: Royal Dukes Band