Caroline Garcia & Thomas Bowman
Memorable Moments of Laughter, Wisdom, and Just Plain Fun
Oct 14, 2017
New Braunfels , Texas
Jackie Willome Photography
The day began with some reluctance to wake up early and leave the house by the future bride, for what she thought was another day with friends. It’s one of the things they laugh about most because of all days she chose to sleep in, it was the day her family wanted her out to begin preparing for the engagement.
To get her out and about, they attended a local art event called “Chalk it up” downtown and then ate lunch at one of her favorite spots, “Bird Bakery”. Then the fun began. Next stop, and the beginning of her Scavenger Hunt was at her former high-school, Antonian College Preparatory. At this time, another group of their friends joined them for what Caroline thought was a fun game planned by Thomas and their friend Chris. They all split into teams, Caroline leaving with her friend Jessica, and the scavenger hunt began. Each destination from that point on was an important piece of their story and full of their favorite places. The final clue led her back home to her parent’s house and read, “This is it. You’ve made it! All that is left to do is to walk in and see the surprise that awaits. There are some people here that would like to say hello. Finally, make your way to the backyard.”
To her surprise as she walked down the outdoor deck stairs, there awaited their families and closest friends, with the future groom standing in the center holding a bouquet of flowers. He got down on one knee and asked the very important question that would change their lives forever. On October 8, 2016, Caroline said “yes.”
Caroline, being an event stylist and creative herself with her company The Faithful Maker, chose to forego a wedding planner but did choose a day of coordinator. The preparation started fully in January after the engagement. Something special about the couples engagement is that it was actually the same day as the going away party for Caroline’s younger brother who was leaving for his 1st deployment with the U.S. Marine Corps. 2 days after the engagement Caroline and her family flew out to send off her brother and returned to a new journey with the family, and the holiday season followed.
When planning began full swing, it involved a Bridal Open House, The Bridal Extravaganza, and the JW Marriott Wedding Fair. Caroline found her first vendors after leaving the Wedding Fair and felt a new found excitement and confidence in the pursuit of vendors. It was exciting to meet some of the top creatives in our local industry and motivating to inspired by their individual unique brand aesthetics. Caroline felt confidence in them and was excited to let her mind wander creatively, resulting in the details of the big day.
The bridal party was split with some being local and some being spread across different states. The bride had two Men of Honor, her best friend Michael Arredondo and the 2nd her older brother “fairy god brother” Gustavo Garcia. They helped coordinate a Great Gatsby Stock the Bar Party and a Beauty and the Beast themed bridal shower. The bride’s mom was a huge asset and co-pilot in all things planning, seating chart, guest list, packing, you name it. Caroline and Thomas loved the budgeting lessons that were formed throughout the planning process. It was a season of sacrifice, high stress, memorable moments and fun, firsts and lack of sleep, but all in the absolute best way possible. It’s an experience to always hold close. Tips for other couples: Think outside of the box. Forget the trends. Don’t replicate but allow it to lend you inspiration. Spend time crafting your day in a way that pays homage to the individuality of your relationship and those who have cheered you on along the way. Breathe. Sleep. People will tell you more than once and I will be another, all of the “things gone wrong” will be irrelevant and unrecognizable on your wedding day. Enjoy the process, go all out and give your all because it will make your wedding day that much more special. Above all else, remember the end goal and keep loving one another. All of these moments will turn into laughs and memories to cherish.
The Big Day
A celebration of community, creativity, and love. The gritty natural atmosphere with dashes of personal crafted touch were the perfect way to capture the unique relationship we invested in. Our relationship began living in community and has always been about creating a hospitable environment that lends a feeling of grace and understanding to all those around us. An environment that allows the ones we love to leave with a pocket full of memorable moments of laughter, wisdom, and just plain fun. The dark, yet vibrant colors we chose perfectly paralleled the maturity of our 5 year relationship and the vibrancy and excitement of this marvelous new chapter. From our uniquely crafted inter-denominational ceremony, including “the passing of the rings” throughout the congregation, a laying of the hands by the bridal party and family, the sharing of personal vows with a surprise Spanish translation by the groom, the odes to hispanic wedding tradition, down to the breaking of communion, the day was carefully thought out with each guest in mind. Blooms were a must and an eclectic bunch they were. Madly & Love Blooms perfectly put together the floral details. We knew what colors spoke to us and didn’t want to limit the feeling flowers can evoke with type. We showed her some colors & textures we loved & trusted her skill. Decor was dreamt up over time by the Bride. Was simplistic, elegant, vintage, rustic, floral, unique full of warmth and color with pops of personalization. Hues were copper/rose gold, burgundy/wine, dark teal and red orange/orangey fall tones. The Father of the Bride welded copper pipe, stained wood, many things to make the ceremony archway, table numbers. The brother of the bride and groom joined him to spray paint and cut plastic dinosaurs to use as place card holders for guests to take home with them. Every corner had a detail that seemed effortless but carefully thought out and was designed to make each guest feel welcome and comfortable.
There were many special moments that day. It was honestly the perfect day. We had family and friends from all over come in that we hadn’t seen in years, my younger brother was able to come in from the Marines, my mom and I (being the only daughter) shared so many special moments, and lastly one that always comes to mind, my first look with my dad. He was so moved in that moment in a way I had never seen him. I saw him look at me in a way I imagine he looked at me the moment I was born. It’s a moment I will never forget and a moment I am so grateful was so perfectly captured by Jackie. The entire day was humbling for my husband and I. What a gift to have all of these people who have been such a transformative part of our lives and such a source of love, all present under the same roof, for one night only. To think that God thought bringing us together as husband and wife was our calling and that our love was worthy of such a gift. Wow, that was moving.
Incredible. Hotel Unico 2087 Riviera Maya. Literally, daily we dream about going back. It was surreal. The views, eats, hospitality, every part. The all inclusive hotel is directly inspired by the rich character of the Riviera Maya, and incorporates many natural and handmade materials sourced within the area. It is the perfect mix of modern luxury with familiar rustic elements inspired by the region’s history. All of the hotel accommodations feature a Local Concierge to provide an added level of personalized service throughout the entirety of your stay. From the moment we stepped onto the shuttle from the airport we felt welcomed. Upon arrival, we were greeted with a cool essential oils dipped towel, and the famous “welcome drink”, which we have no shame in admitting we still try to crack the secret code and recreate here at home. Our personal concierge made reservations each day for us at one of the many tasty dining experiences at the hotel that fit in with our excursions we booked, to ensure we didn’t miss out on any before our honeymoon ended. We also had complimentary room service daily, even better, every night you could fill out a door tag with your breakfast selections and time, and in the morning it would arrive. The hotel provided complimentary local snacks and beer & wine daily in our room, as well as would ensure we came home to a full bubble bath in our hot tub on the balcony, complete with chilled bubbly and rose petals. It was unreal and so dreamy! For excursions we got to visit a few Mayan Ruins, Chichinitza, got to go snorkeling in Tulum, swim in a Cenote and one of our favorites, experience Xcaret! The rooms provided items you’d find at a spa, the most comfortable robes and slippers, some local spa soaps, shampoos, etc. They even had his and hers hats for us that you could get crosstiched for personalization down by the pool. Part of the welcome sign in, you got to smell some of their aromatherapy scents and housekeeping sprayed it each time the room was turned throughout the day. We left feeling refreshed, inspired and ready to start a new beginning.
The Box Street Social
The Allen Farmhaus
Oh Yeah Cakes!
Cedar & Lime Co.
Madly & Love Blooms
The Heart Behind It
RENTALS + DECOR
Cru Vintage Rentals + Birch & Brass Rentals + Ultra Pom Rentals + Whitney Farnsworth Calligraphy + Selah Creative Studio + The Faithful Maker & Bride’s family