Stephanie Roche & Josh Alexander
Elegant Southern Wedding
Jul 7, 2018
Cypress , Texas
Joanna Krueger Photography
It seemed like the beginning of any routine October week to me. Josh casually texted me on Wednesday and told me about an exciting, exclusive art exhibit opening that weekend; and he had scored us tickets. It wasn’t until I was told there would be free wine that I became equally excited. Josh came over before leaving for the museum, The Menil, and was so relaxed. We sat and watched TV for about an hour before it was time to go. When we arrived a little early, Josh suggested we walk around the grounds. We got to his predetermined location and admitted that he had lied to me for the first and last time. There was no exhibit opening. He got down on one knee and asked me to marry him! He had our friend there to snap great photos and then took me to a surprise party with all of our closest friends and family.
Wedding planning was much easier than I anticipated. I had such a great support team. A nice side-effect of wedding planning is quickly becoming a master of delegation. Luckily, my sisters and mom were willing to take on any tasks I needed. My best friends were constantly there for happy hours to discuss plans. I found my wedding dress the first day I looked, we chose the first wedding venue we looked at, and everything else just fell perfectly into place. Fortunately, I am a teacher with summers off, so having the month of June to get last minute details together was a dream. Everything went off without a hitch.
The Big Day
A wise person told us that everything with the wedding goes by so fast, we should try to take mental pictures of the high points. What they didn’t tell us is that everything is a high point, and you’ll never have enough film. My only regret from our wedding day was not having it last for forever. I can’t think of anything better than being surrounded by all of my favorite people while I marry my best friend. I couldn’t stop staring at Josh throughout the wedding and reception because I couldn’t truly fathom that he was my HUSBAND. Everything was more beautiful than I could have ever imagined. My florals were stunning, the bridesmaids’ dresses were beautiful, everyone’s hair and make-up was flawless. Marrying Josh was the best thing that has ever happened to me. While the wedding was amazing, the marriage is perfect.
This was one of the things that I, as a bride-to-be, felt comfortable allowing Josh to plan on his own. He took that opportunity in stride. After tying the knot, Josh and I went to Montego Bay, Jamaica for a week of some blissful R&R. When we weren’t touring the island’s oldest rum estate, or sailing away on a sunset catamaran cruise, we were sipping Red Stripe on the resort’s picturesque white sand beaches while Bob Marley sang peacefully in the background. Truly a paradise. We met new friends, sharing wedding stories over a cocktail at the beach bar. We danced to the talented local musicians, arm in arm, losing ourselves in the reggae flair; forgetting that the world around us existed outside of that moment. On another, less romantic note, I don’t think I’ve ever seen someone eat their weight in jerk chicken . . . until Josh. Probably a resort record.
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