Real Engagement: Stephanie & Warren

Stephanie & Warren's Engagement | Sensibly Chic Weddings

Stephanie & Warren’s adventurous souls met in college at the Bush School of Government at Texas A&M in 2012. Warren, who grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa, has a unique sense of humor, often starting jokes with the punchline. Stephanie, who grew up in Coppell, Texas shows her sweet side as owner of Blonde Bakes in New York City.

Stephanie & Warren Engagement | Sensibly Chic Weddings

 

Stephanie & Warren’s Love & Engagement Story

 

They both share a passion for traveling and dancing! This eclectic couple currently resides in New York City, and when they’re not travelling or planning to change the world, they enjoy new restaurants, exploring the Big Apple, and making memories together.

According to Stephanie, love didn’t come instantly. She admits there was that awkward “is this more than friends” stage that lasted for month, but over sandwiches one day, Warren expressed his feeling for her and their adventure together began. (Hmm, wasn’t this love of sandwiches portrayed in Frozen with Princess Anna?)

Warren’s version is a bit different. He knew early on that there was something incredibly special about Stephanie. After Salsa dancing and “cooking” for her (aka ordering a pizza but serving it like he made it) during their courtship, he realized that Stephanie was one of the most amazing women he’s ever met. Warren took a leap and prepared a Spaghetti Bolognese that won first prize… Stephanie’s heart!

 

Warren’s Proposal

 

Stephanie & Warren's Proposal | Sensibly Chic Weddings

One and a half years of long-distance dating allowed their connection to blossom. On a December day at the Bush Library pond, and with both of their families hiding in bushes and taking pictures, Warren asked Stephanie to be his wife.

Stephanie & Warren will marry on October 28, 2016 with 120 of their world-traveling guests. There will be warm emotions, electric energy, delicious food, vibrant African fabrics, live musicians, sweets by the bride-to-be, and an evening of fun and dancing under the stars!

Congratulations, and welcome to the #SensiblyChicTRIBE!

Real Engagement: Jackie & Cory

Jackie & Cory's Engagement | Sensibly Chic Weddings

 

Jackie & Cory’s Love & Engagement Story

 

Jackie & Cory's Engagement | Sensibly Chic Weddings
Photography by Stanley Tongai

Wedding Date: July 8th, 2016

Jackie, a college Freshman and Cory, a college Junior, met through mutual friends. They admit (now) that there was a mutual chemistry between them, but at the time, Jackie was in a relationship with someone else. In the Summer of 2014, Jackie and Cory reconnected on Snapchat.

Their first date was later that Fall. Well, it wasn’t just a date… it was actually a 5 hour conversation at a restaurant that continued into the parking lot. Just like in the commercials and the connection was automatic! Shortly after their first date, Cory went on a ministry trip to Venezuela for a few weeks. He returned for one week though – long enough for a first kiss – then he traveled to Africa for another ministry trip.

The emotional connection between Jackie and Cory grew organically and they continued to spend time together and talk. Jackie fondly remembers her calls to Cory, and Cory was very grateful for them day after day. Their connection was getting stronger and it wasn’t long before their first “I love you.”

 

Cory’s Proposal

 

Christmas weekend a year later, under moonlight in a gazebo near a pond, and with Jackie’s close friends nearby, Cory literally gave Jackie the key to his heart. Cory eagerly waited, ring in his hand and a smile lighting up his face. Jackie, blindfolded and curious, was lead down a path of red rose petals and candles, towards Cory. “It was like a dream,” Jackie recounts. Down on one knee, and with a sky full of stars, Cory asks for Jackie to be his wife. Jackie said “YES!”

Real Wedding: Nettie & Kevan at the Aristide

Nettie & Kevan at the Aristide in Mansfield | Sensibly Chic Weddings

 

The Aristide in Mansfield Texas

 

Wedding Date: April 7th, 2016
Wedding Colors: Poppy Red, Soft White, Grey

Poppy Red, White & Gray Wedding | Sensibly Chic Weddings

The vibrant romance between Nettie and Kevan spanned years and distance, which proves that the bond of true love can not be separated for these two “love figurines” – you’ll see what I mean from the photos! They were joined by family and friends for an intimate outdoor garden ceremony, followed by a colorful and love-felt ballroom reception. A sitting vignette near the dance floor encouraged conversation and guests were delighted by the multi-tiered dessert table!

Aristide Mansfield Wedding | Sensibly Chic Weddings
Aristide Mansfield Wedding | Sensibly Chic Weddings
Aristide Mansfield Wedding | Sensibly Chic Weddings
Aristide Mansfield Wedding | Sensibly Chic Weddings

Ceremony Music: Forte Strings
Wedding Planner: Sensibly Chic Weddings
Videography: Spinning Leaf Films
Photography: Thanin Photo
Venue: Aristide
Bakery: Moonlight Cakes
Hair & Makeup: JTorry Makeup Artistry
Officiant: LoveNotes Weddings
Florist: Query Events
Reception Music: Black Tie Sounds




Plano Bridal Show September 2016

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Hello Brides and Grooms-to-be! You’re invited to meet and mingle with us at the Plano Bridal Show this Sunday September 11th at the Plano Centre from Noon to 5:00 pm (2000 E Spring Creek Pkwy, Plano, TX 75074). Get discount tickets here! (Use code SENSCHICWED at checkout. Code is only valid online.)

We’ve emerged from our #PLANcave with a fresh, fun, creative, and DIY-friendly booth design that is sure to inspire a backdrop for your ceremony, sign-in table, dessert table, candy buffet, sweetheart table or even your photo booth! Our design was customized to the colors of our logo and the vibe of our personalities. We really hope you love it!

Our theme this year is “Take Back Date Night!” We’ve discovered how many hours couples spend each week planning their wedding and our jaws hit the floor, bounced to the ceiling, and hit the floor again! Just think… when was the last time YOU had a date night with your honey? Take a guess at the question below! We’ll reveal the answer this Sunday at the bridal show.

Plano Bridal Show Date Night Theme | Sensibly Chic Weddings

Let us inspire you to bring fun dates back to your week (and your relationship)! Even if you’re not 100% sure you need a wedding planner, you’ll definitely find date night inspiration to help keep the fun in your engagement. No pressure… really! We’re giving you 16 date night ideas to play with.

So if you’re engaged – or if you know someone who is – swing by our booth and say hi to Nicole Elizabeth and team! We’d love to meet you and chat about your wedding!

What Does Marriage Mean?

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The romantic high from being engaged can be intense and euphoric, but a dose of sober reality can take you by surprise when you really think about what marriage means to you. And no, I’m not referring to the dictionary definition of marriage either.

 

What Does Marriage Mean to You?

 

It’s a simple word really – marriage – yet it’s meaning is incredibly complex and varies from person to person. Why you ask? The notion of marrying for duty or for love (or a little bit of both) could depend on one’s religion, nationality, social status, financial status, upbringing, age… you name it! (Watch a documentary on Netflix about Henry VIII and his wives – and his life choices – and you may gasp). It’s not my place (or anyone else’s IMHO) to define marriage for you. My advice is for you to define marriage in a way that is meaningful for your life and your spirituality (whether you’re religious or not).

what does marriage mean to you | Sensibly Chic Weddings

So, while you’re glancing at that sparkling rock on your finger, try to pause for a moment and picture your life 5 years from now – 15 years from now – 30 years from now. Now, think about your life 5 years ago, 15 years ago… or dare I say 30 years ago. Are you the same person you were in your teens? My guess is probably not. Chances are your priorities have changed, along with your hairstyle, bank account balance and perhaps your waistline.

 

Think About Your Life After “I Do”

 

My point is this… really take time to think about your life after your wedding and honeymoon. Yes, the “real life” stuff. Not sure where to start? Here’s a list of questions to help you shift your focus away from your wedding day towards your married life – there should be balance here. My recommendation is to answer these questions for yourself, then have your fiance answer them. Pick a lazy afternoon, snuggle close to each other and reveal your responses. Remember to keep this a safe and judgement-free environment. This is meant for you both to learn more about each other and grow together as a couple.

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What Does Marriage Mean Questions

  1. What do I know about my future spouse and their personality?
  2. Why do I want to get married?
  3. Why does my future spouse want to get married?
  4. What ideas does my future spouse have about marriage?
  5. Does my future spouse believe marriage is for a lifetime?
  6. What do I like and dislike about my future spouse?
  7. Can I live with what I see?
  8. What kind of roles will each of us play in our marriage?
  9. How will decisions be reached?
  10. What kind of relationship does my future spouse have with their family?
  11. Does my future spouse challenge me to grow or change?
  12. What do I think I need from my future spouse?
  13. How independent should each of us be?
  14. What does my future spouse expect of me?
  15. Am I comfortable with what my future spouse expects of me?
  16. Is my future spouse reliable in their work or studies?
  17. What are the goals, both career and personal, of my future spouse?
  18. Does my future spouse have career ambitions with which I am comfortable?
  19. Does my future spouse like people, and get along with people?
  20. How does my future spouse treat family and friends?
  21. Do I like my future spouse’s friends?
  22. How does my future spouse react if he/she does not get what he/she wants?
  23. How do I communicate with my future spouse?
  24. Is that how I want to communicate in the future?
  25. How much do I depend on my future spouse?
  26. How dependent should I be?
  27. How do I handle money?
  28. How will we, as a couple, handle money?
  29. Do we agree on what possessions are important?
  30. What are my ideas about the importance of sexual expression within marriage?
  31. What are my spouses ideas?
  32. How many children (if any) do I want to raise?
  33. What are my ideas about child rearing?
  34. Does my future spouse agree with my ideas?
  35. How important is God, religion, faith, and/or spirituality in my life?
  36. Is it important that my future spouse shares these ideas?

 

Have You Considered Pre-Marital Counseling?

 

Just so you know, I’m a huge advocate of pre-marital counseling. Honest, open, safe, and consistent communication during your relationship and engagement helps to strengthen the bond you both have for each other. Pre-marital counseling can be as formal or as informal as you want it to be (well, in most cases, as certain religious institutions have their own procedures for this). From a church-sponsored program, to a weekend retreat, to weekly brunches with married friends or relatives – something is far better than nothing.

If this article took you by surprise, great! That’s the point… to open and challenge your mind to consider and discuss these topics so nothing is left up to assumption before or after “I Do.” Raising a glass to celebrate you and yours! Cheers!