Sometimes love is blind or a blind date, when it comes to Kelsey Ann Vance. Kelsey's cousin and her husband had been trying to set her up with Richard Lee Thompson (nicknamed "Scooter"), whom they had known since high school. Finally, in September 2007, the couple's first date was set. Kelsey and Scooter spent some time together at Z'Tejas for drinks, and continued their evening listening to a local band playing at the Lucky Lounge.
After about two years of dating, Scooter met his future father-inlaw for lunch to ask for his blessing and couldn't wait any longer to pop the question to Kelsey. Later that same day, the couple had a scheduled meeting with their Realtor at home and had planned a photo session for her listing website. "I said to him, why don't you take the picture by yourself? You bought the house on your own, and we're not yet a family," she recalled. With the ring in his pocket, Scooter knelt down on one knee as they stood next to the fireplace. "He then said to me, "How about we make this family official? Will you marry me?" He then pulled the ring from his pocket and I started crying," Kelsey continued. Soon after Kelsey said yes, the Realtor knocked on the door and congratulated the newly engaged couple. They later celebrated with friends over drinks and dinner.
The 10-month planning process immediately began. Scooter created a logo himself for the wedding, designed the save-the-dates and created the wedding invitations. "It was great. I just told him what I liked, and he ran with it," Kelsey said. The Texas-themed October wedding took place at Circle H Lodge in Burnet. The avid University of Texas football fans that Kelsey and Scooter are incorporated the Longhorns' colors of burnt orange, chocolate brown and white. "Texas played Nebraska in football that day and won, which made the day even better!" Kelsey recalled. LisaLyn Designs embellished the outdoor ceremony with orange calla lilies, green hypericum berries and twine to incorporate the Texas Hill Country theme.
The bridesmaids wore chocolate brown dresses in a style and designer
of their choice and each wore their own personal picks for shoes and
jewelry. The groomsmen wore brown suede jackets with white button-up
long-sleeve shirts, orange paisley ties, khaki pants and brown cowboy
The bride wore a Justin Alexander coffee- and ivory-colored, strapless
tea-length dress made of handmade vintage lace with flowers trickling
down the silk dupioni band onto the A-line skirt, just short enough
to see her coffee colored peep toe, patent leather heels. Her chandelier
crystal and pearl earrings and pearl bracelets were borrowed, while her
"something blue" was "hidden." Kelsey also wore her grandparent's wedding
bands during the ceremony. "Both my grandmother and grandfather
had since past away, and it was great to feel like they were there
with me," she recalled. The lovely yellow bouquet designed especially for
Kelsey by LisaLyn Designs acted like the exclamation mark to her lovely
gown. The Flame mini callas with lily grass loops simply took your breath
away as Kelsey walked down the aisle holding the tightly drawn banquet
with a burst of color that contrasted against her exquisite ivory gown.
Photographer, Nelson Jetter with Jetter Photography provided the couple
with outstanding images. His care and talent is seen in the detailed photographs
that portray the wedding beautifully. each of us, there to witness."
Circle H Lodge catered BBQ brisket and chicken with a variety of
veggies and breads, and the bar included tea, water, sodas, Tito's Vodka,
Jack Daniels Whiskey and Fall Creek Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon and
Sauvignon Blanc from the local winery. The couple took in the stress-free
day and fondly remembers almost everything about it. "We had a great
time visiting and celebrating with our closest friends and family," Kelsey
Unlike the typical limo, the bride and groom ran through the line
of lit sparklers to a ski boat. "It was awesome and very different from
anything we had expected," she commented. The newlyweds enjoyed a
full week at Capella Ixtapa near Zhiuatenjo, Mexico, at a cliffside hotel,
where they enjoyed a plunge pool view and were served free beer and
homemade guacamole daily.
Kelsey advised newly engaged couples to "truly enjoy their engagement.
Have a great time at your showers and parties and do your best to
remember every moment. Don't get caught up in the details and remember
why you love each other and why you are getting married," she said
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