Hannah and Austin Bowen Wedding Story

Wedding Date
Saturday, September 24, 2016

The day was perfect. We had the best time at Woodlands Receptions with our family and friends. We incorporated some of our many hobbies into our big day. The ceremony was outside, and many of our friends brought muscle cars that lined a path to the outdoor seating. Austin and Lu (father of the bride) had their muscle cars there too, which was really special. We also hot iron branded a piece of wood with our livestock brand, as we are very passionate about horses and cattle. Late in the evening it got chilly, so instead of bar hopping after the ceremony, we went inside the Woodlands building and spent precious time with our guests.

Wedding Team

How We Met

We met through mutual friends/ coworkers in the summer of 2010. We spent the weekend as a group at the Days of 76' Rodeo in Deadwood and the rest is history! We started dating shortly there after and continued to date until becoming engaged in May of 2015.

Planning for Our Day

I (bride) started planning relatively early just because venues book up so quickly. I booked Woodlands probably a year in advance, got my dress shortly after, then started on catering, flowers and photography. I knew I wanted some special elements to our wedding that would be unlike anyone else's, so I just made sure to write everything down/ make lists.

Hint for Brides

If you're looking to shed those last few pounds before wedding day, I'd recommend switching from regular Oreos to Oreo thins. If you think about it, by the time you eat 15 regular Oreos, you could've had at least 30 Oreo thins. (Kidding.)

On a more serious note for the big day...Hold your momma close as she starts to cry, not only because she's so happy for you but because she'll be wishing her mom could be there too. Hang on to your dads arm tightly as he walks you down the aisle, because of all your walks together, this one will by far be your favorite. Appreciate the time you have with your older sister, and how she's made such a huge impact on your life. Party too hard with your younger brother and remember how much joy he brings you. Look at your future husband and acknowledge the reasons you're here and the incredible journey you've been on so far. Admire your new in-laws for raising the man of your dreams. Laugh too hard with your bridesmaids and your hilarious personal attendant, your absolute best friends that have been by your side every step of the way.

And lastly, deeply appreciate each and every one of your guests. Aunts and Uncles, Grandpas and Grandmas, cousins and friends. Life is so precious, and these moments are incredibly special. People will say the day will fly by, but only if you let it.