Our Wedding

We were married on July 31, 2010 in our hometown of Houston, Texas. Caitlin wore a strapless, cocktail length dress with a lace shrug. The bridesmaids wore green dresses and the groomsmen wore their best suits with coordinating green striped ties.

Caitlin's sister, Allison, was the maid of honor. The bridesmaids were her good friends Sam and Arli, as well as Adam's sister Katie.

Adam's brother closest to him in age, Alex, was the best man. The groomsmen were his other brothers Jeff and Steve, as well as Caitlin's little brother Scott.

Our eleven in the morning ceremony was held at Saint Mary's, the church we grew up attending every week. Saint Mary's was a big part of our dating life in high school, because we were on Confirmation Team and taught Sunday School there together. 

We didn't do much to decorate the church, just some simple white pew bows and floral arrangements at the altar. The bouquets, boutonnieres, corsages and altar arrangements were all deep pink roses.

So many people close to our hearts helped out with the ceremony, which made it that much more meaningful. Our old youth minister, Mike, served as the cantor.  A family friend played the piano to accompany him. Two good friends, Jake and Christina, served as readers.

The ceremony was officiated by Deacon Dave. He got married really young too, so he gave us a lot of invaluable advice during the marriage prep process. Since we had a full Mass, Father Daniel also officiated.

The photographer, Amy, was also a family friend. She got a few shots of us separately with our families and the bridal party before the ceremony. Afterward, she grabbed a few more quick family and bridal party shots at the church.

Our reception was held at Redstone Golf Club, a country club about ten minutes away from Saint Mary's. Again, we didn't do too much in the way decorating. Our favorite touches were silly address card favors and a family photo display.

Upon arrival, the guests mingled and snacked on cheese and crackers for a bit while we got some pictures alone on the club's grounds.

When we walked back inside to join the party at one in the afternoon, everyone took their seats in the dining room. The best man, Alex, welcomed everyone and Deacon Dave said the blessing.

A buffet-style lunch was served. We chose our all-time favorite meal, fajitas. Chips & queso, empanadas and an awesome salad with tomatilla ranch dressing rounded out the buffet.

We chowed down quickly at the sweetheart table because we had a mission - thank all of our hundred and twenty guests for being there to celebrate with us.

We didn't have dancing at our reception. We don't like to dance and we knew our guests weren't that into it either. So, we had plenty of time to drop by every table.

As soon as we finished making our rounds, it was time for the maid of honor and father of the bride to give their toasts. Of course, they pretty much brought everyone to tears.

Then dessert was served. We love cake as much as the next guy, but we love pie even more. So, we offered guests a choice of lemon meringue, apple or derby pie.

After everyone had enjoyed their dessert, the maid of honor asked the single ladies to meet on the patio for the bouquet toss. The best man asked the rest of the guests to grab a container of bubbles and get ready for our big exit.

Right around four in the afternoon, we left the reception surrounded by a crowd of well-wishers.

We spent the night at The Houstonian, a super swanky hotel downtown. We were so glad that we'd had an early wedding because we had plenty of time to enjoy that gorgeous hotel.

We couldn't leave for our honeymoon the next day because Adam still had a week left of his summer research program. We knew this when we picked our wedding date, but it was really the only date of the summer that worked for all of our siblings. We weren't about to wait till Christmas or the next summer just so we could leave for our honeymoon right away.

We stayed at Adam's parents' house for a week. Adam went to work everyday while Caitlin wrote thank you notes, got started packing and immediately chopped off her hair, which she'd been growing out since the day Adam proposed.

As soon as Adam finished up his internship, we jetted off for five days at an all-inclusive resort in Mexico. It was paradise!

On the catamaran to Isla Mujeres

Unfortunately, we couldn't stay in paradise forever. We flew back to Houston, spent a week packing up our belongings, drove a moving truck across the country to Pittsburgh and spent another week unpacking our new apartment before the fall semester started at Pitt. Once we were settled into our first home, we really felt like we were married.

Photos courtesy of Amy Jo Photography. 

P.S. Wanna see more wedding pics? Check 'em all out on Flickr. Wanna read all the juicy details of the wedding planning process? Here ya go!