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Kristi Padalecki & Jeff Murray
June 19, 2009

written by
Rachel Danley
photography by
Straughan Photography

Kristi Ann Padalecki and Jeffrey Scott Murray, who both call New Braunfels, Texas their hometown, became friends in 2005. Later, in December 2006, they began dating. Once Kristi and Jeff decided that their relationship was right for themselves and their combined four children it was time for the kids to meet. They spent the next year getting to know each other better and watching their children build relationships with one another. As time went by, they realized that they shared more and more views, ideas, career backgrounds and religious beliefs with each other. This led to many fun and eventful days going to concerts, movies, dinners, road trips and most importantly for Kristi and Jeff, sharing a church home. It was then that their journey to find true love had finally come to an end, and the journey to cherish their true love had begun.

In May 2008, a very nervous Jeff proposed to Kristi after dinner at the Meza Luna Italian restaurant, located in Half Moon Bay off Pacific Coast Highway in California. They spent the rest of Kristi’s weekend visit celebrating in San Francisco. Kristi and Jeff quickly decided that Faithville Village in Spring Branch, Texas was the right place for their wedding and reception. Kristi and Jeff describe planning their wedding at Faithville as completely stress free. “Lisa and Darlene made every turn of the process simple and worry free,” the bride said. As the couple spoke with the vendors Lisa and Darlene recommended, they were overwhelmed by the quality of their work, the affordability of their prices, and all the wonderful things they had to say about Faithville.

On June 19, 2009 Kristi and Jeff embarked on their beautiful new life together with their family and friends. Heather, Kristi’s sister, was matron of honor, with her good friend Zana Wilson as bridesmaid, and two daughters, Baylee, age 7, and Emma, 5, as junior bridesmaids. Jeff’s long time best friends Philip Moya and Anthony Terrell were the best man and groomsman. Jeff’s twin 13-year-old sons, Lane and Zane, were junior groomsmen. Kristi and Jeff chose a special and unique way to complete their ceremony in a touching display of lighting a unity candle. During the playing of the song, “Love Always,” Kristi’s girls -- Baylee and Emma and Jeff’s boys -- Lane and Zane each lit a candle. Then Kristi and Jeff used the candles, representing each child, to light the main unity candle and unite the two families as one.

Kristi’s dress was set upon satin with embroidered lace, crystal beading, sequins and pearls with a Hi-Low hemline. The color choices for the wedding were Mocha and Espresso. Bridesmaid dresses, as well as linens and chair ties were all beautifully coordinated in these rich colors. Floral arrangements were made up of gerber daisies, osiana roses and gladiolas that beautifully accented the deep brown ambiance with peach and pink. Andrew, with La Vie En Rose, took time to understand Kristi and Jeff’s every request as he made these unbelievably beautiful suggestions of color and variety of flowers. Table settings and linens were done by Amanda with Budget Bridal.

The Garthering Place catered a true Texas favorite, chicken and beef fajitas with rice and beans along with other delicious appetizers and children’s plates. The three tier vanilla wedding cake, by Cami Besson, had tan butter cream icing, and chocolate ganache drizzling down each tier. Chocolate shavings and over six dozen chocolate covered strawberries garnished the Tuxedo cake, which was simply three tiers of heaven. The couple’s first dance was to “God Bless the Broken Road” by Rascal Flatts, a song that captured the deep love Kristi and Jeff feel and the journey that led them to one another. Chrystina with Straughan Photography and her assistant captured breath taking photos from wonderful angles throughout the ceremony and reception, and DJ Magic Mike was fantastic, as he kept the guest entertained and involved in the reception.

Wedding coordinator, Lisa Hartman, had every detail planned and coordinated and did a fantastic job preparing everyone on the wedding day. “Without her hard work the day would not have been as memorable as it was for all of our guests as well as Jeff and I,” Kristi said. Darlene, owner of Faithville and The Gathering Place, organized the catering menu with the couple and took extra time to arrange the beverages just as the couple wanted. During the reception she and her husband served beer and margaritas, showing Jeff and Kristi that even the owners take time to make the night perfect for you.

The best part of the wedding for Kristi and Jeff was the small, but intimate setting that left them knowing that all of their guests felt like they were a part of their wonderful day. Lisa recalls her experience with Kristi and Jeff, “This couple was one of the most delightful sweethearts to work with. From the moment they walked into our place we fell in love with them as they fell in love with our venue. You could really see the love between them.” Months later, family and friends continue to rave about the great venue they chose. Kristi and Jeff loved working with such a great family and knowing that they centered their business on their belief and faith in God.

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