Their long-distance relationship was relatively brief, however, since Sarah chose to move back to San Antonio later that summer. The couple's budding romance had turned serious in a short period of time, and they were ready to move forward with their relationship.
Although they picked out an engagement ring together, Josh waited to propose until the fall nearly a year after they first met. On the way back from dinner with family in Buda one evening, he took the long way back to San Antonio passing through Lockhart to stop at his childhood church. A surprised Sarah listened as he explained that although they could not get married at the Baptist church because of Sarah's Catholic faith, he would at least engage her there. Then Josh kneeled down on one knee in front of the church and popped the question. The first words out of her mouth were "Duh, yes!" which might not be most brides' initial response but was perfect for them according to Sarah.
With the momentum moving forward and no desire to wait a year or more to be married, Josh and Sarah set the date for May 1 and began planning their big event. Once a few details were decided, everything else simply fell into place.
The couple chose Moments & Milestones Photography since they had had such a positive experience with the team during their engagement photo session and Sarah's bridal portraits. "Derek, Aimee and their team were so friendly and professional, extremely helpful, and made us comfortable," described Sarah. The photographer's relaxed, comforting vibe fit in perfectly with the day that the engaged couple had planned for their wedding.
The event began late afternoon with a ceremony at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in San Antonio. Although everything from the music to the vows was very traditional, Sarah and Josh added a splash of contemporary style with their wedding colors of aqua and black. The flowers, included hot pink and white stargazer lilies. The bride's gown was a-line in shape and white with delicate beading and embroidery throughout and gathered asymmetrically to one side.
In addition to the couple's traditional unity candle ceremony, there were several sweet and sentimental moments during the wedding including when Sarah's father walked her down the aisle. She explained, "It was awesome because he recovered from cancer a few years ago." To have him there by her side on her wedding day after surviving a bout with cancer was something for which she could only be grateful.
The joy felt during the ceremony was followed by fun at the reception. Everyone gathered at the beautiful Hacienda Santa Maria for an evening of dinner and dancing. The location's indoor and outdoor space allowed guests to mingle easily after enjoying a buffet of authentic Mexican food catered by the venue.
The dancing kicked off with the couple's first dance as the DJ played Dean Martin's "Memories are Made of This," which was significant to the newlyweds as the song Josh played for Sarah the first time he said that he loved her. Later in the evening, after emotional toasts by family and members of the wedding party, the married couple cut into their impressive aqua-colored, four-tiered square cake detailed with intricate black swirls and topped with pink flowers. The carrot cake, chosen because of Sarah and Josh's fondness for the flavor, was a hit with guests.
When the reception ended later that night, the newlyweds ran through a shower of bird seed before hopping into Sarah's Jeep that would take them to the Emily Morgan Hotel for the night. After an early drive to Galveston the next morning, they set off on a Carnival cruise that toured Jamaica, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel.
Now settled back in San Antonio, the two of them both intend to pursue a teaching certification in the fall. Sarah hopes to work with elementary students, while Josh plans to teach high school history.
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