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Bridal Guide: On the cover... Meet the winners!

Bridal Guide: On the cover... Meet the winners!

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April 17, 2013
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Travis and his granddad pop the question

Meet the happy couple!

Jennifer Dillingham of Stockdale, her husband, Travis, and their son, Brayden, are the winners of the Wilson County News wedding photo contest. The stunning photo from their wedding was taken by their friend, Daniel Doty. Here, Jennifer shares the story of their romance and wedding.

Travis and I met in the summer of 2006 at D&D Western Wear in Seguin. I sold him a shirt and he bought a pair of boots. I saw him again the very next weekend at a concert in Kosciusko, -- in that same shirt and boots -- and complimented him on how nice it looked. He wrote his number on my hand. We were friends ever since.

I went off to law school and a month before graduating, he asked me out on a date. He trekked up to Lubbock in January for a date and we’ve been together ever since.

The engagement

Travis had been gone for weeks, insurance adjusting on the East Coast, and arrived home at the end of October 2011.

Without my knowledge, he had gone the Tuesday before Nov. 5 to Jared, the well-known jewelers, to look at rings. He had no intention of purchasing one, but he found “the one.”

The next day, Travis went with his Pappaw Kenneth Martin to the flea market and on the way back asked him to run by with him to pick something up. They got to the Forum and Pappaw jokingly asked, “So, where are we going? That Jared place?”

Travis replied, “Yes.”

Pappaw stammered a little bit, and on they went. Pappaw helped Travis pick up the ring and he carried it around for the rest of the week and a half. Pappaw could barely stand it, and told Travis he was no Casanova and needed to get the show on the road.

Nov. 5 came around and we went to a birthday party at his Mammaw and Pappaw’s, where we had a meal and cake. Mingled. A few minutes into the Alabama and LSU game, Pappaw Kenneth walked over to me.

He came over to the couch, got down on one knee, and looked at me most seriously.

“I have something to ask you,” he said.

“OK...,” I said.

Pappaw is such the jokester and probably has wanted me to marry Travis for the last five years straight, I thought.

Still on one knee, Pappaw said, “Will you marry him?” and pointed back toward Travis, who was coming toward the couch.

With an open-mouthed gasp, I was thinking, “Umm, Travis doesn’t really think these practical jokes are funny.”

And Pappaw, opening the box in his hand, said, “Oh, my box is empty.”

Cue Travis.

“But mine isn’t,” Travis said. “And we are serious. Will you marry me?”

And he opened the box to the most beautiful ring I had ever seen. At this point, I almost passed out.

I looked at the box. I looked at Travis. I looked at Pappaw. I looked at the box.

And then I remembered to say yes!

Our wedding

We had the most amazing wedding.

We had talked about the things that were most important to us, and the priority was to have a small, intimate gathering of our favorite people with us, along with a vacation.

We tossed around a lot of ideas before finally talking to our friend, Hannah, a travel agent with Legacy Travel. She helped coordinate the most amazing plans and we spent a week in Tulum, Mexico, and had a beach wedding on July 14, 2012.

Our very best friends witnessed the event and the day couldn’t have been more perfect. Brayden thinks that ziplining, snorkeling, and cave tours are a part of every wedding experience, though! We came back and had a reception for more than 500 people in Panna Maria so we could enjoy the grand march and friends and family.

Our son

Brayden is wonderful. He will be 5 years old April 18.

He attends the New Braunfels Christian Academy pre-K4 and will attend Stockdale Elementary School. He plays T-ball on the Blue Cheetahs team coached by his dad and I am the team mom.

He is incredible. He is learning how to read, and enjoys learning, working at the feed store with his grandparents, helping Travis, and cooking with me. He thought Mexico was amazing, and his favorite part of the wedding was when Travis smashed cake all in my face. He also loved “mango tango” fruit drinks by the beach.

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