During Emily’s last semester of college at A&M, she attended Chillifest in Snook, Texas with a large group of friends. In the middle of nowhere for a weekend of country concerts, Emily met Emory through mutual friends who were part of the big friend group. Despite the mustache, cut off jean shorts, and boots Emily saw something in Emory.
Emily, 26, is a senior accountant for CSID and Emory, 27, is a superintendent for DPR Construction. They both grew up in Texas. Over the past few years, while the couple dated, they enjoyed going to wine tastings, trying new foods either at home or at restaurants, as well as outdoor activities like running town lake or hike the GreenBelt. The pair also traveled to multiple different cities and countries together including Cancun, Cozumel, Bahamas, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, Sicily, Naples, Rome, Florence, Pisa, Marseille, Dublin, London, Paris, and Varseille.
Wine obviously being a fun pastime for the couple, Emory thought that it should be a part of his proposal to Emily. In May of 2015, Emory planned an evening out with Emily to celebrate the end of a “busy season” Emily had at work. The celebratory wine tasting was at a winery in the hill country where the two had one of their very first dates. Once they had arrived at the winery, they had a tasting and grabbed a glass to enjoy. Emory took Emily over to the reserved deck and surprised the love of his life with a scrapbook of moments they shared together before he got down on one knee. A photographer was there the entire time to snap some photos of the proposal. After the proposal, a car picked the newly engaged couple and took them home to a surprise party with friends and family. The proposal is one of the fondest memories the Emily and Emory share together. Emory spent many hours planning the surprise party and arranging for out of state friends to visit for the special occasion.
Emily and Emory wanted to incorporate their two loves of travel and wine into their wedding day. They chose six wines from the regions they had traveled for guests to enjoy. Blush pink, ivory, and gold were chosen to accent a classic and romantic style for the wedding day. Ensuring the wedding felt like Emily and Emory, particular details were specially picked to make the day more meaningful such as the specialty wines and having the caterer cook onsite to ensure food freshness.
Nine bridesmaids and nine groomsmen accompanied Emily and Emory at the alter at The Grove on July 9th of 2016. 175 family and friends witnessed the marriage on the summer Saturday. After the “I Do’s” were said, everyone walked to The Trellis for cocktail hour. The new Mr. and Mrs. Sweeney snuck away for a private dinner while guests transitioned into The Great Hall for the rest of the evening for dinner and dancing to follow. The party raged on until 11 pm when the bride and groom walked through their sparkler exit. All who were in attendance were offered a late night snack of Whataburger burgers on their way out.
Following the wedding day, Mr. and Mrs. Emory and Emily Sweeney left for St. Lucia and Antigua for their honeymoon to add to their list of travel experiences. The two enjoyed the sand and sun for a relaxing honeymoon and a start to their new lives as husband and wife.