Haseltine Estate Wedding, Springfield, MO - Lydia & Austin's Fairy Tale Wedding
When I met Lydia and Austin a year before their September wedding I was moved by their love and thoughtfulness. We met at Kingdom Coffee in Springfield, MO (one of my favorite places), and I could immediately tell that this couple was fun, down-to-earth, and rich with kindness.
They met years earlier while Lydia was studying at Mizzou, but on their wedding day you could still feel the sweet butterflies.
Serving Lydia and Austin the months leading up to their wedding day was an incredible gift. Throughout our time together, I got to experience their kindness and thoughtfulness first hand.
They were intentional with their day in so many ways. From making dog treats and mini-bird feeders for guest favors (they love animals so well) to asking a dear friend to officiate the ceremony (she rocked it), they incorporated who they are into the day.
Wedding planning with the Phillips duo was easy. They freely shared their vision for the day and remained open to my ideas on how to tie all their personal details together.
Lydia and Austin also took lessons for their first dance. They danced to “A Million Dreams” from The Greatest Showman, and it was so beautiful and so meaningful to them.
Many thanks to the magic makers for Lydia and Austin’s big day. What a dream team!
Venue - Haseltine Estate
Officiant - Jennifer Friend
Floral Design & Linens - Shannon’s Custom Florals
Bar & Beverage - Signature Spirits
Hair - Vivo Salon
Makeup - Brett Paulson of Blu Skies Salon
Wedding Gown - Gracie’s Bridal
Bridesmaid’s Gowns - David’s Bridal
Groom & Groomsmen Suits - Paul Phillips Formal
Cupcakes - Star Cakes
Catering - Happy Chef
DJ & Sound - Digitraxx
Transportation - J. Howard Fisk
Stationary - Shutterfly
Here is a bit of their story, directly from Lydia and Austin:
How did you two meet?
Lydia was roommates with Austin’s best friend’s girlfriend… try saying that three times fast. Austin was actually supposed to be set up with another roommate in the apartment, but he was not interested in her. Lydia just happened to be there, and she caught Austin’s eye.
We were friends for a while, but Austin was persistent.
When did you know that you loved each other?
Austin- I knew when I first met her. We were able to joke around, and I could be myself. I could smile and tell we would be best friends.
Lydia- I knew after a night of playing games with our friends; this was three months into dating each other. It was like something clicked for me that we enjoyed our time together so much, and that we made a true team.
How would you describe your engagement?
Our engagement motivated us to meet career and life goals so that we had a solid foundation for our first steps into reality as a married couple. We navigated many challenges with time, money, and a move to a new city together.
Lydia was in graduate school, and she pushed herself to graduate in two years while working full time. Austin was climbing the career ladder at his job and worked many hours. We waded our way through a very strenuous time and came out as a stronger couple.
What was your biggest life lesson during your engagement?
Respecting each other and communicating; we take a team approach to our relationship now. We consider each other in our decisions, and we support each other in the big things in life.
How did you prepare for marriage?
We utilized a lot of the reflections Celia sent us, which gave us a more creative way to explore the depths of our relationship.
We also learned how to communicate. We were always pretty good about this as a couple, but becoming engaged took this to a new level of responsibility for one another. There were no secrets— about our financial situations, our goals, our living habits, etc. It was time to talk things out and be honest with each other about everything. In the end, we loved each other more and formed a stronger bond.
What was your favorite moment on your wedding day?
Austin- Seeing Lydia for the first time that day walking down the aisle and seeing everyone there to support us.
Lydia - I loved how intentional everything was. We tried to put a piece of our love in every aspect of our wedding day. One of my favorite things was our first dance. We took dance lessons in preparation, which gave us a chance to try something new and commit time to each other during our engagement. Our song was a rendition of “A Million Dreams” from the Greatest Showman, which carries significant meaning for us. We have pushed each other to accomplish our dreams, and we have vowed to continue to support one another on our journey to accomplishing our best selves.
What was your favorite styled aspect of your wedding?
THE FLOWERS. Shannon provided true artistry in decorating our event with the most beautiful flowers.
What is one piece of advice you want to give to another couple getting married?
Austin - The advice my grandpa gave me: “If there are trying times, remember what you are there for.”
Lydia - Be patient, be kind. Remember that you are a team, and support each other.
What's the best thing about being married to Austin/Lydia?
Austin - Where do I begin? She supports me when times get tough, we always find a way to laugh together, and we enjoy our time together.
Lydia - Austin supports me and believes in me. He wants my dreams to become a reality, which makes it very easy for me to wish the same for him.