Venue Coordinator: DeeDee Montoya, who helped make sure everyone had a cozy place to sleep
Florist: Linda Miller, mother and superb undercover florist
Cake: Chef, and now husband, Starson Roy
DJ: Jeni Moberg, playlist genesis
Food Service: Amazing Philmont cook staff who gave up their Labor day weekend to help
Food: The groom and groomsmen- all chefs, and makers of our fantastic bites
Pre-Wedding Event Photographer: Lyn Graft, aka Uncle, took 3 days of phenomenal photos before the main event even started
Wedding Photographer: my super sweet and very talented friends Drake and Ashley Busch, to whom I will always be grateful
Event Coordination Help: All my marvelous aunts, cousins, grandmas and mother
Ceremony Scout: MY Keith Miller, perfect ceremony location scout and venue grounds groomer perfectionist
Best Babysitter: My mother-in-law, Monica Dennis, who we are forever grateful to
Entertainment: Sublime Brett Randell, who helped us imbibe with our favorites such as "Jack and Coke" and "waitress"
Bridal Elegance by Darlene: provided my prefect Maggie Sottero dress
Hair: Michelle Dahl a special friend who does Dallas hair like only a Texas Star could. Makeup: Jessie Springer, a princess who made me look like one too.
Shoes: Boots by Ariat, hello I can wear these for years!
Bridesmaids: Morgan Dilts (MOH), Kaye Puckett, Page Parker, Monica Young
Groomsmen: Journey Dennis (BM), Donald Burns, Matthew Kaplin and Don Nason
How did you meet each other?
The story of Starson and I began June 6th, 2013. Starson was asked by a mutual friend of ours, Larryl Lynch, to prepare dessert at The Annual Lujan Dinner, an NMSU Aggie Athletic fundraising event held every summer. GO AGGIES!!! Larryl sits on the board for the event and invited me, an employee of his at Albuquerque The Magazine, to attend as his guest (knowing I am also a former Aggie and rode for the equestrian team). Larryl must like hiring Aggies because another former Aggie and Albuquerque The Magazine employee, Liz Lopez, was in attendance enjoying the night with us.
We all had a blast together that evening as I watched this tall and quiet chef light up behind his fiery cherries jubilee. He eventually blossomed into a rambunctious and outgoing man, as well as quite the conservationist, by the end of the night. He definitely captivated my attention for the rest of the event. It would have been left to just that, one night of talking, if it had not been for Liz. She encouraged me to meet him along with a few others for a nightcap at Vernon's Steakhouse after the event. We got to know each other a little more, shared one drink and then headed towards our homes. Starson offered me his jacket as he walked Liz and I towards our taxi, I think it was then my heart melted a little. I remember Liz saying on the way home, "I think there is something special with that one, I think he could be your one". She was right.
What was the best memory of your wedding day?
The best memory from our wedding day was probably soaking it all in at the end of the night. We sat alone, Starson and I, for a few minutes and recapped the perfect day's events. It really was perfect and I am so thankful!
What would be some advice you would give to future couples as they plan their wedding day?
Things won't always go according to plan, but you can always take a deep breath and smile through it. Sometimes those mishaps make for the best stories.
Where did you go on your honeymoon? Where did you stay and what were a couple activities you enjoyed. Would you recommend to other couples? If you used a travel agent and liked them please note that.
Starson and I are in a travel club called World Ventures. We seriously get the best pricing on trips and stay connected to some fabulous people because of it. Our honeymoon was a 12 day Southern Caribbean cruise. We went to Grand Cayman, Aruba, Bonaire, Granada, Martinique, St. Marteen and ended in San Juan, Puerto Rico. We stayed an extra night at an the amazing El San Juan Hotel and Casino before flying home ejoying local and Cuban food as well as one more adventure and some beach time.
The best part of the honeymoon for Starson was snorkeling the crystal clear waters of Bonaire, followed by some beers with the Dutch locals. My favorite part, actually one of the coolest experiences in my life, was night kayaking in Bioluminescent Bay outside San Juan Puerto Rico.