Allyson and Philip – a love story from Texas
We met working in a restaurant together. I knew from the moment I saw him that I loved him, although neither one of us really had feelings for each other until 7-8 months later. You know how some people are just inherently kind to each other? It was like that from the beginning. We were just busy being nice to each other all the time and it eventually ended up in L-O-V-E. We ended up moving to New York City just three months into dating, which was a really great way to get to learn the quirks quickly!
We love grocery shopping together. Philip’s a chef and loves exploring grocery stores, and I really love going and chatting with him the whole time. It’s fun to have that time together each week. I think we have a lot of fun being at home together – whether watching movies or eating tacos or working on personal projects together. We’re both really busy people, so that time at home together is really precious.
We also love laying in bed and talking about our memories, or stories from the day. We like making up different versions of our futures and thinking about all the things we might end up doing with our lives.
"Ally is beautiful in all ways. She always keeps the ball rolling and never stands in the same place too long. She makes time for ALL the people she loves, which is very impressive because the number is staggering. I’m lucky to be #1" – Philip
"I love Philip’s sense of humor, and the silly way he approaches nearly everything. I love his ideas, and experiencing the way he is thinking, and I love his creativity. He’s gentle, and considerate, and is really good at relaxing – which I need more of in my life! He also has the most beautiful blue eyes I have ever seen". – Alysson
THE PROPOSAL :
The diamond in my engagement ring is a diamond that Philip’s mom, Ann, gave to him to pass on to me. He had an old ring of Ann’s and hid it in his underwear drawer, but went on a trip and cleaned all of the underwear out of his drawer and didn’t re-hide the ring!!!! I found a ring box when I did laundry the subsequent weekend and nearly passed out. We ended up deciding to re-set the stone, and went looking at settings in the diamond district in New York City together, which was so romantic and so lovely. A few weeks later, we were in my favorite Texas bar in Brooklyn, and Philip asked me what I wanted to do that night. I had been pestering him for weeks to propose, (but had pretty much dropped the act at that point,) so I said, “uhhhhhh, I dunno, why don’t we go home and watch Netflix?” Philip asked if I’d like to get married, and I said “duh,” and then he pulled out the ring and proposed to me in the middle of the bar. It was awesome!!! We ended up slow dancing in the middle of the floor to an old tune on the jukebox, and then tried to call all our family and friends who DID NOT ANSWER – because they were out running a tornado in Texas at the time, OMG.
My dress was such a champ. I ended up ripping it, tearing it, getting it stepped on, sitting in it on the ground – and it stayed up the entire night. I lOVED it. I felt like a rockstar.
We got married on the front porch of my parent’s house at a small town in Texas called Farmersville. They live in an old, Victorian house that’s over 110 years old. When I was a little girl, my brothers used to marry me off to their friends on the same porch that Philip and I got hitched on. It was really important for me to feel grounded, supported, and strong when I said my vows to Philip, and I knew the place I would feel most like myself was the place I grew up in, with all my family surrounding us.
Our reception was just down the road a few blocks in a public park building called The Onion Shed, which used to be a train depot. We walked from my parent’s house down a trail my dad helped make for our town, straight to the Onion Shed to party the night away!
I had always thought about being married, but didn’t think too much about the “dream wedding” until it actually was happening, which is better I think, because it helped me stay focused on loving someone else well.
Our wedding was absolutely amazing, and so so so so so so vibrant. I didn’t think that I could have a better day in my whole life, and I have not had one yet. We were super blessed to have my friend Diania step in as the event coordinator day –of, so I didn’t have to do ANYTHING except have fun with all those involved. We ended up choosing mostly family to fill our bridal parties – and it ended up being SUCH a good choice because this was a group of people who ALREADY got along, and already knew all my quirks and eccentricities. At one point, I remember being so happy that I absolutely, literally melted on the floor with happiness, and my little sister just completely ignored me and stepped right over me. They’re used to me.
"The wedding was so exciting and loving. It felt just great. The first look was just awesome. I felt so loved, and I couldn’t see Allyson coming. Amy the Horse gave me a stare down in the backyard, and then whoosh, there was my bride, so beautiful. My dad officiated our ceremony which really just brought everything into focus for me. Having all our family be so close, so supportive, and extend their love was amazing". – Philip
My cousin Sam did our flowers but works for Lone Star Bloom.
Liliana G did our hair and make-up.
The Texas Gypsies were our band.
The City of Farmersville approved our permits and allowed use of the space.
Big D Party Rentals supplied tables and chairs and some catering equipment.
Diania J. Merriam was our event coordinator.
Circle Park Bridal is where I got my dress from in Texas, and Philip’s look was from Men’s Wearhouse.