Dripping Springs Lesbian Wedding: Camp Lucy
Stephany Krause & Cara Gray, Dripping Springs (Texas Hill Country), April 30, 2017
Photography by Matthew Stegall
NAMES Stephany Krause & Cara Gray
LIVE IN Near Southpark Meadows, South Austin
OCCUPATIONS Stephany is a cosmetologist; Cara is an assistant facilities manager.
HOW THEY MET At a crawfish boil at the Black Sheep Lodge in March 2016. Stephany became enamored of Cara’s deep blue eyes and English accent. how they got engaged Cara invited Stephany to a movie at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema on their one-year anniversary. When the film ended and the lights came on, Cara placed a Tiffany box before her and said, “Stephany Krause, I love you. Will you marry me?” Her reply: “Are you serious? Yes!”
THE PLANNING PROCESS The couple didn’t experience any hurdles in planning a same-sex ceremony. Stephany: “Every vendor we met was so welcoming, as they would have been with any other couple. If anything, I think people were thrilled for the chance to attend their first lesbian wedding.”
BACHELORETTE PARTY A mutual friend planned a joint “stroll down memory lane” party, which began at the Black Sheep Lodge, continuing through several more locales meaningful to them, and concluding at Highland Lanes bowling alley.
REHEARSAL DINNER Stephany’s family surprised the couple by booking a private room at Carmelo’s Ristorante Italiano. The night ended with some family time, as Cara’s relatives had traveled a long way from Britain. Cara: “I gave each of my bridesmaids their gifts and a ‘Wedding Day Survival Kit’ that my godmother helped me put together.”
WEDDING DAY WEATHER After a chilly, overcast morning, the weather turned nearly perfect with clear skies.
NUMBER OF GUESTS 110
WEDDING COLORS Black, white, and platinum
FLOWERS Bouquets of white roses, orchids, black calla lilies, and peonies (Stephany’s favorite)
DIY HIGHLIGHTS The couple handpainted signs promoting a wedding hashtag, #ToHaveAndToGray, Cara’s family created the seating chart with individually stamped and cut nameplates. Wedding color–coordinated M&Ms featured tiny decals with the wedding date.
THE MENU Spinach-filled pastries, stuffed mushrooms, and crab cakes were followed by smoked salmon, lamb chops, assorted vegetables, and dinner rolls. The open bar featured bottomless champagne and two signature cocktails mixed with local Deep Eddy vodka.
DESSERT A five-tier red velvet cake with a rainbow-stripe interior and white-chocolate fondant frosting, white roses, and peonies
MUSIC A string quartet played Canon in D, and the couple entered the ceremony to Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On.” Their first dance song was Mary Lambert’s “She Keeps me Warm.” For the reception music, they worked with the DJ to come up with selection of fun and personal songs.
IF THEY HAD TO DO IT OVER They could just as happily have eloped on a beach at sunset, as they felt that sounds every bit as perfect as the beautiful wedding they actually had.
FAVORITE DETAIL Their private photo shoot, held between the ceremony and the reception, as guests enjoyed cocktail hour. Stephany: “It gave us a chance to step away from the crowd and share a minute to ourselves.”
UNIQUE ELEMENTS OF THE DAY A surprise pyrotechnics display as the couple rode away in a classic Bentley.
UNEXPECTED EVENT Using a Whataburger restroom while still dressed in their gowns after the reception and en route to the hotel. Cara: “It was an interesting experience, to say the least.”
ADVICE FOR OTHERS Stephany: “It’s not just about the show of the wedding, it’s about being there by your partner’s side.”
THE DAY IN THREE WORDS Experiential, blissful, timeless
They might just as happily have eloped on a beach at sunset, as that sounds every bit as perfect as the beautiful wedding they actually had.
CEREMONY AND RECEPTION
Camp Lucy, Dripping Springs
CATERING, RENTALS, AND FLOWERS
Lauren Chumbley, Eclipse Event Co
HAIR AND MAKEUP
Flair Style Lounge
Big Dog Pyro