Rachel McCartha & Austin Hiatt

Rachel McCartha & Austin Hiatt

College sweethearts Austin and Rachel got together through mutual friends during their junior year. Eventually, their relationship took them from SMU to the Piazza della Repubblica in Florence, Italy, where Austin proposed. On the walk to dinner one night, Austin got down on one knee, leaving Rachel stunned and speechless—all she could manage was a nod of her head. Over the next few weeks, what Rachel thought was just a vacation turned into a trip around Europe celebrating their new engagement.

On April 23, 2016, Austin and Rachel’s relationship came full-circle, with the two marrying at Perkins Chapel at SMU where they met. The reception was held at Union Station, outfitted in rich shades of purple, pink, gold, and white. For Rachel, the most special part of the day was having all of her and Austin’s family members in one place, coming from all over the country to help the newlyweds celebrate. When it came to the sweet treats, Austin and Rachel relied on personal favorites. Cookies from JD’s Chippery were served along with macarons for favors. Wedding guests also sipped on a signature cocktail, the Siesta Tea. This Long Island Iced Tea-like concoction is a drink served at one of Austin and Rachel’s favorite restaurants in Siesta Key, Florida, where Austin’s family has a beach house.

To other brides, Rachel would recommend a longer engagement. She thinks her wedding planning went so smoothly because “we were planning a year and a half out, so all of the vendors we wanted were available. It was nice to not have to compromise!” she says. Surrounded by loved ones, Austin and Rachel were able to have the wedding day of their dreams–the perfect way to celebrate their new life together. -Sophie Lidji

Ceremony Site: Perkins Chapel
Photographer: Allison Davis
Stationer: The Bee’s Knees Custom Design
Bridal Gown Designer/Retailer: Winnie Couture
Hair & Makeup: Salon Pompeo (hair); Lori Wright (makeup)
Groom’s Attire: Zegna
Bridesmaids Dresses Designer: Dessy
Bridesmaids Dresses Retailer: Bella Bridesmaids
Flowers: Bella Flora
Reception Venue: Union Station
Wedding Cake: Panini Bakery
Caterer: Wolfgang Puck
Transportation: Romantic Remembrances
Band: In10City Band
Videographer: Summer Films
Lighting: Beyond
Wedding Rentals: P.O.S.H. Couture Rentals; Bella Acento; DFW Dance Floors



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