'Tis the Season

At Kindred the holiday season means more than stuffed turkeys and Christmas trees all aglow. It’s the time of year when many couples choose to take the first step toward matrimonial bliss. And while children all over the world have visions of sugar plums dancing in their heads…at Kindred we are giddy thinking about the Brides and Grooms who will come our way in the days ahead.

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Let me introduce you to Jessica & Mat. I’ve known Jessica since she was in elementary school sporting princess Leah buns. Now she’s sporting a GORGEOUS diamond ring Mat gave to her last month. We are so thrilled to be a part of their special day this coming spring.

photo cred: Kathryn Krueger Photography

Magical First Looks

First Looks are becoming the latest American Wedding Tradition….and we love it. Having a private first look is a great way to capture the intimacy of your wedding day and create memories that will last a lifetime. First Looks allow the Bride & Groom to have a few special, quiet moments alone before the wedding begins. Pictured is Chris waiting for his lovely Bride, Ellie. Truly a magical moment!


Al Fresco October

I love October.  I love Fall.  I love every pumpkin, plaid, inviting part of it.  What I've been sitting at home dreaming about while I wait in my air conditioned house for the temperature outside to finally drop, is al fresco dinning.  I don't need it be fancy or overly planned, but I am dreaming of a meal outside under my trees, with warm blankets, a thermos of soup, yummy drink in my hand, and good friends.   Hope you get inspired by the season to take a blanket outside and gather those you love to enjoy all this season has to offer.  Happy October! 



 It doesn't have to be elaborate, but Fall beckons us to be outdoors.



A beautifully set table just for the two of you, yes please!  



  I can think of few things better than a great breakfast enjoyed outdoors. 



  Gather what you have and take it outside.  This season is meant to be savored. 



#MarryMeWaco: Keedra and David

Exercise turned to romance as he literally chased after her heart....

How They Met...

 David and I met when we started working together at Bear Nutrition in Waco. We had attended the same church (UBC) and we're going on the same mission trip, so we knew of each other for a few before we were actually introduced.

How He Asked...

We were friends for a long time before we started dating. While we were friends, we would run together on the Brazos River. When we were finished running we would sit next to each other on the grass over looking the river and new Baylor football stadium and talk for hours. This is where we got to know each other and where we both developed feelings for each other. We both admit we never looked forward to the running, but did it so we could sit and talk at the end. After we started dating, this continued to be a special spot for us. We would go on walks, talk about our hopes for the future, and our relationships with Christ.

About a year ago on a Friday, David told me he wanted to go on a date after I got out of class. He picked me up and walked me to our spot. At this point I still thought it was an ordinary date, until I heard a song coming from a speaker that he had written about me during the time we were just friends– but he wanted to be more than friends. That's when I knew he was about to propose. Everything after that realization is a blur of joy. I remember David saying sweet words and getting down on one knee, and of corse saying yes. That day was by far the best surprise of my life!

#MarryMeWaco: Melanie and Tim

How They Met:

We both attended Highland Baptist Church all four years while at Baylor and had many mutual friends, but we did not meet until October of our senior year. One night in November, Tim asked me to meet him for coffee at Common Grounds for our first date. I did not think too much of it, but when we sat and talked while drinking our coffee, I began to realize something was different about him. We dated for a year, and during that year we both graduated from Baylor and moved to different cities and continued to date long distance. 

How He Asked:

 Fast forward to this past February, we decided to meet in Waco for a weekend. I was planning to meet up with some of my friends for the weekend, so Tim thought it would be a good time to come as well. For the entire month before that sweet weekend in February, I had been convinced that he was going to propose in Waco. It was not until three days before, that I had completely convinced myself otherwise. When it came time for me to drive to Waco, Tim called, sounding more upset than usual. He had told me that due to the ice and snow, he would not be able to make it to Waco that night. I was a little bummed, but knew there was not much he could do. I told him it was okay if he was not able to come that weekend, because I knew we would see each other the following weekend. He was determined to make it to Waco though. On Saturday from the morning until Tim finally made it to town that evening, I was able to spend a lot of time with so many people that I loved. My heart was so full that when Tim got to town, I did not think my day could get any sweeter. Oh boy, was I wrong! He told me that we were going to go get Common Grounds and then walk around campus. When we got to Common Grounds the line was too long, so we just drove around and parked by Pat Neff. Tim told me we were going to get out and walk around since we had not been on campus in a few months. Since it was 30 degrees and sprinkling, I told him that I would rather not walk around. Tim must have been really convincing because he finally got me out of the car in that weather! We started walking toward the bear pit and then then towards Brooks. I thought it was interesting because we had never walked in this area together, but I did not think much of it. When we got behind Robbins Chapel, I asked if he had ever been in there. He told me that he had been once, but that we should go check it out again. I was really nervous that we would barge in on a service or that our (old) students IDs would not let us in. We made it to the front door when Tim opened it and I looked down the aisle toward the decorated alter. Still not understanding what was happening, I thought it was so sweet Baylor had decorated the chapel for parents for Sing weekend! Tim just shook his head and kept walking. As we walked down the aisle together, I realized that no this was not for parents, this was for me. We walked through the different pictures he set up through the different stages of our relationship. At the end he pulled out a letter he wrote to me and read it. As I stood there crying, I could not remember a thing he said. All I could think about was that I was the luckiest girl in the world that I was going to get to marry this man! Afterwards Tim got down on one knee and asked me to spend the rest of our lives together. Not even hesitating, and through my tears, I said absolutely YES!! 

#marrymewaco: Maxcey and Luke

Maxcey and Luke's Photos taken by: Blaylock Photography

He tracked down the beautiful girl he sat by in church and made her his wife...

How They Met:

“I was sitting in church at the very back of the sanctuary by myself. The service had just begun when these three girls slipped in the back door and slid past me onto my row. I caught a glimpse of the girl who sat next to me and could tell she was really pretty. But trying to check out a girl sitting literally inches from your side without being obvious is kind of difficult. I know I should have been focusing on the service and God during church, but He put a very, very attractive girl right next to me. What could I do? I was enthralled with trying to get a better look at this pretty church girl. Finally I got my chance with the “hug and pray” portion of the service. “Hug and pray” is a specialty of Highland Baptist Church. It’s kind of cheesy, but you’re supposed to put your arm around the person next to you while the pastor prays, and, before you hug your neighbor, you’re supposed to introduce yourself. I turned to face the mysterious girl and was completely blown away. She was hands-down the most beautiful girl I had ever seen. She smiled warmly, extending her hand, and said her name was Max-something. Maxine or something like that. When I met her hand with mine, it was quite possibly the most awkward handshake I’ve ever had. Our pinkies got intertwined and messed up during the shake. But I was not prepared for what happened next. As I put my arm around her waist and she put hers around mine, something kind of scary happened. I stopped breathing. Literally. She had truly taken my breath away. I don’t know why it happened. As soon as her arm hit my waist, I became a statue. Stopped moving. Stopped breathing. I could feel the sweat starting to pour down my face as it flushed bright red. Possibly even purple. I seriously thought I was going to pass out. I could feel my knees shaking and my body starting to sway. Somewhat blasphemously, I prayed that the pastor’s prayer would end quickly. Somehow I managed to stay on my feet until the final “amen” and jetted out of there before anybody had even opened their eyes. Now, I’ve never been a big social networking guy, but, I cringe to admit, Facebook was a key part in me meeting this pretty church girl again. I told my friends at work the story of how she almost killed me, and they laughed and said I was ridiculous. I was. That night, I felt like God was flicking me in the head. Why didn’t you talk to her? So, before I went to sleep, I stalked her. Legitimately stalked her. I wasn’t even positive what her first name was, but I assumed she was a Baylor student. I got on Baylor’s online directory and typed Max A, Max B, Max C until I finally found her. Maxcey Kite. After identifying her on the Baylor directory, I found her on Facebook. I “friend requested” her with a message that said, “I promise I’m not a creeper. I just kept kicking myself for not talking more to such a pretty girl at church.” A week later, we had our first date. And now she’s going to be my wife.” -Luke 

How He Asked:

“Luke and I had gone to a haunted house in Fort Worth on Saturday night with a group of friends. He drove back to Dallas afterwards and I stayed with my parents in Fort Worth. That night we planned on both driving back to Waco in the morning to go to our church, University Baptist Church (UBC). That Sunday morning I arrived in Waco with plenty of time to spare, but Luke was running late. I was not very happy. By the time he got to Hillsboro and called me, I knew we weren't going to make it to church. He suggested we go out to eat. Hungry after waiting sooo long for him to get there, I grumpily agreed and we headed to Cafe Cappacino. As we were heading down University Parks, for some reason Luke, who was driving, started to turn left down the road that runs behind the little shopping complex with Spice and Ninfas. Anyone familiar with Waco and Cafe Cappacino knows that this is not the most direct route. So, being the time efficient person I am, I asked Luke in a slightly raised voice (remember he was late and I was hungry), "What are you doing? This is such a long way to get there?" He switched blinkers and continued down University Parks.

Suddenly, as it came into view, Luke said, "Hey! We should go out on the suspension bridge. It's such a nice day, and you've never been!" After initially refusing due to hunger, I grungingly agreed to Luke's insistance. We started to walk out onto the bridge and I noticed a large, cardboard box sitting out on the middle of the bridge. "What's that?" I asked Luke. Smiling, he said we should go check it out. We walked up to the box and I saw that it had my name written on it. Luke told me to open it.

Inside the box were rose petals and tissue paper and another cardboard box. On top of the box was a red rose with a little tag tied to it that read "1 Year." I opened the next cardboard box and inside were rose petals, tissue paper, and another red rose with a tag reading "1 Year." And another cardboard box. I opened the next box and, you guessed it, inside were rose petals, tissue paper, and, this time, eight red carnations. We had been dating for two years and eight months on that day. One more box remained. This box was very pretty and had the words "Faith Hope Love" on its top. I opened up the box and inside was a red artificial rose with a tag that said "Forever."

I turned to Luke, in utter disbelief (I still can't believe he was able to surprise me!), and he said that he had one more box for me. He took my hands and said some very sweet words that I do not even remember. He got down on one knee and pulled that last box out of his pocket. I said "yes" and burst into tears and a stream of "Oh my gosh"es. The rest, as they say, is history.”


P.S. If you haven't figured this out already, the reason Luke was able to surprise me was that he used my bossy, back-seat-driver-ness against me :)


We are combining two of our favorite things to bring you your new Friday afternoon obsession. At Kindred Events Studio we cannot get enough of good ole' Wacotown and we are always down to hear a good love story. That is why we are launching #MarryMeWaco! 


Every Friday, Kindred Events will be spotlighting a proposal on our blog and Instagram that will be sure to pull on your heartstrings and cue the warm fuzzies. So…If you or someone you know has fallen in love, gotten engaged, or gotten married in our beloved little/big town of Waco,Texas, we need to hear the story! This is how you can share–


Email xoxo@kindredeventstudio.com and fill us in on the details: How you met, how he asked, and your happily ever after. Shoot us a few pictures so that we can put a face to your adorable story and so that we can share the love on social media. If your story is chosen, you will receive an e-mail letting you know when your story will be featured! 


So what are you waiting for!? Start sending us your Waco love story!

Custom Calligraphy: Vows as Art


Here at Kindred we are suckers for beautiful calligraphy and hand-lettering.  I just stumbled upon these hand written vows by Open Ink Stand and I am in love.  Shin Loong is the talent behind these pieces and I am already dreaming up what I could have her do.  I think these would make for the best wedding keepsake or an amazing wedding gift.  Can you think of a better piece of art to grace your wall?  I particularly love it for the bedroom.  So deeply personal and meaningful. 


Here are a few more example of her incredible work.


To see more of Shin's work click here.


xo, Emily