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A Tapestry of Love & Diversity at The Springs, Rockwall in Texas

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October 11, 2023
Words by Lauren Ertl
Photos courtesy of The MacMeekens

Adam and Guiomer’s love story is a vibrant tapestry woven with elements of diversity, adventure, and pure joy. The couple, who met on Tinder in March of 2022, embarked on a journey that led them to a destination wedding in Terrell, Texas, in April of 2023.

The couple’s decision to host a destination wedding was rooted in their desire for a celebration that reflected their unique identities. Adam shares, “Where we live isn’t where we’re from. It’s not true to either of our identities. While we love Dallas, and it’s home for us now, we craved the personality and details that The Springs in Rockwall offered.”

The Springs in Rockwall, nestled in the heart of Texas, became the canvas where Adam and Guiomer painted their dreams into reality. The towering oak and pine trees, reminiscent of East Texas where Adam hails from, drew them in. The venue’s Poetry Hall provided the perfect backdrop for an outdoor ceremony and reception under the trees, a setting that resonated with the couple’s vision of an elegant and earthy celebration. Additionally, the personal touches by the venue extended to the removal of “bridal suite” signs, demonstrating their commitment to inclusivity.

The couple encountered challenges, including the notorious traffic between Dallas and the venue and the need to accommodate guests coming from various locations. However, they navigated these hurdles with creativity, renting four cabins near the venue for guests and hosting an afterparty that lasted until 8 a.m. the next day, inspired by Guiomer’s Venezuelan celebration spirit.

“By far, Stefanie [of C&R Events] was our biggest help,” Adam says. “She is not only detail-oriented and VERY easy to communicate with, but she knows the venue and the staff well… We developed such a close relationship, that by the day of the wedding, we told her, ‘If a decision needs to be made, make it, we trust you.’ She found a solution and a backup plan B, C, and D for every situation I could think to stress over. By the day of it was just, ‘let go, and let Stefanie.’” 

Adam and Guiomer’s decor and extras reflected a blend of masculinity, elegance, and natural Texas elements. The color palette of dark green and mauve, coupled with Art Deco inspiration, created a sophisticated ambiance. Edwards Floral, despite initial challenges in finding the right florist, brought the couple’s vision to life with boutonnieres that incorporated a lock of their late dog’s hair.

Adam and Guiomer’s ceremony was a melting pot of traditions, languages, and symbolism. Being a mixed ethnicity and bilingual couple, they navigated the challenge by incorporating both English and Spanish into the ceremony. Guiomer’s Venezuelan heritage added an especially unique touch.

“We exchanged arras: 12 coins meant to symbolize the apostles, but traditionally also used to symbolize the ‘groom’ promising to provide for the life the couple is building together. We exchanged them back and forth saying ‘todo que yo soy, y todo que yo tengo, es tuyo,’” the couple explained. “Arras are meant to be a family heirloom. Guiomer’s aunt and uncle gifted us theirs and his cousin brought them to us from Venezuela.”

Paisley, their Goldendoodle, played a significant role in the celebration, walking down the aisle and dancing with the couple at the reception. The hand-binding ceremony, though not rooted in Celtic heritage, symbolized the merging of their lives, cultures, languages, and families.

The celebration continued with traditional Venezuelan food during the cocktail hour. The inclusion of ‘hora loca,’ the crazy hour with props and accessories, added a touch of fun and liveliness to the reception. And The MacMeekens captured it all perfectly with a candid approach!

Adam and Guiomer’s advice for future couples planning a wedding is practical and insightful. Adam emphasizes pacing out alcohol, eating, and learning to let go when things don’t go as planned. He also suggests considering hiring a planner for peace of mind and renting over buying non-essential items. In retrospect, the couple believes that hosting their wedding away from home made it truly memorable. 

As the sun set on the April day, in Terrell, Texas, Adam and Guiomer’s destination wedding stood as a testament to love’s ability to transcend boundaries, celebrate diversity, and create lasting memories.

Vendors: Photographers: The MacMeekens; Wedding Planner: C & R Events; Venue: The Springs in Rockwall; Florist: Edwards Floral; Stationery: Scribbles and Swirls; Cake: Bittersweet Bakery + Cake Studio; Grooms’ Clothing Designer: Indochino; Grooms’ Girls Clothing Designer: Azazie; Groom’s Guys Clothing: Indochino; DJ: DJ Turo; Sketch Artist: Naiima of The Original Butt Sketch

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