Shortly after meeting on popular dating app Tinder in 2015, Austinites Karen Rockwood and Mitch Evans knew they’d found true love. “We went on a date and one week later we told each other, ‘I love you'. Within a couple of months we knew we were headed for marriage,” Rockwood says.
After only one year of dating, fate threw the couple for a long-distance loop when Evans was transferred from Austin to New Jersey for work. Despite the distance, the couple continued to date with Evans flying in on weekends to visit.
During one of his trips to Austin on December 1, 2016, Evans decided to plan a big surprise for Rockwood. After picking Evans up from the airport, the two headed to Rockwood’s home. But before entering the front door, Evans dropped down on one knee and proposed.
“That’s still my favorite porch. It’s the same house we live in now,” Rockwood notes. “After he proposed, we walked inside and all our friends and family were waiting. It was perfect.”
Engaged for one year, Rockwood and Evans were married at St. Mary's Catholic Church on October 28, 2017, in Fredericksburg, Texas, in front of 200 guests. After the nuptials, the entire wedding party walked five blocks to a reception at the National Museum of the Pacific War, popping champagne bottles along the way.
With help from wedding planner Sarah Avigne of Mrs. Planner, the outdoor event featured chic, modern decor with a palette of neutral colors. Simple yet elegant floral arrangements from Austin-based Posey Floral were made with greenery and eucalyptus, and white flower blossoms graced banquet style tables sourced from locally owned Panacea Collection.
Guests enjoyed a dinner buffet and cocktails before taking to the dance floor. Late-night snacks from Whataburger, including burgers and Taquitos, kept partygoers fueled as they danced the night away under twinkling lights strung high above.
Wedding planner: Sarah Avigne of Mrs. Planner
Ceremony venue: St. Mary's Catholic Church
Reception venue: National Museum of the Pacific War
Calligraphy and invitation design: Averi with an Eye
Florist: Posey Floral
Furniture rental: The Panacea Collection
Groom's cake: Frances Money
Photography: McKenzie Baird