Stephanie and Curtis met through Curtis’ nephew, Stephanie was his preschool teacher and then became his niece and nephews nanny. Curtis’ then seven-year-old niece loved to ask questions and was quick to inquire about Stephanie’s age, relationship status, and let Stephanie know she had an uncle her age. One weekend when Stephanie was watching the kids, Curtis conveniently stopped by the house to pick up a package he had delivered to the house. Naturally, his niece and nephew begged Stephanie to let him stay for story and bedtime. Stephanie gave in and talked with Curtis a little bit once the children were in bed. Shortly after, Stephanie kicked Curtis out as she wasn’t ready to meet the cute uncle who came to the door. Curtis wasn’t discouraged and asked Stephanie out on a dinner date. After a few failed attempts at their first date, the two managed to make it work and became a couple.
After dating, Curtis proposed to Stephanie on November 21st, 2015. They had a ten-month engagement and dived into the wedding planning process.
Looking for a style to describe them, the engaged couple chose vintage romance and French inspired (Ma Maison was a perfect choice as a venue). Stephanie chose lots of neutral tones of taupe, antique purple, ivory, and blush with sparkle (because what girl doesn’t love sparkle?!) of golds featuring champagne gold, rose gold and small pops of burgundy for the touch of fall.
Seven groomsmen and seven bridesmaids accompanied the future Mr. and Mrs. down the aisle of The Grove ceremony site on September 30th of 2016. 200 of the couple’s friends and family attend the wedding to celebrate the marriage.
Once Stephanie and Curtis said “I Do!” guests made their way to the Trellis for cocktail hour. A popcorn bar was set up for a treat! Dinner was served in the Great Hall where guests were greeted by a long head table of custom made farmhouse tables. A sweets table was set up in the fireplace wing of the Great Hall with cake, cupcakes, and cookies!
The perfect wedding day ended with Curtis and Stephanie walking through a tunnel of sparklers to their getaway car. The following day the new Mr. and Mrs. Curtis and Stephanie Thompson went on a little mini-moon to California wine country and spent four days relaxing and sipping wine. This past November when Stephanie was able to get off work, the newly married couple spent two weeks traveling to Paris and Bordeaux, France to Barcelona, Spain.
Stephanie and Curtis had this advice for newly engaged couples starting to plan their wedding, “Try not to let the stress get to you. Take breaks from wedding stuff, enjoy the process, remember that it’s a day about you and your significant other and no one else. Hire a coordinator if you can even if it’s just a month or two out. Their advice and help is priceless. Set a budget and do your very best not to go over.”