When friends invite you to come to Vegas for the weekend and you can’t come up with a good enough excuse not to go – there’s a pretty good chance it’s meant to be, right?! Tammy can tell you all about it. ‘Michael and I are both from Oklahoma, we went to the same university and had the same group of friends, but didn‘t know each other until our mutual friends invited us on that trip to Vegas. At first I wasn’t sure about going since I didn’t know everyone… but it turned out to be the best trip ever. I got to meet a new friend who was sweet, cute, and intelligent. Since Michael lived in Austin and I lived in Oklahoma, we had some doubts about a long distance relationship, but we were willing to try and work it out. Every other weekend he drove back to Oklahoma for a couple days and when it was my turn, I drove to Austin. Two years later we decided that in order to move the relationship forward, l had to move to Austin. So, I sold my house and started making the big move. It was scary at first but knowing that we had each other made it all worth it.’
Here’s their perfect Wedding at Punta Cana’s Now Larimar resort & Jellyfish Restaurant!!
Tammy & Michael, you are perfect sweethearts and soul mates – it’s so beautiful and obvious! We are so grateful to have been a part of your magical Wedding, wishing you so much love!!! xoxo K+R
Top three things Tammy loves about Michael: ‘I love that Michael always tries to clean up the house and do the laundry right before my day off so I can have a relaxing day with no chores to do. I love that he loves me so much, that he’ll save the best part of a meal for me even if it’s his favourite too. Lastly, Michael is very romantic; he’s always trying to surprise me with special things to make me happy.’
Top three things Michael loves about Tammy: ‘I love that Tammy loves to feed me. She understands that the path to my heart is through my stomach, but despite my insistence that she shouldn’t worry about me going hungry, she always wants to pack me a lunch and make me dinner. I also love how she understands me and deals with all of my eccentricities because I’m definitely a Type A personality. Lastly, I love and admire how ambitious she is. She’s always shooting for the stars and wants to be the best at everything she does.’
Tammy, on the Proposal:
‘It was awesome, I was totally surprised! Michael had planned out a month long vacation to Vietnam, but before we left he contacted our cruise company and set up a romantic private beach area for us. When he took me to the private beach area, he told me to close my eyes until he came back. He then walked me to the center of the beach where they had set up a heart in the sand and he pulled out his phone to show me the video that he recorded of himself playing the ukulele and then he sang my favourite song. At first I thought it was my late anniversary present, until he got down on one knee, told me how he felt about me and asked me to marry him. I tried to say “yes” but all that came out was “uh huh”!’
Michael, filling in a few blanks about the Proposal:
‘Tammy was born in Vietnam and hadn’t been back since she was a little girl, so it was a long time goal of mine to eventually take her back there. We decided to take the trip of a lifetime to Vietnam, Thailand, and Singapore. By that point, we had been together for about 2.5 years, and I was sure that Tammy was the woman I wanted to spend the rest of my life with, so I decided to propose on this vacation.
One day she joked that she didn’t even need a ring, as long as I would play and sing a song for her – this was all the inspiration I needed! The next day I bought a ukulele and over the next month, spent 1-2 hours each day after work secretly practicing playing one of Tammy’s all time favourite songs, Bruno Mars’ ‘Just the Way You Are.’
The cruise dates coincided with our 3rd year anniversary, which was perfect. The tour company set everything up! After we had toured a floating fishing village, our boat docked near a beach where we would have our lunch. The guide and the boat’s crew left on small motorboat under the guise that they’d be setting up the area for our beach BBQ lunch, when in fact they did their best to clean up the beach, created a heart shape out of small white stones, filled it with rose petals, and then spelled out our names with more stones.
As we got closer in our little kayak, I suggested that the beach looked like a nice area to hang out. As we got closer, Tammy could see that there was a heart shape in the sand, and she assumed that the crew had set this up as part of our lunch. We landed the kayak on the beach and I told Tammy to wait there for a few minutes, as I had a surprise for her. I then ran off and set up a camera on a tripod. When I brought Tammy closer and had her open her eyes, she was in shock when she read our names. I then pulled out my phone, and started playing the video of me playing the ukulele to the song, and started singing the song to her live. After the song ended, we hugged and kissed as she thought this was the late anniversary gift I had promised. Then I got down on one knee, told her how I felt about her, and asked her to marry me. She didn’t quite say yes right away, but managed to choke out a tear-filled “uh huh” as we hugged.’
Michael: ‘Without Tammy in my life, I would be a total hermit crab. She keeps me active and encourages me to go outside more.’
Tammy: ‘Before Michael, my life was dominated by work work and more work. It was all I thought about. Now I have much more balance in my life. I want to come home and hang out with my fiancé more than anything in the world.’
Ideal day together according to Tammy: ‘My ideal day is to have a long sleep cuddling with Michael and our 3 dogs, wake up with breakfast ready and sit around with a cup of hot tea watching our favourite TV shows.’
Ideal day together according to Michael: ‘Tammy works a lot, so we don’t get to spend as much time together as we’d like. My ideal day with her is just a lazy Sunday at home where we get to play with our dogs, make dinner together, and watch a movie.’
Michael’s nickname for Tammy: ‘Donut.’
Tammy’s nickname for Michael: ‘Piggy.’
Jellyfish Restaurant! Always so breathtaking…
Tammy’s favourite gift from Michael: ‘He hand-made me a picture frame with a small electronic display under the image that counts up by 1 every 24 hours. Underneath the display the text says “Days of Happiness” to signify the number of days since he asked me to be his girlfriend. It was the most amazing gift ever!’
Michael’s favourite gift from Tammy: ‘Since I wanted to be an astronaut as a kid, Tammy got me a huge 1204 piece Lego model of the Space Shuttle that I had a complete blast putting together.’
Kids rule. Kids at weddings double-rule!
Most romantic memory together according to Tammy: ‘We have a lot of romantic memories together, but my favourite was on Christmas Day a few years ago. He bought me 14 presents, each one of the items was something small that I really needed for my daily life, but something I was too cheap to replace with a new one! It was very thoughtful of him.’
Most romantic memory together according to Michael: ‘My favourite romantic moment was sitting next to Tammy in a kayak, in a lagoon accessed through a tunnel called Bat Cave in Phang Nga Bay, Thailand. We had just finished building kratongs, a floating offering to the ‘goddess of the sea’ made of banana leaves and orchids. We were paddled into the lagoon in the dark of the night, lit up the kratongs, and sat together watching as they floated away.‘
Tammy’s favourite guilty pleasure: ‘A good discount!’
Michael’s favourite guilty pleasures: ‘Buying gadgets and eating bacon.’
Tammy’s favourite thing to find in the fridge: ‘Sweet tea!’
Michael’s favourite thing to find in the fridge: ‘Leftover pizza!’
Tammy & Michael are huge foodies, so here’s something to make their (and your) mouth water!!
Next day, an amazing trip to the not-so-secret Ojos Indigenas lagoons!
Tammy: ‘Michael is a caring man. He notices every little thing that I need before I even know it and he makes sure to take care of them for me to make my life easier. I really appreciate that about him.’
Michael: ‘The thing that I appreciate most about Tammy is how selfless she can be. She’s always putting me first, and worrying about what I want or need before herself even if I insists that’s often a bad thing. She loves feeding me, taking care of me, and showing her love for me, and I just couldn’t possibly ask for more.’
BRIDE & GROOM POST WEDDING REFLECTIONS:
What did you love most about your Wedding?
‘The greatest thing about our wedding was simply the fact that we got to spend an entire week with the most important people in our lives. We’re all scattered throughout the country, so it was a once in a lifetime kind of opportunity to have everyone be together to share our special day.’
Any regrets? What would you have done differently if you could?
‘Nothing we can think of! We spent a year meticulously planning out every detail, and it all went as smoothly as we could have possibly hoped for.’
Most memorable moments from the Day / Wedding week?
Comments about vendors, resort etc
Pastor Mark Lykins:
DJ Ariel Perez:
Patty Wright and Kristen Bullock (Travel Agents):
Sanael Carribean Boat:
Advice for future Brides/Grooms?
‘Planning a destination wedding can be difficult and stressful at times, but don’t sweat the small details. On the day of your wedding, no one will notice or care about all the minor things that have caused you so much stress, especially you. Just relax, enjoy the moment and focus on the fact that you’re marrying the love of your life, because time flies by incredibly quickly.’