Cassie and Scott, after a doozy of a wedding proposal in Aruba (involving Cassie passing out!), decided to tie the knot at The Grove, a stunning alfresco venue in Aubrey, TX. The couple sent out Minted save the dates (“Sweet Embrace” by Hooray Creative) and foil-pressed wedding invitations (“Engraved Flowers” by Phrosné Ras), then exchanged teary “I dos” before their 95 guests (including many of the groom’s family members who had traveled all the way from Australia).
Bride and groom: Cassandra Tipps & Scott Mcguinness
Occupations: Professional figure skating coach (Cassie); PGA Tour caddy (Scott)
Based in: McKinney, Texas
Wedding date: November 14, 2015
Venue: The Grove, Aubrey, Texas
Number of guests: About 95
Minted save-the-date card: “Sweet Embrace” by Hooray Creative
Minted wedding invitation: “Engraved Flowers” by Phrosné Ras
Wedding planner: Wendy Kay from Birds of a Feather Events
Florist: The Southern Table
Cake designer: Jar Cakery
Photographer: Apryl Ann Photography
How did you and Scott meet?
Scotty and I met at Christie’s Sports Bar in uptown Dallas. A girlfriend of mine and I went to the restaurant/bar to watch one of the Dallas Stars playoff games. (My friend and I were ice girls at the time for the NHL hockey team, so we were and are pretty big hockey fans.) We sat in a booth towards the back by ourselves, ordered food, and focused our attention on the game. Scotty and his friend were sitting nearby—his friend ended up saying hi first, but it didn’t take long for Scotty (who was pretty shy at first) to come over and sit across from me after my friend got up to go to the bathroom. We continued to talk and the game ended, and as we were walking out he asked for my number so we could hang out soon. The rest is history!
Tell us about the proposal!
Okay, so I have a story for ya… The second week of December 2014, I had a weeklong break from work, so Scotty and I took off to Aruba for a nice, warm vacation. (Little did I know he had already asked my father for my hand and bought a ring.)
The day that he proposed was a doozy. We had planned to go on a four-hour excursion to the south part of the island with a tour group; our first stop was a natural pool surrounded by volcanic rock. When I got in the water, I struggled with my flotation device and I remember kicking a sharp rock. I got out and one of our guides noticed I had cut my foot and was bleeding. Now, anyone who knows me knows I don’t do well in these situations—I sat down and suddenly felt queasy. While holding on to Scotty and trying not to pay attention to the guy cleaning me up, I passed out. Fell into Scotty arms. Out cold. I came to about a minute later and was very out of it. “Where am I? Why do I hear water?” The rest of the day was a slow one. Being bandaged up and very groggy, I told Scotty I didn’t know if I was up for dinner that night and he put absolutely no pressure on me to go, which I loved. Thankfully, I decided to suck it up and go out—we were in Aruba, after all!
Little did I know that Scotty had it all planned: a table on the beach with a perfect view of the sunset (I thought we just got lucky!). After dinner, it took forever for our check to come. Scotty went to “ask” for it and our waiter came over and suggested we take more photos. This was weird to me since it was dark by this time, but we stood up and suddenly the saxophone player, who had been playing for the restaurant, walked over playing “All of Me” by John Legend. Next thing I know Scotty is saying “I love you so much,” crying, and fumbling with this little blue bag (Tiffany!). He got down on one knee and asked, “Will you marry me?” I started crying and said “YES!” I kissed him, we hugged, and the all of the guests at the restaurant clapped and cheered. What. A. Day.
Who made your wedding dress?
Wtoo by Watters
What was the wedding-dress shopping process like?
Fun. I loved seeing how different dress styles looked on me—big and poofy, slim and classic. I definitely wasn’t a “first dress” girl. It took me a little while to realize what I wanted. And my mom, who is a dressmaker, was there every step of the way to help me, as well.
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How did you find your wedding venue?
Wendy, our wedding planner, helped us find it. I told her that having trees and foliage in our wedding photos was important to me and she delivered. We decided that we loved The Grove the moment we saw it.
How did you first hear about Minted?
This was another one of Wendy’s suggestions—I loved all the options and being able to customize to whatever I wanted.
How did the invitation (“Engraved Flowers” by Phrosné Ras) tie in to the wedding’s overall look and feel?
The gold leaf-and-branch design had an elegant, nature-inspired feel. And since both our ceremony and reception were held outdoors, I felt it really tied in well.
Did you incorporate any other Minted elements into your wedding?
Our save the dates (“Sweet Embrace” by Hooray Creative) were also from Minted and we loved them and got so many compliments!
Where were all of the bridesmaids’ dresses from?
Show Me Your MuMu. I originally followed the clothing site on Instagram; I saw they had bridesmaids dresses and really loved the styles they had. They have different dress styles in the same colors which made it so easy.
What were some of your favorite wedding-day details?
Ah, what’s not to love?! There are so many but here are a few that stick out in my mind. I loved the geode table numbers and marble hexagons for guests to find their seats—a very cool touch (all Wendy, she’s amazing!). I also loved that we decided to put more lights up and that we hung lights in the tree behind me and Scotty at the reception. One other thing I was obsessed with were my flowers and florist, she really helped tie everything together and made really cute flower crowns for me and my bridesmaids. If I had all the money in the world, I would’ve gone flower crazy! We hired a vintage 1950s Chevrolet Deluxe to leave the venue. Such a great way to end the night. Red interior. Classics playing on the radio. And my husband by my side.
What were some of your fondest memories from the day?
Having Scotty’s family with us was great—they are from Sydney, Australia, and made the trip to see us say “I do!” Our vows were definitely one of the things I talk about the most. Scotty and I are both pretty emotional so when we read our vows aloud, we had to take a moment to wipe our happy tears.
Did you incorporate any meaningful family traditions into the wedding day?
We designated my grandmother as our guest of honor. She’s one of my best friends and I don’t get to see her often enough. She was very, very ill a month before our wedding and I didn’t think she was going to pull through. Thankfully she did and is doing very well today.
Did you have any after-party?
Um. Yes? Ha. That consisted of Scotty and I stuffing our faces with leftover salad, chicken satay, and cake in the hotel room. We were starving, all that dancing makes you hungry! (Side note: The caterers forgot to give us silverware so we definitely ate salad and cake with our hands!)
Where did you go on your honeymoon?
We traveled to seven cities throughout New Zealand and Australia for a month! We also were able to visit our Australian family and those not able to make it to the wedding while we were there.
Any advice for brides who are starting to plan their wedding?
It’s a marathon! Keep pushing. It can become a lot to handle, making it seem stressful. But it’s so unbelievably worth it in the end. Also, don’t forget to feed your bridal party—they are working hard on your wedding day, just like you! I always tell my about-to-get-married friends to find a moment during the wedding day where you can just breathe and take it all in. Look at it from afar and appreciate the day. Like everyone says, the wedding day goes by so fast and then it’s a memory. And lastly, remember you’re not getting married to impress a room full of people. You are getting married to make the man you love your husband. You got this.