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Real Weddings | KHAKI WRIGHT + GRANT CHRISTOPHER

After two and half years of dating, Khaki Wright knew that Grant Christopher was going to propose, but had no idea when. “He told me in October that I needed to start thinking about what I [wanted in] terms of rings,” she says. When OU/Texas weekend and Thanksgiving passed without a proposal, Khaki began to wonder when it was going to happen. Finally, in the weeks leading up to Christmas, Grant proposed in his home surrounded by candles and flowers. “My family and his family were hiding in his bedroom,” laughs the bride. “They were supposed to be hiding in the backyard. They had made an executive decision [to move within earshot of the proposal].”

Though the couple is based in Dallas, they knew they wanted to return to Austin for their nuptials. Both have close ties to the city: Khaki attended college at University of Texas at Austin and Grant’s brother and best man, Clayton, founded the Austin-based Deep Eddy Vodka. In September, the couple married at Villa del Lago, an exquisite estate overlooking Lake Travis. Like the proposal, the space was filled with votives, and floral designs by Jessica Criscoe, a visual stylist at Neiman Marcus. Following the romantic ceremony, Khaki and Grant took their first spin on the dancefloor to “My Girl,” with the bride in a custom Anne Barge gown and the groom in a handsome Brooks Brothers suit. And while wedding band The Pictures kept everyone on the dance floor, Khaki said one of her most precious moments took place when she stepped away from the crowd. Says the bride, “Someone told me to walk away, grab a glass of Champagne and look out at everything. I made a point to do that.”

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1. Khaki on the decision to marry in Austin: “I’m from San Antonio, but ... Austin just makes me happy.” 2. 3. The wedding’s motif was decided upon after Khaki saw green and gold napkins in a magazine and fell in love with them. 3.Though Khaki admits planning a wedding can be stressful, it’s worth the pay off. “I looked at my mom [that night] and said, ‘This is 10 times more beautiful than I could have ever imagined.’” 4. For the couple’s first song, they chose The Temptations’ “My Girl.”

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Photography by Heather Rowland

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