Amy Rommel and Vic Hernandez of Dallas have a fairy-tale love story. They both say they just knew they were meant for each other from the moment they spotted each other at a wine tasting restaurant in Dallas. They spent the rest of the evening chatting and laughing together until the sun came up.
As with most enchanting tales, the couple even has a fairy godmother in the form of Collin County Event Professionals. Amy and Vic were chosen out of ample entries to receive the first Dream Wedding Give-Away. They will be married this Sunday at Chestnut Square Wedding Chapel in McKinney.
The couple had made the difficult decision to put their wedding dreams on hold because of the economy. After two years of dating, they decided to use their savings to help Vic go back to school to finish his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering.
“The largest sacrifice was our wedding, especially since much of our savings was going to tuition, books, and unexpected dental and medical bills,” Amy, a doctoral student at UT Southwestern, told Dallas Wedding Planner. “We prayed about it and shortly after found a contest online for a virtually free wedding sponsored by the Collin County Event Professionals.”
Wedding director Paige Mejia said the couple really stood out as loving and committed in the interview process.
“They were just really, really genuine,” Mejia said. “It was kind of that feeling we got when we interviewed them. With them it was just an all-encompassing win.”
Professional event vendors from all across the county have agreed to volunteer their services, from complimentary hair and make-up, to custom cupcakes. Frisco Heritage Center is donating their facility for the rehearsal dinner, and Babe’s Chicken Dinner House will cater the dinner.
Romantic Remembrances is providing a 1967 white British Daimler limousine, originally owned by Queen Elizabeth’s late mother, so the newlyweds can arrive at the McKinney Performing Art Center reception hall in style. A carriage ride will complete their exit from an autumn-themed reception, which will be catered by Small Potatoes and the Plano Centre. The newlyweds will spend their wedding night at the Hilton Garden Inn in Allen.
Vic told CCEP that with the savings on the wedding he would finally be able to buy Amy a ring, so Mejia and Shauna Benoit of K & S Photography made the plans to capture the official proposal on camera.
Under the guise of watching the sunset from Reunion Tower in Dallas, Vic brought Amy up to the rotating Five Sixty restaurant for a surprise four-year anniversary dinner. Mejia and Benoit were hiding behind a half wall, waiting to jump out at the right moment.
“Amy started crying the moment my knee hit the floor,” Vic told Dallas Wedding Planner. “She was gasping with joy and had a huge smile from ear to ear. She looked at me with so much love in her eyes and with a deep breath said ‘yes, of course I will.’”
Although Vic had been concerned that Amy would catch on to the plan, she was startled when the photographers approached to give their congratulations.
“We’re standing there like paparazzi, but Amy had no clue,” Mejia said. “All of the people around were crying, and the wait staff came to bring some complementary champagne.”
Tears of joy and gratefulness are common as wedding coordinator Wendy Kidd frequently reveals the newest nuptial addition to the couple, Mejia said.
“If I were planning a wedding on my own, there’s no way that I could have chosen such amazing vendors as the ones helping us from CCEP,” Amy said.