It all started with a headshot. Benjamin Bratcher observed Victoria Lee’s picture when he was a junior and she was an incoming freshman at Abilene Christian College, in Texas. Both equally theater majors, they fulfilled at a division occasion in August of 2013.
“He struck up a dialogue with me,” Ms. Lee said. “I was quickly captivated to him. He is a person of the most authentic and authentic folks I have ever fulfilled.”
Ms. Lee, 26, is from Abilene, Texas. Mr. Bratcher, 28, was born in Greeley, Colo., and raised in Hildesheim, Germany. “I moved to the U.S. for the first time for school but I frequented the U.S. at minimum each and every two a long time, considering the fact that my dad and mom are American,” Mr. Bratcher claimed.
They each individual hold a bachelors in theater. Mr. Bratcher also gained his M.B.A. from Abilene Christian University, from which Ms. Lee is at present pursuing an M.B.A. diploma on line.
The couple was prolonged length for two and a 50 % years at the time Mr. Bratcher graduated: He lived for periods in New York, Germany, and Dallas she lived in Abilene, Oxford, England, and New York. Finally, in the summer of 2017, Ms. Lee moved to Dallas, exactly where Mr. Bratcher experienced been residing considering the fact that 2015.
Ms. Lee is now an administrative coordinator for the financial commitment profits crew at Shop Providers, and Mr. Bratcher is a Salesforce marketing consultant at World wide web Creations. They are also each specialist theater artists in the Dallas Fort Truly worth Metroplex — she an actor, dancer and choreographer and he an actor, battle choreographer and voice in excess of artist.
The proposal took put on July 3, 2020. It was supposed to be in Rome, but the pandemic ruined that plan. Alternatively, Mr. Bratcher began scouting places on bicycle rides around White Rock Lake in Dallas.
He selected Winfrey Issue, in which he then recreated their initially date, finish with hand-dipped chocolate-lined strawberries. Mr. Bratcher place on a curated playlist. “He experienced a Google Photographs e-book named ‘Our Story,’ and it had just about every beloved photograph of our seven-12 months partnership,” Ms. Lee mentioned. When Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” performed, Mr. Bratcher proposed.
The couple have been wed on Aug. 28 in Azle, Texas, at Stoney Ridge Villa, a Spanish encouraged celebration place in the middle of Parker County. “We have been shocked and impressed that this magnificent put exists there,” Ms. Lee stated.
180 attendees attended, which include some of Mr. Bratcher’s immediate household, who flew in from Germany.
The couple encouraged men and women to get vaccinated and get examined and questioned all people to have on masks regardless of vaccination position. The ceremony and the dancing were outdoors on a balcony.
The couple dedicated to making the function as eco-helpful as feasible. “Our parents went higher than and over and above. We even experienced compostable cups for the margaritas and Bamboo plates for the rehearsal supper,” Ms. Lee claimed.
The two are particularly grateful to Ms. Lee’s mother, Pebbles Lee. “She did all the decorating and all the catering herself and hired some friends. She bought some pies, designed the cake, created Victoria’s dress and manufactured it. She did every little thing,” Mr. Bratcher claimed.
As a surprise for Mr. Bratcher, “Victoria did some of her vows in German. She knows how significantly that implies to me,” explained Mr. Bratcher, whose young sister, Lara Bratcher, assisted Ms. Lee make that happen.
Pastor Joel Triska, formerly of the Everyday living in Deep Ellum church, officiated.
The seated meal was “modeled immediately after Thanksgiving which was fantastic with us,” Mr. Bratcher said. Enhancing the night’s drama, he additional, “We experienced an exit from the dinner to the dance floor with sparklers. The full evening, the strength was euphoric.”