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Abril + Dustin

How They Met

Although the couple originally met at a rodeo in 2015, Abril and Dustin officially connected on Tinder in 2018, or as they called it, “The ole Swipety Swipe”! After connecting on the app and losing touch for a bit, Dustin reached out and set up a dinner date with Abril. Quickly following that first shared meal together, the two were basically inseparable and became serious soon after.

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The Proposal

Dustin proposed to Abril on the day before her birthday, and on a date they already had a photoshoot scheduled that turned into their engagement photos. (See more about their engagement story and how they met here)

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texas summer diy wedding
texas summer diy wedding

The Planning Process

Abril and Dustin knew they wanted to get married, but figuring out what the wedding would look like was a big decision. Deciding on size of the guest list, style of the ceremony, budget for the reception, and all of the details in between took time, but Abril began to realize what she wanted to prioritize. She had 5 months to plan the big day, and regardless of anything that got in their way, the still had the wedding of their dreams.

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texas summer diy wedding
texas summer diy wedding

Choosing Vendors

Timing was everything for Abril and Dustin. Food was a huge priority for them. They found the perfect catering company to meet their tastes while also keeping their guests satisfied. Since the reception was outdoors, they also decided to serve palletas before and after dinner and had margaritas flowing to keep all of their attendees cool in the early summer texas heat. In addition to that, Abril wanted to make sure there were sweets for everyone’s preference… cookies, donut holes, chocolate covered pretzels and more!

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Unique Elements

This was a very intimate wedding, with a huge emphasis on DIY. From handmade boutonnières to a flower wall made from pallets, so many details had so much love put into them for this wedding. Abril and Dustin also wanted to include some Mexican wedding traditions in their big day, so they had “the last and arras” during their wedding ceremony.

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texas summer diy wedding

Words of Advice

“I would say, I definitely understand why couples take a year or longer to help with less stress. You need a wedding coordinator, we did not budget for one or even think we needed one. But I see now how having one just helps things flow better and takes the stress off without having to be the main point of contact. My advice, is to find time to relax, I didn’t get to make time for myself as a bride to get my nails done…I ended up painting them morning of our wedding day…just a fresh coat before our makeup artist arrived to the hotel. But they looked just right and I could not even be upset about it because it was our day and it was about us and we felt so much love.” -Abril Kitchen


  • Bride's Dress
    I Do the Dress I Do
  • Cake
    Cakes by Cathy Young
  • Catering/ Linens
    Blancas Catering
  • Ceremony Musician
    Letty Spain
  • Ceremony Venue
    St. Benedict's Catholic Church
  • Cookies
    Crumbs by Hayley
  • DJ/ Entertainment
    Cedar & Oak Entertainment and Events
  • Decor/ Rentals
    M&O Rentals, LLC
  • Dessert Bar
    El Paraiso
  • Florals
    Plantiques Floral
  • Grooms Attire
    Jos A. Bank
  • Guest Accommodations
    Hotel Contessa
  • Hair Stylist
    Letty Barolia
  • Makeup Artist
    Angelica Pavlova
  • Photographer
    Madeline Frost Photography
  • Rehearsal Dinner
    Paesanos Lincoln Heights
  • Transportation
    Black Car Exclusive

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