Theater Majors Unite at the Altar

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It all started off with a headshot. Benjamin Bratcher noticed Victoria Lee’s image when he was a junior and she was an incoming freshman at Abilene Christian University, in Texas. Each theater majors, they satisfied at a office occasion in August of 2013.

“He struck up a conversation with me,” Ms. Lee reported. “I was promptly captivated to him. He is one of the most genuine and authentic folks I have at any time achieved.”

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 to start with time for college but I visited the U.S. at minimum each two decades, given that my mothers and fathers are American,” Mr. Bratcher mentioned.

They every single maintain a bachelors in theater. Mr. Bratcher also gained his M.B.A. from Abilene Christian University, from which Ms. Lee is at the moment pursuing an M.B.A. diploma on the net.

The couple was very long length for two and a 50 % many years at the time Mr. Bratcher graduated: He lived for durations in New York, Germany, and Dallas she lived in Abilene, Oxford, England, and New York. Finally, in the summer months of 2017, Ms. Lee moved to Dallas, where Mr. Bratcher experienced been living given that 2015.

Ms. Lee is now an administrative coordinator for the expenditure sales crew at Shop Firms, and Mr. Bratcher is a salesforce expert at World-wide-web Creations. They are also both equally specialist theater artists in the Dallas Fort Well worth Metroplex — she an actor, dancer and choreographer and he an actor, combat choreographer and voice more than artist.

The proposal took spot on July 3, 2020. It was supposed to be in Rome, but the pandemic ruined that plan. Instead, Mr. Bratcher commenced scouting destinations on bicycle rides about White Rock Lake in Dallas.

He selected Winfrey Position, wherever he then recreated their initial date, finish with hand-dipped chocolate-protected strawberries. Mr. Bratcher place on a curated playlist. “He had a Google Shots book identified as ‘Our Tale,’ and it experienced every favorite photograph of our seven-yr marriage,” Ms. Lee stated. When Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” played, Mr. Bratcher proposed.

The pair ended up wed on Aug. 28 in Azle, Texas, at Stoney Ridge Villa, a Spanish encouraged party place in the middle of Parker County. “We were being stunned and impressed that this beautiful spot exists there,” Ms. Lee reported.

180 visitors attended, together with some of Mr. Bratcher’s fast household, who flew in from Germany.

The pair inspired folks to get vaccinated and get analyzed and requested absolutely everyone to have on masks irrespective of vaccination status. The ceremony and the dancing have been outdoor on a balcony.

The pair committed to making the event as eco-friendly as doable. “Our mothers and fathers went higher than and further than. We even had compostable cups for the margaritas and Bamboo plates for the rehearsal dinner,” Ms. Lee claimed.

The two are especially grateful to Ms. Lee’s mother, Pebbles Lee. “She did all the decorating and all the catering herself and employed some pals. She purchased some pies, made the cake, designed Victoria’s gown and built it. She did almost everything,” Mr. Bratcher claimed.

As a surprise for Mr. Bratcher, “Victoria did some of her vows in German. She appreciates how considerably that implies to me,” explained Mr. Bratcher, whose youthful sister, Lara Bratcher, helped Ms. Lee make that occur.

Pastor Joel Triska, formerly of the Lifestyle in Deep Ellum church, officiated.

The seated dinner was “modeled immediately after Thanksgiving which was high-quality with us,” Mr. Bratcher said. Enhancing the night’s drama, he extra, “We had an exit from the dinner to the dance flooring with sparklers. The total night time, the vitality was euphoric.”