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Brittany & Travis


Travis Bradshaw and Brittany Ann Machacek wedding-87-2466511208-O

photography by Katy Lamb Photography

B rittany Ann Machacek, a track athlete, and Travis Bradshaw, a football player, fell in love at Cy-Fair High School as sophomores. Over the next eight years they “grew up” (and grew closer) while pursuing their beloved sports and college diplomas. Brittany graduated from Texas A & M with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology and has recently enrolled at University of Texas Health Science Center to become a registered nurse. Travis earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering while playing Safety on the Rice football team. He is employed with Occidental Oil & Gas in Houston as a facilities engineer.

The couple united in a celebration as Czechoslovakian as Brittany’s maiden name, blending “Czech charm” with sophisticated touches.

 

First Date & Courtship

The couple first met in junior high, although they attended different schools. As ninth graders they both enrolled at Cy-Fair High and participated in their favorite sports programs. During their sophomore year, Travis asked Brittany to go bowling. “He brought along his best friend (and future groomsmen), who “pantsed” Travis on his last bowl just as he was about to break 200,” says Brittany. “It was quite entertaining.”

Throughout high school the pair socialized with friends, attended football games (both home and away), went to the lake with Brittany’s parents, and enjoyed visiting a river house owned by Travis’ grandparents. Being athletes, both were competitive and played sand volleyball and flag football. Because Travis is also a fan of golf, Brittany occasionally agreed to play putt-putt with him.

They dated about eight years, but spent half of their freshman college year apart. Brittany attended Iowa State University, came home on a break, and decided to transfer to Texas A&M. “I wanted to be closer to my family, and Travis, by this point, was part of my family,” she says. Travis played football for Rice each fall, while Brittany participated in track and field events each spring. This alternating sports schedule allowed them to cheer each other on.

They graduated and entered the job market, Travis as an engineer and Brittany as an American Specialty Pharmacy marketing representative. Both remained enamored with each other after a long courtship.

 

Proposal & Engagement

While Travis was on business in Bakersfield, California attending a class, he flew Brittany up for a weekend in Los Angeles. “I was so excited,” she says. Travis was waiting as she landed, but wouldn’t tell her where they were going. He surprised her with one of her all-time favorite pastimes—horseback riding. They arrived at the Rhino Rocks in the mountains of Santa Monica overlooking Los Angeles. She had yet to find out the true purpose of the excursion as the couple rode horses “Leah” and “Tiffany” along the trail… until Travis suddenly stopped and got down on one knee to pop the question.

“The horseback ride was amazing,” says Brittany. “But gazing at my future husband on the ride back down the hills made it feel like a fairy tale.” She received a lovely bouquet of roses
at the end of the ride, and then found herself in the car heading toward yet another surprise
destination. Travis had planned a sunset dinner at Moonshadows on the Malibu beach, and although they missed the sunset, the restaurant had a lively atmosphere and live band. They enjoyed a cocktail and topped off dinner with a warm baked Fuji apple. The next day was spent shopping and exploring Hollywood. Brittany says the trip was the greatest moment of her life and the perfect start to a nine-month engagement.

 

The Wedding

The bride grew up listening to country music and two stepping, which inspired an elegant country-themed wedding filled with whimsical nods to her family’s rich culture.

Style: With the month of April in mind, the bride chose muted colors of latte contrasted with deep orange and burlap. Ivory tabletop linens and gold charger plates integrated elegance amid the rustic touches.

Attire: The bride’s strapless, slim A-line Mori Lee by Madeline Gardner gown had a corseted back, beaded neckline, and shirred band bodice that draped with scattered clusters of beads throughout the skirt and chapel-length train. A cathedral-length veil and cork wedges with burlap straps and a white lace pearled bow on each outer edge of the toe strap completed the ensemble.

The groom wore a black tuxedo with an ivory vest and tie and a white calla lily boutonnière. Groomsmen wore orange vests and ties with orange rose boutonnières. The best man wore an orange calla lily. Bridesmaids wore Jasmine B2 latte colored poly chiffon floor length haltered dresses with wedges chosen from an assortment of different colors.

Floral Decor: The bride carried a bouquet of white roses, white freesia and white tulips wrapped in burlap and satin. The tulips were specially chosen as a remembrance of the Bradshaw family’s years spent living in The Hague (and because they were also Travis’ mother’s favorite flower).

The pews of Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church were lined with white hydrangea tied with orange ribbon. The church altar bloomed with open style flowers later used on stage at the reception. Large table centerpieces were resplendent with open style flowers and hanging votives on fortuna stands, with generous splashes of orange in the arrangements. Medium centerpieces were comprised of candelero globes on iron stands with candles and flower garlands. Small centerpieces included twined wine bottles with flowers surrounded by candle votives, three per table.

A beautiful low arrangement was displayed at the center of the wedding party table where bride and groom were seated. The bridesmaids’
bouquets of orange roses and calla lily were placed in mason jars.

The Cake: Orange clusters and white hydrangea surrounded the gold base of the cake.  The five round tiers had two flavors: red velvet and vanilla cream cheese filling, and vanilla with strawberry filling. Butter cream icing and ivory scrollwork were interspersed with orange roses. The cake topper was shaped in a ‘B’ and made from twigs in a country motif.

The groom’s two-tiered square cake was drizzled in chocolate, made by a friend of the bride’s mother. It also had a topper — a bride dragging her husband away from his football (and holding a Rice jersey)! This personal touch honored Travis’ love of the sport, along with a hand-painted helmet with the Rice ‘R’ logo.

The Wedding Party: Parents of the bride, Robert and Margaret Machacek, joined parents of the groom, Freddy and Leslie Bradshaw, to witness their children being united in matrimony. Missy Machacek, maid of honor and younger sister of the bride, stood with seven bridesmaids: Stephanie Andrews, Lacey Thibodeaux, Jessi Hicks, Carli Bakondy, Meghan Fisher, Kayla Efaw, and Brett Kelley. Kyle Bradshaw, the groom’s older brother, served as best man. Groomsmen included Scott Solomon, Jonathan Buck, John Gioffre, Andrew Sendejo, Corey Chance, Tanner Shuck, and Andrew Collins.

Adorable dual ring bearers, James Glenn and Alex Glenn, and an equally cute flower girl, Gabby Kapplinger, completed the bridal party.

Behind the Scenes: Brittany and Travis are especially fond of sharing the “back stories” of how and why they chose their bridal attendants. The bride formerly babysat her ring bearers during summers and college holiday breaks. Equally meaningful, the bride had been a junior bridesmaid in her cousin Tammy’s wedding, and Tammy’s daughter now served as the bride’s flower girl. The bridesmaids were all best friends from Cypress. Likewise, best friends accumulated over the years from elementary school, high school and college stood with the groom.

“The kiss” rated as one of the top wedding moments, as was the walk down the aisle. “My daddy kept me calm and also gave me freshwater pearls as a wedding gift right before he escorted me,” says the bride, who is not usually overly emotional. But it was a huge surprise to receive real wedding pearls, and seeing family and friends brought tears to her eyes. It made the couple feel blessed to be surrounded by such good, caring and loving people.

The bride surprised the groom with an engraving on his wedding band: “I Love You 4.13.13.” The wedding reception also included special recollections, notably the “history” surrounding the choice of a first dance song. “In the beginning of our freshman year of college, I made a CD for Travis filled with country love songs, as well as songs we considered ‘our songs’ throughout high school,” says Brittany. After their engagement, both agreed that “My Best Friend” by Tim McGraw would be their first dance song. However, the groom neglected to remember this as he was quizzed at work by excited co-workers. “It was a female co-worker who asked about the song, of course,” says the bride. “Travis had to text me and ask, but before I could respond he added that he thought our first dance should be “My Best Friend.” That confirmed, once and for all, the perfectly suited song.

Top “Czech” Reception Moments: The Grand March (a Czech tradition) came alive as the live band, the Ennis Czech Boys, beckoned everyone out onto the dance floor. The bride and groom were serenaded throughout their first dance, which was performed not once, but twice. Then the bride danced with her father to “My Wish”
by Rascal Flatts, and the groom danced with
his mother to “Forever Young” by Stoney LaRue. Kolaches were served after dinner with coffee, and a table held Czech flags to reflect the
bride’s heritage.

A Hummer limousine transported the wedding party to the church, and also from the church to the reception. For their exit, the newlyweds departed in a white 1961 Jaguar.

The Honeymoon: The couple spent their one-week honeymoon at the Iberostar Grand Resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

top image caption – Brittany with her eight attendants, including her sister and best friends from childhood.

The beautiful bride poses with a bouquet of white freesia and tulips.

The beautiful bride poses with a bouquet of white freesia and tulips.

Travis' attendants were outfitted with touches of orange, from their vests to their boutonnières.

Travis’ attendants were outfitted with touches of orange, from their vests to their boutonnières.

 The boutonnières for the groomsmen, fathers, and grandfathers.

The boutonnières for the groomsmen, fathers, and grandfathers.

Brittany’s beloved Labrador, Blondie.

Brittany’s beloved Labrador, Blondie.

A silhouette of the bride in the church’s grand foyer.

A silhouette of the bride in the church’s grand foyer.

I Do” and “Me Too” are inscribed on the silver forks holding the couple’s wedding rings.

I Do” and “Me Too” are inscribed on the silver forks holding the couple’s wedding rings.

Sister Missy, who was the maid of honor, helps Brittany slip on her wedding day wedges.

 Brittany's "something old" was her garter, given by her grandmother.

Brittany’s “something old” was her garter, given by her grandmother.

The bride’s strapless gown was stunning with scattered clusters of beads throughout the skirt and chapel length train.

The bride’s strapless gown was stunning with scattered clusters of beads throughout the skirt and chapel length train.

Flower girl Gabby heads down the aisle.

Flower girl Gabby heads down the aisle.

Handsome groom Travis awaits his bride at the altar.

Handsome groom Travis awaits his bride at the altar.

vory tabletop linens and gold charger plates were among the elegant touches at the reception.

vory tabletop linens and gold charger plates were among the elegant touches at the reception.

The ceremony was held at Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church.

The ceremony was held at Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church.

 James and Alex were adorable ring bearers

James and Alex were adorable ring bearers

The newlyweds seal the deal with a kiss.

The newlyweds seal the deal with a kiss.

A happy Mr. and Mrs. Bradshaw smile for the camera.

A happy Mr. and Mrs. Bradshaw smile for the camera.

The groom's cake topper featured a bride dragging her groom away from his football!

The groom’s cake topper featured a bride dragging her groom away from his football!

A "B" for Bradshaw was hand-woven from twigs to top the five-tiered wedding cake.

A “B” for Bradshaw was hand-woven from twigs to top the five-tiered wedding cake.

A Hummer limousine transported the wedding party to the church and reception

A Hummer limousine transported the wedding party to the church and reception

Guests were given shot glass favors.

Guests were given shot glass favors.

Brittany and her friends have fun dancing.

Brittany and her friends have fun dancing.

ride and groom nuzzle on their wedding day.

ride and groom nuzzle on their wedding day.

The groom twirls his mother for a dance.

The groom twirls his mother for a dance.

Guests enjoyed accordion music by the Ennis Czech Boys.

Guests enjoyed accordion music by the Ennis Czech Boys.

Brittany and her dad enjoy their father-daughter dance.

Brittany and her dad enjoy their father-daughter dance.

Guests danced and mingled with the wedding party. The bride's cathedral length veil billowed dramatically in a special departure pose.

Guests danced and mingled with the wedding party.
The bride’s cathedral length veil billowed dramatically in a special departure pose.

The couple share a kiss on the dance floor.

The couple share a kiss on the dance floor.

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