Lindsey & Dillon Meek

By Kevin Tankersley

01.16.16

VENUE: Suspension Bridge (ceremony); Indian Spring Park (reception)
TIME OF DAY: 5 p.m.
LENGTH OF SERVICE: 30 minutes
LENGTH OF RECEPTION: 3 1/2 hours
GUESTS: 275 COLORS: White and cream
GOWN: Sarah Seven
PHOTOGRAPHER: Kathryn Krueger Photography
HAIRSTYLIST: “I did my own!” Lindsey said.
MAKEUP: Donna Bruns, Cedar Park
OFFICIANT: Blake Hartsock and Josh Myers (bride’s brother)
COORDINATOR: Kindred Event Studio
INVITATIONS: Abby Hyslop Lettering
CATERER: Milo Biscuit Company
CAKE: Leah Stewart, The Olive Branch
DECOR: Marquee Tents, Austin; Aztec Events & Tents, Houston
FLORIST: Wildflower Lane, Austin
MUSICIANS: The Royal Dukes Band, Texas-plus
FIRST SONG: “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours” by Stevie Wonder
REHEARSAL DINNER: The Baylor Club
HOTEL: Hotel Indigo
HONEYMOON: Mini-moon to Austin; babymoon to Italy this summer
BUDGET: $$$

(KEY: $ = 15,000 or less | $$ = 15,001-30,000 | $$$ = 30,001-50,000 | $$$$= 50,001-75,000)

Lindsey Myers and Dillon Meek were married on a chilly Saturday, January 16, at the Suspension Bridge. Their reception was held under a tent in Indian Spring Park. Lindsey grew up in Austin, and Dillon is from Victoria. They met at Baylor University and graduated in 2007. Dillon went on to Baylor Law School, while Lindsey began her teaching career.

Though their paths first crossed at Baylor, it wasn’t until several years after graduation that they finally started dating. Lindsey and Dillon are both 31, and they’re expecting their first child in December.

WACOAN: What prompted you to run for city council last May?

Dillon: I just think Waco is in a really interesting juncture in its history. At the time I was so excited and continue to be so excited about the momentum that the city’s experiencing and just wanted to play a part in that and utilize the skills I have to try to participate and benefit the city.

WACOAN: And you’re also an attorney.

Dillon: Yep. With an investment company, Rydell Holdings, for about three-and-a-half years now.

WACOAN: Lindsey, what grade do you teach at Mountainview Elementary School?

Lindsey: First grade. This was my first year in Waco ISD. I just moved back to Waco last summer from Austin. That’s where I grew up and where I lived for several years after I graduated [from Baylor]. I taught in Austin as well; I taught preschool at a private school.

WACOAN: How was your first year in Waco ISD?

Lindsey: It was good, challenging. The kids in my class made it the most special year for me. I’m just grateful to have gotten the opportunity to love and work with great kids and get to know their families.

WACOAN: How did y’all meet?

Dillon: We met at Baylor. We actually lived less than a block away from each other and were friends back in college.

Lindsey: But never dated.

Dillon: We didn’t date then but circled back and started dating several years after school.

WACOAN: If you didn’t date in college, what brought you back together years later?

Dillon: We were good friends, so we always kept in touch, and I think that in the back of our minds — actually, I know, in the back of our minds — at different times we were always interested in each other. She would be dating someone or I would be dating someone. And then whenever we would break up, we would sort of circle back with each other. We finally hit it where neither one of us was dating anybody.

Lindsey: The timing just lined up.

Dillon: The timing finally aligned perfectly.

WACOAN: When was the first date?

Lindsey: [Laughs.]

Dillon: Easter Sunday, after church, in 2014.

Lindsey: He thinks that was a date. I thought he was just coming in town to talk. But he counts that as our first date.

WACOAN: So what do you count as your first date?

Lindsey: Probably a couple of weeks after that. I don’t remember if it was in Austin or Waco. But we decided to test the waters, go out and see what happened.

WACOAN: Where did y’all go to church that Easter Sunday?

Dillon: I went to church with my family where I grew up, First Baptist Edna. Went to the early service. Jumped in the car. One of our friends knew that Lindsey and I had kind of gone back and forth over the years. And she [said], ‘She’s getting asked out by all these guys. I know you’re interested. What are you waiting on?’ So I called her and said, ‘Hey, I would love to see you, grab coffee with you after churchon Sunday.’ And it worked out perfectly because her parents were out of town for a wedding, so she didn’t have any family obligations. I jumped in the car after church and looped to Austin. It’s out of the way. Edna is right outside of Victoria. It’s what Crawford is to Waco.

WACOAN: How long a drive is it from First Baptist Church of Edna to Austin?

Dillon: About two-and-a-half hours.

WACOAN: Where did you go to church together on that Easter Sunday of 2014?

Lindsey: Austin Stone [Community Church]. That’s where I grew up going in Austin.

WACOAN: So afterward y’all went out for coffee?

Lindsey: We had coffee. We walked around downtown.

Dillon: She was housesitting for one of their family friends, and I picked her up. I remember she was wearing perfume that smelled pretty.

WACOAN: What kind of perfume was it?

Dillon: It’s called Tocca Cleopatra.

WACOAN: So y’all walked around and talked, and you didn’t consider that a date?

Lindsey: No.

Dillon: That was the first date.

WACOAN: Then tell me about what you consider the first date, a couple of weeks later.

Lindsey: I can’t remember if I came to Waco or if he came back to Austin.

Dillon: I made it very clear that on that day that I wanted to date her.

Lindsey: Yeah.

WACOAN: That was the Easter date?

Dillon: Correct.

WACOAN: That she says wasn’t a date.

Lindsey: Well, if we’re going to be honest, a couple of years after we graduated college, I approached Dillon and said, ‘I have feelings for you. Do you think we should date?’ He [said], ‘No. Not great timing. Don’t feel the same way.’ Fast forward several years later to this Easter we’re speaking of. I just think I was a little leery. I had tried to cross this bridge before, and you said no.

WACOAN: So what did y’all do on what you consider the first date?

Lindsey: I can’t remember where it was.

Dillon: She was skeptical of dating me. I said, ‘I think we should date.’ She [said], ‘I don’t know if we should.’ I remember it was Cinco de Mayo when she was like, ‘Jump on board. Let’s do this.’

Lindsey: I think I was just cautious because I didn’t want to get hurt. But it didn’t take long for those walls to come down.

Dillon: My heart was in the right place, and I was ready to pursue Lindsey and fell in love with her really quickly.

I remember we had a worship night at our church [Antioch Community Church]. They were recording an album at First Baptist Church [Waco]. I grew up in an old Baptist church, and First Baptist is so historical, and at the time Antioch was meeting in a renovated grocery store. For us to be able to go to this worship service where they were recording this album in a beautifully historic church was really fun and special. Afterward, I was just hanging out with Lindsey, and I realized, ‘This is it. I’m all in.’

Lindsey: That was also our first kiss.

WACOAN: After the worship service?

Dillon: We went up to Cameron Park, to Lover’s Leap.

Lindsey: Classic.

Dillon: And we sat on a bench and were talking. We had our first kiss.

WACOAN: When did you realize he might be the one?

Lindsey: We went round and round, staying in touch for literally nearly a decade, and I thought in the back of my mind that if we ever seriously dated, we’re going to get married.

WACOAN: Did you tell him that?

Lindsey: After we were married. I don’t remember the exact date, but it was probably a month or two after we started dating, I thought, ‘I think I’m going to marry him.’ It was sometime that summer.

WACOAN: So who proposed?

Lindsey: He did.

WACOAN: How did that happen?

Dillon: I love pranks. I’ve always loved pranks. This was, in some ways, an intent to pull a fast one on Lindsey and surprise her with this. I was on city council, really newly elected, and told her we had some sort of dedication breakfast at the Cameron Park Clubhouse.

Lindsey: He was newly into city council, and there was city stuff going on all the time, so it didn’t clue me in that something was going on when he said we were going to a breakfast.

Dillon: There’s a beautiful balcony on the clubhouse that overlooks the Brazos River. I had a couple of buddies go and set up a little table, chairs, a couple of candles. And I had a Bible where we had marked some of the pages. We get there, and no one’s there.

Lindsey: He went ahead of me and said, ‘No one’s in there.’ I’m thinking he got the date or the time wrong. I’m annoyed. I turned around and was walking back to the car. He said, ‘No, wait. I see something. Come here.’ I walked up the steps and didn’t see anything. He opened the door, and I think then was the moment I thought, ‘OK. Something can happen.’ We walked through the clubhouse and out onto the balcony, and I saw the flowers and chairs and everything. I said, ‘Is that a date? A breakfast date?’ Then pretty quick —

Dillon: I said, ‘No, it’s not. We’re doing this thing.’ I hit a knee. Then we flipped in the Bible to our favorite verses and wrote on some big rocks the promises we want to live our lives on.
We went back to my house, and I really pulled a fast one on Lindsey with this one too. She thought my parents were out of town. She thought some of her family was out of town. And they were all here, and we had a really fun engagement party.

WACOAN: When was this?

Dillon: August 15, 2015.

WACOAN: That was a short engagement.

Lindsey: I just wanted to be married.

Dillon: We both wanted to be married really badly. Both of us were not needing an extravagant wedding.

WACOAN: Did the fact that y’all were older play into that?

Dillon: Oh, yeah. I think so.

WACOAN: With both of you being from elsewhere, why did you get married in Waco?

Lindsey: Availability played a bit of a role. I think that I had envisioned that I would get married in Austin, but the places I liked were booked. Also we had a pull to Waco for multiple reasons. This is where we’re going to live and plant our roots and build our life.

Dillon: I always preferred getting married in Waco to Austin. Lindsey’s from there. I think every girl pictures getting married in her hometown, her home church, and I was great with that. But when she suggested us getting married in Waco, I was thrilled. This is where we’ve invested so much. Lindsey had been teaching in Waco ISD. I was on city council. We had started to plant roots here. And it was the most beautiful spot [at the Suspension Bridge].

WACOAN: What was the biggest challenge planning a wedding that quickly?

Dillon: I felt like Lindsey pictured a small, intimate wedding, and I wanted to invite everyone I’ve ever met before. For me, the most difficult part was reaching a compromise on that.

WACOAN: How would you describe your wedding?

Dillon: Initial thought was cold. It was chilly.

WACOAN: What time did you get married?

Lindsey: Five o’clock. And the Friday before our wedding was beautiful, sunny.

Dillon: Warm.

Lindsey: Warm-ish. Then Saturday rolled around with the wind and the chill.

Dillon: Then Sunday was warm too.

Lindsey: It was intimate. Everybody was in a tent.

Dillon: Lindsey’s folks live in Georgetown, and on their way to Waco they went to Ikea and bought every blanket that the store was selling and handed them out. People were bundled up. They had hot cider. It was unique. It was a beautiful winter sunset. The whole wedding was just gorgeous.

WACOAN: What did you wear?

Lindsey: [Laughs.] A wedding dress.

WACOAN: Something big and poofy?

Lindsey: No. No, no, no. I wanted it to be very simple. Clean lines and not over the top. But I did go ahead and throw on a fur at the last minute.

WACOAN: How many attendants did you have?

Lindsey: One each.

Dillon: My brother [Phillip Meek] was my best man, and her sister [Sarah Grant] was her maid of honor.

WACOAN: Why just one attendant each?

Lindsey: Both of us, Dillon more than me, have been in just tons of weddings. And I think partly we decided to do one so we wouldn’t open up a big can of worms. Where do you end with all your friends who you want to be in your wedding party? Just to simplify it, we wanted to do just one.

WACOAN: What did Sarah wear?

Lindsey: She was the only one, so she kind of had her pick, and she decided to wear a floor-length, light pink [dress] with sequins.

WACOAN: What did the guys wear?

Dillon: Navy blue suits. Gray ties. Dark brown cowboy boots.

WACOAN: How did you decorate, since you were at the Suspension Bridge?

Lindsey: It got a little modified with the weather and the wind. There were a few flowers, eucalyptus and candles. And heaters.

Dillon: There were these big vintage bulb lights weaving back and forth between the Suspension Bridge structures. There was greenery on the bridge itself.

WACOAN: What was the reception like?

Lindsey: We wanted it to be family style and intimate. It was all long tables, and we did family-style food servings. People passed platters. A lot of candlelight. We did a clear tent so you could see the lights outside.

WACOAN: What kind of food did you serve?

Dillon: Delicious food.

Lindsey: Beef and chicken and seasonal vegetables. We had chicken biscuits.

WACOAN: Milo [Biscuit Company’s] chicken biscuit is good.

Dillon: It’s incredible.

WACOAN: What kind of cake did you have?

Lindsey: I’m biased, but it’s the best wedding cake I’ve ever had. Leah Stewart at the Olive Branch baked it for us. It was vanilla. It was natural, like a naked cake. It didn’t have icing on the sides. It had eucalyptus leaves on it. It was really good.

Dillon: We went very local.

WACOAN: Did you have a groom’s cake?

Dillon: We had pies from Milo. Then Hudson High, a Victoria boy like me, he has a company called Parked In Waco, and he took us in a 1959 Edsel from there to Hotel Indigo.

WACOAN: Where did you go on your honeymoon?

Dillon: Lindsey’s a school teacher, so we couldn’t go for a long honeymoon. We went to this beautiful place called Travaasa [Resort] in Austin. We were there for a few days.

This summer we are going on a mission trip to Europe to work with some European refugees. For part of that trip we’re going to break away and kind of have a honeymoon.

WACOAN: Where will you be going on the mission trip part of that trip?

Dillon: We’ll be going to Amsterdam, [Netherlands,] to work with the guy who did our wedding, Blake [Hartsock of Antioch Ministries International]. He runs a training there for missionaries coming to Europe. They filter through there to get trained and then go to whatever other country in Europe to work with refugees. We’ll help with the administrative side of the training. Then we’ll go to the Italian coast for a few days [for our honeymoon] as well.

WACOAN: How much were you involved in the planning of the wedding?

Dillon: Not a ton. I was real involved with the ceremony. That was real important to both of us.

Lindsey: You did want to know what was going on.

Dillon: Yeah, I did want to be copied on those emails.

WACOAN: Where did y’all live before this?

Lindsey: We lived in a townhouse about three blocks from here.

WACOAN: Why did you buy in this part of town?

Dillon: We need to live in my city council district, so we put notes on doors all over my district, saying, ‘Hey, do you want to sell your house?’ And the owner of this house said they were interested in selling. We came and looked at it and fell in love with it.

WACOAN: When was the house built?

Dillon: 1918. It’s got some cool history. It was built by Edward Rotan, who built a huge house on Columbus [Avenue], then he downsized and moved here. Then the famous pediatrician, T. Berry Brazelton, grew up here. There’s some fun Waco history here.

WACOAN: What have you learned about married life?

Lindsey: I had heard this before, that marriage is not for your happiness. The point of marriage is not to be happy. That’s a byproduct of it. But I think our belief of the purpose of marriage is to love each other like Christ loved the church. It’s a lot of forgiveness and sacrificial love and a lot of growing and maturing together. I think that’s huge.

Dillon: I think it’s been really fun to partner with my best friend in life. It’s fun to dream together and plan life together. Even just moving into this beautiful home that we love has been such a fun journey. Some of your flaws get exposed in marriage when you’re used to living for yourself only. It’s been so rewarding to get to do life with my best friend, to pray together and pray over each other. To laugh together and to cut up and have fun and go on date nights.

Lindsey: It’s definitely better living life with your best friend than by yourself.

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