Our Story

How We Met

as told by Samantha

Travis and I met in August of 2010. I had a friend who I had helped find a house, which happened to be a couple houses down the street from mine. I was in Abilene and it was a few weeks before classes began. I went over to my friends house to hang out, and met his roommate, Travis. We had a fun evening but I didn’t think anything of Travis except that we would be friends.

A few days later they invited me and my roommate over to watch a movie. We went over there and just had a good time and watched a movie. By the end of the movie Travis had moved significantly closer to me on the couch than he was when we started the movie. The next day me and my roommate were hanging out and watching tv, and we hear a knock at the door. Much to our surprise, it was Travis returning something he had borrowed the night before. He came in and sat down and none of us really knew what to say, so we sat there in silence watching tv. Finally my roommate left the room and Travis asked me for my number, and then he left. From then on Travis really wanted to hang out but I was going out of town, and told him it would have to wait a week until I got back. I remember when I was in Austin, asking my brother and close friends about this guy who was interested in me, but I wasn’t sure what to do because I didn’t feel like I wanted a relationship at the time. Something my brother said to me made me realize that spending time with this guy was not a big commitment and I would never know until I gave it a chance. I decided to give go ahead and hang out with Travis when I got back. After a couple of days he finally asked me out. We went on our first date, and the rest is history.

From the beginning, this relationship caught us by surprise. God had some great plans for our lives that neither of us could see or understand at the time, but I am so thankful that my friend lived down the street and had a great roommate named Travis!

as told by Travis

The first time we met was completely unexpected for both of us. We had a mutual friend, John, who happened to be looking for a house, and Samantha showed him the house that he and I ended up living in. It was two houses away from where Samantha lived, so that’s the story of how we became neighbors.

John had talked to me before about Samantha, so I was already intrigued to meet her before she even knew who I was. Not too long after we moved in John invited Samantha to come look at our house and the three of us hung out that night. The moment Samantha walked in the door I knew there was something different about her than any girl I had ever seen. I’m not typically one to say I believe in love at first sight, and I’ve always thought that was a bunch of nonsense, but it was pretty hard to deny it after I saw her that first night. I remember specifically thinking how cool she was and how I wanted to get to know her better. Also, I was pretty sure she had no idea what I was thinking and I didn’t want to leave anything to chance so next time I saw her I made sure she knew what was up.

The next night Samantha came over and we ended up watching a movie, I made my move, and the rest is history.

Not really.

She didn’t know what to think of me at first so it definitely took quite a bit of convincing on my part but she eventually she agreed to go out on a date with me. I remember being a nervous wreck the whole time but thankfully I didn’t scare her away because now I get to marry the girl of my dreams.

The Proposal

as told by Travis

Whenever I thought about planning my proposal I wanted it to be a big surprise, but I wasn’t sure how to pull it off without Samantha finding out. I am a bad liar in the first place, so surprises are not exactly my forte. After much deliberation I found my answer while watching the movie “Inception.” My master plan was to make the whole thing seem like it was Samantha’s idea, then turn it around and blow her mind. We have this spot in downtown Austin that we like to go called “The Hill.” It has a really cool view of downtown and I decided it would be the perfect location for me to propose.

We had been planning a time for our friends, Caitlyn and Sterling, to drive down from Dallas to spend the weekend with us. I asked them if they wanted to help with the proposal and they were more than willing to do so. Caitlyn told Samantha that the only weekend they could come would be the 28th, which was the day I was going to propose. I let Samantha plan the whole weekend (or at least think she was) and Caitlyn went along with it perfectly. I told Samantha about this good Italian place that we should eat for dinner, and I made reservations for 5:30 (way earlier than we normally eat, but I was trying to get to the park on time) and told her that was the only time they had available. The restaurant was also right by the park, which was my whole reason for deciding to eat there in the first place.

The four of us went to dinner together and I don’t know if I have ever been so nervous. Caitlyn and Sterling told a story about how Sterling’s brother had gotten a cool picture by a park near some event center downtown. Without me even saying anything, Samantha responded by saying she knew where that was and that we should go there after dinner, and then we could walk to the congress bridge (where she thought that’s where we were going next). Little did she know, she was leading us right to the spot where I was going to propose and she thought the whole thing was her idea.

When we got to the park there was someone on the hill taking pictures, so I recommended we go to this more secluded area by a pond. While walking over there Caitlyn and Sterling started walking around and taking pictures of the area. Caitlyn said she wanted to get some pictures to show Sterling’s brother that they went to the same spot, and told us to go on ahead. Samantha hesitated, but I urged her on and told her they’d catch up with us in a minute. Once we got to the pond, I got down on one knee and proposed and it was more perfect than I could have imagined. I had also planned for pictures to be taken by one of her parents’ photographer friends who was hiding while he took pictures of everything. Oh, and she said YES!

After the proposal she still thought all our plans were on for the night, but I recommended we should go tell her parents what happened and she agreed. I had gotten our families and her close friends together to surprise her at her house. When we got there she was caught completely off guard and it couldn’t have been more perfect.


These lovely engagements were taken by our awesome wedding photog Taylor Lord!


March 30, 2013 at 6:00 pm | LBJ Wildflower Center, Austin, TX

Wedding Ceremony : The ceremony will be held inside the gallery at the Wildflower Center. Our officiant is Travis's Uncle Tom Proch.

Wedding Reception : The reception will be held in the outside courtyard at the Wildflower Center at 7:00 pm. We will have dinner, desserts, and lots of dancing!

4801 La Crosse Avenue, Austin, TX For more information click here.
March 29, 2013 | 7:00 pm

Rehersal and Rehersal Dinner

The Rehersal will be held at the ceremony site. The rehersal dinner will be held at Maggianio's Little Italy Restaurant. Invitation only.

10910 Domain Dr, Suite 100, , Austin, TX 78758 512-501-7870


We are registered at:

Bed, Bath and Beyond, Target, and Myregistry.com The last regitry is a universal registry online of items from various stores. Thank you so much for your support and love in this time as we begin our family.


Residence Inn Austin Northwest

We have rooms blocked off for your convenience at this hotel. It is located in North Austin near great shopping and eating. Book by March 15th for a discounted rate, including breakfast. The quoted rate is for their studio with one king or queen bed, or two doubles, and optional roll-away and sofa bed. It is located about 20-25 minutes north of the Wildflower Center. To book call 512-502-8200 and ask for the 'Hawthorne-Burnett' wedding rate, or book online here.

Hilton Garden Inn Austin Northwest

We have rooms blocked off for your convenience at this hotel. It is located in North Austin near great shopping and eating. Book by March 1st for a discounted rate, breakfast not included but available at an extra cost. This quoted rate is for a room with one king bed or two double beds. It is located about 30 minutes north of the Wildflower center. To book call 512-241-1600 and ask for the 'Hawthorne-Burnett' wedding rate, or book online here.


There is so much to do in downtown Austin. During the day you can visit the State Capitol Building, or walk down historic Congress Ave. South Congress Ave has some eclectic shopping and the famous food trucks, such as Hey Cupcake! The West 2nd Street district is a great area to walk around and shop as well. Zilker Park is a beautiful park to play some disc golf, go canoeing, or play some sand volleyball. For more information about things to do in Austin visit this guide.

Shopping and Dining

The Domain shopping center is located near the hotels, and has great shopping and dining options. It has a Dillards, Macys, J.Crew, Anthropologie, Apple Store, H&M, Forever21 and more. There are also many fine dining restaurants such as Gloria's Mexican, California Pizza Kitchen, Kona Grill, Starbuck's Coffee and more. For a full list of retailers at The Domain visit here.


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Travis and I are so thankful for all of the love and support we have and continue to have in our relationship and as we grow into a family.

Our Parents

Katie and Bob Burnett, Steve and Shelly Hawthorne, Y'all have loved us from the day we were born, and loved us from day one of our relationship. I(Samantha) remember going to Tyler for the first time and even before just how much the Burnetts love poured out to me, even though they had never met me before. I knew then that this was a special family and I was incredibly blessed to know them. My parents, Steve and Shelly, loved Travis from the beginning, even though I know he was so nervous to meet my Dad, but as we continued to date I just knew my Dad loved, respected, and approved of Travis as the man in my life. We are just so thankful and blessed for the parents and families we have and how much they support us! Thank you and we love you!

Our Friends

I(Samantha) remember my friends skyping me on my first date with Travis and helping me decide what to wear, and I also remember when I knew Travis was the one and I told a few of them, just crying with joy that I had found the man I wanted to someday marry. They have always loved Travis and supported this relationship, and we would not be where we are today without every single one of our friends! We have both been blessed with life long friends that want the world for us and our relationship, and our walk with God as one, and that is the most amazing love and gift that our friends could give. We love you all very much!