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Christa Brooks & Terrance Truax

June 29, 2013

Christa Brooks & Terrance Truax

Terrance Truax asked Christa Brooks to marry him immediately following their commencement ceremony at California State University, Stanislaus.

POSTED March 28, 2013 2:16 p.m.

A love for animals and a beautiful friendship brought Christa Brooks and Terrance Truax together in the summer of 2008.  It was Terrance’s first day as a veterinary technician at Taylor Veterinary Hospital and the moment he walked in the clinic, Christa took notice.

“I was working as a receptionist the first day Terrance stepped foot at the veterinary clinic. He walked up to the office manager that morning and I thought to myself, ‘who is that guy?’ We’ve never had a cute guy work at our office before so I was intrigued,” Christa admitted.

But as fate would have it, their chemistry for each other developed into an everlasting friendship.

“When Terrance and I began our friendship I had a boyfriend at the time.  We were inseparable.  We would do everything together like going to the gym and have study sessions.  We had so much in common that it wasn’t a surprise for both of us that we wanted to be together.  After I ended my relationship we talked about being together,” said Christa.

Though Terrance and Christa had an undeniable friendship for many months, Terrance took the initiative to take their relationship to the next level.

“I told him I didn’t want to go public until we were both sure we wanted to be in a relationship.  He wanted to date me but he was also working for my dad at the time.  We didn’t want to jeopardize his job in any way or form,” said Christa.  “One day he decided to talk to my dad and invited him to lunch to break the news to him.  My dad was impressed by his respectful attitude and gave him his blessing.  We’ve been happily together ever since.”

Christa never quite understood what it meant when couples realize their infinite love for one another.  It took a wedding, a special waltz and a secret confession between Terrance and Christa’s sister for her to realize she wanted to spend the rest of her life with Terrance.

“It was the day of my sister’s wedding, which also landed on our sixth month anniversary,” said Christa.  “At one point of the night Terrance exchanged a dance with my sister and I notice he whispered something in her ear.  Later that night my sister confessed to me that Terrance had told her that he wanted to marry me.  Instead of freaking out, I had a gut feeling and I just knew.  This is the guy I wanted to spend the rest of my life with.”

The proposal

Terrance had made a promise to Christa that he would not propose to her while they were still in school.  Terrance chose the perfect venue and the ideal date to pop the question, their commencement ceremony at California State University, Stanislaus.

“After our ceremony we walked campus and found the perfect little island to take our pictures,” said Christa.  “As we step in front of the island he begins to thank me for being supportive of him.  He talks about the promise he made me years ago and tells me, ‘well, we’re not in school anymore.’ He gets down on one knee, pulls out the ring and asks me to marry him.  His proposal could not have been more perfect.  It was public enough for our entire friends and family to see but private enough where he could talk to me on a personal level.  It was the best day of my life.”


The perfect outdoor wedding

Christa and Terrance's wedding will take place in the beautiful outdoors of French Camp.  The River Mill was the perfect choice that satisfied both of their visions.

“I’ve always wanted an outdoor wedding filled with gardens, flowers and trees,” said Christa.  “He wanted to get married in the church so we both made some compromises to satisfy our needs.  The River Mill was exactly what we both wanted.  It has beautiful gardens and a gorgeous indoor facility.”

Roses and crape myrtle line the walkway and eight raised beds framed with brick are filled with sculptured privets and seasonal plantings, underneath massive oak trees.  An open courtyard provides entry into the 18,000 square foot brick building with a variety of rooms for dining and dancing. 

The color theme for the outdoor wedding will be pewter with accents of purple to incorporate a tastefully outdoor theme.

The bride will be adorned with a Galena signature dress, incorporating a long veil to follow found at David’s Bridal in Modesto.

“Before finding the right dress I had to take into consideration that our wedding was going to take place in the outdoors.  I wanted to be able to breathe in my dress and not feel suffocated.  The dress I chose is perfect and it is exactly what I envisioned.  It has personality and adds a little spunk to the look because it doesn’t look like your typical dress.”

The reception area will be decorated with linen, flowers and the best tableware that reflects the enchanted outdoor theme.

“I was fortunate enough to have everything taken care of from the staff of the River Mill,” said Christa.  “They will be doing everything from arranging the flowers, food, setup, centerpieces and the cake.”

As for the wedding cake, Christa and Terrance opted for one that incorporated their favorite flavors.  The cake will be a squared multi-tiered cake filled with different flowers.  Their latest ideas have included red velvet cake with cream cheese filling and the traditional white cake with strawberry filling.

“Instead of feeding each other cakes during the reception, we have decided to feed each other chocolate covered strawberries.  It’s different, it’s innovative and plus he’s allergic to wheat so he can’t eat cake,” joked Christa.



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