An Intimate Christmas Wedding in Houston,Texas
Lindsey and Joseph met randomly one night on Tinder. They had a short conversation on the dating app and decided to meet in IRL at Chipotle, one of Houston’s most-popular fast food chains. They met for dinner, and while things were a bit awkward at first (as is meeting anyone new for the first time), Joseph proposed to Lindsey eight months later.
Here’s at close look at the gorgeous Christmas wedding of Lindsey and Joseph.
All images courtesy of George Street Photo & Video.
After having the most unusual “how we met” story, we probably have an equally unusual “how he proposed” story. Joe lived in a pricey bachelor pad, which was great during that time of our lives. When his lease was ending, we had both talked about how we wanted to travel more, own a house, and slow down on drinking and eating out. In the discussion of saving money, he mentioned moving in together. I personally was happy with my lifestyle; I just wanted him to have more disposable income. Therefore, I threw a huge fit saying “If you love me enough to live together, share finances, share everything, you should love me enough to marry me. If this is truly how you want to spend the rest of your life, figure it out. Do not expect me to act like a wife if you are not ready to act like a husband.” I said all of this to scare him, and for him to hopefully never bring up living together again. It completely backfired when he agreed with me and said “Really?!? I never mentioned it because I thought it would shock you but I really want to be a cool, young father! And if you just want to skip over the whole traveling thing and go straight to having five kids, I’m open to that too!”
After much discussion and compromises, I got a beautiful ring and the promise to spend the rest of my life with my best friend. He proposed when we got back from a family vacation because he forgot to pack the ring before we left.
I am THAT person where I unpack the Christmas décor right after Halloween, and it is not subtle. I have boxes of Christmas plates, lights, signs, you name it. The only request Joe made during the entire wedding process was if he was going to be wearing a suit, he did not want to get married in the summer. That was when the idea hit me; I have to have a Christmas themed wedding!
My mother and her friends are scrapbookers and put all of those DIY projects on Pinterest to shame. They made cake stands, calligraphy signs, escort cards, picture table numbers, photo booth props, and it looked better than anything store bought. Even one of our vendors asked about how my mom made some of the things! My wedding had an estimated 130 people, the budget was undetermined because this was not just my wedding, it was my mother’s fantasy wedding she never got to have for herself.
The color palette was deep red and glitter gold, with hints of greenery and whites. We had a December wedding with Christmas ornaments everywhere, tons of poinsettias, decorative Santa’s, and tons of frosted greenery to really give that magical Christmas feeling.
My favorite moment would have to be our first look and our twenty minutes of alone time. It was much needed with all of the activity going on.
The best advice I got was probably the exact opposite of what most brides hear, but it really helped me when planning because I was extremely torn between saving money or getting something I actually liked but did not need.
“Don’t hesitate over anything in your wedding, spend the money and make it perfect. Weddings are expensive no matter how you work it, do not spend money on something you are just okay with, spend the extra dollars to have it exactly how you want it. You will regret settling for decent pictures, a less than stellar venue, and a dress that doesn’t fit you just perfectly, way more than you’ll regret spending the money.”
The actual day of the wedding was the most fun I have ever had. Being pampered with all my best friends, taking tons of photos, accidentally breaking the bottle of champagne, the shirtless dancers, and dancing the night away to our favorite throwback songs was the best experience that I will cherish for a lifetime.
Photographer: George Street Photo & Video | Catering: Ashton Gardens Houston West | Planner: Ashley Satterfield and Pinterest | Hair and Makeup: JN Co Makeup Artistry | Dress: Allure Bridals via Brickhouse Bridal | Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Rings: Bought the diamond at a wholesale diamond shop and had it set by a jeweler | Tuxes: Michael Kors | Flowers: Dream Bouquet | Cake: Edible Designs by Jessie | Music: JPL Entertainment