November 13, 2016
Then, Now and Forever
Their love story began while they were both attending the University of Houston, when one of Christina’s friends introduced her to Jimmy. After long nights of fun study sessions, library dates, and relaxing weekends together, they got to know each other and they both soon realized they had found their soulmate.
The bride’s family has a tradition of spending New Year’s in a different city each year. Christina rang in 2017 with her family in Horseshoe Bay, Texas. While Christina was away, Jimmy texted often, asking when she would be home. Thinking nothing of it, Christina naturally accepted when Jimmy nonchalantly asked her to dinner the day she returned. She was faintly curious when he mentioned creating a tradition of their own. Even though Jimmy was skillfully dropping hints and they had already been ring shopping, Christina recalled, she still did not have a clue that he planned on proposing. That Sunday, Jimmy treated Christina to dinner at Brenner’s on the Bayou. After dinner, Jimmy led her outside toward a beautifully lit gazebo. The path was illuminated by candles and covered in rose petals. Finally, it clicked in her head! Christina asked, “Wait, are you proposing?” “You’ll see” Jimmy quietly responded. To Christina’s surprise, members of both their families appeared as if from nowhere, ready to snap pictures. Christina knew this was the moment she had been waiting for when Jimmy, on bended knee, romantically asked her to spend forever with him! When it was time to pick the church, there was no question. St. George Greek Orthodox Church was Jimmy’s family church and Christina had been baptized there. This location could seat both their families and it held such rich memories for them both; it was the ideal place for them to tie the knot. With such big families on both sides, space was a key factor in planning the reception as well. The elegant and spacious ballrooms at the Marriot Sugarland Town Square accommodated their guest list beautifully.
At the ceremony, Christina graced the aisle in a lovely, ivory-lace, fit-and-flare gown from Essense of Australia , featuring sparkling Diamante beading. She added a beaded ribbon sash to the gown for an extra dose of dazzle! Paying homage to their roots, they hired a traditional Arabic “Zaffe” dance group to kick off the reception. Dressed in the customary attire, the dancers escorted the newlyweds into their reception and performed the traditional wedding ceremonial dances around the couple while playing drums and bagpipes and wielding swords! Edible Designs by Jessie created an incredible, 6-tier wedding cake patterned after Christina’s own ideas for her dream cake when she was just a young girl. Gold and ivory Victorian-like accents and crystal beading gave the cake a royal theme that was beautifully incorporated throughout.
Christina and Jimmy escaped on a fabulous honeymoon in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic to relax and unwind after the exciting festivities!
By Stephanie DiCiro
Photos: Jason Snow
I think the thing I regret the most throughout the wedding planning process is not enjoying the time I had left with my family. As a bride, your weekends, and even weekdays, are consumed by appointments and necessary errands. I spent most of the time I had left at my parent’s house worried about the wedding and scheduling multiple appointments to ensure things turned out the way I had pictured them instead of just relaxing and trusting in the process. If you’re a perfectionist like me, try and accept the fact that things just won’t turn out exactly the way you envisioned it and mistakes on the day of the wedding may happen. They did for me and that’s okay, no one noticed! Just remain calm and enjoy your night because it flies by so fast! Also, try and enjoy every second you have with your family because when you’re gone, you’ll crave for time back, as I do now.