June 8, 2013
When they were introduced in high school, Jimmy insulted Christie’s taste in handbags. It would take 12 years from said insult until Christie said, “I do.”
After graduation Jimmy enlisted in the Air force to pursue an Aircraft Technician career and was stationed in England. Christie, now Director of Operations at Realty Associates, would coincidentally run into Jimmy when he came home for holidays at clubs/bars or the mall. They would set up a lunch or dinner date to catch up. These “catch ups” made their friendship strong and led to countless nights on the phone.
They became best friends, but never actually dated; then lost touch as they slipped into long term relationships. After six years Christie says, “The stars finally aligned.”He contacted her through social media wanting to“catch up.” It was then when they realized they were meant for each other. She says, “It took us 12 years to finally get to where we are and it was all so worth it”.
His diamond ring topped red velvet cupcake masked months of planning. He united two family heirlooms to create the ring, took a whirlwind trip to Los Angeles, CA to pick up the setting, then spent hours practicing his proposal. His efforts paid off with an enthusiastic, “yes.”
Christie and Jimmy loved the natural light in the University of Houston Chapel. Her mother-in-law made her gown from organza and fabric imported from California. Featuring a sweetheart neckline and full bottom, it was completed the day before the wedding and final alterations were done that night. Christie says, “It’s awesome to be able to say that my wedding gown is one of a kind.” Her reception dress was from Vera Wang’s White Line.
Bake by Cecelia designed the wedding cake. They plan to honeymoon in the Maldives or do a tour of Asia. “Wherever there’s great food and beautiful water,” she says.
– Carolina Hernandez
Photographer: Olivia Vale