Houston Lesbian Wedding: Lynda & Jen – McGovern Centennial Gardens at Hermann Park
Photography by Janica Boles: JBO Photo
NAMES Lynda Case & Jen Powis.
LIVE IN Houston, Texas.
OCCUPATIONS Lynda is a veterinarian; Jen is a lawyer.
HOW THEY MET Through a mutual friend while undergrads at Texas A&M.
HOW THEY GOT ENGAGED Jen and Lynda were originally married in 2000, after Jen proposed as the sun sank over the mountains during a vacation in New Mexico. After the 2015 Supreme Court decision, it was Lynda who asked to renew their vows. Lynda: “I called Jen and said, ‘Will you marry me?’ Her proposal had been much more romantic.”
WEDDING-DAY WEATHER It was a little rainy back in 2000, but this time it was sunny and beautiful.
NUMBER OF GUESTS 100.
WEDDING COLORS White with linens of spa-blue, lavender, blush, and silver—these colors matched the ties of the brides’ 8- and 5-year-old sons.
THEME A celebration of love and bubbles.
FLOWERS Floral colors were pastel, white, blush, and green. Jen’s bouquet included carnations in memory of her grandmother; Lynda’s had gardenias in memory of her father.
DIY HIGHLIGHTS Guests were invited to include words of wisdom, blessing, or advice in their RSVPs. Lynda: “One of our favorites was, ‘The wife is always right.’”
THE MENU A spread of short rib sliders with kale-carrot-cabbage slaw, shrimp cocktail, flatbread with seasonal vegetables and squash blossoms, and a salad of brussels sprouts and local tomatoes. Children enjoyed their own special kids’ buffet, and strawberry lemonade was offered. Lynda: “The adults could add vodka if they wanted to.”
DESSERT Amy’s ice cream was served instead of cake, and a colorful station was set up with fun tilt bowls full of toppings. Lynda: “It was summer, after all!”
MUSIC A band was stationed outside under a covered garden pavilion playing fun music for people of all ages. Lynda: “We opted for a group ‘chicken dance.’”
IF THEY HAD TO DO IT OVER If they’d had a larger budget, they would have invited more people.
FAVORITE DETAIL The bubbles! It was the brides’ 8-year-old son’s idea to float bubbles during the ceremony entrance and exit.
UNIQUE ELEMENTS OF THE DAY The child-friendly atmosphere. The brides’ two sons made up the entire wedding party. Lynda: “They held our flowers for us and sat quietly the whole time—now that was unique!” The reception also featured a kids’ activity area with custom cornhole and giant tic-tac-toe boards.
ADVICE FOR OTHERS Lynda: “Try every day to be nicer to your partner than she is to you—as long as she is also trying to be nicer to you, it works out very well.”
THE DAY IN THREE WORDS Beautiful, blessed, bubbly.
CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE
CATERING, FLOWERS & WEDDING PLANNING
HAIR & MAKEUP
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