Arlington, TX Lesbian Wedding: River Legacy Park
Christina “Chrissy” Pointer & Sydney Wells, Arlington, September 16, 2016
Photography by Katelyn Desnoyer (Katelyn Sarah Photography)
NAMES Christina “Chrissy” Pointer & Sydney Wells
LIVE IN Mansfield
OCCUPATIONS Sydney is a travel-nurse recruiter and a club volleyball coach; Chrissy is a assistant retail district manager.
HOW THEY MET Boogying the night away at Cowboys Dancehall in Arlington.
HOW THEY GOT ENGAGED At midnight on Christmas Eve, Sydney presented Chrissy with a photo book of memories. When Chrissy turned to ask her about the last page, which read, “There’s one last question I have to ask,” Sydney was already down on one knee by the Christmas tree.
BACHELORETTE PARTY The party began at a gun range with Sydney’s “boys” and continued at two local craft breweries—Rahr & Sons and Legal Draft. The bridal party joined in and they all took a party bus to Arlington’s LGBT bar, Club 1851.
REHEARSAL DINNER A casual get-together at their favorite sports bar and grill, No Frills.
WEDDING DAY WEATHER Hot and sweaty. Sydney: “Texas cranked up the heat that day.”
NUMBER OF GUESTS 115
WEDDING COLORS Navy, white, and burlap
THEME Country chic
FLOWERS Chrissy carried white hydrangeas, the bridesmaids held white roses and baby’s breath, and Sydney and the guys wore shotgun-shell boutonnieres.
DIY HIGHLIGHTS Sydney’s mother made the guestbook, the couple married in front of a vintage ‘60s barn door hung by the best man, and Chrissy and her maid of honor decorated mason jars.
THE MENU Not Just Q, a barbecue food truck, served brisket, pulled pork, and chicken, plus cheesy corn and smoked beans at the BYOB reception.
DESSERT A two-tier vanilla wedding cake topped with a W, for “Wells.” Sydney: “We didn’t serve cake to our guests. We gave them navy-blue-and-white cake pops, which they loved.”
MUSIC Sydney created a wedding playlist with a mix of country and dance music. The first dance song was George Strait’s “Give It All We Got Tonight.”
IF THEY HAD TO DO IT OVER They would have used microphones. Sydney: “Nobody could hear our vows or the ceremony. It was also hard to hear the maid of honor and best man speeches.”
IF THEY COULD HAVE SPENT THEIR MONEY DIFFERENTLY Because the couple managed their resources carefully, they kept within budget. Sydney: “Had we more funds, we would have paid our vendors more. They were who made our wedding stand out.”
FAVORITE DETAILs Having a close friend perform the ceremony. Also, the couple’s daughter and Chrissy’s mom walked Chrissy down the aisle, and the couple’s dog, Diamond, walked with Sydney.
UNIQUE ELEMENTS OF THE DAY To honor the tradition of not seeing the bride but still being able to connect before the ceremony, they got ready in different parts of a friend’s house but set up an area where they could touch and talk without seeing. Sydney: “I will always remember the nerves I felt as I heard her boots hitting the floor as she walked toward me. The moment I touched her hand, we both cried instantly.”
UNEXPECTED EVENT A groomsman made a unique branding iron for the couple. Sydney: “Most people do candles or sand. Not us—we wanted to brand a piece of wood that we could keep forever. But no one told me how hot you have to make this thing—and how long it takes to heat it!” Instead of branding the wood at the venue as planned, Sydney instead did so at home and then mimicked the process at the reception. “I told my bridal party to make an ‘ssssssss’ sound as we ‘branded’ it. Everyone got a good laugh.”
ADVICE FOR OTHERS Things will go wrong—just keep it moving and enjoy.
THE DAY IN THREE WORDS Loving, playful, energetic
CEREMONY AND RECEPTION
Linda Vito (friend)
WEDDING PLANNER AND FLOWERS
HAIR AND MAKEUP
You can find more resources for planning an LGBTQ wedding in this part of Texas in our Dallas-Fort Worth Wedding Vendor Guide.