the wedding of

Christina and Richelle

December 31st
Venue: The Villa at Cielo Vista
Lead Photographer: Shelly Beck
Photographer: Joshua Michael
Videographer: Emerald Media
Florist: H-E-B Blooms
Gown Designer: A. Cherie Couture
Tuxedo: Calvin Klein
Bride's Shoes: Shoe Dazzle
Bride's Shoes: Christian Louboutin

Processional - Can't Help Falling in Love by Elvis Presley; Recessional - Love Me Like You Do by Ellie Goulding
First Dance - Tennessee Whiskey by Chris Stapleton; Last Dance - Always Remember Me This Way by Lady GaGa
Father & Daughter Dances - Forever Young by Bob Dylan and Hit Me With Your Best Shot by Pat Benatar
Mother & Daughter Dance - It Won't Be Like This For Long by Darius Rucker

Jewelry: Americus Diamond
Cake: Cake Crumbs
Invitations: Truly Engaging
Signs: Julian Basaldura
Officiate: Patti Benke
Mariachi: Mariachia Las Alteñas
Photobooth: Party People
Colors: Black, Gold, and Burgandy


Although Christina’s and Richelle’s paths had crossed thousands of times, it wasn’t until a friend’s wedding that Richelle stopped – stared – jaw dropped – saw Christina – and decided immediately “she’s the one.” Je ne peux pas vivre sans toi.

At the wedding, Richelle had stolen a plate of cookies, encouraged by her aunt, and was running them back to her assigned guest table when Christina turned and said, “so that’s where all the cookies went.” Richelle froze – turned red – stared again at Christina – then proceeded to take the cookies to her aunt without losing Christina from her mind. This was in November 2016.

From that night on, Christina and Richelle have been inseparable.

In November 2018, Richelle decided to propose to Christina. While it was scary and incredibly exciting to think about proposing, Richelle knew she wanted it to be special. It seemed like a cliché, but Richelle could not think of a more romantic place than in front of the Eiffel Tower from the Trocadéro during planned their European vacation. And was it ever romantic! "Getting down on one knee, saying Christina's full name, asking her to marry me, veux-tu m’épouser - hearing her say yes, knowing we are the loves of each others lives – I couldn’t have been happier," said Richelle. "Cliché and all."

Christina and Richelle married on New Year’s Eve – celebrating and reflecting on their love while 2019 was ending and 2020 was beginning. The Gatsby inspired wedding was elegant and timeless – with a view overlooking the entire city, three foot tall letters of LOVE, balloons dropping and fireworks popping, and at mignight loved ones whispering “bonne année.” 

Paris, the City of Love