A Magical Christmas Wedding

Dec 21, 2020

Hi Friends! I was struggling whether to post about my daughter’s wedding during a time where we are asked not to have dinner with family, Both my husband and I have been very careful in protecting ourselves and others during the entire pandemic and we were really stressed about how to move forward with Sammy’s wedding. We have not socialized with our friends and although have supported restaurants with take out, had not dined out. Two people promising to love, honor and cherish each other is a momentous milestone and the committed couple did not want to continue to push back their marriage. The day was such a joyous occasion that I wanted to share, after all, who doesn’t love weddings and especially during the magical season of Christmas.

Engagement Picture

Sammy, my youngest daughter, got engaged to Dylan in Paris the summer of 2019. Always wanting a Christmas wedding, she felt the timeline was too fast and they set the date for June 2020 with no idea of what that year had in store. She is a kindergarten teacher so all of her events centered around her time off. Her bachelorette party was planned in March during spring break and her showers in May when school was out.

Photographer John Segovia

We have three children and we decided that our son and daughters would get a monetary gift from us to start their life together with their chosen partner. John and I came up with an amount we felt comfortable with. A dear friend gave me some advice in how to present “the budget” which was so valuable. Rather than say this is your wedding budget. We sat down with them and said this is your gift from us to start your new lives together to use in anyway you decide as a couple. You can use it for the wedding, you can save for a down payment for a house, you can use to buy furniture or travel. Its your decision. Before you make that decision though, please think how long it would take you to save this money after taxes, and let us know how we can assist you in planning your wedding. This really changed the conversation and they came back to us with their own budget for the wedding, wanting to save the rest to contribute to a down payment for a house some day. It elevated most stressful conversations, and they gave a different consideration how the money was spent-as it was theirs, not ours. The wedding was absolutely perfect and beautiful, and they stayed within their set budget which was not over the top!

Bridesmaid Dress Inspiration

She settled on a dusty blue theme similar to Christy’s Wedding which I shared in Happiness after Harvey!. Both had to deal with unforeseen circumstances, and both didn’t let anything put a damper on their wedding day! Christy is also a friend and she so graciously helped with the coordination, our second time around for Sammy’s big day!

A Magical Christmas Wedding
Chris Bailey Photography

Sammy is no bridezilla, but practical and super organized. I knew she would enjoy the process and not stress as long as everything was done way in advance. So we found the dress, picked the venue, chose the caterer, florist, band, invitations etc. before Christmas 2019. We decided to divide and conquer just like I did with my Mom at my own wedding.

Sammy & Dylan
Chris Bailey Photography

Well when the country went on lockdown, she cancelled her bachelorette party the week before they left and we decided to push the wedding to December- sure that everything would be back to normal by then. Who knew?! Most vendors were understanding and moved our date and deposits to December 5th. It was heartbreaking hearing of all their events and income stream being put on hold! The only vendor we had to change was the photographer due to scheduling conflicts.

Chris Bailey Photography

I remembered Chris Bailey had done such a beautiful job with our Segreto designer Leslie’s wedding, so I reached out to him and booked his firm. David and Sarah were our photographers and they truly seemed as engaged and happy to be a part of the event as we did. It was meant to be! .

Sammy & Bridesmaids
Chris Bailey Photography

We struggled with the decision on how to have a safe wedding and mid-October decided to reduce the numbers, make special safety accommodations, and move forward. Reducing the guest list was definitely stressful. We went from 165 to 50 people, having to tell both close friends and family, we are so sad not to have them with us, but everyone’s safety was our main concern. Who was there? The wedding party and their significant others, parents of the bride and groom and my mother and Dylan’s grandfather if they decided to attend- which they both did. Thankfully, with all of our precautions, the wedding did not turn into a super spreader event and people did not get sick. The company which the dusty blue dresses were ordered from originally, agreed to exchange them out for this beautiful crimson red. Sammy makes such a beautiful December Bride and those girls in that red-stunning!

A Magical Christmas Wedding
Chris Bailey Photography

We made a few changes on Sammy’s dress as well. Seeing that the event would be in a much cooler time of the year opera gloves were added for the first look and the reception. We found a beautiful lace overlay for the ceremony. The pearl bracelet was her something borrowed. It was the first nice piece of jewelry which John bought for me decades before.

A Magical Christmas Wedding
Chris Bailey Photography

We included in the invitations that everyone needed to be tested before the event and had customized masks from Etsy-so cute they said Sammy & Dylan quarantined for life with the wedding date- and personalize bottles of hand sanitizer were gifted to all and spread throughout the venue.

Hair & Makeup

Hair and makeup was so beautifully done by Blush and Co. They arrived at our house at 9:30am sharp, along with all the bridesmaids, and quickly got to work. I was thinking how can hair and make up hold from morning through night, but it did!. They did a wonderful job making sure Sammy, all the girls, and even the mother of the bride felt pretty!

Kirby & Sammy
Chris Bailey Photography

I got so much joy seeing my two girls share this special day together and…

Matthew & John
Chris Bailey Photography

…my son and husband see Sammy in her dress for the first time!

First Look

First looks were not something we did back in the day so this was fun for me to see. We all watched from inside windows and it was such a special moment for them both! Sammy’s dog, Stella, was the only one who got a front row seat.

The wedding was moved outside to the courtyard and was so beautiful with red rose petals leading to the Christmas garland and floral arbor. Greg, their minister’s words were so heartfelt which brought me to tears. He spoke about how Sammy & Dylan approached love differently, why they loved each other and how that worked so well in their special relationship! I do wish I had those words recorded!

Fine Arts Strings

We hired Fine Arts Strings who’s string quartet really set the mood of the event. John, the groups leader also was so sweet and supportive during the wedding being postponed. Larger tables and cloths were rented last minute from Let it Fly Events spacing people further apart while enjoying dinner inside, and the windows and doors were left open for air circulation during dinner and the reception.

Cutting the cake
Chris Bailey Photography

Sammy and Dylan enjoyed all the traditional parts of the ceremony. Our cake was by Cakes by Gina and was so delish. Karla Lazo Floral Design Houston did such a beautiful job with the florals and in creating an intimate setting for a smaller event. We added 21 Christmas trees with white lights to fill the space.

Leslie & John
Chris Bailey Photography

Sweet John who is not a fan of public speaking wrote 20 pages for the big night. After my son said-Dad-5 minutes tops- he twiddled down his fond memories of his baby girl to 7 minutes! I love this husband of mine of 33 years and hope that Sammy and Dylan have as wonderful a journey as we have had. We are blessed to also gain friends in Dylan’s family as we all have the common bond of family first!

A Magical Christmas Wedding
Chris Bailey Photography

Looks like Sammy was happy with her Dad’s toast to her! This expression of pure joy was on her face the entire night! It is a look I will never forget!

Password Band
Chris Bailey Photography

Dylan and Sammy love music and the band was the most important thing to them. They had been to a wedding where Password played and securing them for the wedding was their number one request. Password is a High Energy act that covers smooth jazz, disco show from Motown, R&B and top 40! They were so engaging with the guests. I got to know Jude during this process and what a nice kind soul! He was so supportive of Sammy, who typically doesn’t like to sing in front of friends, wanting to sing a special song to Dylan.

She chose “Your Song” by Elton John. Everyone was in tears and clapping and screaming and couldn’t believe what a performer she was-she did a beautiful job!

Sammy & Dylan
Chris Bailey Photography

Dylan was so touched!! I wished I had a videographer at this point. We wanted to keep the numbers down at the venue so i cancelled and this special song will only be recorded in our hearts!

Station 3

The venue-Station 3 was a beautiful backdrop to our perfect night! Built in 1903, it is one of Houston’s historical landmarks and original fire stations. Its everlasting motto, “Trust in Us” can still be seen etched into the buildings stone today. The original brick, wood floors, concrete beams, and intricate hand carved exterior stone work all add to its timeless beauty and charm and we felt it prettier with less décor.

Sammy & Dylan Dancing
Chris Bailey Photography

After a night full of dancing…

Sammy & Dylan Send Off
Chris Bailey Photography

…we sent them off with white rose petals (Texas snow) to their new adventure as husband and wife!

A Magical Christmas Wedding
Chris Bailey Photography

I wish all the love and happiness to them them both that life has to bring! I am so grateful for all the wonderful vendors and all our friends and family who were with us whether in person or spirit during this truly special magical Christmas time wedding. Be careful and smart and safe, but, be sure to find ways to enjoy all the special moments life has to offer. I hope you all have a wonderful holiday and a very Happy New Year! Till 2021! XO Leslie

  • Sarah West
    Posted at 06:12h, 21 December Reply

    Such a beautiful wedding Leslie! XO!

  • Marilyn Taylor
    Posted at 06:46h, 21 December Reply

    Such a beautiful wedding. Thank you for sharing! I enjoy reading your weekly blog.

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 16:45h, 28 December Reply

      HI Marilyn, You are so sweet! Thank you!! Sometimes I think am I boring everyone! I so appreciate your comment! Happy New Year!!

  • Amy Cunningham
    Posted at 07:40h, 21 December Reply

    Congratulations on such a beautiful wedding! Sammy was a gorgeous bride and they look so happy! Truly a magical, unforgettable day!

  • Julie Shakoor
    Posted at 07:48h, 21 December Reply

    Such a beautiful couple and lovely wedding. Thank you so much for sharing these lovely photos in the experience of your beautiful day.

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 16:44h, 28 December Reply

      Hi Julie! I hope you had a wonderful Holiday Season! The day was perfect! The best part was how Sammy and Dylan were looking at each other. They had so much fun which brought joy to us all! Happy New Year!

  • chris
    Posted at 08:03h, 21 December Reply

    what a beautiful and thoughtful wedding. thanks for sharing, you made my day!!

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 16:43h, 28 December Reply

      Hi Chris! Thanks so much for enjoying it with us! I wish I could relive it again! I hope you have the happiest of New Years!! We all need a bright 2021!

  • Bobbi Jo
    Posted at 08:05h, 21 December Reply

    Absolutely beautiful! Congratulations!

  • Becky stephens
    Posted at 08:42h, 21 December Reply

    So beautiful Leslie! Sammy looked stunning as did all of you! Thank you for sharing this special time. Wishing all of you a very merry Christmas!

  • Nancy Calvert
    Posted at 08:59h, 21 December Reply

    Wow, what a wedding! Against all the odds and disappointments of Covid you taught all of us new ways to persevere. Thanks for all the great ideas and suggestions. Love the money for their future-I will be sharing that as it is brilliant!

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 16:42h, 28 December Reply

      Hi Nancy! I hope you had a wonderful Holiday-It was a brilliant tip someone gave me and took away so much of the stress! happy new Year!!

  • Ginger Deignan
    Posted at 09:11h, 21 December Reply

    Thank you so much for sharing the joy of that special day!! Love you all!

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 16:40h, 28 December Reply

      You were missed sweet aunt!! We have two more to go! xo Leslie

  • Donna Mouw
    Posted at 10:15h, 21 December Reply

    Congratulations to Sammy and Dylan! Thank you for sharing this special event with all of us. Also, thank you for sharing the way that you gave each of your children a monetary gift rather than a budget. This is a beautiful way to handle what can be a delicate situation. Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family and many blessings to you all.

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 16:40h, 28 December Reply

      Hi Donna, it all worked out so well! The perfect night. they just got back from their honeymoon and just seem so happy! I hope you have the best in the New Year!

  • Debbie Walker
    Posted at 10:19h, 21 December Reply

    Congratulations to your family! Such a beautiful couple and wedding!

  • Alyse Caplan
    Posted at 12:21h, 21 December Reply

    Congratulations to you and your family Leslie!! What a gorgeous wedding!! I’m so happy for you all!❤

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 16:38h, 28 December Reply

      HI Alyse! I remember when your daughter got married! I hope you are enjoying your tree house in the sky! Happy New Year!!

  • maxine mueller
    Posted at 13:53h, 21 December Reply

    What a magical evening it must have been. Loved seeing all the pictures. Thank you for sharing.
    Lots of good luck to the beautiful couple.
    Maxine Mueller

  • Malinn Saxe
    Posted at 14:15h, 21 December Reply

    Oh my I loved reading every word of this and staring at every gorgeous picture!!! Thank you so much for posting ! It was gorgeous and I’m so so happy for your family but especially Sammy and Dylan!

  • Jayme Marie Crisafi
    Posted at 15:14h, 21 December Reply

    Leslie, I loved the pictures and the information of Sammy’s wedding. It looked like it was a fairytale wedding. Congratulations to you and John. I am happy for all of you. Your daughters look so much like Angie. May she Rest In Peace. Merry Christmas to you all.


    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 16:38h, 28 December Reply

      HI Jayme! They do get thier good looks from John’s side!! She was smiling down on the event for sure! She always said Sammy had an angle face. I am so happy you got to see the pictures! I hope you had a magical Christmas! hugs!

  • Nina Moncivais
    Posted at 16:27h, 21 December Reply

    What a beautiful wedding!

  • Sandy Lucas
    Posted at 17:07h, 21 December Reply

    How lovely! So nice to see these beautiful smiles and happy moments. Merry Christmas!

  • Jeannie
    Posted at 18:34h, 21 December Reply

    Brought tears to my eyes🥲 You and your family are really special. What a decision you all had to make. Thank you for posting, I know it was difficult to share but I think you made a beautiful wedding out of an incredible year for your daughter to get married. Be proud!

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 16:34h, 28 December Reply

      Hi Jeannie, So sweet of you to comment! It was such a special day and Sammy thought everything was just perfect! happy New Years to you!!

  • Lucy Raster
    Posted at 18:36h, 21 December Reply

    Congratulations Sammy! Beautiful bride! Most beautiful mother inside and out!

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 16:36h, 28 December Reply

      Miss Lucy!! So good to hear from you! You are ALWAYS way to sweet to me my beauty queen friend!! Those kiddos are growing up so fast! I hope you had the Merriest! xo

  • Jeannie
    Posted at 19:29h, 21 December Reply

    Thank you for posting. We all need happy moments at this time. You are all such a loving family.

  • Julie
    Posted at 20:31h, 21 December Reply

    Oh my goodness, this was all so perfect, in such imperfect times !! You have written it up and shared the most beautiful pictures, Leslie..especially that rare glimpse of you and John. Congratulations to you all at such a magically happy and optimistic time in their lives ! xxx

  • Carol
    Posted at 23:50h, 21 December Reply

    Beautiful in every way! Congrats & best wishes to them.

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 16:33h, 28 December Reply

      HI Carol! I hope all is well with you and that you have had the very merriest! The wedding was so full or joy- their faces will keep me smiling for years! happy new year!

  • Susan Patt
    Posted at 08:35h, 22 December Reply

    soooooo beautiful and special…i am so thrilled and happy for all of you…congratulations to all! xoxo

  • Angela Cheves
    Posted at 09:29h, 22 December Reply

    Enjoyed reading every detail of the joyous wedding! Just beautiful and thoughtful.

  • Nancy Brantley
    Posted at 16:11h, 22 December Reply


  • Becky Franklin
    Posted at 18:16h, 22 December Reply

    So sweet. Thank you for sharing with us. It’s so thoughtful. Your daughter and the captured moments are beautiful. I really do feel the love. Merry Christmas to your growing family

  • Carla Glaze
    Posted at 09:54h, 23 December Reply

    Just fabulous!! Thank you so much for sharing this. Everyone looked beautiful. You all did a wonderful job adjusting to the reality of our trying times while making Sammy and Dylan’s wishes come true. Merry Christmas and best wishes to you all during this holiday season.

  • Luisa Patterson
    Posted at 17:56h, 23 December Reply

    Felicidades Amiga 🙂
    Gracias for sharing such beautiful moments with us.
    Many blessings to you and your growing family.

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