Wedding Planner

An ombré-themed rooftop wedding in downtown Houston

Lindsey and Connor met through mutual friends shortly after graduating from college in Houston in 2018. Three years later, in June 2021, Connor and Lindsey traveled to Lake Austin to celebrate the Connor’s birthday. After enjoying a special anniversary dinner, the couple watched the sunset and Connor surprised Lindsey with a proposal.

The couple planned to have a large 250-guest wedding on January 22, 2022 in Houston, Texas. They chose to exchange their vows at an important place in the bride’s life, St. Martin’s Episcopal Church. This is where Lindsey’s parents got married, she was baptized and her sister also said “yes”. The couple decided to follow up with a reception at the Post HTX, a mixed-use complex that was once the headquarters of the United States Postal Service.

Lindsey and Connor decided to have a colorful wedding with ombre, floral and color blocking elements. They trusted their wedding planner, Chelsea Wenner of Kiran + Leigh, to help them execute the details and lock in the vendors that matched their vision. “The easiest part was knowing that we had lots of help from our wedding planner and family members, as well as having complete faith in the vision of all of our vendors,” Lindsey says.

Read on to see Lindsey and Connor’s wedding day behind the lens of photographer Gracie Byrd Jones.

Photo by Gracie Byrd Jones


Lindsey and Connor’s personalized invitation suite from Mesh by Alex featured vibrant flower illustration and striped envelope lining.

Photo by Gracie Byrd Jones


The bride started her morning with her wedding day beauty and a Connor surprised her with earrings made by the same jeweler who made her engagement ring and wedding band. Lindsey also received earrings from her florist, which she wore for her second look.

Photo by Gracie Byrd Jones


Shopping for her wedding dress was Lindsey’s favorite part of the planning process. “Nothing better than shopping with my mom and sister,” she says, “We have so much fun together.” When she tried on an open-back Rivini dress in silk satin with a v-neckline, she was surprised at how much she liked it. “It was the complete opposite of what I thought I wanted, but it was comfortable in every way and didn’t overwhelm me,” she says, “It’s the only one that made my mom cry and my sister.” Lindsey added a custom bow to the back of the dress for a special touch.

Photo by Gracie Byrd Jones


Photo by Gracie Byrd Jones


Before the wedding day, Lindsey did dermaplanning treatments and a hydrafacial a few days before the wedding to prep her skin. She decided to skip the hair and makeup trial and trust Blush and Co. to give her Hollywood waves and makeup that made her feel like herself. She borrowed her veil from her sister and finished her look with Sophia Webster shoes and a pink shellac manicure.

Photo by Gracie Byrd Jones


Photo by Gracie Byrd Jones


Photo by Gracie Byrd Jones


Connor prepared for the wedding with his groomsmen. He wore a custom black tuxedo with suspenders, black velvet loafers and a tuxedo shirt with Mariquita Masterson tuxedo buttons from Q Clothier. He made sure to get his hair cut a week before the big day to make styling easier.

Photo by Gracie Byrd Jones


Lindsey’s sister, Loren, was her bridesmaid, while Connor’s two brothers, Bo and Seth, served as best men. Lindsey gave her bridesmaid a color palette of sunset shades and let them decide what to wear. “I wanted them to stand out and I knew they probably would with a winter wedding,” she said, “I don’t like the old rule that you can’t wear red or super bright colors at a wedding for the bride’s takeout. Lindsey held a bouquet with a mix of caramel and mustard flowers tied with a custom-dyed silk ribbon, while her bridesmaids were given floral wrist corsages to wear.

Photo by Gracie Byrd Jones


The groomsmen matched Connor in classic black tuxedos with bow ties from The Black Tux. The couple also had their two nephews, Bear and Henry, as ring bearers.

Photo by Gracie Byrd Jones


Photo by Gracie Byrd Jones


The couple kept the ceremony decor simple with two flower arrangements in urns at the altar. “The chapel spoke for itself, and we didn’t want to take anything away from it,” Lindsey says. Lindsey’s father walked her down the aisle as an organ played Henry Purcell’s “Trumpet Tune and Air.”

Photo by Gracie Byrd Jones


Photo by Gracie Byrd Jones


When they first saw each other, Lindsey said: “We both felt like we had forgotten about all the little stressors leading up to the wedding and were only thinking about how excited we were about it. to start our life together.” The priest who officiated their wedding incorporated personal elements into the homily, and the couple exchanged their traditional vows in front of their loved ones. The couple walked down the aisle as husband and wife to Charles-Marie Widor’s “Widor Toccata.”

Photo by Gracie Byrd Jones


Lindsey used a diamond left over from resizing her wedding ring to personalize the inside of Connor’s wedding ring, along with a short note and their wedding date. “It was just the two of us on our way to reception and I told Connor to look to see my note in his ring,” she said, “It was a huge relief to see the surprise and excitement on Connor’s face when he saw and heard the story behind the diamond.

Photo by Gracie Byrd Jones


Lindsey and Connor’s reception took place at the Post HTX, where the festivities kicked off with a rooftop cocktail party. Guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres like crab cakes (the couple’s favourite!) and dates wrapped in stuffed bacon. The bride’s cousin, Joe, a professional musician, played the saxophone for entertainment. The couple took some portraits with their photographer, Gracie Byrd Jones, enjoying the golden hour at their venue.

Photo by Gracie Byrd Jones


Photo by Gracie Byrd Jones


Photo by Gracie Byrd Jones


The tented reception area was filled with long tables topped with white linens and paired with white chairs to contrast the colorful centerpiece arrangements. The head table had blush linens and an ombre floral arrangement in shades of pink, red, orange, and ivory.

Photo by Gracie Byrd Jones


For the menus and place cards, the couple incorporated the colors of the ombre flower arrangement to alternate with each placement.

Photo by Gracie Byrd Jones


Photo by Gracie Byrd Jones


Photo by Gracie Byrd Jones


The couple’s friend Bailey created a watercolor design which the couple used for the reception bar, bar backdrop and cocktail napkins. The ombre floral design continued with a floor arrangement at the base of the scene.

Photo by Gracie Byrd Jones


The couple’s wedding cake featured four tiers of white cake decorated with single-stemmed roses in varying shades. The cake was presented on a table decorated with another ombré floral installation in shades of ivory, yellow and pink.

Photo by Gracie Byrd Jones


Photo by Gracie Byrd Jones


Lindsey and Connor made their grand entrance at the reception and shared a first dance to Los Lonely Boys’ “Heaven.” Lindsey danced with her father to “December 1963 (Oh, What a Night)” by Frankie Valli and Connor danced with his mother to “I Say a Little Prayer” by Aretha Franklin.

Photo by Gracie Byrd Jones


Lindsey and Connor cut their vanilla and red velvet cake to serve for dessert.

Photo by Gracie Byrd Jones


Photo by Gracie Byrd Jones


Towards the end of the reception, Lindsey changed into a colorful Nihan Peker dress with red feather trim and red satin Alzuarr heels. The couple took a few photos on the roof before sending off their sparkler. After the celebrations, the couple enjoyed a honeymoon in South Africa.

For couples planning their wedding, Lindsey and Connor offer a unique recommendation to prepare to say “yes”: marriage counseling. “We learned so much and it really helped us overcome all the madness of planning,” says Lindsey.