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Breaking with Tradition

By Sarah Ryberg | Photography by BlueSky Studios

Posted: Tuesday, Mar. 19, 2013

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When Lindsay Carleo was working as a waitress, she used to flirt with her patron Christian Thomas. “He thought I was just trying to get a better tip,” laughs Lindsay. “But we finally started to talk, and after our first date, that was it for us.” Seven months later, the couple went out to celebrate Christian’s birthday and his upcoming promotion. That same night, he proposed to Lindsay with the ring he’d selected from Diamond’s Direct. “Every single thing started falling into place,” Christian says. “The next day I got the job, and the previous night, I got the girl.”

On their wedding day, Christian and Lindsay celebrated with a relaxed event. “I’ve been to so many cookie-cutter weddings, so we wanted something fun and less traditional,” she says. Embracing new trends, the couple chose to do a first look with their photographer of BlueSky Studios. “I’m so glad they suggested it,” Lindsay says. “It helped calm me down and get me centered.” As an additional twist on tradition, they included Dippin’ Dots alongside their cake at the reception.

For the ceremony, Lindsay had both her mother and father walk her down the aisle. As both of Christian’s parents had passed away in a tragic accident a year before he and Lindsay met, they placed a lily where his mother would have been seated. “It was his mom’s favorite flower,” she says. The couple also incorporated a ring warming into the service, in which all the guests blessed the rings before the couple exchanged them.

The ceremony was unforgettable for them both, but there is one moment Christian will always remember. “Seeing her walk towards me, knowing her intention was to marry me, made me choke up instantly,” he says. “That moment will always stand out as the best part of our wedding day.”

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