It all began at the Hyatt Hill Country Resort in San Antonio, Texas. Alesha Holder and Christian Trimble met at the annual company meeting, while working for the same pharmaceutical company. Alesha was a pharmaceutical representative out of Memphis, Tennessee at the time and Christian was working from the company's Oklahoma City office. During the national meeting at the Hyatt, Alesha and Christian spent a lot of time together. As Alesha says, "We made quite an impression on each other that week, both professionally and personally. As they say, the rest is history!"
After a long distance relationship that lasted for a couple of years, Alesha moved to Oklahoma City to be closer to Christian. Their love grew at this time. They are both social, outgoing people who believe in making the community stronger through volunteerism and giving back. Alesha and Christian a great match because they balance each other so well. Alesha says she's "the feisty, opinionated one and Christian, the calm, logical one." Christian chimes in by saying that "I am the nice one and she is the mean one." As you can see, they make each other laugh and have ongoing banter in the house.
One day, Christian announced that he had won a trip to San Antonio. Contest wins were typical in their line of work, so initially Alesha was unsuspecting of what was to come. When they arrived at the San Antonio airport, a car service picked them up and drove them to the Hyatt Hill Country Resort where they had first met. Christian admitted he did not win a contest. Alesha, said "I had an inkling he might propose," but she kept quiet. On the second night, the couple enjoyed a romantic dinner downtown and afterwards, Christian led Alesha to the outdoor patio of the Hyatt. Barefoot in the grass, Christian got down on one knee and asked for Alesha's hand in marriage. Touched and elated, Alesha says that the proposal was "so much more than I could have ever hoped for in her life."
Alesha and Christian tied the knot on May 30, 2009. Family and friends traveled to San Antonio for an outdoor ceremony held on the same Hyatt Hill Country Resort lawn where Christian proposed. The bridesmaids wore custom-made black silk taffeta strapless cocktail dresses accented with hot pink patent heels (that they received as a part of their gift from the bride and groom). They happily carried bouquets arranged with peonies and roses. The groomsmen wore dark grey tuxedos. Innocent and adoring, the flower girls wore white dresses with pink sashes and a pink rose.
The bride's gown was very special! Alesha and her mother who was also a bridesmaid worked with a designer at the Bridal Showroom in Oklahoma City who specializes in custom made gowns. They selected a lavish three-piece gown. The bottom was sewn using Italian silk, and accented with an a-line skirt and train. The top was a corset with lace overlay and three dimensional chiffon flowers and a hint of beading. As a finishing touch, the gown had a champagne sash at the waist that tied at the back. In the center of the sash, Alesha added the broach that her husband's grandmother used to wear. The day of the wedding, Alesha's sister-in-law surprised her with a pair of chandelier earrings and her mother's sapphire ring to wear as "something blue." She also wore a vintage 1940s birdcage veil. And that's not all. To top it off, Alesha sauntered down the aisle in hot pink open toe heels. She admittedly has a shoe fetish and wanted something unexpected on her wedding day. Beautiful!
Following the ceremony, guests headed to the indoor reception in the Hyatt's Fredericksburg room where they were serenaded by bagpipers and drummers to recognize Christian's Irish heritage. The reception site was gorgeous! The tables had black table covers and chair covers with black and white damask table runners. Filled with colorful peonies and roses, the clear glass vases made marvelous centerpieces.
Alesha and Christian wanted their wedding to be elegant, with a mix of both traditional and non-traditional effects. Alesha's brother gave her away and Christian's 7-year-old son was one of the best men. As a special offering, they honored their grandparents at the reception with a table that featured all of their photographs in silver frames with their names.
During the maid of honor and best man speeches, Christian's son delivered the sweetest speech that left not a dry eye in the place. Goen South Weddings took the memorable wedding photographs. Alesha and Christian are excited to show their photographs to their grandchildren someday.
Alesha and Christian call themselves foodies and served foods that everyone would enjoy. Catered by the Hyatt, food stations were scattered along the edges of the room, so that people could mingle while filling up their plates. There was a steak and chicken carving station, salad bar, and a mashed potato bar where potatoes were served in margarita glasses. As a treat, a custom chocolate fondue station was placed along the edge of the room. They also served beer, wine, and the couples' favorite cocktail – the mojito.
The decadent three-tier cake was decorated with white fondant, black ribbon and real pink roses and peonies. Staying true to Alesha's Kentucky southern roots, two of the tiers of the cake were red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting. They had a self serve candy bar at the reception for the kids. They filled clear vases and bowls, wrapped in pink and black ribbon, with fun to eat candies and provided scoops and goody bags for the guests to take home their favorites!
For the reception, "We wanted a party!" shouts Alesha. DJ, Robert Lindsey from San Antonio played upbeat music that covered all genres and time periods. The dance floor was alive with guests of all ages. The beginning of the bride and groom's dance was a slow ballroom dance to Billie Holiday's "Until the Real Thing Comes Along." A couple of minutes into the song, the music made a quick turn into a feisty salsa song. Alesha and Christian, who had been taking salsa lessons, surprised their guests with their dance moves. The bride and groom said that it "added a fun vibe to the party."
Following the celebration, Alesha and Christian whisked away to Puerto Morelos, Mexico on the Mayan Riviera to enjoy their honeymoon. The couple now resides in Christian's hometown, Oklahoma City.