Where did you meet?
Mark and I met at the University of Chicago in the United States. I had just finished my first day of law school, and he had moved from England to start a PhD program in Inorganic Chemistry. We met by chance at a grad student social event (free food, wine and music? I am so there). He was standing next to a new friend of mine from law school. He’s 6’7’’ and then he opened his mouth to reveal this absolutely charming British accent. I was smitten immediately.
Mark completely surprised me with the timing of the proposal, and I was not prepared. At the time, I was living and working in Houston, Texas, and Mark was still finishing his PhD at the University of Chicago. I thought that a proposal would be coming, but I thought it would happen while we were visiting his family in England over Christmas. (I mean literally what American girl doesn’t want to be proposed to by her English boyfriend in the English countryside?) Mark and I were flying overseas separately for the vacation, and he was supposed to be flying over a few days ahead of me. Instead, Mark showed up at my law firm in Houston, on like a Tuesday at 2:00 pm, and completely surprised me. He asked if we could go for a walk, and he took me across the street to the park in front of City Hall. In the middle of downtown, surrounded by skyscrapers and in front of a giant Christmas Tree, he proposed. There was one man on a park bench slow clapping. Ha!
We were so satisfied with our vendor selections. Our photography team, of course, was top notch. (Can we hang out next time I am in England?! Y’all were so much fun!) The staff at Homme House made our lives so much easier—especially considering that we were planning our English wedding from the United States. The Hibiscus Room put together the most beautiful flowers for our wedding. Naomi Emmanuelle Makeup and Tabitha Maccurrach-Paine made all of my girls and me feel beautiful, and most importantly, like ourselves. The Belle House absolutely blew everyone away with the food. I can’t believe they were willing to do a Tex-Mex-themed meal for our rehearsal dinner, and they actually pulled it off! Charlie’s Bar served themed cocktails for the rehearsal dinner as well, and the girls who put up the outdoor bar and served the drinks kept us laughing all night. They really know how to make a Margarita. Finally, Reel Weddings made a wedding video that brought us and our family to tears. It is so special to have those moments captured on film.
SEE SARABETH AND MARKS WEDDING FILM HERE
What was the most memorable part of your day?
For me, it was riding in the car to the church with my dad. We could hear the church bells ringing in the distance and the low hum of the old motor, but otherwise it was completely still. Those few minutes with my dad were perfect.
For Mark, it was right after the ceremony before we walked through the confetti line. Those were the first few moments we had together that day, and we were alone. It was nice to steal away for a bit.
Any advice for future couples wedding planning?
Get the planning out of the way as early as you can, so that you aren’t doing things right up until the last minute. I think we did a pretty good job with this and it definitely helped with the stress management.