Sarah Howell & Christopher Manthey
When Sarah Howell and Christopher Manthey walked down the aisle together at their wedding, it had not been the first time. Although the they both lived in the Plano/Richardson area their entire lives, the Plano East High School graduates met for the first time at a mutual friend’s wedding. “The bride had been playing matchmaker,” Sarah recalls. Their pairing for the bridesmaid and groomsmen walk down the aisle had been no accident. Three years later, the two walked down the aisle together once more, but this time as husband and wife.
Southern Methodist University graduate Christopher and Ole Miss graduate Sarah shared their first date the night after their first aisle walk. Sarah had no interest in beginning a new relationship: she was due to return to her alma mater for graduate school in the fall. To Sarah’s surprise, Chris successfully won her affection over a barbecue dinner at Lockhart Smokehouse in Dallas, despite Sarah’s deep dislike of barbecue (unbeknown to Chris). After finishing graduate school in Mississippi, Sarah hurried back to Dallas to be near Chris.
In June of 2016, Chris brought Sarah to Savor in Klyde Warren Park for dinner with a group of their close friends. The restaurant hosts awkwardly left the two in the middle of the restaurant, failing to find their party’s table. Sarah, feeling confused, was led by Chris to a patio where she was suddenly surrounded all of her friends, including her best friend from childhood. After she and her friend embraced, her friend turned Sarah around to the biggest surprise of her life: Chris, down on one knee, with a ring in his hand. When Chris received the answer he had been dreaming of, Chris went on to ask Sarah if she would “be his boo bear forever?” Sarah gave him another heartfelt, “Yes!”
“When it was time to plan the wedding, I was ready!” Sarah confesses. As most young girls do, Sarah’s décor and design ideas stemmed from years of dreaming about her future wedding. One item on Sarah’s wedding bucket list was to have an outdoor ceremony in the spring, which Sarah was able to check off during her and Chris’ nuptials on the Alex Camp House Lawn at the Dallas Arboretum on March 25, 2017.
Corals and golds acted as the wedding’s central colors, with pops of bright greens to tie in the natural beauty of the Arboretum. “I am a very traditional girl and I wanted a very traditional wedding.” Sarah’s ‘garden chic’ ceremony overlooked the sparkling waters of White Rock Lake, which Christopher rides by nearly every weekend on his bicycle.
The day went so flawlessly that during Chris and Sarah’s first dance as husband and wife, Sarah leaned in and whispered to Chris that the wedding went exactly as she had always imagined it. The night ended with Chris and Sarah’s closest friends and family dancing and singing their hearts out on the dance floor. Chris, a manager for a software company, and Sarah, a kindergarten teacher, live happily with their beloved cat, Reese, and continue to reflect on their perfect wedding day. Regarding their wedding, Sarah admits that she “would not have changed a single thing!”
Ceremony Site: The Dallas Arboretum
Photographer: Stephanie Brazzle
Bridal Gown Retailer: Lulu’s Bridal Boutique
Hair & Makeup: Megan Murillo and Noel Matthews
Groom’s Attire: Mister Tuxedo
Bridesmaid Dresses Designer: Donna Morgan
Flowers: Garden Gate
Reception Site: The Alex Camp House at the Dallas Arboretum
Caterer: Gil’s Elegant Catering
Wedding Cake: Elizabeth’s Cakes
Groom’s Cake: Pokey O’s
Band: Memphis Soul
Videographer: Vow Cinemas
Lighting: Absolute Entertainment
Wedding Rentals: La Tavola Linens
Wedding Planner/Designer: Betsy Baldwin of Events & Experiences
For more of the wedding, see hashtag #callmemanthey.