A long-distance relationship recently came to a happy ending — or beginning, that is — when William Sessions bent on one knee upon again seeing Ariana Broadus at their regular meeting place: Hobby Airport.
"As I was headed down the elevators, I saw one of his friends standing on the platform across from the elevators (he was filming)," Ariana says. "I went to wave and then instantly realized what was happening.
"Will was at the bottom of the elevators and got down on one knee as soon as I stepped off.
"It was so sweet and so fitting."
"Apparently when we met, Will told everyone that he would date me . . . and look at us now!" Ariana says.
After college, Will returned to Houston for employment, while Ariana accepted a job in Mission with Teach for America — thus, the long-distance relationship.
Here, Will's groomsmen playfully lift the beautiful bride into the air to show off her "I do" shoes. She is wearing a lacey gown she fell in love with at David's Bridal — the first dress she tried on.
"Ariana actually randomly chose me to be in her group (at Fish Camp)," Will adds. "I like to think fate brought us together."
It's the bridesmaids' turn to joke a bit, and they do so by framing the face of the handsome groom with their lovely bouquets.
Whitney Best, a co-worker's wife, handmade the stunning gray bridesmaids dresses. Each dress was tailored to the individual girl’s personality and style.
At the ceremony, Will and Ariana shared vows they wrote for one another.
"Even though I struggled to get through mine without crying, I am so glad we chose to do so," Ariana says. "Our goal for the whole wedding to make sure it was unique to us and our relationship."
Then, the groomsmen pulled another hilarious antic. Those Aggies!
"When Ty asked for the rings, Will’s best man pretended that he didn’t have it and then went down the line of groomsmen searching their pockets until it got to the last one, who did have it," Ariana says with a laugh.
"It was such a funny moment for both us and for all of our guests and it made that day even more memorable."
The bride's mother, Therese Broadus, gave her daughter's cake a very special touch.
"The cake topper was my mom’s from when she got married," Ariana says. "Her brother worked in glass blowing and had made it for her for her wedding. It was so special to use it at mine as well."
And the cake by Edible Designs by Jesse?
"Not only was it beautiful, it was delicious!" Ariana says.
Both family members and Agave Road staff assisted with decorating, and the bride made the sign-in book, as well as set out photos of herself and Will showing stages throughout their friendship and courtship.
"Our wedding coordinator, Lindsey Patillo, was amazing," Ariana says. "She made sure everything was absolutely perfect for us each step of the way and the day of the wedding. You could not ask for a better staff or a more beautiful venue."
Tawnya Morse at Agave took care of the floral arrangements.
Will and Ariana look at each other with dreamy eyes during the first dance.
Will and his mother, Cheryl Sessions.
The groom's father is Bill Sessions. The bride's mother and father are Therese and Joseph Broadus.
Ariana sends a special thanks to her parents and her parents-in-law for helping make the wedding and reception a wonderful occasion.
"It was great to have everyone involved and helping because it reduced the stress on me," she says. "They each wanted our day to be special and I am so thankful that I could share the process with them."
The bride leads the dance-floor action, with music provided by a D.J. from ProSoundCo.
"They kept everyone dancing all night," Ariana says.
Mr. and Mrs. William Sessions receive a bubble-blowing send-off.
"I think the best part of the whole day was how loved Will and I both felt," Ariana says. "We had family and friends from all over the country that had come in just to celebrate our day. It was such an incredible feeling to feel so supported and loved.
"The whole day was truly perfect."
After a weeklong cruise to Jamaica, the Cayman Islands and Cozumel, Ariana and Will returned to Houston. They found a new home in the Heights.
"We are really looking forward to exploring the area," Ariana says, with Will adding, "and we're really looking forward to our one-year anniversary."