A Boho Moab wedding planned in less than 2 months
When it comes to love, timing is everything – ask Chasity McGrady and Francois Lindo. The duo first met at the University of Florida in 2010 and remained friends for years. But, when they decided to pursue a romantic relationship in 2018, they wasted no time writing their love story. (As the saying goes, when you know, you know.) Less than three years into their relationship, Francis got down on his knees and the couple set the date for Nov. 6, 2021.
“It was a never-ending adrenaline rush,” the bride explains. “We started the planning process with an elopement in mind, but quickly realized we wanted to celebrate with our closest family and friends. God, we were able to do this in less than two months.
In the end, the couple decided to make things official at the Red Earth Venue in Moab, Utah with 50 of their closest friends and family members in attendance. “When we thought of a wedding, we wanted a venue that felt like we were in the middle of nowhere, but [had] a panoramic view,” she adds. “The Red Earth Venue provided us with this and a white [canvas] for our wildest dreams.
With a stunning backdrop, live musical performances and heartfelt wishes, the day was the perfect mix of intimate and extravagant, just as the friends-turned-lovers had imagined. Read on for a personal, up-close look at this dreamy day in the desert, planned by Jaime Kostechko of Wild Heart Events, coordinated by April Arnold of Kosi Events and photographed by The Foxes Photography.
Francois looked dapper in a custom beige Adam Ross suit, which was accessorized with a spritz of Prada Luna Rossa cologne and a set of cufflinks that read “I Love You” and “Chasity.”
Although the couple decided to forgo a wedding party, they prepared for the big day with their loved ones. Francois got ready alongside his friends, dad and brother, while Chasity had fun popping bottles with her entourage.
When I finally put the dress on, I immediately knew it was the one.
The bride stunned in a beaded gown by Berta, which she said was love at first sight. “I had my eye on this dress for a while,” Chasity recalled. “When I finally put the dress on, I immediately knew it was the one; it was like a Disney fairy tale.”
“One weekend, I decided to go clothes shopping in Houston, Texas,” she shares. “After five unsuccessful visits to the store, I noticed a section for a trunk salon on the last day [in the area]. Would you believe the dress I had my eyes on for so long was sitting in front of me? She accessorized the show-stopping dress with her sister-in-law’s diamond bracelet, a Berta veil and a pair of heels she got from Amazon.
Before the ceremony, the couple shared a first look. “I was super nervous and I thought seeing François would make me much more relaxed,” the bride explained. “Our decision to do a first look actually happened on the morning of our wedding. We wanted to have an intimate time together like we originally planned, before saying ‘yes’ in front of everyone. This sweet head- one-on-one allowed Francois and Chasity to kick off the festivities feeling calm and grounded in their love.
For the ceremony, planner Jaime Kostechko of Wild Heart Events was tasked with the unique challenge of creating an eye-catching arrangement that wouldn’t overshadow the desert landscape. Luckily, she managed to strike the perfect balance with a deconstructed flower arch tunnel.
“We really wanted to create something spectacular for Chasity and Francois,” she shares. “I had been dreaming of a flowery walkway for a while and the red earth of Moab was the perfect setting for it. Farmyard Florals not only nailed this concept, but [they also] did everything sustainably!
The ceremony setup was completed with stylish extra seating and custom sweatshirts, so everyone could stay warm throughout the night.
“We knew we wanted something super clean, whimsical and chic,” the bride says of the glam bohemian setup du jour. Clearly the mission has been accomplished.
Francis was escorted down the aisle by the couple’s daughter, while Chastity walked down the aisle with her brother in tow. “We had the pleasure of having Kenny Lattimore sing ‘For You’ live as I walked down the aisle,” she adds.
Our vows captured our journey up to our wedding day, and we wanted to share this journey with our family and friends.
“We both decided to write our own vows on this day,” the bride shares. “Our vows captured our journey up to our wedding day, and we wanted to share this journey with our family and friends.”
The ceremony was filled with sweet and sentimental moments, including a unity sand ceremony they shared with their daughter.
Once they exchanged vows, wedding rings and a kiss to seal the deal, the newlyweds retreated down the aisle to Gerald Levert’s “Made to Love Ya.”
After the ceremony, the couple celebrated by popping champagne.
Throughout the day, the couple made sure to sneak around for a while. “Although we decided to have a wedding with our friends and family, we didn’t want to lose the privacy of a wedding before celebrating with everyone,” the bride shares.
After the ceremony, guests made their way to the reception area, which was adorned with fairy lights, the floral arch tunnel, and long tables covered in white linens and woven placemats.
Thirst? Guests could choose from three signature cocktails: an Old Fashioned called “Papi Chulo”; the “China”, a lemon martini; and the “Vibe”, which was a tequila sunrise. As for dinner, Francois and Chasity enlisted Hilton Hoodoo in Moab to create a tantalizing menu featuring some of the couple’s favorite entrees.
Moab-based bakery Sweet Serendipity delivered baking a strawberry-filled chocolate vanilla cake.
Francois and Chasity shared their first dance as husband and wife on “When I Said I Do” by Chanté Moore and Kenny Lattimore.
In addition to live mini-concerts from Kenny Lattimore and saxophonist Tony Harris, a fire dancer performed during dinner.
The simplicity of the design and the “feedback” when receiving really exemplifies who we are as a couple.
“We are very simple people enjoying a good time,” the bride shares. “The simplicity of the design and the ‘feedback’ when receiving really exemplifies who we are as a couple. We prefer to spend our days watching Netflix and chilling out, but we also love having a good time.
As if Francois and Chasity’s wedding wasn’t epic enough, they wrapped up the evening with fireworks from Lantis Fireworks.
Although planning a wedding within two months is by no means an easy task, the couple’s glamorous and bohemian nuptials went off without a hitch. And, it was topped off with an absolutely breathtaking photo op among the natural rocks of Moab. The secret, according to the couple, is to start with a clear vision and hire your own wedding dream team.
“It will take a lot of research, but you only get one chance to get it right, so having a team that you know will execute your wildest vision will be key,” Chastity shares. “Finally, don’t stress and let the professionals do the work. If you’ve taken the time to properly research your dream, have confidence in your research and know that it will work for you. With the right people in your corner, anything is possible.” .