The Costas began dating a few weeks before Chris joined the military, but they never let the distance come between them. Sharon frequently traveled for visits while he was away, and they eventually moved to San Antonio, Texas, together. A year after their move, Chris surprised Sharon with a sunset proposal on a golf course, complete with a blanket, candles, rose petals, champagne, and chocolate-covered strawberries. Their wedding had a serendipitous date—exactly three years after their first kiss.
“We love modern, simple design and had our hearts set on getting married on a rooftop with city views. The second we saw the roof of the Andaz hotel, we knew it was the place,” Sharon raves.
A bride’s worst nightmare— UPS lost Sharon’s gown in shipping from Texas to California. She successfully scrambled to find a new dress, but thankfully her original Vera Wang gown turned up just in time for the wedding.
The bride had not one, not two, but three pregnant bridesmaids. Von Vonni’s Transformer dresses can be worn in over 25 ways and worked for all eight ladies.
Sharon surprised Chris with a Rolex while he was getting ready for the ceremony—his shocked look was captured on camera!
John Mayer’s “Free Fallin’” became Sharon’s favorite after Chris sang along with the car radio when they were newly dating. At the ceremony, the couple had a guitarist play an instrumental version.
Guests enjoyed ahi tuna, crab, and avocado; baked brie with raspberry compote; caprese salad; braised short ribs in a red wine reduction; sea bass; and vegetarian risotto.
The couple had a “shot bar” with shots of tequila and lime, Bailey’s and coffee, and milk and cookies.
Fans of cheesy songs, the couple sang Michael Bolton’s “Said I Loved You…But I Lied” to each other while they cut the cake.
The Costas headed to Bora Bora and Tahiti for their honeymoon.
Get Their Style
- Coordination: At First Blush & Co.
- Photography: Scott Lawrence Studios
- Ceremony and Reception: Andaz
- Florist: Organic Elements
- Catering and Cake: Andaz
- DJ, Music, and Lighting: Still Listening Productions, Michael Tiernan
- Gown: Ethel by Vera Wang
- Shoes: Badgley Mischka
- Paper Elements: Calligraphy by Hillary
- Hair: Tovi Christie
- Makeup: Jennifer Whistler
- Rentals: Raphael’s Party Rentals
- Groom’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
- Videographer: New Classic Films