But their backgrounds were vastly different.
“We grew up incredibly poor,” said Ms. Matteson, a social worker in the Argyle, Texas, school district. She and her three siblings moved around the West Coast frequently with their mother, until she was placed in foster care as a teenager. After she got out of foster care, she won grants to attend Texas Woman’s University, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in social work in 2011. She then earned a master’s degree in social work from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2014.
Miss Matteson considers her friends her chosen family, while Mrs. Wing treats her family like friends. When she asked Mrs. Mattison to have drinks with her on the day of her missed flight at Miss Angeline’s in Denton, Texas, Mrs. Winget also invited her sister, brother-in-law, and mother-in-law. “We’re so close,” she said, adding, “I’m a big believer in fail fast. I was feeling really good about Sarah, and I was like, Let me see if they feel good about her, too.”
They did. Within a month, Mrs. Wing left the Nevada corporation to form her own private equity firm, Alternative Wealth Partners, in Dallas. In October, Mattison and her children moved into Mrs. Wingate’s home in Oak Point, Texas. The following year, the couple built a new house in Argyle, so that Mrs. Matteson’s children could continue to attend the public school in that area.
The two had been bubbling the idea of marriage for months, until they finally exchanged custom engagement rings and handwritten cards proposing to each other on March 14, 2022, during a trip to the Château de Chenonceau in the Loire Valley, France. Mrs. Matteson’s ring in rose gold with a pink sapphire and diamond, and Mrs. Wingate’s ring in white gold, turquoise and diamonds. Two weddings followed the joint proposal.
On June 16, they were legally married at Flippen Park in Highland Park, Texas, at a private party hosted by Mrs. Wingate’s sister, Allison Wingate, who became Mrs. Wingate Global Life Church minister to the event. On June 24, Ms. Wingate’s longtime friend Mario Nguyen officiated a party attended by 38 family members and close friends in Château de Poits Pratx In Genestase, France.
The couple shared how weddings felt like an extension of their relationship: fun and familiar. “We’re really happy,” said Mrs. Matteson.