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departments 28. contribute

It takes a village to create this magazine and our digital media platform, Here’s a look at some of the many talented dynamos who make it happen, as we dive into 2021’s year of fun ahead.

32. editor’s letter

Editor-in-Chief and Creative Director Lance Avery Morgan shares his always optimistically sunny disposition for the New Year of excitement that is upon us.

35. introduce

A brief look at this exciting issue full of gorgeous brides and dashing grooms.

36. browse 38. thrive

Austin-based Resonance Repatterning expert Mary Schneider shares her views, optimism, and how integral it is to have these days, for all of our sakes.




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The best books for the winter? They are as varied as snowflakes, according to our resident bibliophile, Lance Avery Morgan, who shares his very favorite recommendations to add to your own style library.


40. glow

Our beauty insider, Ana Bribiesca Hoff, recommends the best new make-up trends for the big day, and all the bridal festivities leading up to it.

42. present

Our Ms. Social Graces, Sharon Schweitzer, J.D., offers insight into life’s most challenging social situations, and we can always use her refreshing advice, can’t we?

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44. inspire

Eleanora Morrison, of, recommends some of her favorite finds to have for the wedding day, the honeymoon...and beyond.



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46. polish

Mr. Etiquette Guy, Jay Remer, takes a look at navigating both small and large weddings and how both can be right, depending on the goals of the families.

48. divulge

When it comes to All-American style in Dallas, we immediately think of chic Rhonda Sargent Chambers. Here, she shares the things she loves most with our Lance Avery Morgan.

50. pursue

Join us as we choose the best things in life to know and experience...that are happening right now, both near and far.

52. list

With so many style choices and trends from which to choose in 2021, Rank &’s CEO Jamie Chandlee makes it easy by sharing her favorite musthaves for the new year ahead.

56. marketplace

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A look at the new events, people, places, and things that we have on our radar, such as our collaboration with the Partners Card retail happenings in Dallas this month.

100. savor

Our editors Lance Avery Morgan (Austin), Cynthia Smoot (Dallas), Jennifer Roosth (Houston), and Eleanora Morrison (San Antonio), are on the scene to recommend their favorite eateries across the state.


104. exhibit

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Looking for more culture as winter begins? Who isn’t? Take a look at some offerings from our state’s finest museums and cultural institutions, according to our arts arbiter, Leanne Raesener.

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EDITOR-IN-CHIEF & CREATIVE DIRECTOR Lance Avery Morgan GRAPHIC DESIGN Beast Creative Edy Hernandez, Alexis Pedregon & John Speer SENIOR SOCIAL EDITOR Rob Giardinelli ASSOCIATE EDITORS Leanne Raesener • Jennifer Roosth Cynthia Smoot • Jonathan Spindel • Rose Betty Williams DIGITAL DIRECTOR Eleanora Morrison WRITERS Natalie Bond Bloomingdale • Ana Bribiesca • Jamie Chandlee • Lori Duran Jake Gaines • Rob Giardinelli • Gordon Kendall • Lance Avery Morgan Eleanora Morrison • Leanne Raesener • Jennifer Roosth • Lesa Rossick Michael Satterfield • Mary Schneider • Sharon Schweitzer • Cynthia Smoot Rose Betty Williams PHOTOGRAPHY Gregg Cestaro • Liz Banfield • Audrie Dollins • Thomas Garza Jillian Hogan Photography • Caroline Jorgensen Photography • Stephen Karlisch Sarah Kate • Kristen Kilpatrick • Jessica Rose • Marshall Tidrick • Marco Wang SOCIETY AMBASSADORS Natalie Bond Bloomingdale–Los Angeles Paul Bradshaw–San Francisco John Danielson–Washington, D.C. NATIONAL & REGIONAL ADVERTISING Rossana Leeper, Publisher 210.861.3324 Rob Giardinelli, C.O.O./Assoc. Publisher 512.740.7534 Society Texas is published bi-monthly by Society Texas, LLC (Publisher). Reproduction in any manner in whole or part is prohibited without the express written consent of the Publisher. Material contained herein does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the publisher or its staff. Society Texas reserves the right to edit all materials for clarity and space and assumes no responsibility for accuracy, errors or omissions. Society Texas does not knowingly accept false or misleading advertisements or editorial, nor does the Publisher assume responsibility should such advertising or editorial appear. Articles and photographs are welcome and may be submitted to our offices to be used subject to the discretion and review of the Publisher. All real estate advertising is subject to the Federal Fair Housing Act of 1968, which makes it illegal to advertise any preference, limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familiar status or national origin, or an intention to make such preference, imitation, or discrimination. Printed in the USA.


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Natalie Bond Bloomingdale’s first internship during college at The University of Texas at Austin was with the magazine Brilliant, where she served as key editorial assistant before starting her career in Los Angeles. When she is not busy running her wildly successful digital platform,, she is representing Society Texas as our Los Angeles Ambassador. The Vernon, Texas native will soon split her time between L.A. and Dallas. For this issue, she writes about the nuptials of her sister, Meredith Bond McCord, which recently took place in Fort Worth.


EDY HERNANDEZ Edy Hernandez, Beast Creative Agency’s founder, decided to take the idea of the traditional agency and turn it on its ear...or better said, let the problem speak for itself. Beast Creative addresses your marketing challenges with creative thinking. Solving such issues is their jam. They have frequently helped their clients with their own non-marketing related internal processes derived simply through a fresh perspective and ideation.



Writer and enthusiast of all things beauty, fashion, travel, and healthy livingrelated, our Glow beauty contributor Ana Bribiesca Hoff is currently working in the higher education non-profit sector and has also launched In this new lifestyle blog, she shares her passions, experiences, and special tips along with sneak peeks inside her life, while also hoping to share large doses of inspiration. This month she reveals the most glamorous of winter beauty secrets yet.

As a busy working mom of two, Rank & Style CEO Jamie Chandlee developed a strong passion for technologies that simplify consumer experiences, so people have more time for the parts of their lives not behind a screen. She and her team contribute our List column in each issue, and her vision for Rank & Style is to give people back the time they waste digging through endless fashion resources to find the products they like. Chandlee is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin and is grateful to be able to help people outside the office through her participation in numerous social impact organizations.


Our very fashionable Texan-turnedNew Yorker-turned-eternal-Southerner contributor Gordon Kendall is always on the go and on the scene. He is a freelance fashion author and educator. He is also an executive member of the Fashion Group International/New York, a member of The Couture Council, and The Museum at F.I.T.


Lori Duran has had a diverse career and currently researches interesting historical stories of social changes. This has been her life-long passion. Duran serves on the board of directors for the Austin History Center Association, where she is involved in coordinating volunteers and helping the Oral History Committee. She also writes articles for Society Texas and other publications and recently authored the book, Austin’s Travis Heights Neighborhood. She has currently released her second book, The University of Texas at Austin: The First One Hundred Years.


Whether finding the best restaurant in Rome overlooking the Colosseum or taking a private tour of the Queen’s art collection at Buckingham, our cultural enthusiast and arbiter Jake Gaines, a native Texan, is on the go. Our very own James Bond on the social scene, he will gladly wield his saber to pop open a bottle of Champagne before advancing into a masked ball. His motto? Bring your passport and wear the tuxedo since one never knows what can happen, baby. He’s a beloved guest at any dinner party because he is known for his disappearing tablecloth trick. When in doubt, he recommends everyone into the pool for a midnight game of what else? Marco Polo.









Our Digital Director Eleanora Morrison, who is also our Inspire and Savor columnist, is a content creator, editor, and creative consultant currently based in San Antonio. In this issue, she also contributed to our San Antonio wedding features. She has over a decade of experience in print and digital media as a writer, editor, content producer, and creative director. Entering the content creation space, initially as a lifestyle blogger, Morrison has since grown to manage an award-winning digital media platform and creative consulting company. Connect with her on social media @eleanoramorrison and explore more of her work at


Certified professional life coach and branding expert by day, social commentator by night, and author of the book Being In The Room (available at, Associate Publisher and Senior Social Editor Rob Giardinelli is a man of many interests. He loves sharing how Texans so generously and passionately give back to the community they love. Giardinelli weaves his interesting social commentary to showcase those who work tirelessly to raise awareness of important issues in the state and beyond.




LEANNE RAESENER Our Associate Editor Leanne Raesener was formerly the city editor for both Brilliant and The Society Diaries magazines. We love that she shares her talents in this issue with our wedding features. A fifthgeneration Texan raised in Austin, she spent most of her career in Manhattan, before we were fortunate to have her back in the Lone Star State. After working at Goldman Sachs in Charitable Giving for many years, it only deepened her interest in philanthropy. She supports many charities but holds most near and dear to her heart, her brother, Jack Frederick Raesener’s Scholarship Fund, Ballet Austin, and NYU FACES. Her love of life, generosity, creative style, and wordsmithing are a winning combination.

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contribute JAY REMER

Jay Remer, Canada’s Etiquette Guy, catered his first dinner party at the age of 14 and hasn’t looked back since. Raised in Wilmington, Delaware, Remer emigrated to Saint Andrews, NB, Canada, where he owns and operates The Windsor House, an 18th Century inn. A proud graduate of the Protocol School of Washington, Remer now speaks, writes, and teaches civility. His book, The Six Pillars of Civility, is scheduled for release this year.

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Our talented and terrifically connected Associate Editor Jennifer Roosth is a Houston-based writer who never ceases to be amazed by the wonderfully generous spirit of the Houston philanthropic community. “It’s nice to live in a city where so many are excited about giving back,” she says. “In the process, they throw some mighty fine parties.” MICHAEL SATTERFIELD

Our Drive section contributor is Michael Satterfield, an award-winning journalist, traveler, photographer, and lifelong automotive enthusiast who has been featured in Forbes, Hot Rod Magazine, A-Cars, Easy Riders, and many other publications. He founded popular men’s lifestyle site as a blog in 2002, which has grown to become an online and print magazine reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month.


Mary Schneider, who contributes in this issue to our Thrive column, has been a student of energetic medicine for 30 years. She has been a Certified Resonance Repatterning Professional in private practice in Austin for the past 20 years ( Schneider is also an ordained minister and has studied numerous alternative modalities such as homeopathy, the Chinese 5 Element Acupuncture System, Ayurveda, and the Chakra System, to name a few. She loves regularly speaking in the community about how we heal.




Propelling a professional’s leadership skills to their next promotion on the domestic or global stage is what Sharon Schweitzer does best. She is the founder of Access to Culture, a company specializing in global leadership, and authored the Amazon #1 best-selling book in Business Etiquette & International Business, Access to Asia, which received a coveted Kirkus Star. A certified cultural consultant, attorney, and international etiquette expert, she shares her message about building trust and creating long-lasting relationships in appearances from Dubai to Prague. In Hong Kong, she serves as the Chinese Ceremonial Dining Etiquette Specialist for Nat Geo People. She serves on numerous boards, including the Global Thinkers Forum and National Czech Slovak Museum & Library. As Ms. Social Graces, she writes our Present column.





A partner at Gangway Advertising, Dallasbased Cynthia Smoot, creates buzz for some of the city’s hottest brands through interactive social media strategies and public relations for the firm’s lifestyle clients. Through her popular lifestyle blog,, readers get the latest scoop and inside information on fashion, food, philanthropy, events, and celebrity and reality TV news. Smoot describes her blog as a love letter to the city of Dallas.


Wherever there is a wonderful party, there is usually Associate Editor and social chronicler Rose Betty Williams. She also leads symposia, plans events, serves on boards, and supports organizations from OperaAmerica to the Helping Hand Home for Children. Williams also facilitates networking for project and product development. Williams is a longtime Austin resident, freelance writer, and photographer with a passion for fine art, music, wine, books, tennis, food, and life…as well as a deep love for her family and community.

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editor’s letter Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner, 1951

Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman, 1958

Prince Rainier and Grace Kelly, 1956

John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier, 1953

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we’ve only just begun

WELCOME TO A NEW YEAR WITH WELL, WITH A REVISED SHARED REALITY SINCE THIS TIME LAST YEAR, THAT’S FOR sure. COVID-19 has taught us that our realities can become shape-shifted in a blink of an eye. Attending three to five galas, in sumptuous ballrooms with a thousand or more attendees, across the state each week used to be the norm for our team...and as 2021 begins, we look forward to all the gatherings and philanthropic largesse continuing like before, don’t you? Strong people lift each other up, and we are in this together. One thing we know about a shared reality–whether it’s from reality TV–to pandemic-suspended reality, is that it’s very interpretive. However, a wedding is one shared reality that we can all agree upon. Since the beginning of time, families and friends have always gathered to share the reality of loved ones taking the next big step in their lives. That’s about as real as it gets in the love department. Since I was a child, I’ve attended countless weddings and believe me, since then I’ve always had a good suit appropriate for a wedding at the ready because I know how important weddings (and good suits) are.

Along with our New Year/New You focus, we hope you enjoy this issue as much as our editorial, design, and publishing teams did creating it. So, remember, as we charge into 2021, as John Wesley said, Do all the good you can, By all the means you can, In all the ways you can, In all the places you can, At all the times you can, To all the people you can, As long as ever you can. Cheers to a magnificent year ahead, and we look forward to gathering again with you soon.

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That’s why we love, and are beyond proud of, the weddings we are sharing in this special issue, especially in these challenging times. Beautiful brides, dashing grooms, and a flock of families and friends to celebrate them and their happy lives ahead? You bet. It doesn’t get much better than that. Plus, the ingenuity from all the weddings’ creative teams for each celebration seen on every page, from across the state, is exemplary. Let’s call it the best of Texas love, shall we? And after all, as Burt Bachrach and Hal David wrote musically, what the world needs now is love, sweet love.

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Understandably, parents have been duly concerned about the deprivation of a shared reality that the pandemic has on their kids: the lack of school and overall community due to the current happenings. The best-shared reality fix for that? Attend a wedding, large or small, I say. Do children get to see adults operating in a genuine world arena, and with the best intentions at heart: love? Bien sûr. Of course.

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new year, new you How wonderfully perfect that 2021 is a fresh beginning for all of us. Weddings, glorious weddings, and all things bridal is what this issue is devoted festive, fun, and full of love. Be our guest, won’t you?

new year, new you

How wonderfully perfect that 2021 is a fresh beginning for all of us. Weddings, glorious weddings, and all things bridal is what this issue is devoted to... so festive, fun, and full of love. Be our guest, won’t you?






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The best books for winter? To us, these are the best of the best to have on hand as the winter chills the air, according to our devoted bibliophile, Lance Avery Morgan. FLOWER COLOR THEORY By Darroch and Michael Putnam Here is the only guide that uses color theory as inspiration for flower arrangements. The book features 175 displays showing the myriads of ways to combine flowers of different hues, all built around color schemes. This fully illustrated guide will inspire readers to create lush, romantic, and effortlessly elegant creations of their own. $35. At MAKE LIFE BEAUTIFUL By Shea McGee and Syd McGee Netflix and Instagram stars Syd and Shea McGee’s new design book offers a behind-the-scenes look at how the couple transformed Shea’s small room of fabric samples and big dream of becoming a designer into one of the most successful and fastest-growing interior design businesses in the country. $26.99. At THE MONOCLE BOOK OF GENTLE LIVING By Tyler Brûlé and Josh Fehnert This guide to slowing down, enjoying more, and being happy with slower living urges us all to find new creative pastimes, to unplug (literally and figuratively), and to take time to breathe as the news cycle has sped up and communities have become increasingly atomized and isolated. At FILM NOIR STYLE By Kimberly Truhler Escape to a world long ago of high-style and glamorous films to celebrate some of the genre’s most influential films and stars while examining the historical context of the time. Here’s the story behind the stories of the style of 20 of film noir’s most important feature films. $45. At MID-CENTURY MODERN DESIGN: A COMPLETE SOURCEBOOK By Dominic Bradbury The ultimate survey of the mid-century era’s modern design and architecture is now available in a sleek, compact edition. Included within is a cadre of rich examples of sleek contemporary design from furniture, lighting, and ceramics to textiles, graphics, interiors, and architecture. $50. At


ON FIRE: THE FIREFIGHTERS OF FRANCE By Fred Goudon We all understand the importance of first responders and especially firefighters, in a time of need. Shot in France, this is bound to raise the temperature, of photography aficionados everywhere, of these good men doing good deeds to help those most in need. $55. At LOS ANGELES TODAY: CITY OF DREAMS: ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN By Tim Street Porter and Annie Kelley Tour the city’s rich architectural and design history as well as a neighborhood-by-neighborhood stroll to visit stylish museums, the flourishing arts districts, chic homes, and the L.A. of film and television–all set against the dramatic backdrops of sky and sea. $65. At CHATEAU LAFITE: THE ALMANAC By Baron Éric de Rothschild and Saskia de Rothschild Here’s a look at 150 vintages of Château Lafite, revealing pivotal moments since the family founded the winery in 1868, about the grape blends that mark each vintage, along with portraits by master photographers such as Robert Doisneau, Richard Avedon, and Paolo Roversi. $175. At BILL CUNNINGHAM WAS THERE By John Kurdewan and Steven Stolman The legendary New York Times photographer chronicled society and fashion while celebrating the people, the style, and the happenings of Manhattan and beyond. This festive volume focuses on the vibrant and fun-filled events of spring and summer. $40. At ROMANTICS AND CLASSICS: STYLE IN THE ENGLISH COUNTRY HOUSE By Jeremy Musson and Hugo Rittson Thomas See the English countryside’s remarkable houses where owners blend contemporary style with the old, good bones of manor houses and country seats, redefining the notion of English country and creating interiors that are both chic and intimate. $60. At s


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how optimism always wins

With 2020 now behind us, it’s time to move forward into a new realm of our lives, according to our intuitive self-help expert, Austin-based Resonance Repatterning Practitioner, Mary Schneider, who clarifies the importance of resonating with the new opportunities ahead. RE-EXAMINATION TIME AS I LOOKED AT MY CORRESPONDENCE FROM 2020, I REALIZED that spellcheck could not figure out how to spell COVID-19. A year ago, I was like spellcheck: I had no idea what Coronavirus was, let alone COVID-19. Since that time, we have been through so many ups and downs and twists and turns–truly a testament to our resilience as a global community. We are the most adaptable species on the planet, and we have all witnessed the reality of our adaptability in the last year. Adapt, we have. Despite the quixotic lifestyle changes and constant potential for loss of life, we are moving forward...progressing in a herky-jerky, zig-zag trajectory triggering us to stop, look and listen in new ways. This pandemic compels us to stop and look at our lives–to examine and reevaluate what is important. Even though it continues to be a huge imposition, the pandemic has enriched us in some interesting ways. Those who are sick or have lost loved ones are probably not having this experience. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you and the heroic healthcare workers taking care of you. We, who have re-examined our lives and are fortunate enough to have stayed safe and healthy are reconsidering what might be loosely considered as the pandemic’s benefits. One of these might be a resurgence of the idea of simplicity. What does this mean, and how does it fit into our lives now? The dictionary defines simplicity as the quality or condition of being plain or natural. Feeling unencumbered comes along with it. The Feng Shui philosophy of spatial organization recommends we keep clutter to a minimum. Simply put, clutter can block the flow of energy in our homes, and therefore, into our lives. ARTFUL SIMPLICITY In the end, simplicity is an art. It is an act of letting go. When we let go, we make room for fresh experiences. We re-examine what we find valuable and release what is not. Simplicity generally precedes some form of healing. And, healing is essential now within our global community, on all levels: physically, spiritually, mentally, and emotionally. Another value gleaned from the pandemic looks like something akin to unity. For one thing, it has united us around a common adversary. Although split into two main camps, the unity, even in its present form, demonstrates re-evaluation and learning. Unity follows a certain level of unrest. Among other examples, it may be similar to the upheaval occurring in psychotherapy, which can be followed by systemic healing. Healing is most definitely on the mind of the collective consciousness. As we ring in this new year, we are anxiously awaiting the manufacture and distribution of viable vaccines. Gratefully contemplating the prospect of gravitating back to our original lifestyle, a watery impression seems to portend, “It’s probably not going to happen the way you think it is.” Yet, part of what is happening looks like the cultivation of a new optimism–tinged with hope. Pandemics create a great deal of stress on all levels. This, we now know. As we begin to envision a healed world and examine lessons learned, we may find there remains a real possibility for continued transformation–from a personal perspective and a global one. Awareness of this possibility for ourselves and our loved ones could potentially make this transition smoother and perhaps even a source of joy in this brand new year. s




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Primer is a must-have product for your bridal makeup kit. Bobbi Brown Primer Plus Mattifier is a fail-proof, fan favorite for controlling oil, blurring pores, and helping keep skin look matte, and never flat. $40. At



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to the manner born

As the new year sets in, a new optimism accompanies it. So why not let our Ms. Social Graces, Sharon Schweitzer, J.D., handle a few conundrums that might happen in today’s modern society?

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Dear Ms. Social Graces, SOME DEAR FRIENDS IN OUR POD LIKE TO ENTERTAIN, AND we are often their guests for dinner, which we also reciprocate. The host asks us to arrive at 7:00 pm, yet we usually don’t sit down to eat until much later―9:30 pm. Since I don’t love eating that late, how can I express that we’d like to eat earlier, closer to when we arrive, or should we skip the invitation altogether? Ready For Dinner Dear Deserving Diners, Concepts of time vary across cultures. However, in the U.S., we tend to be a fairly prompt society. We have certain expectations when we receive and accept business or social invitations based on the invitation’s formality level. Reciprocal dining arrangements, dining cohorts, or pods tend to develop an organizational culture of their own over time. If this pod consists of three to four other friend sets, it would be insightful to know how they handle drinks and dinner timing and formalities. The times for drinks and dinner are printed on the written invitations with formal dining, yet this differs from informal gatherings. However, even informal events may set a time for drinks, with a separation of an hour for the meal. Several options present themselves. You may RSVP immediately and graciously decline the next invitation without giving a reason. However, it would be inappropriate to tell them that serving dinner two and a half hours after arrival is too late. Another option to consider hinges upon whether or not several friends in your pod share the same mindset. If so, consider collaborating with them to develop a workable cocktail hour at 6:00 pm, with dinner at 7:00 pm or 7:30 pm. Then, reinforce this culture among the group. The late diners may then get the message and follow course. Or not. These kind folks may just be night owls... Dear Ms. Social Graces, On Zoom or other group video calls, how can I present my best self as the pandemic continues? Does lighting or background matter in the scheme of things? Ready For My Close-up Dear Close To Technology, Presenting our best selves online is essential, especially when screenshots of all the participants pop up on other platforms like LinkedIn. There are a myriad of factors to consider. However, we will address the two you have inquired about when on a Zoom, Skype, or other group video call. 1. Background: Stage your video area and limit distractions a. Since our homes are inherently less equipped for professional meetings than our workplace, scout out the best location for calls.


b. Remember, when dialing in, other participants closely observe more than just your appearance―they’re curious about your personal space and home design. So before joining the meeting, confirm your camera doesn’t capture stacks of unopened packages, piles of unwashed clothes, or a home office in a state of complete disarray. c. Avoid being an exhibitionist. Using video as a venue to showcase an art collection or wine cellar is inappropriate. Consider selecting a solid color background, such as blue. d. When you can’t alter your home environment, discreetly hide your room using Zoom’s virtual background feature. Consider taking advantage of their option to upload a personal photograph or create virtual backgrounds with Canva templates designed for Zoom. e. Limit distractions. Silence or turn off mobile devices, ringtones, and applications running on your desktop. Avoid disrespecting yourself and others by not constantly averting your eyes to check messages. Mitigating distractions keeps the virtual meeting focused and interruption-free. 2. Lighting: An extremely important factor a. Natural light from a window close by that shines on your face is the first and best option. This light accentuates and brightens your skin and features creating a flattering video image. b. If it’s cloudy or there’s no sunshine, place a lamp with a bright bulb in front of you and above your table or laptop to avoid casting a shadow. There’s also the option to invest in a lighting source online―there are numerous reasonably priced products. c. Turn off any light source behind you and close any window treatments or blinds. The goal is to avoid backlighting yourself. d. When wearing glasses, avoid the brightest setting on your laptop or monitor to prevent a reflection in the glasses, which can be distracting. s


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After all of the wedding-day fun is done, why not treat yourself to some out-of-the-ordinary statement earrings that are sure to start a honeymoon adventure off right? These Antonia Raw Emerald Bronze & 24K Gold Plated Earrings will turn heads, whether you are staycationing, globetrotting, or adventuring anywhere in between. $249. At

Every woman wants to feel beautiful, especially on her big day. Here comes the bride and groom indeed, not only coming down the aisle but as we bid her bon voyage on a honeymoon adventure. Our very own Eleanora Morrison, of, weighs in with some of her favorite recommendations for the couple’s happily ever after. OH, CREPE

If you’re in need of a contemporary ensemble for bridal events and would like an option that’s a little different than a traditional bridal gown, or even a reception outfit that allows for comfortable dancing into the wee hours, then this crepe dress has you covered. Cut from ivory crepe in a wide-leg silhouette, it turns to reveal a dramatic train that will sweep along the floor as you walk. $2,000. At

With all of the heartfelt sentiments weddings can bring, why not equip the groom and his groomsmen with a handkerchief to lend the bridal party if they shed a few happy tears on the big day? This white silk option is about as classic as it gets and looks sharp with any suit or tuxedo. $55. At


The ‘90s are back in hair accessories, and the nostalgia is next-level, which is why we are loving Jennifer Behr’s Thada headband for effortless honeymoon hair. Handmade in New York, the saffron velvet is padded for added volume, and the lining keeps it in place all day long. $225. At


For the couple who loves to entertain, why not host hors d’oeuvres hour al fresco? These Iznik outdoor dip bowls are a stylishly festive way to serve up savory snacks with cocktails or before a seated dinner. $31.95 At



A wedding cake, both the bride and groom’s, can show how creative a couple is and what means the most to them with custom-designed themes. It can be as traditional or avant-garde as you wish. For delectable delights, we recommend Paige’s Bakehouse. At

Here’s a crowd-pleasing gift for the newly betrothed. This Monique Lhuillier Margot champagne bucket will do the trick. We love the copper tint to add a unique touch to any social gathering once the newlyweds have returned from their honeymoon. $129. At TIE THAT KNOT


As a wedding day gift for your groom, try these silver Love Knot cufflinks. A timeless memento to commemorate the occasion, they can be worn not only on your big day but for years to come. $220. At

Sure to add a dash of elegance to any table, this timeless set of Mottahedeh Imperial Blue China is edged in gold, with its central design inspired by a Chinese porcelain pattern from 1730. Pieces starting at $60. At

Imagine quiet mornings together, spent sipping a piping hot cup of fresh coffee. This contemporary stainless steel French Press from Etro will help you make the most of your special moments as newlyweds and for the years to come. $119. At



When it comes time for wedding day preparations, why not wear a little something blue to the bridal primping party? This timelessly elegant silk Meng kimono can be packed right up after the festivities are over and taken along for the honeymoon, too. $805. At





We love a statement candle for the (newlywed’s) home. But one that has the astrological signs? That’s golden. This Fornasetti candle is sure to spruce up any space and spark a conversation. $230. At


How about a suite of luxe Clé de Peau products for your wedding festivities...and beyond? We love Clé de Peau Beauté Volumizing Cream Supreme ($375), a decadent cream that visibly plumps, firms, and moisturizes skin. Clé de Peau Beauté Hydrating Veil ($80) creates a bare skinlike finish and prevents makeup deterioration caused by dryness, sebum, perspiration, and dullness. Clé de Peau Beauté The Serum ($295) delivers vital moisture to the skin. Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer ($73) is specially formulated with a smooth texture, long-lasting full coverage, and seamless finish. At


For the jet-setting honeymooner, a sturdy set of stylish luggage is both practical and fashionable. This Paravel hard shell carry-on suitcase will help keep all of your essentials organized, no matter where you’re headed. $255. At


Jewelry can enhance any wedding ensemble, whether it’s a family heirloom piece or something new. Try a statement piece from Bulgari High Jewelry’s Burocko line, or from your local jewelers, like Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry. You’re sure to glitter throughout your special day. Prices upon request. At or s




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Whether you choose to have a large wedding or a small one, there’s something to offer every family. The Etiquette Guy, Jay Remer, our roving expert in all things mannerly, weighs in on how weddings can be as chic as ever. PETITE AND GRAND A SMALL WEDDING, DURING THESE CHALLENGING TIMES, might just be the new big wedding. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, large gatherings during 2021 will continue to be discouraged or outlawed entirely. Since it’s in the spirit of public safety that we take these measures, there has never been a greater need for gratitude and compassion. There is nothing like a beautiful wedding to ignite these actions as we celebrate a new union in innovative, memory-instilling ways. After all, it’s not the number of witnesses that ensure relationships will stand the test of time, but rather a strong foundation of appreciation and compassion. Because we can no longer gather in extraordinarily large groups for a while, celebrating marriages’ needs can shift from hosting an event for our multitudes of friends and creating an occasion that echoes the many intimacies of marriage. This new normal does not preclude us from celebrating en masse; it just means using our creative juices and a bit of modern technology to bring people together. This ability enables many people who might otherwise be unable to attend an outing of any kind the chance to join in the festivities. These remote connections can coincide with exchanging vows, offering toasts, or any particularly poignant moments and do not need to cover the entire event. SMALL? SENSATIONAL One of the benefits of hosting a small wedding is that you can pull out all the stops more easily. After all, caviar for twelve guests is more affordable than for one or two hundred, right? French Champagne served all night can replace bubbly from elsewhere. There’s an opportunity to enjoy your favorite foods, wines, and flowers that you may not have otherwise. In other words, you can have the most memorable and unique wedding you can imagine, precisely how you want it. Creating great memories that last a lifetime is exhilarating. You will need to be painfully selective when it comes to choosing your guests.


Remember that your wedding is a reflection of the love your share with one another. Your unique relationship exemplifies your authentic selves. This celebration is one of the few times in life where being self-centered is a good thing. Your friends should realize the challenges of miniaturizing weddings. Understand that you are working with real limitations and stick to those unapologetically. Some people may take offense at your decisions, but your intention is not to snub anyone, and those who cannot accept that will simply have to deal with their feelings. Many of us wait to marry until we establish our careers. Or, we may enter into marriage early on. Weddings are the culmination of developing and testing our relationship before taking the defining step into marriage. By taking the time to do this, we accept one another for who we are. We replace the allure of a flashy wedding with a more intimate ceremony where the emphasis can be focused on the bond’s uniqueness. ADVANTAGEOUS NUPTIALS Large weddings can be expensive, exhausting, and more extravagant than some people want these days. Being forced to downsize can be more welcoming. Surprisingly, adjusting to smaller gatherings allows guests to engage more fully in the festivities. The amount of time, effort, and expense saved due to opting for such an event can make way for a myriad of more important parts of your life. In essence, small weddings have as many advantages as more massive celebrations. Surprisingly, things we must often compromise on for a lavish event are no longer a factor. Once we embrace the many positive aspects of creating an intimate, intensely beautiful event, the excitement that we experience intensifies. The memories one carries away from these occasions focuses on the couple and their guests and far less on the spectacle. The opportunities revealed by the smaller-is-better approach allow for our imaginations to create a jewel of a wedding event. s



the serendipity of style Dallasite Rhonda Sargent Chambers, founder of RSC Show Productions, is well known to be one of most stylish women in Texas. This Texan shares some of the favorite secrets to her success, as well as sage tips of insight, with our Lance Avery Morgan. The best career advice I’ve received is...No one is your competition. Three qualities that got me where I am today are...Kindness, calmness, and attention to detail.

Photo by Thomas Garza. Hair and make-up by Brite Beauty.

Change I’d like to see in my industry...Collaborations that are win-win. How I made my first a professional Kim Dawson model. Last thing I binge/marathon watched...Supernatural on Netflix. Book that left a lasting impression on me...Meditation by Marcus Aurelius. First album I bought...Dreamboat Annie by Heart in 1975. What every woman should try in her lifetime is...Windsurfing. One thing I am exceptionally good at that most might not know is...Raising chickens. In high school, I raised Texas State Fair prizewinning roosters and chickens in FFA and 4H.

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Movie actress’ style I most identify with is...Tilda Swinton. An unforgettable place I’ve traveled is...Taormina, Sicily, but I never tire of going to Rome, either. An artist whose work I would collect is... Mark Herron, a Dallasite. His portraits are beautiful, intriguing, and mysterious. My favorite room is...My mom and dad’s kitchen. In my fridge, you will always find...Avocados. On my tombstone, it will say...Rhonda Took Me Under Her Wing. s

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As we continue with the new reality in 2021, things are happening again, both near and far as well. Join our cultureseeking editor Lance Avery Morgan as he recommends some new bright spots to know and love this very moment. LISTEN IN, SKIN We love that SkinLab, the new-to-market skincare concept developed by the luxe brand SkinCeuticals, is now officially open in Houston. For fans of the SkinCeuticals product line, Courtesy of SkinLab, Houston SkinLab is a one-stop-shop that opened in partnership with Houston plastic surgeon Dr. Forrest Roth–it is the third to open in the country, with the first two being in Napa Valley and Connecticut. At

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RANCH STYLE MEANS RancH2O, founded by native Texan Amelia Lettieri, is the ready-to-drink canned cocktail brand that delivers the kick of real spirits and a refreshingly smooth taste with just the pop of a tab. This is not another hard seltzer...RancH2O is real liquor, perfectly mixed in flavors like Ranch Water, Classic Marg, Vodka, and a Gin Fizz. The four-pack is $13.99. Available at major liquor stores and

OH, BABY Mila & Me, the new Latina-owned, hand-dyed loungewear brand for both mothers and children, was conceived during COVID-19 by Austinite Melissa Dieck Thaxton. She believes in donating a portion of the company’s proceeds to organizations in need. “We hope our pieces brighten your day, bring comfort to your life, and peace that you are helping those in need,” shares Thaxton. Prices vary. At Cinderella. Courtesy of Columbia Pictures

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BURNING SO BRIGHT Dirty Bartender candles has teamed with DIFFA Dallas, inspired by its thirty years of service. The delectable scents, aptly named House of DIFFA, Yacht Bar, and Cocktail Garden, will transform any mood and space. Plus, they burn for 40 hours. Each are $34. At


FAVORITE FAIRYTALE RE-DUX Cinderella, the upcoming American musical romantic comedy, has been updated for today’s modern audience. Starring Camila Cabello, Idina Menzel, and Billy Porter, the re-boot of the children’s classic promises to be one for the ages. Debuts February 5. s


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HERE, THESE ARE FOR YOU Pink roses presented in a suede box? Yes, please. This heart-shaped box is such a beautiful arrangement to show that special someone how far your love extends. $550. At


Love is always in the air, and especially on its special day in February. Valentine’s Day is something to look forward to this year, according to our luxe lifestyle arbiter Rank & Style CEO Jamie Chandlee, with her Top 10 recommendations... with a few things for him, too. SAVE THE DATE Try these 18K gold slider bangles to honor a special moment in your life to make it completely one-of-a-kind...and you can mix and match, adding more to make stackable. In white, yellow, or rose gold, and black Rhodium. Starting at $2800. At

WHAT A WHIRL The Bottega Veneta three-dimensional Whirl clutch in lollipop pink is this spring’s newest conversation piece. Remnicient of a heart, this Napa leather bag will make even the most basic outfit pop when paired with it. $1980. At


SOAK SOFTLY Create a relaxing, spa-like experience in the comfort of your own home with French Girl Organics’ Rose Sea Soak. The soothing formula is made with Epsom salts to loosen muscles and draw out toxins, while Pink Himalayan Salts help relieve stress. Divine. $22. At

FEEL THE WORLD FADE AWAY The mini massager is your pocketsized partner, for him or her, giving the Theragun quality muscle treatment with unparalleled portability. Compact but powerful, this is the most agile massage device that goes wherever you go. $199. At




SKY HIGH GOALS Made in Italy from supple fuchsia suede with flattering pointed toes, Christian Louboutin’s Rabakate pumps are embellished with delicate bows above the slim stiletto heels. Be sure to keep the hem of your dress or pants short enough to showcase this beautiful feminine detail. $995. At

HOW SWEET OF YOU Texas-based confectioner-to-the-stars Maggie Louise of Maggie Louise Confections is the go-to favorite of the Jet Set. Why not celebrate love with decadent chocolates inspired by a day of sweet matrimony with scrumptious works of art like these? Prices vary. At


LIGHT UP THE NIGHT Handcrafted in the French Alps, the Mad et Len’s scented candle captures the evocative scents of nature that we all love. Contained in a hand-forged blackened steel canister, Terre Noire has a deep earthy complexity reminiscent of the mystery of the French forest– aged oak and rich soil. $100. At



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THE NEW CLARITY He’ll love this minimalist Transparent Speaker engineered to work seamlessly with existing virtual assistants and setups. Built for crisp, balanced, full-bodied sound, it’s made from white aluminum and tempered glass and streams with Bluetooth. $500. At

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SWEATER WEATHER He’ll look sharp in this pinkish cotton-cashmere blend crew neck sweater with a pocket, don’t you think? From Austinbased Criquet Shirts. $150. At s



UBS is proud to announce both achievements and to recognize the commitment and effort it takes to respectively become a statewide standout and earn national acclaim.

Congratulations and appreciation Carol Mani Johnston named a Forbes Best-In-State Wealth Advisor for Texas and a Top Woman Advisor for 2020

Every day, Carol makes her clients’ needs her first priority, earning their trust and respect, demonstrating her depth of knowledge and passion for helping families. It’s proven in the distinctive acclaim from SHOOK Research and Forbes. Please join us in congratulating Carol Mani Johnston on receiving both honors. We encourage you to make use of her time and talents, backed by the global resources of UBS. For more information, call: Carol Mani Johnston, CEPA® Senior Vice President– Wealth Management Wealth Advisor Senior Portfolio Manager 210-805-1075 The Mani Johnston Group UBS Financial Services Inc. 200 Concord Plaza, Suite 300 San Antonio, TX 78216

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Partners Card Is A Triumph For The Family Place In Dallas By Jake Gaines | Photography by The Family Place and Audrey Dollins

Tully Phillips, Lexie Aderhold and Sally Pretorius Hodge

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FOR THE FAMILY PLACE, A Dallas-based family violence agency, the fall is usually packed with their highlyanticipated, popular fundraising events, including Partners Card, the Texas Trailblazer Awards Luncheon, and the glitzy ReuNight dinner. Like many nonprofits, The Family Place made the decision to postpone or cancel many of their events out of an abundance of caution due to the pandemic. However, the agency’s largest and arguably most well-known fundraiser, Partners Card, was fortunate enough to have occurred despite the circumstances. Partners Card took place Friday, October 30 – Sunday, November 8, 2020. For the 10-day event, shoppers purchase a Partners Card for $75 and save 20% at retailers and 10% at restaurants throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Of course, 100% of a Partners Card purchase goes directly to support The Family Place. To accommodate those who would rather shop from the comfort of their home, The Family Place brought on more online brands this year. Over 550 retailers participated in the 2020 Partners Card, and around 100 were online shopping stores. Online brands included The Container Store, Hazen & Co, Leatherology, and more. Stores welcoming Partners Card shoppers inside their doors made sure to take additional safety precautions. Hand sanitizer, face masks, signage displaying guidelines, and socially distanced shopping were the new norm this year. Longtime Partners Card sponsor, NorthPark Center, even offered shoppers curbside shopping and a concierge service to make the experience even more safe and convenient. Lexie Aderhold, Tully Phillips, and Sally Pretorius Hodge co-chaired the annual fundraiser, and popular Dallas lifestyle blogger Tanya Foster was this year’s Honorary Chair. Partners Card 2020 was presented by the Bank of Texas. Sponsors for the 2020 fundraiser included Audi Dallas, NorthPark Center, Baylor Scott & White Health, Galleria Dallas, Becky Frey Real Estate, Highland Park Village, Inwood Village, The Plaza at Preston Center, Texas Digestive Disease Consultants, Fragomen, Del Rey, Bersen & Loewy, West Village, Preston Royal Village, Tom Thumb & Albertsons, Starpower, The Mary Kay Foundation, IBB Design Fine Furnishings, FedEx Office, Bachendorf ’s, Ylang23, The Container Store, Tootsies, Allen Dean Home, Bibbentuckers, Finley Shirts, Market Highland Park, Saint Bernard, Women’s Wellness Institute of Dallas, AYA Medical Spa, Endash Stationery, James Antony Home, J. McLaughlin, Koch, and Walton’s Garden Center. s



A LOVE MATCH ∞ Meredith and Matt McCord Photography by Stephen Karlisch


IT WAS ALWAYS YOU ∞ Mary Alex and Carter Mizell Photography by Marco Wang

82 Weddings, and the festivities that surround them, are the most exciting times to share with those who are most important in our lives. No matter what the world looks like, there will always be love to celebrate. Join us as we proudly present some of the most glorious weddings of the season to inspire you.


By Natalie Bond Bloomingdale, Lance Avery Morgan, Eleanora Morrison, and Leanne Raesener Photography by Liz Banfield, Jillian Hogan Photography, Caroline Jurgensen Photography, Stephen Karlisch, Sarah Kate, Kristen Kilpatrick, Jessica Rose, Marshall Tidrick, and Marco Wang


Caroline Jurgensen Photography

A CHANCE ROMANCE ∞ Wendy and Chantz Butler Photography by Jessica Rose


LOVE, ACTUALLY ∞ Sarah and Finley Ewing


GARDEN OF DELIGHT ∞ Macon and John McColm

Photography by Liz Banfield


SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL ∞ Carolina and AJ Lewis Photography by Sarah Kate

WE’VE ONLY JUST BEGUN ∞ Madison and Drew Evans Jillian Hogan Photography


ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE ∞ Madeline and Dustin Dunham Photography by Kristen Kilpatrick

The Nuptials Of Sarah Elizabeth Requa and Samuel Finley Ewing IV In Carmel By Lance Avery Morgan

Photography by Liz Banfield

Kelly Loyd, Parker Pinnell, Tyson Pinnell, Jessica Pinnell, Sarah and Finley Ewing, Penny and Paul Loyd, Christie Loyd, Jackson Loyd, Emma Rose Loyd, Hudson Pinnell, Sugi Taylor and Shawnna Loyd


N ELABORATE ENGAGEMENT proposal would set the stage for the spectacular wedding of Sarah Elizabeth Requa, the daughter of Penny and Paul Loyd, and Jack Requa, and Samuel Finley Ewing IV, the son of Beth and Fin Ewing. The Texans were married at the Redwood Grove at Santa Lucia Preserve in Carmel Valley, near a home of the bride’s family. The bride had always dreamt of having her wedding in a ceremony surrounded by family, friends, and sky-high redwood trees.

Paul Loyd and Sarah Ewing

Fin Ewing, Gail Hall and Finley Ewing

Penny Loyd, Sarah Ewing and Jessica Pinnell



The bride, from Houston and a graduate of Southern Methodist University, and the groom, from Dallas and a graduate of Texas Tech University, are admittedly opposites that attracted. They have very different preferences in cuisine, entertainment, sports, hobbies, and thermostat settings, according to the bride. “It’s an interesting social experiment at our house, but somehow it just works, and we end up meeting in the middle and enjoying our time together,” mused Sarah Requa Ewing. When Finley proposed to Sarah, after a courtship of three years, they were visiting her family in Houston. She thought she was getting dressed for a fundraising gala, and as they were about to depart, Finley proposed. A dinner had been planned afterwards with family and friends, who were waiting to celebrate the momentous occasion. “I wanted to make sure that Sarah was completely surprised. I told very few people until just before the big proposal day. Everything worked out better than I could have expected,” shared the groom, Finley Ewing IV. The exquisite wedding, adapted to COVID-19

Jack Requa, Sarah and Finley Ewing and Janis Reed


protocol, was artfully curated by Sarah Fay Egan Events of Dallas, who helmed the nuptial’s logistical and creative planning from near and far. Pastel shades of blue and green, along with the venue’s indigenous Cypress trees, were artfully integrated into the décor. A floral arch, where the bride and groom gathered to exchange their vows, was gorgeously colorful and beamed in the middle of the redwoods’ ambiance, providing the perfect backdrop for the union. The Santa Lucia Preserve is located on 20,000 acres of stunning coastal California landscapes, just a few miles inland from Carmel-by-the-Sea. The ceremony, officiated by Kit Case, was moving for all who were there to witness it, especially the groom as he saw his future bride for the first time as she walked toward him on the arm of her father, Jack Requa. She was resplendent, wearing an ethereal Monique Lhuillier gown, and a veil adorned with Alençon lace, while carrying a bouquet by Fiona Floral. “I am usually not a crier, but when I saw Sarah come around the corner from behind the giant redwoods, I couldn’t help myself. She looked absolutely stunning, and I felt like the luckiest guy in the world,” said the groom, who wore a custom blue suit. The groom even donned custom made boots by Roma, and also outfitted each of his attendants with custom made boots. Some of the wedding party were unable to attend due to the pandemic and California’s gathering restrictions, yet they were there in spirit. Jessica Requa Pinnell, the bride’s sister, served as her matron of honor, and the bride was also attended

Jack Requa and Sarah Ewing


Christie Loyd, Finley and Sarah Ewing, Jessica Pinnell, Kelly Loyd and Charlie Ewing

Christie Loyd, Finley Ewing, Jessica Pinnell, Kelly Loyd and Charlie Ewing

Phoebe Ewing


Kit Case, Kelly Loyd, Jessica Pinnell, Sarah Ewing, Charlie Ewing, Finley Ewing, Gail Ewing and Charlie Loyd


Tyson Pinnell, Parker Pinnell, Kelly Loyd, Shawnna Loyd, Sarah and Finley Ewing, Penny and Paul Loyd, Christie and Jackson Loyd, Sugi Taylor, Jessica Pinnell, Emma Rose Loyd and Hudson Pinnell

Jessica Pinnell, Hudson Pinnell, Sarah Ewing, Kit Case and Finley Ewing

Beth Ewing

Finley and Sarah Ewing

by Christie Loyd, Emma Rose Loyd, Lloyd and Gail Ewing, while Hayden Rome was unable to attend. They wore pale grey dresses and carried bouquets laden with silk ribbon streamers. The best man, Charlie Ewing, the groom’s brother, and groomsman Kelly Loyd were on hand, while the other groomsmen, Harrison Holmes, Matthew Requa, and Dodger Lambourn, were unable to attend. Hudson Pinnell and Parker Pinnell, the bride’s nephews, were the ring bearers. The duo’s dog, Phoebe, was also an attendant, with a specially made floral leash and collar. The couple and their families sent each guest a bottle of champagne and a pair of flutes to toast with them from afar while they watched the wedding ceremony online. The weekend’s festivities began with a rehearsal dinner held on the back lawn and poolside of the bride’s parents’ home, with a beautiful view overlooking the Santa Lucia Preserve. Following the ceremony, there was a seated dinner for 24, down from the originally-planned guest count of 350. The theme of nature was effortlessly entwined with the embroidered dinner napkins―female guests had a blue hydrangea, and the mens’ napkins sported a cypress tree design. And, anyone who knows the couple’s families were not surprised to see the groom’s father, Fin Ewing, sing a few songs, while the band, Entourage, provided other entertainment that evening. The bride, who is 25% of Japanese descent, was thrilled that her grandmother (who is Japanese) hand-crafted a thousand origami paper cranes herself that floated above the reception’s dining area, said to represent what the heart desires, offering another unique family tie to the momentous weekend. “This is proof that a small family ceremony can be even more gorgeous than the original plan,” gushed the bride, Sarah Requa Ewing. “We loved how the traditional elements of a large wedding were still perfectly infused into our own version.”

Hudson Pinnell and Sarah Ewing

The couple resides in Dallas, where the bride is a freelance artist and the groom is an executive with Ewing Automotive Group. They love to travel together and like to listen to music while playing outside with their dog. Sarah and Finley honeymooned in Cabo San Lucas and plan to visit Italy when international travel resumes. s

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Charlie and Ally Ewing, Gail Ewing, Sarah and Finley Ewing, Beth and Fin Ewing and Bobby Cavender

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HEN THE INVITATION TO THE wedding was received by 894 guests, everyone knew they were in for something spectacular. Frances “Carolina” Roberts, the daughter of Elizabeth and Barry Roberts and Andrew Jackson “AJ” Lewis IV, the son of Liza and Jack Lewis, all of San Antonio, enjoyed a two and half-year courtship and a one-year engagement, after initially meeting through the San Antonio German Club, a brahman social club in the city.

Frances Carolina Roberts And Andrew Jackson “AJ” Lewis IV Wed In San Antonio By Lance Avery Morgan Photography by Sarah Kate

The couple was engaged in a truly fitting Texasstyle...on the groom’s family ranch. With a bottle of 1995 Dom Perignon and monogrammed cups by his side, AJ asked Carolina to be his life mate while overlooking the ranch perched on the Pedernales River. “Before I knew it, I turned around and saw AJ on one knee, with a ring in his hand. It turned out our families were all waiting for the green light so they could come and meet us where we were. They came bolting down the hill with bells and whistles,” enthused the bride, Carolina Lewis. The evening wedding, which occurred before the COVID-19 pandemic began, took months of planning for the grand weekend to happen in San Antonio. Billinda Wilkinson of Wilkinson Rhodes event production company and her team of international designers creatively directed the event, and Danny Cuellar of Trinity Flowers collaborated to execute a magnificent design for the church. The wedding weekend’s festivities began with the rehearsal dinner for the family, wedding party, and out of town guests, at the Coates Chapel at the Southwest School of Art. The wedding venue, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, was a magnificent setting with a mix of the bride’s favorite flowers. Under the direction of Wilkinson Rhodes, Danny Cuellar created the bride’s vision of an English inspired design for the church including a floral armature structured


Elizabeth Roberts and Carolina Lewis

St Mark’s Episcopal Church

AJ Lewis and Liza Lewis

with a bounty of orchids, roses and hydrangeas. The bride walked down the elongated aisle wearing a dress that was a custom combination creation of Marchesa and Creviax by Javier Castillo. She wore a beaded pearl butterfly brooch, as well as an antique lace train that had been passed down for four McAllen family generations. “One of my favorite parts of the ceremony was when our Reverend Matt Wise asked me and AJ to turn around and look at the audience. He told the audience that the night before (at the rehearsal dinner) he had walked around the room and asked some of the bridesmaids and groomsmen, What do you love about Carolina and AJ’s love for each other? He then shared with us, and our guests, many of the sweet thoughts our friends’ had said the night before,” said Carolina Lewis.

Photo courtesy of Jerry Hayes Photography

The bride selected six flower girls, four ring bearers, and three attendants who were boys over the age of 10, in addition to her bridal party that were: Alicia Urrutia Amberson, Margaret McAllen Amberson, Lillian Foster Calvert, Claudia Luedemann Kiolbassa, Hannah Claire Gibson, Lauren Anne Gray, Carroll McLemore Ison, Meredith Anne Knight, Sallie Wolff Lewis, Felicia Louise Mannix, Diana Lynn Rubin, Fannie Lewis Thomas, and Jane Elizabeth Towns. She chose Josephine Tinsley Simpson as her maid of honor. The groom selected his cousin, Richard Spencer Lewis II, as his best man. The groomsmen who attended AJ were Hunter Hill Comiskey, Robert Menefee Cavender, Jr., Tyler Manning Hays, Dana Gareth Kirk, Jr., Moses McLish Moorman, Stewart Louis Korte, Carlos Federico Longoria, John Argyle McAllen Roberts, George Coates Roberts, Gregory Allen Rubiola, Jr., Charles Clayton Thomas, Jr., John Stuart West, and Burk Ricks Wilson, Jr. The ushers serving him

Frances McAllen and AJ Lewis


AJ Lewis and Spencer Lewis

Lilly Calvert, Alicia Amberson, Margaret Amberson, Claudia Kiolbassa, Tinsley LaScala, Fannie Thomas, Jane Elizabeth Towns, Sallie Lewis and Hannah Gibson

Elizabeth and Barry Roberts

Spencer Lewis, Coates Roberts, Tyler Hays, Jay Roberts, AJ Lewis, Stewart Korte, Beau Wilson and Clayton Thomas

Carolina Lewis and Elizabeth Roberts

AnaPaula Watson and Emma Calvert

Chispa, served at the famous Soluna Mexican food restaurant in San Antonio. The “her” drink was a twist on a French 75 cocktail called a Purdey Girl (named after the couple’s English cocker spaniel) and consisted of champagne, vodka, cranberry juice, with a large ice cube with small orchid flowers frozen in its center.

were: Barclay Cunningham Adams, Kenneth Stanley Adams IV, Argyle Christian Amberson, Diego Andrés Guerra, Enrique Eduardo Guerra III, Lorenzo Tomás Guerra, John Luke Mannix, and John Thomas Saunders III. Immediately after the ceremony, the newly betrothed couple joined the family dinner upstairs at The Argyle, while the wedding reception was in full swing below. “We enjoyed an intimate dinner with our parents before going out to the reception, which gave us a chance to relax, enjoy a cocktail, and sample all the wonderful foods being served at the wedding reception before greeting our guests,” remarked Carolina Lewis. The colors in the elaborately tented reception were hunter green, white, and blush pink, with shades of gold. It was a feast for the guests’ senses as over-scaled floral consisting of over 50,000 hybrid delphinium, hydrangea, larkspur, phalaenopsis, and garden roses arranged in unique floral designs welcomed guests at every turn. Upon entering the dinner, attendees were enveloped by a floral wonderland spanning the length of the tent. The ceiling was filled with over 5,000 stems of cascading flowers and foliage. The bridal party tables featured lush flower runners with arching floral garlands rising above them. Since the couple had planned a honeymoon to Asia, there was an Asian flair to the buffet dinner with a selection of food stations astutely provided by The Argyle team. There were gorgeous De Gournay-style framed panels around the reception and a beautiful bar created with a series of brightly colored fans mixed with orchids and other tropical flowers. The bridal couple shares a love of food, especially sushi, so it was a treat to have three sushi chefs freshly preparing various rolls, nigiri, and sashimi, along with an incredible noodle bar with icecold Asian beer and sake pairings. The fresh seafood bar was topped with an exquisite ice sculpture of two kissing elephants whose trunks formed the shape of a heart.

The bride’s cake, created by Cakes by Cathy Young of San Antonio, was strawberry, with blush pink icing and filling. The groom’s cake was custom made by The Painted Cake. Half of the cake portrayed an African scene with a Baobab tree, elephant, campfire and tent, while the other half was a scene from their Fredericksburg ranch with personal touches to the bride and groom, such as their dog, Purdey. The cake was cut with a ceremonial sword from AJ’s maternal grandfather, Brigadier General James S. Billups, from when he attended the United States Military Academy at West Point. The fun continued in the dance tent, where the bar surrounded a two-story tree filled with over 600 stems of elongated, bright white, dripping phalaenopsis orchids, while the tent poles themselves danced with 25 feet of garlands of silver dollar and seeded eucalyptus and more than a thousand roses of different varieties.

Barry Roberts and Carolina Lewis

Attendees at the reception enjoyed dancing to the Georgia Bridge Water Orchestra, from Jordan Khan Productions, and were also treated to a performance by Cris Cab, who was a wedding guest. The after party was in the Coates Garden, the newest addition to The Argyle, and had guests dancing the night away by music provided by D.J. Rooney G, in from New York.

Carolina Lewis and Purdey

The couple’s Asian honeymoon took them on an extended journey ranging from Bali to Japan, where they look forward to visiting again soon. They reside in San Antonio, where Carolina, a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, has just started her own company with two of her cousins, and AJ, a graduate of Texas Christian University, is an executive at his family’s business, Mission Restaurant Supply. “In our spare time, we love to travel, go to the ranch and beach, cook, play with our dog, play backgammon, and spend time with each other’s families and friends,” said Carolina Lewis. s

The specialty cocktails also beautifully represented the couple with “his” and “hers” drinks. The “his” drink was a traditional margarita on the rocks, called a Spanish Spark named after the groom’s favorite drink, the

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The Argyle

Tyler Hays, Chris Calandro, Tyler Keller and Brett Benton




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Blaine and Meredith Bond, James and Natalie Bloomingdale, Dan and Pamela Bond, Meredith and Matt McCord, Susan and Terry McCord, Megan Goddin & Emma Goddin and Lucy Goddin


Meredith Bond And Matthew Taylor McCord Wed In Fort Worth By Natalie Bond Bloomingdale Photography by Stephen Karlisch

Natalie Bloomingdale, Meredith McCord and Blaine Bond

Pamela and Daniel Bond III

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Meredith Bond, Anna Hoppe, Natalie Bloomingdale, Meredith McCord, Megan Goddin, Catherine Almeida, Leigh King, and Katie Braddock

Lucy Goddin, Meredith McCord and Emma Goddin

S GIRLS, OF COURSE, MY SISTER and I would dream of walking down the aisle in a big white gown, so it was sensational to see my sister’s dreams come true as wedding bells rang for the Vernon girl and her Dallas boy when Meredith Bond became the bride of Matthew Taylor McCord in Fort Worth. The couple has their mothers to thank for their introduction. Pamela Bond, our mother, and Susan McCord, the future groom’s mother, play tennis together in Wichita Falls and were relentless in the set-up. Matt agreed to meet Meredith one morning for breakfast and a tour of Vernon, our hometown, and then…the rest was like a fairytale. The proposal was also sporting. “After we landed in the Faroe Islands together, the first place I wanted to see was the waterfall at Gasadalur,” said the bride, Meredith McCord. “After taking quite a few photos, it was time to leave as the sun was setting–and Matt seemed in a pensive state. Looking back, I know he was wondering if this was the right spot to propose. I wasn’t expecting it to happen on this trip, so it was a wonderful surprise when he popped the question.” Following the engagement and pre-nuptial events all across Texas, including a rehearsal dinner hosted by the McCords for family, friends, and out of town guests at the Clay Pigeon restaurant (the site of one of the couple’s first dates), the wedding ceremony took place at the First Presbyterian Church of Fort Worth. On the big day, Meredith wore a strapless white silk Mikado dress designed by Nardos Imam, a Dallas-based dressmaker. Attached to her garden-style bouquet of white O’Hara roses, lilac, cream peonies, and white lisianthus was a silver and diamond lavaliere, a family heirloom on our mother’s side. She wore diamond

Chris Goddin and Megan Goddin, Matt McCord, Susan and Terry McCord & Lucy Goddin and Emma Goddin

earrings as the something borrowed from me, and for something blue, she carried a small handkerchief with a blue monogram, a gift from our sister-in-law, Meredith Louise Bond. The bridesmaids wore formal black gowns, adorned with matching gold and pearl earrings by San Antonio-based jewelry designer Nicola Bathie, a gift from the bride. I served as a matron of honor, of course. Her bridesmaids were: Catherine Elizabeth Almeida of Prosper, Texas, Meredith Louise Bond, sister-in-law of the bride of Dallas, Katie Diane Braddock of Yulee, Florida, Meghan Brooke Goddin of Austin, the sister of the bridegroom, Anna Renee Hoppe of Yukon, Oklahoma, Leigh Dodson King of Fort Worth, and Kristen Payne Polito, of San Antonio. Serving as the best man for the ceremony was Byron Parker Chaddick of Midland. The groomsmen were: Shelby Henry Carter of Aspen, Colorado, Joseph Blake Garret of Huntington Beach, California, Mason Albert Schwarz of Austin, Maddox Morgan Womble of Dallas, and Stephen Tyler Goree, Christian Michel Patry, and Chipman Russell Seale, all of Midland. The ushers for the ceremony were: James Alfred Bloomingdale of Los Angeles, the brother-in-law of the bride, William Blaine Bond of Dallas,, the brother of the bride, Cristopher Holt Conger of San Antonio, Chase Tiernan Conway of Dallas, Chris Hopkins Goddin, of Austin, the brother-in-law of the bridegroom, Thomas Chandler Isbell of Tucson, Arizona, Brandon Stephen McCord of Metairie, Louisiana, a cousin of the bridegroom, Michael Caleb McCrea of Fredericksburg, and Winston Steel Kelly and Blake Winfield Braun, both of Midland. cont'd...

The Groomsmen and Ushers

Meredith McCord, Dan and Pamela Bond, Matt McCord & Susan and Terry McCord

Blake and Raelynn Garrett

Dr. John Hardin, Dr. Rey Tolentino, Pamela Bond and John Hardin III

James Bloomingdale, Matt and Meredith McCord and Natalie Bloomingdale

Catherine and Victor Almeida

Blind Date

Meredith Bond, Leigh King and Brenna Jeffries

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Casey Goree and Billie Van’t Hof

After the ceremony, the grand reception was held at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. Guests were greeted by a saxophonist at the entrance, where they were encouraged to sign a large pictorial book of the Faroe Islands. A jazz combo in the Modern Museum of Art Café and Terrace Courtyard serenaded the arriving guests. Upon the newlywed’s arrival, the guests were ushered into the grand lobby of the museum, where a proliferation of floral décor in neutral hues greeted them for a seated dinner. The white acrylic dance floor was waiting for the guests to continue the merriment with Blind Date of Austin, the band for the affair. They played Stand by Me as the new couple was introduced and danced their first dance. After dinner, dancing, and the cutting of the fivetiered candlelight-colored cake, the newlyweds exited the reception in a classic 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air sedan through a line of guests throwing white rose petals and sharing warm wishes for the future. “I was so pleased with the way Gro Designs, our event design and planning team, took my vision and transformed the Modern into such a beautiful space,” said Meredith McCord. Meredith graduated from Texas Christian University and obtained her master’s degree from Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth. She is now a licensed professional counselor. Matt, a cum laude graduate at Saint Edward’s University in Austin, is an oil and gas landman in Midland. The couple’s tropical paradise honeymoon was in the French Polynesian Islands of Tahiti, Moorea, Le Taha’a, and Bora Bora. They now reside in Midland. s





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Mary Alex Knight and Carter Mizell Marry In Houston

By Leanne Raesener

Photography by Marco Wang

Mike Mizell, Mary Alex and Carter Mizell, Chris Mizell and Caroline Mizell

Risse Knight, Mary Alex Mizell, Meredith Knight and Melanie Knight

ATIVE HOUSTONIANS, MARY ALEX KNIGHT, the daughter of Risse and Kevin Knight, and Carter Mizell, the son of Chris and Mike Mizell, are not only alumni of The University of Texas at Austin and Episcopal High School, but are also alums from the same pre-school as well. It was in their kindergarten class, where Carter first developed deep feelings for Mary Alex. He decided the best way to deliver his sweet thoughts would be to impress her with his literary talents through the gift of a note. To not leave anyone in suspense, the said note, of course, was saved over the years, and printed on the cocktail napkins for the rehearsal dinner and wedding reception for guests to enjoy the origins of the couple’s relationship.

Melanie Knight, Kevin Knight, Mary Alex Mizell, Risse Knight and Meredith Knight

As they both needed time to mature a bit, they did not rekindle their romance until much later. At which point, the couple then dated for seven years and enjoyed a ten-month-long engagement before family and friends cheerfully gathered to share in their loving, joyous union and celebrate the couple’s life-long adventure together. The bride was genuinely surprised when Carter proposed. Mary Alex shared that she jogs the Houston Country Club golf course when it’s closed. “Carter asked me if I wanted to run the course with him...on a July day…in blistering Houston heat,” she mused. “I thought it was a terrible idea, yet agreed to go. When we went around one of the tee boxes, there was a bench with flowers and champagne, and that’s where he proposed. It was completely unexpected. Carter had arranged for our families and friends to be waiting back at the clubhouse to celebrate. The next day, both of our families, longtime mutual friends, went to my grandparent’s home in Hunt, Texas, where we continued to celebrate over the weekend.”

Mary Alex Mizell and Kevin Knight

The wedding, held pre-COVID-19, was a grand celebration that began with an elegant rehearsal dinner at the River Oaks Country Club. The final line of the groom’s toast at the rehearsal dinner was: If you haven’t locked it down in Pre-K, best of luck to you.

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The next day’s wedding ceremony was held at The Cathedral of Our Lady of Walsingham, with a reception following at the Houston Country Club. Our Lady of Walsingham’s choir also performed during the ceremony.

Stephen Pitt and Carter Mizell


The Groomsmen



Bobby Magness, Carter and Mary Alex Mizell and Bryce Brock

Mary Alex’s bridal gown was selected by Joan at Joan Pillow Bridal Salon. The designer, Italian based Le Spose Di Giò, whose dresses are still constructed in authentic creative workshops, designed the exquisitely customized gown. The intricate lace bodice, with off the shoulder sleeves, draped into a flowing floor-length silk organza skirt, secured at the back with an elegant bow and a lovely flower. The French cathedral length veil in a delicate Chantilly lace was by Romona Keveza. The bride’s crystal and mother-of-pearl headpiece was designed by Maria Elena. Like her mother, Mary Alex wore her veil during the reception for her first dance with Carter, the cake cuttings, and the toast. The mother of the bride wore a Monique Lhuiller botanical skirt with a custom organza blouse, and the groom’s mother wore a Catherine Regehr evening gown. For the ceremony, the stunning bride was accompanied by Meredith Knight and Melanie Knight, her maids of honor, and her bridesmaids were: Lauren Bailey, Neely Brunette, Meg Carrigan, Grace Catherine Cary, Abby Cavender, C.C. Cavender, Reagan Corbett, Mary Curry, Clair Hodges, Julie King, Meagan Meeks, Caroline Mizell, Kendall Oelfke, Paige Rahe, and Allie Walls. Mitchell Austin, his best man, accompanied the groom. The groomsmen attending Carter were: Scott Adair, B-John Ballis, Stewart Cartwright, Luke Cone, Cliff Davis, Drew Galtney, Hunter Halpin, Stephen Herzer, David Hughes, Whit Maddox, Adam McCauley, Cole Miller, Logan Mizell, Jake Molak, Stephen Pitt, and Will Temple. The groom’s three ushers for this special day were Bobby Magness, Keller Towns, and Luke Utley.

Romero. At the end of the evening, the new couple added to the festivities by celebrating Cinco de Mayo a day early. Mini margaritas, chips and queso, and mini tacos were passed, rounding out a true Texas culinary extravaganza. Kelly Doonan Events meticulously executed the wedding, and the beautiful floral décor was designed by Susie Miller. The Georgia Bridgewater Orchestra had revelers up and on the dance floor, with photographer Marco Wang not missing a beat capturing and preserving all the magical moments. There was a unique, entertaining photo wall at the reception with rehearsal dinner, wedding ceremony, and reception photos projected for guests to view in real-time. Also, guests were welcomed to take boxed slices home of the bride and groom’s cakes, upon their departure from the reception, to eat with their coffee the following morning.

Kate Dukes, Lauren Wagner and Genevieve Hodges

The Mizell’s left the reception, driving a vintage Packard bursting with flowers. They honeymooned for a glorious two weeks in Switzerland and the South of France before returning to Houston, where they will reside. The bride is a teacher at River Oaks Baptist School, and the groom works at Newmark Knight Frank in commercial real estate. The couple resides in Houston. s Mary Alex Mizell, Grace Catherine Cary, Neely Brunette, Mary Curry, Claire Hodges, Meg Carrigan and Meagan Meeks

The couple chose a traditional southern style wedding menu consisting of fried chicken, mashed potatoes, green bean bundles and seafood gumbo, amongst other delectable choices. The scrumptious buffet was adorned with oversized floral arrangements, tapered candles, and crystal candelabras. The bride and groom toasted with the bride’s paternal grandmother’s sterling silver goblets after cutting their five-tier cake adorned with fresh flowers by Marlene Charlotte Archer, Julie King, Hannah Tosch, Maggie Ausburn and Michelle Nash

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Scotty Finnegan, Carson Miller, Mark and Lynette Cone, Luke Cone and Cole Miller



Garden of Delight The Bridal Party

Macon Blount Marries John McColm In San Antonio

By Eleanora Morrison

Photography by Caroline Jurgensen Photography


acon Blount, the daughter of Linda and Stephen Blount of San Antonio, and John McColm, the son of Eunice and Kelly McColm of Fort Worth, were married in a garden ceremony at Linda and Stephen Blount’s home in San Antonio. After three years of courtship, McColm surprised Blount with a lakeside proposal at The Fort Worth Boat Club at Eagle Mountain Lake. Immediately following the proposal, he coordinated a surprise engagement celebration with their friends and family who were waiting inside of the clubhouse to celebrate the couple’s happy union, followed by a private dinner at Joe T. Garcia’s. The rest, as they say, was history. After a fifteen-month engagement, the couple wed in San Antonio in the spring of 2020. The originally planned wedding at Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church and Argyle reception had to be cancelled due to COVID-19. But then, just three weeks before the wedding date, the state started to open up, and a completely new wedding was quickly planned. The Blounts hosted their family and friends on the grounds of their Terrell Hills home for a much smaller, yet lively celebration that sent Macon and John off to their new lives together with the festive spirit that was authentically and distinctly San Antonio. The wedding weekend began with an elegant rehearsal dinner graciously hosted by Eunice and Kelly McColm at Hotel Emma in the Elephant Cellar ballroom. The following day, one of Macon’s godmothers, Nita Kiolbassa, hosted the bridal party at her home for hair and make-

Stephen and Linda Blount, Macon and John McColm & Eunice and Kelly McColm

The Groomsmen

up by Make-up Maven. Meanwhile an amazing team, including Laurie Ontjes of Illusions and Bill Haynie of JSAV, were setting everything up at the Blount home. This included the bride’s father, Stephen Blount, who was dubbed a real life version of George Banks from “Father of the Bride” getting the four participating dogs weddingready and preparing his famous margaritas for the reception! The wedding ceremony was officiated by Matt Wise of Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church in San Antonio and Andrew Thayer of Trinity Episcopal Church in New Orleans. Rev. Thayer was of special significance to the family because he renewed the bride’s parents 25th anniversary vows and married the brother and sister-in-law of the bride, who all now share a May 30th anniversary date with Macon and John McColm. Following the front yard ceremony was a romantic garden reception with dinner and dancing. The event was coordinated by Robin Waters of Wedding Planners Inc. The floral designer, Danny Cuellar of Trinity Flowers, created a majestic floral cross that was placed on the front door which served as a gorgeous backdrop for the ceremony. This, along with exquisite cascading blooms of peonies in corals and shades of pink, roses in several colors and textures, and Casa Blanca lilies and eucalyptus, complimented the stately architecture of the home. After the ceremony, guests moved to the garden reception and were served a delicious dinner catered by Club Giraud. Everyone then enjoyed brandy freezes and wedding cakes for dessert. Special printed cloth cocktail napkins were designed by Betsy Mortimer of Bye George, who also created the fabulous wedding invitations. Performances by Mariachi Campanas de America cont'd...

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Stephen Blount and Macon McColm


Cake by Cathy Young

Charlotte Blount Designs

Stephen Blount, Charlotte Blount, Macon and John McColm, Linda Blount, Sage Blount, Rowe Blount, Linda Rowland and Finch Blount

Macon McColm, Charlotte Blount, Linda Rowland and Linda Blount


Charlotte Blount, Linda Blount and Macon McColm

Macon McColm, Reverend Andrew Thayer and John McColm

John McColm and Eunice McColm

Kelly and Eunice McColm, Barbara McColm, Macon and John McColm, Poppy McCarthy & Kelly Ann and Dan McCarthy


Avery Vaughan, Kelli Bechtol, Marianna Seal, Shelby Sekaly, Macon McColm and Elizabeth Arnim

of San Antonio and Drywater Band from Houston had the couple and their families and friends entertained and united in celebration all evening long.

Andrew and Jane Anne Doerrfeld

Groom’s Cake by The Painted Cake

Buzzy, Ouisie and Ella Blount

The groom was accompanied by his Best Men, Scott Hargrove and Houston Self. His groomsmen were Will Bailey, Rowe Blount, Sam Brotherton, Reed Brunette, Chase Caraway, Taylor Carrell, Spencer Duran, Adrian Fenton, John Hill, Jack George, Cameron Horton, John Howard Kane, Burke Kleinheinz, Bryant Lagasse, Robby Lebus, Dan McCarthy, David Miles, Barron Parker, Peter Ray, Austin Redmon and Drew Reeb. Rudy Garza served as the ring bearer. Despite their inability to honeymoon in Turks and Caicos due to COVID-19, the newlyweds were able to get away to the Texas coast for a mini-moon in Port Aransas immediately after the wedding, and they plan to travel to their original destination when it is safe again to sojourn abroad. The bride is a graduate of University of Texas at Austin and works for SRS Real Estate Partners, and the groom is a graduate of Texas Tech University and co-owns ACF Tarp and Awning. The couple currently resides in Fort Worth. s

Elisabeth Uhl & Julie and Lukin King

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Rowe Blount and Mariachis

The bride wore a garden inspired Mira Zwillinger dress with a special “something borrowed” tucked inside; a delicate gold pin, a McColm family heirloom and wedding day custom passed down through five generations. She was accompanied by her Maid of Honor, sister Charlotte Blount, who also designed her engagement and wedding rings. Her bridal party included Allison Allen, Lauren Bailey, Maddy Bartlett, Sage Blount, Southy Cavender, Capri Conlon, Charlotte Cooper, Jane Anne Doerrfeld, Adelaide Ehrlich, Katie Garza, Grace Grooms, Sophie Aliece Hollis, Mamie Horton, Shelby Johnson, Casey Lebus, Lindsay Marsh, Kelly Ann McCarthy, Kiley Pipkin, Andrea Becerra Rodriguez, Amy Schramm, Merritt Shivitz, Shelby Smith, Grace Sorenson, Ailee Thamer, Leslie Ticku, and Laura Werline. Her flower girls were Blakely Blount, Finch Blount, Macon Blount and Poppy McCarthy.


Stephen Blount, Linda Blount, Grier Patton and Charlotte Blount



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ENDY BOWMAN AND CHANTZ Butler were recently married in San Antonio on the front lawn of The Argyle on a perfectly crisp autumn afternoon, splashed in sunshine and surrounded in steadfast support by their family and hundreds of friends who traveled from across the country to bear witness to the union of the two kindred souls. The parents of the bride, Jean and Clyde Alexander, and R.H. Tibaut and Shelly Bowman, and the parents of the groom, Diane Butler and the late Frank Butler (in spirit), joined in welcoming guests to their childrens’ nuptial celebration.

Wendy Bowman and Chantz Butler Tie The Knot In San Antonio By Eleanora Morrison

Jean Alexander and Wendy Butler

Photography by Jessica Rose

Growing up in San Antonio, little did Wendy Bowman and Chantz Butler know that their lifelong happily ever after was already beginning in first-graders at Saint Mary’s Hall school. It was a classic love story that started somewhere in their memories, and was a contemporary romance left completely to chance. A mutual friend’s 30th birthday party in March of 2018 would bring them together again, after decades of living their respective journeys, for a star-crossed moment at just the right time in their adult lives when they expected it least. Wendy walked into the party, her eyes met Chantz’s across the room, and they spent the evening reconnecting. Within four months, she had packed her eight-year history in New York City and headed home to San Antonio to be with Chantz. On Christmas Eve of 2018, he proposed privately, and the celebration plans of the couple’s love for one another began the following morning. Even after one year of marriage, the outpouring of joy continues. It was a weekend-long celebration that began with an elegant rehearsal dinner at Pearl’s Hotel Emma before the wedding at The Argyle. The guest list was an eclectic mix of the couple’s old and dear San Antonio friends, friends of Chantz’s from his days at the University of Colorado at Boulder, friends of Wendy’s from her years at Texas Christian University, a free-wheeling group of artist friends from Wendy’s years in Brooklyn, and many more groups in between. For the ceremony, the bride was accompanied by Marley Clements, her maid of honor, and Heather Bowman, Meriel Bowman, and Marianna Elskes, her matrons of honor. Her bridesmaids were: Lyndsey Butler, Jenna Cole, Ashley Graf, Melisa Harris, Kelsey Kuehn, Alanna Miller, Maddy Moffitt, Cristina Moravy, Annie Mueller, Shara Ticku, and Tala Worrell. The groom was accompanied by Travis Stirman, his best man, and his groomsmen were: Forrest Bowman, Tibaut Bowman, Jr., Mark Covey, Rusty Douglass, Preston Durbin, Brennan Johnson, Alex Klein, Dean Moses, Scott Polunsky, Walter Rumpf, and Collin Straus. The flower children attending the couple were Ada Alexander, Caden Alexander, Jude Alexander, Anderson Bowman, Lola Bowman, Tibaut “Sonny” Bowman III, and Townsend Bowman, all nieces, and nephews of the bride. Honored guests included Annlyn Osborn Barnett, Ada Osborn Peeples, and Morgan Sigler. Enrique Perez officiated the ceremony.

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For the festivities, no stone was left unturned in the planning process because of Wendy’s artistic talents. She meticulously braided layers of emotional significance into each curated detail of the event. Prior to their relationship, Chantz grew up in a family masonry cont'd...

Alex Klein, Diane Butler, Wendy and Chantz Butler & Lyndsey Butler

Chantz Butler

Chantz and Wendy Butler & Tibaut and Shelly Bowman

The Bridal Party

Tibaut Bowman and Wendy Butler

The Wedding Party

The Groomsmen

Travis Stirman Chantz and Wendy Butler & Marley Clements

The Alexander, Bowman and Butler Family


Morgan Sigler and Ada Osborn Peeples

Ada Alexander, Wendy Butler and Lola Bowman


Clyde and Jean Alexander

business with a ranch in Argentina, while Wendy worked for a contemporary artist making geometric abstract paintings in New York City. Their distinct backgrounds were fused by their appreciation of modern aesthetics of music, fashion, travel, art, and architecture–the culture that had shaped their individual journeys. As a result, their combined vision was specifically authentic to their lives and partnership. Sweet August Events worked with the bride and groom to bring these details to life, creating an inspiring atmosphere that was a synthesis of mid-century modern design elements, seamlessly blended with a timelessly romantic aesthetic that wowed the attendees from start to finish.

chairs, and the white grated Bertoia chairs that lined the rest of the tables. Cathy Young Cakes designed the white wedding cake, wrapped by a singular asymmetrical line of roses, and Tomas Rosales designed the groom’s painted cake. After the couple finished their first dances, guests flooded the dance floor to join them in grooving to the 10-piece live Motown band, Love and Happiness, who performed everything from Van Morrison to Aretha Franklin. The after-party, inside of The Argyle’s Slick-Urschel room, was where guests sipped Brandy Freeze cocktails, snacked on sliders, and grooved to the sounds of DJ Soul Stairs into the wee hours of the morning.

Guten Co., a local ceramicist, and letterpresser, created the couple’s diamondshaped wedding logo and all of their embossed paper products. The logo shapeshifted throughout the event, from the white hard-lined altar, to the gold geometric flower stands, the graphic seating board, the napkins and the dance floor, the screen printed flag by Local Threads that flew from the exterior of The Argyle, and even into the bride’s Romona Keveza gown that she wore. The logo was also made into silver earrings and necklaces for each bridesmaid by San Antonio-bred jewelry designer, Cassandra Polidori, of Cassandra Collections and printed on custom bomber jackets that the bridesmaids wore as the temperature cooled in the late evening.

The Butlers left their party under the light of a full moon. They perched on the back of a car, lent by the bride’s father, Tibaut Bowman, which was engulfed in the flickers of sparklers held by an ebullient, cheering crew of their wedding guests. Driving away toward the start of a new life together, the newlyweds were off to their honeymoon in Thailand and Japan, an exotic adventure to start their lifelong partnership. They currently reside in San Antonio, where the bride is a photographer, videographer, and painter, and the groom is vice president of Custom Masonry Corporation. s

The modern, clean design lines were juxtaposed with softer elements such as velvet tablecloths, the bride’s silk organza overskirt that was an ethereal contrast to her gown’s asymmetrical neckline, and her classic sapphire Manolo Blahnik shoes. The dress of the mother of the bride, Jean Alexander, was artfully designed and created by Angelina Mata of San Antonio. The floral décor, designed by Danny Cuellar of Trinity Flowers, featured climbing greenery and lush white roses. The clear, tented roof over the reception disappeared into the night sky, and the trees danced above the Edison bulb string lights. The turf flooring appeared as a grassy lawn beneath the Eames dining

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Madison Fuller And Drew Evans Marry In Tyler

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Madison Evans and Mike Fuller

HEN MADISON FULLER WALKED down the aisle to wed Drew Evans, she was accustomed to the spotlight after being chosen Miss Texas America in 2018. Texas natives Madison, the daughter of Jina and Mike Fuller of Fairfield, Texas, and Drew Evans, the son of Paula and Greg Evans of Tyler, Texas, married after a nine-month engagement. Madison’s dream of becoming Miss Texas America was an important part of the couple’s time together, as well as their shared spiritual convictions. “He is the funniest, most caring, and loyal person I’ve ever known. He loves deeply,” shared Madison Fuller Evans. The clever groom popped the question with an unconventional plan. After a courtship of five years, Drew thought there was probably no way to truly surprise Madison, so instead, he left a note on her kitchen counter the morning of the proposal...and he made visits to her job as a kindergarten teacher throughout the day. Their family and friends continued the surprise all day long with coffee, flowers, lunch, and more special deliveries. That afternoon, Madison’s sisters picked her up to get their nails done, and when she arrived home, there was a dress to wear lying on her bed. A couple of hours later, Drew had his two best friends drive her out to the picturesque Kiepersol Vineyard in East Texas, where they met at the beautiful setting where he proposed. Then, the surprise continued with all the couple’s favorite people gathering for an after party.

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Pastor Ken Pruitt with Drew and Madison Evans

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The couple, both graduates of Texas A&M University, were married months before in a private ceremony with only family attending due to COVID-19. They proceeded to celebrate on a grander scale months afterward, where their festivities began with a rehearsal dinner at The Grove. The following day at Villa Di Felicita, the wedding was held, dazzling in shades of blush, ivory, and white designed by Ricardo Tomas Weddings’ event team. The bride wore a gown by Winnie Couture while carrying a beautiful bouquet. The floral designs that were abundant at the venue were created by La Tee Da Flowers. The bride and groom shared communion during the ceremony officiated by Pastor Ken Pruitt. The bible used in their first wedding, which had previously occurred, was gifted to the couple to use in both of their wedding ceremonies. Madison’s bridesmaids included seven of her Miss America sisters who traveled from around the globe: Ashley Baldwin, Natalie Clopton, Courtney Cobia, Avery Covington, Haley Fenley, Meagan Mayo, Abby Ortiz, Anjelica Quisenberry, Morgan Roper, and Tianna Vanderhei. The bride’s sister, Mallory Fuller, was the maid of honor, while Morgan Wood served as the matron of honor. Drew’s best men were Jimmy Negem and Keaton Yeatts. His attendants were Rob Fenley, Jacob Frazier, Phillip McKinney, Sam Morey, Nick Negem, Garrett Pillsbury, Nick Roman, Jared Stewart, Hunter Stinson, and Daniel Wood. cont'd...

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Afterward, the reception, also held at Villa Di Felicita, commenced with signature margaritas followed by an authentic Mexican buffet supper. The strawberry wedding cake with buttercream icing, was created by The Village Baker. During dancing provided by the music from CMB DJs, the groom and his mother provided more entertainment with a choreographed dance they created, matching their outgoing personalities to the guests’ delight. At the end of the night’s revelry, the Aggie war hymn was chanted, and a colorful fireworks show ignited the evening’s moonlit sky. Drew Evans and Paula Evans’ special first dance

The bride, a teacher with the Tyler Independent School District, and the groom, who works at Edward Jones Financial Planning, permanently reside in Tyler. They plan a honeymoon to Jamaica that will occur later in 2021. “Being able to celebrate with so many special friends and family during such a difficult year was such a blessing,” confides Madison Fuller Evans. s

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The Marriage Of Madeline Cummings Noal And Samuel Dustin Dunham In Austin By Lance Avery Morgan

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T WAS A MATCH THAT WAS MEANT to be. Very modern in scope, Madeline Noal of Austin, the daughter of Denise Hyde, and Shawn and Teri Noal, and Samuel “Dustin” Dunham of Fort Worth, the son of Zoe and Mel Dunham, met in Manhattan, where they both lived at the time. The bride’s mother had a hand in the connection of the couple. While on a mother/daughter vacation in Cozumel, she hand-selected her daughter’s future groom, Dustin, from an array of gents on the dating app, Hinge.

former home of Elizabeth Taylor in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, with 150 guests. Instead, due to COVID-19, they decided to move up the date and have it in Austin at the St. Cecilia Hotel. “When the pandemic hit, we knew we couldn’t ask our loved ones to travel far, or internationally,” said the bride. “We knew we had to re-think everything–the location, the wedding size, and most importantly, we had to think of how to keep our guests safe. This wedding was absolutely perfect in every way and now I can’t imagine it having been any different.”

The couple’s first date happened once Madeline returned to New York. “We hit it off right away. I immediately knew I had met the one,” shares the bride, Madeline Noal Dunham. “I called my mother right after and told her I would marry Dustin. When you know, you know.” That initial meeting led to their engagement when the groom popped the question inside Grammercy Square Park in Manhattan. Dustin, not missing a beat, proposed with a ring the bride’s father had given her mother, presented in a needlepoint box the bride’s mother made herself, and he even hired a photographer to capture the whole event.

For the wedding rehearsal dinner, the duo chose Mattie’s, formerly Green Pastures, a favorite of the bride’s family’s long presence in Austin. Ever thoughtful, at the rehearsal dinner, the families gave each guest a custom mask, made of beautiful cream linen embroidered with a red ikat design, and requested that they wear them to the ceremony and reception.

The couple had initially planned their wedding for December 2020 at Casa Kimberly, the

The wedding ceremony, which occurred on the picturesque lawn of the St. Cecilia, was

Early on the wedding day, the groom, Dustin, and all 15 male guests went on a skeet shoot hosted by the Dunham family. Armed with breakfast tacos from Maudie’s and pastries from Upper Crust Bakery, they wore custom shirts to remember the male-bonding morning.



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Madeline Dunham, Denise Hyde and Alexandra Noal

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everything the couple hoped it would be for their 30 guests. The ombre shades of red, orange, yellow, and pink were ever-present for the event’s color theme that was created by the bride and her mother. The wedding planner was Amina Garrison of Wedding Day Girl in Austin. The bride wore a strapless wedding gown by Chantel Lauren, with an overlay tunic adorned with Swarovski crystal and pearl embroidery by Allison Webb. Her veil was a custom creation by Coutures by Laura, who customized the entire look. She used gorgeous remnants from the dress alterations to create beautiful face masks for the bride as well as her mother. Madeline’s younger sister, Alexandra Noal, attended her as her maid of honor and only bridesmaid. The groom, outfitted in a navy Burberry tuxedo, was attended by his father, Mel Dunham, and watched as his bride-to-be marched down the aisle on an antique family rug to a processional performed by a string quartet. The bride’s mother’s best friend, Judge Rhonda Hurley, officiated the ceremony, while the bride’s best friend, Jordan Easter, read the e.e.cummings poem, I carry your heart. The groom’s twin sister, Melissa, read Colossians 3:12-15 while the bride’s uncle, Greg, lead the gathering in prayer. At the end of the ceremony, a small gospel choir, comprised of a mother and her sons, sang All You Need Is Love to the astonishment of everyone except the bride and her mother, who arranged the surprise. As the fun continued at the reception at the St. Cecilia,

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guests after feasting on passed appetizers that included a charcuterie board, crab cakes, and crème fraiche and caviar atop of house-made potato chips were seated for dinner continental-style. The specialty cocktails created for the occasion were Madeline’s Margarita, Dustin’s Ranch Water, and Arthur’s Artini (a tribute to the duo’s one-yearold Goldendoodle, Arthur, who couldn’t attend due to his naughty nature but was there in spirit and in small details). A French jazz band played romantic tunes that the couple selected as ambience music before the bridal couple danced to I Got You Babe by Sonny and Cher. Then, the after party began. Madeline and Dustin invited all of the “kids” (everyone aged 40 and younger) to their suite and danced to a collection of vinyl records DJ’d by the bride’s brother, Nash, while popping bottles of Champagne until the wee hours of the morning. The couple now reside in Beverly Hills, California, where the bride, who graduated from Ole Miss, The University of Mississippi, works as the public relations manager for the luxury beauty brand, Chantecaille Beaute, and the groom, a graduate of Baylor University, with a business graduate degree from Cornell University, is a senior associate at The Luzzatto Company in Los Angeles, a real estate private equity and development firm. “We delayed our honeymoon until after the pandemic,” confided the bride. “We spent the days after our wedding driving from Texas to our new home in Los Angeles, yet we spent our originally planned wedding date at the Rosewood Miramar in Montecito.” s

Add Monet, Picasso, and Renoir to your guest list. Madeline and Dustin Dunham at the Rehearsal Dinner

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Our favorite local eateries offer more than just comfort food during challenges times...they offer community. Join our editors Lance Avery Morgan in Austin, Cynthia Smoot in Dallas, Jennifer Roosth in Houston, and Eleanora Morrison in San Antonio as they share their sensational statewide recommendations that are must-tries right now.



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READY, SET, PREP Prep To Your Door is the new insider’s meal delivery service, meaning no more shopping or chopping. Plus, no more waste, thanks to how the plantbased, gluten-free, organic meals in sustainable packaging are as delicious as they are healthy. At

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BAKED TO PERFECTION Gorgeous and fun donuts, macarons, and other sweet treats? Sign us up at OMG Squee. In shapes ranging from pandas to Lizzo, and in flavors ranging from Thai tea to churro and beyond, we can’t get enough of this hipster bakery. At LA BARBECUE Can there be too much barbecue in one state? Nope. The Texas favorite always seems to have a new spin placed on it. From the legendary Mueller barbecue family, La Barbecue offers the best and most mouthwatering entrées ever to quench your taste buds. At Courtesy of La Barbeque

NOW THAT’S ITALIAN Italian food emporium and Manhattan favorite, Eataly, has opened in NorthPark Center. The 46,000 square foot store and restaurant is comprised of over 10,000 local and Italian products, three restaurants, and one cooking school (which will be virtual to start), all inspired by the diversity of Italy’s regional cuisines. At

DOWN ARGENTINE WAY Chimichurri, new in the Bishop Arts District, features traditional Argentinian specialties, including grilled meats served in the Asado style, empanadas, pizzas, choripáns (chorizo sandwiches), and dulce de leche. The design elements include recycled wine bottle chandeliers, colorful murals, and memorabilia from the movie Evita. At FRESH FAVORITE Encina offers a deliberate focus on seasonality and fresh ingredients. Highlights include the Devils on Horseback appetizer with dates, blue cheese, bacon, and apple butter; a Reuben Flatbread with pastrami, swiss, sauerkraut, and pickle dressing, and a Lamb and Pork Bratwurst served with green chili hominy grits and apple mustard. The wine program is well priced as well. At

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WHY CHOOSE PRE-JUVENATION? Photo by Shanna Hickman. Courtesy of Bar Loretta

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WELL, HELLO THERE Xin Chao, which means hello, is the new eatery that is a collaboration of MasterChef winner Christine Hà and Tony J. Nguyen, bringingVietnamese and Viet-Texan dishes to Houston like no other can. We recommend the braised pork and crispy rice, and the flat rice noodles with a smoked beef rib. At

MEANWHILE, BACK AT THE BAR Slated to open in February in a 100-year-old building in the King William Historic District, thanks to restauranteur Roger Herr, who has returned to his San Antonio roots, Bar Loretta is sure to be a winner. Dial-in fellow San Antonian, Paul Petersen, who takes the helm in the kitchen with Frenchtechnique-inspired cuisine, and we expect this new endeavor to be a colossal hit. At

PRE-JUVENATION is a new concept of using self to rejuvenate self and to slow the aging process of facial tissues. By using our own body’s healing capacity, we can improve the changes of facial aging—or at least slow them down. PREJUVENATION treatments are performed in our office with minimal downtime. The primary concept is to promote deposition of elastin and collagen the key components of our facial tissues by performing microneedling using the new only FDA approved microneedling instrument, the SkinPen. A microneedling treatment delivers a very gentle stimulation to skin to activate the healing cascade such as deposition of new elastin, collagen and the ingrowth of micro blood vessels that can supply more nutrients to the skin.

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NOW, FOR SOMETHING SWEET The Sugar Room is the new cocktail bar to be seen in these days. Not only does it double as a doughnut destination during the day, look for the glitzy drinks that are garnished with edible gold and glitter in the evenings. Try the Jetsetter, which pairs gin, basil, cucumber, and ginger with spicy popping boba. At

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PERFECTLY LATIN Arnaldo Richards’ Picos has joined the popular food distribution platform, Goldbelly, announcing a wide variety of selections from their menu available now to ship nation-wide. The menu features an assortment of seventeen dishes, sides and sauces representing Mexico’s seven culinary regions. The sweet additions include homemade Dulce de Leche sauce and dessert tamales, including pineapple and raisin. At

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INFUSION INJECTION Cuishe Cocina Mexicana recently opened two San Antonio locations, Stone Oak and downtown, and is entertaining guests by presenting the rich culture of Central Mexico with a menu that offers authentic flavors using locally sourced ingredients. They are also introducing their concept, Mexologia, a unique way of incorporating traditional Mexican heritage and flavors into their spirits and cocktail menu. At ARTFUL CUISINE An exploration of gastronomic art inspired by the creative legacy of Frida Kahlo, Frida is a reservationonly, live entertainment dining concept brought to San Antonio by two Northern Mexican families, the Davils and the Vizcarras. Chef Sofia Sada has created an original menu of Mexican flavors with her own unique flair that has made this spot a mustdine. At s


We are also very excited about treatments of facial skin with PRP (platelet rich plasma) which is prepared using your own blood to harvest specific cells that will activate the rejuvenation cascade within the facial skin. The field of biologic therapy (using your tissues) such as blood, fat cells and bone marrow to stimulate your own body to heal an injury, enhance a surgical procedure result or improve the changes of facial aging is a rapidly expanding field within the fast-growing sector of rejuvenative medicine. Presently, an extensive body of research is dedicated to this growing technology around the world. The future for biologic therapies is promising and research results for this science are encouraging from around the globe. We look forward to meeting you to further discuss this exciting field of facial rejuvenation.

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The best musical performances, plays and exhibits in Texas are enjoyed by record number crowds, according to our cultural adventurer Leanne Raesener who shares our favorite recommendations from across the state.


PRINTS CHARMING The Blanton’s new exhibition, After Michelangelo, Past Picasso: Leo Steinberg’s Library of Prints, takes a rare in-depth look from a selection of his over 3500 European prints in the museum’s collection. Long recognized as a rare art historian, Steinberg is less well known as a European print collector. February 7–May 9. At The Vanity of Worldly Possessions, after Abraham Bloemaert, 1600, by Jan Saenredam. Courtesy of Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin

Alex Da Corte’s Rubber Pencil Devil (2018). Photo by John Smith. Courtesy of the Dallas Museum of Art.

HOME SWEET HOME For a Dreamer of Houses is an imaginative and immersive exhibition of over fifty works from the DMA’s collection that explores the significance of the spaces we inhabit and how they represent ourselves, our values, and desires. Through July 4. At

THE BEAUTY OF HUMANS The first solo museum exhibition in Texas by native Austinite and artist Deborah Roberts critiques notions of ideal beauty, the body, race, and identity in contemporary society through the lens of African American children. In tandem, a new figurative mural on the exterior of the Jones Center building titled Deborah Roberts: I’m, will be on display. January 23– August 15. At

THREE ICONIC PIECES, ONE INCREDIBLE NIGHT. Texas Ballet Theater presents Serenade, a Balanchine classic, Ben Stevenson’s world premiere of Star Crossed, a passionate pas de deux of the famous lovers, Romeo and Juliet and the World Premiere by Tim O’Keefe featuring never-before-seen choreography. Performances February 5-14. At Photo courtesy of the Texas Ballet Theater.


Deborah Roberts, The duty of disobedience, 2020. Artwork © Deborah Roberts. Courtesy of the artist. Image courtesy The Contemporary Austin. Photo by Paul Bardagjy.

LET’S MAKE SOME NOISE The Texas Performing Arts Center presents STOMP, an international, award-winning, explosive, provocative, sophisticated, utterly unique show that appeals to audiences of all ages. The eight-member troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms. Two special performances on January 9. At


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REALLY REGAL The Kimbell Art Museum’s special exhibition Queen Nefertari’s Egypt celebrates Nefertari, one of the most celebrated, highly regarded, and educated queens of ancient Egypt and the great Pharaoh Ramesses II’s favorite wife. Nefertari and other royal women are brought to life through approximately 230 exceptional objects. Through March 14. At

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san antonio THERE IS NO OCEAN WIDE ENOUGH… No Ocean Between Us: Art of Asian Diasporas in Latin America & The Caribbean, 1945―Present features approximately 75 works of modern and contemporary art by Latin American global dialogues between their Asian heritages and Latin American or Caribbean identities, and Caribbean artists of Asian descent. February 12–May 9. At

The Nancy and Rich Kinder Building at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Photo by Peter Molick.

Tomie Ohtake, Untitled, 1968, oil on canvas. © OAS AMA | Art Museum of the

Robert Indiana, Sheet from Four Seasons of Hope, 2012. Screenprint. Gift of Michael, Leif, and Simona McKenzie, American Image Art.

SO NEW AND ENGAGING The Museum of Fine Art Houston’s new, translucent Kinder Building is dedicated to displaying the venue’s outstanding and fast-growing international collections of modern and contemporary art. At its street level is a light-filled environment by James Turrell. The first installations are accompanied by major site-specific commissioned works by artists such as El Anatsui, Ólafur Elíasson, and Ai Weiwei, to name a few. At

Installation view of Allora & Calzadilla, Graft, 2019. Courtesy of The Menil. Photo by Paul Hester.

DOORWAY TO OPPORTUNITIES The Menil’s exhibition Allora & Calzadilla: Specters of Noon explores early Christian texts that describe acedia as a demon that besieges the soul at noon when the day listlessly drags. Seven sculptural works by Puerto Rico-based artists Allora & Calzadilla revolve around this concept. Through June 20. At

STOP IN THE NAME OF HOPE Robert Indiana: A Legacy of Love honors the late Pop icon’s life, art, and resounding legacy. A self-proclaimed painter of signs, Robert Indiana shaped a highly original body of work that explores American identity; his own personal history; and the power of abstraction, symbolism, and language. Through January 24. At

MULTIGENERATIONAL IN YEARS, KINDRED SPIRITS AT HEART The Contemporary Art Museum of Houston’s Wild Life: Elizabeth Murray & Jessi Reaves exhibition brings together paintings by Elizabeth Murray and the work of New Yorkbased sculptor Jessi Reaves. Although Murray and Reaves are generations apart, this exhibition highlights each artist’s simultaneously lyrical, playful, and rigorous engagement with the decorative, domestic, and bodily. January 21–May 16. At

IF LIFE GIVES YOU LEMONS Please Form A Straight Line is a timely, diverse, and innovative group exhibition featuring artists who explore collectivity, municipality, property, architecture, and the control and regulation of bodies. The Blue Star Contemporary’s show acts as a mirror to our current realities. Through May 9. At s

Elizabeth Murray, Night Empire, 1967-68. Oil on canvas. Collection Arthur and Susan Murray Resnick. ©2020 The Murray-Holman Family Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.



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