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90. Ready for Romance

108. From This Moment On

The wedding of Claudia Kiolbassa and Luke Hendry By Leanne Raesener • Photography by Caroline Jurgensen Photography

The nuptials of Jillian Fuhrmann and James Moon, Jr. By Alexandra del Lago • Photography by David Sixt

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96. The Power of Love The nuptials of Alexis Simon and Gordon By Rob Giardinelli • Photography by Rodrigo Varela

The wedding of Kristin Sanders and James Hallam By Jake Gaines • Photography by Danny Campbell Photography and Bryan Chatlien Photography


102. Made for Each Other

120. Endless Possibilities

The wedding of CC Cavender and Patrick Mays By Alexandra del Lago • Photography by David Sixt Photography

The nuptials of Elisabeth Uhl and Elkin Kleberg By Jake Gaines • Photography by Caroline Jurgensen Photography

126. This Love Of Ours The wedding of Clara Kelleher and John Ostrander By Jake Gaines • Photography by Sarah Kate Photography



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30. 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 things chill a bit during these wintery days.

34. Editor’s Letter Editor-in-Chief and Creative Director Lance Avery Morgan shares his always optimistically sunny disposition during these wintry months.

37. Introduce Take a brief look at this exciting issue that reflects on winter and all of its vast possibilities.

38. Sparkle For the wedding day and the events surrounding it, why not bring on more shine with some of our favorite selections from the jewelers we love?


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40. Thrive

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Austin-based Resonance Repatterning expert Mary Schneider shares her views on the power of kindness.

42. Forecast In this new column, look no further for this season’s fashion trends, thanks to THE EDIT ADVISORY’s Krystal De Lisi and Ellen Mason.

44. Glow Our beauty insider, Ana Bribiesca Hoff, recommends the best new make-up and beauty trends to greet winter and all its cool opportunities.

46. Evolve Jay Remer, The Etiquette Guy, is always on duty to solve our modern social life’s most perplexing questions in his wonderfully approachable way. This time, for special occasions.


48. List

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50. Pursue There is always something new to discover in Texas...and beyond. Our editorial team shares the best things in life to know and experience right now.

52. Drive Take a spin with The Gentleman Racer’s Michael Satterfield as he hits the road again for another journey, this time in a sporty Lexus SUV.

56. Marketplace Here’s a look at the people, places, and things making a difference in their business communities.

130. Savor Our editors Lance Avery Morgan (Austin), Cynthia Smoot (Dallas), Jake Gaines (Houston), and Alexandra del Lago (San Antonio), are on the scene to recommend their favorite eateries now entirely open for business, across the state.

134. Exhibit We are already seeking more cultural pursuits, aren’t you? Here are some offerings from our state’s finest museums and cultural institutions, according to our arts arbiter, Leanne Raesener.

136. Attend Senior Social Editor Rob Giardinelli has rounded up all the best philanthropic events for January and February for your consideration to support.





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63. AUSTIN Brad and Elle Langston

66. HOUSTON Jess and Betty Tutor and Ann and Jonathan Ayre

THE VERY BEST EVENTS ACROSS TEXAS 63. Austin The Contemporary Museum Dinner

66. Houston The Houston Opera Gala

68. San Antonio The Opening German Gala

70. Dallas The Cattle Baron’s Ball

72. San Antonio The Witte Game Dinner

74. Houston The Children’s Museum of Houston Gala

76. Austin The SAFE Gala

78. Dallas The DIFFA Event 76 AUSTIN Maryanne McMahon, Sharon Carr, Nikki Jackson and Rachel Rhodes

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Our cover illustrator for this month is Kevin Ahart, a multimedia artist who was born and raised in Austin, and now resides in Los Angeles. He takes his inspiration from weddings, past and present. He finds his peace through the creative process, be it writing and performing songs, or creating imagery through pencil, pen, charcoal, or his beloved digital sketch pad. Ahart lives with his fiancé, the actress Marilyn Símon, and their beautiful baby daughter, Rubí. His talents can be found at

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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 socially impactful organizations.


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. In this issue, she reveals the most alluring winter beauty secrets yet.


As seen in our new Forecast column, analyst and founder of THE EDIT ADVISORY, Krystal De Lisi, spent 15 years as Associate Vice President of Design at Victoria’s Secret PINK, where she oversaw all facets of the design strategy and development process, from concept to delivery. Vice President of Marketing & Business Development, Ellen Mason, has 25 years of experience working with some of the best-known brands in fashion and music, including Kenneth Cole Productions and Gibson Musical Instruments. THE EDIT ADVISORY provides fashion entrepreneurs with the inspiration and insight they need to develop, produce, and market their brands sustainably and authentically. For more info, visit



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 board member of The National Arts Club, and a member of The Couture Council, and The Museum at F.I.T.


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 always 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. He’s a beloved guest at any dinner party and 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.

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Certified professional coach and branding expert by day, social commentator by night, Associate Publisher and Senior Social Editor Rob Giardinelli is a man of many interests. He loves being a part of any room where social Texans exude their larger-than-life essence, whether cooking a meal at home for a small group of friends or being part of a non-profit gala for over a thousand guests. Most of all, he appreciates how Texans so generously and passionately give back and relishes weaving his social commentary to showcase those who work tirelessly to raise awareness of important causes in the state of Texas and beyond.

Our Associate Editor Leanne Raesener was formerly the city editor for both Brilliant and The Society Diaries magazines. A fifth-generation 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.






Our Evolve columnist, 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, New Brunswick, Canada, where he owns and operates The Windsor House, an 18th Century residence. Remer produces several shows, which can be viewed on YouTube, for CHCO-TV, New Brunswick, Canada’s only community channel. His bi-weekly newspaper column is published in the Telegraph-Journal in Saint John, NB, Canada. Remer also happily speaks, writes, and teaches civility. His book, The Six Pillars of Civility, is scheduled for release this year.


Our talented and terrifically connected Associate Editor Jennifer Roosth is a Houstonbased 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.”


Our Drive columnist Michael Satterfield is 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. Satterfield founded the popular men’s lifestyle site, TheGentlemanRacer. com, as a blog in 2002, which has grown to become an online and print magazine reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month.

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ONWARD AND UPWARD. FROM THIS MOMENT ON. STARTING here, starting now. Moving on up. The myriad of euphemisms we consistently use to help propel us forward is legion. Because, really, the past is like a foreign country: they do things differently there, and those customs should be acknowledged, but you don’t have to make it your own. That means, really, let’s not be absorbed in the past, shall we, but make way to embrace the new, the bold, the brilliant things that we can all create with the talents we have... and can form.

And oh, how we love talent. With the New Year, New You sensibility on our minds around here, we well know how talent works. It’s either inherent (too rare) or acquired (talent and luck happens when preparation meets opportunity, to paraphrase the Roman philosopher, Seneca). Both ways, we embrace how talent can positively affect so many, especially as our world has both contracted and expanded over the last couple of years with the pandemic. So, I think we can all agree that turning the calendar page from 2021 to 2022 felt like a breath of fresh, optimistic air. Out with the old, in with the new. Something that we always love are weddings and new marriages that represent new life journeys, as you’ll see throughout this special issue devot-


ed to them. From around the state, we have corralled so many fine examples of how the big day was achieved flawlessly...and yes, with plenty of talent to make it happen behind the scenes. What is a once-in-a-lifetime occasion for most is memorialized within these pages. I know that I love to look back on family photos of marriages to see how they have progressed from comparatively simple affairs to exuberant expressions of love with many family and friends in attendance as well-wishers. Plus, as we can all attest, the reception is usually the best party in town that weekend. So, enjoy these spectacular weddings as we kick the New Year into high gear. We’re excited to take another trip around the sun with you in 2022, and we love being a part of your lives. So, cheers, Skol, down that hatch, and here’s to mud in your we toast the future with open arms. See you in the ballroom.

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The Power of Kindness Let’s face it: our social and emotional muscles may have atrophied a bit during the pandemic. With renewed strength and vigor, let’s approach the world with more kindness, recommends our Austin-based Resonance Repatterning expert, Mary Schneider. WHERE ARE YOU, KINDNESS? HAS KINDNESS DISAPPEARED? IF IT HAS, WHERE DID IT GO? and why? Is kindness a casualty of what transpired in the past few years? Asking this question of ourselves is important. There are those who think this is true, believing kindness in our culture has atrophied since the pandemic. Much anecdotal evidence seems to support the truth of this claim. Stories come from all cultures and parts of the country. Could it be possible that fear and isolation have lessened our ability to be generous and concerned about others without expecting praise or reward? If this is the case, we can take steps to roll it back to pre-covid standards post-haste. Kindness is human nature. It is innate. Experiments with infants conducted at Yale University concluded it is inherent in human beings. Even in observing young children at play, their empathy (among other things) is often revealed. Kindness also has intrinsic value. In their book, On Kindness, Barbara Taylor and Adam Phillips stressed how “real kindness changes people, often in unpredictable ways.” This idea suggests that kindness is transformational for all parties and supports the fact that kindness is much more than just being nice. As an example, I personally experienced this over the course of a decade of holiday seasons. My friends and I would buy carloads full of toys and take them to Blue Santa. Transforming our holidays in unexpected ways was more fun and joyful knowing that others, much less fortunate, had the opportunity to encounter the same. Kindness is a virtue. It is written about in countless books, some published before the time of Christ. A topic frequently referred to in the Bible, kindness shows up in other important spiritual texts. With its sister-virtue, humility, kindness is a pre-requisite for many other virtues. Humility begets kindness; kindness begets humility. Plus, not unlike humility, if you think you have it, you probably don’t.


SKILLFULLY KIND Others describe kindness as a skill, possibly contradicting Yale’s research. This belief suggests kindness is a learned behavior. Maybe true for some, this idea seems to negate the innate nature of kindness. Genuine kindness is a radical act. For a while, the bumper sticker Practice Random Acts of Kindness and Senseless Beauty graced scores of cars. At the very least, ‘random’ and ‘senseless’ indicate enthusiastic unpredictability, while ‘skill’ implies a modicum of predictability and uniformity. Kindness is much more than just being nice, emerges here. Either way, nature or nurture, kindness includes the absence of the need for recognition. Long before the appearance of Christ, Wikipedia writes, “Aristotle defined kindness as ‘helpfulness towards someone in need, not in return for anything, nor for the advantage of the helper himself, but for that of the person helped’.” So, where are we today pre-post-covid? What might be the most fitting and proper behavior to commit to during this holiday season? Given it has been some time since we wholeheartedly embraced celebrating, it might behoove us to create an intention. An intention marking the revival of Christmas, New Year’s, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Winter Solstice, Boxing Day, St. Nicholas Day, and other holidays may be in order. Let’s commit to reminding one another that kindness is innately human. Remembering who we are in our essence and recalling how it looks and feels, let’s pledge ourselves to random acts of kindness and senseless beauty once again. Without expecting praise or reward, it could be the stylish-hip-sophisticated thing for the yuletide season, for there is nothing more hip, stylish or sophisticated than being kind to others...and ourselves.


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TREND: CUT IT OUT, ALREADY Description: Body-baring and confident, this trend redefines sexy by highlighting collarbones, shoulders, and sides. In fact, it speaks to both comfort and confidence. Key Details: Cut-outs, crops, open backs, and asymmetrical necklines. Look for body-hugging knits and other body-con fashions in travel bag-friendly materials. As Seen On: Victoria Beckham, Burberry, Diotima, and David Koma.. Destinations: Ibiza, Bora Bora, Nice, and Saint Tropez.

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With the world vigorously coming back to life, one of the things we are most excited to see return are weddings. With weddings come honeymoons. And with honeymoons come travel wardrobes. As the top trends from the recent women’s wear 2022 runways have shown us, fashion is answering that call with a brighter, more contemporary take on fashions. Our THE EDIT ADVISORY’s Krystal De Lisi and Ellen Mason share their favorite finds.

TREND: MODERN COLLEGIATE Description: The traditional school uniform-inspired looks injected with hints of optimism with its use of vibrant color. Borrowed from the boys made feminine with pops of pink, eye-catching florals, and modernized rugby stripes. Key Details: Letterman jackets, varsity sweaters, and vests. Look for collegiate stripes and color-blocked neon with moments of neutral to ground the look. Form-hugging hot pants and leggings join tennis skirts and preppy outerwear. As Seen On: Givenchy, Salvatore Ferragamo, and Sacai. Destinations: Martha’s Vineyard, Boston, Paris, and Milan.

Clockwise from left: Max Mara, La DoubleJ, Lee Mathews, Burberry, and Salvatore Ferragamo

TREND: RAINBOW BRIGHTS Description: The most overt happy dressing for a post-pandemic ethos, this trend features 60s and 70s, mod to groovy vibes with a dash of 80s optimism. While it is possible to style bright colors for hotter temps, the collections were full of cold weather fashions in these vivid hues. Key Details: The brighter, the better, as this trend is all about color. Look for color-blocked knits in playful color combinations. Also, look for all-over prints, oversized stripes, oversaturated colors, bright neons, and tie-dye fashions. A more colorful take on graphics and logos will be seen in everything from tee-shirts to tote bags. Clockwise from left: Christopher John Rogers, Chloé, La DoubleJ, Oscar de la Renta, Christopher John Rogers

As Seen On: Coach, Christophers John Rogers, and Marina Mascone. Destinations: Reykjavík, Aspen, and St. Moritz.




BRAND FLAWLESS FACE Forget heavy-duty foundations on your honeymoon. Whether you are oceanside or mountainside, a BB cream with SPF will be your best friend during this trip. Try COOLA Rosilliance with SPF 30 BB Cream for a radiant, soft, and youthful-looking complexion. $52. At

DIVE IN, THE WATER’S FINE Pack a mascara that will stay strong against water, sweat, or happy tears. Voluminous lashes are all you need to enhance your pretty eyes. Try BYREDO Waterproof Mascara for a natural or intense effect. $45. At


EYE SEE AN OPPORTUNITY The new marvel in skincare is the exquisite line by Augustinus Bader of Europe. Formulated to hydrate, renew, and improve the texture of the complexion and eye areas, it’s a miracle in a bottle. Here, we love The Eye Cream. $195. At

After months of preparation and nuptial festivities, it’s now time to pack your bags and jet off to your honeymoon, to the land of relaxation and adventure. A honeymoon trip, from sea to ski, demands low-maintenance, no-makeup looks that reflect your natural beauty and products that replenish your skin, according to our beauty expert, Ana Bribiesca Hoff.

SPRITZ, THEN SET Stay gorgeous and worryfree all day and night with Dior’s Forever Perfect Fix: Set-Refresh-Hydrate. This setting spray holds your makeup in place and protects against heat or cold while refreshing your complexion throughout the day. $43. At

STICK TO IT Spend less time in front of the mirror and more time with your better half. Pack a multiuse, creamy check-and-lip duo that gives skin a youthful, healthy flush of color with a natural finish. Try Jouer Cosmetics Blush & Bloom Cheek + Lip Duo. Perfect for day to night. $32. At

PEEL AWAY THOSE YEARS Perfect for winter, why not use the Glo Skin Retinol + C Smoothing Peel In A Box for a more lustrous complexion instantly? It exfoliates, refines and brightens while smoothing and restoring skin’s radiance. $75. At


HIT REFRESH Dry shampoo becomes an even more essential beauty must-have on your honeymoon. Chances are, you won’t have much time to fuss and style your hair. Try Virtue Refresh Dry Shampoo to refresh hair and revive your I-do do’s. $32. At Neiman SOCIETYTEXAS.COM

EVERYONE KISSES THE BRIDE Your lips can suffer from both the cold and heat, so it’s paramount you protect them with the correct lip balm. Try TULA Lip SOS Lip Treatment Balm―Blushing Lemonade, a superfruit and peptide-powered lip treatment that protects for the most kissable lips. $22. At



CIVILITY You can always count on our Etiquette Guy, Jay Remer, to be on the scene and on the go, solving social conundrums like wedding festivities do’s and don’ts, as found in his new book, The 6 Pillars Of Civility.

MY NEW BOOK, THE 6 PILLARS OF CIVILITY, IS ESSENTIALLY a road map to, well, civility. There is an appetite for returning to a society where we treat each other with respect and courtesy. Fortunately, thanks to a handful of curious scientists, we are beginning to understand how our brains function, allowing us to realize our behaviors are primarily grounded in survival, not just pleasure. How people interact with one another should reflect mutual respect and kindness both publicly and in their private interactions. Civility is the umbrella under which etiquette and decorum rest. Since overwhelming incivility often surrounds us at times, I thought sharing my observations could offer a positive perspective on how to regain civility, often by employing the self-reflective exercises that follow each chapter. One favorite is Blended Families and Holidays. Family structures can be complicated and confusing today, particularly as multiple marriages create blended families. As a result, tensions can arise, especially around holidays, weddings, graduation ceremonies, and other celebrations. However, these command performance events should bring out our best behavior, which can sometimes mean biting your tongue and showing compassion.

However, surprises will occur, and it’s best to start by defusing any negative vibes as quickly as possible. Remembering to keep our composure in the face of turmoil is the sign of a great host. Being a great guest can present challenges as well. As somewhat of an extrovert, I like to converse with everyone at most gatherings, including people who may be difficult. Take the high, less traveled road and approach everyone with the same sense of humility and respect. At weddings, family tensions can arise. Adhering to proper protocol is helpful. First, the host must determine the guest list in order of importance. In most cases, the relationship between the marrying couple and their guests determines priority. However, flexibility is necessary because each family is unique. Remember weddings are for brides and grooms and celebration. In fact, another life transition moment, funerals, are often highly emotional celebrations of life. Most people attending share great sadness and grief. Funeral arrangements are often the shared responsibility of the deceased’s next of kin, the funeral director, and a clergy member. Too often, wellmeaning friends and family are actually in the way. Allowing the grieving process to unfold for people in their own way is the compassionate way to handle these stressful times. No two people experience grief or loss in the same way. Kindness goes a long way in letting others understand your true intentions and feelings.

Difficult as it may be, we must put our core differences aside in deference to why we have gathered together in the first place. This can be much more challenging for some people than others. If you cannot control your emotions or maintain a level of acceptable civility, then it is best not to accept the invitation in the first place. Dinner parties involving assorted family members and friends can challenge the host when planning a seating chart. Placing potential combatants well apart and out of range of even possible eye contact makes the meal more pleasant for everyone. The host must know the dynamics of the guest list well in advance of their arrival. We usually know where danger may lurk, but we would do well to get the current state of affairs from someone in the know.


Graduation ceremonies can also be stressful events for a variety of reasons, as well. Sometimes, seating is limited. Perhaps the scheduling makes attending difficult. Nonetheless, it’s a significant milestone in anyone’s life, and we should accord it the proper respect. Emotions can play a role in any celebration like this, and allowing each of us to show our feelings is a compassionate act we can all embrace.




From This Day Forward


We love weddings. And...we love honeymoons where rest and relaxation are so well deserved. But, once you are at play and away from the admiring throngs, you’ll need some essentials, according to our trend expert, Rank & Style CEO Jamie Chandlee.


STAY PUCKERED UP The Chanel Le Rouge Duo Ultra Tenue Ultra Wear Lip Color is a saturated liquid lipstick that pairs with high-shine gloss to deliver full coverage and long-wearing color. First, apply the base coat, then use the brush applicator to apply the topcoat for a highshine result and all-day comfort. We love it in Merry Rose. $40. At



DRESSED & READY For all your nuptial festivities, the color white is always right. This Poppy feather-trimmed crepe mini dress by Huishan Zhang is on-trend with balloon sleeves that add volume, while the silk oh-so-soft lining feels smooth against the skin. $1765. At

GO THEN GLOW The Dior Backstage Glow Face Palette is a multi-use illuminating makeup palette with both a highlighter and blush that will spotlight your finest facial features for a consistent, dewy glow. $45. At



D E ST I N AT I O N : LUXURY Here’s the first polycarbonate suitcase, designed in Germany to provide the best in hightech functionality. Strong, durable, and lightweight, the RIMOWA Essential Check-In L, in bamboo green, is the ultimate example of hard shell luggage innovation. Perfect for honeymoon journeys of up to 10 days. $900. At


KICK UP YOUR HEELS While you’re on your feet for all the bridal happenings, feel comfortable and look great in these Jimmy Choo’s Aveline 100 bow-embellished grosgrain sandals in delicate white. $950. At



FROM SLOPES TO SEA No matter where your honeymoon adventures take you, you’ll want to protect your skin from the harsh sun. Try Supergoop! Glowscreen Sunscreen SPF 40 PA. Plus, it will give you a radiant finish. $36. At


THINGS ARE GOING SWIMMINGLY Agua Bendita’s Romina Luau Bikini is the perfect choice for the sand or poolside. In fuchsia, the top has flattering sleeves, and the bottom is designed with a high rise in a brief cut with medium coverage and an adjustable belt. $220. At

GET ON BOARD Traveling beautifully is a lost art. Why not up the ante with this bright passport case in an array of six colors? You can personalize it in gold, too. By Graphic Image. $78. At



SOMETHING BLUE A touch of the traditional, something blue can be just as thoughtful as something old, new, or borrowed...with this Angelina 14KT yellow gold band ring in blue sapphire by Kendra Scott. The petite sapphires, bringing maximum sparkle to a delicate band. $450. At

IT’S IN THE BAG The hat, the glasses, the towel...there’s so much to pack for a day in the sun. The Lily Canvas Weekender jumbo bag in soft fawn with white, grey, and beige is perfect for storing your beach must-haves. It’s ideal for a shopping trip in town, and can also be personalized. $223. At











Where to go, what to see, and what to try? Look no further than our editorial team’s top picks as winter chills up. Besides, baby, it’s cold out there.

TOASTING THE FUTURE Austin-based Kastra Elion Vodka is taking the spirits world by storm, starting with its gorgeous, icy presentation bottle. Family-owned and three generations in the making, the brand combines tradition and innovation with a love for the flavors and heritage of the Mediterranean. After all, it is the first premium sipping vodka distilled from Greek olives. $55. At

NATURALLY DERIVED We love that Zoha Fragrances combine a special blend of essential oils and naturally derived aroma compounds in a carrier oil to make their unique scent notes that evolve with your skin. Zoha’s perfumes are all oil-based and alcohol free, creating a fresh, subtle, and lingering scent all day without drying out your skin. Prices vary. At

GIVE THIS A WHIRL The Uber Appliance Sorbet & Ice Cream Maker is perfect for all ages. This sorbet and ice cream maker works by feeding frozen fruit or other tasty treats into the chute, which quickly blends it into a delicious dessert without all the extra calories. Healthy has never been so delicious. $69.99. At

LOVE, BURNING BRIGHTLY Romance burns brightest with a high-quality candle from the new luxury line, SOCIAL-LITE Candles. The Isn’t It Rich scent is a favorite of ours...elusive, iconic, and seductive. It is blended with Santal, Teakwood, Elemi, Pamplemousse Rose, White Currant, Oakmoss, Amber, and Clove. $58. At SOCIAL-LITECandles. com.

AB-SOLUTELY POSSIBLE Stealth is the fitness gadget where you can get your workout done in just a few minutes. In fact, your body becomes the game controller. Simply slip your phone into the slot, choose one of its addictively fun games, and start building a stronger core and leaner physique as you twist, turn, pivot, and hold steady to reach the high score. Working out is fun. $99. At


NOW, TO THE MOON Welcome to the first-ever immersive VR experience to take visitors onboard the International Space Station vis-à-vis THE INFINITE–the NASA-inspired installation making its American premiere in Houston at Sawyer Yards. Its multimedia art, physical objects, soundscapes, and light design redefine the frontiers of the user experience by allowing would-be space explorers to roam freely inside a life-scale 3D replica of the ISS. At


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GET UP & The new Lexus NX redefines luxury, according to our expert driving enthusiast, Michael Satterfield of The Gentleman As the new year begins, why not take your driving to thrilling new heights? By Michael Satterfield

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LEXUS HAS UNVEILED AN ALL-NEW NX FOR 2022. WHILE it is the brand’s luxury-subcompact SUV, it is also, in many ways, a flagship model for Lexus. It is the first to feature the new Lexus lettering across the rear hatch, never before offered technology, and is the first plug-in hybrid to wear the Lexus badge. Aimed squarely at the BMW X1, Mercedes-Benz GLA, and Audi Q3 models, the new NX needed to bring a lot to the table, and the small Lexus doesn’t disappoint. RESPONSIVE AND FUN The NX offers two gasoline power plants and two hybrid options. While the base NX250 features a 203-hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder with an 8-speed automatic and is surprisingly responsive and fun to drive, especially with the optional allwheel-drive. For those wanting more power, the NX350 delivers 375-hp from a turbocharged 2.4-liter four-cylinder with standard all-wheel drive. But while these conventional power plants are very good, I predict that most luxury buyers will be more interested in the hybrids, which offer more horsepower and better fuel economy than their all-gas counterparts. The hybrid drivetrains include the NX350h, which packs a 2.5-liter fourcylinder, two electric motors that make 239 horsepower, and the top-spec plugin NX450h+ producing 302-hp powertrain, to offer up-to 36 miles of electric


driving per charge. For the performance-minded driver, the F Sport package offers appearance upgrades and adaptive suspension. While the standard suspension does an excellent job at providing decent handling while still offering a luxurious ride, the F Sport does raise the fun factor when you are on a twisty road. Yet, I suspect most NX buyers will find the appearance part of the package more appealing than the handling. Where the NX really shines is in the redesigned interior, which feels far more luxurious than you might expect in a sub-compact SUV. Ambient lighting, quilted leather-heated and ventilated seats, and the optional wood inserts all feel like they belong in a much more expensive vehicle. The much-maligned “trackpad” infotainment interface has been replaced with natural-language voice recognition that wakes up with the command “Hey Lexus,” allowing the driver or passenger to do anything from get directions or search for a restaurant to turning on the windshield wipers or adjusting the temperature. The dualzone voice recognition can differentiate between driver and passenger, allowing passengers to adjust their climate zone separately from the driver’s simply by speaking the command. The user profiles are stored in the cloud so the unique settings can travel with you between vehicles.



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MORE TECHNOLOGY PER SQUARE INCH The technology doesn’t stop with new voice commands. A standard 9.8-inch or optional 14-inch touch screen offers excellent visibility. The built-in 4G LTE allows streaming of Apple Music and Amazon Music, while the wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also standard. The Lexus app also enables users to use a phone as a key or share a temporary key via the app to any user they authorize...meaning you’re never really locked out of your car. Lexus has also equipped the NX with their latest Safety System Plus 3.0, which includes the usual lane-keeping feature, automatic emergency braking, and adaptive cruise control. It also adds new features to help detect oncoming traffic


and pedestrians to prevent collisions while making turns at intersections. The latest safety features even help prevent accidents while parked, with electronic door latches that work with the pedestrian safety system that prevents the door from opening if there is an oncoming cyclist or runner. Lexus has said they hope the NX will reach a younger buyer demographic with a starting price of under $40,000 for the NX250. It certainly will, and it will have a broad appeal to older shoppers as well who don’t need a mid or full-size SUV. The top-tier NX450h+F Sport starts at $57,975, but if the plug-in hybrid doesn’t fit your lifestyle, the NX350h, with the optional luxury package, will give you the best of everything.



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Hill Country Luxury Experience Raises Local Business Awareness And Raises Funds For The San Antonio Food Bank By Jake Gaines

Photography by Steve Slate

RECENTLY, NINE LUXURY BRANDS AND OVER 20 local businesses came together at the 2nd Annual Hill Country Luxury Experience at the Boerne Stage Airfield in Boerne. Close to 900 guests were entertained by Porsche of San Antonio, Tag Heuer, Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry, La Cantera Resort and Spa, Dury’s Guns, Texas Dermatology Med Spa, Veracity Aviation, MCS Sky, and XPEL. After an exciting day of luxury experiences from the sponsors and other local businesses, $17,000 was raised from their philanthropic efforts and guest raffle proceeds to benefit the San Antonio Food Bank. Ryan and Jessica Berg & Nicolas Pic

Jason and Erin Martin

Amy Martin, Tracee Feik, Raven Labatt and Lisa Bakke with the Bombshell Girls


Emily Morants, Landon Grover and Hannah McCarthy

The day’s luxury experiences included Porsche Accelerated Rides down the runway with professional drivers, helicopter tours of the Hill Country area by Veracity Aviation, watchmaking with Tag Heuer and Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry, timed gun assembly at Dury’s Guns, skincare services by Texas Dermatology Med Spa, and tasty bites from La Cantera Resort and Spa. The crowd also enjoyed WWII warbird displays, private aircraft tours, a world wine challenge, live music, and a variety of local fare and fine spirits. Other participating sponsors included: Dominion Dental Spa, Martin Group Homes, Option One Real Estate, and Phyllis Browning Company. The Hill Country Luxury Experience (HCLE) is a Partner Fund of the San Antonio Area Foundation, a non-profit 501c3. Its mission is to create strategic events and activities to educate, encourage, and promote economic growth and development throughout the Texas Hill Country (Bexar and surrounding counties). HCLE also supports non-profit organizations that provide services for Hill Country communities.

The HCL Fund representatives


Joe and Whitney Miller

Emily Morants, Landon Grover and Tony Lazzari

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Love Stories for the Ages On the banks of the San Antonio River, our historic hotel offers the most remarkable setting for saying “I do.” True romance is revealed in thoughtfully crafted details unique to your story, and delightfully uncommon wedding venues for every style of celebration.


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A Woman's Eye Fêtes For Houstonian Sir Mark Haukohl’s World Class Photography Exhibition By Lance Avery Morgan

Sir Mark Fehrs Haukohl and Ellen Susman

Richard and Jenny Gerrish

Eve Schillo and Louise Wilson

Stephanie Barron and Katherine Ross


RECENTLY, ON A CHILLY AUTUMN NIGHT, BOTH international and Texas-based guests flocked to the opening night soirée of the exhibit in Los Angeles, In the Now: Gender and Nation in Europe, Selections from the Sir Mark Fehrs Haukohl Photography Collection. It features a selection of two hundred contemporary photographs by women artists from seventeen countries in Western and Eastern Europe. The collaboration between Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and The Brooklyn Museum is a partnership that enables each institution to significantly augment and diversify its photography holdings over the next ten years as well as advance curatorial research, travel, and scholarship, signaling an innovative and financially sustainable new approach for museums to expand their collections. A seated dinner was held to celebrate the debut of the images at Ray’s, the restaurant that is a part of LACMA. The glamorous guests, from around the world, and of course, Texas, were on hand to fête Haukohl’s artistic collection achievement. On hand to share toasts were LACMA CEO and Wallis Annenberg, Director Michael Govan, as well as Shelby White and Leon Levy Director Anne Pasternak of The Brooklyn Museum. Beyond the wine and champagne that flowed freely, guests dined on a selection of seafood, as well as being tempted by wonderfully sugary desserts as the evening progressed. The week of Los Angeles events included a distinguished trustee’s reception at the residence of venture capitalist, David Bohnett. The celebration continued at the new Pendry Hotel on Sunset Boulevard. Both LACMA and The Brooklyn Museum, exemplary institutions representing both coasts, benefit from the generous gift from Houston-based collector Sir Mark Fehrs Haukohl, whose expansive collection has been built over the course of twenty years and showcases an impressive range of styles and approaches to photography from that period. The collection features works by nearly ninety emerging and established women artists, including Yto Barrada, Carolle Bénitah, Melanie Bonajo, Natalie Czech, Eva Koť á tková, Vera Lutter, Josephine Pryde, and Shirana Shahbazi.

Anne Pasternak, Sir Mark Fehrs Haukohl,

Alexis and Wolfgang von Viragh

| Photography courtesy of LACMA

Ron Davis, Becca Cason Thrash and Lance Avery Morgan

The gift will be made in installments over the next ten years, with the first including twenty works selected by Haukohl. The two museums will also receive a donation of ten additional works purchased by him. Both museums will each individually acquire an additional ten works chosen in concert with the curators, expanding the initial gift. Furthermore, his gift includes the Haukohl Travel Grant, which provides resources to advance curatorial travel, research, and scholarship each year for the next decade. These funds will allow curators to attend European photography fairs and exhibitions such as Les Rencontres d'Arles, ARCOmadrid, and Unseen Amsterdam, further enabling targeted additions to the collection by all three parties. The exhibit runs at LACMA through February 13, 2022, with a 2023 exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum. A sensational Los Angeles and New York triumph.





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The Contemporary Austin 2021 Gala

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Art Al Fresco The Contemporary Museum Art Dinner Raises Over $1.7 Million By Rob Giardinelli | Photography by Brian Fitzsimmons

THE SETTING: A picture-perfect autumn evening at Austin’s Laguna Gloria was the scene featuring a night of fun and philanthropy. The 360 patrons, sociables, and VIPs on hand for the 8th Annual Contemporary Art Dinner were treated to a dazzling evening that those fortunate enough to attend will not soon forget. THE STYLE: From the moment the patrons walked up to the gates of Laguna Gloria in their finest cocktail attire, guests knew they were in for a magical evening. The festivities began with a cocktail hour where partygoers gathered with friends on the beautiful Laguna Gloria grounds. Meanwhile, art collectors could be seen heading to the villa to preview works of art from internationally known artists in advance of the live auction. Revelers then proceeded onto the central lawn for dinner al fresco and the main program. While attendees dined on a delectable, multicourse meal, they were treated to words from the event and organization’s leaders celebrating what was for many their first gala in Austin since the pandemic began. The action then turned to the main event…the live art auction. Christy Williams Coombs, of Sotheby’s, headlined the auction for the seventh consecutive year. Included were works by Loie Hallowell and Adam Pendleton that each fetched over six figures. In addition, the paddles-up giving opportunity raised over $250,000 to bring a temporary and permanent outdoor installation for the Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park at Laguna Gloria. The festivities were capped off with an after party where the crowd danced the night away to songs performed by Riders Against the Storm. THE PURPOSE: The event, co-chaired by Kristin Gish and Kathleen Loughlin, raised over $1.7 million for The Contemporary Austin, with the museum giving back $345,000 to artists from the live and silent auction proceeds. In addition, funds raised from the evening’s event will go towards The Contemporary Austin’s exhibition programs.


Patrick Keel, Ashley Hunter, Joe Loiacono and David Parson, Jason Schubert & Kevin Witcher

Gregory and Kristin Gish

Brad and Elle Langston

Kathleen Loughlin, Val Armstrong and Sharon Maidenberg

Tia Cripps and Marnie Duncan


Nathan and Shauntavia Ward

Justin Harvey and Eloise DeJoria

LeMel Humes and Suzanne Deal Booth

Marcus Hersch and Teresa Windham

Dan Bullock and Annette Dimeo Carlozzi

Elias Bingham and Maya Gonzalez

Hugh Randolph and Birgit Enstrom

Allison Dew, Rich Rothberg and Debbie Dupre

Susan and Richard Marcus

Susan Scafati and Kandy Koolquitt

Moyo Oyelola

Rob Giardinelli, Blake and Jamie Chandlee & Lance Avery Morgan

Jim and Liz Matthews


Alexander Bircher and Teresa Hubbard

Janet and Wilson Allen




Spanish Overture Houston Grand Opera Opening Night Concert, Carmen By Jennifer Roosth | Photography by Wilson Parish and Melissa Taylor

Jess and Betty Tutor and Ann and Jonathan Ayre

THE SETTING: Recently, the Houston Grand Opera opened its 67th season with a historic return to the stage for live opera, with the opening night production of Bizet’s Carmen. Following the performance, the celebration continued as over 370 guests progressed to a tented Ray C. Fish Plaza to usher in the next era of HGO and welcome new General Director Khori Dastoor.

Lynn Wyatt

THE STYLE: A tragedy of obsessive love, Bizet’s Carmen was first staged in 1875 and is today considered the most popular opera in the world. A full house smiled with recognition when the well-known first notes of the prelude rang throughout the Brown Theater. After the concert, as the lights came up, black tie clad opera-goers enjoyed an intimate seated dinner with a close circle of Houston arts supporters and enthusiasts. The décor, created by The Events Company, burst with the same jewel tones of Ashford’s production and was accentuated with touches of black Spanish lace—a nod to Carmen’s femme fatale costumes. Inspired by the production’s Seville setting, City Kitchen Catering presented a colorful three-course feast, including Tarta de Santiago for dessert. THE PURPOSE: Betty and Jess Tutor chaired the event, which raised $460,000. The opening night performance of Bizet’s Carmen was performed by HGO Studio alumna Carolyn Sproule, conducted by Lidiya Yankovskaya, and brought to vibrant life with striking costumes and captivating dance by award-winning Broadway director and choreographer Rob Ashford. This production delivers a thrilling experience to an audience starved of live grand opera for over 20 months.

Dr. Steve Hamilton and Beth Madison & Kelly Somoza and Tom LeCloux

Andi and Stephen Berkman


Hance Myers, Debbie Greenbaum & Robert and Fredell Deutser

Ginger Menown and David Krohn


Lance Menster and Thom McDaniel

Katrina and Nick Peacock

Khori Dastoor

Loraine McMurray and Robert Sakowitz

Leslie Siller and Cynthia Wolff

Murry and Karen Penner

Aaron and DeeDee Howes

Margaret Alkek Williams and Dr. Giuseppe Colasurdo

Rachel and Warren Ellsworth

Nasat Latib and Vinodh Kumar

Mady and Ken Kades

Irene Bourke and Joseph Waiter




THE SETTING: The San Antonio German Club recently hosted its annual Opening German gala in honor of the season’s debutantes. Held on a crisp, cool autumn evening at The Red Berry Estate, owned and operated by the RK Group, the ball offered a glorious night of dining and dancing in celebration of the club’s group of young ladies being presented to the city’s society in such stately surroundings. THE STYLE: Resplendent in gorgeous white gowns, this year’s debutantes sparkled as they were presented by their fathers, then led to their escorts. A tent was constructed by Illusions Rentals & Design to hold the presentation ceremony, and Catering by Rosemary created the food stations. The cuisine was situated outside, in front of the estate, by the water’s edge under a moonlit sky. Ramiro Cervera and his Orchestra provided the live music for the presentation and the first dance of the debutantes with their fathers. The floral decor was created by Danny Cuellar and the Trinity Flowers team. The multi-colored arrangements provided the stunning color palette for the presentation stage and the tabletops. The after party music was provided by In IOCity and DJ Genafire. THE PURPOSE: The 2021-2022 President is George Edward Hinchey, and Stuart Lee Cavender, Jr. was the chairman of the 2021 Opening German. Formed in 1880, an inspired group of young San Antonio men gathered to create a new social organization. They named it The Ascension Club, which quickly flourished in San Antonio’s society. In 1890, under the leadership of J. Riley Gordon, Oliver Warwick, George W. Martin, and Francis L. Town, the name of the Club was changed to The San Antonio German Club, after The German, a popular dance of the era, which became a traditional dance during the Club’s early years. For 141 years since that time, with the exception of only a few years, the San Antonio German Club has presented its debutantes during San Antonio’s social season.


Sensational & Stately Opening German Gala Presents Debutantes By Jake Gaines | Photography by Katie Clementson of Billo Smith Photography

The 2021 Opening German Debutantes

Albert Steves, Estee Steves, Rob Bentley, Paige Johnson and Kathy Johnson

Emery Wright and Greg Wright

Katherine Adelman and David Adelman

Peyton Hardy, Faith Flume, Redding Mickler, Tyler Glover, Grant Gibson, Libby Fellbaum and Erin Greehey


George Hinchey and David Aycock

Abigail Kampmann, Elizabeth Kampmann and Camilla Kampmann

Catriona and Lee Cavender

Jennifer Shemwell, Paris Shemwell and Bob Shemwell

The Red Berry Estate

Mary Corinne Archer

Caroline Finney, Brooke Bakke, Katherine Douglass, Katherine Green, Elaine Miller and Jane Beck

Lilly O'Neill

Jill Rosenthal, Aubrey Rosenthal and Bobby Rosenthal


Rita Calvert and Toby Calvert



Glam On The Range Cattle Baron’s Ball Raises Millions For American Cancer Society By Cynthia Smoot | Photography by Tamytha Cameron and Celeste Ice

THE SETTING: The 2021 Cattle Baron’s Ball was recently held at Gilley’s Dallas with award-winning country music fan favorite Dierks Bentley performing on the Andrews Distributing Main Stage. Chairs Diana Hamilton and Heather Randall returned to serve as leaders for an unprecedented second year after the pandemic caused the cancellation of the 2020 ball. Their efforts raised a whopping $3,665,700 for the American Cancer Society. THE STYLE: The evening included cocktails, buffet dinner, raffle, silent and live auctions followed by the concert. The Country Music Association’s award-winning Cole Swindell appeared on the Copart VIP stage prior to the live auction. D’Andra Simmons Lock, Gregg Asher, Amy Hampton, Hamilton Sneed, Nancy Gopez, Melissa and Joe Pastora, and Jane McGarry were among those in the crowd who donned cowboy boots in celebration of the evening.

Diana Hamilton and Heather Randall

THE PURPOSE: Since 1974, the Cattle Baron’s Ball has raised more than $90 million for the American Cancer Society in North Texas. The ball is the largest single-night fundraising event for cancer research in the world. One hundred active volunteer committee members work tirelessly year-round to raise funds for cancer research projects in North Texas.

Theresa and Brad Parkinson

Robbie and Skyler Baty

Jeremy Lock and D'Andra Simmons Lock Dean and Wanda Fearing

Dierks Bentley


Joe Bob and Lisa Shirley

Stacy Girard Ranansky and Katie Bock


Merry and Brady Wyatt

Cole Swindell

Cole Swindell

Amy Vanderoef and Cynthia Smoot

Lora Farris and Danielle Giglio

Marjon Henderson and Samantha Wortley

Deborah Ferguson

Dennis and Laura Moon

2021 Cattle Baron’s Ball Committee


Greg and Kim Hext & Kevin Dahlberg

Katy Brooks

Olivia and Jeff Kearney

Former Cattle Baron’s Ball Chairs



Games People Play Witte Museum Celebrates 51st Game Dinner By Jake Gaines | Photography by Kurtis Kronk Photography

Sandra Tremblay, Rick Cavendar and Jill Metcalfe

Mike and Meredith Howard

JJ and Tracee Feik & Ryan and Jessica Berg

Margaret and Ryan Pape


Kathy and Bill Johnson & Marise McDermott

Aaron Watson & Stephanie and Bob Girling

Helen Holdsworth and Rick Cavendar

Caroline Carrington and Amy Stieren Smiley


THE SETTING: The 51st Annual Witte Game Dinner, an iconic event in San Antonio, was held with pandemic protocol in place, outside the Witte Museum’s beautiful eight-acre campus in the Zachry Family Acequia Garden. The event’s theme, The Lone Star Revival, celebrated the organization’s emergence from survival mode to a new revival. And, for the Witte, it was a reinvigoration of its mission to have a part in shaping the future of Texas. Fireworks rounded off the celebrations as the total amount raised was announced, adding to the already sparkling evening. THE STYLE: Many of San Antonio’s most philanthropic donned their Western finery for a night of delicious wild game cuisine by the RK Group, live auctions, and a live country music performance by Aaron Watson at the Mays Family Center. This year, the Witte honored Kathy Mays Johnson and the Mays Family Foundation as the Texas Heritage Award recipients for their impact on the organization and across the state. THE PURPOSE: The event chairs, Dr. Bob and Stephanie Girling, and their committee created the theme for the evening that raised nearly $1.2 million to support the Museum’s recovery fund, including $115,000 in field trip funding. The Game Dinner is the Museum’s largest fundraiser, having funded educational programs, operations, and exhibitions for 51 years. The pandemic made this year’s event crucial to ensure that the funding needed for approximately 350,000 school-aged children and their families was available for them to experience all the Witte has to offer, physically and virtually. XPEL and the Mays Family Foundation were the dinner’s presenting sponsors. Additional sponsors included Valero (Scholarship Sponsor), Dr. Bob and Stephanie Girling (Entertainment), and the Tex Elliott Family (Texas Heritage Awards).

Rick Cavender and Matt Caldwell

Jill and George Vassar

Cara Young, Lori Young, DeeAnn Schofield, Amy Mulholland, Anna Sigman and Lauri McCoy

Andres and Sonia Munoz & David Dunhamt

Rob Sigman and JD McCoy

Maggie Ortiz, Kim Biffle and Brandi Vitier

Mary Pat and Mike Bolner

Dick McNary, Gary and Joni Raba and Amanda Gentis

Mays Family celebrates naming the porcupine

Michele Camp and Charles Martens

Richard Traylor, John and Kelley Gilpin, Victoria Ball, Richard Gilpin & Lacey Moore

Joni Raba and Amanda Gentis

Susan Naylor




All That Jazz Children’s Museum of Houston’s The Great Gatsby-Era Gala By Rob Giardinelli | Photography by Alexander’s Fine Portrait Design

THE SETTING: The Corinthian in Houston was the opulent setting for an incredible night of fun and fundraising. Nearly 450 of the city’s most notable sociables, philanthropists, and VIPs turned out for the 29th Annual Children’s Museum Gala and, with the night’s The Great Gatsby theme, ensured a roaring good time was had by all fortunate enough to be a part of the evening.

Tiffany and Bryan Cepak

David and Devorah Krieger

THE STYLE: The Roaring 20s-inspired black tie crowd began the night with a lively cocktail hour. Upon arrival, guests had the opportunity to pose for pictures with costumed flappers to commemorate the evening. The speakeasy theme ensured that the spirits flowed as freely as the witty repartee. Patrons also had an opportunity to bid on an impressive array of silent auction packages, inspiring them to get into the giving spirit of the evening.

Samit and Ruhi Soni

Partygoers then gasped as they stepped down onto the main floor of the Corinthian to head to their seats for the main program. The space was transformed into an underground Cotton Club that would have made those who attended such parties a century ago green with envy. As guests dined on a delectable multi-course meal, they were treated to the evening’s program. Highlights included a spirited live auction featuring an Astros suite with a baseball signed by the entire 2021 Houston Astros team, as well as an opportunity to host a night at the Children’s Museum of Houston. The evening was capped off with an after party where revelers danced the night away to the tunes of the Love and Happiness band.

Jonathan and Ashley Sloan




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Rachel and Sebastien Solar

Matt and Maya Pomroy


THE PURPOSE: The event, co-chaired by Devorah and David Krieger and Ashley and Jonathan Sloan, raised over $960,000 for the Children’s Museum of Houston. The museum’s mission is to transform communities through innovative child center learning.







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Mikahl and Omar Abou-Sayed


Chita Craft, Courtney Zubowski, Holly Radom and Lauren Cox

Sydney Coleman and Will Paine

Darren Brasher and Deanna Altenhoff

David Peck and Crystal Anderson

David and Connie Liu

Lyndsey and Bret Zorich

Matt and Molly LaFauci

Susie and Luis Cavazos

Troy Thacker, Ernestine Sandoval and Gilbert Andrew Garcia

Geoff and Shelley Bracken

Anthony and Alex Heins & Krystal and Garrett Thompson

Meghan and Randall Wichuk

Nellie Connally and Doug Dawson

James Wilson, Robert Wilson and Will White


Kris and John Hantak



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Austin’s SAFE Alliance Hosts Hundreds At Annual Storybook Gala By Rob Giardinelli

| Photography by Mari Nelson and Ben Porter

THE SETTING: A picture-perfect Saturday evening

in Austin was the recent setting of one of the Capital City’s most anticipated fall events. Over 500 sociables, philanthropists, and other VIPs descended upon the JW Marriott hotel for the SAFE Storybook Gala. The event, A Coat of Many Colors, unfolded like a classic fairy tale. The evening featured great friends, touching tributes, and most importantly of all– fundraising. THE STYLE: The first chapter of this magical evening began in the foyer of the JW Marriott Austin for a lively cocktail hour. Here, the guests, many of whom donned colorful ensembles, sipped delicious drinks while getting reacquainted with old friends and making new ones. Additionally, guests could peruse silent auction items, preview live auction items, and purchase raffle tickets to win luxury items that were being awarded to supporters.

Turning the page, partygoers entered the JW Marriott ballroom for the main program. As guests dined on their delectable multicourse meals, they were treated to words from the SAFE leadership, as well as several emotional testimonials showcasing the positive impact the organization has on the community. Other highlights of the main program included a spirited live auction and honoring philanthropist Gary Walker with the Guardian Award for his tireless support of the organization. The evening concluded with an after party where guests danced the night away.

Bridget Ramey and Hannah Sutherland

Maryanne McMahon, Sharon Carr, Nikki Jackson and Rachel Rhodes

Sherri West and Georgia West

Bianca Flores and Adelina Sanchez

Yvette Boatwright and Tiffany Stillwell

Dwayne and Tara Godby

Bob Bowne and Gary Walker

THE PURPOSE: The event raised nearly

$800,000 for the SAFE Alliance. SAFE provides a stable and healing space to those who have lived through violence and abuse. Funds raised from this event will help provide assistance for essential services, including housing, prevention programs, and support services.


Rebecca Hardeman, Genny Hardeman Hill and Bryan Hardeman


Angela Glode, Kristie Gonzales, Emma Hochman and Meredith Marakovits

Marjet Ulmann and Sara Malek Barney

Alex and Kaitlin Carter

Josh and Rebecca Gindele

Alyson and Corey Freeman

Betsy and Mark Gochnour

Mark Ashby and Maggie Cheu

Jenna Smith & Mason and Heather Henry

Ramiro Martinez Jr. and Delia Garza

Ari Hartung and Michael Simons

Claude Aaron and Rachel Wyatt

Ryan Gamble, Joi Jones and Kristen Jacobs


Katrina and Eric Brooks

Jen and Erich Dahlke

Beeral Gupta and Andrea Michealis

Kelly White



Wine & Dine DIFFA’ Annual Burgers & Burgundy Event Sizzles By Cynthia Smoot | Photography by Danny Campbell and Thomas Garza

THE SETTING: Recently, generous and fashion-forward individuals joined renowned national and local chefs at Peace Plaza at the Cathedral of Hope for the twelfth annual Burgers & Burgundy event, benefiting DIFFA/ Dallas (The Dallas Chapter of Design Industry Foundation Fighting AIDS). Partygoers sampled a wide variety of mouth-watering burgers created by participating chefs, including Sharon Van Meter, Luke Rogers, Samir Dhurandhar, and Dan Landsberg.

D'Andra Simmons, Amy Vanderoef and Rhonda Sargent Chambers

Catherine and Dalton Gibson

THE STYLE: The much-anticipated 2021-2022 DIFFA/Dallas Style Council Ambassadors DIFFA Legends were announced during the event. The new members joining the Style Council are Alison Volk, Chris Angelle, David Dummer, David Putnam, David Weir, JD Miller, Ken Weber, Kimberly Alexander, Neil Thomas, and Yana Greenstein. THE PURPOSE: Event chair and DIFFA Board member, Al James, shared that DIFFA is one of the largest and most successful fundraising organizations aiding HIV/AIDS. The Dallas chapter, formed in 1984, is one of the largest HIV/AIDS organizations in Texas that provides funding to local HIV/ AIDS Service Organizations within the DFW community. The organization has granted more than $8 million to 25 frontline HIV/ AIDS Service Organizations in North Texas, providing direct care to those living with or affected by HIV/AIDS.

Al James, Scott Stout and Wesley Dowden


Greg Haynes Johnson and Zach Hess

Haley Clark and Chelsea Richardson

Darin Kunz and Kim Borgen

Doug Cochran and Lynae Fearing

Jason and Brittanie Oleniczak

Chef Luke Rogers

Karla Noone and Parker Williams

Leah Fischer and Ken Weber


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Keller Henderson, Rusty Kiolbassa, Luke and Claudia Hendry & Nita and Michael Kiolbassa


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Claudia and Luke Hendry

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Jay Roberts & Elizabeth and Barry Roberts

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The Nuptials Of Alexis Simón And Gordon Moore By Rob Giardinelli Photography by Rodrigo Varela

Alexis and Gordon Moore


ALEXIS SIMÓN, THE DAUGHTER OF Alejandro and Elsa Simón, and Gordon Moore, the son of Jon and Marisa Moore, were recently wed in beautiful Coral Gables, Florida. The bride and groom initially met through mutual friends. They reconnected when Gordon saw Alexis at a local Austin gym where they were both members. Initially, Alexis was more interested in working out than striking up a conversation with Gordon. However, about a week later, Gordon noticed on Instagram that Alexis was attending a wedding in Cuernavaca, Mexico. “He decided to direct message me a fire emoji to get my attention,” Alexis Moore recalls. The couple was mutually attracted to one another’s philanthropic nature through giving back to their community. They decided to go on their first official date a week later by attending Ballet Austin’s Fête in the Fall of 2018, and the rest, as they say, is history. After a year and a half of dating, Gordon was more than ready to pop the question, which he did in February 2020, but not without some

serious improvising. “I coordinated with Rachel (Alexis’ matron of honor) to get Alexis over to the Four Seasons in Austin for drinks,” muses Gordon. “It was a cloudy, cold evening, and Alexis was reluctant to go outside.” Undeterred, Gordon was able to coax Alexis outside, but not before she saw her favorite photographer at the doorway. Gordon then got down on bended knee to propose to Alexis...with the photographer on hand to commemorate their once-in-a-lifetime moment. Like many other engaged couples during the pandemic, the duo created a wedding that was as unique as their love. The couple was wed in a civil ceremony in September 2020 at the Four Seasons Mexico City, where the bride is from, knowing that a Catholic ceremony and reception with loved ones would be on the horizon once the pandemic lifted. A year later, the couple did just that, with 200 of their nearest and dearest joining them for a wedding celebration in Coral Gables, which commenced with a rehearsal dinner at Palm D’or in The Biltmore Hotel. The bi-lingual wedding, officiated by Bishop Joe Vasquez of Austin,

Bishop Joe Vasquez & Alexis and Gordon Moore



Olivier and Alicia Catherine & Alexis and Gordon Moore

Gordon and Alexis Moore & Pamela and William Hurley

Rosa Maria Avila, Gordon and Alexis Moore Victoria Avila and Sofia Avila

included the traditional components of a Catholic wedding ceremony, including the arras and the lasso, in keeping with family tradition. The bride’s favorite moment of the ceremony was arriving with her father at The Church of the Little Flower in a 1965 Rolls Royce Phantom. Alexis wore a custom gown by Benito Santos of Mexico, while Gordon wore a custom black tuxedo by Loro Piana. The ceremony went off without a hitch. Almost. With a surprise beforehand. “We were told that the church lost power for several hours due to rainstorms earlier on the day of the wedding. The power came on again just as Bishop Vasquez entered the church 30 minutes before the ceremony,” recalls Alexis with a laugh. A perfect sign to the couple that the power of love always conquers all. The wedding party consisted of ten house party attendants, fourteen bridal attendants, and ten groom attendants. Carly Bucklin served as maid of honor, Rachel Mullins served as matron of honor, and Daniel Price was the groom’s best man. The wedding reception, held in the Country Club Ballroom at The Biltmore Hotel, featured a white and gold color palette that perfectly


Alexis Moore, Bishop Joe Vasquez and Elsa Simon

complimented the timeless, elegant, classic theme. The bride slipped into a wedding reception dress designed by Essence of Australia. The bride and groom’s first dance was Fly Me to the Moon by Frank Sinatra, where Gordon, in his favorite moment of the ceremony, lifted up Alexis during the song’s crescendo, as sparklers went off around the perimeter of the dance floor. After dinner, as guests danced to the tunes of the Aragon Artists–Soirée band, they were treated to a French fry bar, tres leches, and NadaMoo! ice cream. The reception was capped off with an after party, which lasted until 5:00 am and included several members of the wedding party jumping into the pool, still in their gowns and tuxedos. Both the bride and groom completed their undergraduate degrees from The University of Texas at Austin, and Alexis received an Executive MBA from Baylor. They reside in Austin, where they now make their home. The bride is a travel advisor with National Travel, an affiliate of American Express, and the groom is the National Sales Director at NadaMoo!. The couple, who honeymooned at the Four Seasons Hualalai in Kona, Hawaii, have many mutual interests, including a passion for fitness, travel, wine, and supporting non-profit organizations in Austin.

CC and Patrick Mays

Made for Each Other The Nuptials Of CC Cavender And Patrick Mays

By Alexandra del Lago Photography by David Sixt Photography


Paige Cavender, Bo Cavender and Rob Cavender

Stephanie Cavender, Bo Cavender, Bobby Cavender, Abby Cavender, CC and Patrick Mays, Paige and Rob Cavender and Betty Cavender


CC CAVENDER, THE DAUGHTER of Stephanie and Bobby Cavender, and Patrick Mays, the son of Patti and Mark Mays, were married in the couple’s hometown of San Antonio. The duo was married after dating each other for four years and an eleven-month engagement. The bride, a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and the groom, a graduate of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, now live in Chicago. The Windy City will be their home while Patrick is studying for his MBA at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. The groom proposed at his ranch on a cliff overlooking a stunning sunset. It was a Thursday night, and both of their families drove the next day to meet the couple and celebrate. “CC’s kindness and prioritization of others in her life continually reminds me to be less selfish in my own,” said the groom, Patrick Mays. About the groom, the bride, CC Cavender, shared, “His smile, contagious laugh, and killer dance moves were what first attracted

Daniel Mays, Andrew Mays, Maggie Mays, CC and Patrick Mays, Patti and Mark Mays, Matthew Mays, Ryan and Marie Mays & Zachry Mays

me to him. Beyond that, now it is also his faith, drive in school, career, and his ability to befriend everyone.” The Hotel Emma’s Elephant Room provided the perfect backdrop for the rehearsal dinner. The wedding, held at The Argyle, was an outdoor ceremony that provided sunny skies and a cool breeze for the 500 guests in attendance. The bride wore a dress by Reem Akra Chrysler from Julian Gold Bridal of San Antonio. It was a deep V-neck embroidered gown with intricately embroidered silk petal flowers mixed with hand sewn micro pearls and crystals. Sumptuous layers of tulle and illusion enveloped the body in a smoky cloud of thousands of hand-appliqued flowers and crystal. The outfit was accessorized with jewelry provided by the bride’s mother. Javier Castillo and Robert Gutierrez of Creivax et Cie in San Antonio designed the mother of the bride’s rehearsal dinner dress, the bride’s rehearsal dinner dress and the maid of honor’s wedding ceremony dress comprised of a gorgeous array of stylish designs and colors. cont'd...

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The wedding, designed by Sara Faye Egan Events of Dallas, was highlighted by Three Branches Floral's spring color-laden décor. Abby Cavender, the maid of honor, wore a dress that was a custom color Swiss tulle and embellished with matching color fabric flowers. Also attending the bride were 19 bridesmaids: Charlotte Archer, Mattie Berry, Charlotte Burney, Lena Carr, Meg Carrigan, Paige Cavender, Isa Hetheringron, Claire Hodges, Julie King, Georgia Kuper, Marie Mays, Maggie Mays, Mary Alex Mizell, Juliana Newman, Mae Nixon, Lauren Prioleau, Paige Rahe, Anabelle Reade, and Gina Senese. The groom’s best men were Ryan Mays and Daniel Mays, along with 13 groomsmen and five ushers serving him. “It was the first time we were able to be with all of our friends and family since the pandemic, so it was a special time we will always remember about our wedding,” confided the bride. The wedding evening had added meaning to the couple because the groom’s grandfather was able to attend the wedding and the reception before he passed away soon thereafter. The reception, held at The Argyle, was a buffet dinner. The bride’s specialty drink, a Dirty Martini with blue cheese olives, and the groom’s drink, a Smokey Old Fashioned, were favorites of the evening. The bride’s brother, Rob Cavender, sang the first dance of the evening, spotlighting the couple. Party on the Moon played throughout the reception and kept the party vibrant through the evening, until the after party at The Argyle in The Coates Garden. “The most special moment was after the ceremony,” shared the groom. “We went upstairs in the Argyle and had a private dinner before the chaos of the reception. It was incredibly special to have an opportunity to be present with just the two of us before celebrating with friends and family.” The bride added, “The confetti and fireworks during our exit were a surprise that we will always remember.”

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The Nuptials Of Jillian Fuhrmann And James Moon, Jr. By Alexandra del Lago Photography by David Sixt Photography

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JILLIAN JOY FUHRMANN, THE DAUGHTER OF JOY AND Triple Fuhrmann and James Graham Moon, Jr., the son of Lisa and Earl Keister, and James Graham Moon, Sr., were married in a ceremony in San Antonio surrounded by family and friends. Jillian, a native San Antonian, and James, a native of Knoxville, Tennessee, have known each other since they met while visiting Texas Christian University, where they both ended up attending. A friend of Jillian’s from Camp Waldemar introduced them, and they dated for six years before becoming engaged for a year. “We were in Port Aransas for Mother’s Day weekend in 2020,” shares Jillian Moon. “We had plans to meet up with our friends for drinks, and James took us on a detour on the golf cart to the Palmilla Golf Course, where he popped the question.” The nuptials were at First Presbyterian Church, officiated by Rev. Bob Fuller and Rev. Michael Crocker. The bride wore a Rivini gown from Julian Gold Bridal, San Antonio. With a sophisticated fit and flare style, made of Neo Satin, it was a modern, elegant trumpet silhouette. The unique oversized double-loop bow in the back finishes this stunning look flowing into a chapel length train. The mother of the bride's dress was designed and created by Angelina Mata of San Antonio. The wedding décor, centered around an elegant garden theme, was selected for the 600 guests. Sweet August Events, led by Katherine Lopez, planned the wedding festivities. The gorgeous floral design included primarily white hydrangeas, was specially chosen because they were reminiscent of the groom’s family roots on Nantucket cont'd...

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Island. The hydrangeas were embellished with white roses, created and executed by Danny Cuellar and his team at Trinity Flowers

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The maids of honor were Jenna Belle Fuhrmann and Carly Ivy Fuhrmann. The bridesmaids were Hannah Bakke, Lilly Calvert, Tricia Gregory, Carrie Hancock, Claudia Hendry, Peyton Kennington, Sadie Lawrence, Felicia Mannix, Kelsey Mantz, Spencer Pevahouse, Cecelia Swanson, Averie Thomas, and Karey Tylman. The house party attendants were Amelia Abernathy, Annie Archer, Christa Bunce, Taylor Mac Naughton, Clara Ostrander, Jenna Schuler, Izzie Shea, and Olivia Winton. The best man was George Allen Fowlkes, III. The groomsmen were Berto Alexander, William Alexander, Johnny Chun, Austin Cox, Davis Da Ponte, Wyatt Darden, Robert Durbin, Jason Fisher, Peter Morse, Andrew Robinson, Robert Schuler, and Ridley Wills. His ushers were Stephen Bell, Jimmy Burk, Parker Hollingshead, and Crawford Mitchell.

The rehearsal dinner was held at the at legendary San Antonio favorite, Casa Rio. The reception, a buffet affair, was at The Argyle. One of the groom's favorite moments was the private sushi dinner the bride and groom enjoyed together during the cocktail hour before walking into the reception. This time together helped them savor the occasion before uniting with family and friends at the reception. Afterward, the bride's father surprised the couple with their favorite Texas musician, Pat Green, to play the first dance, as well as some of the bride and groom's families’ favorite songs to kick off the reception. Then, the Georgia Bridgewater Orchestra performed. The couple honeymooned in Mayakoba and Tulum, Mexico, and make their home in San Antonio, where the groom is employed by Merrill Lynch. In their spare time, they love to cook, try new restaurants, travel, and enjoy their golden retriever, Luna.

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A Past with a Present for the Future The Argyle and Texas Biomedical Research Institute are part of the fabric of San Antonio and its rich history reaching back decades. The stately Argyle mansion was originally built in 1854 as the headquarters of a horse ranch that has, through a succession of owners, served as a grand hotel and home where guests have been lavished with entertainment and fine dining. When visionary oilman, philanthropist and adventurer Tom Slick, Jr. started Texas Biomed 80 years ago, his sister, Betty Moorman, suggested a club whose members would make an annual contribution to the Institute. She and her husband Lewis J. Moorman, Jr. shared Slick’s vision, and in 1956 led an effort to restore The Argyle to its glorious splendor to stand as a symbol, both of its rich past and of progress toward

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a better tomorrow for humankind. The Argyle continues with world class culinary cuisine and spectacular events. Today, each member of The Argyle supports the future of scientific discovery with a financial contribution to advance the studies conducted by the men and women of science at Texas Biomed. The Argyle serves as a bond between the research institution and those who give the time and money to support it. Since its founding, Texas Biomed has gained worldwide recognition in scientific and academic communities for the quality of its basic research. On average, a new infectious disease has emerged every year for the past 30 years. COVID-19 proved just how threatening these diseases can be, and researchers proved science is our best weapon. Texas Biomed is the only independent, not-for-profit infectious disease research facility in the world to combine high containment laboratories and an ethically-operated national nonhuman primate research center in order to move with speed and efficiency. Texas Biomed is redefining the way research can be done with less bureaucracy and more collaboration so that technologies, therapies and vaccines reach people around the world faster.

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The Nuptials Of Kristin Kay Sanders And James Robert Hallam


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KRISTIN KAY SANDERS OF NEW Waverly, Texas, the daughter of Pamela Kay Sanders and Steve and Sandra Sanders and James Robert Hallam of Dallas, the son of Howard and Fanchon Hallam, and Kay Nell Wilson (decd), were married in star-studded style in Dallas. Kristin, who had returned to Dallas after selling her Malibu, California-based business, Pure Barre, was introduced to James by a mutual friend who encouraged him to call. “After hanging up the phone with my friend, it rang again, and it was James,” enthused the bride, Kristin Hallam. “I was caught off guard, yet that probably worked in his favor since he simply got right to business and asked ‘what are you doing later?’ and ‘may I take you to dinner?’ ” I said yes, of course, and it has been a whirlwind ever since.” They dated for three years and were engaged for one.

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“We instantly knew event producer Steve Kemble was the one and only person who could pull off an event of this style and elegance,” shared James Hallam. Steve is such a brilliant personality and has an eye for detail. He and his team utilized this design mastery and created an upscale, black tie affair of our dreams. It was magnificent.” With 625 guests invited, the ceremony was at Highland Park United Methodist Church. “The most memorable point during our vows, led by Reverend Matt Tuggle, was it rained, recalled the couple, just as it had been raining when James proposed.”. The Hindu tradition states that when you “tie the knot” on a rainy day, a marriage is supposedly just as difficult to unravel. So, our journey begins with a “double knot” that seems to be unbreakable.” The bride wore a Carolina Herrera gown and custom veil designed by Alisa Culp for Haute Hot Lingerie and the groom donned a custom tuxedo by Vitale Barberis Canonico of Italy, from Neiman Marcus. Dr. Delphinium Designs and Events created the opulent floral décor. cont'd...


Friday night’s reception was at Park House, while the Saturday night celebration was held at the Dallas Country Club. Saturday’s reception setting, with its Roaring 20s high glam atmosphere, had state-of-the-art lighting and entertainment. For the guests’ photogenic moments, the oversized spelling of the word LOVE, which was laden in white roses and greenery towered 12 feet as a selfie station. The cocktail napkins, bars, dance floor, all the way down to the yummy Bundt cakes had the signature K&J black and gold initials and theme, created by Kemble. The lobster mac n’ cheese and spareribs were a hit, according to the guests. DJ Mark Ridlen spun his tunes for Friday’s reception while The Dan Band and Jordan Kahn Orchestra entertained guests at Saturday evening’s event. “How fun it was to see our life-long friends, and many from the blocks where we grew up as children,” shared Kristin. “Many people felt that while they were seeing so many of their longtime friends, they had been transported back in time to when they were much younger. What a gift this was for everyone,” said James Hallam. The bride, who graduated from Baylor University, is employed at Cheetah Swift. The groom, who received his B.S. degree from St. Edward’s University and M.B.A from Southern Methodist University, is the vice president of Marketing and Legislative Affairs at Ben E. Keith Beverages. The couple, who have children from previous marriages, say they have mastered the three-day travel weekend. Some of their favorite getaways are Los Angeles, Miami, Washington D.C., and New York. They enjoy visiting Peninsula Papagayo, Costa Rica, and Punta Mita, Mexico, when they have extra time.


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T ENDLESSPossibilities The Nuptials Of Elisabeth Uhl And Elkin Kleberg

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THE CEREMONY OF VICTORIA (ELISABETH) UHL AND ELKIN McGaughy Kleberg was held under the wide-open West Texas sky. Elisabeth is the daughter of Lorrie and Arthur Gustav Uhl III of San Antonio, and Elkin is the son of Julie and Scott Masterson Kleberg of Fort Worth. The groom asked for the bride’s hand in marriage when the couple and his family spent New Year’s in South Texas quail hunting. He surprised Elisabeth by proposing in the pasture. Soon after the proposal, her family unexpectedly appeared, and the families celebrated the impending nuptials together over dinner. The all-white wedding ceremony was held outside under the wide-open West Texas sky. Ivory and sand toned linens inspired by the landscape, anchored the dinner and reception design, and served as an earthy backdrop for the blue, green, yellow, and orange décor. The reception floral design, a collaboration between Cloche Events of San Antonio and Three Branches Floral of Dallas, was inspired by the region’s sunset and incorporated pink, yellow, and orange tones. The bride and their families chose the mother of the bride's family land, Pecan Creek Ranch, outside of San Angelo, as the venue for the ceremony and its nearby festivities. With the reception taking place in a remote part of West Texas, on a hill overlooking a magnificent vista, the scaffolding and tenting took two weeks to install. The stage backdrop was designed by Cloche Events, who oversaw the planning of all the wedding details. In fact, the Cloche team, led by Laura Nell Burton and Christin Gish, met the challenges of hosting a summertime ranch wedding with logistical expertise, creativity, grit and love, every step of the way. They were inspired by a trip to South America when they were dating, and it was where they fell in love with the brightly colored architecture with its pink Bougainvillea climbing vines.

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The bride wore a gown previously worn by her mother, aunt, and late grandmother, and she collaborated with Coutures by Laura of Austin in the redesign. The veil, also an heirloom, had been worn by the family members, and her mother placed a sixpence in her shoe prior to the ceremony for good luck. Elisabeth’s Maid of Honor was Hilary Shaw, while her 11 bridesmaids were Maddy Canty, Marlee Cutbirth, Christina Thurmond, Sarah Friedman, Kat Hubbard, Julie King, Elizabeth Kleberg, Ali Koudelka, Sarah Beth Cole, Mallory Morris, and Madeline Thompson. Her nine other attendants were: Hailey Becker, Ellen Crow, Mary Elizabeth Fleming, Callie Fort, Catherine Murray, Rachel Theilmann, Elizabeth Waltrip, Jackie White, and Elizabeth Williamson. Elkin’s best man was Matt Kleberg, and his 13 groomsmen were: Will Bailey, Reed Brunette, Preston Burkett, Dillon Friedman, Robby Walls, Jeff Johnson, Lukin King, Parker LeCorgne, William Pipkin, Chase Prospere, Carter Thurmond, James Uhl, and Scott Uhl. His six other attendants were: Charlie Gentry, Perry Ginsburg, Cameron Horton, Reagen Hughes, Burke Kleinheinz, and Peter Ray. The rehearsal dinner was held at the Cactus Hotel in San Angelo and was catered by Bonnell’s of Fort Worth. The wedding was catered by the team at Perini Ranch Steakhouse of Buffalo Gap. The seated dinner featured their famous beef tenderloin and dusted shrimp. In addition, mini tequila bottle escort cards were implemented to direct the guests to place settings that were personalized with traditional blue and white Spanish Talavera tiles. Guests dined at gold and ivory place settings, with a mix of round and long tables adorned with candlelight and flowers. The couple left the reception in a 1987 Jeep Wagoneer that is an old family vehicle purchased by James (Jimmie) Powell and has been driven by three generations of the bride’s mother’s family. Both Elisabeth and Elkin Kleberg graduated from The University of Texas at Austin, where they now make their home. The bride is employed with Endeavor Real Estate Group, and the groom works at ACG Partners. The couple, who honeymooned in Italy, have many mutual interests, including spending time at their families' ranches, hunting, fishing, skiing, running, and exploring new places.


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This Love of Ours The Nuptials Of Clara Kelleher And John Ostrander By Jake Gaines

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THE VIBRANT THEME FOR THE WEDDING of Clara Patricia Kelleher and John Blake Ostrander was a garden party with San Antonio flair, in shades of green, pink, and white, complete with Mexican star lanterns. The bride and groom are both San Antonio natives. Clara Kelleher is the daughter of Lisa and John Michael Kelleher, and John Ostrander is the son of Miriam and Ron Malek, and Chris Ostrander. The bride attended Texas Christian University, while the groom attended Texas Tech University and earned his degree from San Angelo State University. They had a five-year courtship and were married after an elevenmonth engagement. “John popped the question on a hike in Jackson Hole, Wyoming,” mused the bride, Clara Ostrander. “We hiked to the highest point at Teton Village. So it was just the two of us when he proposed at the top of the mountain with the most beautiful view.” The rehearsal dinner, honoring the couple at Club Giraud, included a performance by their favorite artist,

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Rob Baird, whom they discovered in Luckenbach. The following day, the wedding ceremony was at Alamo Heights United Methodist Church. The bride wore a Monique Lhuillier gown of 3D-embroidered lace appliqué and tulle from Julian Gold Bridal, San Antonio. The A-line silhouette, a godet skirt with grosgrain bow at waist, was showcased with a ruffle illusion V-neck. Clara wore a custom veil of the embroidered lace appliqué that matched her gown and the ensemble was adorned with earrings loaned by her mother. Sara Fay Egan and Ashley Freeman of Sara Fay Egan Events of Dallas helmed the planning of the wedding, while Danny Cuellar of Trinity Flowers created the festive floral décor. The flowers were sophisticated and classic creating a contemporary elegance that was simply pretty in all shades of pink. The Maid of Honor was Caroline Swan Kelleher, while the Matron of Honor serving the bride was Maddie Kellum Allen. She was attended by 16 bridesmaids cont'd...

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and attendants. The groom’s best man was Andrew Markette Allen, with ten groomsmen attending him.

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The reception, which followed the nuptials, was at The Argyle for the 620 guests. The seated buffet had plenty of food stations, including The Argyle’s famous nachos, potato puffs with caviar, seafood paella, lobster rolls, pepper bomb beef tenderloin, and fried quail, to name a few. The occasion’s libations contained a floral-filled champagne ice bar, espresso martinis adorned with the likeness of Eloise, the couple's French Bulldog, on the drink stirrers, and the groom’s favorite, a traditional Margarita. About the groom, the bride shared, “When we met, I thought John was the funniest guy I had ever known. He is still the life of the party, and I love that life will always be entertaining with him. Plus, he has the kindest heart.” The couple resides in San Antonio, where the bride is the jewelry buyer for Julian Gold, and the groom is the co-founder of Bexar Capital, a real estate investment firm. They visited South Africa for their honeymoon, and in their leisure hours, they love attending concerts around the Texas Hill Country and spending time at the bride’s family’s ranch.

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Winter’s Delights

With the new year ahead, so many culinary opportunities beckon us all. Leave it to our editors Lance Avery Morgan (Austin), Cynthia Smoot (Dallas), Jake Gaines (Houston), and Alexandra del Lago (San Antonio) to recommend the best of the newest.


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OLD WORLD, MEET NEW What’s not to love about Verbena’s 36-seat bar and lounge, 60-seat dining room, and open kitchen with a wood-burning hearth, both of which open to a lush open-air courtyard? The old-world farm-to-table fare is artfully composed in a modern presentation to delight every guest. At

ASIAN MIX Elephant East in The Harwood District offers guests a menu that focuses on technique, flavors, and signature dishes from Southeastern Asia, as well as stylish cocktails, sake, and soju. The design features hand-carved wood, tropical and bamboo greenery and a symphony of rich jewel tones. At

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CARIBBEAN CHARACTER At Canje, traditional meets innovative in this New Age Caribbean cuisine restaurant on the east side. The name refers to the Canje Pheasant, the national bird of Guyana. From Jamaica to Puerto Rico, Canje explores techniques, ingredients, and the many expressions of vibrant food across the region. At

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I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE National Anthem is the much-anticipated concept from Chef Nick Badovinus in downtown Dallas’ newly revitalized East Quarter. The interior is divided into the main dining room and the bar area with several high-top tables. Look for a classic American menu of salads, burgers, seafood, pasta, and more that are sure to please. At

GOING WEST The Westlake Wine Bar in Davenport Village is the new destination. Not only does it offer over 150 wines, but also a menu of beef bourguignon, tartare, steaks, and fish, alongside bar snacks with either indoor or Courtesy of patio dining available. Westlake Wine Bar At



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AMIGOS WELCOME La Mina is the latest concept to open at The Village residential development. Look for regional Mexican food and agave cocktails in a subterranean spot beneath the Drey Hotel. We especially love the weekend brunch. At cont'd...

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Houston FINE AND FINER Celebrating 75 years, the place to be by the Texas Medical Center is the Intercontinental Hotel’s new restaurant offerings, including Safina, the all-day, modern Mediterranean eatery and cosmopolitan craft cocktail destination, The Naturalist Café and the Lounge Bar. Revel in their modern design paired with unrivaled hospitality. At

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CHARGING ONWARD Battalion, a favorite destination in San Antonio, was once the home of the city’s Firehouse #7. Now, it has been transformed into an Italian restaurant where fresh homemade pasta is made daily. Both the dinner and cocktails served in the vintage firehouse décor are delectable. At

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INTO THE WOODLANDS The Woodlands Resort is often ranked one of the best resorts in the country. Always a favorite, it has been reinvigorated with significant enhancements from The Weston and Hilton’s Curio Collection of hotels and restaurants. Try the new Back Table Kitchen and Bar for a memorable experience. At

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LATIN SWANK Toro Toro is the chic new pan Latin restaurant at the Four Seasons downtown. It celebrates the vibrant, robust flavors and convivial dining culture of Central and South America, to offer guests a unique spin on the contemporary steakhouse experience. At


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MODERN’S TWIST Here’s a modern tribute to South Texas cuisine on the historic San Antonio River Walk. With its delectable Mexican flavors, you can’t go wrong inside or on the luxe veranda with the gorgeous view. At

SEE YOU AT THE PEARL Botika, in The Pearl, continues to be as popular as ever. While enjoying the dining interior, or al fresco, both are ideal for the sushi Asian fusion fare. Plus, it’s popular for both day and night outings for business... or pleasure. At BotikaPearl. com. s


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Artistic Endeavors The best plays, musical performances, and exhibits in Texas are enjoyed by record-breaking crowds, according to our cultural arts arbiter Leanne Raesener, who shares our favorite recommendations for what to enjoy this winter across the state.


The Actors Repertory of Texas presents a limited six-show engagement, Cindy Williams starring in Me, Myself & Shirley, a one-woman show at The Long Center. The legendary star of the iconic comedy series Laverne & Shirley will share memories of her career, the hilarious backstage tales, secrets, and the highs and lows of her life in entertainment. February 10–13. At or

Dallas/Fort Worth CELLULAR THEORY CELL GRIDS, Peter Halley’s first exhibition in Texas showcases a surprising new way to engage with the artist’s work. Halley’s paintings, with their distinctive iconography and intensely colored rectilinear isolated “cells,” are arranged into syncopated grids. Through February 13. At Peter Halley. Under the Light, 2021. acrylic, fluorescent acrylic, Flashe, and Roll-a-Tex on joined canvases. Collection of Robert S. Taubman, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. © Peter Halley.

LET’S FACE IT Faceless portraits are everywhere these days, from our social media feeds on. At the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, the newest exhibition Milton Avery showcases a 20th-century artist who made faceless portraits cool―before they were cool. This exhibition features approximately 70 paintings from the 1910s to the mid-’60s that are among his most celebrated. Through January 30. At

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Milton Avery, March in Brown, 1954, Private collection© 2021 Milton Avery Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York and DACS, London 2021. Courtesy Victoria Miro and Waqas Wajahat


The Bullock Museum’s latest exhibition, Mystery and Benevolence, Masonic and Odd Fellows Folk Art, from the Kendra and Allan Daniel Gift to the American Folk Art Museum, explores the fascinating symbolism and imagery associated with Masonic and Odd Fellows folk art. You’ll discover how fraternal societies used secretive iconography to communicate the core tenets of fraternal teachings. Through March 27. At Chest Lid with Masonic Painting, Probably New England, 1825–1845. Courtesy American Folk Art Museum, New York, Gift of Kendra and Allan Daniel, 2015.1.28


Grammy® Hall of Famer, acclaimed actress, and R&B icon Patti LaBelle returns for her first performance in Austin in five years with a show at Bass Concert Hall on Monday, February 14, 2022. The Godmother of Soul’s dynamic career spans seven decades, selling more than 50 million records worldwide. February 14. At


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MAKE MINE A DOUBLE Pink Martini Featuring China Forbes is a rollicking around-the-world musical adventure. The band draws inspiration from the romantic Hollywood musicals of the ’40s and ’50s…with a more global perspective. After almost 30 years, Pink Martini performs its multilingual repertoire on concert stages and with symphony orchestras worldwide. January 13. At



San Antonio INTO HIGH GEAR Kicking off Memorial Hermann Broadway at the Hobby Center’s new year, Hadestown, the winner of eight 2019 Tony Awards®, including Best New Musical and the 2020 Grammy® Award for Best Musical Theater Album, makes its Houston debut. It is a haunting and hopeful theatrical experience that grabs you and holds you tight. January 4–9. At

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JEWEL TONES Houston Ballet sparkles and enthralls with George Balanchine’s Jewels. Each of the three acts embodies their namesake jewels, Emeralds, Rubies, and Diamonds through the unique musical stylings of their corresponding composer. February 24–March 6. At

LATIN FLAIR Making its United States debut at the Briscoe Museum, Vaqueros de la Cruz Del Diablo features celebrated photographer Werner Segarra as he invites audiences to peer into the world of the Northern Mexican Vaquero. It has almost 60 photographs that span more than 20 years of the lives of the vaqueros, Through January 25. At ©WERNER SEGARRA_En que la milpa de Tony Ríos, Kenya Madrid y Ana Grethel Herrera Madrid. Socadeguachi, Huásabas, 2018 sy of Opera San Antonio

Courtesy of Houston Ballet

BUILDING BRIDGES Claude Monet’s masterpiece Charing Cross Bridge, Brouillard travels from the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto to the McNay for this special presentation. Along with the Monet and Whistler works are prints by James Jacques Tissot, John Marin, and contemporary New York artist Yvonne Jacquette.Through January 23. At

Claude Monet. Charing Cross Bridge,Brouillard, 1902. Collection of Art Gallery of Ontario. Gift of Ethel and Milton Harris, 1990. Photo© AGO


For the first time, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) has received a rare loan of approximately 100 of the most significant paintings and works on paper from The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston’s (MFA), renowned Impressionist collection. The MFAH exhibition, Incomparable Impressionism from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston is the only U.S. venue for this show. Through March 27. At Edgar Degas, Racehorses at Longchamp, 1871, possibly reworked in 1874, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, S. A. Denio Collection—Sylvanus Adams Denio Fund and General Income. © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston/All Rights Reserved

The San Antonio Museum of Art’s exhibition Wendy Red Star: A Scratch on the Earth explores how boundaries between cultural, racial, social, and gender lines are reinforced in America and how these lines blur across time and place. Museums across the country are featured in the show, including photography, textiles, and film and sound installations produced over twelve years. February 11–May 08. At


Wendy Red Star, Indian Summer–Four Seasons, 2006, Archival pigment print on sunset fiber rag, Gift of Loren G. Lipson, M.D., 2016 2016.46.1.1, Collection of The Newark Museum of Art



DALLAS/FORT WORTH January 21 The Great Adventure Hunt ChildCareGroup

February 25 Dallas Go Red For Women Luncheon American Heart Association

January 29 Dell Children’s Ball Dell Children’s Medical Center

January 25 2022 Legacy Award Dinner Center for BrainHealth

February 28 12th Annual Symphony of Chefs Kidlinks

February 5 CASAblanca Gala CASA of Travis County

February 4 UNICEF Gala UNICEF

February 12 Rodeo Austin Gala Rodeo Austin

February 5 2022 Bishops Gala Catholic Charities of Dallas

February 13 Feed The Peace Awards The Nobelity Project

February 7 St. Valentine’s Day Luncheon & Fashion Show Leukemia & Lymphoma Society vday2022

AUSTIN January 22 2022 HRC Austin Dinner Human Rights Campaign

February 19 Fête and Fête*ish Ballet Austin February 22 Reach for the Stars Ann Richards School Foundation February 22 Austin Under 40 Awards YWA Foundation & Austin Sunshine Camps February 25 Envision Wonders & Worries

HOUSTON January 22 Camp For All Homecoming 2022 Camp for All January 22 Crystal Winter Ball Crohns & Colitis Foundation One.Bidpal.Net/2022WinterBall January 22 The Unbelieve-a-Ball Fresh Arts

February 18 Bejeweled 2022: A Fresh Start The Center for Success and Independence February 19 Ballet Ball Houston Ballet SAN ANTONIO January 20 Dining with the Masters: Fashion Nirvana McNay Art Museum January 22 Let’s Rodeo Ball San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo February 5 Khaki and Plaid Gala Archdiocese of San Antonio

February 12 Presentation Ball Dallas Symphony Orchestra League

January 27 Rienzi Society Dinner Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

February 17 Soups On! Luncheon The Stewpot Alliance

January 29 Symphony Ball Houston Symphony

February 12 Valentine Luncheon, Style Show & Silent Auction Friends of Hospice San Antonio

February 26 2022 Gala 4word Women

February 2 Another Great Night Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

February 17 Hearts & Harmony Gala Children’s Bereavement Center of South Texas

February 22 Genesis Young Leaders Masquerade Genesis Women’s Shelter

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February 12 Houston Heart Ball American Heart Association


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