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It takes a village to create this magazine and our digital media platform, SocietyTexas.com. Here’s a look at some of the many talented dynamos who make it happen during these wintery and activity- lled days.
36. EDITOR’S LETTER
Editor-in-Chief and Creative Director Lance Avery Morgan shares his always optimistically bright disposition for the winter months.
Blue is a provocatively moody color. We’re in a glamorously blue mood these days, so we’ve assembled the nest jewels in collaboration with some of our favorite jewelry creatives to present a few recommendations to don in the new year.
e most stylish tomes available are here just in time to enhance your life with more wintertime reading opportunities.
We all want someone in our lives that we connect with and who “gets us” the way we want to be seen and heard. at’s a soulmate, explains our Austin-based Resonance Repatternist Mary Schneider.
Our beauty insider, Ana Bribiesca Ho , recommends the best trending beauty products to embrace the season’s new trends to incorporate into the bridal festivities, with a nod to something blue
Jay Remer, e Etiquette Guy, is always on duty to solve our modern social life’s most perplexing questions in his wonderfully approachable way. is time, he shares his insight on wedding festivity conundrums.
Our luxe curator, Rank & Style CEO Jamie Chandlee, and her team recommend her favorite winter accessories to make life a little more fashionable...and yes, for wedding and honeymoon festivities, too.
ere is always something new to discover in Texas...and beyond. Our editorial team shares the best things, places, and people to know and experience right now.
Take a spin with e Gentleman Racer’s Michael Satter eld as he reviews the engineering and style of the Janus 450cc motorcycle.
We take an inside look at Terry Bradshaw’s expansive ranch. It could also be yours.
We are always seeking more cultural pursuits, aren’t you? Here are some o erings from our state’s nest museums and cultural institutions, according to our arts arbiter, Leanne Raesener.
Our editors Rob Giardinelli (Austin, Houston, and San Antonio), and Cynthia Smoot (Dallas), are on the scene to recommend their favorite eateries across the state.
Here’s a selection of philanthropic events to consider supporting in January and February as the winter social season continues.
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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 nd the products they like. Chandlee is a graduate of e University of Texas at Austin and is grateful to be able to help people outside the o ce through her participation in numerous socially impactful organizations.
ANA BRIBIESCA HOFF
Writer and enthusiast of all things beauty, fashion, travel, and healthy living-related, our Glow beauty contributor Ana Bribiesca Ho is currently working in the higher education non-pro t sector and has also launched AnaBribs.com. 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.
Lori Duran has had a diverse career and currently researches interesting historical stories of social changes. is has been her life-long passion. Duran serves on the board of directors for the Austin History Center Association, where she is involved in coordinating volunteers and helping the Oral History Committee. She also writes articles for Society Texas and other publications and recently authored the book Austin’s Travis Heights Neighborhood. She has released her second book, e University of Texas at Austin: e First One Hundred Years.
KRYSTAL DE LISI & ELLEN MASON
As seen in our 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 eEditAdvisory.com.
Our very fashionable Texan-turned-New Yorker-turned-Dallas contributor Gordon Kendall is always on the go and on the scene. He is a freelance fashion author and educator. He is also an executive member of the Fashion Group International/New York, a member of e Couture Council, and e Museum at F.I.T.
Whether nding 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.
Certi ed professional coach and branding expert by day, social commentator by night, COO/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-pro t 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 Digital Director, McKenna Kinder, is a social media specialist, content creator, photographer, and ads manager. A sixthgeneration Texan raised in San Antonio, her love for digital work began with photography. During the pandemic, Kinder pivoted from photography to launch a digital marketing agency focusing on social media, content creation, brand strategy, and strong client relationships. Connect with her on Social@ McKennaKinder and explore more of her work at eKinderIn uence.com.
Mallory Miller, who writes about her brother Milam Miller’s wedding, is a graduate of e University of Texas and a former Brilliant magazine intern. She spent nearly a decade in New York, spanning the PR, hospitality, and publishing industries with numerous roles overseeing partnerships, marketing, and events at Harper's Bazaar, Allure, Teen Vogue, and Brides. Miller has a passion for wellness and balanced living. A selfdescribed former Diet-Coked out PR chick, she now craves green juice and matcha. She loves yoga and running, re-purposing her grandmother’s frocks from the 60s, travel, and champagne...at any hour. Join her adventures at @malmeezy.
Edy Hernandez, Beast Creative Agency’s founder, decided to take the idea of the traditional agency and turn it on its ear...or better said, let the problem speak for itself. e Beast addresses your marketing challenges with creative thinking. Solving such issues is their jam. ey have frequently helped their clients with non-marketing-related internal processes derived simply through a fresh perspective and ideation.
Our Associate Editor Leanne Raesener was formerly the city editor for both Brilliant and e Society Diaries magazines. A fth-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.
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Museo Benini is a cultural project near Marble Falls west of Austin in the Texas Hill Country.
The 6500 sq.ft. galleries showcase 65 years of Benini’s paintings and three-dimensional works. Outdoor sculptures are featured on 35 acres of natural landscape. Museo Benini also presents art events and educational programs.
Our talented and terri cally connected Associate Editor Jennifer Roosth is a Houston-based writer who never ceases to be amazed by the wonderfully generous spirit of the Houston philanthropic community. “It’s nice to live in a city where so many are excited about giving back,” she says. “In the process, they throw some mighty ne parties.”
Our Evolve columnist, Jay Remer, Canada’s Etiquette Guy, catered his rst 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 e Windsor House, an 18th Century residence. Remer produces several shows, which can be viewed on YouTube, and 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, e Six Pillars of Civility was released this year.
Forbes, Hot Rod Magazine, A-Cars, Easy Riders, and many other publications. Satter eld founded the popular men’s lifestyle site, eGentlemanRacer.com, as a blog in 2002, which has grown to become an online and print magazine reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. is month he writes about an adventure on a Janus Halcyon 450cc motorcycle.
Mary Schneider, who contributes in this issue to our rive column, has been a student of energetic medicine for 30 years. She has been a Certi ed Resonance Repatterning Professional in private practice in Austin for the past 20 years (RePatternIt.com). Schneider is also an ordained minister and has studied numerous alternative modalities such as homeopathy, the Chinese 5 Element Acupuncture System, Ayurveda, and the Chakra System, to name a few. She loves speaking regularly in the community about how we heal.
Meet Cynthia Smoot: publicist, freelance lifestyle and travel writer, Dallas in uencer, and Southern Belle. Her passion is being a connector. Whether through her role as a Publicist for Gangway Advertising, social media, or her freelance work, she loves to shine a spotlight on the people, places, events, and services that give Dallas its avor. Connect with her on all social media platforms @OhSoCynthia.
ROSE BETTY WILLIAMS
Wherever there is a wonderful party, there is usually Associate Editor and social chronicler Rose Betty Williams. She also leads symposia, plans events, serves on boards, and supports organizations from OperaAmerica to the Helping Hand Home for Children. Williams also facilitates networking for project and product development. Williams is a longtime Austin resident, freelance writer, and photographer with a passion for ne art, music, wine, books, tennis, food, and life…as well as a deep love for her family and community.
is Way Forward
HAPPY NEW YEAR WITH ALL THE EXCITEMENT IT PROMISES. And what an opportunity to make it the best year it can be. A wise sage once told me...be mindful of the energy you bring to any situation or room. It’s something I think about often as we here at Society Texas enter so many of your rooms, ballrooms, and lives. With that in mind, we always do our best to bring you the energy of renewal and refreshment–something, someone, or some place you haven’t seen before. With the beginning of a crisp new year and certainly, with all the weddings we are celebrating in this issue, we love seeing how new lives, formerly separate, form as one.
Being in so many rooms and lives like we are, I believe we owe it to others, and ourselves, to be as interesting as we can. It’s something I learned at a relatively early age from my family and surroundings. To be well-read, well-cultured, and well-exposed. With the world at our ngertips these days, often on the phone, it’s never been easier to incorporate the best of what the world has to o er to help us curate our in-person conversations better.
To me, it’s all about the real-time connectivity we all are able to possess. It’s those savored moments where we share valuable lifelong relationships. It’s about the people, not the ash and the dash. Shiny experiences and shiny things come and go.
Silver tarnishes, and gold can melt. Yet, our people...families, friends, and colleagues are in it forever, hopefully. We sure think so around here. Case in point, we are mighty grateful for our editorial, design, and publishing teams who continue to dazzle in every issue with their remarkable talents. Just when I think I’ve seen it all, they create stories, nd people, and astonish me at every turn in our printed and digital platforms.
In this new year, we wish you only the best life has to o er and that you seek more role models rather than movements. To seek people who are the real deal and lead by example and actions, not with maliciously divisive words and actions. So, pick up a torch and shine your light as a beacon of hope for others. We’re all in it together, and we’ll see you soon in the ballroom, on the web, and in person to share more great moments together.
ere’s something magical about sapphire and tanzanite. Its mysterious shades of blue have bewitched for centuries. Here, see how the allure remains ignited, according to our Lance Avery Morgan, who has selected his favorite pieces from some of our favorite jewelers.
is beguiling classic sapphire and diamond necklace features 22 certi ed round sapphires elegantly complemented by round diamonds. Handcrafted and set in pure platinum. Price upon request. By JB Star at L Majors Jewelers. At LMajorsAustin.com.
ese magni cent sapphire and diamond drop earrings feature gorgeous pear-shaped 12.99CTW. blue sapphires elegantly suspended from pearshaped sapphires and handcrafted in pure platinum. Price upon request. By JB Star at L Majors Jewelers. At LMajorsAustin.com.
with diamonds (1.15CTW.) and sapphires (16.95CTW.). Price upon request. By Kelly Wade Jewelers. At KellyWadeJewelers.com.
Wave your hands wearing this cocktail ring, and things magically happen. It consists of one 10CT. tanzanite, four oval blue sapphires, and a bevy of diamonds. $65,500. By Nini Jewels. At NiniJewels.com.
Drape this 18K white gold sapphire and diamond necklace (sapphires total 43.43CTS., and diamonds total 25.75CTS.) around you, and life may never be the same. $235,500. By Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry. At LMFJ.com.
Want an instant heirloom? Made of rare Paraiba tourmaline (5.73CTS.), this pavé brooch has a 2.45CTS. Santa Maria aquamarine center, with .38CTS. of diamonds, silver, and 18K yellow gold. $60,000. By Christopher Walling. At ChristopherWallingJewelry.com.
You’ll love this eternity bracelet forever and then some. Made with 18K white gold emerald cut sapphires (12.32CTW.) with diamonds (2.78CTW.). Price upon request. By Kelly Wade Jewelers. At KellyWadeJewelers.com.
Be the belle of the ball in these stunning drop earrings made of both sapphire and tanzanite, ensconced in plenty of diamonds. $105,000. By Nini Jewels. At NiniJewels.com.
Don this ring and they’ll always remember you. With a 53.45CTW. SugarloafCabochon Burma sapphire, this platinum ring has a woven trellis of another 8.21CTS. of Bu -Top sapphires. $1,000,000. By Christopher Walling. At ChristopherWallingJewelry.com.
To Tome, With Love
ese new tomes in the new year are ripe with the anticipation of more style, more art, and more wisdom, according to our ardent bibliophile, Lance Avery Morgan.
THE AMERICAN THEATRE 1962-2002
As SeenBy Al Hirschfeld
With something for every type of theatergoer, this is the book theater lovers have been waiting for. Now, for the rst time, nearly 300 Hirschfeld drawings are collected in one volume that shows and tells the story of nearly a half-century of the American eatre. $60. At AlHirschfeldFoundationShop. org.
RECLAIMEDBy Penny Craswell
Every home in this eyeopening volume showcases design ingenuity and awardwinning architecture. Spotlighting 24 unique houses and apartments and showing what can be achieved with creativity and air, clever design becomes more closely aligned with ethics and sustainability. $45. At amesAndHudsonUSA.com.
PORTUGALBy e Editors Of Monocle
A handbook in feel and tone, readers will discover favorite places to stay, eat, and shop; explore the country’s rich culture, architecture, and beaches; and take in the history of Portugal’s vibrant visual identity and the folks at the heart of it all. $45. At ThamesAndHudsonUSA. com
RED CARPET OSCARS
By Dijanna Mulhearn
e Oscars® red carpet is so much more than fabulous gowns on famous people. It re ects the styles and values of each era and has become a highly-visible platform for making social statements. Here is the perfect book to capture all the glitz and glam. $70. At amesAndHudsonUSA.com.
KEN SCOTTBy Ken Scott
Known for his bright oral patterns, the American fashion designer Ken Scott followed a maximalist design philosophy when it came to his vibrant collections (as recently re-discovered in Gucci’s Epilogue capsule). Scott’s propensity for blossoms earned him the moniker “the gardener of fashion.” $125. At RizzoliUSA.com.
THE HOUSE OF A LIFETIMEBy Umberto Pasti, Ngoc Minh Ngo
Set in a lush garden, the house o ers glimpses of the serene landscapes and fountains through windows, archways, and loggias. Pasti’s scholarly collection of tiles and rare textiles from Africa, the Middle East, and Southern Europe are also pictured. $65. At RizzoliUSA.com
W MAGAZINE: Fifty Years Fifty StoriesBy Sara Moonves
Here’s the de nitive collection of the W’s most iconic and boundarypushing photographic stories, published over the magazine’s 50-year history. Since its founding, the W has worked with the world’s best photographers and writers, celebrating their most ambitious and creative work. $75. At RizzoliUSA.com
WILLIAM KLEIN: YES
By William Klein, David Campany
Photographer. Filmmaker. Artist. Designer. With over 250 images, this career retrospective explores the late William Klein’s unprecedented artistic and creative arc. A must for anyone who loves tremendous talent. $95. At amesAndHudsonUSA.com
We all want someone in our lives that we connect with and who “gets us” the way we want to be seen and heard. at’s a soulmate, and our Austin-based Resonance Repatternist, Mary Schneider, reveals what it means, and how to nd one.
SOULMATE? IS THERE REALLY SUCH A BEING? THERE ARE MANY ways to look at this concept, and probably everyone has their own de nition. ere is also a signi cant amount of scienti c research suggesting the very real existence of soulmates. In fact, there are even di erent types of soulmates. Who knew?
Historically, I sco ed at the idea of a soulmate. A former spiritual teacher alluded to the idea of a ‘soulmate’ being antithetical to wholeness. e theory is that we are whole in and of ourselves and do not need another to complete or enhance who we are. I have adopted this explanation. However, after my research, my mind cracked open a bit. Leonard Cohen writes in his song, Anthem, “ ere is a crack, a crack in everything. at's how the light gets in.” It turns out soulmates are a lovely, healthy construct.
One common thread most writers agree upon is that a person can have more than one soulmate. Life-long romance is not a quali cation. In fact, we have many soulmates. In her article, What Is a Soulmate–And How to Know if You’ve Found Yours, Christine Coppa writes about all the di erent types of Soulmates. ere are Romantic Soulmates, Soul Partners, Karmic Soulmates, Companion Soulmates, Kindred Soulmates, and Soul Contracts.
At my high school reunion this past summer, I encountered a Soul Partner. is was unknown to me at the time. A Soul Partner is a rare individual one hasn’t set eyes on in (in my case) decades. When reunited, time, distance, and separation melt away. e connection is deep and somehow feels permanent. Friends can also be soulmates, as we certainly know. is is known as the Companion Soulmate. Coppa describes it this way: "Friends are an essential part of our lifetime journey, and those of the soulmate type help us laugh when we’re in pain, nurture us when we’re su ering, ow with us when we’re riding high, challenge us to be real, love us with our warts, and never abandon us in anger. And we do the same with them."
SENSE OF SOULFULNESS
Amir Levine, MD, in his Washington Post article, Are Soulmates Real? concurs. He writes, “We’re all born with the brain neurocircuitry to see another person as more special than anyone else.” e fact that we can replicate this experience over and over is why we can have more than one soulmate.
He continues, “Biologically speaking, close friendships are a type of soulmate too. We know that close friends have similar brain patterns. A study this year found that close friends smell more alike than people who didn’t form close relationships. We look at someone, smell them, and they just make sense to us.” Yes, it all comes down to the sense of smell–as is customary in the animal kingdom.
In addition to smell, there are some psychological reasons for being drawn to a person. Many people are attracted to people like their parents. is could lead to a positive connection if the parental relationship was loving and supportive. However, if the parental bond was a painful and traumatic attraction, then a soulmate is not necessarily there. Much of this is not a conscious choice, as it originates on the subconscious level. Sometimes people will declare, “I feel like I have known them all my life.” ey have. is realization can lead to deep healing and breaking of stubborn, painful patterns in relationships.
A family and marital psychotherapist, Dr. Michael Tobin is an expert on soulmates. He has over 40 years of experience in this eld and is the creator of WholeFamily.com. In his article, How to Know You’ve Met Your Soulmate, he implies that the soulmate relationship is not co-dependent. Co-dependence infers a certain inherent neediness, which does not present in a soulmate connection. Unlike a co-dependent bond, feelings and needs are expressed between soulmates.
He explains, “ e best universal de nition of a soulmate is feeling deeply connected to another person but not in a dependent or needy way. e guiding principle in a relationship between soulmates is that needs are equally met because a soulmate relationship should challenge you to move from sel shness to giving.”
In this context, a relationship with a soulmate is healthy, balanced, and loving. It isn’t about not being a whole person. e point is to assist one another in becoming whole. It’s beautiful, deep, and mysterious. Soulmates aspire to unity. It’s also very meaningful–the kind of relationship everyone wants in their life.
PREP YOUR SKIN
To get your skin ready, use a gentle skin-polishing exfoliant the night before to polish away dry skin and dead skin cells.
Try Grown Alchemist Polishing Facial Exfoliant with Pink Grapefruit and Glucomannan. $65. At Sephora.com.
Something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue. To that, we add something luminous and glam to enhance your ethereal bridal glow, according to our beauty expert, Ana Bribiesca Ho .
KISSING THE BRIDE
Veil your lips with a weightless, silky-smooth color for seductively soft and moisturized lips.
Try Pat McGrath Labs SatinAllure Lipstick in Veiled Rose featuring a gorgeous blue lipstick case. $28. At PatMcGrath.com.
From your engagement party to your honeymoon, the Sigma Beauty Ambiance Eyeshadow Palette featuring neutral-tobold hues will help you create the perfect eye makeup looks for all your nuptial festivities. $49. At NeimanMarcus.com.
CONCEAL & CORRECT
E ortlessly conceal and correct dark spots, undereye circles, and blemishes with Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer, a lightweight formula that blurs imperfections. $75. At BergdorfGoodman.com.
A beautiful blushing bride needs a highlighter powder with a high-impact iridescent glow that gives skin an instant boost of radiance and a delicate natural ush. Try Dior’s Forever Couture Luminizer in Coral Glow. $48. At Nordstrom.com
TEARS OF JOY
From getting ready to the ceremony, from pictures to the reception (hello, dance oor), your wedding is a long day, and although joyous, there might be some tears. Try Estée Lauder’s Sumptuous Extreme Waterproof Mascara for long-lasting, tearresisting dramatic volume. $30. At EstéeLauder.com.
No matter what neckline you choose for your gown, you want to feel as beautiful as possible. Try this 100% organic body oil by COU, created by Austinite Trish Huddleston Williams, which nourishes and softens skin. It also helps release toxins keeping your lymph system owing and circulating freely to ensure chest health. $52. At COUSkincare.com.
Our sense of smell loves nostalgia, so we borrow from the classics. Miss Dior Original, the very rst fragrance by Dior, is an unforgettable choice. It is bold and extremely elegant. $220. At Dior.com.
Choosing the perfect foundation can be challenging. Look no further – try Clé de Peau Beauté Le Fond De Teint for an ultra-luxurious and weightless foundation. $270. At NeimanMarcus.com.
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Dear Etiquette Guy, WITH SO MANY WEDDINGS HAPPENING AGAIN, KEEPING up with all the R.S.V.P. dates is di cult, especially with Savee-Dates. Is there a general rule?
Dear First Responder, Meeting our responsibilities when it comes to accepting or regretting invitations and scheduling the events without letting any slip through the cracks is a perennial problem for busy socialites and businesspeople. Many of us depend on the calendars on our iPhones and laptops. Some of us have a wellfounded hesitation about linking devices. As a result, we don’t trust any of them. We will always check in both places, if possible, before making further commitments. Be sure to add enough details to your calendar entry so you don’t draw a blank as the date nears. If the events require a gift, special attire, or other particularity, make a note of that. Even if you have the memory of an elephant now, you won’t forever, so developing this habit will save you unnecessary su ering–I promise.
Dear Etiquette Guy, A longtime dear friend has invited me to his wedding. Although I haven’t seen him in a few years, he knows I am seeing someone seriously. When the wedding invitation arrived, there was no “and guest.” Should I approach the subject with my friend to bring my signi cant other or attend solo?
Dear Doubled Up, Historically, you would have attended this event solo without asking for an exception. However, the rules and guidelines we follow around etiquette are relaxing to t the needs of our current lifestyles. In that vein, I would send an email or text for clari cation. If this event is a seated dinner, you may get some pushback because great care should have been given to the guest count. Details do have a way of being overlooked sometimes, so your query is a fair one. A word of caution: if there is even a hint of resistance, back down. And as a gentle reminder to hosts, be mindful of this situation and try to accommodate when possible.
Dear Etiquette Guy, Here we go again with black tie optional weddings. What’s the best course of action to follow for both men and women – does the time of the day of the ceremony matter?
Ready To Celebrate
Dear Celebration Central, e way I treat these ambiguous instructions is either to dress festively – the sky’s the limit - or in what I call a modi ed black tie. ese guidelines apply to men and women. By festive, dressing thematically can be spectacular. If you are the sort of person who delights in original sartorial e orts, black tie optional is just what the doctor ordered. Modi ed black tie is a relaxed version of the standard get-up with one piece substituted with something fun–i.e., a colorful tie, a colorful shirt, etc. One substitution is a safe guideline to keep things from getting out of hand. e result should be very comfortable to wear yet easy to spot across a crowded room. Traditionally, black tie is not worn before 6 PM, or sundown.
Dear Etiquette Guy, I just received the wedding invitation from a college sorority sister. As an addendum, it states, “no photos, please.” I make my living in social media and was counting on sharing it with my followers. How should I proceed?
Not Camera Shy
Dear Camera-Ready, I can understand your enthusiasm, especially given your profession. However, if there is an instruction on an invitation, don’t question it. e host is responsible for the success of the wedding. If the bride does not want photos taken, so be it. To avoid all temptation, I would recommend leaving your camera at home.
Dear Etiquette Guy, My dear pals, who are animal lovers, are involving their pets in their wedding ceremony. I am highly allergic to dogs, yet I have already RSVP’d yes. How should I proceed?
Gone To e Dogs
Dear Dog Gone, Allergies seem to have become far more front-and-center than they once were, likely due to medical progress. e answer to your not-so-unusual question rests with your self-awareness. How allergic are you to dogs? Will you be anxious just being around dogs? Will you risk embarrassment from having a severe physical reaction? Can you time taking your prescribed antihistamine to be e ective during the exposure? Frankly, I would proceed as though this was just a regular part of your everyday routine and prepare accordingly. If that means sending your regrets, you may certainly do so.
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UP UNTIL NOW, JANUS MOTORCYCLES, FOR ME, HAVE JUST been a concept. A modern, bespoke, USA-made motorcycle that looks straight out of the 1930s? Sign me up. Since you can't just walk into a dealership and test-ride one, I have always wondered if it would live up to the hype and the $15,000 price tag. Currently, the only way to purchase a Janus is directly from their Goshen, Indiana headquarters.
It is a big ask for an upstart motorcycle brand to start pricing at $15,000 for a Halcyon 450cc motorcycle when a Royal En eld Classic 350 is just $4,599, and a Triumph Bonneville starts at $12,000. But unlike the mass-produced bikes, every Janus motorcycle is hand built in Indiana by a small team, and buyers can custom tailor the bike to t their own vision. I built one using their online build tool, which came out to $17,220 with the optional extras I chose. is is in the price range of a very nice BMW R nineT, Ducati Scrambler, and other high-end motorcycles with much greater power.
e only bike I have ridden that can be compared to the Halcyon 450cc is a 1920s Indian Scout, not in the ride quality or power, but in the way the bike makes you feel, with its squared-o tank, sweptback handlebars, and upright seating position. e 450cc can feel like a bike from the 20s or 30s, but without the hassle of priming a carburetor, adjusting the spark, and kickstarting. Instead, you get an electric starter, a modern 5-speed transmission, and electronic fuel injection. Stopping is easier, too, so there are no sketchy 100-yearold drum brakes. Instead, Brembo discs can be found on the front and rear. e bike is nimble, thanks mainly to it being lightweight.
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e Halcyon 450 is a major upgrade from the original small displacement bike that started the company back in 2011. In 2015, Janus introduced a 250cc version of the Halcyon, which gave the bike a top speed of 70mph. Janus also would introduce the Phoenix 250, a cafe racer-inspired bike, and the Gry n 250, a scramblerstyle bike. However, the Phoenix will be discontinued this year after just seventy-nine were built. e Gry n 250 starts at $9,200, and the Halcyon 250 starts at $8,800, making it the least expensive Janus motorcycle you can buy, but the 450cc is the bike to have as it gives you the freedom to ride anywhere.
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TERRY BRADSHAW QUARTER HORSES RANCH, A PERFECTLY out tted turnkey equestrian and cattle operation located on 744+ acres near ackerville, OK, is available. e ranch overlooks the Red River Valley and is about 70 miles north of Dallas-Fort Worth and 125 miles south of Oklahoma City.
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Belle Of e Ball
THe Charity Ball's Organization Chrysanthemum Ball Celebrates With 67th GalaBy Alexandra Del Lago Photography by Jenna Beth Lyde
THE SETTING: e Charity Ball Association of San Antonio recently celebrated its 67th Chrysanthemum Ball at the Witte Museum. e evening was inspired by the idea of a Tuscan Italian evening by President Lee Anne Hendry. It was designed by Danny Cuellar of Trinity Flowers and Decorations Vice President Elizabeth Roberts. Guests were greeted by large ornate wrought iron candelabras lavishly ornamented in lemon leaves, and a beautiful Italian fountain adorned with a profusion of orchids and chrysanthemums, assorted greenery, and topped with a pyramid of lemons. e guests were o ered Limoncello martinis and spritzers, roasted grape and goat cheese bruschetta, mozzarella, smoked chicken arancini, and vegetable stromboli roulades, all while enjoying cocktails in the garden and admiring the Gold Prize Jaguar generously donated by Cavender Jaguar Land Rover.
THE STYLE: As the guests entered the Mays Family Center, they were delighted by the beautiful décor. Large trees sat upon the dining tables and were decorated with bright yellow lemons, lemon leaves, and sparkling lighting. At the tree bases were arrangements of white cymbidium orchids, yellow and citrine-colored chrysanthemums, yellow roses, and assorted greenery. e opulent green malachitepatterned tablecloths, accented with varying height tapered candles and gold Chivari chairs made a perfect setting for dining. e ceiling was covered in beautiful lemon leaf greenery accented with ambient lighting.
Stephen Cavender, this year’s emcee, welcomed everyone and introduced Lee Anne Hendry, the organization’s president. Kim Peacock, the vice president of prizes, orchestrated the many prize drawings and giveaways as the guests enjoyed a fabulous dinner of Duo Caprese Ensalata, Tenderloin Rosa de Parma, and Amal Lemon Delight by e RK Group. A night of dancing followed with music from Blind Date of Austin.
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Mumford & Sons Headlines Waterloo Greenway Conservancy’s GalaBy Rob Giardinelli | Photography by Tyler Schmitt, Mill Photography Studio
THE SETTING: A picture-perfect fall evening at Waterloo Greenway Park in downtown Austin was the recent setting for a fabulous night of dining and music al fresco for a worthy cause. Over 700 of the city’s most notable sociables, philanthropists, and community leaders were on hand for the second annual Glow in the Park, which has quickly become one of the most anticipated events of the fall social season.
THE STYLE: e attire? It was “cocktail with a twist” as partygoers mixed cocktail gowns and suits with sneakers that were ideal for the evening’s festivities. e cocktail hour was held on the concourse of the Moody Amphitheatre under a beautiful and shaded tree canopy, where patrons mingled as they brimmed with anticipation for all the fun ahead.
e festivities then moved down to the lawn of the Moody Amphitheatre for the main program, where partygoers gasped as they descended the stairs onto the lawn, which had been transformed into a stunning al fresco ballroom. As guests dined on a delectable family-style meal courtesy of MML hospitality, they were treated to words by the organization’s leaders, as community leaders Gary Farmer and Chris Mattson were honored for their dedication to the venue.
Next came a live auction and paddles up that raised over $500,000 and included such notable items as a Party Like a Rockstar experience at the Moody Amphitheatre, an International Foodie Lovers trip, and a dinner with world-renowned chef Mathew Peters, being among the most popular. e evening was capped o with a show-stopping performance by Mumford & Sons, whose tunes brought the crowd to their feet and ensured the fun lasted well into the night.
THE PURPOSE: e event, co-chaired by Sabrina Brown and Jamie Chandlee, with Susan and Gary Farmer and Chris Mattson serving as honorary chairs, raised over $1.9 million for the Waterloo Greenway Conservancy. Funds raised from the event provide free programs and access to the 11acre public greenspace located in downtown Austin, which includes one and a half miles of scenic trails, playscapes, and the world-class 5,000 seat capacity Moody Amphitheatre.
Bring On e Funk
amfAR’s Two X Two For AIDS And Arts Featuring Special Musical Guest Nile RodgersBy Rob Giardinelli | Photography by Bruno and Kevin Tachman
THE SETTING: e Dallas home of Howard and Cindy Rachofsky was the recent setting for the 23rd annual Two X Two for AIDS and Art. Guests included over 500 of the world’s major art patrons and philanthropists. e evening featured beautiful art, showstopping musical performances, and fundraising that those fortunate enough to be a part of will not soon forget.
THE STYLE: e high black tie crowd featured a dazzling array of custom gowns and tuxedos, which, when added to the art and music on display for the evening, gave partygoers a dazzling artistic trifecta of beauty. e evening began with cocktails courtesy of Tequila Casa Dragones and Belvedere Vodka. While guests sipped on their favorite spirit of choice, they mingled with other partygoers brimming with anticipation at the excitement of the fun evening ahead.
e action then moved to the 7,000-square-foot geodesic dome designed by event producer Todd Fiscus for the main program. As revelers walked into the space, they were entranced by an area, which had been transformed into a 21st-century discothèque... complete with mirrored metals, white bleached wood, and brushed brass in shades of chartreuse and burgundy.
Highlights of the program included a delectable multi-course, vegan menu, words from the event’s leaders, and a live auction headlined by Sotheby’s auctioneer Michael Macaulay. en, the showstopping performances by music legend Nile Rodgers and CHIC, who belted their classic disco tunes, brought the crowd to their feet. e evening was capped o with an a er party presented by socialite philanthropist Nancy Rogers, which ensured the fun continued into the wee hours of the morning as revelers danced the night away to the tunes of DJ Lucy Wrubel.
THE PURPOSE: Two X Two, co-hosted by Cindy and Howard Rachofsky and John and Lisa Runyon, raised over $9.4 million for amfAR and the Dallas Museum of Art. Funds raised from the evening went toward essential AIDS research at amfAR and the Contemporary Art Acquisitions Fund at DMA. Over the past 23 years, Two X Two has raised over $113 million for these two organizations.
Houston Zoo’s Centennial Ball Is Smashing SuccessBy Jennifer Roosth | Photography by Daniel Ortiz
THE SETTING: A record-breaking crowd of more than 700 Houstonians dressed in black tie, gowns, and glamour joined together for a once-in-a-lifetime celebration of 100 years of the Houston Zoo. Guests met and mingled among live animals, including a North American porcupine, a tarantula, and an American alligator, before entering the tented Masihara Pavilion, which had been turned into a gorgeous and elegant al fresco ballroom. City Kitchen served a delectable, multi-course dinner, which was followed by a spirited live auction.
THE STYLE: e evening was lled with sentiment and animal love as Houston Zoo President and CEO Lee Ehmke expressed how truly remarkable it was for the Houston Zoo to reach its centennial anniversary and, above all, to celebrate the momentous occasion with the zoo’s closest friends and supporters. He honored Kathrine McGovern for always seeing the Zoo’s potential and turning dreams into reality. He emphasized how the smiles and laughter of Zoo visitors, especially children, are a powerful reminder that her generosity will bring joy and inspiration for generations to come. e a er party was chaired by Chita and Lane Cra , with the Georgia Bridgewater Orchestra keeping revelers dancing past midnight.
THE PURPOSE: is year’s sold-out event, hosted by co-chairs Kelli and John Weinzierl and Kelley and Stephen Lubanko, and honoring Kathrine McGovern, raised $2.3 million to support the Houston Zoo. Highlights of the live auction included naming rights for the Zoo’s Galapagos tortoise, which sold twice for $47,000 after a lively bidding war.
Art Of Nature
e Contemporary Art Dinner Hosts Gala With Dinner Al FrescoBy Rob Giardinelli | Photography by Ben Porter
THE SETTING: A gorgeous evening at Laguna Gloria was the recent setting for one of the Capital City’s most anticipated fall social events. ree hundred philanthropists, art collectors, and sociables descended upon the magical space for the 9th Annual Contemporary Art Dinner...and in the process, were treated to a stunning evening of fun and fundraising.
THE STYLE: Partygoers brought their fashion A game with a dazzling mix of bright colors and metallics, creating a happy, welcoming atmosphere that could be felt the second guests entered the upper grounds of Laguna Gloria. Here, the guests could be sipping their favorite spirits and socializing. At the same time, patrons mingled inside the villa on the grounds to view one of the seven lots available during the auction portion of the evening.
As eight o’clock struck, revelers were treated to a performance from a live band, signaling the start of the next part of the night. Dinner and the main program were held on the lower grounds of Laguna Gloria for the rst time in the event’s history. More than a few jaws dropped with awe as partygoers entered the open-aired tent, which featured an enchanted nature theme. As everyone dined on the delectable cuisine courtesy of MML Hospitality, they were treated to words from organization's leaders, a paddles up fundraiser, and a spirited live auction helmed by Sotheby’s, which featured works from top Contemporary artists, including Carlos Amorales, Gisela Colón, e Haas Brothers, Rachel Wolfson Smith, and others. e evening was capped o with an after party where the fun continued well into the night, courtesy of tunes spun by the Chulita Vinyl Club.
THE PURPOSE: e event, co-chaired by Danielle Nieciag and Teresa Windham, raised funds for e Contemporary Austin’s educational and programming opportunities.
Like Child’s PlayBy Rob Giardinelli | Photography by
THE SETTING: e Corinthian in Houston was the recent setting for one of the most anticipated social events of the fall season. e Children’s Museum of Houston’s Viva Las Vegas gala attracted over 500 philanthropists and sociables for an evening of fun and fundraising that those fortunate enough to be a part of will not soon forget.
THE STYLE: e black tie crowd began the evening in style as guests ascended the grand staircase to the venue’s mezzanine level for cocktails. Partygoers had the opportunity to pose with Vegas performers, including an Elvis impersonator himself, for a photo to commemorate the evening. Once inside, as guests mingled, they perused the impressive array of silent auction packages generously donated by local merchants.
e festivities then moved to the ballroom level of the venue for the main program. As guests dined on their delectable, multicourse meal, they were treated to words from the organization’s leaders. Next was the live auction where patrons bid on an array of items, including a week in Aspen, a Houston Astros game day experience, and a private overnight party at e Children’s Museum of Houston, which sold twice. e fun continued well into the night as revelers took part in a casino, which capped o the fabulous evening experience.
THE PURPOSE: e event, co-chaired by Disney and Max Harris, Lexi and Michael Marek, and Liz and Crosby Sco eld, raised over $950,000 for the Children’s Museum of Houston. Funds raised from the event will go towards an array of innovative exhibits and bilingual learning programs for children 12 years of age and under.
Star Of e Century
Dallas Historical Society’s Centennial Gala Honors e Moody FoundationBy Rob Giardinelli | Photography by Robert Wythe of Wythe Portrait Studio
THE SETTING: A beautiful fall evening at the Hall of State in Dallas was the recent setting for an evening a century in the making. Over 200 philanthropists, sociables, and community leaders were on hand for the Dallas Historical Society’s Centennial gala for an evening of great food, fantastic conversation, and touching tributes that those fortunate enough to be a part of will not soon forget.
THE STYLE: e black tie crowd began the evening with cocktails in the Hall of State foyer. e Dallas String Quartet provided the perfect sophisticated ambiance as guests sipped their favorite spirits. At the same time, they mingled with other patrons and viewed an assortment of interesting historical artifacts in Dallas’ unique and storied history.
Partygoers then ascended the stairs to the Hall of State’s main level for the program. As the crowd dined on a delectable multi-course meal, they were treated to a series of video testimonials, including one from former President George W. Bush. e highlight of the program was honoring e Moody Foundation, which, over the past 80 years, has awarded 4,900 grants totaling over $2 billion toward the betterment of Texas.
e evening was capped o with a Texas Two Step, where guests could either dance at an after party courtesy of Hunter Sullivan and his band, or be the rst to view the large-scale, interactive diorama Texas Liberty Forever: e Table for the Alamo created by artist Tom Feely, currently on display at the Hall of State. e program’s highlight was e Moody Foundation being honored for their over 80 years of service, awarding 4,900 grants totaling over $2 billion toward the betterment of Texas.
THE PURPOSE: e event, co-chaired by Kristen Sanger and Lisa Singleton, raised funds for the Dallas Historical Society. Proceeds from the event will go towards the collection, preservation, and exhibition of more than three million unique artifacts that showcase the unique history of Dallas and Texas.
Bright Future Ahead
Seton Development Board’s Hosts 45th Annual GalaBy Rob Giardinelli | Photography by Ben Porter
THE SETTING: e Four Seasons in downtown Austin was the recent setting for one of the Capital City’s most beloved and anticipated fall events. It was the 45th annual Seton Development Board gala, where over 300 philanthropists, sociables, and community leaders turned out for an evening of fun and fundraising.
THE STYLE: e black tie optional crowd sported an elegant mix of tuxedos and suits, ballgowns, and cocktail dresses with many vibrant colors spotted in the crowd. e Create the Future theme perfectly accented the cheerful color palette of whites, oranges, yellows, and pinks that dazzled the patrons on hand. e festivities began with a lively cocktail hour where guests posed for photos against a gorgeous oral step and repeat upon arrival. Conversations were had both inside and out as many partygoers opted to have their libations al fresco while enjoying the crisp autumn air.
e action then moved inside to the Four Seasons ballroom for the main program. As the attendees dined on their multicourse meals, they were treated to a series of touching tributes and words from organizational and community leaders on how much the Seton Development Board has positively impacted Central Texas in the past and how it will continue to do so in the future. After the program concluded, guests returned to the ballroom foyer and terrace for a nightcap reception.
THE PURPOSE: e event, co-chaired by Caroline Trube and Ashli Knust, raised over $580,000. Funds raised from this year’s gala will go toward providing support for women’s healthcare needs in Central Texas and beyond. Over the past 45 years, this storied event has raised over $15 million for a variety of Ascension Seton Healthcare projects and initiatives.
Witte Museum Hosts 52nd Annual Witte Game DinnerBy Jake Gaines Photography by Trisha Lindsey Photography and Parish Photography
THE SETTING: More than 850 of San Antonio’s community leaders and philanthropists, dressed in their nest western attire, gathered to enthusiastically support the Witte Museum at the 52nd Annual Witte Game Dinner, presented by Embrey. e event’s theme, A Prickly Pear A air, re ected a bountiful return, represented by the sumptuous pear of the cactus, from the prickly period of the pandemic. And it was a bountiful evening indeed, with an abundance of delicious South Texas game cuisine by e RK Group, cocktails, and spirited conversation.
THE STYLE: Attendees entered the Witte Museum's Valero Great Hall, adorned with cacti and bathed in hues of pink and green, where they had photos taken and socialized with friends during a cocktail hour that lled the museum campus. As guests sipped on prickly pear margaritas, available throughout the galleries, they re-connected with friends and enjoyed passed hors d’oeuvres and the famous Gordita stations to whet their appetites for what was to come.
e celebration continued to the Mays Family Center for the main event. Susan Naylor, e Feik Family Foundation, and SWBC were honored with Texas Heritage awards for their transformational support of the Witte Museum and visionary leadership in the city and across the state of Texas, as attendees enjoyed a multi-course meal including chicken fried quail, venison enchiladas and bison sliders. A robust live auction followed, with guests enthusiastically bidding before Cory Morrow provided the live music as the event’s revelry continued into the night.
THE PURPOSE: e event, chaired by Margaret and Ryan Pape and supported by a superstar committee, is the Witte Museum’s largest annual fundraiser, providing funding for the museum’s education programs, operations, and exhibitions. SWBC announced a signi cant gift to underwrite the Land Stewardship Ambassador program, and other funds raised will support the Witte’s e orts to care for irreplaceable collections, advance new research, and help ensure nearly 350,000 school-aged children and their families can experience all the museum has to o er, both in person and remotely.
If You Can Believe It
A Good Night For Goodwill Hosts Annual Event At Q2 StadiumBy Rob Giardinelli | Photography by Ben Porter and Richard Rincon
THE SETTING: Austin’s Q2 stadium was the recent setting for an evening of fun in a fabulous space. Over 350 sociables, philanthropists, and sports lovers turned out on this picture-perfect night for A Good Night for Goodwill with its Believe theme. roughout the event, guests were treated to touching tributes and one-of-a-kind experiences those fortunate enough to be a part of will not soon forget.
THE STYLE: e Austin-chic crowd enjoyed cocktails overlooking the dazzling Q2 eld. Guests mingled and sipped on libations while having the chance to take part in several experiential opportunities on hand for patrons. Revelers were able to be photographed in a 360-degree video courtesy of Yuri360 to take as a keepsake, while others opted to take a behind-the-scenes VIP tour of the Q2 Stadium and its VIP levels...including a visit to the Austin FC locker room in a nod to the evening’s theme, Believe.
Partygoers then took their stadium seats for the evening’s main program. e festivities included words from the organization's leaders, a paddles up, auction, and the presentation of the inaugural Henna Award for Philanthropy to Chris Hymans and Lize Burr. Capping o the night was a surprise video from Ted Lasso actor Cristo Fernández, which dazzled the audience and ended the gala’s evening on a winning note.
THE PURPOSE: e event raised over $315,000 for Goodwill of Central Texas. Funds raised from the event will help fund organizational services and free programs in Central Texas.
Story Of Song
Change Sings At e SAFE Storybook GalaBy Rob Giardinelli | Photography by Konstantin Belyshev and Justin Rouhier
THE SETTING: e Omni Barton Creek Resort in Austin was the recent setting for a night of fun and fundraising. Over 600 attendees were on hand for the annual SAFE Storybook Gala. e cocktailattired crowd began the evening with drinks in the foyer outside the venue’s ballroom. Guests were encouraged to wear their favorite attire to showcase their musical air as a nod to the theme of the evening, Change Sings. As partygoers sipped on their favorite spirits, they had the opportunity to peruse silent auction items, receive a personalized poem courtesy of Typewriter Rodeo, and mingle with other revelers.
THE STYLE: e festivities then moved into the ballroom for the main program. As guests dined on their delicious multi-course meals, they were treated to highly impactful testimonials from the organization's leaders and those who have bene tted from SAFE’s services. Next came a spirited live auction with many fabulous items, the highlight of which was a private in-home dining experience with Uchiko’s Tyson Cole, which sold twice for $30,000 each.
e evening was capped o by giving the SAFE Guardian Award to Frankie Fowler, who was recognized for her tireless contributions to the organization. Upon receiving the award, she was surprised by an onstage performance by the Austin Chapter of the Texas Gospel Choir, whose beautiful songs brought tears to the eyes of many, and the crowd to their feet, ending the evening on a high note.
THE PURPOSE: e event, co-chaired by Pamela Benson Owens and Diane Land, raised over $900,000 for e SAFE Alliance. Funds raised from the event will provide services for children and adults of abuse, including shelter, face-to-face and digital support, advocacy, prevention, and educational programs.
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To The Special Day Of...
88. LOVE UNDER THE SUN Annie Daugherty & Spencer Lewis
By Leanne Raesener | Photographyby Kristen Kilpatrick Photography
ADVENTURE OF LOVE
Ciara Nicole Cooley & Huntington Edward Barton Biggers
By Rob Giardinelli | Photographyby Sarah Kate Photography
98. AT LAST
Meredith Fielding Flores & Mason Alexander Barker
By Leanne Raesener | Photographyby John Cain
102. PERFECTLY REGAL
Emily Lynne Hann & Milam Ross Miller
By Mallory Miller | Photographyby Chloe Winstanley Photography
106. PERFECT KIND OF
Mary Morgan Baker & Turner Patrick Dowell
By Rob Giardinelli | Photographyby Kelly Hornberger
Leslie Ticku & Michael Shulman
112. TWO OF
By Alexandra Del Lago | Photographyby Matthew Alvarado, Hey Beloved
116. A WORLD OF LOVE
Alexis Williams & Alex Barry Exchange Nuptials
By Rob Giardinelli | Photographyby Remi Dupac
122. AN EVERGREEN LOVE Milla Brusenhan & Carter DeWalch
By Jake Gaines | Photographyby Caroline Lima
126. ROAD TO ROMANCE
Kate Fuller & Rick Leeper, Jr.
By Jake Gaines | Photographyby Natalie Probst
130. SOUTHERN TRADITION
Hannah Claire Gibson & Michael Houseman Gresham
By Alexandra Del Lago | Photographyby John Cain PhotographyCiara Nicole Cooley & Huntington Edward Barton Biggers Emily Lynne Hann & Milam Ross Miller
LoveTheUnderSunBy Leanne Raesener | Photography by Kristen Kilpatrick Photography Annie Daugherty & Spencer Lewis Share Nuptials
e couple started dating in the summer of 2019. Annie and Spencer’s third date was over a long weekend at Annie’s mother’s home in San Miguel de Allende with her family. It was there that they realized they had something special. Spencer and Annie enjoy hunting and shing at their respective ranches. So ttingly, Spencer surprised Annie with a formal proposal, down on one knee, overlooking the beautiful countryside on his ranch. She excitedly said, “yes." e couple then drove back to the ranch house, where their respective families were to surprise and celebrate the wonderful occasion. ey were engaged in 2021, and both knew they wanted to have the wedding where they fell in love. And they made it happen a little over a year later. Next stop, San Miguel de Allende.
e rehearsal dinner was held on ursday night at the Instituto Allende. It was spectacular, with cocktails surrounding a huge fountain covered in blue and white owers. e bride wore a wedding gown by Oscar De La Renta, with the train removed. She wore a Monique Lhuillier dress for the wedding and reception, both from Casa De Novia in Houston. Since the rehearsal dinner was on ursday, several guests hosted a casual esta and guayaberas Welcome Party on Friday night at the Plaza de Toros (the bull ghting arena). ere were 3,000+ candles in the stands and giant pinatas of the bride and groom.
e magni cent wedding and reception, with approximately 330 guests, was held at the Hacienda San Luis Gonzaga. ere were 70,000+ owers in shades of pink at both events. A deliciously prepared muy especial San Miguel dinner was served at the reception. e Penzi team designed and created the wedding cakes, the bride’s vanilla cake with fresh sliced strawberries between the layers, and the groom’s cake, German chocolate with a duck blind, and Spencer’s English Cocker Spaniel Finley seated atop. e wedding planners, Guadalupe Alvarez, Meengan Cárdenas, and the Penzi Team are all from San Miguel de Allende. ey also worked with Angelica Solache Florist to make the arrangements and arches for all three parties.
e couple both attended Texas Christian University yet did not meet until after college. ey honeymooned in Anguilla and Saint Barth’s. e bride worked at e PR Boutique in Houston, and the groom works in real estate in San Antonio, where he is also on many boards. e couple resides in San Antonio.ANNE (ANNIE) ELIZABETH DAUGHERTY, THE DAUGHTER OF MINNIE MARTIN BAIRD AND John Andrew Daugherty, Jr., of Houston and the step-daughter of Raleigh William “Will” Baird III and Richard Spencer “Spencer” Lewis II, the son of Susan Helen Lewis and Steven “Steve” Charles Lewis of San Antonio, were wed in a festive a air themed South of the Border Will and Minnie Baird, Spencer and Annie Lewis, Elise and John Daugherty Kenneth and Amy Adams, Susan Lewis, Annabelle Adams, Spencer Lewis, Lily Adams, Annie Lewis, Steve Lewis, Julie Smith and Barclay Adams
CELEBRATE LOVE AT THE WITTE MUSEUM
Map out your trails of love with your family and friends at the Witte Museum. The Witte Museum is San Antonio’s Premier museum where Science, Nature and Culture meet. Located in Brackenridge Park, on the banks of the San Antonio River, the Witte is minutes from downtown and offers a unique setting for any special occasion. The campus includes the state-of-the-art Mays Family Center, Beautifully landscaped gardens and multiuse gardens lined with majestic oak trees and 150-year-old bald cypress trees. For more information on rates and other details contact us at 210.357.1866 or Events@WitteMuseum.org WitteMuseum.orgPhilip Thomas Photography
DAWSON FAMILY HALL AND JOHN R. AND GRELI N. LESS CHARITABLE TRUST SCIENCE AND NATURE COURTYARD
Create your equation of love with family and friends at the Witte Museum. The golden ratio is found inside and out of the Dawson Family Hall and John R. and Greli N. Less Charitable Trust Science and Nature Courtyard. Located in the Brackenridge Park, on the banks of the San Antonio River, Minutes from downtown and offers a unique sequence one plus one equals a lifetime of memories to share with your family and friends.
Adventure Of LoveBy Rob Giardinelli | Photography by Sarah Kate Photography
IIT WAS TEATIME AT THE RITZ CARLTON IN DALLAS. CIARA COOLEY had arranged a reservation for a date with Hunt Biggers. Little did Ciara know that Hunt was one step ahead of her. He had already made a reservation and planned to pop the question during this special date with a surprise celebration afterward. e proposal was the perfect anecdote to the couple’s adventurousness. “What I rst noticed about Hunt was how he relaxed he was and how much he enjoyed life,” enthused Ciara Biggers. Hunt Biggers remembers “How easygoing, and adventurous Ciara was.” e couple was initially drawn together as both love to travel and explore new places.
us began the 14-month engagement of Ciara Nicole Cooley, the daughter of Lisa and Clay Cooley of Dallas, and Huntington “Hunt” Edward Barton Biggers, the son of Kathryn and Ted Biggers of Dallas, who had been dating for just under two years when the couple became o cial. e engagement culminated in a lovely wedding and reception at Arlington Hall at Turtle Creek. e wedding included just over 200 family members and close friends, including a wedding party of six bridesmaids and six groomsmen.
e wedding day itself featured three di erent vignettes that re ected the sense of adventure and interests of the couple as the night progressed. e bride looked stunning in a dress designed by Monique Lhuillier. For the ceremony, Molly Rasmussen of Pop Parties collaborated with Garden Gate Floral Design to create a beautifully serene color palette of soft pinks, whites, and golds with a dash of lavender. Guests were greeted with light bites and champagne as they walked down an aisle of oral archways where violinists lined the path to the ceremony. Once the bride and groom were pronounced husband and wife, a 10-piece gospel choir surprised guests with recessional music that led to the cocktail space for the start of the reception.
e reception, held in a tented space on the Arlington Hall grounds, was where David Kimmel Design transformed the space with a vibrant color pallet of pinks, purples, greens, and whites. It also served as a beautiful backdrop as the couple danced their rst song to Clint Black’s When I Said I Do. e seated dinner featured personal seafood towers served in individual ice sculptures, a duet entrée dinner, and individual mini cakes for dessert. e main wedding cake was placed in a breathtaking vignette of oor-to-ceiling owers, complete with ower chandeliers draped from the ceiling, while the groom’s cake was of the couple’s beloved dog, Remi. Just before the transition to the after party, the bride’s mother, Lisa Cooley, surprised the newlyweds with late-night reworks, a Pitbull impersonator, and reball shots to the song, Fireball. is served as a perfect transition to the after party, which was transformed from the earlier cocktail party space into a gorgeous red, hot pink, and black environment where the crowd danced the night away to the tunes of LeForce Entertainment.
e bride received her bachelor’s and MBA from Southern Methodist University and works with her family business, Clay Cooley Auto Group. e groom graduated from Texas A&M, received his law degree from Southern Methodist University, and works with his family’s business, e Biggers Law Firm. e couple honeymooned in Costa Rica and reside in Dallas.Clay and Lisa Cooley, Ciara and Hunt Biggers, Bella Cooley, Chase Cooley and Chance Cooley William and Amy Biggers, Ted Biggers, Ciara and Hunt Biggers, Kathryn Biggers, Kaitlin Kinsella and Brad eld Biggers
WEDDINGS AS VIBRANTas your future together
Escape into picture-perfect, natural wonder at the San Antonio Botanical Garden. Located minutes from downtown, the 38-acre urban oasis features stunning indoor and outdoor event rentals including: The Betty Kelso Center, Lucille Halsell Conservatory, and Historic Amphitheater.The Betty Kelso Center Historic Amphitheater
At LastBy Leanne Raesener | Photography by John Cain Photography
MEREDITH FIELDING FLORES,
OF JIM AND CHERIE Flores of Houston, Texas, and Mason Alexander Barker, son of Keith and Stacy Barker of Houma, Louisiana, recently celebrated their nuptials in Houston. e couple rst met at an LSU hangout. Mason was a college senior, and Meredith was a sparkling new freshman. A friend introduced them, and while they both irted, Mason played it cool, imagining he’d have another chance to ask her out. Little did they know, it would be ve years before the opportunity nally occurred again, and by then, he did not waste time. ey dated for two-years, followed by a one-year engagement. Mason proposed at sunset on the beach of the Lyford Cay Club in the Bahamas. e bride’s family has a vacation home in the Lyford community, so after the proposal, they all celebrated the joyous couple together.
e couple wanted a personal ceremony lled with their closest friends and family, so a private ceremony was held in the garden of the bride’s family home in River Oaks. ey had 250 guests at the ceremony and 450 at the reception. Naeem Khan and his son, Zaheen designed Meredith’s dress. She made eight trips to New York to assist with its design. e hand-beaded grown, with a treeof-life symbol embroidered into the dress, took over 200 hours to create. e bride also wore a Naeem Khan white beaded jumpsuit for the after party.
e bride walked down the aisle to the Beatles’ Here Comes the Sun, played by a string quartet with French horns from Élan Artists. e bride shared, “We were so joy- lled as the pastor spoke that we both went in for the kiss too early. e wedding guests laughed in delight, as did we.” e bride also mused, “When we nally kissed, the altar trellis dripping with roses allowed a ash of the sun to shine through, displaying the most heavenly sunset, creating my fairytale moment.” e groom beamed when his niece (the ower girl) ran full sprint down the aisle into his arms. He shared, “Seeing the love of my life walk down the aisle for the rst time in her wedding dress was the most cherished moment. She looked unbelievable and completely took my breath away.”
e reception was at the Corinthian Houston, with lavender, dusty pink, and pale blue colors for the ceremony and reception. e wedding event planner/planning team was Todd Events, and the wedding photographer was John Cain. City Kitchen Catering provided chef-attended food stations that included scrumptious over-the-top selections. Susie’s Cakes made the bride’s wedding cake inspired by chinoiserie wallpaper. e groom’s cake was a traditional croquembouche by Patisserie Paris Je T’aime.
e reception band was Rhythm Collective, and the festivities continued at the after party in the Corinthian’s historic former bank vault. Guests danced the night away there to the sounds of DJ Savy Fontana. e day after the wedding, the couple took a minimoon to St. Barth’s for six days. en, they later took a two-week sojourn to Italy. e couple resides in Houston, where the groom works as a Commercial Insurance broker at Insgroup. e bride is an international residential real estate agent at Martha Turner Sotheby’s.
e Marriage Of Emily Lynne Hann & Milam Ross MillerBy Mallory Miller | Photography by Chloe Winstanley Photography
another... when they were previously only separated by the Red River (she’s an Oklahoma State cowgirl, and he’s a U.T. Longhorn).
After a two-year courtship marked by “casual” dates across Europe, including Michelin meals in San Sebastián, skiing the Swiss Alps, and getaways within Rome, where Milam worked during the week. It was during the 2020 lockdown that he opted to propose in the couple’s private garden in London. “I had been waiting all year, and little did I know that wouldn’t occur until the Christmas tree was up in our garden,” shares Emmy Miller. “It is my favorite holiday and when I least expected him to do it.”
e wedding was at Cornwell Manor, a Jacobean country estate with a Georgian façade, which served as a stunning setting for the three days of events for the 200 guests who traveled across the pond. e setting meant the world to the bride, who is an admitted royalist, and the couple felt their destination wedding had to be in the picturesque English countryside.
e ursday arrivals were marked by a Pizza & Peroni pool party, and in a nod to the groom’s love for all things La Dolce Vita, guests were welcomed with an Aperol Spritz, and woodred Neapolitan pizza served from a pop-up Piaggio truck. Guests donned their best Amal Coast chic, and the sunny day even had Milam and his house party dancing a choreographed cannonball routine to AC/DC’s understruck. e surprise and delightful moment set the tone for the fun weekend ahead.
On Friday, the ladies traveled to Daylesford Organic Farm for a luncheon hosted by the groom’s mother, Suzanne Miller, and his sister, Mallory Miller. e Glass House was a serene setting for the colorful a air with hues of verdant green and lilac from the fresh-cut peonies at the farm’s garden as the girls toasted the bride-to-be with Pimm’s Cups. e wedding party returned for a rehearsal dinner in the estate’s walled garden where many heartfelt toasts were given by friends from all over the world. Vintage postcards of over 30 cities that the couple has visited acted as place cards at the Continental style seated a air.
On the morning of the wedding day, in true British fashion, gray skies and light showers seemed to tug at the emotions of the bride. However, the Texans brought the sunshine, and within one hour before the couple shared their “I do’s,” the skies parted. e bride wore a gown designed by Monique Lhuillier and her cream colored, o the shoulder dress was accented by a veil with hand-embroidered garden roses and ivy, a nod to the English Rose.
e wedding bouquet and ower arrangements lining the aisle were inspired by the bride’s custom Toni Federici veil. e oral team was able to forage live plants and greenery from the estate’s 2,000-acre grounds to bring to life the bride’s vision of a Secret Garden-inspired theme. e wedding was followed by a cocktail reception where guests snacked on crispy duck tartes, polenta chips with tru e foam, and Cornish crab doughnuts. en, the bride successfully sabered a vintage bottle of Pol Roger Champagne to commence the reception’s festivities. e look on the groom’s face was priceless as his wife mastered the opening on her rst try.
After a seated, three-course dinner under a sail tent anchored by a circular bar with white owers, wild ivy, and candles, the bride and groom had their rst dance…on the ground.
e Sensation Band had the crowd dancing into the wee hours of the night and the newly married couple even went crowd sur ng…above ground, as their guests cheered them on below with donning party favors–masks of the royal family, crowns, and Union Jack hats.
e couple, who reside in Dallas, honeymooned in Africa. e bride is a team lead at ISN and the groom owns his own consulting and coaching practice, BCK. e couple enjoys traveling, cooking, and being active together at home and across the globe.Suzanne Miller, Milam and Emmy Miller, Ross Miller and Mallory Miller Dr. Pete Hann and Brad Holmes EEMILY “EMMY” LYNNE HANN OF OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, AND MILAM ROSS MILLER OF Austin were living in London when they met on a holiday trip to Provence, France, over an Easter weekend. e running joke is that they had to move abroad to meet one Suzanne Miller and Elizabeth Nash Stan Neujahr and Ross Miller
Perfect Kind Of LoveMary Morgan Baker And Turner Patrick Dowell Wed By Rob Giardinelli | Photography by Kelly Hornberger
MMARY MORGAN BAKER, THE DAUGHTER OF AMY AND JOHN PORTER, AND PENNY BAKER of Austin, and Turner Patrick Dowell, the son of Shannon and Kelly Dowell of Austin, were recently married. For the couple, the wedding day had a special meaning since it fell on their anniversary. “Prior to getting engaged, we dated for eight years. Our wedding date marked exactly nine years together” recalls Morgan and Patrick Dowell. Morgan is very much a planner, which required Patrick to get creative when deciding how to pop the question in a way that would genuinely surprise her. “I’m in real estate so Patrick coordinated a property showing at a condo downtown,” recalls Morgan. “I thought it was a big, fancy executive coming to look at the penthouse. I walked in, and there he was.”
eir nine years together culminated in a beautiful wedding for 200 guests at Tarrytown United Methodist Church in Austin. e church ceremony featured an elegant, white palette of orchids and roses. e bride had 17 attendants, and the groom had 18. e wedding ensembles for the bride and groom featured touches of family weddings from prior generations. e bride’s mother’s wedding color was turquoise, and she wore a turquoise broach on her own wedding gown, which Morgan pinned to her bouquet as her “something blue,” while the groom wore his greatgrandfather’s tuxedo studs set. Barbara Shorts of Verve Events planned the stunning wedding ceremony and reception, while David Kurio created the elaborate oral décor. e goal was to capture the bride’s vision for a traditional and romantic wedding, with a nod to the couple’s love for e University of Texas.
e reception for 600 guests was held at Austin Country Club and featured a blush pink color palette, with pops of orange. Instead of a traditional seated dinner, the reception owed throughout the entire club, including a special bride’s room and groom’s room. e bride’s “Mo Bubbles” room, a play on her nickname, had blush pink velvet furniture and white carpet, where guests were served champagne in monogrammed glasses. e groom’s room was game day themed to highlight his experience as a Spur and Bevo handler, and the bride as a Texas cheerleader. e bar served two signature drinks: Bevo’s Bourbon and DKR. ere were also two dance oors, with one designed to be more intimate for toasts and the couple’s rst dance. e wedding cake, designed by e Chocolate Llama, even put a twist on the traditional red velvet cake by being dyed blush pink.
At 10 pm, a surprise after party kicked o in a separate ballroom, featuring a collection of Chinoiserie vases, gold and orchid walls, a wall to wall custom dance oor, over-sized burnt orange oral arrangements, and a ceiling covered in balloons creating a lounge club vibe...and the fun went well into the night. e end of the evening featured the bride’s favorite moment, a private last dance with her new husband. “We danced to Cowboy Take Me Away by e Chicks. “It was so special to have a private moment together, and I loved getting to soak it all in one last time before we exited,” recalls the bride.
e bride is a graduate of e University of Texas at Austin and works at Gottesman Residential Real Estate. e groom also graduated from UT Austin and is a Senior Associate at Evergen Equity. e couple honeymooned in the South of France and reside in Austin.Shannon and Kelly Dowell &Amy and John Porter Morgan Baker Dowell and Amy Porter
e Marriage Of Leslie Ticku And Michael ShulmanBy Alexandra Del Lago | Photography by Matthew Alvarado, Hey Beloved
IIT WAS MEANT TO BE. WHILE WORKING IN NEW YORK CITY, THIS COUPLE met through friends who spent summers in the Hamptons and winter ski trips to Colorado together. For Leslie Ticku, the daughter of Beth and Forrester Smith III, and the late Dr. Raj Ticku, of San Antonio, and Michael Shulman, the son of Kristine and Dr. Jay Shulman of Dallas, romance blossomed quickly. After dating for three years, the couple was engaged for six months while planning their San Antonio wedding.
“He surprised me on my 30th birthday when we were surrounded by friends,” enthused Leslie Shulman about how the groom popped the question. “I had a wine-tasting birthday party, and Michael proposed toward the end of the night when it was time to bring out the cake.” The groom, Michael Shulman, shared, “When I frst met Leslie, it was her sweet smile that drew me in. We quickly found ourselves puzzling and cracking little jokes. My crush only grew from there. Now, her humor, work ethic, and intelligence are her most impressive traits.”
The nuptials, which occurred on the lawn of The Argyle witnessed by over 200 guests, was a memorable and elegant celebration. A color palette of gorgeous shades of blues, greens, pinks, and oranges was implemented for the sunny occasion. The bride wore a gown designed by Lela Rose, and the couple was each supported by their 17 attendants. Reverend Allie Hayes Shulman, the groom’s sister-in-law, was the offciant, which made the day very special, surrounded by their family and friends.
The reception, a seated dinner, followed at The Argyle. The couple’s favorite dinner selection of Pepper Bomb Filet and Mesquite Red Snapper was served while the tequila fowed, and plenty of Espresso Martinis were enjoyed throughout the evening. The event planner was Katherine Lopez of Sweet August Events, while Danny Cuellar of Trinity Flowers created the lively foral décor. The band, Drywater, played to the guests’ enjoyment. The rehearsal dinner, a Welcome Fiesta, was held in the courtyard at Hotel Emma, and the reception’s after party was there, as well.
The bride is a University of Texas at Austin graduate with a degree from the School of Communications and is the director of marketing at a technology company, Out Of Offce. The groom graduated from Southern Methodist University, and is now vice president of Asset Management & Texas Acquisitions at Rockport Equity. They reside in Dallas and honeymooned in Tuscany's Maremma region of Italy. The couple are wanderlust travelers and love an adventurous road trip with their Goldendoodle, Ollie, as well as fnding great new restaurants wherever their travel journeys take them.
A World Of LoveAlexis Williams & Alex Barry Exchange Nuptials By Rob Giardinelli Photography by Remi Dupac
IIT IS A CLASSIC STORY OF MODERN-DAY TEXAS. TWO PEOPLE MOVE FROM PLACES outside of Texas to Austin, one of the most desired cities in the world. e two initially connect via the dating app, Bumble, yet the fellow instinctively knows that the lass is the one for him. Instead of waiting for her to reply, he heads to another well-known app, Instagram, to direct message her, and, as they say in all great love stories, the rest is history. us begins the love story of Alexis Williams, the daughter of Amber Williams and Kurt Williams of Portland, Oregon, and Alex Barry, the son of Mary and Tom Barry of Dublin, Ireland.
Once together, the adventurous couple was immediately drawn to one another. “I knew that we would get along. Even if things don’t go to plan, we are always a good team,” recalls the groom, Alex Barry, upon rst meeting his future bride. Meanwhile, Alexis was drawn to their shared interests and beliefs. “I chose Alex because our values and beliefs align. He is kind, loyal, and genuine. Plus, we have so much fun together,” mused the bride.
e couple, who share a love of sports and the outdoors had dated for three and a half years when the groom popped the question on a hike in Austin. “It was right after the 100-year ice storm in February 2021,” recalls Alexis Barry. “We went on our hike with a beautiful overlook. He got down on one knee and popped the question with the sweetest speech. My dream man in my dream city. I was over the moon happy.”
e bride and groom were engaged for 18 months, and during that time, the couple decided France was the place they wanted to marry. After touring nine di erent wedding venues around the country, they found the perfect spot at Chateau de la Napoule, a 14th-century castle on the Mediterranean Sea in Cannes. e wedding was a two-day a air, which is traditional with Irish weddings. e rst day featured the wedding itself, held al fresco on the grounds of the chateau. e shades of pink color palette created a bright and whimsical balance to the Medieval architecture of the venue. e couple's rst dance was the most memorable part of the day. e bride and groom had hired a dance instructor to teach them a routine, which was performed to an acoustic version of the song, Cinema. After a few choruses, the music transitioned into a faster, electronic version to get the party started.
Keeping with the Irish wedding customs, the second day of the celebration featured a more casual party than the wedding day itself. Friends and family donned their nest summer white ensembles for a Sunset Beach Party at the Riviera Beach Club in Cannes. “ ere is nothing chicer than being in all white at a beach club on the French Riviera,” mused the bride. e fun continued at the beach club until about 1:00 AM, when a large part of the group headed to one of the hottest clubs in Cannes, Baoli, to dance the night away, capping o two days of pure love and joy.
e couple, already in their favorite country in the world, stayed in France for their honeymoon for an additional week by spending time in the Provence countryside. ey live in Austin, where the bride is an interior designer, and the groom works in nance.Kurt Williams and Alexis Barry Sierra Williams, Kimbell Sadler, Alexis Williams Barry, Amber Koehler and Megan Agoston
The Essence of Elegance.
The Argyle house was originally built in 1854 by Charles Anderson as the headquarters for a horse ranch that extended from San Antonio River to Boerne. Even then, it was an outpost of hospitality, entertaining locals, and US Army officers before the Civil War.
Siblings Robert and Alice O’Grady purchased the house in 1893, and started what is now an over 100-year tradition of fine Southern cuisine and hospitality.
In 1955, Betty Slick Moorman and her brother Tom Slick, who had founded Texas Biomedical Research & Southwest Research Institute, had the inspired and daring idea to acquire The Argyle and convert it into a fine dining club. While continuing the legacy that began in 1893, The Argyle was reborn with the purpose to provide financial support for the research conducted at Texas Biomed.
Rich in tradition, The Argyle reopened in 1956 and has remained a symbol of tradition, Southern hospitality, memorable events and the finest cuisine, while also supporting a better tomorrow for humankind.
An Evergreen Love
e Nuptials Of Milla Brusenhan And Carter DeWalchBy Jake Gaines | Photography by Caroline Lima
IIT WAS THE MOST PERFECT DAY WHEN MILLA BRUSENHAN, OF SAN Antonio, the daughter of Alicia and Harry J. Brusenhan, and Carter DeWalch of Houston, the son of Julia and Mark DeWalch, were married at the Christ Episcopal Church in San Antonio. After a courtship of three years, the groom proposed to his intended bride at Mattie’s Green Pastures in Austin. The duo has celebrated many landmark occasions in their relationship at this venue. “When we frst met, I loved Carter's kind and gentle personality as well as his love for travel and adventure,” shared Milla DeWalch. “I loved Milla's infectious, happy personality and adventurous spirit when I frst got to know her,” said Carter DeWalch. “She is an incredibly loyal, loving, and the most supportive and kind wife.”
e nine-month engagement led to their stunning wedding day at Christ Episcopal Church, where the church sacraments were exchanged, followed by a reception at Club Giraud and Southwest School of Art. e intimate wedding ceremony and reception was elegantly sublime with springtime colors of organic, free-form owers, which were chosen to capture the essence of the newlyweds. e bride wore a gown designed by Oscar de la Renta accented with the Parker Veil, a family heirloom on her mother’s side of the family, that has been passed down for generations. Milla’s grandmother’s earrings crowned the ensemble.
e wedding event planning dream team was the collaborative expertise of Katherine Lopez of Sweet August Events, who realized the bride’s ideas and brought them to life, along with Danny Cuellar of Trinity Flowers and Jessica Huisman of Freesia Designs, who de ned and re ned the exquisite oral design. A delicious dinner was served by Club Giraud and also highlighted Milla’s favorite drink, a spicy Ranch Water and Carter’s Old Fashioned. e band, Love and Happiness, from Austin, surprised the couple with a fun and fantastic bluesinspired “Front Line” performance as the newly married couple arrived at the reception. Milla and Carter then surprised everyone with a disco ball, hidden by a ceiling of owers, that was lowered down above the dance oor, mid-way through the celebration.
e rehearsal dinner at e Argyle, hosted by the groom’s parents, Julia and Mark DeWalch, began the wedding weekend on the highest and happiest note, reconnecting and tying together both families and dear friends. is ever-special and beautiful evening was capped o with a super fun Post Toast given by precious friends from Houston.
e bride is a Texas Christian University graduate and completed her Masters of Occupational erapy at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. She is working as an occupational therapist at Baylor Scott & White Institute for Rehabilitation. The groom graduated from The University of Texas at Austin and is a development manager at Hillwood Communities. The couple enjoyed a whirlwind honeymoon in Italy, where they visited Lake Como, Florence, Montepulciano, and Rome. They now make Austin their residence, where they love spending time together at home, enjoying the outdoors with their dogs, fy fshing, cooking, and trying new restaurants.Ian Brusenhan, Ali Brusenhan, Carter and Milla DeWalch & Alicia and Harry Brusenhan, Jr. Sarah Mouton, Mark and Julia DeWalch, Carter and Milla DeWalch & Caroline and Taylor DeWalch
Road to Romance
e Nuptials Of Kate Fuller & Rick Leeper,By Jake Gaines | Photography by Natalie Probst Jr.
WWHEN KATE FULLER AND RICK LEEPER, JR. MET AT A PARTY through mutual college friends, they were immediately drawn to each other. The bride, the daughter of Margery and Charles Fuller of Winnetka, Illinois, and the groom, the son of Sherry and Rick Leeper, Sr., of San Antonio, were recently married in Chicago. “Having all of the people we love the most in one room to celebrate our long relationship and everlasting love actually happened when planning resumed after the engagement and pandemic,” shared the bride, Kate Fuller, about their engagement that occurred after a four-year courtship. “Knowing that it is nearly impossible to surprise Kate, I popped the question at our apartment on a Wednesday night,” recalled Rick Leeper. “She walked into a beautiful assortment of candles and hydrangeas thinking it was in celebration of a new job.”
When planning resumed after the engagement and pandemic, the Langham Hotel was chosen as the venue for the duo’s rehearsal dinner. The wedding ceremony and reception that followed were held at the Chicago History Museum. The bride wore a gown designed by Martina Liana as she walked down the aisle among the 150 invited guests. Her long-sleeved dress was similar to the dress worn by her mother at her own wedding. The bride's mother-in-law chose the earrings to be worn with it. At the reception, which followed a seated dinner, the couple sipped champagne out of a silver chalice engraved with the names of Kate's family members and their spouses'. The newly married duo’s names were added prior to the wedding.
e classic black and white oor tile of the historic venue in uenced the wedding's black and white theme, which was accentuated with rich green velvet details. The wedding planner was Erica Vanco with Estera Events, while the foral décor was created by Life In Bloom. The reception’s guests loved dancing the night away to the band, The Chicago Catz, and also enjoyed Devils River Whiskey, Rick's family's whiskey brand. Special touches included cocktail napkins imprinted with the image of the couple's beloved goldendoodle, Tommy. The late-night snacks were classic Chicago hot dogs and churros representing the groom’s hometown of San Antonio. An after party was then held at The Lodge Tavern, one of the oldest bars in Chicago, where the couple received the rare honor of being allowed to sign a brick on the wall of the Prohibition-era speakeasy.
The bride graduated from Southern Methodist University, where she earned a degree in advertising. She is currently the vice president of marketing for the Dallas Market Center. The groom also graduated from Southern Methodist University with a degree in economics and recently started his own investment business, Tetragon, LLC. The couple honeymooned in Antigua, and reside in Dallas. The Leepers especially enjoy skiing, traveling to new places, playing cards, hosting friends in their backyard, and exploring with Tommy.Rick and Sherry Leeper, Rick and Kate Leeper, James Leeper & Olivia Leeper Jack Fuller, Margery Fuller, Rick and Kate Leeper & Charles Fuller
A River Walk Oasis in the Heart of S
Southern TraditionBy Alexandra Del Lago | Photography by John Cain Photography Hannah Claire Gibson and Michael Houseman Gresham Unite In Marriage
e groom assembled his future wife’s family, as well as his parents, in town by surprise from Mississippi, who would join the festivities once the bride said yes to his proposal. “ ere were margaritas and maracas in hand, cheering and toasting to the surprise that had been pulled o ,” enthused Hannah Gresham. “Within the hour, all of our siblings and a few of my closest San Antonio girlfriends joined in the celebration, and a parade of mariachis topped o the occasion.”
e three-and-a-half-year courtship led to the wedding at Christ Episcopal Church, where the bride grew up attending and was also con rmed. It was the ideal venue for the ceremony for the 550 invited guests, as e Reverend Justin Lindstrom o ciated. e couple each had 15 attendants. e bride wore a silk white trumpet-style gown of organza lace set with intricate owers by Carolina Herrera from Julian Gold Bridal. She paired the gown with an heirloom veil from the groom’s family, framed with Alençon lace. She also wore a custom pearl choker necklace with an opal brooch center made from her great grandmother’s opal ring and a matching earring set, all designed by Fannie omas Jewelry.
Since the April wedding occurred right after Easter and Fiesta, the duo wanted to celebrate their reception at e Argyle with family and friends by fully embracing the pleasant springtime weather and by dancing under the open sky as the entire venue was setup as an indoor parlor brought outdoors. Its array of beautiful porches, storied rooms, charming sections like the Coates Garden, and extensive lawns proved perfect for the occasion. During the cocktail hour, guests mingled among a string quartet and enjoyed passed hors d'oeuvres, a magnum champagne station, and a sushi station, with multiple custom bars that carried specialty cocktails such as an Espresso Martini and Aperol Spritz. Dinner was served in various custom-trimmed candelabra and oweranked tents that featured multiple food options from the bride and groom’s backgrounds from San Antonio and Mississippi, with trays featuring “Taste of Mississippi” and “Taste of Texas.” e guests danced the night away to the sounds of the Drywater Band on a custom dance oor design by Katherine Moore, one of the bridesmaids, of Katherine Jezek Designs and executed by Illusions Tent and Events. e after party music was provided by a DJ from Cutting Edge Entertainment. Carrie Catalani Events & Designs planned the wedding details, while Danny Cuellar of Trinity Flowers designed the spectacular oral décor. e rehearsal dinner the evening before was held at the Briscoe Western Art Museum.
e bride is a graduate of Texas Christian University and owns Hannah Vista Photography. e groom graduated from the University of Mississippi and from Southern Methodist University graduate school. He is the vice president at the private equity real estate fund, Velocis. e couple honeymooned in Hermitage Bay, Antigua. ey now reside in Dallas and love exploring new places in their travels, skiing in Colorado, tennis, and neighborhood strolls with their dog, Hazel.
e 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 across the state during this bright, brisk new year.
Austin Dallas/Fort Worth
LITHE LIKE THE WIND
Ballet Austin brings together a luxurious trio of works in Sarah’s Songs. From the beauty of Balanchine’s iconic Serenade to the dynamic energy and vivid colors of Jessica Lang’s Garden Blue to a World Premiere by Stephen Mills. It’s truly a dance lover’s treat. February 10-12. At BalletAustin.org.
Medieval X Modern presents the work of modern artists from Europe and the Americas who created prints, drawings, paintings, illustrated books, sculptures, and decorative objects informed by the spectacular craftsmanship and compelling historical gures of the Middle Ages. rough July 9. At BlantonMuseum.org
SUCH A SCENE
Charles Truett Williams: e Art of the Scene examines the Fort Worth mid-century art scene through the presentation of more than 30 works by Fort Worth artist Charles Truett Williams and the artistic community drawn to his studio salon. rough May 7. At CarterMuseum.org.
BAD HAIR DAY? SKIP THIS BARBER
Sweeney Todd, e Demon Barber of Fleet Street, is the dark, brooding, yet sharply comic story of love, revenge, and meat pies. In his multiple Tony© Award-winning musical, the late and much-beloved Stephen Sondheim created what many call the grand American opera of the late 20th-century. January 28–February 5. At AustinOpera.org
IN GOOD COMPANY
Internationally acclaimed Karina Canellakis returns to the Meyerson stage to bring us Dvorák’s orchestral poem, e Wood Dove. Also on the program, Randall Goosby, the fast-rising 25-year-old star violinist, joins the Dallas Symphony to perform Tchaikovsky’s Concerto in D Major. DSO musicians perform Lutosławski’s Concerto for Orchestra highlights. January 27–29. At DallasSymphony.org.
Texas Ballet eater presents Modern Masterpieces, featuring three di erent pieces. In Bartok, playful motifs and intriguing backdrops set the stage for a ravishing neoclassical ballet. Image portrays the arc of Marilyn Monroe’s tragic life in a one-woman performance. And, Imbue is modern and minimalistic. February 24 26. At TexasBallet eater.org.
Houston San Antonio
IT’S TIME TO TANGO
From Rocket Man to Piano Man, the iconic hits of two classic rock legends come alive in this special concert. Piano-and-vocal talent Michael Cavanaugh–handpicked by Billy Joel to recreate his music in the Broadway musical Movin’ Out–delivers an electrifying performance.
January 6–8. At HoustonGrandOpera.org
A FOREVER HOME e Menil Collection presents Art of the Cameroon Grass elds, A Living Heritage in Houston, an exhibition celebrating the enduring artistic traditions of this mountainous and verdant region. e show will present more than 20 historical works from Houston-based museums and private collections. February 17–July 9. At Menil.org.
In this sensual and seductive piece, Maria De Buenos Aires, the story of a tangoobsessed prostitute born on a day “when God was drunk,” will knock you over with its powerful storytelling and singing. Don’t miss this immersive experience as the Alvarez is turned into a gritty nightclub with cocktail table packages, bar service, and tango dancers creating a passionate atmosphere. February 10-11. At OperaSA.org.
BY CHANCE, A LITTLE ROMANCE
Few operas have as much comedic energy as Mozart’s e Marriage of Figaro. Tony© Award-winning director Michael Grandage’s production of the boisterous rom-com re-sets the class consciousness to the late ‘60s Francoist Spain. e bright colors and costumes evoke the Moroccan in uence, ensuring an unforgettable evening. January 13–28. At HoustonGrandOpera.org.
JUST GIVE ME A LITTLE… R.E.S.P.E.C.T. is an electrifying tribute celebrating the music of the legendary Aretha Franklin. e concert features all your favorite hits, including Natural Woman, ink, Respect, and many more. January 21. At SanAntonio.Broadway.com.
In the McNay Art Museum’s exhibition Something Wicked, Susan Hilferty Costumes showcases dresses, accessories, and more. Susan Hilferty wowed Broadway with her Wicked costume designs, winning the 2004 Tony© Award for Best Costume Design of a Musical. rough March 26. At McNayArt.org.
We’re all frequenting restaurants again with great fervor, and there are plenty of new, beautiful spaces to try, according to our savvy eatery devotees, Rob Giardinelli (Austin, Houston and San Antonio) and Cynthia Smoot (Dallas).
Austin Dallas/Fort Worth
Located inside the Origin Hotel Austin in Mueller, Blue Lacy is an allday eatery that o ers a new take on American classics. Top items on the menu include Chicken N’ Wa e Kabobs, avocado toast bruschetta, and pecan pie. e pet-friendly space even has menu o erings served in dog bowls for your favorite four-legged friends so they can enjoy them too. At BlueLacyAustin.com.
ALWAYS ROOM FOR CHAMPAGNE
e new 7th Floor of the Fairmont Hotel, Room 725, Champagne & Caviar, is the perfect place for a rst date or popping the question. e menu features a wide selection of caviar, including a vegan option, and other light bites such as Foie Gras, Lobster Claws, and Jamon Iberico. Order champagne by the bottle, by the glass, or as a ight to nd your perfect pairing. At Fairmont-Austin. com/Room725.
ALLURING AL FRESCO
Escondido boasts the largest patio in Preston Hollow and a menu that features family-friendly Tex-Mex classic favorites such as nachos, tacos, enchiladas, and fajitas. Enjoy 12 varieties of margaritas, Mexicaninspired cocktails, select Mexican beers, and a small yet curated wine menu. At EscondidoDallas.com.
REST ON YOUR LAUREL
Laurel, located in the new Hotel Viata in Westlake, is Italian with a Texas twist by utilizing ingredients from the Texas Hill Country. e curated menu features something for everyone, with the Impossible Meatballs, gnocchi, Chicken Osso Bucco, and Mediterranean Risotto being must-trys. Cap o the dinner by cozying up to the bar for a nightcap or a glass of wine al fresco on the terrace. At ViataAustin.com.
SAKE STK Steakhouse recently opened on McKinney Avenue in Uptown, in the former Perry's Steakhouse location. ey promise vibe dining at its nest, with premium dry-aged steak, world-famous cocktails, and music from renowned DJs. For high-end steak a cionados, STK has three Japanese Wagyu options, a variety of oysters, pastas, and various sides. At STKSteakhouse.com.
HANDCRAFTED & MIGHTY
e keyword at OAK'D BBQ is elevated e Wagyu and prime beef are the standards, alongside ribs, brisket, smoked turkey and chicken, and a wide variety of side dishes. An in-house pastry chef creates homemade desserts, ice cream, and biscuits. Look for the second OAK'D location in the old Chamberlain's Seafood space on Beltline Rd. in Addison this February. At OakdBBQ.com.
Houston San Antonio
SHOP ’TIL YOU EAT
READY FOR PRIMETIME
Gatsby’s Prime Seafood is the latest restaurant by the team behind Gatsby’s Prime Steakhouse. e menu features ocean-based dishes that are brought in fresh daily with the New Bedford Scallops, Sea Bass, and an awe-inspiring Seafood Tower among the most popular. Pair any of these with wine from the global yet curated wine list or enjoy a preProhibition style cocktail. At GatsbySeafood.com.
IN THE NAVY
Newly opened in Rice Village, Navy Blue o ers modern American seafood featuring such culinary delights as Blackened Red Snapper with Ahi Amarillo, Linguini Vongole, and Sword sh Au Poivre with Green Peppercorn sauce. e 110seat dining room includes organic elements, such as a series of long tables separated by white oak partition spines, creating an elegant yet warm dining experience. At NavyBlueRestaurant.com.
Located inside the Hotel Valencia, Naranja Tequila and Mezcal Bar features the only tequila bar on San Antonio’s Riverwalk. Naranja also features a small plates menu, including Mexican Shrimp Ceviche Tostadas and Queso Fundido that perfectly complement their robust tequila o erings. e bar and lounge also feature live music from the Naranja Latin Jazz band for additional ambiance. At HotelValenciaRiverwalk.com.
Mariposa, located inside the Neiman Marcus store at La Cantera, is the perfect place to have an elegant post-shopping meal. e menu o ers a great mix of salads, sandwiches, and classic fare, all of which pair well with a curated wine list. Make sure to start any meal with one of their delicious popovers, which you can also have delivered to your home if you crave one. At NeimanMarcus.com.
e hottest new night space in Texas is Benjamin Berg’s latest concept, Emilia’s Havana. Inspired by the 1950’s Havana club scene, this reservation-only, 50-seat lounge o ers two 2-hour seatings (8:00 PM and 10:30 PM) on Wednesday through Saturday nights. Each seating features bottle service, an elevated wine list, and yummy post-dinner bites with elegant bossa nova music playing in the background. e house DJ spins on Friday and Saturday nights from 12:30 AM-2:00 AM, so you can dance the night away in style. Reservations available at EmiliasHavana.com.
Restaurant Claudine’s recently opened in an incredibly chic, fully renovated classic bungalow in Government Hill, serving delectable Modern Southern cuisine, making it the ideal space for a romantic dinner. Musttry items include Corn Bread with Smoked Wall ower Butter, Heirloom Salad with Seed and Pistachio Crumble, Shrimp Gumbo, and Short Ribs. At RestaurantClaudine.com.
2023 Austin Dinner Human Rights Campaign Austin.HRC.org
Angelina Eberly Luncheon Austin History Center Association AustinHistory.net
Dell Children’s Ball: Becoming Dell Children’s Medical Center SupportSeton.org
CASAblanca Gala CASA of Travis County CASAblancaGala.com
February 4 Moontower Ball Notley MoontowerBall.com
Wish Ball 2023 Make-A-Wish Central and South Texas Wish.org/CSTX
Rodeo Austin Gala Rodeo Austin RodeoAustin.org
Texas Medal of Arts Awards Texas Cultural Trust TxCulturalTrust.org
Wonders & Worries WondersAndWorries.org
Serenata Wine & Dinner Auction Ausitn Opera AustinOpera.org
DALLAS January 20 Building Brighter Futures Luncheon National Council of Jewish Women of Greater Dallas NCJWDallas.org
e Great Adventure Hunt ChildCareGroup ChildCareGroup.org
2022 Bishops Gala Catholic Charities of Dallas CCDallas.org
Soups On! e Stewpot Alliance eStewpot.org
February 2 2023 Legacy Award Dinner Center for BrainHealth CenterForBrainHealth.org
CASAblanca Gala Dallas CASA DallasCASA.org
February 4 Mission to Party e Birthday Party Project eBirthdayPartyProject.org
37th Annual Presentation Ball Dallas Symphony Orchestra League DallasSymphonyLeague.com
St. Valentine’s Day Luncheon & Fashion Show Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Events.LLS.org/pages/ntx/ vday2022
Masquerade: Night Out at the Disco Genesis Women’s Shelter GenesisShelter.org
An Evening with the Great Nowitzki
Educational First Steps EducationalFirstSteps.org
Dallas Go Red For Women Luncheon American Heart Association AHADallas.EjoinMe.org
February 25 2023 Gala 4word Women 4wordWomen.org
13th Annual Symphony of Chefs Kidlinks Kidlinks.org
37th Annual Paul “Bear” Bryant Awards American Heart Association BryantAwards.org
Art of the Islamic Worlds Gala Museum of Fine Arts, Houston MFAH.org
January 21 30th Anniversary Gala Camp for All CampForAll.org
Another Great Night Contemporary Arts Museum Houston CAMH.org
Love Beyond Gala e Salvation Army of Greater Houston SalvationArmyHouston.org
Glow in the Glades Memorial Park Conservancy MemorialParkConservancy.orgBy Rob Giardinelli, Senior Social Editor
Symphony Ball Houston Symphony HoustonSymphony.org
Back Together…And It Feels So Good Seven Acres SevenAcres.org
Ballet Ball Houston Ballet HoustonBallet.org
Houston Heart Ball American Heart Association AHAHouston.EjoinMe.org
Rienzi Society Dinner Museum of Fine Arts, Houston MFAH.org
February 25 e under Ball Fresh Arts FreshArts.org
Let’s Rodeo Ball San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo SArodeo.com
Khaki and Plaid Gala Archdiocese of San Antonio ArchSA.org
Hearts & Harmony Gala Children’s Bereavement Center of South Texas CBCST.org
Valentine Luncheon, Style Show & Silent Auction Friends of Hospice San Antonio FriendsOfHospiceSA.org
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