SOCIETY TEXAS | 2024 Weddings Issue

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Kenzie Seales & Chase Freeman

By Lance Avery Morgan

Photography by Stephanie Brazzle


Zoë Dobson & Connor Howden

By Rob Giardinelli

Photography by Jenny DeMarco


Georgia Kuper & Austin Sohr

By Jake Gaines

Photography by Austin Gros


Elle Moody & Jimmy Gray

By Rob Giardinelli

Photography by Matt Lankes


Julia Collins & Graves Peeler

By Lance Avery Morgan

Photography by Sergio Sandona


Sabrina Wyant & Saahil Pasha

By Lance Avery Morgan

Photography by Brianna Ghattas

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Preston Harmon & Matthew


By Lance Avery Morgan

Photography by James & Jess Wedding Photography


Brittany Beldon & Blake Rosenthal

By Jake Gaines

Photography by Caroline Lima


Sarah Chase Webber & Doug Barber

By Alexandra Del Lago

Photography by Sarah Chase

Chris Bailey Photography


Abby Cavender & Reed Brunette

By Lance Avery Morgan

Photography by Carolina Lima


Tifany Larkam & Will Caldwell

By Jake Gaines

Photography by Lacy + Lee


Alec Straus & Sid Greehey, Jr.

By Jake Gaines

Photography by Matthew Alvarado

Beloved Photography


Suzanne Negley & Austin Hegarty

By Alexandra Del Lago

Photography by Hannah Pickle


Samantha Fulgham & Charles John Fuhrmann III

By Alexandra Del Lago

Photography by Heather Sixt

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It takes a village to create this magazine and our digital media platform, Here’s a look at some of the many talented dynamos who make it happen during these sunny spring days.


Editor-in-Chief and Creative Director Lance Avery Morgan shares his always optimistically bright disposition for the warmer months ahead.


Go ahead, taste the rainbow. A true spectrum of colorful jewels have never felt more at home, from ballrooms to beaches everywhere. So, we’ve assembled the fnest jewels with some of our favorite jewelry collaborators to present a few recommendations.


Te most stylishly chic books available are here just in time to enhance your life with spring’s vibrant reading opportunities.

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Our beauty insider, Leanne Raesener, recommends the highest level of beauty products to embrace the season’s new trends to incorporate into the bridal festivities.


Ever wanted to step back in time to a more glamorous the Golden Age of Hollywood in the 1930s? Join us as our Lance Avery Morgan shares an excerpt from his upcoming novel, Moonglow: Te Sensational Saga And Secrets Of Sarita Silva.

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Our luxe curator, Rank & Style CEO Jamie Chandlee, and her team recommend her favorite honeymoon accessories to make life a little more fashionable...expect it to be full of glamour.


Tere is always something new to discover in Texas...and beyond. Lance Avery Morgan and our editorial team share the best things, places, and people to know and experience right now.


A "couple bubble" is that indelibly protective coating a duo can create to conquer their world, explains Resonance Repatternist Mary Schneider.


We’ve teamed with some of the state’s top cultural institutions to get a glimpse behind the scenes at what makes them so beloved and interesting.


From sea to shining ski, join us as we jet to some of the most romantic honeymoon getaways to inspire your own post-nuptial adventure. Wheels up.


Here is a selection of philanthropic events Senior Social Editor Rob Giardinelli recommends you consider supporting as the 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 to 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 fnd the products they like. Chandlee is a graduate of Te University of Texas at Austin and is grateful to be able to help people outside the ofce through her participation in numerous socially impactful organizations.


Lori Duran has had a diverse career and currently researches interesting historical stories of social changes. Tis 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, Te University of Texas at Austin: Te First One Hundred Years.



Whether fnding 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.

Certifed professional coach and branding expert by day, social commentator by night, COO/Co-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-proft gala for over a thousand guests. Most of all, he appreciates how Texans so generously and passionately give back. He relishes weaving his social commentary to showcase those who work tirelessly to raise awareness of important causes in the State of Texas and beyond.



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. Te Beast addresses your marketing challenges with creative thinking. Solving such issues is their jam. Tey have frequently helped their clients with non-marketing-related internal processes derived simply through a fresh perspective and ideation.

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 Te Couture Council, and Te Museum at F.I.T.


Kristen O’Brien is a writer and editor who has also segued into the world of public relations and events. A graduate of Columbia University School of Journalism, she has worked in various capacities for Te Wall Street Journal, Te New York Times, ELLE magazine, Austin Film Festival, and SXSW. She was also appointed editor-in-chief for the launch of the website for the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York. Born and raised in London, she has spent most of her career in Paris and New York. Now that Austin is her home, she loves exploring Texas, the Greenbelt, and Austin's Mexican food restaurants. Follow her adventures at



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

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



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

Meet Cynthia Smoot: publicist, freelance lifestyle and travel writer, Dallas infuencer, 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 favor. Connect with her on all social media platforms @OhSoCynthia.


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 fne art, music, wine, books, tennis, food, and life…as well as a deep love for her family and community.




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WEDDINGS ARE BACK. HECK, WE’RE ALL BACK. LIKE NEVER before. In full force. And we are so excited to be celebrating the very special wedding occasions of some of our favorite families across Texas in this issue. No matter the location or style, we feel like there is something for each of you to be inspired by as we celebrate and elevate across these pages. Tis issue isn't just about weddings. It's about witnessing the kind of spectacle that makes freworks at a rock concert seem like child's play. We've spared no satin, lace, and certainly no expense. If your defnition of 'wedding goals' includes swans as ring bearers, a guest list longer than the Great Wall of China, and a dress that requires its own zip code – you're in for a treat.

We’ve had plenty of experiences over the years covering largerthan-life weddings. We once sat down with a groom over martinis who insisted on getting married in a medieval castle. Suit of armor included. Apparently, he fgured that if he was going to make a lifelong commitment, he might as well do it with a sword by his side. Chivalry isn't dead; it's often dressed simply in a snazzy tuxedo. Another groom we encountered wanted to arrive at his ceremony by helicopter because why walk down the aisle when you can make an entrance worthy of an action movie hero?

One bride, quite a lovely lass, we met along the way wanted to make her grand debut on a boat adorned with enough fowers to put the Hanging Gardens of Babylon to shame. Practical? Maybe not. But hey, it's all about the pizzazz and heart-stopping memorable moments, right? We also understand one bride demanded her bridesmaids undergo a rigorous boot camp to achieve 'wedding-worthy' ftness. We can only hope they at least got a slice of the twelve-tiered cake as compensation.

On the topic of love, and there’s been plenty written about it in these pages now and over the years with how our nuptial

participants met, fell in love, proposed, planned their weddings with families, made things very public or kept them private, honeymooned and then settled into their lives together ofcially as newlyweds. We are here to guide you through that labyrinth of love, lace, and some ludicrously expensive ceremonies. So, our wildly talented editorial, publishing, and design teams have risen to new heights with this issue. And through those eforts, we have wrangled thousands of participants, stories, and images to create what you are looking at right now. If you’re in the throes of planning your own nuptials or just living vicariously through the extravagant fantasies of others, our luxury weddings ofer inspiration for everyone. For a dose of reality amidst the tulle and tiaras, we ofer an array of impressive, Texas-sized ceremonies on a silver platter.

Tis issue promises an adventure into a world where love knows no limits and wedding planners have magical powers. Whether you're single, taken, or just here for the free planning tips (we don't judge), we’re here for you.

So, grab a copy, fnd a comfy seat (preferably on a throne made of roses), and prepare to be swept away by the grandeur, glitz, and sheer audacity of love. Let's toast to the extravagance, boundless creativity, and undeniably stylish chaos that is often the biggest day of our lives. We bid you adieu, still knee-deep in cufinks and confetti...

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Taste T e Rainbow

Glitz, meet the most colorful jewels this season are about to become your new favorites. In every color of the spectrum, we advise mixing and matching to your heart’s wildest content. Too much is never enough, according to our jewelry admirer Lance Avery Morgan.

Up your hoop game to a new level by adding a twist of playfulness to any look with these Desert Blooms Wildfower earrings that resemble fowering vines of springtime. Tese sparklers feature 16.52 carats of colorful sapphires at a length of 1.5 inches. Price Upon Request. At Kelly Wade Jewelers.

Be the toast of the event with a mixed gemstone ring, in a plethora of colors, with two layers of stones encircling the marvelous center stone. $12,500. At Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry.

is Prisma necklace by Ruchi New York is a stunner with 53.44 carats of candy-hued sapphires and 0.58 carats of diamonds. Price Upon Request. At Kelly Wade Jewelers.

Tis seven-inch-long Line bracelet features a variety of fancy colored emeraldcut sapphires in 18K yellow gold settings alternating with baguette diamonds with 18K white gold links. $45,000. At Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry.

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Wildfower drop earrings feature 12.99 carats of stunning sapphires in assorted hues. Price

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Create your own Bridgerton -esque drama and intrigue by wearing these antique Georgian-era amethyst 22K Gold cannetille drop earrings, circa 1830. At Tenenbaum Jewelers.

Tis mesmerizing wrist wonder of rubies, tanzanite, and diamonds in two tone 18K Gold is sure to stop trafc, don’t you think? Price Upon request. At Tenenbaum Jewelers.

Tis High Jewelry necklace by BVLGARI in pink gold with three cushion sugarloaf cut rubellites, two cushion sugarloaf cut pink tourmalines, and pavé-set diamonds will have tongues wagging. Price Upon Request. At BVLGARI Houston Store or 713.622.7574 for more details.

Te High Jewelry Divas’ Dream necklace by BVLGARI in pink gold with one cabochon rubellite, six rubellite beads, 26 buf-top rubies, one round diamond, and pavé-set diamonds...should set the room ablaze when you enter. Price Upon Request. At BVLGARI Houston Store or 713.622.7574 for more details.

Add more joy every day by donning this darling multi-gem bracelet. Te estate piece is a rainbow square-cut bracelet set with amethyst, garnet, tourmaline, citrine, peridot, aquamarine, and tanzanite. $3250. At Tenenbaum Jewelry.

Tis beauty of a righthand ring resembles a fower bouquet set in a dome ring style. Multicolored jewels wrap all the way around. Price

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Slip on this High Jewelry Serpenti bracelet by BVLGARI in pink gold with mother of pearl elements, one oval spinel, 28 fancy tourmalines, two fancy emeralds, and pavé-set diamonds. Price Upon Request. At BVLGARI Houston Store or 713.622.7574 for more details.


Beyond Words


Some of the most important style books seen in years will grace your shelves and cofee tables this spring and summer. Make them the most thought-provoking possible, according to our ardent bibliophile Lance Avery Morgan, who recommends his favorites.

Here’s an indispensable survey of the most important archival collections assembled by fashion's key players. For the fashion-obsessed, one's archive is surely a testament to the act of preservation and, of course, a sophisticated symbol of taste. Archives take time to build, with wardrobes or storage units packed to the brim, and the results end up being remarkable representations of fashion history. $75. At


Tis stunning collection of inspiring homes begins with a look back, which includes examples of iconic houses inspired by Hollywood flm fantasies. Te heart of the book features today's forward-looking homes, divided into two sections: Living with Art and Design and Los Angeles Modern. $65. At


A radical new history of photography from a team of esteemed writers and thinkers that focuses on the complex collaborations between photographer and subject. Working with an accumulation of more than 600 photographs, each entry breaks apart photography and brings tangible traces of collaboration to light. $85. At Tames&HudsonUSA. com.


Few styles are more iconic than the fnery donned by the crowds at Churchill Downs. Enjoy this close-up look at America's most inimitable sports fashion event. It’s chock full of twenty horses, 120 seconds, 150 years...and timeless fashion. From the hats in the grandstands, to the silks on the track, fashion is as much a part of the Kentucky Derby as the thoroughbreds, the jockeys, and of course, the mint juleps. $50. At


Modern beachside style is more than shells and surfboards as seen in this new tome. Whether the inspiration comes from nautical themes, natural elements, winter blues, or the charm of the Mediterranean, the priority is always comfort and tranquility. It doesn’t matter if you don’t live near the beach—the spirit can be captured here. $35. At Tames&


Considered to be one of the world’s best antique and vintage furniture stores, Galerie Half ofers a stylish blend of twentieth-century design, European antiques, and eclectic rarities. A favorite purveyor to the Los Angeles design community, the pieces they ofer are imbued with a sense of timeless imperfection, as seen in this book. $95. At


Tis in-depth and richly illustrated book combines elegant design and production values. It’s the frst publication in almost forty years on the work of the photographer. His images defned an era as a captivating photographic odyssey spanning fashion, Hollywood, and travel. $100. At Tames&


We all know that trends come and go, yet French interiors, old or new, never go out of style. As seen in this book, the new French look is spirited and fresh, layered but never fussy, efortless yet always chic. Referencing history, it ofers a respectful nod to the past without ever looking stale and stufy. $35. At Tames&


Tis ofers a look inside the design dynamo’s studio to discover the techniques, concepts, and inspirations that lie behind his glass creations. Having collaborated with prestigious French and international companies, including Baccarat, Hennessy, and Christofe, this volume pays tribute to the unique techniques that he has contributed. $85. At


German photographer Juergen Teller has long collaborated with Dennis Freedman, creative director for W magazine, and the former luxury department store, Barneys New York. Between 1999 and 2016, the pair created a sweep of iconic series, all captured in Teller’s trademark realistic style. It’s a fttingly lo-f tribute to the photographer’s pareddown vision for fashion imagery, as championed by Freedman. $55. At



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For your big day, you’ll want to look and feel as beautiful as ever. Here, our beauty expert, Leanne Raesener, shares the very latest and greatest getting-gorgeous products for a more stunning spring and summer.


Tis elegant eye quad, the limited edition Wild Meadow Eye Quartet, includes two creaminfused pearlescent shimmering shades, one satiny-soft matte shade, and one luminous satin hue. Te color story creates beautiful looks when mixed and matched or when worn as individually solo shades. $78. At

For the woman who has almost everything. Surrounded by a myriad of dazzling crystals, the fabulous bee-featured insect landed majestically on this one-liter Bee Bottle to make it sparkle. Te best part? It still exudes your grandmother’s perfectly powdery scent. $20,337. At


Complete the look of Tom Ford’s seductive eye using this innovative, dual-ended liquid liner. Formulated in the blackest shade of black, it delivers ultimate precision and makes fuid strokes easy to achieve with this Eye Defning Pen. $58. At


Zaferano I, a Storie Veneziane scent by La Maison Valmont, is balance of bright forals and spiced accents takes the wearer on a journey without bounds. East-meets-West aromas of safron, bigaradier blossoms and precious oud lend authenticity and generosity to this captivating extrait de parfum flled with wonder and wanderlust. $490. At


European insiders, and now Texans, turn to Valmont of Switzerland for the best, advanced skincare found anywhere. It’s where nature meets science and luxury meets efectiveness. We highly recommend the Moisturizing With A Cream, Mask, and Hydra Eye Serum. From $160. Available in Texas at the Lake Austin Spa & Resort &


Tan your face day or night with COU’s perfect Sunless Face Tanning

Serum. With ingredients like Raspberry Seed Oil, Aloe Vera, and Vitamin A & E, it works to hydrate, tighten, and frm the skin while giving you a luminous glow. Created by native Austinite Trish Williams Huddleston. $54. At COUSkincare. com.


Water Fresh Eau De Blush in Light Pink from the Les Beiges line is our favorite shade this year. Developed using MicroFluidic Technology, the visible micro-droplet pigments melt into skin ering a nish and a healthy-looking glow.


Does your colortreated hair need a volume lift shampoo as we dive into pools and fun this spring and summer? Yep, we thought so. Te socialite insider go-to is, of course, Oribe. $52. At

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Moonglow: Te Sensational Saga & Secrets Of Sarita Silva

Coming soon to a bookstore near you is the latest book by Lance Avery Morgan. Set in the Golden Age of Hollywood in 1932, the rise and rise of flm starlet Sarita Silva will inspire you to create your destiny your own way.

THERE ARE BUSHELS OF THEM. AT LEAST TWO AND A HALF dozen foral bouquets, in just about every color of the rainbow, are arriving by the truckload at Preeminent Pictures, the biggest little major movie studio in Hollywood. An array of tuberoses, peonies, orchids, and gardenias, all ensconced in elaborately towering vases with gift cards of congratulations and well-wishes, have been delivered since dawn. Teir destination is the dressing room of Sarita Silva, forever more known as Academy Award®-winning Sarita Silva. Te journey in which she receives the fabled golden statue has been rather brief by Hollywood terms, yet arduous to be sure.

Little did she know, as she naps poolside at her Bel Air rental less than 10 miles away from Preeminent, sleeping of what was a combination of too much champagne and Duck a L’Orange that the real journey of a lifetime had only begun.

It all has to start somewhere, like all great stories flled with love, heartache, success, and misfortune. Every life is as chock full of them as a cellophane bag of mixed nuts, especially in Hollywood. Te bright California sun bathes Hollywood's bustling, freshly tarred streets in lemony golden hues, setting the stage for both glittering dreams and powerful ambitions to collide.

Among the starry-eyed dreamers, like the tens of thousands of young, ambitious, and beautiful women and men before her, Sarita Silva steps of the bus with intense hope in her heart and determination in her youthful stride. A vision of grace and beauty, she knows she has to take a chance on her dream of becoming a movie star. In fact, her aim is to be the world’s most talented movie star.

Te year, 1932, and Hollywood, the City of Dreams, is ablaze in the clinquant daylight with the glimmer of its mostly Spanish Revival architecture...and the distinct aroma of opportunity. Among the hopefuls chasing fame and fortune, the striking Sarita’s Silva realizes her radiant smile is not enough to ignite the silvery screen where celluloid dreams are being conjured every minute of the day somewhere in the world. But her secret weapon is that she possesses genuine talent.

Busloads of Hollywood hopefuls fall of the turnip truck on the

corner of Hollywood and Vine, the always-stirring epicenter where fantasies could come true, and often, life could change in what seemed to be almost overnight. Tat is what is so wonderful about Hollywood, that state of mind of Hollywood, anyway. Truly anything is possible. If can be dreamed, then it can made, or flmed. On the movie industry’s menu is a veritable feast served of possibilities: freedom, riches, personal fulfllment...and yes, even love.

Sarita straightens the hem of her lavender foral print dress that is accentuated with organdy blouson sleeves and makes sure her gloves remain pristinely white as she steadily holds onto the rail until she steps onto the sidewalk from the bus. As she navigates her way to the labyrinthine studio stages that lay ahead, Sarita’s almond-shaped and expressive eyes sparkle with excited anticipation. Giddy, really.

Te Preeminent Studio gates, freshly painted in navy blue with shiny, intertwining copper Ps to represent the logo of Preeminent, loom ahead of her. Te indelible gates are guarded by imposingly authoritative fgures in gate-matching navy uniforms, like the police back in Sarita’s hometown of Monterrey, Mexico. She steels herself and walks forward, her fngers trembling as she clutches the audition script for the leading role in a highly anticipated upcoming romantic drama, I Am My Own Woman.

Ambition courses through her veins, propelling her to conquer the challenges that await in the City of Angels. Sarita is not just content with being a visual spectacle; she possesses an innate talent that sets her apart. Whether it's her voice, her acting skills, or a combination of both, she has a natural gift that draws attention immediately toward her whenever she steps into a room.

However, beneath the glamorous exterior and the sparkle of Tinseltown, Sarita is not immune to the challenges that newcomers face. She grapples with what little she has heard about the complexities of the industry, navigating a landscape that can be both thrilling and treacherous. Despite the pitfalls, her determination remains unyielding, and she is willing to fght for her place in the spotlight.

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Victoria Beckham evokes the enrapturing fragrance of burgeoning romance through the memory in the fragrance, Portofno ’97. It’s a euphoric hint of Calabrian bergamot and black pepper; crisp white sheets sufused with incense and amber; patchouli and vetiver lingering on the skin of a signifcant other. $200. At VictoriaBeckhamBeauty. com.


Tis luminosity-boosting Rose Gold Radiance Body Oil by 111 Skin has a brightening blend of natural oils and extracts to transform dull, lackluster limbs and quench dry knees, elbows and anywhere else in need of a moisture boost. It also reverses the efects of UV damage and irritation, making it perfect as an aftersun or post-shave treatment. $95. At



Passport To Paradise

Every honeymoon is about bliss and pure romance...a true respite after all the preparations that went into the big day. For your exotic trip, rest and relax while looking stunning the entire time, according to the Top 10 list by our style guides, the always chic Rank & Style CEO Jamie Chandlee, and her team.

If paparazzi decides to join you on your honeymoon, escape them with this Dancer Aviator in cream. Te classic oversized aviator shape sports an enamel painted metal frame with rosy lens. $290. At


Te twisting botanical prints in Agua by Agua Bendita's collections pay homage to the fora and fauna of the brand's native Colombia. Patterned with intricate blooms, this ‘Ebano’ swimsuit’s sweetheart neckline is traced with pretty rufes and a delicate bow where each end is tipped with lustrous faux pearls. $290. At 5


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Glow Niacinamide Drops is the breakthrough, multiuse highlighting serum that hydrates and visibly reduces the look of hyperpigmentation for a dewy, refective glow. Perfect for any type of skin to reduce dryness and dullness. $35. At Sephora. com.

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Te Michael rafa-trimmed leather sandals by Gabriela Hearst gets raves from us for its chic versatility. Te smooth leather straps and split wooden soles feature braided rafa trims that have been expertly hand-woven by skilled artisans in Morocco. $1150. At Net-A-Porter. com.


Inspired by classic signet styles, David Yurman's heirloom-esque pinky ring is cast from 18-karat gold and centered with sparkling diamonds arranged to depict your chosen initial. $1300. At


Te Anglaise Midi Matchmaker is cotton and features spliced panels of broderie anglaise. With boning through its bodice, a scoop neckline, shirred elastic across the back, side seam pockets, and invisible zip closure, you’ll want to wear it when you return, too. $1050. At

We love that Khaite's medium-sized 'Amelia' tote is ideal for long commutes or day trips. Crafted from ra it has sculptural folds and protective feet at the base. spacious interior is small items close at hand. $1950. At


Founded in 2011 by Australian creative duo, Rob and Tess, Lack of Color has reimagined the world of hats like this one, a wide-brimmed and domed down for the ultimate sun protection, the 'Paloma' is made from golden wheat straw and features a detachable chocolate brown cotton neck tie. $150. At

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Where to go, how to support, and whom to know this spring? Look no further than here for our recommendations of the latest and greatest that Texans will love, according to our cool arbiter Lance Avery Morgan, who is always on the scene looking out for our best interests.


Most agree that the best wedding cakes in the state are made at Paige’s Bakehouse in the Austin area. Te seventh-generation Texan Paige Morgan Perry is the fan favorite for creating artisanal, memorably creative, and festive cakes for any wedding or special occasion. “Tis is the most important day in a person’s life, and everything has to be perfect,” says Perry. “Te cake is a sweet symbol of a couple’s love, and we make sure their vision is perfection.” At


We’ve found your next custom hat purchase. With the Yellowstone T.V. series craze in full throttle, it’s afected runways and closets across the world. Enter Cassandra Everett, founder of Cenizo West and Cenizo Hatworks, and her companies that craft her designs in Texas. Born in San Antonio and raised in Corpus Christi and Kerrville, she currently enjoys rural life in Sabinal, Texas (approximately 60 miles west of San Antonio). Tere she creates her Western designs that are sweeping the world. At


Houstonian Sir Mark Haukohl’s collection of 47 women artists who are challenging the notions of gender, nationhood, and the practice of photography itself are the focus of the upcoming must-see exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum. Te prior success of In the Now: Gender and Nation in Europe, Selections from the Sir Mark Fehrs Haukohl Photography Collection occurred at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 2022. March 8–July 7. At


Led by its new President, Alicia Bryan, a Houstonianturned San Antonian, the American Friends of Versailles weekend at the fabled palace, as well as gatherings in nearby Paris, is the place to be to kick of your fve-star summer...Le Gala des Fleurs d'Oranger. Founded by Amarillo-born Catharine Hamilton decades ago, the preservation ties between the OG Cultural Landmark and Texas remain strong. From May 31—June 3. To support, visit

Long ranked as one of the preeminent rejuvenation destinations in the world, Lake Austin Spa & Resort continues to dazzle. Open year-round, the resort ofers total immersive wellness experiences with an emphasis on the naturally restorative power and healing efects of water. We love that the 25,000-square-foot Lake House Spa features an outdoor Palm Pool, hot tub, cabanas, 30 treatment areas, including garden tents and suites, indoor heated Junior Olympic-length lap pool in the Pool Barn, and two acres of terraced foliage and aquatic gardens. A few days here will seem like a month anywhere else. At



Tis mini caftan is a part of the capsule collection for Te SIL x Te Beverly Hills Hotel. Dallas-based La Vie Style House’s combination of light pink silk mixed with pink feathers is an ode to Old Hollywood’s glamorous style. Tis classic caftan silhouette has a button placket front and boasts wide ostrich feathered sleeves. We love that Te SIL’s native Texan-turned-Angeleno founder Natalie Bloomingdale is making the world more dazzling with each of her style collaboratives. $950. At

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Monolith House, an architecturally innovative masterpiece, introduces the Neolithic Revival style, seamlessly blending modern design with the natural beauty of the Texas Hill Country and Guadalupe River. Positioned on five acres of riverfront property, the ecologically engineered home harmoniously interacts with its surroundings, harnessing sunlight and rainwater. Constructed with advanced techniques, the house features expansive glass, providing uninterrupted views and a connection to nature. The minimalist interior, characterized by velvety-concrete walls, soaring glass, and a neutral palette, emphasizes simplicity and warmth. Outdoors, a resort-inspired pool, hot tub, and sunken living area invite relaxation, while the riverside setting offers serene moments. Just miles from Hunt, Kerrville, and Fredericksburg, Monolith House promises an unmatched lifestyle with effortless elegance.

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How To Create A "Couple Bubble"

We all want someone in our lives with whom we connect and “gets us” the way we want to be seen and heard. Tat’s a soulmate, and Resonance Repatternist, Mary Schneider, reveals what it means and how to fnd one as you begin or deepen your phase of coupledom.


LOTS OF TROPES AND romantic ideas. And drama, of course. Everyone has their ‘crazy’ wedding stories. Issues abound perfectionism reigns. Every detail is poured over and scrutinized. If one pays close attention, the energetic vibrations of a fairy tale are revealed. Tis is heady and transmissible. Tat’s why we love them.

I once shared an ofce with one of the premier wedding consultants of the 80s and 90s. Te mothers of the brides would arrive. Pleasantries would be exchanged, and inevitably, she would inquire, “What had so and so’s wedding cost?” My friend would divulge the price, and the mother would reply, “Please make my budget $5K more.” Te business end of a multi-billion-dollar industry, I thought at the time, was just a trife cynical.

Later, after becoming an ordained minister and ofciating several delightful, lovely wedding ceremonies, it became clear I was most interested in how this would work over time. In the past, I have written a lot about parenting. Specifcally, exploring the idea that our parents teach us how to be a mom or dad, and how to overcome the pitfalls they may have encountered.

Just as it is with parenting, coupledom depends to a large degree on how a couple’s parents manage their own marriages. As in parenting, if couples get help, marriage can be awesome and fulflling. Unfortunately, people are not given much training in parenting or marriage skills. We are required to know more to get a driver’s license than we need to be a parent. If we do not receive any education about raising children, we will eventually fall back on and follow what our parents did for good or bad. It is the very same with marriage.

What did the parents model in their coupledom? How did they solve problems; what roles were assumed; were the parents happy with those roles? Was divorce involved? Infdelity? Money issues? Substance abuse? How does one raise healthy, happy children? As a therapist working with potential marriage partners and veteran couples for the past 25 years, I have always known the questions hovering in the background of the Big Day would journey to the foreground soon enough. We ask ourselves, “How do we go about being in a successful marriage?” Sometimes, these weighty matters are discussed before the ceremony, but often they are not. As we all know, part of the fairy tale suggests it will work out after all–happily ever after.

Historically, tradition has suggested the fallacy that one must make their partner ‘happy.’ In truth, what works is when each partner brings their own happiness to the relationship, potentially creating a bond where

happiness can be shared. Tis is the ideal but rarely accomplished easily. Te writer I refer to below puts it this way, “Te nitty gritty personal history always overtakes ideals.” What would make this kind of shared happiness attainable? Where can we start?


In his book, Wired for Love, author and psychologist Stan Tatkin proposes married couples create a “Couple Bubble.” Mutuality is the answer. He writes, “‘Couple Bubble’ is a term I like to use to describe the mutually constructed membrane, cocoon, or womb that holds a couple together and protects each partner from outside elements.” He defnes the “Couple Bubble” as “an intimate environment partners create and sustain together.” Tis environment is its own ecosystem, assuring a few inalienable rights.

He enumerates the rights: “I will never leave you. I will never frighten you purposely. When you are in distress, I will relieve you, even if I am the one who is causing the distress. Our relationship is more important than my need to be right, your performance, appearance, what other people think or want, or any other competing values. You will be the frst to hear about anything and not the second, third, or fourth person I tell.”

When I think about it, this is the ideal treatment for a parent/child relationship, too. Tatkin goes on to explain how mutuality can be established in many diferent conditions. What do we do at a party to maintain the “Couple Bubble”? Safety and security are the hallmarks of this methodology. If this agreement between two people is kept intact, when the relationship is challenged, it can prove to be the only thing holding it together. We can move on from there in a positive direction.

Te frst time I encountered this concept, I was intrigued because I could immediately envision the ‘bubble’ in my mind. Decades ago, a therapist recommended I “bubble up” in stressful situations. I would imagine myself walking in a big, beautiful, impenetrable sphere, and it seemed to work. However, I never transferred that imagery to include people with whom I was in a romantic relationship. It would have been helpful.

Considering the incredible number of variables in the human psyche and condition, it is a wonder we efectively engage in intimate relationships at all. We are courageous and keep getting back ‘in the arena.’ Tis concept is one way to think about your marriage at any point in time, but it is highly recommended at the beginning right along with the wedding plans.


For four decades, Toast of the Town, St. David’s Foundation’s iconic series of eclectic events, has showcased the best of Central Texas with hundreds of unforgettable celebrations. While our community has evolved over the years, Toast of the Town has grown along with it, with every month of May filled with parties featuring stunning venues, sensational guests, and celebrated chefs.

Toast of the Town raises critical funds for the St. David’s Neal Kocurek Scholarship, the largest healthcare scholarship program in the state of Texas.

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Te LBJ Presidential Library Hosts Monthly Program Series

THE SETTING: Te LBJ Presidential Library in Austin hosts an annual season of special Evening With programs featuring dynamic conversations with some of the most notable leaders in the political, cultural, and media felds on topics related to American history and current afairs. Te special events, open to Friends of the LBJ Library members, draw some of the Lone Star State’s most notable sociables, history lovers, and philanthropists. Following the programs, members at the Legacy and Cabinet levels are invited to a cocktail reception and dinner with the featured speakers in the 10th foor atrium.

THE STYLE: On one to two nights a month between September and May, audiences of up to 1,000 attendees dressed in Austin-chic attire fll the Lady Bird Johnson Auditorium for interview-style discussions, moderated by Mark Updegrove, president and CEO of the LBJ Foundation and presidential historian for ABC News.

Tis past year, speakers included William McRaven, who shared highlights from his career as an Admiral in the Navy and lessons on leadership from his book, Te Wisdom of the Bullfrog. Jake Tapper talked about covering current afairs as an anchor at CNN and his recently published book, All Te Demons Are Here. Heather Cox Richardson, historian and editor of the popular daily newsletter, “Letters from an American,” spoke about the state of our democracy and lessons for the current moment drawn from our national history to a capacity crowd of 1,000. Te season closed out with former Defense Secretary Dr. Robert Gates, who shared insights about current world and geopolitical events, including the conficts in Ukraine and Gaza.

THE PURPOSE: Membership gifts to the Friends of the LBJ Library beneft the Evening With series, special museum exhibitions, and educational programs for K-12 schools. Annual memberships start at $65 and include access to the museum, special events and exhibit openings, and invitations to the Evening With programs. Members at the premium levels ($1,000 and above) receive preferred seating for Evening With programs, as well as access to exclusive dinner receptions and VIP events each season. To join or for more information, visit www. or email

Mark Lawrence, Jake Tapper and Elizabeth Christian Heather Cox Richardson, Luci Baines Johnson and Catherine Robb
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Pam Reed, Bill Todd and Mary Scott Nabers Sarah McCracken & Beau and Val Armstrong Mark Updegrove and Dr. Robert Gates Marc Winkelman, John and Heather Little & Brian McCall

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With scenic grounds and a beautifully curated collection that is sure to impress your guests, the McNay Art Museum is the perfect choice for an artful afair. 6000

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UT Health San Antonio is elevating health care to an unprecedented level with the construction of the UT Health San Antonio Multispecialty and Research Hospital opening December 2024. T is best-in-class facility will provide leading-edge care — translating our scientifc discoveries in the lab into new precision therapies for diseases. Te hospital’s opening, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Mays Cancer Center, will facilitate training the next generation of superb health care providers for South Texas and beyond, adding 200 medical residents and fellows to the rigorous academic and clinical program at the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine.







If you truly want to get away from it all, French Polynesia might just be the most perfect destination on the planet. Sunny, remote, and quite glamorous, you’ll see why these famous islands surrounding Tahiti beckon you to the trip of a lifetime. Especially on a cozy getaway for two, according to our warm-weather traveler, Lance Avery Morgan. Photography courtesy of Le Bora Bora Resort

Paradise Found: Five-Star Tahiti

IF THIS ISN’T PARADISE, THEN PARADISE MAY NOT EXIST AFTER all. Welcome to the land in which James Michener wrote Tales of the South Pacifc and the subject for the native images painted by Gauguin and Matisse that shocked the world. Yes, French Polynesia is a very special land…a mythical place with mythical people ofering what some might consider a once-in-a-lifetime experience south of the equator. So plan it right here and right now.

Tink of French Polynesia as the Hawaii of the 1950s before statehood –unspoiled, underdeveloped, and well, just a little untamed. With exotic island names like Bora Bora, Manihi, Tikehau, Moreea, and many more, each experience can be distinctive and very fve-star. To most, this trip is one of a kind. You encounter an authentic experience at Le Bora Bora by Pearl Resorts. Maybe that’s why the rich and famous love to escape their red carpet life to a place like this, even if just for a couple of weeks, to return to a sense of authenticity. Te region’s laissez-faire attitude topped with a chic French accent creates a unique and spectacular environment for any desire.

Want to curl up in the lap of luxury and eat fresh fsh with a side of poisson cru (coconut milk), then enjoy endless spa treatments? Tis is the place for you. Tink you’re up for an athletic vacation where you can snorkel, dive, kayak, surf, and do just about any other water sport? Tis is it. Need some downtime away from your iPhone and spreadsheets to complete that unfnished screenplay, polish of that Great American Novel, or just paint your own watercolor masterpiece? Come here to do it and recharge your creative batteries. Tink of it as nature’s Botox.

To know the islands, you frst have to be acquainted with its land and peoples. Te extensive island chain of French Polynesia is home to only 250,000 inhabitants, 70% of whom live on the island of Tahiti. Tere are about 120 islands and atolls that comprise the area, much more than Hawaii’s eight islands, lending a feeling of remote tranquility when you get there. And it is hardly Gilligan’s Island, or even Lost for that matter.

You see, the Polynesians are a dynamic and diverse culture. Tey are a people who seek adventure. Tey’re survivors avidly concerned with the environment, who love to have a good time and make visitors



feel welcome. Although the French are not usually known for their overfriendliness, they are known for creating an environment that’s above reproach, which is what they’ve done here since it was a French protectorate in 1842 and then became an overseas territory in 1946. Tink of it as the ultimate lagoon destination.

Overwater thatched bungalows are the most common accommodations on the islands. From land, as you walk to the middle of the lagoon to your rooms at Le Bora Bora, you’ll see the marine life at your feet. Inside your teak wood suite of plush linens and island artist artwork, you encounter a Tahitian television; a glass foor cofee table where you can see all the fsh swimming underneath you. Tese built-on-stilt suites are the perfect way to end either a sport-flled or relaxing day. Either way, you’re in paradise.

Te sporting life on the islands is mostly inspired by the turquoise blue water and entices you to embrace your inner Indiana Jones. I hopped down the steps of my bungalow and swam over to a coral nursery where I found fsh of every color and size. Have a need to catch your own meal? Do as I did and go deep sea fshing to catch a grouper, then have a picnic on a remote motu with a group of both friends and natives. Ready for dessert? Tere’s a coconut tree over there. It’s the kind I learned to climb to capture fresh coconut, then all you do is shuck it with your teeth or simply crack it open to taste the milky nectar. Anything seems possible in the South Pacifc, even for the most ardent city dweller.

It’s said the blue water is so rich in coloration that it’s not duplicated in any other part of the world. Even from a plane window, it stunningly beckons each visitor. Te fact that it’s pristinely clear is a given. Te fact that it's home to some of the best coral reefs in the world is a bonus. If you want to experience the best diving the world has to ofer, this is the ocean for it. Marine life is healthy, abundant, and wellprotected. Take a champagne sunset boat cruise to fnd out about the sea and its inhabitants. Part of that specialness is the pearls found dotting both tourists and natives. Te pearl farms that cultivate those precious balls of marine perfection are sprinkled among the islands. About one in 10,000 pearls are naturally perfect, so most are cultured like. Even cultured pearls of

high quality take about fve years to create. One created recently was a jawbreaker size valued at over $20,000. So, pearls are big business, especially the black ones that are shades of charcoal grey. If you are a diver and want to try your luck at obtaining perfect pearls, dive in. It can be done. For dive enthusiasts at all levels, Le Bora Bora by Pearl is the only luxury hotel chain to marry quality resorts with professionally run PADI dive centers at six of their resorts. Te Four Seasons on Bora Bora is also an ideal choice when booking travel.

Te hotel’s guests appreciate the special combination of being able to play at being Robinson Crusoe yet enjoy all the creature comforts of luxury resorts. Te dining experiences at Le Bora Bora are memorable for their subtle mix of the best of French, International, and Polynesian cuisine, often accompanied by exciting Tahitian dance entertainment, which I well know. I was that guy they pulled on stage to learn the native Polynesian dance in front of the entire dining audience. Bongo drums and all. But it was worth it because the cuisine on the islands is unmatched. I danced for my supper. And most of the food is shipped in, since vegetation is rare on the islands due to space and logistics. But the fsh is fresh and often comes from nearby the resorts. Fresh papaya juice and the best hot chocolate outside of Paris is de rigueur for breakfast, while a light salad lunch is the perfect energizer in between sports activities.

Want to be pampered? Tere’s an island secret called monoi, a liquid blend of the essences of hundreds of fowers, oil and indigenous coconuts that’s used in most of the spa treatments. Te resorts ofer a range of traditional Polynesian and other massage techniques and treatments using the purest natural oils and essences. Plus, there a selection of treatments, scrubs, and massages to soothe both the soul and the senses.

Islander folklore has that the French Polynesians honor dreams here. Tey feel that dreams are planted and fed, and not tossed away. Tat dreams and love never die in Tahiti. Upon departure, I am given my last strand of shells, signifying the hope of safe travels and a beckon to return. Te shells and the trip symbolize the escape of a lifetime and I make a silent promise to myself to return again one day soon. With more sunscreen.



Dreaming of planning a winter honeymoon? How about a choice like Sun Valley, Idaho, where many expert Texan skiers can be found, according to our intrepid traveler Lori Duran. Here she shares her fve-star experience for a quick jaunt that will have you wanting to be on the slopes again soon.


YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE AN ADVANCED SKIER TO ENJOY THE FUN and atmosphere this site ofers because it has a variety of terrain, a vibrant après-ski scene, well-appointed ski lodges, and plenty to do on and of the slopes. Sun Valley skiing truly ofers something for everyone.

Te unforgettable Sun Valley Ski Resort opened in 1936 and now has over 75 ski runs across 2,000-plus skiable acres, ranging from beginnerfriendly (Dollar Mountain) to experienced-only. Bald Mountain (aka Baldy), their big-time mountain, boasts a perfect downhill pitch. Overall, Baldy is a fun mountain with lots of slopes, and it’s not crowded, so the lift lines move quickly. Te snow conditions are usually superb with dry powder. Dollar Mountain is an excellent place to learn how to ski. It is served by four chair lifts: Dollar, Half Dollar, Quarter Dollar, and Elkhorn. For the novice, the Half and Quarter lifts can be appreciated. Fun fact: Sun Valley was the home of the world’s very frst chair lift.


Arriving in Sun Valley for the frst time, I was immediately attracted to the artful culture and the naturally scenic landscape. Ketchum, the quintessential Sun Valley town, is about one and a half miles from the Sun Valley Ski Resort. Te town is known for its diverse art scene and art galleries, all conveniently located within blocks of each other.

Ketchum and Sun Valley are located within the Central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve. So, after the sun sets in the valley, grab some hot cocoa and maybe a telescope and look directly up at the sky. Sun Valley visitors can always enjoy dramatic scenery along with its sunny, low-humidity, mountain climate.

Tere’s no doubt Ketchum’s naturally rugged landscape has always attracted attention. Some celebrity residents including Bruce Willis, Demi Moore, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and even Ernest Hemingway

enjoyed living there. Hemingway spent nearly 20 years of his life there, and the Sun Valley Heritage and Ski Museum has artifacts of his, including photographs, letters, and yes, even his typewriter.


Te Sun Valley Lodge has long been a well-known hot spot and is still a great place to stay, along with its sister property, the Sun Valley Inn, even after 87 years. When Hemingway moved to Sun Valley in the mid-20th century, he frst made his home in Room 206 (now 228) of the Lodge. If you stay at Knob Hill Inn in Ketchum, you'll be in the mountains and within a 10-minute walk of the Sun Valley Center for the Arts and Gail Severn Gallery. I enjoyed staying at Pennay’s River Run Condominiums, which is just a short walk from the slopes and River Run Ski Resort, and I loved their complimentary snowmobile ride.

Hemingway was known for his love of good food and drink. And that was no diferent for him in Sun Valley. Te Pioneer Saloon, Michel’s Christiania, and the Sawtooth Club, which he frequented, are still in business today. Te Pioneer Saloon has one of Hemingway’s guns, a 21 twelve-gauge shotgun, hanging on their wall amongst other historical and interesting artifacts along the walls. It’s an eatery that doubles as a must-see museum. Te Grill at Knob Hill, Warfeld Distillery, the Sun Valley Club, Barrio75, and Enoteca are other Ketchum favorites of mine. Whenever you choose to visit, Sun Valley is always a perfect choice.



Te Andaz Mayakoba Resort should be your next journey, according to our Mexico-loving Jake Gaines. Te sun, the water, and the relaxation all add up to the perfect trip close to home with its picturesque views and array of aquatic activities.


ONCE YOU HOP ON A QUICK TWO TO THREE-HOUR FLIGHT, FROM most Texas cities, into Cancun, you’ll soon be on your way in just an hour’s drive to the serene Andaz, whisked away by a private shuttle arranged by the property. We recommend the Andaz Mayakoba in the Riviera Maya, a Hyatt concept, as your next retreat to get away from it all. Once you’re on the ocean with the breeze blowing through your hair, you’ll know what true relaxation is. Te natural beauty surrounding the region is also home to an idyllic range of fora and fauna that set the tone for a relaxing adventure. Upon arriving at the grand entrance, the friendly team will greet you in front of the prominent, cenote-inspired water feature. Once given a stone to toss into the aqua element, you’re encouraged to make a wish, or intention, for the stay. I wished for serenity for the next few days, and it came true.

In most of Mexico’s resorts today, a modern sense of design and architecture helps you feel like you are somewhere special. At the Andaz, the primarily white and gray color theme of the rooms and suites blend seamlessly into the verdant growth that envelops the resort. Waking up to the exotic birds singing among the lagoon’s many haciendas is a treat. After all, Mayakoba is a 620-acre vista flled with lagoons, jungles, and beaches. Tink of it as a secure gated community of luxury private residences and three hotels, along with the Andaz: Rosewood, Banyan Tree, and Fairmont. Te best part of this collaboration is that you can visit these other nearby resorts, enjoy their amenities, and sign it to your room at the Andaz.

You come as a tourist. You live as a local,” stated Andaz General Manager Pascal Dupuis when we caught up with him over breakfast. At the Andaz in the Riviera Maya, guests are invited to enjoy what might be considered a hidden paradise. It truly is like no other. In the jungle, yet near the ocean, it’s a place where style meets nature at an elevated level. Te Andaz’s chic design refects not only the native Mayan culture but embraces contemporary design, as well. When you arrive, you’ll fnd 214 guestrooms, including 41 luxury there’s an option for every visitor. In this lushly preserved mangrove environment, there’s also space for meetings and corporate events since the property ofers 14,000

square feet of versatile indoor and outdoor meeting space. Want to host a unique corporate retreat here? You might get Boss of the Year if you do.


Being on the ocean, the water is an important part of the resort’s attraction. Sunning on the pristine white sands of the Caribbean beach or at one of two spacious outdoor pools, the tropical vibe is ever-present. Te palm trees that sway above lend themselves to the tropical paradise feel. Enjoy time alone in the water or in one of the many cabanas with beverage and food service available. For the ultimate relaxation, the 10,000-square-foot luxe Naum Wellness and Spa, with six treatment areas, can be part of your visit. Want to have one-of-a-kind experiences?

Tis is the place to fnd them. You can start the day with a two-hour private boat tour that weaves through the lagoons and mangroves to truly experience the majestic beauty of the resort. Te sights and sounds of Mexico’s nature, including plenty of colorful birds, are the perfect view while enjoying a fve-star breakfast that is served fresh and healthy.

Te fve uniquely created restaurants and bars at the resort ofer culinary experiences to satisfy any taste. Recently, two of its fve restaurants were included in the coveted Guia Gastronomica list, which highlights the 250 best restaurants in Mexico. Dining al fresco, which I recommend at every meal at the resort, I was captivated by the substantial architectural point of view of the venue, as well as the ingenious mix of seasonings and spices that were a part of every dish. From the fresh produce to the freshly caught fsh, as well as plenty of vegan options, the sky is the limit for delicious cuisine at the eateries. As General Manager Pascal Dupuis muses about the entire resort, “If you are in love with sustainability, nature, experiences, and the perfect location, then Andaz Mayakoba is the place for you.” With so much to ofer, what are you waiting for?

Photography courtesy of Andaz Mayakobat


Te Jet Set getaway is still the go-to choice for many honeymooners. It has everything and more that you could ever want, discovers our intrepid traveler Kristin O’Brien, who shares her barefoot luxury point of view while staying at Hôtel Barrière Le Carl Gustaf.

Photography courtesy of Hôtel Barrière Le Carl Gustaf

THE JET SET GETAWAY IS STILL THE GO-TO CHOICE FOR MANY honeymooners. It has everything and more that you could ever want, discovers our intrepid traveler Kristin O’Brien, who shares her barefoot luxury point of view while staying at Hôtel Barrière Le Carl Gustaf.

If you are seeking some R&R after a busy wedding season, with ample sun and beach time, with a dash of glitz and glamour, not to mention an incredibly romantic setting, then Saint Barthélemy, aka St. Barts or à la française. St. Barths, the jewel of the Antilles, does not disappoint. Te “season” on the island is long, from early November until the end of August when most hotels shutter for the hurricane season. Te height of the season is between Tanksgiving and the New Year, when the population of almost 10,000 grows to include a who’s who of monied and well-heeled globe trotters with their yachts on full display in Gustavia’s harbor.

Nestled on a hill above the port of Gustavia, is the capital of St. Barth. Te Hôtel Barrière Le Carl Gustaf St Barth overlooks one of the most spectacular bays in the Caribbean. Designed by renowned French frm Gilles & Boissier, the fve-star resort exudes luxury, elegance, and French-style charm throughout its 21 rooms, suites, and bungalows that

all face the ocean. Te bungalows have plunge pools, and the 5-bedroom Villa Villa Diane comes with a private chef and butler. Te colonial-style Carl Gustaf was built in the 1970s and purchased by the Barrière Group in 2016.

With a roster of luxury properties all over France, including Cannes and Courchevel as well as Marrakech, and the recently opened Hotel Fouquet’s in New York, this was their frst venture into the Caribbean. Renovations had to be halted in 2017 due to Hurricane Irma, and therefore, it wasn’t until late 2020 that they fnally reopened. Te hotel has a chic, French ambiance yet also fts in with the island’s laid-back atmosphere, while still ofering all the necessities and luxury one could desire. Pricing for the villa starts at just under $19,000 per night, and for the other accommodations, some rooms are available during the low season for $781 a night.

Le Carl Gustaf ofers a newly opened restaurant on site, an “haute couture” meat bar aptly named Beefbar, where guests can savor dishes such as Wagyu steak and Kobe prosciutto, an exclusive menu item developed by founder Riccardo Giradui. Tere are fresh and light options on the Leaf & Reef, including the iconic Miso Spinach or the


refreshing Hamachi Crudo. And of course, a mouth-watering signature Soufé rounds out the meal. All while enjoying the warm tropical breeze and view of twinkling lights below in Gustavia.

What’s wonderful at the Carl Gustaf is that you don’t need a car and can walk to most of the places you’d want to go…a fabulous beach restaurant and club at Shell Beach, the cute boutiques and haute couture shops of Gustavia, the trendy bars and other incredible restaurants like Bonito, Bagatelle, and Orega, are all walkable if you don’t mind climbing down a steep hill…and up again. Te hotel provides electric bicycles for their guests, and a car service to the ferry or airport, and the stellar concierge team can organize taxis to other destinations on the island.

A great place to start your trip is at Shellona, the private beach club and Greek restaurant on Shell Beach, a quick fve-minute walk from the hotel and where guests can easily get a day bed and soak up the sun, enjoy an Aperol, mix with interesting people from around the globe, and watch one of the best sunsets on the island. Like most of the beach restaurants on St. Barts, and there are 22 beaches on the island, there is usually a DJ on site creating a carefree party vibe similar to what you’d expect to fnd in Ibiza or Mykonos.

Another key beneft of staying at the Carl Gustaf? All the pampering and treatments you can dream of on-site at the Spa Diane Barrière, which ofers multi-sensory and bespoke holistic treatments, facials, mani-pedis, and tailored massages in three massage rooms, as well as a ftness and yoga studio. Other activities the hotel ofers or can coordinate, besides the electric bikes and aqua bikes, include a Catamaran sailing excursion, water sports, hiking tours, picnics, and fshing.

If you can pull yourself away from the tranquility and pampering at Carl Gustaf then head into Gustavia for shopping at Louis Vuitton, Dior, Prada, and adorable local boutiques, like Poupette, Lolita Jaca, and Sea Memory. Tere are also 40 quartiers to discover and so many places to swim, snorkel, hike, enjoy top-notch culinary delights, and dance the night away. No other place compares when it comes to chic and cozy, where you can feel the warm Caribbean breezes, view the stunning water, islands, and mountains, as well as the colorful Caribbean buildings dotted with Swedish architecture and churches. One can hear the church bells ringing, the bleating of the cabris, the mourning doves chirping, and by nightfall, the katydids. St. Barts is a magical place that enchants the senses. Te Island is luxurious but understated, although nothing is understated in its stunning beauty and impeccable hospitality.


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Deep In The Heart

McKenzie Seales And Chase Freeman Tie Te Knot


THE TEXAS-SIZED WEDDING AND CELEBRAtion when McKenzie Seales, daughter of Kelly and Greg Seales of Dallas, married Chase Freeman, son of Christine and Alan Freeman of Lubbock, was one for the books. After all, the couple met in Gulf Shores as freshmen in college, so they dated for six years and were wed after a year-long engagement.

“I loved how kind he was and that he never stopped pursuing me. He is still the kindest person I know and always makes sure I’m taken care of,” shared Kenzie Freeman about their initial meeting. “Her beautiful smile and her laugh are what I love most about Kenzie,” says Chase Freeman. “She is a ray of sunshine, the life of the party, and now, six years later, she’s even more beautiful and continues to be the most important person in my life.” Chase proposed at the Catbird restaurant in the Tompson Hotel during her birthday dinner, much to Kenzie’s surprise. “All the people we love were there to celebrate with us.”

Te wedding and reception, like their relationship, were in full bloom at Arlington Hall in Dallas, thanks to the expert party planning by Molly Rasmussen of Pop Parties, and the foral décor was created by David Kimmel Design. Te black and white theme was accentuated when the bride walked down the aisle wearing a classically timeless dress before changing into another one later for the seated reception for the 200 guests. Te evening before, the rehearsal dinner was held at the Crescent Club.

“Te whole thing was so special and a day I won’t forget,” enthused the bride. “My favorite was Chase wiping his tears as I walked down the aisle. I didn’t expect it at all, and it was so sweet. We had a live artist singing throughout the ceremony, which was unique. We also had newspapers for our guests that listed our wedding party, fun bachelor/bachelorette memories, and a nod to our grandparents who had passed away. Our dog, Lulu, made an appearance, too.”

Te bride’s Maid of Honor was Mackenzie Bulls, and she was attended by 11 bridesmaids: Melanie Bray, Kelly Colbert, Riley Edmister, Mackenzie Franz, Kelly Hewitt, Sarah Jackson, Laura Ragsdale, Baylee Richardson, Payton Seales, Morgan Snider, and Chandler Tennant. Chase’s brother, Brock Freeman, served as Best Man and the groom’s attendants were Chase Bray, Seth Freeman, Austin Hofpauir, Jack Hrncir, Heath Jackson, John Hayden Johnson, Austin Rochow, Hunter Seales, Nick Trachta, and Jake Yarborough.

Kenize, along with the groom, graduated from Texas Tech University and works as an ICU nurse. Te groom is a construction consultant. Te couple honeymooned in Santorini and Mykonos, Greece. Tey reside in Dallas, and in their spare time love to play pickleball, golf, travel, and spend time with their families.

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In The Stars

Zoë LeGate Dobson And Connor Eaton Howden Wed By Rob Giardinelli | Photography by Jenny DeMarco
Casey Dobson and Zoë Howden Zoë Howden and Diana Dobson

SOMETIMES, A COUPLE IS DESTINED TO BE together. It’s written in the stars, one might say. Tat was the case for Zoë Dobson and Connor Howden. Te two have known each other all their lives, growing up in the same neighborhood in Austin and frequently seeing one another due to the friendship between their parents. Tese childhood friends went to elementary and high school together before they gave romance a go in their junior year of high school. Te duo was initially drawn together due to their similar interests and understanding of their unique sense of humor.

Te two dated for two years when college beckoned. Tey parted ways as they went to separate universities in diferent states. After two years apart, “We both realized during our junior year of college that we were each other's

person,” mused Zoë. “We have been together ever since and are still best friends today.” Upon completing college, Zoë returned home to Austin to continue their romance. After dating for several more years, the bride-tobe was in for the happiest surprise of her life. “Connor had my friends organize a girl’s happy hour on the patio at Te Four Seasons in Austin,” Zoë happily recalls. “Tey got me to walk down to Lady Bird Lake for pictures where Connor was waiting. He rented a boat for us and proposed at sunset, overlooking the city’s skyline where we both grew up just as stars started appearing in the evening sky..”

Te couple was engaged for 13 months before their wedding at Te Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin. Tere, on a picture-perfect spring day, the couple exchanged their vows in an outdoor ceremony underneath Te Star of Texas on the newly opened promenade outside the museum. Te bride looked stunning in her Romona Keveza wedding dress as her father escorted her down the aisle with an elegant mix of white, light blue, and peach fowers designed by Remi + Gold. Zoë’s brother, Jack, wedded the couple in front of 350 invited friends and family members.

Te reception, held inside the atrium of Te Bullock Museum, was beautifully executed by Lexie Perez of 787 Events. Te duo opted for open seating where guests could sit and dine at their leisure in a fun mix of square, round, and high-top tables, all featuring Lucite chairs. During the reception, guests were treated to a custom margarita bar, a fvetier all-white wedding cake, and late-night chicken and biscuits. Te couple departed with the help of family and friends who stood on either side of the couple, holding sparklers and cheering them on a clear, starry night.

As for their favorite part of the day, the bride and groom agreed it was being with their friends and family who had been with them through their entire 10-year journey. “To have all of our best friends from growing up together, college, and adulthood was so special,” they remarked. “It was so special and fun to connect all of our favorite people in one room.”

Zoë, the daughter of Diana and Casey Dobson of Austin, is a graduate of Washington and Lee University and an investment banker at Focus Strategies. Connor, the son of Jana and Robert Howden, also of Austin, is a graduate of Te University of Texas at Austin and works in commercial real estate for Kairoi Residential. Te couple reside in Austin, where they enjoy exploring the city’s vibrant food scene, boating on Lake Austin, and attending University of Texas football games.

Elizabeth Howden, Spence Howden, Jana Howden, Connor and Zoë Howden, Robert Howden and Morgan Howden The Wedding Party Jack Dobson, Diana Dobson, Connor and Zoë Howden & Casey Dobson
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A Place In Te Sun

Georgia Kuper And Austin Sohr Exchange Vows

| Photography The Bride and Groom's Family With Officiant J Kuper

IT WAS TRULY A FAMILY AFFAIR ON AN ISLAND paradise when Georgia Kuper, daughter of Caroline and Rick Kuper of San Antonio, married Austin Sohr, son of Lyn and Scott Sohr of Nashville, at the groom’s family property in George Town, Exuma, Te Bahamas.

“Te second we met, it was like we had known each other all our lives,” shared Georgia Sohr. “We knew we’d be each other’s best friends.” After meeting through mutual friends and dating for a year and a half, the couple married exactly a year from when the groom popped the question on the family’s property in Nashville. Champagne was waiting for the bride-to-be, and after the proposal, they were of to New York. Both couple’s parents greeted them in New York, and the family was in store for a fabulous weekend. Te groom had personally planned the weekend’s events, including a seated dinner and a party with a band that included their mutual friends.

Plenty of planning happened as the island retreat, with the theme of all things tropical, was readied for the nuptial that hosted 160 guests. Austin’s sister-in-law, Molly Sohr, and a Bahamian planner, Marva Munroe, ensured the event was perfect. Te rehearsal dinner occurred nearby at the Kahari Resort two evenings before the ceremony.

Stunning in a white bridal gown designed by Mira Zwillinger, Georgia walked down the aisle, escorted by her father, to the beachside ceremony overlooking the azure blue water. Tey were surrounded by full arches of fresh and colorful fowers created by Mary Love Richardson of Rosemary & Finch of Nashville. Clara Rubin and Greta Stehr attended the bride, while Mason Mercy and Andrew Sohr were the groom’s attendants. J. Kuper, Georgia’s brother, ofciated the sunflled wedding ceremony. Te reception was held under a

tent on the perfect plot of sand, where so many guests from out of town cheered on the couple. Tey enjoyed a bufet dinner, cocktails, a band, a DJ, and native Junkanoo dancers to add more genuine island favor to the special day.

Te bride, who graduated from the University of Georgia, works at HostGPO, while the groom, who graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, owns Matter Health. Te couple, who honeymooned in South Korea, Cambodia, and Tailand, reside in Nashville, where they enjoy trying a running list of over 100 restaurants in their city.

Lyn Sohr, Austin Sohr and Scot Sohr Rick Kuper, Georgia Sohr and Caroline Kuper The Wedding Party

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Elle Moody And Jimmy Gray Wed | Photography by Matt Lankes
Ross Moody and Elle Moody With Officiant Jay Krishnan


During the holiday season of 2017, Elle Moody was making a familiar holiday trek back from New York City to her hometown of Austin to spend the holidays with her family. On this particular year, she arrived just in time for her mother’s annual Christmas party. Elle was thrilled to be home catching up with friends at the party when her mother, Shannon, approached her. She whispered in Elle’s ear, “Tere is a cute boy in the kitchen. Go introduce yourself.”

Tat cute boy turned out to be Jimmy Gray. Also a native Austinite, Jimmy had every intention of staying home the night of the party, yet his friends convinced him to join them in various holiday festivities that included what turned out to be one lifechanging party stop. Elle introduced herself to Jimmy, and they immediately hit it of, initially bonding over their tales of growing up in Austin, as well as their mutual love of family. Elle enjoyed Jimmy’s compassion and sense of humor, while Jimmy appreciated Elle’s laid-back nature and loyalty to her friends.

Te new romance continued for the rest of the holiday season until Elle had to return to New York. Jimmy promised to stay in touch, which resulted in a long-distance relationship where the two frequently made treks between Austin and New York. After a few years of dating longdistance, Jimmy moved to New York City for Elle, where the romance grew, and Jimmy knew the time was right to pop the question.

Elle thought they were en route to an intimate dinner for two when Jimmy invited his unsuspecting bride-to-be to join him in the backyard. Ten, as singer Bonnie Raitt’s Tank You played in the background, Jimmy got down on one knee and asked Elle to marry him. After enthusiastically saying yes, they were joined by a group of friends for a surprise party. After the party ended, they continued the fun dancing the night away in New York City into the wee hours of the following morning.

Te bride and groom-to-be selected the ranch of Elle's godmother as their wedding venue surrounded by those who meant most to the couple. Te couple created a day flled with special touches that refected the simple, beautiful nature of their love. Te ceremony was held outdoors under an oak tree, which the bride had played under as a child. Te tree featured sunfowers hanging from branches for additional ambiance. Te bride, stunning in a classic, long-sleeved dress with a pearl-encrusted veil designed by Suzanne Neville, walked down the aisle as On the Nature of Daylight by Max Richter was played on a violin. Te couple was married by their best friend and ofciant, Jay Krishnan, whose moving speech about their love brought tears to the 175 friends and family members in attendance.

Te reception was held under a tent with beautiful foral decor hanging from the ceiling that continued the relaxed wedding theme. Te couple created a fun experience for their guests, who found their seats via various photos of the couple's beloved Labradoodle, Eddie. Te crowd was served dinner that featured handmade interior Mexican cuisine perfectly paired with the mezcal and specialty margaritas created especially for the occasion.

After dinner and initial dances, the rest of their loved ones joined the newly married couple on the dance foor to the tunes of DJ Mel. C-Boys in Austin was the destination for the after-party where the bride changed into a pink sequin dress designed by Jonathan Simkhai, and the fun continued well into the night, capping of a fun road to romance.

Elle, daughter of Ross Moody and Shannon Moody of Austin, is a graduate of Rice University and earned her master’s degree from New York University. She spent 10 years working in New York at a global cultural communications agency and is now the Senior Vice President of Te Moody Foundation. Jimmy, son of Jim and Patty Gray, also of Austin, is a graduate of Auburn University and a Corporate Account Executive at Hubspot. Te couple and their dog, Eddie, recently returned to Austin from New York for the bride’s new professional role.

The Wedding Party The Groomsmen Ross Moody, Shannon Moody, Jimmy and Elle Gray & Jim and Paty Gray

Timeless Elegance Meets Prehistoric Splendor

Texas Science & Natural History Museum is the perfect place to host weddings, galas, receptions or corporate parties. A venue beyond imagination, the museum provides an unforgettable backdrop for your event.

Venue Details

• Outdoor events up to 800

• Permanent tent on gorgeous outdoor patio

• Indoor events up to 250 in dramatic Great Hall

• 1930s Art Deco architecture

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Julia Collins And Graves Peeler Unite In Marriage By Lance Avery Morgan
Photography by Sergio Sandona
Adventure in LOVE

WHEN ADVENTURE CALLS, AS THEY SAY, ANSWER IT. IT was an elaborate adventure indeed when Julia Tate Collins, daughter of Cynthia and Taylor Collins, married Graves Bowen Peeler, son of Marianna and Jason Peeler, all of San Antonio, in a Mexico City wedding, where the couple and their families have a deep connection.

Te couple, who grew up two blocks from each other and met in middle school, began dating their senior year of high school until they were recently married. As a surprise, the groom asked for his intended bride’s hand in marriage while the future bride was planning her sister’s surprise welcome home party. So, Julia, still in her pajamas, was shocked when Graves popped the question, with just the two of them in the living room of her childhood home. “I was most attracted to Graves because of his quirky personality and incredible mind,” shared Julia Peeler. “He is always one step ahead of me and knows every answer to any question I ask.” As Graves Peeler enthused, “Besides being beautiful, Julia has an amazing characteristic of seeing the world in such a happy and fun way. She’s kind to everyone she meets and is so adventurous.”

Te wedding ceremony occurred in Mexico City’s Parroquia de la Sagrada Familia Catholic Church in Roma Norte. Mariachis welcomed the 250 attendees as they entered the church, and an orchestra performed for the ceremony. Te festive reception followed at Proyecto Publico Prim, where a Marimba band serenaded the guests. Te bride looked sensational in her wedding dress designed by Romona Keveza, jacket by Carolina Herrera, and veil by Oscar de la Renta, all from Casa de Novia in Houston. Te beautiful sapphire and diamond studs she wore were a gift from her bridesmaids, and the diamond in the center of her engagement ring was her grandmother’s, Marilyn Eldridge, and the groom and his mother designed an incredible ring around it. Julia chose her sister, Chloe Collins, as her Maid of Honor, and she had 22 attendants, while Graves selected his brothers to be his Best Men, Luke Peeler and Ben Peeler, along with 18 attendants and Ring Bearer Hardy Clark.

Shades of pink, red, orange, green, and white were chosen for the festivities, which occurred on a full moon weekend, with the wedding planned by Marcela Borro. Te foral design was created by Essenza’s Mariana Buendia and included the woven hanging lanterns made by artisans from the Sierra de Guerrero area. Te 700 garlands of carnations (2,800 in total) were installed, along with 2000 Oaxacan-style candles that were all handmade in Mexico City with the craftsmen’s ancestral techniques. Guests, who were greeted by Oaxacan masked greeters, dined on a sumptuous bufet dinner. Tey later enjoyed experiencing a 3-D Photo Booth, piñatas flled with Fireball shots, a champagne tower, dancers, fre throwers, a fortune teller, a hookah lounge, a Beatles cover band, tunes spun by D.J. Men-yo, and a Lucha Libre performance that lasted until 5 a.m.

Julia, who received her master’s degree in education from Texas Christian University works for interior designer Lila Malone. Graves, who also graduated from Texas Christian University and the University of Houston Law School, is an associate attorney at Uhl Fitzsimmons law frm. Te couple spent their honeymoon in Rome, Florence, and Tuscany, Italy, and now make their home in San Antonio.

Marianna and Jason Peeler Taylor and Cynthia Collins Cynthia and Taylor Collins, Graves and Julia Peeler, Chloe Collins and Dr. Luis Rodriguez

A Grand A fair

Sabrina Wyant and Saahil Pasha Exchange Vows Photography by Brianna Ghattas, Studio B Photography
Amy McRae, Sabrina Wyant and Sloane Bond
The Bride and Groom's Family

IT WAS THE STUNNING VIEW, AND THE FEELING OF BEING THE ONLY two people in the world was unforgettable when the groom popped the question to his intended on the top of the snowy mountain, Sapphire Point Overlook, during a ski trip with friends in Breckenridge. After a courtship of three years and an engagement of less than a year, Sabrina Wyant, daughter of Amy McRae and David Mark Wyant, Sr. of Dallas, married Saahil Pasha, son of Samantha and Saleem Pasha of Bangalore, India, in a gorgeous ceremony at the Grand Galvez Hotel in Galveston.

Te couple, who met through mutual friends at Baylor University, were instantly drawn to each other. “Te moment I met Saahil, I felt like I met my long-lost best friend,” said the bride. “His sense of humor and genuine kindhearted soul were evident the day I met him and continue to brighten my life every single day.” Te groom shared his bride’s sentiment: "Sabrina was extremely playful and kind with an air of mystery. Not to mention, absolutely stunning. Now that I have gotten to know her on a deeper level, I see how much care she has for the people she loves. She is extremely ambitious, protective, and hard-working.”

For the wedding and reception at the Grand Galvez Hotel, the bride looked beautiful, escorted by her father down the aisle while wearing a gown by Jane Hill of Alice and Ivory in Dallas. Sabrina was attended by her Maid of Honor Sloane Bond, as well as Maddie Dabbs, Madeline Maritato, Summer Michaels, Amber Mills, Reilly Ofenbecher, Sanayah Pasha, Opal Prajapati, Torie Rivas, and Stefany Romero. Saahil was attended by his brother and Best Man, Zaman Pasha, and his Co-Best Man was Milad Abedi. His groomsmen were Jonathan Cicherski, Orlando Romero, Benjamin Ritter, Nathaniel Chu, Steven Dabbs, Harrison Maritato, Paul Le, David Wyant, and Skylar Rivas. Te couple’s toy poodle puppy, Enzo, served as the ring bearer. “I was lining up to walk for the start of the ceremony with all the groomsmen, bridesmaids, and close family,” recalls the groom. “Seeing the number of people that made the efort to be there with us overwhelmed me with emotion.”

Te seated black tie dinner for the 150 guests was a black and gold Great Gatsby theme, in keeping with the Grand Galvez’s storied provenance. Vera Taku of V'etta Creations created the foral design, while the wedding cake was made by Sinfully Sweet Cake Design. At the reception, Sabrina's brother, David Wynant, did an impromptu speech inspired by a speech from the flm Te Hangover that charmed the crowd.

Both graduates of Baylor University, Sabrina is a hospitality professional and works as a Revenue Manager, while the groom is a Clinical Trial Associate. After a honeymoon in Honolulu, Hawaii, they reside in Dallas, where they enjoy skiing, traveling, and trying new cuisines.

With Enzo Amy McRae, David and Lorenda Wyant Sr., Patricia Eddy and Jon Contreras The Bridesmaids
The Groomsmen
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LOVE’S Triumph

Preston Harmon And Matthew McLaughlin

Tie Te Knot

Lance Avery Morgan | Photography by James & Jess Wedding Photography
The Wedding Party

IN THE CITY OF LOVE, AS PARIS IS KNOWN, Matthew McLaughlin, the son of Vicki and John McLaughlin of San Antonio, surprised Preston Harmon, the son of Shannon and Mark Harmon of Lubbock, with a heartfelt proposal during a stroll through the beautiful Jardin du Luxembourg, amongst the hundred statues, monuments, and fountains that were scattered throughout the grounds.

“We chose the Argyle in honor of Matthew’s late father as our wedding venue,” said Preston Harmon. “After retiring from his career, he was President of the Argyle for a time. When we spend time there, we think of him and felt that having both the ceremony and the reception, there was a way for him to be included.” Te ceremony was held on the lawn in front of the Club, and afterward, there was a cocktail hour there. Te newly married couple had a cocktail on the upstairs porch overlooking their guests before joining them. “It was fun because most people didn’t see us. We were able to talk to one another and take everything in. Our guests then made their way to the tent for the reception,” shared Matthew McLaughlin.

From the beginning planning stages, Preston wanted the wedding to feel timeless. Teir save-the-dates and invitations all followed the same overall theme. Tey used a chinoiserie pattern that MF Creative Designs developed, and the primary color theme was light blue, navy, and white. Julian Leaver Events in Dallas was their wedding planner, and Jackson Durham Events in Dallas created the forals and décor. After the gorgeous ceremony, there was a seated dinner for the 250 guests, who then enjoyed dancing to the band, Simply Irresistible from Atlanta, into the wee hours of the morning. Te rehearsal dinner was the evening before at Club Giraud.

Preston’s older brother, Pierce Harmon, served as his Best Man, and his attendants were Kaylyn Adams, Jenny Bivins, Emily Callan, Audrey Cash, Hunter Haas, Maddie Weakley Haas, Luke Heytens, Jack Nelms, and Laura Rathmell. Matthew’s Best Man was his twin brother, Michael McLaughlin, and attending him were Tad Brittingham, Charlotte Cooper, Evan Golden, Bo Kamensky, Spencer Lewis, Shelby Maberry, Bryson Marshall, Philip Massari, and Bonnie McLaughlin. Harper and Jones and Studio Lakan custom-designed both of the groom’s tuxedo ensembles.

“Nobody can truly prepare you for the feelings that wash over you when looking around and witnessing nearly everyone who had individually supported both of us...and then joined together to support our relationship from its inception to this most cherished day,” shared the couple. “Having all those dear to us gathered in one place, celebrating our union, is a memory we will forever treasure. Te air was flled with an almost touchable sense of joy that night.”

Preston graduated from Te University of Texas at Austin, and Matthew graduated from Southern Methodist University. Te couple, who reside in Dallas, had a brief honeymoon at Las Ventanas in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, and are excitedly planning an extended honeymoon in the near future along the coast of Italy.

Kaylyn Adams, Laura Rathmell, Audrey Cash, Preston Harmon, Maddie Haas, Jenny Bivins and Emily Callan Jessica Harmon, Pierce Harmon, Preston Harmon & Mathew McLaughlin, Vicki McLaughlin, Sophia McLaughlin, Emilia McLaughlin, Bonnie McLaughlin & Michael and Nicola McLaughlin The Groomsmen Mathew McLaughin, Vicki McLaughin and Preston Harmon
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Friendship To FOREVER

Brittany Beldon Weds Blake Rosenthal By Jake Gaines | Photography by Caroline Lima
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Justin Rosenthal, Aubrey Rosenthal, Bobby and Jill Rosenthal, Blake and Britany Rosenthal, Susan and Bradford Beldon, Dylan Beldon, Mackenzie Beldon, Emma Lynds and Marshall Beldon


who have known each other since childhood, found a lifetime of love with each other that started at Sunday School at Temple Beth El. Brittany Raye Beldon, daughter of Susan and Bradford Beldon, married Blake Rosenthal, son of Jill and Robert Rosenthal, both of San Antonio. In fact, they are fourth-generation family friends, and the wedded couple’s romantic relationship began when they both lived and worked in Dallas after college.

My Girl by Te Temptations played overhead as the groom invited his future bride to his grandmother’s house as a ruse. After dating for three and a half years and surrounded by family and close friends who had fown in from Dallas, Blake asked for Brittany’s hand in marriage. After a resounding yes, everyone enjoyed delicious Mexican food, margaritas, and mariachi music throughout the afternoon to commemorate the special occasion. Te couple shared the secret of their love by saying, “Brittany has always admired Blake's charm, and he has always been attracted to Brittany's confdence. We share many of the same values and always keep each other laughing.”

Te longtime Texan duo decided all their wedding festivities would be in their native hometown of San Antonio. Tey wanted somewhere unusual for the nuptials, so where better than the city’s legendary venue, the San Antonio Zoo? Te color theme was bright, springy shades of purple, pink, and orange. Te wedding and reception, planned by Becky Levin Navarro of Pearl Events in Austin, also incorporated beautifully lush, nature-like verdant plants, created by David Garcia with Statue of Design, as an ode to the venue full of animals. Not only was it the largest wedding the San Antonio Zoo had hosted, but it was also the frst large-scale event on the new lawn, where the 600 guests enjoyed mingling and chatting under the stars. It is such a sentimental venue for Brittany and Blake since they both grew up visiting there often with their parents and grandparents.

Te bride chose a strapless wedding gown and veil from Julian Gold Bridal, designed by Mark Ingram, which was adorned with leaf and butterfy applique as a tribute to the wedding venue. Brittany's second outft for the reception was her mother's 35-year-old wedding dress. Brittany had two Maids of Honor: Dylan Beldon and Mackenzie Beldon. She was attended by ffteen Bridesmaids: Molly Aaron, Gabriela Bresnahan, Emily Carpenter, Paige Farrimond, Hailey Hoppenstein, Emily Kahn, Emma Lynds, Elizabeth Massari, Hannah Matula, Anna-Blaire Ozdil, Samantha Preblich, Emily Rosenbloom, Aubrey Rosenthal, McKenzie Vaught, and Jordan Wilson, and was accompanied by the fower girls, Charlotte Kaplan and Caroline Sandoloski.

Blake’s Best Man was Justin Rosenthal and twenty-four Groomsmen: Cole Bailey, Ryan Baumgartner, Marshall Beldon, Brian Bell, Christian Biedenharn, Kalen Brockwell, Walker Cofman, Clayton Comeaux, Drew Dawson, Jefrey Dubrof, David Duncan, Walker Dyess, Tyler Freed, Charles Giammalva, Charles Hofman, Dillon Hurley, William Keller, Rusty Kiolbassa, Blake Klumpp, Jacob Maloy, Daniel McCarty, Bryan Stankey, Robert Tomas, and Tomas Tyng. Completing the attendants were four Ring Bearers: Dylan Kaplan, Emmett Kustof, Teodore Preblich, and Oliver Sandoloski.

Brittany's parents surprised both Brittany and Blake with butterfy stilt walkers during cocktail hour and butterfy light-up dancers during the reception. Brittany and Blake surprised their guests with various animals to engage with during cocktail hour and later. Both couple’s parents surprised the newly married duo with a unique exit by way of the San Antonio Zoo train, which Brittany and Blake grew up riding during their visits to the venue as children.

Te couple both attended Te University of Texas at Austin and now enjoy careers in real estate. Te bride is the Development Manager at Hixon Properties, while the groom is the Capital Markets Associate at Merit Commercial Real Estate. “We hope to play a part in bringing many of our friends back to San Antonio,” shared the couple. Tey chose Saint Kitts as their honeymoon destination.

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A Chance Romance

Sarah Chase Webber And Doug Barber Exchange Vows By Alexandra Del Lago Photography by Sarah Chase, Chris Bailey Photography
The Wedding Party

IT SEEMED LIKE A PERFECT PLOT POINT for a romantic comedy flm when Sarah Chase Webber, daughter of Mary and Temple Webber of Houston, met Doug Barber, son of Robert and Lois (now deceased) Barber of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Sarah had just returned to Houston from living in Washington, D.C. when she acquired a puppy. While walking her new dog, Riley, she met Doug, the owner of his dog, Bear, who lived two doors down, as it would happen. During the pandemic, the puppies played together daily, and soon, Sarah and Doug were a couple. It was meant to be.

“Doug was so sweet, and I enjoyed getting to know him and going on walks with our dogs,” shared the bride, Sarah Barber. “I love Doug's sense of humor and think he is the most fun to be around.” Te groom, Doug Barber, said, “Sarah has this warmth that drew me to her when we frst met. I love her lively spirit and that she deeply cares for the people in her life.”

After Doug proposed to Sarah at his family home in Ashville, North Carolina, the wedding preparations in Houston began. Te bride had attended camp nearby in North Carolina for eight years as a child, so it was the perfect spot. Months later, the wedding and poolside reception were held at the Bayou Club. Te bride wanted color and lots of fowers. Te varying shades of light and bright pink, oranges, and greens were gorgeously implemented for the special day. Sarah wanted it to feel very springlike, as if stepping into a fower shop, which was masterfully achieved thanks to the foral décor created by Bergner & Johnson Design while Sarah Bett of Belle Events planned the wedding.

Te bride wore a dress by Elizabeth Fillmore Bridal in New York as she was walked down the aisle by her father to the tune, Here Comes Te Sun. Tere was no “frst look,” so it was a perfect setting for Sarah and Doug to see each other for the frst time that day. Sarah’s Matron of Honor was Elizabeth Rambin, while Maid of Honor Alexandra Reiss served her along with attendants Casey Roeling and Lindsay Tanenbaum. Doug selected Jim Barber as his Best Man, along with his groomsmen Charles Barber, Patrick Boyd, Elliot Dahl, Jonathan Jordan, Robert Seaney, John Webber, and Franklin Wolfe. In fact, Doug had given all his groomsmen cowboy hats, which were foating around the dance foor and enjoyed by many throughout the night.

After the ceremony, the cocktail reception featured a raw bar with oysters, crab, and shrimp, followed by a bufet dinner. During this time, the couple’s specialty cocktails were served that honored their dogs: the Riley Rita and the Bayou Bear (based on the Bayou Club’s Bayou Breeze drink). Party In Te City provided the music for dancing before the couple hopped into a vintage Ford Bronco, a favorite of Doug’s, and kept the exuberant party going at the St. Regis Hotel.

Sarah graduated from the College of Charleston in South Carolina and works in marketing at Memorial Hermann Health System. Doug graduated from Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania before earning his graduate degree at Te University of Texas at Austin. He is a geologist at Chevron. Te happy couple honeymooned at Turtle Inn in Belize and reside in Houston.

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Abby Cavender And Reed Brunette Tie Te Knot By Lance Avery Morgan Photography by Carolina Lima

IT WAS A PRIVATE AFFAIR WHEN ABBY Cavender, daughter of Stephanie and Bobby Cavender, of San Antonio, married Reed Brunette, son of Brenda and David Brunette, of Fort Worth, in San Antonio. Abby and Reed’s courtship began in college. Te couple met when the bride lived with 11 girls during her sophomore year in college. It turns out that four of the roommates had older brothers who lived down the street, and the groom, Reed, was one of the brothers she would see fairly often. Te groom proposed to his future bride among family and friends at a Christmas gathering. Te duo, who dated for ten years, some of it long-distance, were engaged for ten months as preparations for the wedding were made.

“We had our ceremony on Friday afternoon before the traditional rehearsal dinner at the artful venue of the Southwest School of Art (which we called a postwedding celebration),” shared Abby Brunette. “It was essential to us that we were surrounded by our very best friends, immediate family, and godparents. So, we kept it intimate, and enjoyed the full weekend rather than let nerves from getting married later in the weekend stop us from taking in absolutely everything.”

It was also very important to the bride that she get married in her parents’ backyard, a place so special to her, that she couldn’t imagine getting married anywhere else. Abby wore a gorgeous gown by Danielle Frankel (accompanied by whimsical diamond earrings loaned by her mother). She was attended by her Matron of Honor, CC Mays, and bridesmaids Neely Brunette and Paige Cavender. Reed selected Best Man David Brunette, along with future brothers-in-law Rob Cavender and Patrick Mays.

Te wedding reception, a bufet dinner for 300 guests at the Argyle, was designed by Ashley Bonner of Ash Event Co. It exuded modern sophistication and timeless elegance, with every detail meticulously crafted to create an enchanting atmosphere. From the intricately designed invitations to the dance foor, each element spoke to their impeccable taste and attention to detail, making their celebration truly unforgettable. Jackson Durham designed the foral décor in shades of yellow, white, pink, and orange. Te various vignettes in the venue’s tent were color-blocked... a yellow dance foor, a large tree with pink blooms, pink shadow boxes at the main bar, yellow cake, and a mix of pink and orange at all the tables. Abby’s brother, Rob, sang the frst dance at the reception, while the couple’s goddaughter, the fower girl, refused to walk down the aisle without their dog Odie to accompany her.

Te bride graduated from Te University of Texas at Austin, as did the groom, who is a Land Man with Titus Oil & Gas. Tey left for their honeymoon in the same white vintage Chevrolet Chevelle that all of Abby’s siblings have used in their weddings as well. Te couple now reside in Fort Worth, and in their spare time, they enjoy cooking, trying new restaurants, and spending quality time with family and friends.

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Sealed With A Kiss

Tifany Larkam and Will Caldwell Exchange Vows By Jake Gaines | Photography by Lacy + Lee
The Bridal and House Party

WHEN THE MINISTER ASKED THE BRIDE AND groom to kiss at the end of their ceremony, it was their frst kiss. Ever. Tey had saved such a special moment for the big day. Tifany Larkam, daughter of Kristi and Charles Larkam II of Austin, and Will Caldwell, son of Vicki and Gerald Caldwell of Dallas, married each other in a gorgeous ceremony at Hyde Park Baptist Church in Austin, where her parents were also married 32 years ago. Having met at church through mutual friends and after dating for seven months, they had an engagement of eight months.

Like many, the proposal was unique and started with a ruse to detract attention. Te groom’s mother had a pivotal role in the plan. She called the couple on their way to a family gathering and asked if they could stop by their church frst since she had forgotten something and requested that they pick it up. “We walked into the foyer of the church where there was a sparkling chandelier turned on, music was playing, and there were candles and fowers,” recounted the bride. “I said, ‘Oh, it looks like there is a ceremony going on…we should go the other way,’ to which Will responded, ‘Yes, there is a ceremony... Tifany, today is the day.’” She continued, “He was down on one knee popping the question. I was so surprised and thrilled.”

Plans were made for the ceremony’s festivities ahead. Te rehearsal dinner at Westwood Country Club kicked of the weekend of nuptial activities. For the exchange of vows, the bride was stunning in a Geraldine Mikado ballgown, featuring Spanish lace detailing along that bodice that created a sheer and lace efect along the length of arms. Customized button detailing added to the entire length of the royal train. In her hair, she wore fowers that were embellished from her mother’s veil. She was escorted down the aisle by her father to the groom’s favorite hymn, Come Tou Fount Te couple’s mothers and grandmothers walked down the aisle to As Te Deer, which was also in the wedding ceremony of the bride's parents years ago. Te three worship songs were Te Goodness of God, I Love You, Lord, and We Exalt Tee by vocalists Pastor Randy Davenport, Pastor Cassidy Wilkinson, and Kaitlyn Davis, with accompaniment by piano and Barton Strings.

Pastor Earl McClellan of Shoreline City Church in Dallas was the ofciant, and he made jokes that entertained the guests and brought tons of laughter during the ceremony. Te bride and groom also took Communion led by the bride's uncle, Pastor John Larkam. At the beginning of the ceremony, a candle was lit close to where the bride stood, by the bride's family in memory of Tifany's late sister, Alexandra Larkam. Scripture was read by Annie Grace Weeden, the bride's late sister's dearest friend.

served as his Best Man: Dany Anchia, Christian Avila, Tom Brandt, Drew Brown, Jacob Cardenas, Marcos Celis, Troy Dixon, Charlie Gibson, Damian Juarez, Charles Larkam III, Daniel Poku, Natt Rataphan, and Holden Royals.

After the worship and music-flled ceremony, the 420 guests enjoyed dinner and dancing at the Driskill Hotel. Te color theme for the entire afair was white, light pink, and periwinkle blue, which Barbara Shorts at Verve Events planned, while Westbank Florist created the foral décor. Alba Artisan Bakery made the bride’s and groom’s cakes. “Our spirited band, Matchmaker, joyfully led our guests to the exit of the Driskill by playing When the Saints Go Marching In,” mused Tifany. “We made our grand exit as our guests threw fower petals in celebration of our brand new marriage union. It was a day to remember. We felt like royalty.”

Te bride, who graduated from Baylor University is employed by WeWork, while the groom, who graduated from Dallas Baptist University, works for Guidestone Financial Services. Tey reside in Dallas and spent their sunny beach honeymoon in Antigua.

Tifany’s Matrons of Honor were Emma Abernathy and Katlyn Campbell, while Redeate Seife served as Maid of Honor. Te additional Bridesmaids serving her were Ansley Braden, Kelley Brown, Mollie Chinnery, Molly Dunaway, Avery Godwin, Emily Harrison, Catherine Larkam, Chelsea Mount, Sydnee Nichols, Andy Vazquez, and Hailey Whatley, along with Walker Brown and Caleb Walker as Ring Bearers. In the House Party were Mary Claire Bass, Cori Camp, Kalle Davis, Fields Dunston, Ashley Harrison, Kaitlin Kimbrell, Stephanie Larkam, Kristen Walker, and Naomi Walker. Te fower girls were Grace Brown, Charlotte Larkam, and Alyssa Walker. Te groom was attended by 14 groomsmen, including his father, who

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Te Marriage of Alec Straus And Sid Greehey, Jr. By Jake Gaines | Photography by Matthew Alvarado, Beloved Photography
100 Masterpiece In The Making

THERE WAS NO OTHER FAVORITE CHOICE for their wedding reception than the legendary McNay Museum of Art, as Cary Alexandra Straus (Alec), daughter of Cary and Tony Straus, and Sidney James Greehey, Jr., son of Cheryl and Sidney James Greehey, Sr., all of San Antonio, were joined in holy matrimony.

Originally pals in middle school, thanks to carpooling, they were reacquainted later as adults by a mutual friend. Tey both love spending time outdoors, which was the perfect setting for Sid to ask Alec to marry him, much to her surprise. Tey were hiking in Comanche Lookout Park in northern San Antonio and when they made it to the top and were enjoying the beautiful sunset, he popped the question. Afterward, they joined their parents and a few close friends in sharing a celebratory toast.

Te rehearsal dinner at the San Antonio Country Club kicked of the festivities for the big weekend. Teir nuptial ceremony at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, as well as the reception at the McNay, incorporating various shades of blue as the theme, was planned by Carrie Catalani. Te picture perfect bride wore a Toni Federici cathedral-length veil trimmed in beautiful French Alencon lace with a delicate tapering of applique at the fngertips and her gown was made of silk crepe with vintage lace designed by Rivini, all from Julian Gold. She also donned blue Manolo Blahnik shoes and custom jewelry made by her brother. Alec’s bridesmaids were her three sisters-in-law: Elizabeth Marceau, Caroline McSween, and Emma Straus, along with 13 close friends who were a part of her house party. Sid’s groomsmen were his father, Sid Greehey, Sr., and his two brothers-in-law: Collin Straus and Perry Straus. For the reception, the 400 guests enjoyed a bufet dinner catered by Rosemary’s Catering/RK Group, where the lighting accentuated the venue’s vast grounds, along with the exquisite foral décor by Statue of Design, and cozy seating areas that enhanced the natural beauty of the setting “Te beautiful full moon shining down on the courtyard made it an exceptionally special evening,” shared the bride, Alec Greehey. “We also loved our private dinner alone inside the museum while everyone else was in the courtyard. We were very touched by all of the guests who attended and all of the love and support we felt.”

Veuve Clicquot, the couple’s special drink for the occasion, was served to the attendees who enjoyed dancing to Te Party Jammers from Memphis. To add special fair, the horn players from the band brought the newly married couple through the cocktail reception in the “Second Line” dance parade style, so that everyone followed along with them into the museum. As the evening progressed, Sid’s father’s 1968 convertible Corvette Stingray 427 supplied the very special getaway car for the newly married couple. Later, the after party on the rooftop of the St. Anthony Hotel helped continue the fun.

Alec graduated from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL., and is an Andrologist and Junior Embryologist at the Fertility Center of San Antonio. Sid graduated from Texas A&M University and St. Mary’s School of Law in San Antonio and is a criminal defense attorney at Dunham and Jones in San Antonio. Te couple honeymooned in Cambodia and Tailand and in their spare time, they hike, swim, scuba dive, hunt, and play pickleball together.

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Suzanne Negley And Austin Hegarty Tie Te Knot
With Officiant Alicia McNab
The Bride and Groom's Family


Negley, daughter of Susan and Richard Negley of San Antonio, and Austin Hegarty, son of Betty and Kevin Hegarty of Austin. Suzanne met her future groom after he played in a show...which he does as a hobby. “I was attracted to his intelligence, the way he listens to me, his loyalty, devotion...and his sparkling blue eyes,” enthused Suzanne Negley. “When we met, I loved our efortless connection and her sharp wit. Plus, her intelligence and various hobbies and talents from welding to decorating our beautiful home,” shared Austin Hegarty about his new bride.

Te couple dated for four years before a brief engagement of six months. “It was one of those magic, chilly fall Texas days with a bright, clear blue sky when Austin proposed at a picnic on our family’s ranch, KWW,” said Suzanne Negley. “I made him his favorite sandwich, which I must have gotten exactly right because he got down on one knee, read me a quote from Ray Bradbury (one of our favorite authors), and asked me to marry him. Afterward, we drank champagne, called our families, and watched the Hill Country wildlife as the sun set. He made us dinner, and we watched my favorite movie, Hook, on the projector next to a roaring fre.”

Tey then turned their attention to their dream wedding in Te Big Easy. After a rehearsal dinner at the Cajun Ballroom at the Audubon Zoo the night before, they were wed at the New Orleans Botanical Gardens in City Park. Te bride wore a dress from Angelina Mata at Mata Atelier that they designed together. Te inspiration was from a Grimm's fairytale...a dress that comes out of an acorn shell made of stars.

Te ceremony, where the couple recited their own vows, was a combination of all the couple’s favorite things: the beautiful “fower children” and young adult attendants from the bride’s family as their wedding party, summer camp songs, and musical performances from their talented best friends, along with the ofciant, Alicia NcNab’s, wisdom and humor, and the magic of New Orleans. Directly after the ceremony was a Second Line from the band Kinfolk that played throughout the botanical gardens as the sun set.

Te reception was a seated dinner for 130 guests that consisted of NOLA-style seafood and it had Rockin' Dopsie, a Zydeco legend, along with the Zydeco Twisters, who performed and enticed everyone on the dance foor. He even let the bride put on a Zydeco washboard and play with him, previously worn by only three other women: Beyonce, Michelle Obama, and Oprah. Belinda Belk of Blue Gardenia Events was the wedding planner and Antigua Floral created the foral decor.

“New Orleans is our favorite place in the world, so to have all our favorite people come together in our favorite spots felt like an embarrassment of riches and joy, enthused the bride. Suzanne, who attended St. Mary's College in Moraga, CA, works as a stylist. Austin graduated from Te University of Texas at Austin and its School of Law and works as a marketing manager at Austin PBS. Te couple reside in Austin.

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An Exotic Passion

Samantha Fulgham & Charles Fuhrmann III
By Alexandra Del Lago | Photography by Heather Sixt, David Sixt Photography


Private Nature Reserve in South Africa provided the unique backdrop when Charles “Charlie” John Fuhrmann III proposed to his future bride, Samantha Sims Fulgham. In fact, it was where the couple initially fell in love before they returned two years later. Samantha, daughter of Wendy Walker and the late John Rawles Fulgham lll and stepdaughter of Cullom Walker lll of Tyler, recently married Charles, son of Martha and Charles John “Hop” Fuhrmann II of San Antonio, at the Argyle in San Antonio after an engagement of eight months. Originally slated for August 2024, the couple decided that instead of having a large wedding at the bride’s family place in Maine, they would have a more intimate Christmastime celebration earlier while surrounded by family and close friends. Te bride, escorted by her stepfather, wore a stunning gown by Danielle Frankel. Te ceremony was ofciated by the groom's father, who was knighted by Te Order of St. John for his work in creating a church school and confrmation curriculum for the Episcopal Church. Te couple included their personal wedding vows, which was a special highlight for all in attendance. Te Maid of Honor was Hallye Fulgham Reynolds, along with attendants Coco Davis and Miller Pierce. Te groom’s Best Man was Spencer Lewis, along with attending groomsman Charlie Cottingham.

Continental-style seating at one long, glistening candlelit table provided the perfect scenario for the 50 guests invited to the gathering. Te couple was surrounded by festive red and green holiday décor and gorgeous white fowers on greenery suspended overhead, all artfully created by Danny Cuellar of Trinity Flowers. Te bride’s mother, and the Argyle’s events team, led by Mary Rice, ensured the formal gathering was fawlessly executed in the Dorn room. Guests received a Waterford cut crystal bell, with a printed red satin ribbon featuring the couple’s names and the wedding date, at each place setting. Te exquisitely prepared dinner of Argyle Pepper Bomb Steak and fried quail was served with delicious wines, followed by the beautiful Cathy Young white vanilla wedding cake and Brandy Freezes. Wendy’s Famous Milk Punch, named for the bride’s mother, was also served. Piano music played by Jeremy McBee continued to set the elegant tone for the evening.

Te bride, a graduate of the University of Alabama, is the former Chief Creative Ofcer at Bumble, while the groom, who graduated from the University of Edinburgh, is with Armada. Te couple, who honeymooned at Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur, California, reside in Austin and love fshing, cooking, traveling, playing cards and chess.

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