Samantha Sims Fulgham & Charles John Fuhrmann III

By Alexandra Del Lago Photography by David Sixt Photography

IINN A romantic safari on the Klaserie 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 and Cullom Walker III of Tyler, recently married Charles, son of Martha and Sir 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.

The bride, escorted by her stepfather, wore a stunning gown by Danielle Frankel. The ceremony was officiated by the groom’s father, who was knighted by The Order of St. John for his work in creating a church school and confirmation curriculum for the Episcopal Church. The couple included their personal wedding vows, which was a special highlight for all in attendance. The Maid of Honor was Hallye Fulgham Reynolds, along with attendants Coco Davis and Miller Pierce. The 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. The couple was surrounded by festive red and green holiday décor and gorgeous white flowers on greenery suspended overhead, all artfully created by Danny Cuellar of Trinity Flowers. The bride’s mother, and the Argyle’s events team, led by Mary Rice, ensured the formal gathering was flawlessly 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. The 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.

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