LOVE UNDER THE SUN

LOVE UNDER THE SUN

Annie Daugherty & Spencer Lewis Share Nuptials

By Leanne Raesener                Photography by Kristen Kilpatrick Photography

Anne (Annie) Elizabeth Daugherty, the daughter of Minnie Martin Baird and John Andrew Daugherty, Jr., of Houston, and stepdaughter of Raleigh William “Will” Baird III and Richard Spencer “Spencer” Lewis II, the son of Susan Helen Lewis and Steven “Steve” Charles Lewis of San Antonio, were wed in a festive affair themed South of the Border.

The couple started dating in the summer of 2019. Annie and Spencer’s third date was over a long weekend at Annie’s mother’s home in San Miguel de Allende with her family. It was there that they realized they had something special. Spencer and Annie enjoy hunting and fishing at their respective ranches. So fittingly, Spencer surprised Annie with a formal proposal, down on one knee, overlooking the beautiful countryside on his ranch. She excitedly said, “yes.” The couple then drove back to the ranch house, where their respective families were to surprise and celebrate the wonderful occasion. They were engaged in 2021, and both knew they wanted to have the wedding where they fell in love. And they made it happen a little over a year later. Next stop, San Miguel de Allende.

The rehearsal dinner was held on Thursday night at the Instituto Allende. It was spectacular, with cocktails surrounding a huge fountain covered in blue and white flowers. The bride wore a wedding gown by Oscar De La Renta, with the train removed. She wore a Monique Lhuillier wedding dress for the wedding and reception, both from Casa De Novia in Houston. Since the rehearsal dinner was on Thursday, several guests hosted a casual fiesta and guayaberas Welcome Party on Friday night at the Plaza de Toros (the bullfighting arena). There were 3,000+ candles in the stands and giant pinatas of the bride and groom.

The magnificent wedding and reception, with approximately 330 guests, were held at the Hacienda San Luis Gonzaga. There were 70,000+ flowers in shades of pink at both events. A deliciously prepared a muy especial San Miguel dinner was served at the reception. The Penzi team designed and created the wedding cakes, the bride’s vanilla cake with fresh sliced strawberries between the layers, and the groom’s cake, German chocolate with a duck blind, and Spencer’s English Cocker Spaniel Finley seated atop. The wedding planners, Guadalupe Alvarez, Meengan Cárdenas, and the Penzi Team were all from San Miguel de Allende. They also worked with Angelica Solache Florist to make the arrangements and arches for all three parties. 

The couple both attended Texas Christian University yet did not meet until after college. They honeymooned in Anguilla and Saint Barth’s. The bride worked at The PR Boutique in Houston, and the groom started a real estate position in San Antonio, where he is also on many boards. The couple resides in San Antonio.

BRIGHT FUTURE AHEAD

BRIGHT FUTURE AHEAD

Seton Development Board’s Hosts 45th Annual Gala

By Rob Giardinelli Photography by Ben Porter

THE SETTING: The Four Seasons in downtown Austin was the recent setting for one of the Capital City’s most beloved and anticipated fall events. It was the 45th annual Seton Development Board gala, where over 300 philanthropists, sociables, and community leaders turned out for an evening of fun and fundraising.

 

THE STYLE: The black tie optional crowd sported an elegant mix of tuxedos and suits, ballgowns, and cocktail dresses with many vibrant colors spotted in the crowd. The Create the Future theme perfectly accented the cheerful color palette of whites, oranges, yellows, and pinks that dazzled the patrons on hand. The festivities began with a lively cocktail hour where guests posed for photos against a gorgeous floral step and repeat upon arrival. Conversations were had both inside and out as many partygoers opted to have their libations al fresco while enjoying the crisp autumn air.

 

The action then moved inside to the Four Seasons ballroom for the main program. As the attendees dined on their multicourse meals, they were treated to a series of touching tributes and words from organizational and community leaders on how much the Seton Development Board has positively impacted Central Texas in the past and how it will continue to do so in the future. After the program concluded, guests returned to the ballroom foyer and terrace for a nightcap reception.

 

THE PURPOSE: The event, co-chaired by Caroline Trube and Ashli Knust, raised over $580,000. Funds raised from this year’s gala will go toward providing support for women’s healthcare needs in Central Texas and beyond. Over the past 45 years, this storied event has raised over $15 million for a variety of Ascension Seton Healthcare projects and initiatives.

LIKE CHILD’S PLAY

LIKE CHILD’S PLAY

Children’s Museum of Houston Hosts Viva Las Vegas Theme Gala

By Rob Giardinelli Photography by Alexander’s Fine Portrait Design

THE SETTING: The Corinthian in Houston was the recent setting for one of the most anticipated social events of the fall season. The Children’s Museum of Houston’s Viva Las Vegas gala attracted over 500 philanthropists and sociables for an evening of fun and fundraising that those fortunate enough to be a part of will not soon forget.

 

THE STYLE: The black tie crowd began the evening in style as guests ascended the grand staircase to the venue’s mezzanine level for cocktails. Partygoers had the opportunity to pose with Vegas performers, including an Elvis impersonator himself, for a photo to commemorate the evening. Once inside, as guests mingled, they perused the impressive array of silent auction packages generously donated by local merchants.  

 

The festivities then moved to the ballroom level of the venue for the main program. As guests dined on their delectable, multi-course meal, they were treated to words from the organization’s leaders. Next was the live auction where patrons bid on an array of items, including a week in Aspen, a Houston Astros game day experience, and a private overnight party at The Children’s Museum of Houston, which sold twice. The fun continued well into the night as revelers took part in a casino, which capped off the fabulous evening experience.

 

THE PURPOSE: The event, co-chaired by Disney and Max Harris, Lexi and Michael Marek, and Liz and Crosby Scofield, raised over $950,000 for the Children’s Museum of Houston. Funds raised from the event will go towards an array of innovative exhibits and bilingual learning programs for children 12 years of age and under.

ART OF NATURE

ART OF NATURE

The Contemporary Art Dinner Hosts Gala With Dinner Al Fresco

By Rob Giardinelli Photography by Ben Porter

THE SETTING: A gorgeous evening at Laguna Gloria was the recent setting for one of the Capital City’s most anticipated fall social events. Three hundred philanthropists, art collectors, and sociables descended upon the magical space for the 9th Annual Contemporary Art Dinner…and in the process, were treated to a stunning evening of fun and fundraising.

 

THE STYLE: Partygoers brought their fashion A game with a dazzling mix of bright colors and metallics, creating a happy, welcoming atmosphere that could be felt the second guests entered the upper grounds of Laguna Gloria. Here, the guests could be sipping their favorite spirits and socializing. At the same time, patrons mingled inside the villa on the grounds to view one of the seven lots available during the auction portion of the evening.

 

As the clock struck eight o’clock, revelers were treated to a performance from a live band, signaling the start of the next part of the night. Dinner and the main program were held on the lower grounds of Laguna Gloria for the first time in the event’s history. More than a few jaws dropped with awe as partygoers entered the open-aired tent, which featured an enchanted nature theme. As everyone dined on the delectable cuisine courtesy of MML Hospitality, they were treated to words from the organization’s leaders, a paddles up fundraiser, and a spirited live auction helmed by Sotheby’s, which featured works from top Contemporary artists, including Carlos Amorales, Gisela Colón, The Haas Brothers, Rachel Wolfson Smith, and others. The evening was capped off with an after party where the fun continued well into the night, courtesy of tunes spun by the Chulita Vinyl Club.

 

THE PURPOSE: The event, co-chaired by Danielle Nieciag and Teresa Windham, raised funds for The Contemporary Austin’s educational and programming opportunities.

SOUTHERN TRADITION

SOUTHERN TRADITION

Hannah Claire Gibson and Michael Houseman Gresham Unite In Marriage

By Alexandra Del Lago         Photography by John Cain Photography

It was a secretly planned engagement for Hannah Claire Gibson of San Antonio, the daughter of Jenny and Jay Gibson, by Michael Houseman Gresham of Indianola, Mississippi, the son of Louise and Tom Gresham, who were wed in San Antonio. The groom assembled his future wife’s family, as well as his parents, in town by surprise from Mississippi, who would join the festivities once the bride said yes to his proposal. “There were margaritas and maracas in hand, cheering and toasting to the surprise that had been pulled off,” enthused Hannah Gresham. “Within the hour, all of our siblings and a few of my closest San Antonio girlfriends joined in the celebration, and a parade of mariachis topped off the occasion.”

The three-and-a-half-year courtship led to the wedding at Christ Episcopal Church, where the bride grew up attending and was also confirmed. It was the ideal venue for the ceremony for the 550 invited guests, as The Reverend Justin Lindstrom officiated. The couple each had 15 attendants. The bride wore a silk white trumpet-style gown of organza lace set with intricate flowers by Carolina Herrera from Julian Gold Bridal.. She paired the gown with an heirloom veil from the groom’s family, framed with Alençon lace. She also wore a custom pearl choker necklace with an opal brooch center made from her great grandmother’s opal ring and a matching earring set, all designed by Fannie Thomas Jewelry.

Since the wedding occurred right after Easter and Fiesta, the duo wanted to celebrate their reception at The Argyle with family and friends by fully embracing the pleasant springtime weather and by dancing under the open sky as the entire venue was set up as an indoor parlor brought outdoors. Its array of beautiful porches, storied rooms, charming sections like the Coates Garden, and extensive lawns proved perfect for the occasion. During the cocktail hour, guests mingled among a string quartet and enjoyed passed hors d’oeuvres, a magnum champagne station, and a sushi station, with multiple custom bars that carried specialty cocktails of an Espresso Martini and Aperol Spritz. A dinner was served in various custom-trimmed candelabra and flower-flanked tents that featured multiple food options from the bride and groom’s backgrounds from San Antonio and Mississippi, with trays featuring “Taste of Mississippi” and “Taste of Texas”. The guests danced the night away to the sounds of the Drywater Band on a custom dance floor designed by Katherine Moore, one of the bridesmaids, of Katherine Jezek Designs and executed by Illusions Tent and Events. The afterparty music was provided by a DF from Cutting Edge Entertainment. The rehearsal dinner the evening before was held at the Briscoe Western Art Museum.

The bride is a graduate of Texas Christian University and owns Hannah Vista Photography. The groom graduated from the University of Mississippi and from Southern Methodist University graduate school and is the vice president at the private equity real estate fund, Velocis. The couple honeymooned in Hermitage Bay, Antigua. They now reside in Dallas and love exploring new places in their travels, skiing in Colorado, tennis, and neighborhood strolls with their dog Hazel.