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

My new book, The 6 Pillars Of Civility, is essentially a road map to, well, civility. There is an appetite for returning to a society where we treat each other with respect and courtesy. Fortunately, thanks to a handful of curious scientists, we are beginning to understand how our brains function, allowing us to realize our behaviors are primarily grounded in survival, not just pleasure.  

How people interact with one another should reflect mutual respect and kindness both publicly and in their private interactions. Civility is the umbrella under which etiquette and decorum rest. Since overwhelming incivility often surrounds us at times, I thought sharing my observations could offer a positive perspective on how to regain civility, often by employing the self-reflective exercises that follow each chapter. One favorite is Blended Families and Holidays. Family structures can be complicated and confusing today, particularly as multiple marriages create blended families. As a result, tensions can arise, especially around holidays, weddings, graduation ceremonies, and other celebrations. However, these command performance events should bring out our best behavior, which can sometimes mean biting your tongue and showing compassion.

Difficult as it may be, we must put our core differences aside in deference to why we have gathered together in the first place. This can be much more challenging for some people than others. If you cannot control your emotions or maintain a level of acceptable civility, then it is best not to accept the invitation in the first place.

Dinner parties involving assorted family members and friends can challenge the host when planning a seating chart. Placing potential combatants well apart and out of range of even possible eye contact makes the meal more pleasant for everyone. The host must know the dynamics of the guest list well in advance of their arrival. We usually know where danger may lurk, but we would do well to get the current state of affairs from someone in the know. However, surprises will occur, and it’s best to start by defusing any negative vibes as quickly as possible. Remembering to keep our composure in the face of turmoil is the sign of a great host.

Being a great guest can present challenges as well. As somewhat of an extrovert, I like to converse with everyone at most gatherings, including people who may be difficult. Take the high, less traveled road and approach everyone with the same sense of humility and respect.

At weddings, family tensions can arise. Adhering to proper protocol is helpful. First, the host must determine the guest list in order of importance. In most cases, the relationship between the marrying couple and their guests determines priority. However, flexibility is necessary because each family is unique. Remember weddings are for brides and grooms and celebration.

In fact, another life transition moment, funerals, are often highly emotional celebrations of life. Most people attending share great sadness and grief. Funeral arrangements are often the shared responsibility of the deceased’s next of kin, the funeral director, and a clergy member. Too often, well-meaning friends and family are actually in the way. Allowing the grieving process to unfold for people in their own way is the compassionate way to handle these stressful times. No two people experience grief or loss in the same way. Kindness goes a long way in letting others understand your true intentions and feelings.

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

No matter the occasion, we must always keep the real purpose of the gathering in focus. If we do, we will likely think less about ourselves and more about others—it’s a foundational principle of civility for wedding occasions and beyond.



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


AUS Courtesy of The Texas Performing Arts at The University of Texas Austin, Hollywood, The Prodigal Son


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

ON IMAGE: Courtesy of Christopher Ameruoso

AUS Torbjørn Rødland, Eggs, 2019. Chromogenic print on Kodak Endura paper. Artwork © Torbjørn Rødland.Courtesy the artist and NILS STÆRK, Copenhagen


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

ON IMAGE: Chest Lid with Masonic Painting, Probably New England, 1825–1845. Courtesy American Folk Art Museum, New York, Gift of Kendra and Allan Daniel, 2015.1.28

Texas Gold Changed the World


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

ON IMAGE:  Courtesy of Texas Performing Arts


DAL Anna, Paris 2017, Photo by Paolo Roversi_Courtesy of the Dallas Contemporary.


CELL GRIDS, Peter Halley’s first exhibition in Texas showcases a surprising new way to engage with the artist’s work. Halley’s paintings, with their distinctive iconography and intensely colored rectilinear isolated “cells,” are arranged into syncopated grids. Through February 13. At

ON IMAGE: Peter Halley. Under the Light, 2021. acrylic, fluorescent acrylic, Flashe, and Roll-a-Tex on joined canvases. Collection of Robert S. Taubman, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. © Peter Halley.

DAL Photography is Art exhibition, Courtesy of Amon Carter Museum_ Alfred Stieglitz, A Wet Day on the Boulevard, Paris, Photogravure, 2013


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

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

DAL Photo by Andy Nguyen. Courtesy of Galleria Dallas


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

ON IMAGE: Courtesy of Autumn de Wilde


HOUS Moooi Works, manufactured by Moooi, Mega Chandelier, 2018, mixed media and bulbs. © Moooi, New York


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

 ON IMAGE: Courtesy of T. Charles Erickson

HOUS David Novros, Detail of right wall from Untitled, 1973–75. The Menil Collection, Houston jpg


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

ON IMAGE: Courtesy of Houston Ballet

HOUS Signature Works, Courtesy of Ars Lyrica Houston


For the first time, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH)  has received a rare loan of approximately 100 of the most significant paintings and works on paper from The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston’s (MFA), renowned Impressionist collection. The MFAH exhibition, Incomparable Impressionism from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston is the only U.S. venue for this show. Through March 27. At

ON IMAGE: Edgar Degas, Racehorses at Longchamp, 1871, possibly reworked in 1874, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, S. A. Denio Collection—Sylvanus Adams Denio Fund and General Income. © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston/All Rights Reserved


SA Brenda Rae, Metropolitan Opera, Courtesy of Opera San Antonio


Making its United States debut at the Briscoe Museum, Vaqueros de la Cruz Del Diablo features celebrated photographer Werner Segarra as he invites audiences to peer into the world of the Northern Mexican Vaquero. It has almost 60 photographs that span more than 20 years of the lives of the vaqueros, Through January 25. At

ON IMAGE: ©WERNER SEGARRA_En que la milpa de Tony Ríos, Kenya Madrid y Ana Grethel Herrera Madrid. Socadeguachi, Huásabas, 2018

SA Martine Gutierrez, Still from Clubbing, 2012. HD video. Collection of the McNay Art Museum, © Martine Gutierrez.


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

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

SA Gladys Roldan-De-Moras Memories From My Home, oil on linen


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


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



The Nuptials Of Claudia Kiolbassa And Luke Hendry

By Leanne Raesener         Photography by Caroline Jurgensen Photography

Claudia Kiolbassa, of San Antonio, Texas the daughter of Nita and Michael Kiolbassa and Luke Hendry of Boerne, Texas, the son of Tory and Gary Hendry, were recently married in San Antonio. They were attracted to each other’s kindness, faith, and sense of adventure. The couple dated for two and half years and were engaged for 11 months. Luke successfully surprised Claudia by secretly arranging a curated creekside picnic lunch for the couple, thus creating the perfect setting to pop the question. At the same time, his sister concealed herself in the nearby woods‒telephoto lens at the ready to photograph the special occasion. It was a joyful afternoon and cause for celebration. The venue for the rehearsal dinner was at the San Antonio Country Club.

For the wedding ceremony at Christ Episcopal Church, summer garden pastels of blues and pinks were chosen. When the bride arrived at the top of the sanctuary aisle, it took five trumpet calls to catch her attention and that of her father, who were deep in conversation awaiting their cue. Alas, the doors opened to reveal Claudia and the joy on the relieved and very patient groom’s face was worth every suspenseful moment.

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The bride wore a Carolina Herrera wedding dress made of a guipure lace with a strapless fitted bodice with an A-line skirt, accented in back with a blue silk faille bow, from Julian Gold Bridal, San Antonio. The guipure bolero was added to create the complete gown, while the in-house custom veil was also created from the same lace as her gown to frame the train perfectly. The bridesmaids’ gowns, designed by Creivax et Cie of San Antonio, were of satin-backed crepe in sky blue and embellished with white Swiss guipure to match the bride’s gown. The wedding event planning team was Robin Waters of Wedding Planners, Inc., and Carroll Devine Nelson, while Nathan Johnson and Tracy Davy of Gro Floral and Event Design of Dallas planned the exquisite floral décor.

Not only was there a “get the bride down the aisle on time” moment, but there was also a “where’s the bride and groom?” moment. After the ceremony, while the newlyweds were taking pictures at the church, the bride’s brother told the wedding party’s bus driver that they were “good to go.” However, it wasn’t until they were halfway to the reception that they realized they had left the bride and groom behind. The bus and wedding party returned to the church to find Claudia and Luke standing in front of a quiet church and empty parking lot.

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The summer garden party theme continued to be the inspiration for the reception and sumptuous seated dinner at The Argyle, where the floral decor created decorative nuances that enchanted all as a selection of the bride’s favorite Ginger Margaritas and the groom’s preferred Old Fashioneds greeted guests upon arrival. At the same time, a hand-turned champagne decanter supported the grand methuselahs of Perrier Jouet that kept the flutes fresh all evening. 

The evening’s dance band, The Big Swing and the Ballroom Blasters from Atlanta, provided a breakout quartet as background music during the reception. As a special surprise for the bride and groom, the tented front lawn was partitioned with a drape, concealing the dance floor and bandstand area during the cocktail hour, which was removed to reveal an acrylic dance floor floating over a continuation of the floral designs. Dueling pianos and brandy freezes punctuated the celebration.

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The bride attended The University of Alabama and is a studio artist. The groom graduated from The University of Texas at Austin and is the marketing manager at Anera Sports. The couple honeymooned on Harbour Island in the Bahamas. They now make Dallas their home. The Hendrys especially enjoy parenting their golden retriever, Scout, and supporting each other’s interests, including travel, art, and golf.

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The Nuptials of Austinites Alexis Simón and Gordon Moore

By Rob Giardinelli            Photography by Rodrigo Varela

Alexis Simón, the daughter of Alejandro and Elsa Simón, and Gordon Moore, the son of Jon and Marisa Moore, were recently wed in beautiful Coral Gables, Florida. The bride and groom initially met through mutual friends. They reconnected when Gordon saw Alexis at a local Austin gym where they were both members. Initially, Alexis was more interested in working out than striking up a conversation with Gordon. However, about a week later, Gordon noticed on Instagram that Alexis was attending a wedding in Cuernavaca, Mexico. “He decided to direct message me a fire emoji to get my attention,” Alexis Simon recalls. The couple was mutually attracted to one another’s philanthropic nature through giving back to their community. They decided to go on their first official date a week later by attending Ballet Austin’s Fête in the Fall of 2018, and the rest, as they say, is history.

After a year and a half of dating, Gordon was more than ready to pop the question, which he did in February 2020, but not without some serious improvising. “I coordinated with Rachel (Alexis’ matron of honor) to get Alexis over to the Four Seasons in Austin for drinks,” muses Gordon. “It was a cloudy, cold evening, and Alexis was reluctant to go outside.” Undeterred, Gordon was able to coax Alexis outside, but not before she saw her favorite photographer at the doorway. Gordon then got down on bended knee to propose to Alexis…with the photographer on hand to commemorate their once-in-a-lifetime moment.

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Like many other engaged couples during the pandemic, the duo created a wedding that was as unique as their love. The couple was wed in a civil ceremony in September 2020 at the Four Seasons Mexico City, where the bride is from and where her family resides, knowing that a Catholic ceremony and reception with loved ones would be on the horizon once the pandemic lifted. A year later, the couple did just that, with 200 of their nearest and dearest joining them for a wedding celebration in Coral Gables, which commenced with a rehearsal dinner at Palm D’or in The Biltmore Hotel. The bi-lingual wedding, officiated by Bishop Joe Vasquez of Austin, included the traditional components of a Catholic wedding ceremony, including the arras and the lasso, in keeping with family tradition.

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

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The wedding reception, held in the Country Club  Ballroom at The Biltmore Hotel, featured a white and gold color palette that perfectly complimented the timeless, elegant, classic theme. The bride slipped into a wedding reception dress designed by Essence of Australia. The bride and groom’s first dance was Fly Me to the Moon by Frank Sinatra, where Gordon, in his favorite moment of the ceremony, lifted up Alexis during the song’s crescendo, as sparklers went off around the perimeter of the dance floor. After dinner, as guests danced to the tunes of the Aragon Artists–Soirée band, they were treated to a French fry bar, tres leches, and NadaMoo! ice cream. The reception was capped off with an after party, which lasted until 5:00 am and included several members of the wedding party jumping into the pool, still in their gowns and tuxedos.

Both the bride and groom completed their undergraduate degrees from The University of Texas at Austin, and Alexis received an Executive MBA from Baylor. They reside in Austin, where they now make their home. The bride is a travel advisor with National Travel, an affiliate of American Express, and the groom is the National Sales Director at NadaMoo!. The couple, who honeymooned at the Four Seasons Hualalai in Kona, Hawaii, have many mutual interests, including a passion for fitness, travel, wine, and supporting non-profit organizations in Austin.

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The Nuptials Of CC Cavender And Patrick Mays In San Antonio

By Alexandra del Lago         Photography by David Sixt Photography

CC Cavender, the daughter of Stephanie and Bobby Cavender, and Patrick Mays, the son of Patti and Mark Mays, were married in the couple’s hometown of San Antonio. The duo was married after dating each other for four years and an eleven-month engagement. The bride, a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and the groom, a graduate of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, now live in Chicago. The Windy City will be their home while Patrick is studying for his MBA at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.

The groom proposed at his ranch on a cliff overlooking a stunning sunset. It was a Thursday night, and both of their families drove the next day to meet the couple and celebrate. “CC’s kindness and prioritization of others in her life continually reminds me to be less selfish in my own,” said the groom, Patrick Mays.  About the groom, the bride, CC Cavender, shared, “His smile, contagious laugh, and killer dance moves were what first attracted me to him. Beyond that, now it is also his faith, drive in school, career, and his ability to befriend everyone.”

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

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The wedding, designed by Sara Faye Egan Events of Dallas, was highlighted by Three Branches Floral’s spring color-laden  décor. Abby Cavender, the maid of honor, wore a dress that was a custom color Swiss tulle embellished with matching color fabric flowers. Also attending the bride were 19 bridesmaids: Charlotte Archer, Mattie Berry, Charlotte Burney, Lena Carr, Meg Carrigan, Paige Cavender, Isa Hetheringron, Claire Hodges, Julie King, Georgia Kuper, Marie Mays, Maggie Mays, Mary Alex Mizell, Juliana Newman, Mae Nixon, Lauren Prioleau, Paige Rahe, Anabelle Reade, and Gina Senese. The groom’s best men were Ryan Mays and Daniel Mays, along with 13 groomsmen and five ushers serving him. “It was the first time we were able to be with all of our friends and family since the pandemic, so it was a special time we will always remember about our wedding,” confided the bride. The wedding evening had added meaning to the couple because the groom’s grandfather was able to attend the wedding and the reception before he passed away soon thereafter.

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The reception, held at The Argyle, was a buffet dinner. The bride’s specialty drink, a Dirty Martini with blue cheese olives, and the groom’s drink, a Smokey Old Fashioned, were favorites of the evening. The bride’s brother, Rob Cavender, sang the first dance of the evening, spotlighting the couple. Party on the Moon played throughout the reception and kept the party vibrant through the evening, until the after party at The Argyle in The Coates Garden. “The most special moment was after the ceremony,” shared the groom. “We went upstairs in the Argyle and had a private dinner before the chaos of the reception. It was incredibly special to have an opportunity to be present with just the two of us before celebrating with friends and family.” The bride added, “The confetti and fireworks during our exit were a surprise that we will always remember.”


The couple honeymooned in Mozambique, Africa. The bride works with TechWerks, LLC. Together they love traveling and trying new restaurants in their new home of Chicago.

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The Nuptials Of Jillian Fuhrmann and James Moon, Jr.

By Alexandra del Lago         Photography by David Sixt Photography

Jillian Joy Fuhrmann, the daughter of Joy and Triple Fuhrmann and James Graham Moon, Jr., the son of Lisa and Earl Keister, and James Graham Moon, Sr., were married in a ceremony in San Antonio surrounded by family and friends. Jillian, a native San Antonian, and James, a native of Knoxville, Tennessee, have known each other since they met while visiting Texas Christian University, where they both ended up attending. A friend of Jillian’s from Camp Waldemar introduced them, and they dated for six years before becoming engaged for a year. “We were in Port Aransas for Mother’s Day weekend in 2020,” shares Jillian Moon. “We had plans to meet up with our friends for drinks, and James took us on a detour on the golf cart to the Palmilla Golf Course, where he popped the question.”

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The nuptials were at First Presbyterian Church, officiated by Rev. Bob Fuller and Rev. Michael Crocker. The bride wore a Rivini gown from Julian Gold Bridal, San Antonio. With a sophisticated fit and flare style, made of Neo Satin, it was  a modern, elegant trumpet silhouette. The unique oversized double-loop bow in the back finishes this stunning look flowing into a chapel length train. The mother of the bride’s dress was designed and created by Angelina Mata of San Antonio. 

The wedding décor, centered around an elegant garden theme, was selected for the 600 guests. Sweet August Events, led by Katherine Lopez, planned the wedding festivities. The gorgeous floral design included primarily white hydrangeas, was specially chosen because they were reminiscent of the groom’s family roots on Nantucket Island. The hydrangeas were embellished with white roses, created and executed by Danny Cuellar and his team at Trinity Flowers.

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

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The rehearsal dinner was held at the legendary San Antonio favorite, Casa Rio. The reception, a buffet affair, was at The Argyle. One of the groom’s favorite moments was the private sushi dinner the bride and groom enjoyed together during the cocktail hour before walking into the reception. This time together helped them savor the occasion before uniting with family and friends at the reception. Afterward, the bride’s father surprised the couple with their favorite Texas musician, Pat Green, to play the first dance, as well as some of the bride and groom’s families’ favorite songs to kick off the reception. Then, the Georgia Bridgewater Orchestra performed.

The couple honeymooned in Mayakoba and Tulum, Mexico, and make  their home in San Antonio, where the groom is employed by Merrill Lynch. In their spare time, they love to cook, try new restaurants, travel, and enjoy their golden retriever, Luna.

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