AN EXOTIC PASSION

AN EXOTIC PASSION

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.

A CANVAS OF LOVE

A CANVAS OF LOVE

Abby Cavender And Reed Brunette Tie The 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. The 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. The groom proposed to his future bride among family and friends at a Christmas gathering. The 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 post-wedding celebration),” shares 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 brother-in-law Rob Cavender and Patrick Mays.

The wedding reception, a buffet 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 floor, each element spoke to their impeccable taste and attention to detail, making their celebration truly unforgettable. Jackson Dunham designed the floral décor in shades of yellow, white, pink, and orange. The various vignettes in the venue’s tent were color-blocked… a yellow dance floor, 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 first dance at the reception, while the couple’s goddaughter, the flower girl, refused to walk down the aisle without their dog Odie to accompany her.

The bride graduated from The University of Texas at Austin, as did the groom, who is a Land Man with Titus Oil & Gas., left for their honeymoon in the same white vintage Chevrolet Chevelle all of Abby’s siblings have used in their weddings as well. The 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.