A LOVE MATCH

A LOVE MATCH

Meredith Bond And Matthew Taylor McCord Wed In Fort Worth

By Natalie Bond Bloomingdale

Photography by Stephen Karlisch

As girls, of course, my sister and I would dream of walking down the aisle in a big white gown, so it was sensational to see my sister’s dreams come true as wedding bells rang for the Vernon girl and her Dallas boy when Meredith Bond became the bride of Matthew Taylor McCord in Fort Worth. The couple has their mothers to thank for their introduction. Pamela Bond, our mother, and Susan McCord, the future groom’s mother, play tennis together in Wichita Falls and were relentless in the set-up. Matt agreed to meet Meredith one morning for breakfast and a tour of Vernon, our hometown,  and then…the rest was like a fairytale. The proposal was also sporting. “After we landed in the Faroe Islands together, the first place I wanted to see was the waterfall at Gasadalur,” said the bride, Meredith McCord. “After taking quite a few photos, it was time to leave as the sun was setting–and Matt seemed in a pensive state. Looking back, I know he was wondering if this was the right spot to propose. I wasn’t expecting it to happen on this trip, so it was a wonderful surprise when he popped the question.”  

Following the engagement and pre-nuptial events all across Texas, including a rehearsal dinner hosted by the McCords for family, friends, and out of town guests at the Clay Pigeon restaurant (the site of one of the couple’s  first dates), the wedding ceremony took place at the First Presbyterian Church of Fort Worth. On the big day, Meredith wore a strapless white silk Mikado dress designed by Nardos Imam, a Dallas-based dressmaker. Attached to her garden-style bouquet of white O’Hara roses, lilac, cream peonies, and white lisianthus was a silver and diamond lavaliere, a family heirloom on our mother’s side. She wore diamond earrings as the something borrowed from me, and for something blue, she carried a small handkerchief with a blue monogram, a gift from our sister-in-law, Meredith Louise Bond. 

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The bridesmaids wore formal black gowns, adorned with matching gold and pearl earrings by San Antonio-based jewelry designer Nicola Bathie, a gift from the bride. I served as a matron of honor, of course. Her bridesmaids were: Catherine Elizabeth Almeida of Prosper, Texas, Meredith Louise Bond, sister-in-law of the bride of Dallas, Katie Diane Braddock of Yulee, Florida, Meghan Brooke Goddin of Austin, the sister of the bridegroom, Anna Renee Hoppe of Yukon, Oklahoma, Leigh Dodson King of Fort Worth, and Kristen Payne Polito, of San Antonio. 

Serving as the best man for the ceremony was Byron Parker Chaddick of Midland. The groomsmen were:  Shelby Henry Carter of Aspen, Colorado, Joseph Blake Garret of Huntington Beach, California, Mason Albert Schwarz of Austin, Maddox Morgan Womble of Dallas, and Stephen Tyler Goree, Christian Michel Patry, and Chipman Russell Seale, all of Midland. The ushers for the ceremony were: James Alfred Bloomingdale of Los Angeles, the brother-in-law of the bride, William Blaine Bond of Dallas,, the brother of the bride, Cristopher Holt Conger of San Antonio, Chase Tiernan Conway of Dallas, Chris Hopkins Goddin, of Austin, the brother-in-law of the bridegroom, Thomas Chandler Isbell of Tucson, Arizona, Brandon Stephen McCord of Metairie, Louisiana, a cousin of the bridegroom, Michael Caleb McCrea of Fredericksburg, and Winston Steel Kelly and Blake Winfield Braun, both of Midland.

After the ceremony, the grand reception was held at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. Guests were greeted by a saxophonist at the entrance, where they were encouraged to sign a large pictorial book of the Faroe Islands. A jazz combo in the Modern Museum of Art Café and Terrace Courtyard serenaded the arriving guests.

Upon the newlywed’s arrival, the guests were ushered into the grand lobby of the museum, where a proliferation of floral décor in neutral hues greeted them for a seated dinner. Then, the white acrylic dance floor was waiting for the guests to continue the merriment with Blind Date of Austin, the band for the affair.  They played Stand by Me as the new couple was introduced and danced their first dance.

After dinner, dancing, and the cutting of the five-tiered candlelight-colored cake, the newlyweds exited the reception in a classic 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air sedan through a line of guests throwing white rose petals and sharing warm wishes for the future. “I was so pleased with the way Gro Designs, our event design and planning team, took my vision and transformed the Modern into such a beautiful space,” said Meredith McCord.

Meredith graduated from Texas Christian University and obtained her master’s degree from Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth. She is now a licensed professional counselor. Matt, a cum laude graduate at Saint Edward’s University in Austin, is an oil and gas landman in Midland. The couple’s tropical paradise honeymoon was in the French Polynesian Islands of Tahiti, Moorea, Le Taha’a, and Bora Bora. They now reside in Midland.

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IT HAD TO BE YOU

IT HAD TO BE YOU

Mary Alex Knight and Carter Mizell Marry In Houston

By Leanne Raesener

Photography by Marco Wang

Native Houstonians, Mary Alex Knight, the daughter of Risse and Kevin Knight, and Carter Mizell, the son of Chris and Mike Mizell, are not only alumni of The University of Texas at Austin and Episcopal High School, but are also pre-school alums as well. It was in their kindergarten class, where Carter first developed deep feelings for Mary Alex. He decided the best way to deliver his sweet thoughts would be to impress her with his literary talents through the gift of a note. To not leave anyone in suspense, the said note, of course, was saved over the years, and printed on the cocktail napkins for the rehearsal dinner and wedding reception for guests to enjoy the origins of the couple’s relationship.

 

As they both needed time to mature a bit, they did not rekindle their romance until much later. At which point, the couple then dated for seven years and enjoyed a ten-month-long engagement before family and friends cheerfully gathered to share in their loving, joyous union and celebrate the couple’s life-long adventure together.

The bride was genuinely surprised when Carter proposed. Mary Alex shared that she jogs the Houston Country Club golf course when it’s closed. “Carter asked me if I wanted to run the course with him…on a July day…in blistering Houston heat,” she mused. “I thought it was a terrible idea, yet agreed to go. When we went around one of the tee boxes, there was a bench with flowers and champagne, and that’s where he proposed. It was completely unexpected. Carter had arranged for our families and friends to be waiting back at the clubhouse to celebrate. The next day, both of our families, longtime mutual friends, went to my grandparent’s home in Hunt, Texas, where we continued to celebrate over the weekend.”

 

The wedding, held pre-COVID-19, was a grand celebration that began with an elegant rehearsal dinner at the River Oaks Country Club. The final line of the groom’s toast at the rehearsal dinner was: If you haven’t locked it down in Pre-K, best of luck to you

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The next day’s wedding ceremony was held at The Cathedral of Our Lady of Walsingham, with a reception following at the Houston Country Club. Our Lady of Walsingham’s choir also performed during the ceremony.

 

Mary Alex’s bridal gown was selected by Joan at Joan Pillow Bridal Salon. The designer, Italian based Le Spose Di Giò, whose dresses are still constructed in authentic creative workshops, designed the exquisitely customized gown. The intricate lace bodice, with off the shoulder sleeves, draped into a flowing floor-length silk organza skirt, secured at the back with an elegant bow and a lovely flower. The French cathedral length veil in a delicate Chantilly lace was by Romona Keveza. The bride’s crystal and mother-of-pearl headpiece was designed by Maria Elena. Like her mother, Mary Alex wore her veil during the reception for her first dance with Carter, the cake cuttings, and the toast. The mother of the bride wore a Monique Lhuiller botanical skirt with a custom organza blouse, and the groom’s mother wore a Catherine Regehr evening gown.

For the ceremony, the stunning bride was accompanied by Meredith Knight and Melanie Knight, her maids of honor, and her bridesmaids were: Lauren Bailey, Neely Brunette, Meg Carrigan, Grace Catherine Cary, Abby Cavender, C.C. Cavender, Reagan Corbett, Mary Curry, Clair Hodges, Julie King, Meagan Meeks, Caroline Mizell, Kendall Oelfke, Paige Rahe, and Allie Walls. Mitchell Austin, his best man, accompanied the groom. The groomsmen attending Carter were: Scott Adair, B-John Ballis, Stewart Cartwright, Luke Cone, Cliff Davis, Drew Galtney, Hunter Halpin, Stephen Herzer, David Hughes, Whit Maddox, Adam McCauley, Cole Miller, Logan Mizell, Jake Molak, Stephen Pitt, and Will Temple. The groom’s three ushers for this special day were Bobby Magness, Keller Towns, and Luke Utley.

 

The couple chose a traditional southern style wedding menu consisting of fried chicken, mashed potatoes, green bean bundles, and seafood gumbo, amongst other delectable choices. The scrumptious buffet was adorned with oversized floral arrangements, tapered candles, and crystal candelabras. The bride and groom toasted with the bride’s paternal grandmother’s sterling silver goblets after cutting their five-tier cake adorned with fresh flowers by Marlene Romero. At the end of the evening, the new couple added to the festivities by celebrating Cinco de Mayo a day early. Mini margaritas, chips and queso, and mini tacos were passed, rounding out a true Texas culinary extravaganza.

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Kelly Doonan Events meticulously executed the wedding, and the beautiful floral décor was designed by Susie Miller. The Georgia Bridgewater Orchestra had revelers up and on the dance floor, with photographer Marco Wang not missing a beat capturing and preserving all the magical moments. There was a unique, entertaining photo wall at the reception with rehearsal dinner, wedding ceremony, and reception photos projected for guests to view in real-time. Also, guests were welcomed to take boxed slices home of the bride and groom’s cakes, upon their departure from the reception, to eat with their coffee the following morning.

 

The Mizell’s left the reception, driving a vintage Packard bursting with flowers. They honeymooned for a glorious two weeks in Switzerland and the South of France before returning to Houston, where they will reside. The bride is a teacher at River Oaks Baptist School, and the groom works at Newmark Knight Frank in commercial real estate. The couple resides in Houston.

GARDEN OF DELIGHT

GARDEN OF DELIGHT

Macon Blount Marries John McColm In San Antonio

By Eleanora Morrison

Photography by Caroline Jurgensen Photography

Macon Blount, the daughter of Linda and Stephen Blount of San Antonio, and John McColm, the son of Eunice and Kelly McColm of Fort Worth, were married in a garden ceremony at Linda and Stephen Blount’s home in San Antonio.

 

After three years of courtship, McColm surprised Blount with a lakeside proposal at The Fort Worth Boat Club at Eagle Mountain Lake. Immediately following the proposal, he coordinated a surprise engagement celebration with their friends and family who were waiting inside of the clubhouse to celebrate the couple’s happy union, followed by a private dinner at Joe T. Garcia’s. The rest, as they say, was history. After a fifteen-month engagement, the couple wed in San Antonio in the Spring of 2020.

 

The originally planned wedding at Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church and Argyle reception had to be cancelled due to COVID-19.  But then, just three weeks before the wedding date, the state started to open up, and a completely new wedding was quickly planned. The Blounts hosted their family and friends on the grounds of their Terrell Hills home for a much smaller, yet lively celebration that sent Macon and John off to their new lives together with the festive spirit that was authentically and distinctly San Antonio.

 

The wedding weekend began with an elegant rehearsal dinner graciously hosted by Eunice and Kelly McColm at Hotel Emma in the Elephant Cellar ballroom. The following day, one of Macon’s godmothers, Nita Kiolbassa, hosted the bridal party at her home for hair and make-up by Make-up Maven. Meanwhile an amazing team, including Laurie Ontjes of Illusions and Bill Haynie of JSAV,  were setting everything up at the Blount home. This included the bride’s father, Stephen Blount, who was  dubbed a real life version of George Banks from “Father of the Bride” getting the four participating dogs wedding-ready and preparing his famous margaritas for the reception! The wedding ceremony was officiated by Matt Wise of Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church in San Antonio and Andrew Thayer of Trinity Episcopal Church in New Orleans. Rev. Thayer was of special significance to the family because he renewed the bride’s parents 25th anniversary vows and married the brother and sister-in-law of the bride, who all now share a May 30th anniversary date with Macon and John McColm. Following the front yard ceremony was a romantic garden reception with dinner and dancing.

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The event was coordinated by Robin Waters of Wedding Planners Inc. The floral designer, Danny Cuellar of Trinity Flowers, created a majestic floral cross that was placed on the front door which served as a gorgeous backdrop for the ceremony. This, along with exquisite cascading blooms of peonies in corals and shades of pink, roses in several colors and textures, and Casa Blanca lilies and eucalyptus, complimented the stately architecture of the home. After the ceremony, guests moved to the garden reception and were served a delicious dinner catered by Club Giraud. Everyone then enjoyed brandy freezes and wedding cakes for dessert. Special printed cloth cocktail napkins were designed by Betsy Mortimer of Bye George, who also created the fabulous wedding invitations. Performances by Mariachi Campanas de America of San Antonio and Drywater Band from Houston had the couple and their families and friends entertained and united in celebration all evening long.

 

The bride wore a garden inspired Mira Zwillinger dress with a special “something borrowed” tucked inside; a delicate gold pin, a McColm family heirloom and wedding day custom passed down through five generations. She was accompanied by her Maid of Honor, sister Charlotte Blount, who also designed her engagement and wedding rings. Her bridal party included Allison Allen, Lauren Bailey, Maddy Bartlett, Sage Blount, Southy Cavender, Capri Conlon, Charlotte Cooper, Jane Anne Doerrfeld, Adelaide Ehrlich, Katie Garza, Grace Grooms, Sophie Aliece Hollis, Mamie Horton, Shelby Johnson, Casey Lebus, Lindsay Marsh, Kelly Ann McCarthy, Kiley Pipkin, Andrea Becerra Rodriguez, Amy Schramm, Merritt Shivitz, Shelby Smith, Grace Sorenson, Ailee Thamer, Leslie Ticku, and Laura Werline. Her flower girls were Blakely Blount, Finch Blount, Macon Blount and Poppy McCarthy.

 

The groom was accompanied by his Best Men, Scott Hargrove and Houston Self. His groomsmen were  Will Bailey, Rowe Blount, Sam Brotherton, Reed Brunette, Chase Caraway, Taylor Carrell, Spencer Duran, Adrian Fenton, John Hill, Jack George, Cameron Horton, John Howard Kane, Burke Kleinheinz, Bryant Lagasse, Robby Lebus, Dan McCarthy, David Miles, Barron Parker, Peter Ray, Austin Redmon and Drew Reeb. Rudy Garza served as the ring bearer.

 

Despite their inability to honeymoon in Turks and Caicos due to COVID-19, the newlyweds were able to get away to the Texas coast for a mini-moon in Port Aransas immediately after the wedding, and they plan to travel to their original destination when it is safe again to sojourn abroad. The bride is a graduate of University of Texas at Austin and works for SRS Real Estate Partners, and the groom is a graduate of Texas Tech University and co-owns ACF Tarp and Awning. The couple currently resides in Fort Worth.

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A CHANCE ROMANCE

A CHANCE ROMANCE

Wendy Bowman and Chantz Butler Tie The Knot In San Antonio

By Eleanora Morrison

Photography by Jessica Rose

Wendy Bowman and Chantz Butler were recently married in San Antonio on the front lawn of The Argyle on a perfectly crisp autumn afternoon, splashed in sunshine and surrounded in steadfast support by their family and hundreds of friends who traveled from across the country to bear witness to the union of the two kindred souls. The parents of the bride, Jean and Clyde Alexander, and R.H. Tibaut and Shelly Bowman, and the parents of the groom, Diane Butler and the late Frank Butler (in spirit), joined in welcoming guests to their childrens’ nuptial celebration.

 

Growing up in San Antonio, little did Wendy Bowman and Chantz Butler know that their lifelong happily ever after was already beginning in 1995…as first-graders at Saint Mary’s Hall school. It was a classic love story that started somewhere in their memories, and was a contemporary romance left completely to chance. A mutual friend’s 30th birthday party in March of 2018 would bring them together again, after decades of living their respective journeys, for a star-crossed moment at just the right time in their adult lives when they expected it least. Wendy walked into the party, her eyes met Chantz’s across the room, and they spent the evening reconnecting. Within four months, she had packed her eight-year history in New York City and headed home to San Antonio to be with Chantz. On Christmas Eve of 2018, he proposed privately, and the celebration plans of the couple’s love for one another began the following morning. Even after one year of marriage, the outpouring of joy continues.

 

It was a weekend-long celebration that began with an elegant rehearsal dinner at Pearl’s Hotel Emma before the wedding at The Argyle. The guest list was an eclectic mix of the couple’s old and dear San Antonio friends, friends of Chantz’s from his days at the University of Colorado at Boulder, friends of Wendy’s from her years at Texas Christian University, a free-wheeling group of artist friends from Wendy’s years in Brooklyn, and many more groups in between.

 

For the ceremony, the bride was accompanied by Marley Clements, her maid of honor, and Heather Bowman, Meriel Bowman, and Marianna Elskes, her matrons of honor. Her bridesmaids were: Lyndsey Butler, Jenna Cole, Ashley Graf, Melisa Harris, Kelsey Kuehn, Alanna Miller, Maddy Moffitt, Cristina Moravy, Annie Mueller, Shara Ticku, and Tala Worrell. The groom was accompanied by Travis Stirman, his best man, and his groomsmen were: Forrest Bowman, Tibaut Bowman, Jr., Mark Covey, Rusty Douglass, Preston Durbin, Brennan Johnson, Alex Klein, Dean Moses, Scott Polunsky, Walter Rumpf, and Collin Straus. The flower children attending the couple were Ada Alexander, Caden Alexander, Jude Alexander, Anderson Bowman, Lola Bowman, Tibaut “Sonny” Bowman III, and Townsend Bowman, all nieces, and nephews of the bride. Honored guests included Annlyn Osborn Barnett, Ada Osborn Peeples, and Morgan Sigler. Enrique Perez officiated the ceremony.

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For the festivities, no stone was left unturned in the planning process because of Wendy’s artistic talents. She meticulously braided layers of emotional significance into each curated detail of the event. Prior to their relationship, Chantz grew up in a family masonry business with a ranch in Argentina, while Wendy worked for a contemporary artist making geometric abstract paintings in New York City. Their distinct backgrounds were fused by their appreciation of modern aesthetics of music, fashion, travel, art, and architecture–the culture that had shaped their individual journeys. As a result, their combined vision was specifically authentic to their lives and partnership. Sweet August Events worked with the bride and groom to bring these details to life, creating an inspiring atmosphere that was a synthesis of mid-century modern design elements, seamlessly blended with a timelessly romantic aesthetic that wowed the attendees from start to finish.

 

Guten Co., a local ceramicist, and letter-presser, created the couple’s diamond-shaped wedding logo and all of their embossed paper products. The logo shape-shifted throughout the event, from the white hard-lined altar, to the gold geometric flower stands, the graphic seating board, the napkins and the dance floor, the screen printed flag by Local Threads that flew from the exterior of The Argyle, and even into the bride’s Romona Keveza gown that she wore. The logo was also made into silver earrings and necklaces for each bridesmaid by San Antonio-bred jewelry designer, Cassandra Polidori, of Cassandra Collections and printed on custom bomber jackets that the bridesmaids wore as the temperature cooled in the late evening.

 

The modern, clean design lines were juxtaposed with softer elements such as velvet tablecloths, the bride’s silk organza overskirt that was an ethereal contrast to her gown’s asymmetrical neckline, and her classic sapphire Manolo Blahnik shoes. The dress of the mother of the bride, Jean Alexander, was artfully designed and created by Angelina Mata of San Antonio. The floral décor, designed by Danny Cuellar of Trinity Flowers, featured climbing greenery and lush white roses. The clear, tented roof over the reception disappeared into the night sky, and the trees danced above the Edison bulb string lights. The turf flooring appeared as a grassy lawn beneath the Eames dining chairs, and the white grated Bertoia chairs that lined the rest of the tables.

 

Cathy Young Cakes designed the white wedding cake, wrapped by a singular asymmetrical line of roses, and Tomas Rosales designed the groom’s painted cake. After the couple finished their first dances, guests flooded the dance floor to join them in grooving to the 10-piece live Motown band, Love and Happiness, who performed everything from Van Morrison to Aretha Franklin. The after-party, inside of The Argyle’s Slick-Urschel room, was where guests sipped Brandy Freeze cocktails, snacked on sliders, and grooved to the sounds of DJ Soul Stairs into the wee hours of the morning. 

 

The Butlers left their party under the light of a full moon. They perched on the back of a car, lent by the bride’s father, Tibaut Bowman, which was engulfed in the flickers of sparklers held by an ebullient, cheering crew of their wedding guests. Driving away toward the start of a new life together, the newlyweds were off to their honeymoon in Thailand and Japan, an exotic adventure to start their lifelong partnership. They currently reside in San Antonio, where the bride is a photographer, videographer, and painter, and the groom is vice president of Custom Masonry Corporation.

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WE’VE ONLY JUST BEGUN

WE’VE ONLY JUST BEGUN

Madison Fuller And Drew Evans Marry In Tyler

By Lance Avery Morgan

Photography by Jillian Hogan Photography

When Madison Fuller walked down the aisle to wed Drew Evans, she was accustomed to the spotlight after being chosen Miss Texas America in 2018. Texas natives Madison, the daughter of Jina and Mike Fuller of Fairfield, Texas, and Drew Evans, the son of Paula and Greg Evans of Tyler, Texas, married after a nine-month engagement. Madison’s dream of becoming Miss Texas America was an important part of the couple’s time together, as well as their shared spiritual convictions. “He is the funniest, most caring, and loyal person I’ve ever known. He loves deeply,” shared Madison Fuller Evans. 

 

The clever groom popped the question with an unconventional plan. After a courtship of five years, Drew thought there was probably no way to truly surprise Madison, so instead, he left a note on her kitchen counter the morning of the proposal…and he made visits to her job as a kindergarten teacher throughout the day. Their family and friends continued the surprise all day long with coffee, flowers, lunch, and more special deliveries. That afternoon, Madison’s sisters picked her up to get their nails done, and when she arrived home, there was a dress to wear lying on her bed. A couple of hours later, Drew had his two best friends drive her out to the picturesque Kiepersol Vineyard in East Texas, where they met at the beautiful setting where he proposed. Then, the surprise continued with all the couple’s favorite people gathering for an after party.

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The couple, both graduates of Texas A&M University, were married months before in a private ceremony with only family attending due to COVID-19. They proceeded to celebrate on a grander scale months afterward, where their festivities began with a rehearsal dinner at The Grove. The following day at Villa Di Felicita, the wedding was held, dazzling in shades of blush, ivory, and white designed by Ricardo Tomas Weddings’ event team. The bride wore a gown by Winnie Couture while carrying a beautiful bouquet. The floral designs that were abundant at the venue were created by La Tee Da Flowers.

 

The bride and groom shared communion during the ceremony officiated by Pastor Ken Pruitt. The bible used in their first wedding, which had previously occurred, was gifted to the couple to use in both of their wedding ceremonies. Madison’s bridesmaids included seven of her Miss America sisters who traveled from around the globe: Ashley Baldwin, Natalie Clopton, Courtney Cobia, Avery Covington, Haley Fenley, Meagan Mayo, Abby Ortiz, Anjelica Quisenberry, Morgan Roper, and Tianna Vanderhei. The bride’s sister, Mallory Fuller, was the maid of honor, while Morgan Wood served as the matron of honor. Drew’s best men were Jimmy Negem and Keaton Yeatts. His attendants were Rob Fenley, Jacob Frazier, Phillip McKinney, Sam Morey, Nick Negem, Garrett Pillsbury, Nick Roman, Jared Stewart, Hunter Stinson, and Daniel Wood.

Afterward, the reception, also held at Villa Di Felicita, commenced with signature margaritas followed by an authentic Mexican buffet supper. The strawberry wedding cake with buttercream icing, was created by The Village Baker. During dancing provided by the music from CMB DJs, the groom and his mother provided more entertainment with a choreographed dance they created, matching their outgoing personalities to the guests’ delight. At the end of the night’s revelry, the Aggie war hymn was chanted, and a colorful fireworks show ignited the evening’s moonlit sky.

 

The bride, a teacher with the Tyler Independent School District, and the groom, who works at Edward Jones Financial Planning, permanently reside in Tyler. They plan a honeymoon to Jamaica that will occur later in 2021. “Being able to celebrate with so many special friends and family during such a difficult year was such a blessing,” confides Madison Fuller Evans.

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ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE

ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE

The Marriage Of Madeline Cummings Noal And Samuel Dustin Dunham In Austin

By Lance Avery Morgan

Photography by Kristen Kilpatrick and Marshall Tidrick

It was a match that was meant to be. Very modern in scope, Madeline Noal of Austin, the daughter of Denise Hyde, and Shawn and Teri Noal, and Samuel “Dustin” Dunham of Fort Worth, the son of Zoe and Mel Dunham, met in Manhattan, where they both lived at the time. The bride’s mother had a hand in the connection of the couple. While on a mother/daughter vacation in Cozumel, she hand-selected her daughter’s future groom, Dustin, from an array of gents on the dating app, Hinge.

 

The couple’s first date happened once Madeline returned to New York. “We hit it off right away. I immediately knew I had met the one,” shares the bride, Madeline Noal Dunham. “I called my mother right after and told her I would marry Dustin. When you know, you know.” That initial meeting led to their engagement when the groom popped the question inside Grammercy Square Park in Manhattan. Dustin, not missing a beat, proposed with a ring the bride’s father had given her mother, presented in a needlepoint box the bride’s mother made herself, and he even hired a photographer to capture the whole event.

 

The couple had initially planned their wedding for December 2020 at Casa Kimberly, the former home of Elizabeth Taylor in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, with 150 guests. Instead, due to COVID-19, they decided to move up the date and have it in Austin at the St. Cecilia Hotel. “When the pandemic hit, we knew we couldn’t ask our loved ones to travel far, or internationally,” said the bride. “We knew we had to re-think everything–the location, the wedding size, and most importantly, we had to think of how to keep our guests safe. This wedding was absolutely perfect in every way and now I can’t imagine it having been any different.”

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For the wedding rehearsal dinner, the duo chose Mattie’s, formerly Green Pastures, a favorite of the bride’s family’s long presence in Austin. Ever thoughtful, at the rehearsal dinner, the families gave each guest a custom mask, made of beautiful cream linen embroidered with a red ikat design, and requested that they wear them to the ceremony and reception. Early on the wedding day, the groom, Dustin, and all 15 male guests went on a skeet shoot hosted by the Dunham family. Armed with breakfast tacos from Maudie’s and pastries from Upper Crust Bakery, they wore custom shirts to remember the male-bonding morning.

 

The wedding ceremony, which occurred on the picturesque lawn of the St. Cecilia, was everything the couple hoped it would be for their 30 guests. The ombre shades of red, orange, yellow, and pink were ever-present for the event’s color theme that was created by the bride and her mother. The wedding planner was Amina Garrison of Wedding Day Girl in Austin. The bride wore a strapless wedding gown by Chantel Lauren, with an overlay tunic adorned with Swarovski crystal and pearl embroidery by Allison Webb. Her veil was a custom creation by Coutures by Laura, who customized the entire look. She used gorgeous remnants from the dress alterations to create beautiful face masks for the bride as well as her mother. Madeline’s younger sister, Alexandra Noal, attended her as her maid of honor and only bridesmaid. The groom, outfitted in a navy Burberry tuxedo, was attended by his father, Mel Dunham, and watched as his bride-to-be marched down the aisle on an antique family rug to a processional performed by a string quartet.

 

The bride’s mother’s best friend, Judge Rhonda Hurley, officiated the ceremony, while the bride’s best friend, Jordan Easter, read the e.e.cummings poem, I carry your heart. The groom’s twin sister, Melissa, read Colossians 3:12-15 while the bride’s uncle, Greg, lead the gathering in prayer. At the end of the ceremony, a small gospel choir, comprised of a mother and her sons, sang All You Need Is Love to the astonishment of everyone except the bride and her mother, who arranged the surprise.

As the fun continued at the reception at the St. Cecilia, guests after feasting on passed appetizers that included a charcuterie board, crab cakes, and crème fraiche and caviar atop of house-made potato chips were seated for dinner continental-style. The specialty cocktails created for the occasion were Madeline’s Margarita, Dustin’s Ranch Water, and Arthur’s Artini (a tribute to the duo’s one-year-old Goldendoodle, Arthur, who couldn’t attend due to his naughty nature but was there in spirit and in small details). A French jazz band played romantic tunes that the couple selected as ambience music before the bridal couple danced to I Got You Babe by Sonny and Cher. Then, the after party began. Madeline and Dustin invited all of the “kids” (everyone aged 40 and younger) to their suite and danced to a collection of vinyl records DJ’d by the bride’s brother, Nash, while popping bottles of Champagne until the wee hours of the morning. 

 

The couple now reside in Beverly Hills, California, where the bride, who graduated from Ole Miss, The University of Mississippi, works as the public relations manager for the luxury beauty brand, Chantecaille Beaute, and the groom, a graduate of Baylor University, with a business graduate degree from Cornell University, is a senior associate at The Luzzatto Company in Los Angeles, a real estate private equity and development firm. “We delayed our honeymoon until after the pandemic,” confided the bride. “We spent the days after our wedding driving from Texas to our new home in Los Angeles, yet we spent our originally planned wedding date at the Rosewood Miramar in Montecito.”

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