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.

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.

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.”

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.”