In the summer, when things slow down a bit, I find there’s more time to reflect on the year up until now, choosing activities not always made a priority, and to recharge before dashing forward full throttle into fall and the holidays. Sound about right? One of the activities may be starting a new read, catching up on streaming television series or classic films…and taking in a blockbuster or two (our favorites so far, by consensus in the Society Texas offices, are: Rocket Man and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood). A classic favorite that never gets old is The Sound of Music. Unsatisfactory Broadway re-interpretations aside, the music’s the thing in the upbeat Rogers & Hammerstein classic. A hit song from it, Climb Every Mountain, in fact, lyrically beckons us to try harder, feel more, and love better.

To continue the metaphor, in New York Times writer David Brooks’ new tome, The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life, he writes about what happens when we climb our own highest mountain and then life changes during the climb in a well-lived life, like it invariably does. What to do? To Brooks, and what the book is about, is to accept with grace what the first mountain provided, then contemplate looking for the next (second) mountain to climb, learning more from the newly rediscovered and reignited goals. It sounds so simple, yet to think of life as two mountain climbs (or more) is intriguing, isn’t it? He writes, “Life is not quantitative of how much, yet rather qualitative of the thickness our experiences are.”

Another quote that I most identified within Brooks’ book is one that applies to me very personally, as many people will attest: “When J. F. Roxburgh, the headmaster of the Stowe School in Vermont, was asked in the 1920s about the purpose of his institution, he said it was to turn out young men who were “acceptable at a dance, invaluable in a shipwreck.” My advice? Try to be as dependable and affable as you possibly can to yourself and with others.

On that note of life’s changes, we’re pleased to present our wedding issue that spotlights and elevates new mountain climbers: our selected bridal couples who are just beginning their married lives together. We are beyond happy for them and their families who celebrate this major step in life and all it represents. We know that they will do their best to lead by example and we also realize their weddings will inspire you, our readers, for your own upcoming nuptials in your circle. That’s why we’ve all worked so voraciously to help tell their stories.

Along with some of the best writers, editors, designers, photographers, and publishing dynamos on the planet who make this magazine happen, we are thrilled and proud to present the best of the best of Texas as we see it. So what are you waiting for? Get on that mountain and take a copy of us with you as you ascend to new heights. Or, bring us poolside, as another option this summer.

XO Lance Avery Morgan

Photography by Megan Kyle Bennett