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.

MAGICAL COMBINATION OF ART + DANCE

MAGICAL COMBINATION OF ART + DANCE

San Antonio’s McNay Museum Luncheon Has Misty Copeland As Guest Speaker

By Lance Avery Morgan    Photography by David Sixt Photography

Houston Frost, Rachel Drake, Lou Celia Frost, Misty Copeland, Don Frost, CeCe Griffin and James Griffin

Carla Brozovich and Misty Copeland

THE SETTING: It was the perfect day for the McNay Art Museum to host a luncheon that featured Misty Copeland, a world-renowned ballerina with the American Ballet Theatre, one of the three leading classical ballet companies in the United States, as the keynote speaker. In addition to her dance career, Copeland has become a public speaker, celebrity spokesperson and stage performer. She has written two autobiographical books and narrated a documentary about her career challenges, A Ballerina’s Tale.

Deborah Roberts and Misty Copeland

THE STYLE: A budding art collector of African American Art, Copeland has works in her collection by Ndidi Emefiele, Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Lorna Simpson, and Deborah Roberts, who is also in the McNay’s collection. Copeland is an avid philanthropist and an ambassador for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, of which she is also an alum. In 2022, she launched The Misty Copeland Foundation, with its first signature program BE BOLD, which aims to bring greater diversity, equity, and inclusion to dance, especially ballet. This year’s luncheon chair was Cece Frost Griffin, and the committee was Carla Brozovich, Amelita Mauze, Sarah Moore, Emilie Petty, and Corinna Richter.

Lou Celia Frost, Lila Malone, Bonnie Chumbley, CeCe Frost Friffin and Jeanne Alfaro

Sarah Moore, Catharine Vexler, Dr. Sara McCamish and Hannah Hudson Beard

THE PURPOSE: The McNay extends special thanks to The Bennett Prize, the Luncheon Title Sponsor, and acknowledges the significant funding from the Louis A. and Frances B. Wagner Endowment for Misty Copeland’s participation. Generous underwriting support is provided by the John R. and Greli N. Charitable Trust, and Frost Bank, Trustee. The McNay Art Museum engages a diverse community in the discovery and enjoyment of the visual arts. It is San Antonio’s place of belonging, where the Museum’s expanding community is reflected in transformational art experiences.

Misty Copeland with the Boys and Girls Club of San Antonio guests

Matthew McLendon, Don Frost, CeCe Frost Griffin,Darryl Byrd and Misty Copeland

Luncheon guests

Sarah Moore, Emilie Petty CeCe Frost Griffin, Misty Copeland, Amelita Mauze, Carla Brozovich and Corinna Richter

MADE FOR EACH OTHER

MADE FOR EACH OTHER

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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FROM THIS MOMENT ON

FROM THIS MOMENT ON

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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