Welcome to a New Year with, well, with a revised shared reality since this time last year, that’s for sure. COVID-19 has taught us that our realities can become shape-shifted in a blink of an eye. Attending three to five galas, in sumptuous ballrooms with a thousand or more attendees, across the state each week, used to be the norm for our team…and as 2021 begins, we look forward to all the gatherings and philanthropic largesse continuing like before, don’t you? Strong people lift each other up, and we are in this together.   

One thing we know about a shared reality–whether it’s from reality TV–to pandemic-suspended reality, is that it’s very interpretive. One thing we know about a shared reality–whether it’s from reality TV–to pandemic-suspended reality, is that it’s very interpretive. However, a wedding is one shared reality that we can all agree upon. Since the beginning of time, families and friends have always gathered to share the reality of loved ones taking the next big step in their lives. That’s about as real as it gets in the love department. Since I was a child, I’ve attended countless weddings and believe me, since then I’ve always had a good suit appropriate for a wedding at the ready because I know how important weddings (and good suits) are.  

Understandably, parents have been duly concerned about the deprivation of a shared reality that the pandemic has on their kids: the lack of school and overall community due to the current happenings. The best-shared reality fix for that? Attend a wedding, large or small, I say. Do children get to see adults operating in a genuine world arena, and with the best intentions at heart: love? Bien sûr. Of course. 

That’s why we love and are beyond proud of, the weddings we are sharing in this special issue, especially in these challenging times. Beautiful brides, dashing grooms, and a flock of families and friends to celebrate them and their happy lives ahead? You bet. It doesn’t get much better than that. Plus, the ingenuity from all the weddings’ creative teams for each celebration seen on every page, from across the state, is exemplary. Let’s call it the best of Texas love, shall we? And after all, as Burt Bachrach and Hal David wrote musically, what the world needs now is love, sweet love.

Along with our New Year/New You focus, we hope you enjoy this issue as much as our editorial, design, and publishing teams did creating it. So, remember, as we charge into 2021, as John Wesley said, Do all the good you can, By all the means you can, In all the ways you can, In all the places you can, At all the times you can, To all the people you can, As long as ever you can. Cheers to a magnificent year ahead, and we look forward to gathering again with you soon.

 XO Lance Avery Morgan,

Editor-In-Chief and Creative Director


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Photography by Gregg Cestaro


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As we end the year, with COVID-19 still in view, I am wagering that you, like me, have been more contemplative than usual as we move forward to create new beginnings. With the impact of the virus on all our lives, including the shelter in place opportunity, we see just how magnified life can be. Like watching our favorite movie, or hearing our favorite song, or observing our favorite scent over and again every day, we are more keenly aware of so many more things we simply didn’t notice before. The Greek philosopher Epictetus wrote, People are not disturbed by things, but by the view they take of them. In fact, I would guess to say that we flourish not only by learning new things, but also by acting upon what we
glean from them.

This holiday issue reflects the abundance of cheer and love we all have in our hearts, especially going forward. The joy of brightening other lives, easing each others’ burdens, and supplanting empty hearts and lives with generous gifts, becomes for us around here, the magic of the holidays. And, what joy we have for you in this issue. In fact, every page is joy-filled.

Realizing that quality isn’t expensive, it’s priceless, our team’s festive holiday gift list inspiration can help transport you beyond the ordinary. We’ve worked on it all year, and we think you’ll be emboldened by our recommendations to transcend the familiar. We are intrinsically empowered by cultural influencers, tastemakers, and styleweavers. William Jack Sibley’s profile on San Antonio powerhouse Robert L.B.Tobin, who helped, along with his family, create the cultural landscape of the art world in Texas, will have you spellbound by his accomplishments and the ongoing legacy of his foundation. Our happy-as-can-be look at this season’s fall bags, festooned with floral opulence, will surely spark your own stylish creativity too.

Along with our chronicling of ongoing events affected by the virus, you’ll see that people everywhere are
still sharing, giving, and supporting so many great causes across the state. Plus, we’re delighted to offer a
dazzling array of thought-provoking editorial that is unique to both us, and this state. So, we thank you
from the bottom of our hearts for your support this year, and we wish you and yours the merriest holiday
season yet, since we still have so much to be grateful for everywhere we look. Now get out there and be
spectacular with more fun ahead.

XO Lance Avery Morgan
Editor-In-Chief &
Creative Director

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With all our days and nights seeming to be played on an endless repeat cycle, I’m genuinely interested in learning how family, friends, and colleagues have been spending their time sheltering in place. As I continue to inquire, the responses have had a wide variety of reactions. Ranging from spending more time with kids (always while managing temporary homeschooling and juggling a career), playing with pets more, taking additional swims, leaning into Zoom calls as a reinterpreted way of staying connected, streaming entertainment like never before…to even, starting a digital platform devoted to a passionate cause.

No matter what our individual reactions have been, it seems we all have been generating an interpretation of well, how we can make the best of a challenging situation. In this super-charged fall issue, with many hopes for bright tomorrows, we hope you’ll see and enjoy the numerous examples of people living their best lives while helping so many others. Like with our inimitable cover subject, Houstonian Becca Cason Thrash.

One thing I’ve learned is that togetherness is in the mind, the heart, and the understanding. It has little to do with proximity. To me, togetherness means not only staying in touch with many folks currently (and certainly checking in with some who have pursued other interests since I’ve known them), but also looking at the past for insight into how we got to here. This is the basis of every story we help tell in Society Texas.

Through photographs and documents, I personally took a deep dive into my own family’s history, going through archives that had been tucked away and piled up for review. Ranging from old letters, land deeds, address books, diaries, photos, and more from before the mid-1800s, I’ve gotten a glimpse into what makes us each unique and interesting…not just where we are going, but where we have been collectively. I believe in the positive influence of archival information:  it can add light to a situation long ago created and yes, long ago buried.

Through the curated filter lens of my family’s historical past, it was a process, to say the least. In my spare time during the pandemic, I sorted through what seemed like thousands upon thousands of documents, from photos to all sorts of papers. I well recall many, many summer days and holidays sitting at my grandmother’s knee while I listened to the stories about the olden days, as I would call them at the time. The stories were of happiness, challenges, triumphs, and tragedies. I’d ask questions, and she’d answer because she knew how closely I listened, as we’d be encircled by an unruly pile of both Kodak and professional portrait studio memories. Many were labeled with names and dates, thank goodness, and it helped connect the dots of a child’s mind to the era of clothing, backdrops, and situations. It was a type of social archaeology, gleaned at a young age, of how people lived their lives, or how they wanted to represent how they lived their lives.

I wish I could say that my family kept neat family albums full of chronological happenings. They did, sort of. And, like many families around the world, much of it was gathered in shoe boxes, decorative tins, hat and cardboard boxes, and just about any other vessel that could contain a virtual time machine. The result? That curated filter netted over 1200 documents that I chose to represent the best of the past. Scanned at high resolution, labeled, and placed in order of eras into electronic files, it was to become a body of work.

As I dedicated myself to the opportunity at hand, I found myself really examining the photos more closely than before. Really looking at them, magnified. Almost as if I was trying to look more deeply into the souls of the subjects and asking why they chose many of the decisions that they did. Only they knew for sure, for better or worse, as their lives’ roads proved, and I now have a renewed respect for their decisions. Because it got my family here to today, this moment. A philosopher once said, You can’t start the next chapter if you keep reading the last one, which I whole-heartedly agree with, and sometimes it’s nice to know that an actual body of work that reflects my family is now in place for this generation and future ones.

Here at Society Texas, we hope that you thoroughly enjoy this issue. Know that it was crafted with you in mind, and we look forward to staying connected and learning more about how you have thrived during this time.

XO Lance Avery Morgan



Photo by Gregg Cestaro