OH, HOW PARISIAN

OH, HOW PARISIAN

The Order Of The Alamo Hosts The Court Of Parisian Splendour Coronation

 

By Jake Gaines         Photography by Katie Clementson

THE SETTING: Because of the pandemic, the original The Order of the Alamo coronation date in 2020 was moved twice to 2021 when the Order hosted a privately-themed event, The Court of Parisian Splendour, that occurred al fresco with a much smaller attendance and COVID protocol in place. The Argyle was the venue for the Coronation of the Queen and her Court, a reception, and dance afterward. 

 

THE STYLE: An entire stage was built that allowed the court to make a full entry, bow, and then ascend the main stairs of the Argyle. Mistress of the Robes Kate Coiner Park, and the event’s artistic directors, Amy Stieren and Wendy Stieren, began working on the court’s 26 Queen, Princess, and Duchess’ dresses and robes long before the ceremony. The Parisian theme of the gowns was based on extensive research and design to represent the various icons, monuments, and culture from Paris. Then the dresses were draped over the railings of the second and third story verandas. The main “house” of the Argyle served as the evening’s set, while the families and their guests looked on. The intimate setting, and master of ceremonies, Albert Steves, as the Lord High Chamberlain, made it an exceptional event for all who participated.    

 

At the beginning of the show, the Order honored the 2020 The Order of the Alamo President Elliott G. Hayne, accompanied by his three daughters. Representing Napoleon I, Albert Steves V was introduced as the Lord High Chamberlain. After the 24 Duchesses and their Dukes were presented, including six from the Visiting Court and eighteen from the Royal Household, the current 2021 Order President Andrew B. Price and his son, Nelson, arrived to preside at the Coronation of the Queen. The Princess, Hannah Elizabeth Bakke, was presented, after which all rose for the Queen, Elizabeth “Liza” Grace Huey, crowned by 2021 Order President Andrew B. Price.

 

After the coronation, the Duchesses came down to the stage from their seats on the verandas. Their trains remained on the Argyle verandas, and they exited down the main ramp, waving to their friends and family.  Albert Steves’ last words to the audience were “Until the City of Lights beckons again…remember, that Paris…is always a good idea”. 

AN EVENING IN ASIA

AN EVENING IN ASIA

Emily Alice Carrington, Jenna Belle Fuhrmann, Sophie Aliece Hollis and Molly Clara Strange Celebrated At German Club Debutante Party In San Antonio

By Jake Gaines    Photography by Jonathan Alonzo

With the theme of Journey to the Far East, the evening’s German Club debutante honorees were Emily Alice Carrington, Jenna Belle Fuhrmann, Sophie Aliece Hollis, and Molly Clara Strange.

The parents of the young ladies, Lisa and Philip Cage Carrington, Joy and Triple Fuhrmann III, Liecie and Nick Hollis, and Kelly and Mat Strange, hosted the black-tie event at The San Antonio Country Club.

The honorees wore their white debut gowns for the receiving line and then changed into gold gowns, designed especially for the ball. Locally-based dress designer Angelina Mata designed the evening’s wardrobe for Emily Carrington, Liecie Hollis and her daughter Sophie Hollis, and Joy Fuhrmann and her daughter Jenna Belle Fuhrmann.

The evening began with cocktails served to the elegant tunes of the pianist, Ditto. Then, performers from the San Antonio Lion Dancers Association led the debs and their escorts through the main hall and up the stairs to the ballroom where they did an authentic Lion Dance before the honorees were lead to the dance floor to kick off the dancing with the Dallas-based band, Emerald City.

The flowers and décor were created by the Trinity Flowers team, led by Danny Cuellar. Signature Ice-It created a grand ice sculpture with a monkey holding an umbrella that matched the Chinoiserie monkey and umbrella theme throughout the event, on the invitations (designed by Alex Strange, the sister of honoree Molly Strange), bar, and surroundings. In fact, the venue’s rolling video of Asian cities and nightlife was created by Jillian Fuhrmann, honoree Jenna Belle’s older sister. This was all complemented by the work of Wesley Dowdy and Amy Riggle, the party planning team of the San Antonio Country Club, along with event planner Robin Waters. The beautiful  space was illuminated by  lighting designer,Eric Holtz and Illusions and Peerless event rentals provided the furnishings To remember the magical evening for a long time to come, guests took snaps in the Mir Mir photo booth.