Abby Cavender And Reed Brunette Tie The Knot

By Lance Avery Morgan Photography by Carolina Lima

It was a private affair when Abby Cavender, daughter of Stephanie and Bobby Cavender, of San Antonio, married Reed Brunette, son of Brenda and David Brunette, of Fort Worth, in San Antonio. Abby and Reed’s courtship began in college. The couple met when the bride lived with 11 girls during her sophomore year in college. It turns out that four of the roommates had older brothers who lived down the street, and the groom, Reed, was one of the brothers she would see fairly often. The groom proposed to his future bride among family and friends at a Christmas gathering. The duo, who dated for ten years, some of it long-distance, were engaged for ten months as preparations for the wedding were made.

“We had our ceremony on Friday afternoon before the traditional rehearsal dinner at the artful venue of the Southwest School of Art (which we called a post-wedding celebration),” shares Abby Brunette. “It was essential to us that we were surrounded by our very best friends, immediate family, and godparents. So, we kept it intimate, and enjoyed the full weekend rather than let nerves from getting married later in the weekend stop us from taking in absolutely everything.”

It was also very important to the bride that she get married in her parents’ backyard, a place so special to her, that she couldn’t imagine getting married anywhere else. Abby wore a gorgeous gown by Danielle Frankel (accompanied by whimsical diamond earrings loaned by her mother). She was attended by her Matron of Honor, CC Mays, and bridesmaids Neely Brunette and Paige Cavender. Reed selected Best Man David Brunette, along with future brother-in-law Rob Cavender and Patrick Mays.

The wedding reception, a buffet dinner for 300 guests at the Argyle, was designed by Ashley Bonner of Ash Event Co. It exuded modern sophistication and timeless elegance, with every detail meticulously crafted to create an enchanting atmosphere. From the intricately designed invitations to the dance floor, each element spoke to their impeccable taste and attention to detail, making their celebration truly unforgettable. Jackson Dunham designed the floral décor in shades of yellow, white, pink, and orange. The various vignettes in the venue’s tent were color-blocked… a yellow dance floor, a large tree with pink blooms, pink shadow boxes at the main bar, yellow cake, and a mix of pink and orange at all the tables. Abby’s brother, Rob, sang the first dance at the reception, while the couple’s goddaughter, the flower girl, refused to walk down the aisle without their dog Odie to accompany her.

The bride graduated from The University of Texas at Austin, as did the groom, who is a Land Man with Titus Oil & Gas., left for their honeymoon in the same white vintage Chevrolet Chevelle all of Abby’s siblings have used in their weddings as well. The couple now reside in Fort Worth, and in their spare time, they enjoy cooking, trying new restaurants, and spending quality time with family and friends.




Southwest School Of Art Celebrates The Spirit Of The 60s

By Jake Gaines     Photography by Jim Landers Photography

THE SETTING: Southwest School of Art welcomed guests back to the beautiful McNutt Gardens for a groovy celebration, rescheduled due to the pandemic, themed Imagine, inspired by the life and music of John Lennon and all the great artists of the 1960s. To begin the festivities, the Gale Art Sale enticed art lovers to collect new acquisitions in the Coates Chapel that included dy-no-mite pieces contributed by notable local, national, and international artists. Gala patrons were welcomed to the event and thanked for their generosity by SSA Board Chair Randy Cain and President Paula Owen. Co-chairs Sara and Jeremy Jessop gave special thanks to Stephanie Canales, the gala’s general manager.


THE STYLE: The attendees then proceeded to the main event. The tables, spaced with proper social distancing, were beautifully decorated in psychedelic colors for the sold-out event of almost 500 guests with linens by Illusions Rentals & Designs and flowers by Trinity Flowers & Events. Guests were treated to scrumptious passed hors d’oeuvres and a delectable dinner provided by Club Giraud. It featured a duet entrée of charbroiled medallion of tenderloin, topped with sautéed wild mushrooms and sautéed jumbo prawns with garlic caper beurre blanc on acini de pepe pomodoro served with a sautéed spring vegetable medley. The meal ended with a 60s favorite, a decadent Lemon Chiffon Pie with fresh blueberries & Lemon Sauce Anglaise. In keeping with a new tradition, the evening of fun, food, music, and art ended with an outta sight after party in the Frost Garden. Albert Steves’ band, Mothership, created a Studio 54-style atmosphere for guests to dance the night away, with more tempting food and libations as well.


THE PURPOSE: All proceeds benefited the Southwest School of Art, now accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, and Texas’ only independent college of art. The mission of the Southwest School of Art is to teach and advance the visual arts for the benefit of students seeking higher education and for others seeking education and enrichment. 

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