Kimberly Millet and Christian Payne knew exactly what they wanted for their recent wedding: An intimate ceremony in a beautiful garden setting followed by a rocking reception with everyone on the dance floor – leaving all in attendance taking home great memories of a fabulous time.
And, guaranteed, the 130 family members and friends gathered for the affair are still wowed at the surprise father-daughter choreographed routine that included a popular Beyonce tune. The energetic performance brought the entire crowd to its feet.
More on that later!
Kimberly met Christian, who is from Los Angeles, about six years ago in San Antonio, where he works as an air traffic controller for the FAA. He asked Kimberly for her hand in marriage four years into their budding relationship when celebrating his bride-to-be's birthday over dinner.
Here, the handsome groom and his groomsmen, including his twin brother and best man, Christopher, show off their crazy fun socks — and have a laugh before the big event. At the reception, Christian slipped into comfortable black-and-white tennis shoes for smooth moves on the dance floor.
Kimberly, with the help of her mother, selected a couture Anna Maier Ulla Maija gown designed by Charles W. Bunstine II she found at Joan Pillow Bridal in Highland Village. "I actually got to meet the designer himself when picking up my dress, which was really special," Kimberly notes. "[He] shared with me the inspiration behind the design of his dress, 'Felicite.' "
The Clear Lake beauty personally picked out each of the bridesmaid outfits by Noir by Lazaro. "I wanted my girls to have elegant flirty dresses that give a cocktail dress feel and something they would like to wear again," she says. "I chose black dresses because I wanted the contrast of the vibrant flowers to stand out."
The gorgeous garden backdrop of the historic Parador set the stage for the couple's dream ceremony. A string quartet added elegant notes to the air as guests arrived and took their seats.
"We found the Parador on TheKnot.com and fell in love when we went to tour the venue," Kimberly says. "It had everything we were looking for in a great location near the Houston Museum District."
Introducing Mr. and Mrs. Christian Payne.
Inside the reception hall, tables adorned with vibrant purple and pink flowers and sprinkled with rose petals awaited guests. All arrangements were by NASA Flowers in Clear Lake. Everyone arrived to enjoy a lively cocktail hour, food by Behind the Bash and fun posing in a photo booth for wedding keepsakes.
Kimberly took special attention to her bride's cake, made by Cakes by Gina.
"We designed the cake from scratch at the consultation," she says. "I wanted the tiers to have different textures and shapes to make it unique, while the sugar flowers followed the color scheme of the wedding.
"The sweetheart table had a silver sequined overlay to add a touch of bling, which I love!" she adds.
For the groom, cakes shaped like boxing gloves set next to the bride's delicious confection.
"Chris used to be a Krav Maga instructor (Israeli self-defense)," Kimberly says, "so he chose the gloves with the Krav Maga symbol as his groom's cake."
The surprise father-daughter dance!
Kimberly's youngest sister, Allie, choreographed the dance sequence to a compilation of the bride's favorite oldies and newies — including Beyonce's "Single Ladies." Allie is a previous member of her college dance team.
"After two months of practice, my Dad and I gave the performance of a lifetime and had the whole crowd on their feet," Kimberly says. "It completely set the tone for the reception!"
Here, Kimberly and her father, Nolan Millet Jr., show how it's done.
D.J. Ephlat took the night down a notch or two for other notable dances, like for the groom and his mother-in-law, Dr. Marilyn Millet. The D.J. is a friend of Kimberly's from the University of Texas in San Antonio, where she received her undergraduate degree.
Kimberly and Christian slip out for a moment for a stolen kiss in the night.
The party picks up to fast pace, with Kimberly leading line dances — and the entire party joining in on the fun.
Everyone had a spotlight on the dance floor.
Kimberly and Christian leave the celebration under the soft bursts of kissing bubbles — and to much applause and well wishes.
The newlyweds embarked on a honeymoon to Riviera Maya Mexico, where they stayed at Iberostar Grand Hotel Paraiso for a week.
"It was fabulous!" the bride writes.
A formal portrait of the knock-out couple.
"Chris just recently got transferred to Bush Intercontinental Airport, so we will be moving back to Houston within the next six months," Kimberly says enthusiastically.