When a University of Texas Silver Spur and a University of Texas cheerleader excitedly readied plans to exchange vows, the celebratory theme was bound to include some Longhorn pride.
And who more perfectly to add that burnt-orange touch than Bevo himself?
The real thing rested under a tree at Houston Country Club to greet the 450 reception guests after the nuptials of Diana Dunlap and Elliott Bridger.
Diana is a graduate of Episcopal High School and member of Kappa Alpha Theta, while Elliott graduated from Memorial High School and joined Sigma Alpha Epsilon. Both are professionals in commercial real estate here in Houston.
With proper introductions made, let's take a glimpse at how these two got . . . well, hooked!
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Speaking of "hooked," guests received "Save the Date" announcements done by Ann Werme Group stationers featuring a picture of the couple at the 2009 Rose Bowl. The heading: “We’re Hooked on Each Other!”
Here, Diana looks absolutely stunning in a "Dari" gown designed by Rivini that she fell in love with at Ivory Bridal Altelier. Highlights of the dress include a sweetheart neckline, five tiers of alencon lace accented with a silver jeweled belt and covered buttons on the bodice back.
Details: Diana chose a jeweled hair piece and Jimmy Choo shoes and wore her mother's sapphire and diamond ring set like Princess Diana/Kate Middleton's ring.
Months before, Elliott surprised his then bride-to-be with a trip to New Orleans, where he got down on his knee during a walk in Audubon Park and asked her to marry him. That handsome, romantic devil: He even had both families gathered at a NOLA hotel to celebrate the engagement.
Here, he's all smiles with some of his 12 groomsmen before the wedding.
Diana and Elliott kiss at their lovely wedding at St. Martin's Episcopal Church, Diana's family church, with the groomsmen, nine bridesmaids, seven house party members, six ushers — and a packed house — witnessing the grand occasion.
A string quartet and soloist provided the ceremonial music.
The newlyweds steal another kiss under the stately arches at the local church.
Houston Country Club catered the reception with a buffet featuring a prime rib carving station and a grits bar. The bride worked closely with Events in Bloom to create an elegant floral setting of coral and white peonies, roses, hydrangeas and more choice selections accented with multitudes of candles in gold jeweled candle holders at each table.
The bride's cake by Susie's Cakes: A round, four-tier confection of butter cream
The groom’s chocolate cake was shaped like a beverage cooler, which Diana designed, in honor of the Texas-Oklahoma weekend tradition of girls decorating coolers for their dates to take to Dallas for the big football game — cans of Lone Star beer included.
Father and daughter take the dance floor to the tune of Stevie Wonder's "Isn't She Lovely?"
The flower girls, Elliott’s precious cousins, Madeline and Emma, twirl and laugh in their sweet white dresses from Nordstrom.
At one point during the evening, band members broke out in the UT Fight Song, which brought immediate audience participation.
Elliott and Diana share one last dance, just the two of them in the ballroom, to “Stand by Me.” "It was such a special moment and we couldn’t believe it was all over," the bride writes.
Bevo seems perfectly content outside, as the fanfare follows Diana and Elliott to their departure, all the while the band plays a rousing "The Eyes of Texas are Upon You."
Dazzling fireworks, like shooting stars, illuminate the vintage white Rolls Royce getaway car as it exits the club.
"We drove to the Omni Hotel where we then met our friends and family for more dancing at a private after-party at The Black Swan, Diana writes, concluding, "The night was incredible and we rehashed all our memories with family and friends . . . before leaving for our honeymoon in Anguilla."