The dashing Frank Billingsley wore a black Armani tuxedo. His handsome partner Kevin Gilliard wore a grey Paul Smith tux. And together the happy couple cut a dashing swath through the ballroom of New York's Eventi Hotel where they were wed last week.
Billingsley delightedly emailed, "Kevin pulled a Becca moment." He was referring to the fact that Gilliard began the evening at the pre-wedding cocktail reception in a midnight blue Zegna tux and changed into the Paul Smith label before walking down the aisle. "I am so proud," the KPRC chief meteorologist emailed.
High fashion was only part of the mid-week festivities that began with dinner on Tuesday at Tribeca's Trattoria Cinque. Then it was on to Therapy, as Billingsley emailed "because everyone needs a bit of therapy the night before marrying, right?"
The wedding ceremony was held Wednesday evening, that memorable date of 12-12-12.
Following the Therapy club scene, the wedding guests and the couple hopped back on their limo bus to return to the Eventi where hula-hoops awaited everyone as they entered the lobby. The challenge was to master the hip-gyrating toy and thus win a bottle of wine. Alas, everyone in the Billingsley/Gilliard party returned to his room empty-handed.
The wedding ceremony was held Wednesday evening, that memorable date of 12-12-12, and began at 8:12, that exact time selected because the fellows met on Aug. 12, 1995.
The couple exchanged traditional vows and white gold wedding bands from Tiffany & Co. There were three readings including Robert Fulghum's "Union." Billingsley emailed, "Our son (24-year-old Morgan Gilliard) read that and there was not a dry eye in the house."
Dinner followed at the hotel where yellow roses set the theme of the Texas celebration. The four-course seated dinner, attended by 54 friends and family, concluded with wedding cake created by famed cake designer Sylvia Weinstock. Billingsley described the three-tiered confection, "almond/chocolate with butter cream icing topped with sugar flowers of yellow roses and bluebonnets."
The party went on until 2 a.m. with Houston guests that included Marissa and Steven Effenson, Beverle Gardner and Marc Ostrofsky, Nancy Shafran and Danny Gerson, Brian Teichman and Andrew Cordes, Hershey Grace and John Moritz, Emma Jacobs and Patrick Woerner (who now call the Hamptons home), Ernie Manouse and Ryan Korsgard.