Of Newlyweds and Nuptials

Five Special Days and the Details That Defined Them

Seth Vaughan
June 04, 2013

The Couple: Laura Hawkins & John Chapman

Date: August 8, 2012

Venue: Snake River Ranch, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, a working cattle ranch that is also a rentable venue, located 11 miles outside of Jackson Hole

Flowers: Lily & Company, Jackson Hole

Caterer: Maho Catering Company, Jackson Hole

Music: Simply Irresistible, Atlanta-based 12-piece cover band

Bride’s gown: Elizabeth Fillmore

Groom: Bespoke suit by Thomas Mahon of London

Photographer: Karen Sacha

Divine Details:

• A grove of Aspen trees was the wedding’s ceremony site, from which guests strolled to the reception, held beneath an immense white tent with glorious views of the Grand Teton mountain range.

• The bride wore cowboy boots from Rocketbusters, tooled with green lovebirds and pink hearts. Making her ensemble all the more special were a turquoise heart charm her mother wore when she wed the bride’s father and a bracelet made from found mammoth ivory, given to her by the groom the day before.

• The inspiration for the decor was taken from the wedding’s surroundings: Vibrant local flowers were simply arranged in mason jars and glass milk bottles; light fixtures at the reception were fashioned from antlers.

• Local wildflowers made up the bouquets for the bride and bridesmaids.

• Place-card holders were fashioned from tree-branch segments. 

• Hand-painted signs, employed throughout the wedding, added to the homespun, rustic feel.

• An antique window acted as the seating chart, with each pane displaying table members.

• Vintage freestanding walls made from old timber acted as backdrop for photographs and defined areas of the reception.

• The groom’s cake was iced to resemble a birch tree stump, with the couple’s initials carved into it. 

• Old tin water buckets filled with wild flowers were placed at the ends of each row of seating at the ceremony.

• The couple was chauffeured away in a vintage red Chrysler convertible.

• Honeymoon: Tanzania and Zanzibar.

Notes from a wedding: The couple successfully brought together relations and friends with a Texas (bride) vs. North Carolina (groom) barbecue at Roadhouse Bar-b-q the night before the wedding, serving both styles of barbecue. Square dancing with a caller and fiddler rounded out the night.


The Couple: Lauren Clark & Worth Snyder

Date: September 8, 2012

Venue: Gulls Way Estate, Malibu — an estate built in 1956 and once owned by Dick Clark

Event production: The Event Company, Houston

Caterer: Lucques Restaurant, Los Angeles

Bride’s gown: Monique Lhuillier wedding gown; another Lhuillier short cocktail dress for dancing

Groom: Custom tux from Wayne Jones Custom Suit & Shirtmakers, Houston

Photographer: Jay Lawrence Goldman Photography

Divine Details:

• The bridesmaids chose their own dresses, the only parameter being the color blush. The delicious hues made for wonderful pictures.

• A beachside rehearsal dinner at the Jonathon Beach Club featured copious amounts of fresh clams and lobster, a bonfire, s’mores and dancing in the sand.

• A groom’s cake referenced Dallas, one of the groom’s favorite TV shows.

• The bride wore her mother’s diamond jewelry, some of which her sister had also worn when she was wed.

• Gardenias adorned cropped boxwood at the reception, echoing decorative scrolls on the couple’s invitation.

• The ceremony was held on a portion of the estate that offers stunning views of the Pacific. On the wedding day, whales picturesquely swam by.

• For the reception, chic deep-lavender velvet settees created informal seating arrangements throughout the estate’s gardens. 

• White orchids, roses, hydrangeas, dahlias and peonies were fashioned into stunning floral chandeliers, which hung in a gazebo at the reception.

• As the couple departed, rose petals were thrown, sparklers held, and a vintage Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud carried the couple away.

• Honeymoon: A mini-moon in Beverly Hill; several months later, when time allowed, a trek to Buenos Aires, Iguazu Falls and Punta del Este.


The Couple: Julie Antill  & Ryan Bergeron

Date: March 23, 2013

Venue: Ceremony: The groom’s Key West family home • Reception: The Ernest Hemingway Home in Old Town Key West, where the author lived and worked for 10 years

Flowers: Milan Events of Key West

Caterer: Great Events Catering of Key West

Bride’s gown: Rivini

Groom: Brooks Brothers

Photographer: Stacey Ambrosio; additional photos by the bride’s sister, PaperCity’s Jenny Antill

Divine Details:

• The walk down the aisle was made all the more special by a new strand of pearls the groom presented to the bride the previous day, as well as a locket that had belonged to the bride’s grandmother; inside was a picture of her father.

• The bride opted for a simple gown but a dramatic floor length veil, purchased with the intention of passing it down.

• The groom gifted his groomsmen with rare cigars and Brooks Brothers ties; they wore the latter for the service.

• Guests were carried from the ceremony to The Hemingway House in cheeky vintage trolleys.

• Knowing she’d be on her feet all day, the bride wore golden thong sandals by Antik Batik, in keeping with the relaxedKey West vibe.

• As a remembrance, a piece of the father of the bride’s shirt was sewn into her gown.

• Prior to the ceremony, the bridal gown hung on a personalized hanger reading “Mrs. Bergeron” — an Etsy gift from a bridesmaid.

• Favors were custom matchboxes with “The Bergerons” imprinted in white, along with the wedding date.

• The garden reception, carried out in all white, was kept aglow by candles and white lights.

• Knowing their Key West wedding wouldn’t be complete with out Key limes, tiny Key lime pie tarts were included in the dessert course.

• Groomsmen stood for photographs beneath a mighty tarpon caught by the groom’s father.

• The era of The Hemingway House influenced the couple’s decision to be ferried from the ceremony to the reception in a vintage Rolls-Royce sedan.

• Honeymoon: Rome, Florence, Pisa, Portofino and Venice.  


The Couple: Shyly unnamed

Date: March 3, 2013 

Venue: Family ranch near Bellville, Texas 

Event production and flowers: Todd Events, Dallas and Houston 

Caterer: Cassandra Tomassetti, Dallas 

Bride’s gown: Zac Posen  

Groom: Ralph Lauren 

Photographer: Karen Sachar

Divine Details:

• The Salvation Army’s Harbor Light Choir from Houston sang spirituals during the ceremony.

• Young guests were seated in a charming tent made from old quilts that had been sewn together, making the evening magical for them as well.

• The bride and groom walked down the aisle in custom boots by Stallion and Lucchese, found at Houston’s Pinto Ranch.

• Dinner was served atop one long farm table in a poetic pasture of swaying native grasses. Old-fashioned bulb lights were strung from thin poles, in the vein of a country social, and heat lamps stationed around the trestle table warded off the evening chill.

• Tables were softly styled in shades of pink, apricot, cream and green.

• Pressed Parisian glassware in greens and pinks added color to each place setting.  

• Niche mixers from Fever Tree were used to make cocktails, such as Arnold Palmers.

• Flowers were arranged in the Flemish style — with irregularity and haphazardness.

• The cocktail hour consisted of local cheeses served alongside Marcona almonds, spiced pecans, and honeycomb and fruit chutneys paired with wine, Moscow Mule cocktails and sparkling water.

• The prairie-sited reception was appointed with furniture, decorative elements, artwork and artifacts from the ranch.

• A cherry-blossom arch at the altar and baby’s breath at the end of each row of seating gave the ceremony a refined rustication.

• Cake was served in jars, with demitasse spoons attached with satin ribbon. Four flavors were offered: a traditional white wedding cake, a chocolate groom’s cake, red velvet and lemon.

• The bride was inspired to have a pastoral wedding dinner after attending a dinner hosted by the farm-to-table concept Outstanding in the Field.

Notes from a wedding: Eight years ago, the bride purchased the 150-year-old German church where the couple was wed and brought it to the family’s ranch on two flatbed trucks. Since then, she’s repurposed it as a living space, and this occasion offered a chance to return the structure to its intended use


The Couple: Cinda Ward & Armando Palacios

Date: October 26, 2012

Venue: Ceremony: St. Martins Catholic Church, Warrenton, Texas • Reception: Round Top Inn

Catering: Armandos, Houston

Bride’s gown: BHLDN

Groom: Vintage Armani tux

Photographer: Chinh Phan for Catchlight Group

Divine Details:

• Choosing to have a very small and intimate affair, the couple invited only 18 guests.

• The groom had long known that he wanted to be married in St. Martins in Warrenton, which was built in 1915 and is the smallest active Catholic Church in the world; its 12 miniscule pews seat just 20 people.

• The only adornments at the ceremony were simple candles and a photograph of the groom’s parents on their wedding day.

• A cocktail party at the nearby Round Top Inn was held before the wedding.

• Father TJ Martinez, founding president of Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory School, officiated; the couple finds his work for underprivileged youth at his school deeply compelling.

• Following dinner at the inn, the festivities continued at the couple’s nearby compound of three historic homes in Round Top.

• Honeymoon: These true professionals took their honeymoon at the Houston institution they own together, Armandos restaurant.

Notes from a wedding: Round Top has long been a special place for the couple. The groom has had a home there for more than three decades, and together the couple has restored the historic 1830 residence of the town’s first settler, James Winn, who was given a land grant by the Republic of Texas and the State of Chihuahua.