By Laurette Veres
Wedding Date: October 29, 2017
Photos: Koby Brown
Frank and Natalie met on a stormy Houston night at a neighborhood lounge. Natalie had attended a charity fashion show that evening and was meeting friends afterward. As she exited a cab and came running in out of the rain, overburdened and struggling with her garment bags on the slippery tile floor, Frank spotted Natalie and the potential ford disaster and immediately came to her assistance. The rest is history.
When the time came to pop the question, Frank organized a surprise engagement party at the couple’s newly purchased home. Since the space was still empty, Frank hired a caterer and bar staff and rented furniture. Then he invited and coordinated travel for out of town surprise guests. That evening Frank suggested that they stop by the house to celebrate their new home with a bottle of champagne but when she opened the door all their beloved family members and friends were waiting in the rotunda to witness the big moment. Natalie was surprised and bewildered; she had no idea why her family was in town or that she was about to be engaged. When Frank dropped to one knee and proposed to Natalie in middle of the crowd, she was overwhelmed with joy and the celebration began.
For their ceremony, Frank and Natalie decided on a Sunday, family-only wedding on Halloween weekend at Evelyn’s Park, a beautiful community green space in Bellaire. The couple loves to host and still wanted to include their friends in their wedding weekend, so they organized an all-day costume party on Saturday before the big day. They extended an open-door policy to their home throughout the day, inviting friends and family to enjoy pumpkin carving, yard games, music, open bar and grill, and general camaraderie. To create instant, long-lasting memories of this special day, Frank and Natalie had a themed photo backdrop so their guests could capture the fun with Polaroid instant photos, paste them in an album, and write a meaningful message to the newlyweds.
Frank and his family have always loved music, singing, and dancing. Since their mutual love of music is one of the things that brought Frank and Natalie together, Frank had the unique idea to have a singing dinner at their wedding. Natalie loved it! To kickoff the party with a bang and get their guests into the act, the tables were arranged around the dance floor so everyone could join in the singing between bites of zesty short ribs and salad. Guests were cheered on as they grabbed the mike and hammed it up to a playlist of the couples’ favorite tunes. It wasn’t long before the whole gang was singing at the top of their lungs and celebrating long into the night.
DON’T obsess about the details! Your family and friends are there to celebrate YOU and your husband – not the candy with your faces on it, or the outrageously expensive veil, or whether the flowers perfectly match your bridesmaids dresses. DON’T compare yourself to others. The reasons you and your wedding are special are different from anyone else’s. DO have great music, food, and libations. In my experience, those are the key components for an amazing party! DO ask for help. Your loved ones will be honored to help address envelopes, pick up the cakes, or let you borrow decorations.