March 24, 2012
By the time they exchanged vows, these high school sweethearts,Taylor Jean Lanning and Warren Aubrey Minter, had been seeing each other for nearly seven years.
The couple locked eyes while walking down the halls of Friendswood High School in their junior year. After meeting each other at several school functions, they became friends and quickly realized they had a lot in common. The night of their junior prom Warren asked Taylor to dance and they both felt a connection that neither could deny, it was love. The two have been inseparable ever since.
Over the years, the Kemah Boardwalk became a special date night spot for the couple. When Warren was planning to propose he knew the Boardwalk would be the perfect place. On March 24, 2011, the sixth anniversary of their first date, they enjoyed a wonderful dinner and a peaceful stroll along the Kemah waterfront and reminisced about their time together. Suddenly, Warren dropped to one knee and said, “I want to spend the rest of my life with you.”
Immediately, Taylor jumped in his arms as elated family members emerged from a balcony where they witnessed the proposal. It was a magical moment that was met with tears and a heartfelt champagne toast.
As many happy brides can attest, there is only one person to entrust the most important day of their life, a wedding planner. In this case, Taylor, owner/operator of Taylor Made Events, was up to the challenge herself. She began planning the wedding immediately by choosing the date. . . March 24, 2012.
The intimate outdoor service was held at the sprawling Friendswood estate of Captain and Mrs. Robert L. Thompson. Flowers By Nino created the elegant, towering arrangements made of white roses, calla lilies, peonies, and hydrangea that further enhanced the gorgeous setting. The guests watched as the Bride and groom exchanged vows and rings under a roman-style colonnade arch.
Taylor wore a gorgeous Enzoani gown from Ventura’s Bridal. The ivory mermaid gown had a ruched bodice and floral appliqués enveloping the skirt. A matching ribbon belt was created and adorned with a Swarovski crystal pin to give the dress a final touch.
The bridesmaids wore black formal gowns of their choosing, while Warren and his groomsmen sported classic tuxedoes.
Following the ceremony, guests were escorted by limo to Morton’s Steakhouse in downtown Houston for the reception. Trumpet-vase centerpieces adorned with hanging crystals and soft lit candles created the perfect ambiance for the guests to enjoy a delectable five-course meal. Cakes by Jula designed a four-tiered pink champagne cake with iridescent ivory frosting embellished with live roses and gold accents.
Shortly after the wedding, the newlyweds departed on a romantic ten day honeymoon in the Caribbean.
By Lauren Lanning DeGeorgio
Photography by Kimberly Brooke Photographic