Monday, June 14, 2010

The Big Fat Texas Wedding

I promised you all that I'd share pictures and details from my cousin's Big Fat Texas Wedding, even if I had to deal with The Frizz. I hope you like long posts with lots of pictures.

It turns out that The Frizz wasn't too bad because SuSu (my sister-in-law) had a magical hair potion that worked some wonders so I didn't show up at the glamorous Houston wedding looking like I stuck my finger in a light socket. It was unfortunate that I left my favorite hot rollers at my aunt's house, but again...that's what you get for Messin' with Texas.

Our wedding weekend trip was very much like something out of the TV show Dallas, except I bet J.R. Ewing never had to sit in the Cincinatti airport for a 3 hour delay with no internet.

Everything was very she-she frou- frou glamorous, and it was like Lauren tailored her entire wedding for my sensibilities, but that would be silly.

Our time in Houston kicked off with a fabulously girlie Friday bridal luncheon at Ousie's Table in Houston.
Beauty is in the details!

The rehearsal dinner was a muy delicioso Mexican fiesta at a local hotspot, hosted by my aunt and uncle. It was laid-back, relaxed, and casual. Margaritas aplenty!

The groomsmen and bridesmaids all wore boots, which I just loved. They know how to have some good, old-fashioned Texas fun.

The wedding ceremony was at the Methodist church on ritzy Memorial Drive. Ooh la la. Just. lovely.

Isn't Lauren's dress to die for? (I think this photo shows it off)

I thought it was funny that she mentioned she thought I'd like it. I am attracted to glittery pretty things like a raccoon. 

The reception was at a country club that made the Burg's club look like the stockroom at K-Mart.
The was a candy bar, a photo booth, an ice sculpture, and a really neat portrait display that included my grandmother/aunt's wedding gown.

The cake will go down as the stuff of legends. It was made by a woman who's been on one of those cake TV shows that I don't watch because they make me hungry.

It was tasty.
There was lots of dancing and lots of drinking (it is Texas, after all), but I didn't participate in either because:
1. I couldn't drink because I had a flight home the next morning and I didn't feel that a hangover would be particularly pleasant to deal with and
B. I don't like to dance at weddings unless I have had a drink or two because I am much more fun that way.

After the happy couple hurried away in their limo, I headed back to my aunt's house to pack. I clearly didn't do a great job because I kept wondering why my bag was lighter (no hot rollers, genius!). 

The flight home was as enjoyable as one can experience when crammed onto a Delta aircraft like a bunch of cattle. T was waiting for me in Reagan's baggage claim with two very happy little girls who had tales of ice cream treats, "moving stairs" (escalators), and what was clearly the ride of their lives on an airport shuttle bus.

It's been good to be home. Except for the fights over the Barbies and the temper tantrum in Wal-Mart last week. But otherwise very good.

I even got new hotrollers. I bet even J.R. Ewing never had hotrollers as nice as my new ones....
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  1. Wow, they sure know how to throw a wedding! Every detail was amazing! The flowers and her dress were gorgeous! I loved the table with all the pictures and the vintage dresses. Very unique!

  2. Wow! Beautiful wedding! Thanks for sharing the photos.

  3. Everything looks beautiful! Thanks for sharing your photos and your stories!

  4. Beautiful! Love the Texas fun too-

  5. Looks like a great time! Thanks for sharing the pictures (that cake looks FAB)!

  6. Wow! Everything was just gorgeous!

  7. Beautiful bride and the parties looked and sounded fabulous!! That cake was amazing!
    And congrats on surviving a Delta flight. Does sardines remind you of anything...I am just saying...!
    Loved the photos...thanks

  8. Wow - what a beautiful wedding! I love all your pictures AND especially my commentary...

  9. Your wedding photos are amazing! I'm glad that you had a great time in TX. What's the deal with no Internet at the airport? That's just wrong!

  10. Gorgeous and very elegant. Sounds and looks like a lovely wedding.

  11. Wow! What a gorgeous wedding! It looks like it should be featured in a magazine. Where did they honeymoon to?

  12. SERIOUSLY gorgeous!!! I wanna go have lunh at that luncheon place!!! :) But- where is your picture???

  13. Good heavens. I'm trying to think if I've EVER been to a wedding that big.

    Nope. I haven't. That's utterly amazing. Wow.

    Thank you for sharing your pictures. I'm glad to hear you liken airplane travel to cattle car transport. That's just exactly how it feels to me. Maybe next time I fly I'll start some (subtle) mooing. Just for ambiance, you know.

    Love ya!

  14. what a beautiful wedding! very fancy!
    I got married under a tree by an old courthouse in east TX, very different from your cousin's TX wedding!

  15. That is one of the most amazing wedding gowns I've ever seen. WOW!

  16. Haha you're funny. What a beautiful wedding!!

  17. wow! everything is beautiful!! thanks for sharing!

  18. I love her dress! And the country club?! Gorgeous - totally makes our local club look like a Kmart, too :)

  19. I loooove weddings!! I'd be the big dork crying at the Justice of the Peace wedding at the courthouse. Looove weddings!

    It looks gorgeous! The pew arrangements were to die for! I looove the displayed wedding dress! What a great detail! The tables were gorgeous!! That cake - OMG! I wish I had a piece right now!! MMM! You are a better woman than I am for not having a big ole glass of champagne! I would've had a few and gotten my dance on.

    Glad you had a good time and you got new hot rollers out fo the deal! YEA!

  20. That was an absolutely beautiful wedding. Thanks for sharing.

  21. WAIT! What's the magic de-frizzing potion? Must. Know.

    {super gorgeous dress and cake!}

  22. wow!!! How beautiful! I love weddings but I never go to any so I just stick with watching Bridal shows on TV.
    I love her dress.
    I also adore that photo table with the your grandmothers dress. That is so sweet.
    Glad you had a great time.
    Have a great week.

  23. Wow, every detail was just gorgeous. I nearly fell over at the church photo when I realized - HEY! I got married in that sanctuary, too!!! Good to know it's still just as beautiful all these years later. What a small world. Thanks for the unexpected walk down memory lane!

  24. WOW that is some wedding! and i love her dress!

    thanks for checking out my hospitality post! come on over and kick up your feet in the guest quarters! ;)

  25. Gorgeous!!! I especially love the vintage dress on display.

  26. What a beautiful weddins! I love weddings. Glad the hair worked out for you. I have the same problem. It takes me forever to tame the frizz some days.

  27. Oh, her dress is stunning! And she looks stunning in it! Looks like it was a beautiful event.

  28. Wow. Gorgeous! We don't really have weddings like that in Utah! Well at least nobody I know does!

    Congratulations on your new hot rollers!

    That ice sculpture was amazing!

  29. Beautiful wedding, thank you so much for sharing !
    ps... I LOVE your blog and will be back to visit way more :)
    Have a great sunday !


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