When a University of Texas Silver Spur and a University of Texas cheerleader get ready to exchange vows, the celebratory theme was bound to include some Longhorn pride.
And who more perfectly suited to add that burnt-orange touch than Bevo himself?
The real thing rested under a tree at Houston Country Club to greet the 450 reception guests after the nuptials of Diana Dunlap and Elliott Bridge.
Diana is a graduate of Episcopal High School and member of Kappa Alpha Theta, while Elliott graduated from Memorial High School and joined Sigma Alpha Epsilon. Both are starting their careers in commercial real estate in Houston.
With proper introductions made, let's take a glimpse at how these two got, well, hooked!
Here, Diana looks absolutely stunning in a Dari gown designed by Rivini. Highlights of the dress include a sweetheart neckline, five tiers of Alencon lace accented with a silver jeweled belt, and covered buttons on the bodice back.
Details: Diana chose a jeweled hair piece and Jimmy Choo shoes and wore her mother's sapphire and diamond ring set like Princess Diana/Kate Middleton's ring.
Months before, Elliott surprised his then bride-to-be with a trip to New Orleans, where he got down on his knee during a walk in Audubon Park and asked her to marry him. That handsome, romantic devil: He even had both families gathered at a NOLA hotel to celebrate the engagement.
Here, he's all smiles with some of his 12 groomsmen before the wedding.
Diana and Elliott kiss at St. Martin's Episcopal Church, with groomsmen, bridesmaids, house party members, ushers — and a packed house — witnessing the grand occasion.
A string quartet and soloist provided the ceremonial music.
The newlyweds steal another kiss under the stately arches at the local church.
Houston Country Club catered the reception with a buffet featuring a prime rib carving station and a grits bar. The bride worked closely with Events in Bloom to create an elegant floral setting of coral and white peonies, roses, hydrangeas, and more choice selections accented with multitudes of candles in gold jeweled candleholders.
The bride's cake by Susie's Cakes: a round, four-tier confection of buttercream.
The groom’s chocolate cake was shaped like a beverage cooler, which Diana designed, in honor of the Texas-Oklahoma weekend tradition of girls decorating coolers for their dates to take to Dallas for the big football game — cans of Lone Star beer included.
Father and daughter take the dance floor to the tune of Stevie Wonder's "Isn't She Lovely?"
The flower girls — Elliott’s cousins, Madeline and Emma — twirl and laugh in their sweet white dresses from Nordstrom.
At one point during the evening, band members broke out in the UT fight song, which inspired immediate audience participation.
Elliott and Diana share one last dance, just the two of them in the ballroom, to “Stand by Me."
Bevo seems perfectly content outside as the fanfare follows Diana and Elliott to their departure while the band plays a rousing "The Eyes of Texas are Upon You."
Dazzling fireworks, like shooting stars, illuminate the vintage white Rolls Royce getaway car as it exits the club.