Weddings


Miss Brandon to Wed First Lt. Lane Garman

by Joy Donovan on January 8, 2012

Miss Margaret Rose Brandon and Lane Robert Garman, first lieutenant, U.S. Air Force, are planning an April wedding in Fort Worth.

Daniel G. and Joy Donovan Brandon announce with pleasure the engagement of their daughter, Margaret Rose, to Lane R. Garman, first lieutenant, U.S. Air Force. He is the son of Jane and Steven R. Garman.

The bride-elect graduated from Colleyville Heritage High School and attended The University of Oklahoma. She is a member of Kappa Alpha Theta and currently manages a bridal boutique in Norman, OK.

After graduating from Grapevine High School, the groom-to-be received an appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy, where he graduated with a history degree. He is an instructor pilot stationed at Vance Air Force Base in Enid, OK.

An April wedding is planned in Fort Worth.

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Haltom Sherrill Surprise Proposal

by Larre Green on December 15, 2011

Stephen Haltom and Allie Sherrill became engaged at the Colleyville Holiday Home Tour, Sunday, December 4th, 2011.

Mr. Haltom surprised Ms. Sherrill in the master bedroom as she was touring one of the homes on the annual tour.  Over the course of the past many years, Miss Sherrill has always attended the Holiday Home Tour and Mr. Haltom knew that this year would be no different.  Unbeknownst to Miss. Sherrill, Mr. Haltom contacted the Colleyville Woman’s Club and asked if they would allow this surprise proposal to take place during their tour.  From there, after many conversations with the home owner and CWC President, Lee Koch, a plan was put in place.

Miss. Sherrill’s family was contacted and kept this great secret.  When Miss. Sherrill entered the master bedroom of the home, she was completely surprised to see her boyfriend, Mr. Haltom waiting for her.  At that point Mr. Haltom got on one knew and asked her to be his bride.  Once the “yes” was spoken, Miss. Sherrill’s family and friends came cheering out of the bathroom.

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Princess Charlene, Princess Catherine–True Cinderellas

by Joy Donovan on July 2, 2011

 

Princess Charlene of Monaco arrives at her religious ceremony of the royal wedding to Prince Albert II of Monaco.

 

The past couple of months we’ve watched two normal gals–I can’t bring myself to say “commoners”–marry a prince. Cinderella stories in real life…a girl’s true fairy tale.
Charlene Wittstock, a former South African Olympic swimmer,  married HSH Prince Albert of Monaco July 3. The statuesque blonde chose a Giorgio Armani gown adorned with pearls and Swarovski crystals. Catherine Middleton, donning a lace and satin Alexander McQueen creation, became the bride of Prince Williams April 29.
The new princesses, I’m sure, will be regulars on the best- dressed lists everywhere. Hooray for that. I’m so glad we’ll have some style influences other than flip flops and tattoos.
Now, I don’t feel too sorry for either bride, but maybe just a little bit. There must be some sort of unique pressure when you are compared with such style icons as both new brides’ mothers-in-law. Whether it’s Princess Diana or Princess Grace, the spectre of such fashion superstars must be a rather unwelcome burden.
However, it’s not a problem like a fatal disease. So if it’s what these two have to deal with…oh well. I’m sure they’ll remain the darlings of Vogue for years and years.

The design house of Alexander McQueen created a satin and lace gown for Princess Catherine.

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Kate Middleton Remains a Royal Mystery in England, But Dallas Features Its Own Bridal Excitement

by Joy Donovan on February 22, 2011

While the world waits to see what England’s Kate Middleton will wear for her April wedding to Prince William, Dallas boasts its own bridal excitement.

Rosa Clará Group, featuring  gowns for sophisticated, princess-like brides, has opened its flagship United States store in Dallas. 

Located at 3205 Knox Street in Dallas’ uptown neighborhood, the boutique was designed by Purser Lee. The shop was created using materials such as back painted glass, Italian tile and clear cases among a black-and-white color scheme.

The new Dallas shop will feature wedding gowns from the collections Rosa Clara, Two by Rosa Clara, Christian Lacroix and Jesus del Pozo. Both bridesmaids dresses and cocktail dresses created by Two by Rosa clara and Luna Fiesta will be offered in five different colors. Also dresses from Two by Rosa Clara will be available for mothers of the bride. To accessorize, Rosa Clara will sell veils, brooches, shoes, belts, jackets and lingerie.

Appointments are encouraged and can be made by calling the store at 214-432-9034 or by emailing dallas@rosaclara.es.   Store hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday by appointment.

Tiers of ruffles adorn the skirt of this sassy design. A dramatic train accents this sleek gown.

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Reagan Rinderknect Weds Andrew Kinnear

by Joy Donovan on January 11, 2011

 

Raeley Rinderknect wed Andrew Kinnear in September ceremony in Maryland.

Reagan Rinderknecht and Andrew Kinnear were married Sept, 25. 2010 at Our Lady of Good Counsel Roman Catholic Church in Baltimore, MD by the Deacon Joseph Gill. 

The bride is the daughter of Ron and Susan Rinderknecht of Grapevine.  She is the granddaughter of Mary Sutton of Taylor and Doris Rinderknecht of Coupland.

The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Roger Kinnear of Collierville, Tennessee. 

Maid of Honor for her sister was Dr. Raeley Guess of Winston-Salem, NC. Bridesmaids were  Meliah Burlin of Albuquerque, NM; Melissa Lumen of Lubbock, TX; Dr.Lezlee  Greguson of Sioux Falls, SD; Dr. Kristi Philips of Ellicott, MD; Dr Holly Pollack of O’Fallon, MO; and Jennifer Sheeley of Baltimore, MD. Flower girls were Alison, Emory and Marin Stamper nieces of the groom.

Best man was Matthew Crance of Baltimore, MD. Groomsmen were David Kinnear of Chicago, IL; Matt Kinnear of Collierville,TN; Christopher Blackledge of Baltimore, MD; Jim Stamper of Northbrooke, IL; and Matthew Dewitt of Mecanicsburg, PA. Ring bearer was Harrison Pollack, son of Holly Pollack, a bridesmaid.

A formal reception was held at Louisiana in Fells Point, MD.,  where the guests were treated to a seated dinner featuring traditional Baltimore dishes. They then danced to music by the DJs Jerry and Becky Potts.

The bride graduated from Grapevine High School. She received her undergraduate degree from Texas Tech University, where she was a member of Alpha Phi Sorority. She earned her PHD in school psychology from Oklahoma State University and now works as a child psychologist in the Behavior Management Clinic at Kennedy Krieger Institute/Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, MD.

The groom attended Johnson High School in Frederic, Maryland and received his undergraduate degree from Miami University of Ohio. He works as a sales consultant for Carmax Toyota in Laurel, MD.

After a honeymoon cruise to the southern Caribbean islands, they now make their home in Baltimore.

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Katie Brandon Weds Chase Torres

by Joy Donovan on December 20, 2010

Miss Katharine Joy Brandon became the bride of Mr. Chase Knoll Torres in a candlelight ceremony Dec. 18th at First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth.

She is the daughter of Daniel G. and Joy Donovan Brandon of Colleyville. She is granddaughter of Joy Donovan York of Tulsa and the late Dr. John M. Donovan and Katherine Brandon of Norman and the late Dan Brandon. The groom is the son of Martha Knoll of Alexandria, LA.

 Dr. Mike Marshall officiated at the candlelight ceremony. Soloist was the Rev. Julie Ann Allen who sang Panis Angelicus and The Lord’s Prayer.

Given in marriage by her family and escorted by her father, the bride wore an Alencon lace gown with a sweetheart neckline and a cathedral train. For the ceremony, she accented the gown with a fur stole and blusher veil. She carried a bouquet of red roses, hypericum berries, Christmas greens and lace from her maternal grandmother’s wedding gown.

Margaret Rose Brandon served as her sister’s maid of honor. Other bridesmaids were her sisters Julia Claire Brandon and Dr. Sarah Elizabeth Brandon, plus her cousin, Elizabeth Donovan Hood.  The bridesmaids, wearing floor-length green satin gowns, carried white faux fur muffs decorated with holly leaves and vintage brooches.

Members of the house party were Morgan Hudson Baker, Kyndra Heffington Carrales, Danielle Jones and Dr. Kendell Sowards. House party corsages consisted for vintage brooches adorned with holly leaves and berries.

Dr. James Knoll III, the groom’s uncle, acted as best man. Groomsmen were John Janecek, Dr. William Crenshaw and Patrick Donovan Hood. Ushers were John Bryant Donovan, Kevin Donovan Hood and First Lt. Lane R. Garman. Lane Robert Whiddon, the groom’s nephew, served as ring bearer.

The Ashton Hotel was the site of the reception where the band On the  Way entertained guests for dancing. The new couple’s first dance was to You Are the Sunshine of My Life. The bride danced with her father to All I Want for Christmas is You, and the groom danced with his mother to Me and My Bobbie McGee before leading the guests in a Louisiana-style “second line,” complete with white umbrellas.

The bride graduated from the University of Oklahoma where she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta. She also received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from University of Texas at Arlington and now works as a registered nurse for Texas Health Resources.

The groom received a bachelor’s degree from The University of Louisiana at Lafayette and a master’s degree from New Mexico State University. He is a doctoral candidate in clinical psychology.

After a honeymoon to Cancun, the couple will be at home in Bedford.

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Miss Brandon to Wed Mr. Chase Torres

by Joy Donovan on November 5, 2010

Katharine Joy Brandon and Chase Knoll Torres will wed Dec. 18 in Fort Worth. Photo courtesy of Mike Lewis Photography.

Daniel G. and Joy Donovan Brandon of Colleyville announce with pleasure the engagement of their daughter, Katharine Joy, to Mr. Chase Knoll Torres, son of Martha Knoll of Alexandria, LA.

The bride-elect graduated with a sociology degree from The University of Oklahoma where she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta. She recently received a bachelor of science in nursing from The University of Texas at Arlington and now works as a registered nurse.

The groom-to-be received a sociology degree from The University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where he played football, and a master’s degree from New Mexico State University. He is a doctoral candidate in clinical psychology.

A Dec. 18th wedding is planned at First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth.

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The Pleasure of Your Company Still Okay

by Joy Donovan on September 15, 2010

So the women of the ’70s–yes, the ones who burned our bras and loved Gloria Steinem’s aviator glasses–we haven’t ever been so very excited about a few other traditions.

One such tradition that just never caught on with the Baby Boomer females was losing our names when they married. The mothers of those Baby Boomers were happy, proud and delighted to become Mrs. John Q. Smith. Their daughters? Not so much.

Many of these brides of the ’70s and ’80s were happy to be married, but pretty darn reluctant to part with their very own names.  They hyphenated, they kept our “maiden” names, they tried a lot of ways to not lose their own identities. It seemed like a whole lot to give up. 

So now these Baby Boomers are becoming the mothers of the bride. These same Baby Boomer MOBs were the ones who wore tea-stained cotton dresses, sometimes barefoot and often with a simple flower wreath in their hair. Their daughters, however, are choosing a Princess Diana-style wedding with all the pomp and circumstance.

Well, these former hippie moms probably have decided to wear a proper closed-toe pump and to have their hair expertly styled by a hairdresser, but when it comes to those invitations, the line has been drawn. More and more of these MOBs are trashing tradition and issuing the invitations in a new way.

Instead of “Mr. and Mrs. John Q. Smith request the honour of your presence,” it’s now “Jane and John Smith request the honor of your presence.” That’s right–no Mrs. and you can forget that extra “u” in honour, too.

Bridezilla meet Momzilla. Deal with it, bride baby, because Momma is paying.

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Couple Plans Maryland Wedding

by Joy Donovan on April 25, 2010

 

Reagan Rinderknecht will marry Andrew Kinnear in a September wedding in Maryland.

Reagan Rinderknecht will marry Andrew Kinnear in a September wedding in Maryland.

Mr. and Mrs. Ron Rinderknecht of Grapevine announce the engagement of their daughter, Reagan, to Andrew Kinnear, son of Mr. and Mrs. Roger Kinnear of Collierville, Tennessee.

A Sept. 25th wedding is planned at Our Lady of Good Counsel Roman Catholic Church in Baltimore, MD.

Miss Rinderknecht graduated from Grapevine High School. She received her undergraduate degree from Texas Tech University and her PhD in school psychology from Oklahoma State University. She is now a child psychologist in the Behavior Management Clinic at Kennedy Krieger Institute/Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, MD.

The future bridegroom was a graduate of Thomas Johnson High School in Frederick, MD. He received his undergraduate degree from Miami University in Ohio. Currently, he works as a sales consultant for Carmax Toyota in Laurel, MD.

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A “Touchdown” of a Wedding!

by Larre Green on March 24, 2010

Laura M. Spain and Bryan A. Howard were united in marriage on January 30, 2010 at half after six o’clock in the evening at Meadowbrook United Methodist Church in Fort Worth. The Reverend Kyland Dobbins officiated.  Andrew Spain, eight-year-old nephew of the bride, served as candle lighter and scripture reader. 

The first wedding reception ever held at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington followed the ceremony. Guests celebrated the new couple amidst an elegant silver and black motif while dancing to the music of Sounds Spectacular with DJ Robert Williams.  The wedding cakes were created by Legends Catering and cake toppers from the couple’s parents and grandparents ringed the display.  The wedding party entered the festivities to the theme from Monday Night Football. On the eve of the wedding, a rehearsal dinner was hosted by the groom’s parents at Cacharel in Arlington. The wedding weekend was beautifully captured on film by 1000 Words Photography and on video by Wylie Video Productions. 

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bryan L. Spain of Arlington. She is the granddaughter of Mrs. Vickie Johnson and the late Mr. Clifford Johnson and the late Mr. and Mrs. E. T.  Spain.  The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Andy Howard of Plano and Mr. and Mrs. Randall Walger of Scotland. He is the grandson of Mrs. Lorene “Sugar” Howard and the late Mr. Herman Howard and the late Mr. and Mrs. Warren Cheek. 

Given in marriage by her parents and escorted by her father, the bride wore her mother’s forty-two year old wedding gown restyled by Rita McFadin of Arlington. The A-line sleeveless creation of silk faille featured pearls and crystal beaded re-embroidered Alencon lace appliqués down the front. Hand corded scalloped lace edged the hemline of the skirt and chapel length train. Her cathedral length veil sparkled with discreet rhinestones and crystals complementing her contemporary crystal bouquet from Stardust in Plano. 

Serving as matron-of-honor was the bride’s cousin Kristin Potts of Grapevine. Bridesmaids were Molly Pitchford, cousin of the bride, of Austin, Amy Saflekos, cousin of the bride, of Austin, Rachel Spain, sister-in-law of the bride, of Arlington, Emily Stroud, friend of the bride, of Fort Worth, Tammy Taylor, cousin of the bride, of Arlington and Courtney Wilkinson, friend of the bride, of Dallas. The bride’s nieces Madeline Spain and Allison Spain of Arlington were flower girls. 

The groom chose friend Robert Dupont of Plano as his best man.  Groomsmen were Jeff Clark, friend of the groom, of McKinney, Jeff Lathan, friend of the groom, of Round Rock, Christian Lehinger, friend of the groom, of McKinney, Jason McCall, friend of the groom, Scott Spain, of Arlington, brother of the bride and Tim Winger, friend of the groom, of Dallas.  The bride’s nephew Dylan Spain of Arlington was ring bearer.

Laura earned a Bachelors of Business Administration and a Master of Business Administration from Texas Christian University. She was a cheerleader and member of Kappa Alpha Theta.  Laura is a partner in Hygeia Paragon Holdings, Inc. in McKinney.  Bryan earned a Bachelors of Environmental Design from Texas A & M University and is a Project Manager for C. B. Richard Ellis in Dallas. 

The couple honeymooned on a Caribbean cruise and resides in McKinney.

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