MEMORABLE WEDDINGS – Alyssa and Garrett
Text by Melanie Saxton Photos by Caffrey’s Photography
Few married couples can claim they met in junior high school, but Katy residents Alyssa Dowdle and Garrett Glover have those bragging rights. The couple can take that noteworthy brag even further: on June 27, 2015 they celebrated their union at St. Bartholomew Catholic Church in Katy, followed by an exquisite reception at House Plantation in Hockley.
Both Alyssa and Garrett attended Katy High School and graduated from Texas A&M University. She got a B.S. degree in psychology and works as a dental hygienist. Garrett graduated with a B.S. degree in ocean engineering and works as a pipeline engineer.
First Date And Courtship
At the age of 15, Alyssa and Garrett went on their first date to the cinema to see The Devil Wears Prada. This led to more dates throughout high school and, eventually, college. They enjoyed fishing at Somerville and Matagorda Bay in the summers as well as wintertime hunting in Uvalde. They traveled with friends and family to Steamboat Colorado, New Orleans and Cancun, Mexico and various weekend trips to Texas cities, such as Fredericksburg, San Marcos, Waco, Fort Worth and Austin.
Proposal And Engagement
Following family tradition, Garrett purchased Alyssa’s engagement ring at Herfort Diamond Ring factory in Rosenberg, where his father bought a ring for his mother 30 years before.
A surprise engagement took place in Matagorda during an offshore weekend fishing trip. On the morning of June 7, 2014, they were set to drive to the harbor, but Garrett took Alyssa on a quick detour down the little pier at the house where they were staying. He got down on one knee and asked her to be his wife. Of course she said yes and was relieved they didn’t drop the ring through the slots of the pier!
The daring duo spent the rest of the day catching red snapper, ling and king fish. Although not everyone would think an ideal engagement day would involve five-foot seas, sandwiches and sea sickness, Alyssa and Garrett thought it was all absolutely perfect After they caught their limit, they headed back into the harbor to spend the rest of the day. As another surprise, both the Dowdle and Glover families had already arrived to celebrate the happy occasion.
During the next year, the couple enjoyed seeing their family and friends and spent much time planning the details of their upcoming wedding.
The couple exchanged vows in front of 250 guests during a traditional Catholic ceremony, with readings from Genesis 2:18-24 and First Corinthians 12:31-13:8a. The setting was lovely, with the first three rows of church pews adorned with arrangements of coral roses, white hydrangeas and ranunculuses.
Bridal Party: Father Wayne Wilkerson officiated as parents of the bride, Durran and Terri Dowdle, and parents of the groom, Norman and Sherry Glover, witnessed the union of their children. Maid of honor Sheridan Stephenson stood with bridesmaids Casey Chastain and Melissa Birch. Best man Matthew Glover stood with groomsmen Christopher Glover and Cameron Glover.
Attire: The bridal bouquet included peach and coral roses with white hydrangeas and ranunculuses wrapped in white satin. A baptism Bible intertwined within her bouquet served as the bride’s “something old.” A beautiful white beaded A-line gown with a sweetheart neckline, cathedral lace veil, diamond necklace and drop earrings served as her “something new.” A beaded headdress was her “something borrowed,” and undergarments were her “something blue.” Coffee-color closed-toe heels completed the ensemble. Bridesmaids wore strapless sweetheart navy blue tea length lace dresses with Kendra Scott coral drop earrings and three-inch peep toe heels. They carried coral rose bouquets with white hydrangeas wrapped in navy blue satin.
The groom wore a tan tuxedo, tan tie, brown caiman cowboy boots and a white rose with ranunculus boutonniere. Groomsmen wore tan tuxedos with cowboy boots, navy ties and coral rose boutonnieres.
Walk Down the Aisle: Father Wilkerson walked with the groom to the altar. Feelings of excitement and nervousness set in as they awaited the gorgeous bride and her father. The bride recalls that her groom had an indescribable smile on his face as she made her entrance. “It felt as if I was running down the aisle and couldn’t get there fast enough,” she said.
The couple stood at the top of the altar looking down at the priest and outward toward hundreds of family and friends. Yet when they shared their first kiss as husband and wife, it was as if no one else was around.
Top Wedding Moment: As they grabbed each other’s hands at front of the aisle, the couple knew this was the start of a special life together.
A rustic reception took place at House Plantation, a restored 1890’s Victorian mansion located on a 400-acre tree farm with a glass walled grand room, where dancing and dining took place.
Floral and Décor: The front entrance table showcased an arrangement of roses, white hydrangeas and ranunculuses, with a calendar serving as a guestbook so that loved ones could sign their names on their birth dates. Guests enjoyed Balcones single malt whisky and a full bar, a cigar bar featuring Davidoff brand cigars, a chocolate fountain with fresh fruits and pretzels, and a performance by magician Caesar Moreno during cocktail hour. Everyone loved posing at a photo booth with a custom chalk painted backdrop and props, as well as homemade wine party favors.
The sweetheart table was covered in ivory linen with a vintage lace overlay. Tabletops were covered in ivory table cloths, navy blue matted satin napkins with burlap napkin rings, burlap table runners, vases with baby’s breath flowers, and lanterns with a candle as centerpieces.
The Cakes: The naked wedding cake rose three tiers and was embellished with strawberry and pineapple. Cake flavors included one tier each of coconut, pineapple and strawberry. The groom’s Bavarian cream cake was shaped as an ice bucket topped with bottles of ZiegenBock beer.
Top Reception Moments: The couple two-stepped to Then by Brad Paisley in the glass-walled grand hall surrounded by family and friends. Father and daughter two-stepped to Daddy’s Little Girl by the Scooter Brown Band. Mother and son two-stepped and slow danced to My Wish by Rascal Flatts. Guests had a great time line dancing and Texas country two-stepping. Hip hop and R&B music and glow foam sticks kept the energy up!
The newlyweds exited to friends and family waving custom Texas A&M 12th man towels and a fireworks display in the circular driveway at the House Plantation. They had planned to drive away in a convertible 1969 Firebird, but it began raining. Instead they made a last minute change and drove off in a family member’s Lexus in order to stay dry!
Mr. and Mrs. Glover enjoyed a week-long vacation to the Hawaiian island of Kauai, and stayed in the Wyndham Bali Hai Villas. Highlights included an eight-mile hike along the Na Pali Coast ending at Hanakapi’ai Falls, a traditional Hawaiian luau, a doors-off helicopter tour of the island, a sunset dinner cruise along the Na Pali Coast, spinner dolphins breaching near the boat, a scenic drive through Waimea Canyon (also known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific) and swimming with green sea turtles at Queen’s Bath. They returned to Houston, where they live and work.