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Anita & Will


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Photography by Erin Anderson

Anita Lott and Will Jordan met in veterinary college and became “just friends.” But over the course of a year their mutual love of thoroughbred horses sparked a romance… and it was off to the races — literally!

Anita became a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2009. “When it came time to apply for college, I knew there was one place for me — Texas A&M,” she says. She was accepted into veterinary school as a junior and completed an equine surgery and medicine internship at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky. She is a member of the Junior League of North Harris County and practices at Kasper and Rigby Veterinary Associates in Magnolia, specializing in horses and small animals.

Will attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln for undergraduate coursework and completed his veterinary school education at Kansas State University. He completed an internship in Equine Surgery at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Lexington and went on to complete his large animal surgery residency at Texas A&M University. He is a second generation DVM and currently practices at Waller Equine Hospital.

Between juggling busy practices and a houseful of rescued animals, they tied the knot in a simple “after seven” ceremony at Holy Rosary Catholic Church of Houston followed by a House of Blues reception.

First Date

During veterinary school, Anita worked as a technician in the large animal ICU. She and Will met at the beginning of her second year while he was a first year surgery resident. Anita learned that Will came from a horse racing family and was involved in FFA and 4H at an early age. Will learned that Anita began riding lessons at the age of 8 and was thrilled when her aunt gave her a mythical-looking grey Arabian named Russian Romance.

Their shared interests led to a first date at Carney’s Pub in Bryan as they watched The Preakness. Friends joined in and they played shuffleboard well into the evening after the race.

Courtship

The couple dated five years and enjoyed attending Aggie tailgating events and frequenting the Corner Bar in College Station with friends. When Anita moved to Kentucky for her internship, she and Will experienced “long distance dating,” which flew by due to their busy schedules. Anita commuted in for holiday treks to the Nutcracker Ballet, which became their annual tradition.

Their commitment extended to joint ownership of a racehorse, Indian River Doll (Dolly for short), a thoroughbred who was Will’s patient in need of a new home. They watched as she put on weight and began training and were blown away by her love of running at the Sam Houston Race Park.

Will also adopted Caribbean Jack, a horse with two breakdown injuries that Will helped repair. In addition, the couple cared for Chloe, a research dog Will adopted in veterinary school and on whom Anita performed an emergency splenectomy. Anita also adopted a black Labrador named Cali, a cat named Wayne, and a horse named James — who later played a part in Will’s special proposal.

Proposal and Engagement

Along with their ready-made furry family came thoughts of marriage. Will asked for Anita’s hand November 2012. “I had no idea that he had first asked my parents for permission while we attended the wedding of family friends,” says Anita. He formally proposed during Christmas after finding the perfect engagement ring for a busy veterinarian. Anita specifically wanted a band that she could comfortably wear while working, riding and running.

Will presented “the perfect ring” at “the perfect location.” Knowing she was huge James Bond fan, he popped the question outside James’ stall (note that his show name is Shaken Not Stirred). “It was an extra special proposal because my beloved horse witnessed the momentous occasion!” says Anita.

They were engaged 11 months, which was spent tending to their patients and their growing assortment of animals on the home front. The menagerie soon included small barn cat Fauna, housecat Garth (who was rescued from an engine), and a 3-year-old half Arabian/half warmblood filly named MoneyPenny.

The Wedding

The bride had always dreamed of a traditional Catholic wedding that emphasized the sacrament of marriage. “We focused on the commitment we were making and wanted nothing to take away from that central theme,” she says. With that in mind, the couple planned a “simple after 7” wedding on October 5, 2013 that accommodated their busy calendars and the schedules of friends and family, not to mention the patients at their practices.

Style: The bride was inspired by the old church venue and wanted the interior beauty to take center stage. She chose understated touches of natural elegance — nothing overwhelming — and adorned the aisles with lit lanterns.

Attire: The bride wore a romantic off-white Alencon lace Pronovias gown that featured a strapless, scalloped neckline and a dropped waist bodice with satin-covered buttons. It exhibited a full A-line skirt with a scalloped lace hemline that flowed into an elegant chapel length train. A sleeveless, jewel neckline Alencon lace bolero jacket topped the bodice, while a Jim Hjelm double-faced silk satin ribbon accentuated her waist. To add a traditional touch, she wore a cathedral length mantilla-style veil, which was adorned with beaded Alencon lace along the edge.

For her “something borrowed” Anita wore her mother’s blue topaz earrings, custom designed by her father. Her “something new” was a surprise gift from the groom — a limited edition James Bond 50 year Omega Watch.

The matron of honor wore a palomino-colored strapless long chiffon dress with a lace bolero and gold strappy sandals. Readers and greeters wore midnight blue and silver attire.

The groom wore a James Bond-like tuxedo with black patent leather shoes. The best man and ushers all wore tuxedos, and both the father of the bride and groom wore tuxedos with tails — “A wonderful touch,” says the bride.

Floral Decor: The bride chose muted tones of white, ivory, and greenery. Two trees were constructed and hung with votive candles and white hydrangeas at the entrance of the aisle.

The bridal bouquet included white Gerbera daisies, ivory verbinum, blush roses, and white/ivory calla lilies tied in ivory satin and overlaid with lace. The bride added her aunt’s gold pins in the bouquet. She also tucked in her mother’s Chi Omega pin (both mother and daughter are sorority members).

The matron of honor’s bouquet included blush roses, Gerbera daisies, and ivory calla lilies. Both flower girls carried globes of pale pink roses in honor of the bride’s aunt (their grandmother).

The Cake: The ivory four-tiered cake had alternating layers of Grand Marnier and amaretto with raspberry, covered in buttercream icing. The couple’s monogram was displayed on the third tier and flowers adorned the base

The Bridal Party: Deacon John Pelletier officiated as the bride was given in marriage by her parents, Colonel Calvin R. Lott Jr. and Katherine Lott. Her father escorted her down the aisle. Parents of the groom, Dr. Kenneth McGaughey and Marlene Jordan-McGaughey, joined family and friends in witnessing the union.

Emily Brown served as matron of honor. The bride’s close friends Mara Tugel (Lexington), Lindsey Crabbe (Dallas), and Katherine Gehman (Waller) greeted guests and read scriptures. The adorable flower girls were Kate and Madeline Anderson, daughters of the bride’s cousin.

Canaan Whitfield-Cargile served as best man. Close friends, brothers and a nephew served as ushers: John Jordan (Sindey, Neb.), Clint Jordan (Broken Bow, Neb.), Miles Jordan (Takemah, Neb.), David Bradley (Waller), and Jake Engler (Magnolia).

David L. Paxton served as cantor, Carolyn Mattax served as organist, and cousin of the bride Bruce R. Baxter, Jr. provided the music for the ceremony.

Top Reception Moments:

Fans of The House of Blues, the couple incorporated the art of the venue and chose a simple décor with touches of “flash,” including peacock feathers in the centerpieces.

They entered the reception to James Bond-themed music and had two first dances, “Monuments and Melodies” by Incubus and “Witchcraft” by Frank Sinatra. The bride and her father danced to the Fred Astaire version of “The Way You Look Tonight.” The groom and his mother danced to George Strait’s “Amarillo By Morning.”

Behind the Scenes: On the eve of the wedding, the groom’s parents hosted a fun and relaxed rehearsal dinner at El Tiempo Cantina in Houston that included a slide show of the couple’s journey through the years.

On the wedding day, hair and makeup professionals attended to the bride, her closest friends, her mother and mother-in-law, while the groom went golfing with his friends.

The bride, an only child, is very close to her parents. Her father had not seen her wedding dress prior to meeting her at the vestibule. “It was so hard to not start crying when I saw my dad’s reaction,” she says of their dreamlike walk down the aisle. The bride realized that this was, perhaps, her last opportunity to enjoy a group of so many people from different stages of their lives. “We don’t often get to see all of our family and friends together, especially in one location,” she notes. Seeing Will at the altar looking so happy brought her to tears  and she curbed an impulse to kiss him on the spot!

The Honeymoon: The couple honeymooned in St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands, and decompressed after an amazing fun-filled wedding weekend. They relaxed, read, enjoyed rum drinks, hiked the island and discovered snorkeling. They reside in Waller with their assortment of felines, canines and, of course, their horses.

This outdoorsy couple love horse racing and life on their ranch.

(top image: Bubbles greeted the newlyweds as they departed the reception.)

This outdoorsy couple love horse racing and life on their ranch.

This outdoorsy couple love horse racing and life on their ranch.

Two veterinarians in love.

Two veterinarians in love.

Surrounding her engagement and wedding rings is the "something borrowed" — the bride's aunt's bracelet.

Surrounding her engagement and wedding rings is the “something borrowed” — the bride’s aunt’s bracelet.

The bride had two adorable flower girls.

The bride had two adorable flower girls.

The bride wore a romantic strapless off-white Alencon lace Pronovias gown.

The bride wore a romantic strapless off-white Alencon lace Pronovias gown.

Will prepares at the Four Seasons Hotel for the big day.

Will prepares at the Four Seasons Hotel for the big day.

The bride took an emotional walk down the aisle with her father.

The bride took an emotional walk down the aisle with her father.

The couple said their vows at  Holy Rosary Catholic Church of Houston.

The couple said their vows at Holy Rosary Catholic Church of Houston.

The first dance was to "“Monuments and Melodies” by Incubus.

The first dance was to ““Monuments and Melodies” by Incubus.

The bride sang onstage with the Johnny Cash Cover Band.

The bride sang onstage with the Johnny Cash Cover Band.

Will proposed to Anita in front of racehorse "James."

Will proposed to Anita in front of racehorse “James.”


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