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Beth and Edd


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The bride stands near the Sallyport of Lovett Hall at Rice University.

Text by Melanie Saxton Photos by Caleb Fleming of Big Box Photography

Few couples can trace their roots from middle school to matrimony, but Sugar Land natives Elizabeth “Beth” Jane Bolen and Edmund “Edd” Har Chun claim that distinction! Through the years they lost contact and reconnected as “just friends”… until a special happy birthday greeting ultimately drew them into courtship and marriage.

Beth attended Dulles High School (2006), Rice University (B.A. in History and Managerial Studies, 2009), and the University of Texas School of Law (J.D. 2012). She is employed as Assistant Attorney General at the Office of the Attorney General of Texas in Austin.

Edd attended Dulles High School (2004) and University of Houston (B.B.A. in Management Information Systems 2010). Edd is Q.A. Engineer at Zenoss, Inc., a growing software company in Austin.

 

First Date

During middle school, Beth was friends with Edd’s sister, Donna. Thanks to Donna, Beth connected with Edd briefly, but later lost touch in high school. They didn’t reconnect until college, when Beth wished Edd a happy birthday… that happened to be her birthday, too!

Their renewed friendship as bowling buddies led to an unintentional first date at Olive Garden. While bowling at the University of Houston recreation center, they bet on who would win. Whoever lost had to buy dinner — and the honor fell to Beth. Now rather than just hanging out, a romance blossomed!

 

Courtship

During their courtship, the couple continued to bowl (in the words of the bride, “badly”), and also enjoyed movies, attending parties at Rice University, and karaoke with friends. When Beth moved to Austin to attend law school, they alternated who would make the drive from Austin to Houston or vice versa on weekends. Finally in 2011, Edd moved to Austin to be with Beth for her last year of law school, where they have lived happily ever since.

 

The Proposal

After five years of dating, and about a week before their shared birthdays arrived, Edd asked Beth if she wanted to go engagement ring shopping as her birthday present. After years of talking about getting married, she was excited and selected her favorite ring at Bailey Banks and Biddle.

After that, she had to promise not to tell anyone that they had gone shopping, since they weren’t yet officially engaged. But on September 17, their unofficial
status dramatically changed. Beth came home from work and was asked by Edd to check the mail. Inside the mailbox she discovered a note and a bag full of puzzle pieces. It took longer than Edd expected for her to piece together the puzzle, so he helped assemble a college photo of the two of them. The top row spelled out “Beth, will you marry me?” Then Edd got down on one knee holding her ring… and Beth said, “Yes!”

Their year-long engagement included a flurry of wedding planning and preparation. They managed to work in a Disney holiday cruise with Beth’s friend and bridesmaid Joyce Ju and Joyce’s boyfriend – and that couple became engaged during the trip! As their big day approached, Edd enjoyed another voyage – this time a bachelor cruise to the Caribbean with his friends. Beth and her friends stayed at a historic beach house in Galveston during her bachelorette weekend.

 

The Wedding

The bride envisioned a modern, elegant wedding incorporating the colors of the sunset and twilight. She chose navy blue hues for the bridesmaids and groomsmen attire (resembling the night sky), and flowers and other decorations in shades of orange, pink, and red.

They were married October 12, 2013 in a memorable wedding at The Bell Tower on 34th – Candela Cathedral, which was the location of both the ceremony and reception.

Attire: The bride wore a gown from the Allure Bridal Couture Collection at Parvani Vida Bridal. The ivory, satin and tulle ball gown featured a sweetheart neckline and a bodice fully adorned with beading, embroidery, and Swarovski crystals with matching details on the skirt and train. The fingertip-length veil was adorned in crystal, lace and beaded edges, and worn with a crystal and silver tiara. The bride’s shoes doubled as her “something old” — beaded crystal sandals with heels that were purchased years ago and worn to her high school prom.

Bridemaids each chose their own style of satin knee-length dresses in Marine (navy blue) from David’s Bridal. The groom wore a black Vera Wang tuxedo from Men’s Wearhouse collection with a black vest. Groomsmen wore black Vera Wang tuxedos with navy blue vests.

Floral: The bride and bridesmaids carried gorgeous bouquets of David Austin roses, Dahlias and Calla lilies in shades of orange, peach and yellow, and red hypericum berries. The groomsmen wore boutonnieres of red Calla lilies.

Bridal Party: Rev. Chet Collins officiated as parents of the bride, Vickie and David Bolen, and parents of the groom, Dan Lee and Edmund Chun, witnessed the marriage of their children.

Carrie Bolen, younger sister of the bride, served as maid of honor. Bridesmaids included Donna Chun
(sister of the groom), Sarah Cleveland, Joyce Ju, Lauren Krenek, and Kathy Zhang-Rutledge.

Jian Shen, friend of the groom, served as best man. Groomsmen included Matthew Bolen (brother of the bride), Ryan Delgado, Eric Delgado, James Tsao.

Top Wedding Moments: Before the ceremony, the bride and groom gave each other letters to read before they walked down the aisle. The groom’s mother, Dan Lee, gave the bride a beautiful diamond-pendant necklace to wear during the wedding.

During the walk down the aisle, Beth couldn’t see anyone but her handsome groom, and concentrated on each step to avoid tripping over her ball gown! As she and her father entered from the staircase, she listened to her brother Matthew read the verses from Corinthians.

After exchanging the vows and rings, The Chamber Music Unlimited “festive trio,” made up of a flute, cello, and violin, played beautifully before and during the ceremony, and even included music from Star Trek during the recessional at the bride’s request!

 

The Reception

The hallmark of the reception was all the action on the dance floor! The bride and groom’s first dance was to “Hey Pretty Girl” by Kip Moore — a country song describing a couple meeting, getting married, having children, growing old and dying together. The perfectly captured the sentiments felt as the newlyweds swayed back and forth. By the end of the song, the bride was in tears.

The bride danced with her father and the groom with his mother at the same time, to “Landslide” by Fleetwood Mac. The bride and her father talked the whole time and he twirled her around and dipped her, which made everyone laugh.

More dancing commenced as a big circle of friends surrounded the couple. The bride danced all evening to her favorite songs and had thoroughly numb feet by the end of the night!

Décor: The venue added to the overall elegance with wrought iron chandeliers and staircases, and travertine floors and walls, all lit with hundreds of tea lights. White uplighting filled the reception. Gold chargers were set on ivory tablecloths, and tabletops were adorned with various-sized centerpieces of clear glass vases and wrought-iron candelabra overflowing with orange, peach and yellow David Austin roses and gladiolas accented with red hypericum berries.

Wedding Cake: The wedding cake soared four tiers and shimmered in ivory colored buttercream frosting with lace details. Crystal brooches and a monogrammed “C” completed the elegant look. Two cake layers were Grand Marnier flavored, and the other two-rum flavored with chocolate ganache. The bride and groom enjoyed a bite just after cutting the cake — an opportunity that lasted only a few minutes because they were so busy dancing the rest of the night away.

The groom’s cake was spectacular and fun, made with fondant and themed to Mario Brothers. A second layer was a Rubik’s Cube, topped with logos from the “Legend of Zelda” video games. One layer was strawberry flavored with strawberry mousse, and the other white with raspberry filling.

Special touches: A candy “bar” supplied wedding favors for guests, who selected their own orange and pink colored candies from a buffet table. Gummies, sour belts, M&Ms were enjoyed at the reception and taken home as a remembrance.

Departure: After being showered with confetti from poppers, the bride and groom boarded the hotel shuttle with their guests to return to the hotel.

 

The Honeymoon

The bride and groom spent nine days at Universal Studios and Disney World in Orlando, because Disney World is one of the bride’s family’s favorite vacation spots and the groom hadn’t been there since he was 6 years old.

Mr. and Mrs. Chun reside in Pflugerville, a suburb of Austin, and hope to adopt a dog soon.

 

The bride stands near the Sallyport of Lovett Hall at Rice University.

The bride stands near the Sallyport of Lovett Hall at Rice University.

A lovely bodice and bouquet: the gown is detailed with lace, bead, and crystals, complementing the bridal portrait bouquet of ivory roses and hydrangeas.

A lovely bodice and bouquet: the gown is detailed with lace, bead, and crystals, complementing the bridal portrait bouquet of ivory roses and hydrangeas.

The couple’s engagement photos included a leisure walk in historic downtown Houston and a pose in front of Warren’s Inn.

The couple’s engagement photos included a leisure walk in historic downtown Houston and a pose in front of Warren’s Inn.

 

The couple’s engagement photos included a leisure walk in historic downtown Houston and a pose in front of Warren’s Inn.

The couple’s engagement photos included a leisure walk in historic downtown Houston and a pose in front of Warren’s Inn.

The bridal gown is from the Allure Bridal Couture collection.

The bridal gown is from the Allure Bridal Couture collection.

Edd and his future father-in-law await the ceremony in the groom’s dressing room with groomsmen Jian Shen and Eric Delgado.

Edd and his future father-in-law await the ceremony in the groom’s dressing room with groomsmen Jian Shen and Eric Delgado.

The mother of the bride, Vickie Bolen, shares a moment with her daughter before the ceremony.

The mother of the bride, Vickie Bolen, shares a moment with her daughter before the ceremony.

Beth wore a fingertip-length veil with beaded crystal edges and a crystal tiara.

Beth wore a fingertip-length veil with beaded crystal edges and a crystal tiara.

The bride chats with her bridesmaids before getting hair and makeup done.

The bride chats with her bridesmaids before getting hair and makeup done.

The bride and her maids before the ceremony. The bridesmaids (from left): Sarah Cleveland, Donna Chun, Lauren Krenek, Carrie Bolen, Joyce Ju, and Kathy Zhang-Rutledge. The groomsmen and groom before the ceremony

The bride and her maids before the ceremony. The bridesmaids (from left): Sarah Cleveland, Donna Chun, Lauren Krenek, Carrie Bolen, Joyce Ju, and Kathy Zhang-Rutledge. The groomsmen and groom before the ceremony

(l-r): James Tsao, Matthew Bolen, Edmund Chun, Eric Delgado, Jian Shen, and Ryan Delgado.

(l-r): James Tsao, Matthew Bolen, Edmund Chun, Eric Delgado, Jian Shen, and Ryan Delgado.

The bride and groom hold hands around the large door to the Candela Ballroom, but honored the tradition of “not seeing each other” until her walk down the aisle.

The bride and groom hold hands around the large door to the Candela Ballroom, but honored the tradition of “not seeing each other” until her walk down the aisle.

The bride’s brother and groomsman Matthew escorts his mom Vickie Bolen, the mother of the bride, down the aisle.

The bride’s brother and groomsman Matthew escorts his mom Vickie Bolen, the mother of the bride, down the aisle.

Edd and his groomsmen proceed into the ceremony.

Edd and his groomsmen proceed into the ceremony.

Proud dad David Bolen and his daughter about to begin their walk down the stairs to the ceremony.

Proud dad David Bolen and his daughter about to begin their walk down the stairs to the ceremony.

The groom has his first glimpse of his bride walking down the aisle.

The groom has his first glimpse of his bride walking down the aisle.

The groom has his first glimpse of his bride walking down the aisle.

The groom has his first glimpse of his bride walking down the aisle.

The bride and her father share their father-daughter dance to “Landslide” by Fleetwood Mac.

The bride and her father share their father-daughter dance to “Landslide” by Fleetwood Mac.

The bride and groom share a laugh after the ceremony.

The bride and groom share a laugh after the ceremony.

The couple admire the groom’s cake – themed with scenes from Mario, a Rubix Cube, and the Legend of Zelda cake toppers.

The couple admire the groom’s cake – themed with scenes from Mario, a Rubix Cube, and the Legend of Zelda cake toppers.

The wedding favors included a “candy bar,” a variety of orange and pink colored candies for guests to enjoy or take home.

The wedding favors included a “candy bar,” a variety of orange and pink colored candies for guests to enjoy or take home.

The newlyweds enjoy a bite of wedding cake.

The newlyweds enjoy a bite of wedding cake.

 The bride and groom share their first dance to “Hey Pretty Girl” by Kip Moore.

The bride and groom share their first dance to “Hey Pretty Girl” by Kip Moore.


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