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Cabell & David


Guests waved blue streamers as the newlyweds made their exit.

Guests waved blue streamers as the newlyweds made their exit.

Text by Melanie Saxton | Photos by Cameron Clark of Cameron and Kelly Studio

Friends since their days at Kinkaid High, Virginia Cabell Walker (known as  Cabell) and David Lowell Wood Jr. attended different universities. Still, they always managed to stay in touch. Landing back in Houston after earning their degrees, they realized they were destined to be more than just high school buddies. Cabell and David ultimately became sweethearts and embarked on a journey years in the making that led them to the altar.

Cabell graduated cum laude from Vanderbilt University in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science degree in human and organizational development. She currently serves as Director of Development for Crime Stoppers of Houston.

David graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Arts degree and is the Land Manager for Magna Operating.

First Date

During college and after graduation Cabell and David occasionally saw each other on holiday breaks and summers. They kept in touch for years, still “just friends” until David asked Cabell to a wedding in April of 2009 and later to dinner at Dolce Vita on July 2, 2009 – their first official date. A month later they were immersed in a blooming romance.

Courtship

The couple traveled a great deal to witness friends who had weddings outside of Houston. They also surprised each other with a “30th birthday” trip. More surprises followed when Cabell planned a trip to the Broadmoor in Colorado for David. They visited Scottsdale, Ariz. for Cabell’s birthday.

David is a Longhorn football fan and has season tickets, which had them attending most of the home football games and enjoying some of their most memorable weekends in Austin. Both also love to dine out and spent many date nights at new (and old) Houston restaurants.

Proposal

The couple spent Christmas Day 2013 visiting all their family members in Houston. The day after, David caught Cabell completely off guard when he popped the question. He asked her to go for a morning run at Memorial Park. Recalls Cabell, “Although normally I was the one inviting David on a run, I did not think anything about it since we had too many Christmas dinners the night before.”

David seemed excited and wanted to get out the door, and Cabell assumed he was still on cloud nine over the grill she had given him as a Christmas gift. At Memorial Park about 1.5 miles into their run, he started to slow down. Then he began putting his hand up to his heart, which had Cabell worrying that he was having a heart attack!

“He was actually trying to get the ring out of his fleece pocket,” she explains. They stopped and he got down on one knee… and asked her to marry him in the great outdoors. She was SHOCKED and utterly thrilled at David’s perfectly planned proposal!

Engagement

They were engaged for eight months, which seemed to fly by. This short amount of time was spent preparing for the wedding, traveling and visiting friends and family.

The Wedding

The bride envisioned an elegant ceremony at St. Francis Episcopal Church, including décor that suited both her and David’s personalities and themed with beautiful French blue and gray accents, foliage, floral and candles.

Attire: The bride wore a backless ivory gulpure lace and silk taffeta couture gown designed by Oscar de la Renta of New York with an overlay sweetheart neckline and fitted corset bodice. The fitted trumpet skirt fell into a circular train, which was accented beautifully around the waistline with an ivory A-line soft detachable silk tulle overlay skirt. To complement the gown, the bride wore an ivory soft illusion chapel length veil that had previously been worn by her sister. Christian Louboutin Lady Glitter slingback shoes completed the ensemble.

Bridesmaids wore taupe Jacqueline halter style or Levity strapless dresses from BHLDN, as well as their choice of shoes in pewter or silver. The maid of honor and matron of honor each wore sheer grey ruched and pleated tulle from Va Et Vien in French Gray.

The groom and groomsmen wore black traditional tuxedos.

Floral: The bride’s bouquet was a lush collection of O’Hara (ivory) garden roses and white hydrangeas wrapped with gown-coordinating double-faced satin ribbon. Bridesmaids carried coordinating bouquets of ivory and peach garden roses, white hydrangea and Dusty Miller foliage to complement their gowns.

The Bridal Party: Rev. Stuart Bates of St. Francis Episcopal Church officiated. Parents of the bride, Debbie and Bill Walker, joined the mother of the groom Jackie Wood and father and stepmother of the groom, Dave Wood and Jan Bartholomew, to witness the union of their children.

Twelve of the couple’s high school classmates were in their wedding party! Whitney Walker Crenshaw and Hadley Howard Walker, sisters of the bride, served as matron of honor and maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Sydney Rhea Ealand, Blair Elizabeth Hix, Deborah Hotze McInnes, Katherine Tripoli Plumb, Mollie Wagner Schall, Laura Genevieve Sheedy (all from Houston), and Jordan Buckalew Glasgow of Dallas, Katina Christopher Pappas and Catherine Curtin Valle of New York City, Page Oelschig Ryan of San Antonio and Caroline Fuller Tompkins of Philadelphia.

Ben Sewell Brown served as the best man. Groomsmen included William Simon Beakley and Clarke Hutchins Crenshaw, Jr. of Dallas, Alan Jay Falik, John Michael Forney, James Marcus Freeman, Milton Henry Fried III, Gregory Diron Talbert, Adam Laurence Tepper, Justin Van Keppel (all from Houston), and Cameron Lawrence Simon of Pittsburgh.

In lieu of a flower girl or ring bearer, three honorary attendants walked down the aisle together: Brooke Virginia McCormick, Colin Thomas McCormick, and George Millsaps McCormick IV.

Top Wedding Moments: The bride recalls walking down the aisle as her top moment. She tried not to cry and focused on her handsome groom at the end of the aisle before joining him at the altar. The gift from bride to groom was a shotgun. The gift from groom to bride was a beautiful diamond and sapphire necklace.

Reception

The couple chose the Julia Ideson Library as their reception venue. “The library is beautiful in and of itself, and I did not want to do too much to take away from the tradition and charm,” says the bride. The whole evening was memorable with main dining tables draped in lush garlands of white hydrangeas. Other dining tables featured vintage hurricanes and candles alternating with florals of ivory garden roses, white hydrangeas and Dusty Miller foliage in mercury glass vases.

The couple took a few minutes after their private dinner to stand on the third floor and view all their guests below. The couple felt blessed to see everyone enjoying the night they had planned for so many months.

A “lounge feel” permeated throughout, complete with gray furniture, a black and white dance floor and large green topiary urns.

The band was stationed in a room separated from the food and played phenomenal music. The couple spent most of the night on the dance floor with friends and family and provided flipflops so guests could take off their shoes and keep on dancing.

The bride was nervous and had made her groom take dance lessons weeks prior to the wedding to prepare for their first dance to Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together.” As the oldest of three daughters, the bride danced with her father to “My Girl” by the Temptations – a special song that had been “theirs” forever. The groom and his mother danced to “What A Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong.

Wedding cake: Five round tiers of Italian Cream, lemon and white amaretto cake were frosted with buttercream in a spackled design, and separated by flowers.

Instead of a traditional groom’s cake, a craft beer table greeted guests with a variety of Texas craft beers. A sign designed with custom calligraphy heralded “Woody’s Ice House” – a nod to the groom’s nickname. A formal bar was located separately.

Top Reception Moments: Of course the dancing was fun, but the couple also remembers the food. They spent a great deal of time on the menu, as both enjoy
fine dining.

The bride, a vegetarian, made sure a great mix of meat and veggie-friendly items were served, such as hors d’oeuvres of chilled cucumber soup presented in chilled shot glasses, tuna tartare presented in savory cones, watermelon with feta cheese, fresh basil and balsamic glaze, and pansoti handmade pasta filled with roasted butternut squash and sage sauce. Guests also enjoyed an antipasti display station, salads, crab cake entrées, chicken involtini, whole roasted tenderloin of beef, stuffed breast of veal, and truffled mac & cheese with sautéed vegetables. Last came “Late Night Bites” between 10:30 and 11:30 p.m. including St. Andre grilled cheese with apple chutney and mini breakfast tacos of potato, egg and cheese.

The couple provided special wedding favors for their guests. Boxes of long matches were decorated in different archival images with themes such as lovebirds, yellow roses, “celebrate,” and wine corkscrews.

Departure: The couple made their escape in a Rolls-Royce after navigating a flurry of festive waving by guests.

Honeymoon

The couple traveled to Hawaii to visit Lanai and the Big Island before returning home to Houston.

The bride’s hair and makeup were done at her parents’ house, giving her time to relax in the morning.

The bride’s hair and makeup were done at her parents’ house, giving her time to relax in the morning.

The delighted bridesmaids see Cabell in her wedding gown for the first time.

The delighted bridesmaids see Cabell in her wedding gown for the first time.

The groomsmen got dressed at the Houstonian Hotel — a great group of dear friends from high school and college.

The groomsmen got dressed at the Houstonian Hotel — a great group of dear friends from high school and college.

The bride’s parents gave her beautiful diamond and sapphire earrings for her birthday and she wore them as her "something blue" on her wedding day.

The bride’s parents gave her beautiful diamond and sapphire earrings for her birthday and she wore them as her “something blue” on her wedding day.

Toasting the nuptials!

Toasting the nuptials!

Her sisters watched the beautiful bride descend the stairs

Her sisters watched the beautiful bride descend the stairs

Sister Hadley helps Cabell slip on gold Christian Louboutin wedding shoes under the exquisite lace of the wedding gown.

Sister Hadley helps Cabell slip on gold Christian Louboutin wedding shoes under the exquisite lace of the wedding gown.

Boxes of long matches had different archival images and themes such as love birds, yellow roses and the word “celebrate."

Boxes of long matches had different archival images and themes such as love birds, yellow roses and the word “celebrate.”

The tables were elegantly decorated with hydrangeas and candlelight.

The tables were elegantly decorated with hydrangeas and candlelight

Instead of a traditional groom’s cake, Cabell surprised David with a craft beer bar — and a sign bearing his nickname, “Woody.”

Instead of a traditional groom’s cake, Cabell surprised David with a craft beer bar — and a sign bearing his nickname, “Woody.”

The reading room at the library had a soft, classic look with hurricanes, candles, and hydrangeas.

The reading room at the library had a soft, classic look with hurricanes, candles, and hydrangeas.

Greyhounds with fresh grapefruit juice — the perfect drink to serve on a hot August evening.

Greyhounds with fresh grapefruit juice — the perfect drink to serve on a hot August evening.

The Italian Cream, Lemon, and White Amaretto wedding cake of five round tiers separated by flowers and spackled in buttercream.

The Italian Cream, Lemon, and White Amaretto wedding cake of five round tiers separated by flowers and spackled in buttercream.

Guests signed a Texas cookbook and historic Houston coffee table book.

Guests signed a Texas cookbook and historic Houston coffee table book.

The new Mr. and Mrs. Wood!

The new Mr. and Mrs. Wood!

The father-daughter dance was “My Girl” by The Temptations.

The groom and his mother danced to “What A Wonderful World,” by Louis Armstrong.

The newlyweds’ getaway Rolls-Royce drives into the night… and a new life together.

The newlyweds’ getaway Rolls-Royce drives into the night… and a new life together.

MEMORABLE WEDDINGS Cabell & David


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