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Casey and Morgan


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Text by Melanie Saxton Photos by Derrick Bryant Photography

Childhood friends since fifth grade, Casey Colleen Snyder and William “Morgan” Cole both graduated from high school in 2001. Two years ago this past summer they went out for drinks, still “just friends,” and found themselves swept up in a courtship, engagement and fabulous wedding in their hometown.

Casey attended Baylor University and graduated in 2006 with a Bachelor of Administration in Business / Marketing from the Hankamer School of Business. She is the marketing and volunteer coordinator at CHI St. Luke’s Health – The Woodlands Hospital. Morgan attended Texas State University and is the broker/owner of Cole Realty & Management in The Woodlands specializing in the brokerage and management of investment real estate.

First Date and Courtship

Cupid’s arrow struck Casey and Morgan during Happy Hour at Jasper’s and 1252 Tapas. These longtime friends had such a great time that they walked over to Mi Cocina for dinner. That led to an exciting nine-month courtship filled with travels. They attended a friend’s wedding in Mexico and took a few road trips to Dallas and San Antonio. They also enjoyed movies, concerts, bike rides and kayaking. Eventually, Morgan began thinking about popping the question….

The Proposal

One evening Casey asked Morgan if he wanted to go on a bike ride. “Sure,” said Morgan. “That sounds like fun!” Casey didn’t realize it, but Morgan had planned on asking her to do that very thing anyway, because he had been secretly planning a proposal.

They rode bikes from his house towards the Woodlands Waterway on their way to Casey’s parent’s house. As they were crossing the Waterway, Morgan stopped and told Casey his bike had a problem. He asked her to come over and hold it up so that he could fix it. Kneeling down and pretending to fix his gears, he reached for a tool in his bike tool kit. It seemed completely normal, and Casey had no idea what was about to happen. Suddenly, Morgan pulled the ring out of the tool bag. “Before I could even figure out what was happening, I said yes!” she says.

One extra surprise awaited the newly engaged fiancée. Morgan had arranged for both his and Casey’s parents to be waiting for them at Yucatan Taco Stand where they all had dinner to celebrate!

Engagement

The couple definitely enjoyed every minute of their engagement. They continued to travel and went on a vacation with Casey’s family to Hawaii, then enjoyed a trip with a friend to Anguilla. They also attended a friend’s wedding in Napa.

The Wedding

With the help of Angela Banzhaf of MB Events, Casey began planning her January 11, 2014 nuptials. Both she and the groom come from very traditional families and envisioned a traditional church wedding ceremony.

Attire: The bride wore a Paloma Blanca gown with an A-line lace sweetheart brush train in chiffon and a white rhinestone beaded Dulcie bridal belt. She switched to an emerald beaded belt for the reception. Her waltz-length circular style Watters veil in Dulcie had a hand-cut edge. Her feet sparkled in Kate Spade Karolina shoes in silver/glitter with silver metallic heels.

The pewter satin one-shoulder bridesmaid gowns by Bill Levkoff Pewter had pleated cummerbund accents at the waist and inverted pleats surrounding the skirts.

The groom wore a Joseph A. Bank tuxedo with a Brooks Brothers 10-pleat tuxedo shirt, cummerbund and bowtie, along with Brooks Brothers silver/black striped braces and Allen Edmonds formal shoes. Groomsmen wore Josesph A. Bank tuxedos with 10-pleat tuxedo shirts, cummerbunds and bowties.

Floral: To complement her colors of pewter, white and blush, the bride selected white, open Vendela roses with white hydrangeas, and included the Koefoot Family Bible in her décor. The bride’s hand-tied bouquet was banded in white satin with a rhinestone cuff. Bridesmaids carried hand-tied bouquets banded in pewter satin ribbon around white hydrangea and Alicia roses. The handmade flower girl’s basket was filled with silk petals.

At the church entrance was a Pave of white hydrangeas, Alicia roses and Polar Star roses. The altar was adorned with a tall ornate column with pave style floral arrangement of white hydrangea, Alicia roses, Polar Star roses and white stock with accents of white alstromeria. White silk rose petals were mixed with touches of pink and scattered on each side of the aisle. Pews were decorated with hand-tied bouquets of white hydrangea banded in white satin ties and four-inch satin bands of ribbon with three loops.

The Bridal Party: Senior Pastor Edmund Robb III officiated. Parents of the bride, Gerald Jay Snyder II and Dr. Ann K. Snyder joined parents of the groom, William J. and Katherine M. Cole, as their children were joined in Holy Matrimony.

The matron of honor was college friend Allison Walker of Dallas. Bridesmaids included Courtney Cole, sister of the groom, Julie Cudd, Stacy Gordon, Brandi Pool, Nikki Vahrenkamp and Laura Walker. Adorable Brinley Rush served as flower girl.

Childhood friend Gerod Rush served as the best man. Groomsmen included Richie Blair, A.J. Clark, Matt Kalousek, Jeremy Horton, Mark Pyles, Mason Scholl and G.J. Snyder III, brother of the bride.

Top Wedding Moments: The couple exchanged thoughtful gifts. The bride gave her groom a silver Breitling Super Avenger II watch. The groom gave his bride a pair of white gold diamond halo ear studs. But it was the walk down the aisle that stood out as particularly memorable.

Casey’s father gave her away to the man of her dreams surrounded by family and friends. “We were so much love in this moment,” she says. “When those doors opened and I saw all the love in the room and my sweet husband-to-be at the end of the aisle, I couldn’t have felt more joy and more happiness in my life.”

The Reception

The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center was a perfect venue for the festive reception with fireworks, dancing, and the Memphis Train Revue band.

Wedding cake: A six-tier cake boasted alternate tiers flavored in buttercream and buttercream with a hint of almond and raspberry, featuring an elegant scroll and inverted x-stretch with icing dots and a “CM” Monogram on all white icing.
The cake was displayed on Charcoal Mackenzie linen in exquisite charcoal satin with a wavy texture that enhanced the tablecloth to give it a fullness perfect for the ornate cake.

The bride describes the groom’s chocolate and chocolate fudge cake as “manly but simple” in a two-tier 16-inch and 14-inch hexagon. It included the large “CM” monogram and a Cornelli lace pattern.

Décor: Linens were provided by Elegant Beginnings. The cocktail hour featured damask jacquard table skirts with satin sashes. White chiffon was draped around the reception area and table centerpieces included a mix of tall and round low cylinders with pewter four-inch satin wrap at the top and a pave of white hydrangeas, Polar Star roses and white alstromeria surrounded by votive candles. Guests were seated in silver Chiavari chairs with platinum Dupioni chair sashes.

Forty reception tables were set with three different types of linens in Charcoal Adorable, Aluminum Twilight and White Fortuny. An all-white placecard table was decorated with hydrangeas, roses and stock.

Top Reception Moments: The newlywed’s first dance to Alison Krauss’ “When You Say Nothing At All” was magical and lived up to the couple’s fairytale dream. “I felt like the luckiest girl in the world to have found my one and only and to dance as husband and wife,” says the bride.

The bride’s dance with her father to Rod Stewart’s “Have I Told You Lately” brought tears to her eyes. “My dad has been my role model and someone I have looked up to my entire life,” she explains, adding that he and her mother guided her to be the person she is today. “Dad was so proud of me that day. I feel so blessed that he gave us the wedding of our dreams.”

A photo station featured a gray backdrop in wedding colors and hand-held signs that read “Casey & Morgan,” “1.11.14,” “Cheers,” “Best Wishes” and more. Guests enjoyed a candy bar and wedding favor candy bags with some of the couple’s favorite treats. The bride surprised the groom by ending the evening with “Stage Gerb” fireworks by Pyro Shows (the company that produces fireworks for The Woodlands Convention and Visitors Bureau). Morgan’s face was priceless!

Departure: The new Mr. and Mrs. Cole left via “The Puffy” Waterway Cruiser.

The Honeymoon: The couple honeymooned in Curacao in the southern Caribbean Sea.

TOP IMAGE:  A gown monogram served as the bride’s “something blue.”

A stunning bridal portrait.

A stunning bridal portrait.

The wedding rings nestle on a rose.

The wedding rings nestle on a rose.

The couple commemorate their love of bike riding.

The couple commemorate their love of bike riding.

A happy couple’s engagement photo.

A happy couple’s engagement photo.

Bridesmaids pose in their monogrammed shirts.

Bridesmaids pose in their monogrammed shirts.

The bride wore Kate Spade silver glitter heels.

The bride wore Kate Spade silver glitter heels.

Mom and daughter share a moment..

Mom and daughter share a moment..

The bride and her father walk down the aisle.

The bride and her father walk down the aisle.

The groom watches his bride come down the aisle.

The groom watches his bride come down the aisle.

Guests held signs saying “Best Wishes”, “Congrats,” and “Cheers” at the photo booth.

Guests held signs saying “Best Wishes”, “Congrats,” and “Cheers” at the photo booth.

The couple says “I do”.

The couple says “I do”.

Casey and Morgan’s name illuminated on the wall at the reception.

Casey and Morgan’s name illuminated on the wall at the reception.

The elegant wedding cake was a buttercream with a hint of almond and featured the couple’s monogram.

The elegant wedding cake was a buttercream with a hint of almond and featured the couple’s monogram.

A large monogram was centered on the groom’s Chocolate Chocolate Fudge cake.

A large monogram was centered on the groom’s Chocolate Chocolate Fudge cake.

A beaming father and daughter during their special dance.

A beaming father and daughter during their special dance.

Introducing Mr. and Mrs. William Morgan Cole.

Introducing Mr. and Mrs. William Morgan Cole.

Guests celebrated with the bride on the dance floor.

Guests celebrated with the bride on the dance floor.

The bride and groom enjoy their first dance.

The bride and groom enjoy their first dance.

A beautiful bride poses against a blue sky.

A beautiful bride poses against a blue sky.

The newlyweds take a stroll at Town Green Park.

The newlyweds take a stroll at Town Green Park.

The couple leave the reception on a Waterway Cruiser via The Woodlands Waterway.

The couple leave the reception on a Waterway Cruiser via The Woodlands Waterway.

Memorable Weddings – Casey & Morgan


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