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Holly & Elliott


The happy couple gaze upwards in an embrace.

The happy couple gaze upwards in an embrace.

Photography by Francie Baltazar Stonestreet of Fireheart Photography

Both Holly Marie Wilson and John Elliott Frazier III (known as Elliott) attended Clements High School, but didn’t really mingle. They could not have imagined at the time that they would someday catch up, connect, and ultimately tie the knot! Holly graduated in 2003 and attended Texas Christian University, where she earned her BBA in Accounting and Finance, and later a Master’s in Accounting.

Elliott graduated in 2004 and left for Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas. It seemed their paths might never cross again, until fate intervened years later

First Date

Both Holly and Elliott happened to be invited to a birthday bash hosted by mutual high school friends, and hit it off over a game of Giant Jenga. When Elliott’s phone died, he asked Holly to write down his number. She couldn’t resist texting him the next day, and this eventually led to their first official date. She had just returned from a two-week work trip to Los Angeles and almost cancelled, but decided she’d enjoy an Astros game with Elliott. He showed up an hour early, and needless to say Holly wasn’t ready. “I invited him inside and had a good feeling when both of my cats seemed to like him,” she says.  The Astros won, which they counted as a positive sign. After heading to Buffalo Wild Wings, they ended the evening by catching a few college football games on the television at her apartment.

Courtship

Holly lived inside the loop while Elliott lived in Sugar Land, just a few miles from where Holly had grown up and where her parents still lived. They met each other’s families within the first month of dating. It was obvious that Elliott was a “family kind of man,” and Holly had good feelings about that.

She visited friends in New York City every year, and after dating two months decided to invite Elliott on her annual trip. They had a blast, and as a bonus her NYC friends approved of him! They also visited Chicago for Elliott’s birthday, went to Playa del Carmen (Mexico) for a wedding, and visited her college town of Fort Worth several times.

They enjoyed concerts, festivals and picnicking at one of their favorite spots in Houston – Miller Outdoor Theatre. The couple loved spending time outdoors and often took along their Australian Shepherd. They also attended 10 weddings the first year of dating, although Holly never tried to catch the bouquet. Finally Elliott talked her into trying at one particular October wedding, causing her to slide across the floor in a dress and bump heads with a friend. She caught the bouquet… and what followed a month later cemented their relationship forever.

Proposal And Engagement

During Thanksgiving of 2012 Elliott insisted on hosting dinner at their house. A combined assortment of 24 family members, including several who were divorced, sat down to dinner (a small feat). Everyone made introductions and mentioned something they were thankful for. When it came time for Elliott to speak, he thanked everyone for coming… and then proposed! Everyone was so excited they could barely finish the feast!

The Wedding

Style: The couple envisioned a rustic theme that incorporated the groom’s desire for a wedding “under God’s eyes” rather than inside a traditional church. They planned an outdoor ceremony with bright hues of orange and teal that would complement the exterior walls of their wedding and reception venue, Agave Road in Katy.

Attire: As her “something new” the bride wore an Ivory Justin Alexander Queen Anne Venice lace and organza mermaid gown with a high illusion back, buttons and a chapel length train. As her “something borrowed” she wore her aunt’s veil with pearl beading. As her “something old” she followed the groom’s family tradition with the same garter worn by his grandmother when she wed his grandfather, John Frazier, Sr., and in which the groom’s mother had wed his father, John Frazier, Jr. The bride’s mother added some orange and teal flair, plus a charm noting that the bride was the third to wear that particular garter while marrying a John Frazier. “Hopefully we will have a son someday and I can pass it down to his bride,” says the bride, who wore teal shoes as her “something blue.”

The bridesmaids wore After Six one-shoulder empire waist full-length lux chiffon dresses with a twist detail at the draped bodices. The groom wore a black tuxedo, ivory shirt, orange bowtie, and orange and teal socks (and switched to black Crocs after the ceremony), while the groomsmen wore black tuxes, teal bowties and the same orange and teal socks.

Floral and Decor: The ceremony site was adorned with two arrangements of high magic roses, orange ranunculus, orange spray rose, seeded eucalyptus and curly willow by the fireplace. The mantle had a cluster of candles, seeded eucalyptus, lemon leaf, high magic roses and orange spray roses. The bridal bouquet included high magic roses, orange ranunculus, orange spray rose, and teal tinted hydrangea. Bridesmaids carried high magic roses, orange ranunculus, orange spray rose, and mango callas. The flower girl tossed rose petals from her basket and wore a baby’s breath halo.

The groom’s boutonniere included orange ranunculus and seeded eucalyptus, and the groomsmen’s boutonnieres were of high magic rose and seeded eucalyptus. The ring bearer wore a sign that said, “Uncle E, it’s too late to run – here comes your bride!” The bride notes that he was very proud to be both the ring and sign bearer, and that the sign now hangs on the wall of his bedroom.

The Cake: The four-tiered Italian cream cake was iced with ivory butter cream. The groom was adamant throughout the entire engagement that he didn’t want a groom’s cake, but was pleasantly surprised at the bride’s “take” on one of his favorite desserts, banana pudding. She had mini banana pudding cups made in lieu of his cake — a big hit!

The Wedding Party: Officiant Leighton Ogg performed the ceremony on September 1, 2013. Parents of the bride, Joe and Patsy Wilson of Sugar Land, joined parents of the groom, Amanda Frazier Scantlin of Sugar Land and John Frazier of Katy as they watched their children say their vows.

High school friend and matron of honor Kendall Stevens Bay stood with bridesmaids Amanda Scott and Libby Hamer, who were the bride’s Alpha Chi Omega sorority sisters. Also serving as bridesmaids were high school friends Jordana Wolff, Lindsey Woods and Katie Almeida, and the groom’s sister, Allison Frazier. The groom’s sister, Jasmine Frazier, served as flower girl.

Josh Hypse, a friend from Bethany College, served as best man alongside groomsmen and childhood friends Andrew Claunch, Danny Ostrow and Tony Floyd, and workplace friends Todd Schuhsler and Isaac Munoz. The ushers were friends of the groom, Robert Rosalez and William Franks, as well as the bride’s cousin, Connor Baily. The groom’s nephew, Tristan Frazier, served as an adorable ring bearer.

Top Moments: The groom loved walking into the ceremony to the Star Wars theme song. He watched his bride float down the aisle on her father’s arm to Pachebel’s Canon, played by live string musicians. Her dad was so emotional that she joked with him about picturing certain wedding guests in their underwear to make sure he was smiling instead of crying!

The couple shared a special moment during the ceremony by adding wine and notes to a wine box, to be opened on their 5th anniversary. But the bride didn’t bring the right size nails, and when hammering it shut the nails went through the side of the box. “Oops! It had our guests laughing!” says the bride.

The Reception: The décor at the reception included personal touches, such as wine and liquor bottles the bride and her father painted in orange, teal and gold to use as vases for arrangements of orange spray roses, orange ranunculus and orange carnations. The tables displayed name place card holders made out of wine corks. The groom’s mother made table numbers held in little decorated baskets that also displayed flowers.

The couple danced to Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together, and the bride and her father danced to Heartland’s “I Loved Her First.” The groom and his mother danced to Earth Wind & Fire. Although neither Holly or Elliott is Czech, they enjoyed the traditional “Grand March” (the bride’s mother’s favorite), especially because it was something not many guests had tried before. “For our last dance, it was just Elliott and me on the back patio out under the stars,” says the bride. They danced to Frank Sinatra’s “Fly Me to the Moon” and regrouped before a classic Rolls Royce Silver Cloud II delivered them to the Magnolia Hotel in downtown Houston for their wedding night.

The Honeymoon: The couple left for a week in sunny Costa Rica before returning to corporate life. Holly works as a financial analyst for Occidental Petroleum and Elliott works as a sales engineer selling carbide cutting tools for Tungaloy America, and they look forward to married life amidst the love of their large extended families.

Photography by Francie Baltazar Stonestreet of Fireheart Photography
The clothing-coordinated couple pose in an engagement portrait.

The clothing-coordinated couple pose in an engagement portrait.

The bride designed wooden signs to “point the way.”

The bride designed wooden signs to “point the way.”

Happily engaged and looking forward to married life.

Happily engaged and looking forward to married life.

The bride chose a gorgeous mermaid gown and “something blue” shoes.

The bride chose a gorgeous mermaid gown and “something blue” shoes.

Bridesmaids included the groom's sister, friends from high school, and Alpha Chi Omega sorority sisters.

Bridesmaids included the groom’s sister, friends from high school, and Alpha Chi Omega sorority sisters.

The groomsmen all wore teal and orange socks themed in perfect harmony.

The groomsmen all wore teal and orange socks themed in perfect harmony.

The reception at Agave Road included magnificent place setting and, of course, orange and teal floral arrangements.

The reception at Agave Road included magnificent place setting and, of course, orange and teal floral arrangements.

Beautiful Holly poses with her exquisite bridal bouquet.

Beautiful Holly poses with her exquisite bridal bouquet.

The ring bearer proudly holds his special sign.

The ring bearer proudly holds his special sign.

The groom eagerly awaits a glimpse at his bride-to-be.

The groom eagerly awaits a glimpse at his bride-to-be.

Live string musicians played Pachebel’s Canon as the bride walked down the aisle.

Live string musicians played Pachebel’s Canon as the bride walked down the aisle.

The outdoor ceremony was purposefully held “under God's eyes.”

The outdoor ceremony was purposefully held “under God’s eyes.”

The couple cut a towering four-tiered Italian cream cake.

The couple cut a towering four-tiered Italian cream cake.

The couple cut a towering four-tiered Italian cream cake.

The bride and groom share a bite of wedding cake

The third “Mrs. Frazier” wore an heirloom garter passed down from the groom’s side.

The third “Mrs. Frazier” wore an heirloom garter passed down from the groom’s side.

Mini banana pudding cups were served in place of a groom's cake.

Mini banana pudding cups were served in place of a groom’s cake.

The couple pose under a ferris wheel at the Houston Aquarium

The couple pose under a ferris wheel at the Houston Aquarium

The couple sealed wine and notes in a wine box to be opened on their 5th wedding anniversary.

The couple sealed wine and notes in a wine box to be opened on their 5th wedding anniversary.

Mr. and Mrs. Frazier depart for the Magnolia Hotel.

Mr. and Mrs. Frazier depart for the Magnolia Hotel.

The couple left the reception in a classic Rolls Royce Silver Cloud II.

The couple left the reception in a classic Rolls Royce Silver Cloud II.


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