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Jennifer & Mitch


The couple share a kiss in front of an elegant Rolls

Photography by Chris Wineinger

Jennifer Eggleton met Mitchell McBain on a musical note, thanks to a matchmaking friend. Jennifer and Christen Myers were coworkers at the time. Christen’s husband played with Mitchell in a band. After introductions came “love at first sight” as Jennifer and Mitchell fell head over heels. Precisely six years later the couple married in a spectacular downtown Houston ceremony.

Jennifer is a paralegal for a criminal defense firm, but her real passion is baking designer cupcakes. Mitch is Texas State University graduate who works for an engineering firm and sings in his band Rosehill.

“It rained on our wedding day… I’ve heard that means a lifetime of happiness!” says the bride.

First Date

Mitchell is fan of wakeboarding, and the band (then known as Texas High Life) was playing at a wakeboard festival in Huntsville. He asked Jennifer to join him. “This was a serious first date, because we met each other’s friends,” says Jennifer, who knew she wanted to marry Mitchell the minute she laid eyes on him.

Courtship

With Mitchell often touring, Jennifer appreciated the moments they spent together. Three years ago she surprised him with a birthday trip to the San Antonio River Walk for dinners, massages, and facials. The River Walk became the couple’s “go to” place when they wanted to steal little moments away from the fast pace.

The Proposal

In May 2011, Mitchell surprised Jennifer with another trip to San Antonio. The pair went to Rita’s on the River, one of their favorite destinations for “Texas-sized” margaritas. “I call them ‘bigger-than-your-face’ margarita, or the ‘you’re-out-of-your-mind-if-you-think-you-can-finish-this’ margarita,” says Jennifer. Over drinks they teased back and forth that it was time to become engaged. Mitchell playfully threw out the idea of going to the Five & Dime to buy an oversized, gaudy $1.99 ring. “If you buy it, I’ll propose,” he said. Jennifer shot back, “Why wait? The store is still open. We can go right now!”

When they returned to the room, Mitchell got down on one knee and asked her to marry him, presenting a ring he designed himself. “I am pretty sure I told him to ‘shut up,’ I was so in shock,” Jennifer recalls. “Never in a million years could I have imagined that I could be this happy, but here we are!”

The Wedding

Jennifer spent months planning the wedding of her dreams. She made it to the interview round to be a Billboard Bride (through the Bridal Extravaganza) and put a lot of thought into custom touches.

Style: Peacock feathers influenced the beautiful, rich hues in Jennifer’s attire, floral and decor. “I wanted something glamorous and modern, yet elegant,” says Jennifer.

The bride’s Kenneth Pool gown “Enamored” featured a strapless drop-waist in Royal Duchess satin with a crumb-catcher neckline, softly gathered skirt and a chapel-length train. Delicate beading adorns the empire, sash and tails. She wore a blusher veil that was lifted by her father before giving her away.

Jennifer and her bridesmaids wore matching Manolo Blahnik shoes in vibrant blue. The color was a stunning contrast to the bridesmaid’s black A-line Jim Hjelm dresses with ruffled halters.

Groomsmen wore black suits, as did the groom, complete with Chuck Taylor Converse shoes in black leather.

Orchids are Jennifer’s favorite flower. Blue dendrobium orchids were special ordered in just the right hue for the bridesmaid’s bouquets, along with pink, purple and cymbidium orchids. Her bridal bouquet was a lovely mix large roses, hydrangea, calla lily and orchids in cream, ivory and blush.

The lower tier of the French and buttercream cake mimicked the beading and pouf on the skirt of Jennifer’s gown. The groom’s guitar-shaped cake was chocolate with a praline filling. The cake stand was custom ordered, an ornate crystal waterfall that Jennifer replicated at all the dessert tables.

Special Touches: Jennifer personalized many elements of her wedding and focused on unique concepts with special meaning.

Jennifer gave Mitchell a card before the ceremony. Inside was a silver guitar pick engraved with “I pick you.” He carried it in his pocket the whole day.

The couple’s “son” Gibson, a chocolate Labrador, was photographed in a tuxedo. The image appeared on the stamps used to mail wedding invitations.

Instead of table numbers, Jennifer used photos of movie covers from some favorite movies. The couple sat at a sweetheart table with the card Lady and the Tramp. Other table cards included Fight Club, Wizard of Oz, Almost Famous, Bridesmaids, and Dirty Dancing.

In lieu of a traditional guest book, guests left notes on postcards.

Jennifer wanted a contemporary wedding while incorporating many traditional aspects. “I grew up going to church, so it was very important for me to have a traditional church ceremony. Mitchell and I agreed that we would wait to see each other in our wedding attire until I walked down the aisle,” she says.

Jennifer’s “something old” was her mother’s lace handkerchief, carried when she wed Jennifer’s father. The “something new” was the wedding dress. Her grandmother’s ring was the “something borrowed,” and Jennifer’s shoes were the “something blue.

Their first dance was to the song “Desire” by Bryan Adams.

The Bridal Party: Among the seven bridesmaids and groomsmen was Christen Myers (the matchmaker) and her husband Blake. Their daughter Grace was the flower girl. Jamie Eggleton, the bride’s sister, served as maid of honor. Travis McBain, the groom’s brother, was the best man.

Behind the Scenes: Planning an intricate wedding was a joy for the bride, but included one close call and a poignant remembrance.

“My one job on the night of the rehearsal dinner was to bring the marriage license for Reverend James Grace to sign. Of course, I forgot it! Not only did I forget it, but I had NO idea where it was,” says Jennifer. She managed to smile through dinner and dancing, but Mitchell could tell she was worried. Jennifer ultimately found the missing license in a wedding folder she had forgotten at home.

A few weeks after the wedding, Mitchell’s grandfather and Jennifer’s grandmother passed away. “Our wedding was the last place that all of our family was together. It makes our day that much more special to remember because they were there to celebrate with us,” says the bride.

   The couple enjoyed a destination honeymoon at Sandals Antigua and planned to start a family right away. Their wish came true when daughter Harper was born. Jennifer would like to increase her brood to the size of a baseball team.

The bride and entourage head toward the church sanctuary.

Flower girl Grace Myers holds a handwritten love letter given to Jennifer by Mitchell.

An emotional John Eggleton walks his daughter down the aisle at Christ Church Cathedral.

The groomsmen stop traffic at the intersection of Texas and Fannin in a collective joyful jump.

Jennifer relaxes in the hotel lobby just before the wedding. Mitchell received good luck kisses from Jennifer’s bridesmaids.

Mitchell received good luck kisses from Jennifer’s bridesmaids

The bride’s bouquet blended large roses with orchids —her favorite flower.

Christ Church Cathedral

Wedding rings were custom designed by Mitchell

(L-R) Bridesmaids Lauren West, Christen Myers, Kaitlyn Hoy, Jamie Eggleton, Christina Garcia, Natalie McBain and Megan Reyes.

The couple’s six-year journey was sealed with a kiss

Jennifer and Mitchell dance the night away at the reception

Jennifer’s caricature cake topper wears a tiny replica of her dress and blue shoes

Mitchell’s cake fits the theme perfectly—from first date to wedding reception, music is a intricate part of the couple’s life.

Wedding Resources

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