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Lacey & Logan


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Text by Melanie Saxton Photos by Jonathan Ivy Photography

For those who love football and weddings, the marriage of Lacey Clayton and Logan Berlau blends sports and romance in a spectacular way!

Logan was born in Fort Smith, Ark. but in 2001, while he was in junior high school, his family moved to Katy Texas. Later, when he attended high school he became actively involved in Young Life and played four years of football under Don Clayton – his future father-in-law – who is head football coach and Athletic Director at Cinco Ranch High School.

Lacey was born and raised in Katy. Both of her parents have worked in the Katy ISD school system for 26 years. Lacey performed with Cougar Star Dance Team and was actively involved in PALS and Young Life – and enjoyed cheering on Logan and her dad.

Lacey and Logan both graduated from Cinco Ranch High in 2007. Lacey attended the University of Oklahoma, was a member of Alpha Phi, and spent many hours working for Oklahoma Athletics. After graduating college, she returned to Houston to work for the Houston Astros full time. Although she loved being at the baseball park, she wanted to continue the “football family tradition” and made the switch to the Houston Texans where she currently works as a Partnership Marketing Manager.

Logan attended the University of Arkansas and was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha. Although he loved his roots in Arkansas, he moved back to Houston after college and rekindled his relationship with Lacey. He currently works for Charter Brokerage as an Account Analyst.

Today, they are happily married football fanatics. In fact, Lacey says, “Our love for football is almost as much as our love for each other!” – a sentiment that appeared on the groom’s cake at their festive reception.

First Date

Prior to their first “official” date, Lacey and Logan had already attended two high school dances. In their junior year, Lacey asked Logan to a Sadie Hawkins dance. During their senior year, Logan asked Lacey to the Homecoming dance. A week later, he took her on a formal date to the Taste of Texas restaurant. About a week later, Logan asked her to be his girlfriend. She said yes, and to this day, Taste of Texas is still one of their very special places… and played a part in their engagement story years later.

Courtship

There is a backstory to the strong bonds Lacey and Logan developed in high school. Before they began officially dating, their friendship was strengthened through tragic events. Lacey had been a part of Logan’s life during the deaths of both his parents. “It brought us so much closer and laid the foundation of our relationship today,” she says. Throughout it all, they realized they could overcome any obstacles together in their future.

As the couple pursued careers, they enjoyed attending sporting events, skiing, running the Rice and Memorial loop, visiting friends, cooking date nights and Saturday nights on the town.

Proposal And Engagement

Logan sent Lacey a calendar request for dinner at the Taste of Texas on the following Saturday night with his boss and his wife. When Logan picked Lacey up, he explained that something had come up with his boss and he had to cancel but that his boss felt bad and said to ‘have dinner on him.’ They went to dinner and had a great time.

Logan also mentioned that his boss had set up a tab for them at a new rooftop bar in downtown Houston. “I started to get a little suspicious at this point, but when we drove up to the Sam Houston hotel I saw people on the roof, so I thought it must be a public bar and that nothing was going to happen,” said Lacey. A gentleman escorted them from the lobby to the roof, where rose petals lined a walkway. One of the couple’s friends was singing and playing the guitar.

After quite a few sweet words, Logan got down on one knee and asked Lacey to spend the rest of his life with him… and she said, “YES!” They went back to Lacey’s grandparents’ house and celebrated their brand-new engagement with close family and friends. Their engagement date fell precisely 2,408 days after their first date in high school at Taste of Texas.

The Wedding

The couple based their nuptials on the thought that “Love Never Fails.” According to the bride, “Both of our parents and grandparents and their marriages have had a huge impact on our life. We named a special table “Legacy of Love” because that is truly what we are marrying into… a long trail of loving marriages with wonderful support and respect for each other.” On April 5, 2014, the two tied the knot at River Oaks Baptist Church in Houston followed by a reception at Cohen House at Rice University.

Preparations: A concept suite at Hotel ZaZa served as a social and dressing area for the bride and her attendants. Each girl had an “Eat, Drink and Be Married” party cup. The groom sent a planted hydrangea to the room with a very sweet note about sharing a plant they could take from home to home throughout their lives.

Attire: The full lace bridal gown had a chapel length train and custom-made veil with matching lace. The bride’s “something new” were her ivory Badgley Mischka Goodie pumps. Her undergarments were her “something blue.” The bridesmaids’ gowns were by Alfred Sung in champagne Dupioni fabric with bows on back. All wore matching Kendra Scott ivory pearl earrings and their choice of nude pumps.

The groom and groomsmen wore a Jos. A. Banks tuxedo with a cummerbund and bow tie.

Floral and Décor: It was important to the couple to recognize the groom’s departed parents. “While they weren’t able to be with us at our wedding, we wanted to honor them in a very special way,” says the bride. The couple created a Memory Table inside the church with a photo of the groom’s parents along with a few candles, and referenced the honor on the back of their program.

The bride’s bouquet of ivory hydrangeas, vendella roses, white Eskimo roses, and white ranunculus held her “something borrowed” – a gold cross belonging to her husband made up of his parents’ wedding rings. Her “something old” was lace from her mother’s wedding dress wrapped around the base of her bouquet.

Bridesmaid’s bouquets were of antique hydrangeas and quicksand roses. The groom’s boutonniere was of ivory spray roses. The mother of the bride wore a nosegay with white hydrangeas and ivory spray roses. The grandmother of the bride wore a corsage with ivory spray roses. The house party wore wrist corsages with ivory spray roses.

Every third pew at the church was decorated with hydrangeas and champagne ribbon. The back of the altar had a long greenery runner with candles and two large altar arrangements of white snapdragons, white stock, antique hydrangeas, ivory hydrangeas, vendella roses and quicksand roses.

Bridal Party: Lou Gil, the couple’s high school Young Life leader, served as officiant. As the bride and groom were joined in matrimony, they thought of the inspirational marital role models who had walked the aisle before them, especially parents of the bride, Don and Rhonda Clayton, and parents of the groom, the late Chuck and Sheila Berlau.

Bridesmaids included Lindsay Lane, Paige Marley, Meagan Berlau, Lisa Down and Ann Vansant – all from Cinco Ranch High, as well as Autumn Huffman. The house party included Beth Vansant and Morgan Wilburn from Cinco Ranch High, as well as Kristen Griffing and Keely Voytovich. The bride’s 2 ½-year-old twin cousins, Lexie and Lizzy Lowenberg, served as flower girls.

Groomsmen were Joel Harrell, Joel Scott, Matt Ruggeri, Jeff Shanks and John Morris – all from Cinco Ranch High, as well as Joe Moeller. Ushers were Ben Falkner, Rick Falkner, Nate Scott and Garrett Scott.

Top Wedding Moments: Lacey says that walking down the aisle was her most enjoyable moment. “I really was able to focus on everything going on around me and what was about to happen,” she says. The couple also exchanged notes and gifts prior to the ceremony.

Lacey gave Logan a new watch and boxers (she has given him a pair of boxers for every occasion since high school). Logan gave Lacey a bible and a Jon Hart tote bag with her new initials.

The Reception

The reception theme was “Love Happened… Deep in the Heart of Texas.” The bride chose hues of white, champagne and gold, with floral décor beginning at the entrance to the reception. Four-foot iron and floral columns with scallop lanterns were combined with loose and airy cascading greenery, ivory hydrangeas, antique hydrangeas, Italian ruscus, quicksand roses, white stock and white snapdragons.

A Welcome Table greeted guests with wedding photos from all the couple’s parents and grandparents. Tables were adorned with 32-inch Oslo vases in loose pavé arrangements with natural foliage, using ivory hydrangeas, antique hydrangeas, quicksand roses, white stock, white snapdragons, vendella roses and curly willow in vases. Outside patio tables were decorated with small volcano vases of ivory hydrangeas and paper lanterns hanging from trees. Gold Dupioni linens, floral centerpieces and candles covered tabletops.

Each place setting had a “Thank You” note from the couple. Special guest favors included Texas-themed Koozies and pralines made at a café in Tomball. All custom signage was made by the groom’s sister’s best friend. “I made it a point throughout our wedding to include the talents of people who had a special place in our lives,” says the bride. A fun to-go coffee station had branded coffee sleeves with custom stirrers and a lighted “B” letter.

Wedding Cakes: Buttercream icing covered the four-tiered almond-flavored cake. A monogram appeared on the second layer, and the toasting glasses, server and frame were from the Kate Spade bow line. Florals on the cake topper mimicked the bride’s bouquet. The groom’s cake was themed “Arkansas Razorbacks” with dark chocolate and a framed print that said, “I love you more than college football Saturday!”

Dances: The couple’s first dance as husband and wife was to Michael Buble’s “Everything.” Father and daughter danced to “My Little Girl” by Tim McGraw. “My dad actually picked this song, as it was something very special to him,” says the bride. “I am the youngest daughter. For three years of high school, my dad always did the father/daughter drill team dance at halftime even though he had a football team to worry about, so we’ve enjoyed dancing all of these years.”

The groom and his sister Meagan danced to “My Wish” – a very emotional time for everyone in attendance because they knew the significance.

Top reception moments: Ten high school dance team members shouting the high school fight song formed two run-through lines, while all of the football players ran through. The bride is known for her rendition of “C’est La Vie,” and all the girls gathered around as she performed a little dance she had choreographed.

Exit and Honeymoon: Amidst sparklers, the couple exited in a 1966 Ford Mustang convertible and flew to Antigua for a seven-day honeymoon.

The bride and groom clearly are football fans!

The bride and groom clearly are football fans!

The couple’s wedding rings.

The couple’s wedding rings.

The bride wore ivory Badgley Mischka Goodie pumps.

The bride wore ivory Badgley Mischka Goodie pumps.

The stunning reception venue at Rice University.

The stunning reception venue at Rice University.

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The couple exchanged notes on the morning of their wedding day

The couple exchanged notes on the morning of their wedding day

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Escorted by her dad, Lacey begins the walk down the aisle toward her new life.

Escorted by her dad, Lacey begins the walk down the aisle toward her new life.

Logan only has eyes for his bride-to-be.

Logan only has eyes for his bride-to-be.

Guests enjoyed delectable appetizers.

Guests enjoyed delectable appetizers.

The couple thanked their guests for sharing their day with a thoughtful card.

The couple thanked their guests for sharing their day with a thoughtful card.

The lovely reception at Cohen House featured touches of gold.

The lovely reception at Cohen House featured touches of gold.

Buttercream icing covered the four-tier almond-flavored cake.

Buttercream icing covered the four-tier almond-flavored cake.

The groom’s cake was themed “Woo Pig Sooie!

The groom’s cake was themed “Woo Pig Sooie!”

A special coffee bar offered sweet bites and more.

A special coffee bar offered sweet bites and more.

Custom cozies kept the beer cold.

Custom cozies kept the beer cold.

Cups initialed “B”   were perfect for all the toasts to the newlyweds.

Cups initialed “B” were perfect for all the toasts to the newlyweds.

Guests were encouraged to take a “sparkler” to send off the newlyweds.

Guests were encouraged to take a “sparkler” to send off the newlyweds.

The football players ran through the lines formed by the high school dance team members.

The football players ran through the lines formed by the high school dance team members.

Lacey and her dad’s first dance was to “My Little Girl” by Tim McGraw.

Lacey and her dad’s first dance was to “My Little Girl” by Tim McGraw.

The groom and his sister shared a special dance with their late parents in mind.

The groom and his sister shared a special dance with their late parents in mind.

A lively first spin on the floor for the new husband and wife.

A lively first spin on the floor for the new husband and wife.

The bride with her mother, grandmother and sister, who was her maid of honor.

The bride with her mother, grandmother and sister, who was her maid of honor.

The groom steals a post-ceremony kiss.

The groom steals a post-ceremony kiss.

Sparklers light the way as the newlyweds make their grand exit.

Sparklers light the way as the newlyweds make their grand exit.

And they’re off to Antigua!

And they’re off to Antigua!

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