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MEMORABLE WEDDINGS –
Lauren and Daniel


A glowing bride poses outdoors with her swirling veil and her bouquet.

Text by Melanie Saxton | Photos by Kasey Lynn Photography

Sorority and fraternity sweethearts Lauren Michael and Daniel Rash became inseparable during their junior year in college. They tied the knot in Lauren’s hometown on May 27, 2017 at The Wood­lands United Methodist Church and celebrated at the new legacy ballroom at The Woodlands Country Club Palmer Course.

Lauren attended The Woodlands College Park High, earned a B.S. degree in neurobiology at The University of Texas-Austin, and attended medical school at UT Health Science Center-San Antonio. She’s an internal medicine resident at Tulane University Medical Center in New Orleans. Daniel is a native of El Paso where he attended Franklin High School. He earned a B.B.A. and a master’s degree in professional accounting from UT-Austin. He’s employed as a management consultant at PWC.

 

First Date and Courtship

Lauren stayed long enough at a fraternity house tour to see the tall, handsome Danny fresh out of the shower turn the corner wearing only a towel; he said hello to the group and went to dress. Meanwhile, Lauren left because she didn’t feel well. When Danny reappeared fully clothed, he noticed her absence and got her phone number from her sorority sister. They became friends and after a year, went on a first date at Danny’s favorite Tex-Mex spot in Austin. Sitting on the patio under string lights, they dined to Mariachi music and got to know each other. Friends insisted they were a perfect match.

The couple attended the Texas-University of Oklahoma game, enjoyed country music concerts, met each other’s families and realized they had something rare. They walked Lauren’s dog Stella at Town Lake in Austin every weekend as Danny worked on his master’s degree. Lauren moved to San Antonio for medical school and Danny received a job offer in Dallas, so they continued their romance from afar. At that point Danny knew he wanted to spend his life with Lauren.

 

The Proposal

Danny surprised Lauren by flying to San Antonio for Valentine’s Day to pop the question. Her friends were in on the plan and organized a girls’ dinner downtown. As the women walked toward the Alamo, Danny waited in front of a horse-drawn carriage, which attracted quite a crowd.

Lauren didn’t realize Danny was there until he walked up, handed her a rose bouquet and dropped to one knee. They boarded the carriage for a romantic ride through the city, stopping at Bega on The Banks restaurant where he led her upstairs to the second happy surprise. Their families had traveled all the way from The Woodlands and El Paso to celebrate the exciting news.

 

The Engagement

Spring 2017 was a whirlwind – they learned in April that they would be moving to New Orleans for Lauren’s residency in June, all the while planning a May wedding in The Woodlands. The groom’s parents hosted a Mardi Gras themed rehearsal dinner with a mariachi band at Landry’s in Town Center.

 

The Wedding

At the bride’s childhood home, bridesmaids were gifted gold-initialed black tote bags filled with black floral robes, earrings and lavender-scented drawer satchels. The groom’s aunt hosted a bridal tea while the groom and groomsmen dined at the country club before heading to church.

The couple exchanged vows at Robb Chapel amidst cathedral ceilings, large windows and wood details. The bride’s mother and Madeleine Michael, younger sister of the bride, handcrafted loops of white tulle pinned with silver dollar eucalyptus and baby’s breath to adorn aisles.

Bridal Party: Reverend Rob Renfroe officiated as parents of the bride, Gregory and Pamela Michael of The Woodlands, joined parents of the groom, Stephen and Rebecca Rash of El Paso, in witnessing the union of their children. Madeleine served as maid of honor with bridesmaids Jenny Tangen, Kristen Herbort, Christen McVaney, Katie Arning, Stacia Damron, Johanna Ascher and Kendall Anigian. Jimmy Rash served as best man and stood with groomsmen Tommy Rash and Brian Rash (all brothers of the groom), and John Freyermuth, Robert Radoff, Daniel Heller, Geoff Feinberg and Alex Greenberg.

Attire: The bride’s Jodie by Enzoani gown had an ivory lace bodice, romantic scalloped sweetheart neckline, low lace illusion back adorned with crystal buttons, and a mermaid two-tiered lace skirt with an elegant train. Her “something old” was a 1920’s ivory beaded bridal purse. Her “something new” was a pair of floral crystal earrings. Her “something borrowed” was a 1930’s crystal bracelet that had belonged to her late-grandmother, Cathleen Hodge. Her garter served as “something blue.” A Paloma Blanca scalloped lace cathedral veil and Badgley Mischka Accent ivory satin and crystal peep toe shoes completed the ensemble.

Bridesmaids wore Jenny Yoo Anabelle sea-glass tulle dresses with sweetheart necklines. The groom wore a classic shawl tuxedo with a black bowtie and cummerbund, white pocket-handkerchief, white studs, custom UT Longhorn silver cufflinks and a white ranunculus boutonniere. Groomsmen wore classic black shawl tuxedos with black bowties and cummerbunds, white pocket handkerchiefs, black studs and white celestial spray rose boutonnieres.

Top Wedding Moments: The bride and her father teared up and laughed as the doors opened and she locked eyes with her groom. The couple recited their own vows and shared communion. The groom’s aunt sang Lead Me to the Cross accompanied by piano.

 

The Reception

The couple’s country-style first dance routine was to Who I Am by Wade Bowen. Father and daughter danced to Forever Young sung by Rod Stewart. Mother and son danced to I Hope You Dance by Lee Ann Womack.

Guests danced to a live band that played a mix of country, rock, 80s throwbacks and contemporary hip-hop. The groom and his groomsmen linked arms and sang Friends in Low Places. Groomsmen lifted the bride and groom in chairs during Uptown Funk, and guests danced to Shout from Animal House. A friend of the groom’s father danced the The Gator.

Floral and Décor: Hues of ivory, champagne, sea glass and blush blended with freeform floral arrangements, lace, candlelight and amber uplighting. The couple loved the dark wood, modern chandeliers, floor-to-ceiling windows, and a stone fireplace mantel displaying candles and smilax greenery draped asymmetrically down one side, as well as a carved wooden mirror.

Tall gold Milan vases and pedestal bowls were topped with white hydrangeas, blush and spray roses, silver dollar eucalyptus, seeded eucalyptus and greenery. Alter­nating champagne sequined and simple ivory tablecloths with gold lace overlays adorned the head table and round tables. Table assignments were clipped on repurposed antique wire display boards draped with gold leaf 1920s-style garlands. Additional touches included gold Chivari chairs, gold cursive table numbers, floral centerpieces and ivory tea lights.

A sign-in table displayed the couple’s baby photos, engagement portrait, their parents’ wedding day photos, large crystal vases and a custom-made ivory satin sign-in book with a feather pen. The gift table held an antique gold birdcage for cards. Guests were treated to matchbox favors of white and teal and black and gold stating “A Match Made in Heaven” and “Let Sparks Fly.” Gold and white striped ashtrays were placed on the outdoor cocktail tables for celebratory cigars. Teal and gold satin accent pillows perched on patio furniture. Fireplace candles added to the ambiance. A three-tiered stand held gold boxes with black and white bows, each filled with assorted candy. Breakfast tacos were served at the end of the night.

The Cake: The four-tiered lemon-filled white cake was frosted in buttercream
and adorned in a stucco design with greenery, white Juliet garden roses and pink spray roses.

Top reception moment: Speeches by the bride’s father, sister and brother-in-law made the couple feel incredibly loved.

The Exit: A hand-painted gold and black sign announced the sparkler exit. The newlyweds entered a black limo decorated with a greenery wreath, a “Just Married” sign, and ribbons streaming from the back bumper.

 

The Honeymoon

The pair spent two weeks on the Greek isles of Santorini, Crete and Mykonos.

The bride poses in her wedding gown and veil in front of the wedding venue.

The newlyweds share a quiet moment to reflect on the magnitude and meaning of a very special day.

The enthusiastic bridal party cheers on the kissing couple.

An exquisite ivory Jodie by Enzoani wedding gown displayed with bridesmaid dresses in sea glass tulle.

The bridesmaids surround their bride at her childhood home.

Lauren begins her preparations for this most important day.

The bride wore Badgley Mischka peep toe shoes and carried her grandmother’s 1920’s ivory beaded bag down the aisle.

The bride’s dog Stella relaxed with the bridesmaids before the ceremony.

The bride’s vintage-inspired round-cut diamond ring with cushion halo stacked with the groom’s classic gold wedding band.

Champagne sequined runners and ivory tablecloths adorned the head table.

Refreshments! Guests enjoyed a beverage bar with flavored water and lemonade.

Coconut shrimp satay were among the delicious hors d’oeuvres served at the cocktail party

Custom gold favor boxes filled with chocolate displayed in front of a hand-crafted table assignment board.

Tabletop settings included gold cursive table numbers, floral centerpieces and ivory tea lights.

The four-tiered lemon-filled white cake perched upon a table layered in sea glass linens.

Guests at the reception danced the night away with the Texas Unlimited Band.

The couple delighted guests with a country-themed dance routine.

Groomsmen surprised the couple by lifting them high.

The bride and her father danced to Forever Young by Rod Stewart.

The bride wore a classic mermaid-style gown with an elegant lace train.

 

 

 

MEMORABLE WEDDINGS – Lauren and Daniel


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