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Monica & Stephen


 

 

Monica Stout and Stephen Myers had a very modern, “online” start to their relationship. What followed was a first date, courtship, surprise proposal (with a twist), engagement, and traditional wedding ceremony that reflected the formal elegance and nostalgia of Old Hollywood. They were united on September 29, 2012.

Monica Stout earned a master’s degree in digital media studies from University of Houston-Clearlake.  She is the membership communications manager at Lakeside Country Club.

Stephen Myers has an electrical engineering degree from Vanderbilt University and is the CEO of Tele-flex Networks.

FIRST DATE

With busy careers, Monica and Stephen both joined eHarmony.com and connected on the well-known dating site. The next step seemed destined: Stephen asked Monica on a first date and met her at The Grove restaurant on Discovery Green. “The food was so good, but I don’t think I took more than two bites because I was so excited about meeting him!” says the bride. They hit it off and went for drinks at the Hotel Icon bar. Both considered it the best first date ever.

COURTSHIP

The couple enjoy the arts and their date nights often included local theater performances. They attended numerous Broadway shows. Since Monica particularly loves ballet, she talked Stephen into attending the Houston Ballet’s Marie, which he really enjoyed.

THE PROPOSAL

It was supposed to be an ordinary weekend. Monica and Stephen planned to join her parents at their ranch in Navasota for the day. But around 10 a.m. Monica’s mother called to say the pump on the water well had gone out. There was no running water, so the outing was cancelled.

But Stephen offered a backup plan. He  told Monica to pack a nice dress and he would try to schedule a formal dinner with his parents in town. But a mysterious emergency regarding “urgent business” called him away. Stephen asked Monica to meet him at his apartment in a few hours.

She arrived all dressed up, only to be told his parents had already made dinner plans. The couple were on their own, and the only restaurant able to accommodate their last-minute reservations was the Grove, the site of their first date.

After a delicious dinner, Stephen suggested they relive their first date and have drinks at the Hotel Icon. Monica thought it was romantic of him to suggest, and they sat at the exact same “first date” table and had a wonderful time. Monica noticed that Stephen went to the restroom several times and kept checking his phone. Finally, he announced that his friend John Dunn was n the area and would be joining them.

When John arrived, he made a stop at the hotel front desk that was in clear view from the bar. Monica suggested Stephen go get him just in case he was lost!

Both came back to the table, refills were ordered, and after a few minutes of chatting Stephen said, “John isn’t here just for drinks.” Monica was confused until Stephen dropped to one knee, pulled out a ring box and asked her to spend the rest of her life as his wife. John snapped pictures with Stephen’s camera that had been stowed at the front desk.

Obviously, Monica said yes. But she doesn’t remember anything else due to all the shock and excitement. Stephen called his dad on speakerphone. Monica learned the water well was just fine… both sets of parents were waiting down the street at Brennan’s restaurant to hear news about the proposal and celebrate becoming “in-laws.” They joined Monica and Stephen at Hotel Icon for a toast.

THE ENGAGEMENT

The engagement included a flurry of wedding planning. Monica asked her fiancé what dress style he liked best. It turned out that Stephen really loved the elegance of Grace Kelly and her wedding gown. For that reason, Monica made sure that her style — and ultimately their wedding — would reflect elegance and tradition. Although Monica chose a different gown, her wedding evoked formal glamour and was slightly reminiscent of Old Hollywood.

Leading up to the big day, Monica and her mother collaborated on an exquisitely formal wedding theme and planned to the last detail. Monica selected her attendants. Stephen chose his best man and groomsmen. Wedding and reception venues were booked, the floral designer was hired, and the photographer and a host of wedding professionals were chosen to ensure the entire wedding went off without a hitch.

THE WEDDING

Stephen’s favorite color is blue, and Monica wanted to honor his preferences in all the planning. She included peacock feathers in the decorations for pops of additional color and added complementary purples in the floral design. A sweep of white roses and orchids adorned the church sanctuary as well as the reception venue. The bridal bouquets also included hues of purple.

The bridesmaids wore dresses of Mediterranean blue with navy pumps. The Maid of Honor’s dress in a contrasting silhouette shared the same rich hue.

At the altar, the groom and his groomsmen awaited the grand entrance. The bride’s father walked her down the aisle, exquisite in her strapless satin Maya gown with a ruched drop-waist bodice from the Blush Collection. The mermaid fit incorporated pick-ups and flare, making it the inspiration for the wedding cake. A flowing veil and train adorned the bride, tucked into a sophisticated updo. A Swarovski beaded belt, Swarovski crystal-embedded shoes, a bustle skirt completed the ensemble.

The double-ring ceremony was accentuated by the sounds of violin and organ music. Soloist Chelsea Lerner sang “Ave Maria” during a touching moment as the bride and groom lit the unity candle.

Then it was off to the reception for dancing and dining. Photographer Laurie Perez captured every moment, including the first dance, “At Last.” Guests were treated to a formal dinner and music. In fact, the band had everyone on the dance floor. The four-tiered wedding cake delighted guests and left all with unforgettable, heartfelt memories.

SPECIAL MOMENTS

The bride’s father made a special toast. “My dad is not a very emotional person, so seeing him get up in front of all our friends and family and toast to our happiness meant the world to me!” says the bride, who thanks her parents for going above and beyond. “This was truly a special event because my mother put so much of herself into my big day. It was magical and I wouldn’t change a thing!”

THE HONEYMOON

The couple flew to Hawaii for four nights, staying at the St. Regis in Kauai and the Fairmont in Maui.

 

Special wedding day moments include a walk down the aisle as proud father John Stout gives his daughter’s hand in marriage.  Large white roses define the bride’s floral signature and appear in bridesmaids’ bouquets, boutonnieres and centerpieces at the reception.

White roses sprinkled with white and cream orchids are accented by hues of purple adding an elegant pop of color against Mediterranean Blue bridesmaid dresses.

Monica evokes Old Hollywood in her exquisite gown.

 

Custom labels adorn small wine favors. A romantic kiss leads to dancing. Bridesmaids celebrate in Mediterranean Blue: T’Noya Gonzales, Tiffanie Robinson, Chris Cernoch, Jessica Taylor (Maid of Honor), Katie Skelton, Samantha Reynolds and Kim Penney. The flower girl’s bouquet pops with violet. Ave Maria plays as the couple light a unity candle. Mike McDaniel and Marc Balog share a moment with the groom. The bride’s mother provided “I Do” bejeweled stickers—a perfect touch for Swarovski crystal-embedded shoes.

Custom labels adorn small wine favors.

Bridesmaids celebrate in Mediterranean Blue: T’Noya Gonzales, Tiffanie Robinson, Chris Cernoch, Jessica Taylor (Maid of Honor), Katie Skelton, Samantha Reynolds and Kim Penney.

The flower girl’s bouquet pops with violet.

Mike McDaniel and Marc Balog share a moment with the groom.

The bride’s mother provided “I Do” bejeweled stickers—a perfect touch for Swarovski crystal-embedded shoes.

The band played “At Last” during a romantic first dance.

The groom’s mother Helen Myers (second from left) has fun with guests.

A traditional Waterford cake topper adorns an almond-flavored white cake with raspberry filling. Layers of fondant mimic the pick-ups in the bride’s dress.

Kevin and Connor Myers are adorable ring bearers.

Flower girl Sophie Myers sits pretty in a tiara.

A formal dinner is served amidst elegant centerpieces.

Wedding Resources

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