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Taylor & Tyler


Beautiful bride Taylor smiles on her wedding day.

Beautiful bride Taylor smiles on her wedding day.

Text by Melanie Saxton
Photos by Chris Bailey Photography

Imagine a wedding reception themed around the iconic Longhorn and Aggie football rivalry. A University of Texas bride and a Texas A&M groom did just that, calling it “House United.”

First Date

Taylor Kingshill and Tyler Brady met through mutual friends… in a roundabout way. Taylor was invited by a sorority sister to Port Aransas. Tyler’s parents own a home nearby and were hosting a group of A&M fraternity brothers. Taylor and a group of Kappa sisters from UT visited Tyler’s house, and school rivalries were set aside. Taylor and Tyler hit it off. They visited an Austin restaurant for their first date and have been inseparable ever since.

Courtship & Proposal

Over the next three and one-half years, Taylor and Tyler attended many UT vs. A&M football games, as well as Rockets vs. Spurs games. They traveled with the bride’s parents to a wedding in Germany and a ski trip in Colorado. They also visited Las Vegas with the groom’s parents. Between travels, they managed to partake in another favorite activity—ice skating.

Taylor fondly recalls one magical evening in January when Tyler and her parents treated her to the surprise of her life. “They fooled me into believing we needed to attend a party at the Houston Oaks Country Club,” she states. Tyler picked her up, and they stopped by Tiny Boxwoods for a quick bite, then headed to the country club. The guard at the gate informed them that the parking lot was full and directed them to the overflow lot.

“We had to take a golf cart to the party,” says Taylor. “Tyler suggested we take a detour to gaze at the stars on such a pretty night, then asked me to close my eyes.” As she opened them, a gazebo lit up to reveal framed pictures of the couple everywhere. Tyler proposed at that romantic moment, and Taylor realized there was no party after all! She and Tyler took a limo back to Houston where their best friends and families were waiting to celebrate the proposal and engagement.

The Wedding

The entire wedding was planned around college football schedules, which presented more than a few obstacles. “It was stressful to choose a date because most of our friends attend the home games,” says Taylor. Ideally, her ceremony and reception needed to be scheduled on an away game for both A&M and UT. But as it turned out, UT ended up with a home game and A&M faced the No. 1 team in the country — Alabama. The bride and groom came up with a festive solution and included a sports bar at the wedding so that no one would miss any football action.

Style: The bride credits the fall football season and a sense of tradition as influences in her floral and decor choices. The unmistakable burnt orange of UT and maroon of A&M were showcased at the sports bar in a “House United” theme, bringing together family and guests regardless of school affiliation or favorite team.

The bridal bouquet featured Eskimo, white O’Hara and white Majolica spray roses with Stephanotis and white Coral Vine tied with lace from her mother’s wedding dress. Bridesmaid bouquets consisted of hydrangeas and white Majolica spray roses.

The bride wore a strapless two-piece couture gown designed by Monique Lhuillier of embroidered silk and satin with an asymmetrical ruched trumpet skirt and chapel train. A sweetheart neckline, fitted corset, crystal embroidered belt with pearls and rhinestones, soft ivory illusion cathedral veil by Toni Federici, and white and ivory flats by Lanvin completed the ensemble. The groom and groomsmen wore black tuxedos.

A stunning five-tiered wedding cake sat upon a sterling silver plateau and alternated layers of vanilla buttercream and Amaretto cake. Fondant draped tiers one and five, tier three was adorned with hand-made sugar paste roses, and tiers two and four had buttercream frosting. White fresh Polo Star and Eskimo roses were placed by the florist in between the cake tiers and at the top.

Because the groom spent so many happy moments fishing at his parents’ house in Port Aransas, his cake was a fitting tribute made of chocolate with milk chocolate buttercream frosting and designed as two rectangular tiers with seven hand-made sugar paste redfish tails, blue water, a sandbar, and reeds with a fishing boat.

Family and Attendants: The bride was given in marriage by her parents, Brian and Diane Kingshill, and escorted down the aisle by her father. The groom’s parents, Brian and Karen Brady, were joined by honorary guests Kristin Clayton Hassenmiller, Jodi Lynn Hatton and Shannah Marie Lyon (all of Houston), and Mr. and Mrs. Dominic Moeller of Germany.

Meredith Cerie Muecke and Julia Harrison Robinson served as matrons of honor. Bridesmaids included sisters of the groom Abigail Tate Brady and Allison Leigh Brady, Whitney Lynn Conkling, Seliece Rae Dodds, Laura Elizabeth Fowler, Catherine Leigh Umstattd, Brooke Elizabeth Simmons, Lacey Virginia Elick, Tayler Stogner Lee, Noralea Jordan O’Meilia, and Meredith Shell Thompson.

Flower girls included Isabel Marie Curran, Madison Faith Durst, and McKenna Len Durst. Ring bearers included Mason Durst, Mason Gary McClanahan, and Coen Johnson Urioste.

Best Man Christopher Bell Weyand of Houston stood with groomsmen Matthew Colter Brown, Gregory Gerard Dyer, James Tyler Munson, Clinton Mark Oncken, Jacob Johnson Ethridge, Lawson Wells Jessee, Jeff Reese Specht, and John Ryan Zimmer. Serving as Ushers were Tanner James Catalani, Andy Allen Frazier, Austin Ryan Frazier, and Lawrence Elliott Goudge. Boyd Wagner and Duncan Dodds officiated.

Special Touches: The bride gave the groom a framed A&M jersey signed by Ryan Tannehill and displayed it at the wedding. The groom surprised the bride with diamond earrings the night before the wedding. As her something borrowed, Taylor wore pearl and diamond jewelry on loan from Valobra Jewelers. Her mother’s jewelry was also on loan from Valobra Jewelers… but the bride’s father surprised her mother by giving her the borrowed jewelry as a Christmas gift.

The couple made their getaway in a 1972 Corvette Stingray convertible given to the bride’s father by her mother on their 25th wedding anniversary.

Behind the Scenes: “The A&M vs. Alabama game was scheduled to start at 3 p.m, and the wedding was at 7 p.m.,” says the bride. “The groom and most of the groomsmen are Aggies, so they cut short their golf game and suffered through the pre-wedding photographs by huddling around my mom’s iPad and watching the game.” About 10 minutes before the wedding was to begin, the game ended and the Aggies beat the No.1 team in the nation. Screams of joy reverberated all throughout the church and the parking lot as the news spread. During the wedding the groomsmen all had big smiles on their faces and at the reception they were ready to celebrate! The Longhorn fans were happy because they knew the party would be fun that night!

Honeymoon & Beyond

Taylor and Tyler enjoyed a wonderful destination honeymoon at Little Dix Bay in the British Virgin Islands. Taylor is a tax accountant with Deloitte, and Tyler is in commercial real estate. They recently bought and renovated a home in Briargrove.­

The “House United” theme appeared on napkins and match boxes to commemorate the occasion.

The “House United” theme appeared on napkins and match boxes to commemorate the occasion.

The couple share a kiss in the sanctuary of St. Luke’s Methodist Church.

The couple share a kiss in the sanctuary of St. Luke’s Methodist Church.

Eleven bridesmaids and two maids-of-honor wore latte floor-length dresses and held bouquets of hydrangeas and white Majolica spray roses.

Eleven bridesmaids and two maids-of-honor wore latte floor-length dresses and held bouquets of hydrangeas and white Majolica spray roses.

Taylor’s elegant wedding ring nestled in a rosebud.

Taylor’s elegant wedding ring nestled in a rosebud.

The bridal bouquet featured exquisite Eskimo, white O’Hara and white Majolica spray roses with Stephanotis and white Coral Vine.

The bridal bouquet featured exquisite Eskimo, white O’Hara and white Majolica spray roses with Stephanotis and white Coral Vine.

Guess which team these ladies root for?

Guess which team these ladies root for?

Flats by Lanvin sparkled on the bride

Flats by Lanvin sparkled on the bride

A love of fishing inspired the creation of the groom’s cake.

A love of fishing inspired the creation of the groom’s cake.

Tyler with flower girls Isabel, Madison and McKenna.

Tyler with flower girls Isabel, Madison and McKenna.

Five tiers of beautifully decorated wedding cake were interspersed with Eskimo roses.

Five tiers of beautifully decorated wedding cake were interspersed with Eskimo roses.

The Bride and a bridesmaid having a fun moment.

The Bride and a bridesmaid having a fun moment.

A clever “House United” themed sports bar accommodated football fans from different teams.

A clever “House United” themed sports bar accommodated football fans from different teams.

The couple enjoys a romantic first dance as husband and wife.

The couple enjoys a romantic first dance as husband and wife.

Guests mixed, mingled and danced the night away.

Guests mixed, mingled and danced the night away.

The newlyweds make their getaway in a 1972 Corvette Stingray given to the bride’s father by her mother for a 25th wedding anniversary. Cheers!

The newlyweds make their getaway in a 1972 Corvette Stingray given to the bride’s father by her mother for a 25th wedding anniversary.

Cheers!

Cheers!


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