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Whitney & Matthew

THE BRIDE: Whitney Priddy is a University of Texas graduate and a Registered Nurse.
THE GROOM: Matthew Lewis is a University of Texas graduate and a Doctor of Nursing Practice and
Nurse Anesthetist.
WEDDING DATE: November 2, 2012

photography by Veronica Caycedo

Bride Whitney Priddy and groom Matthew Lewis embarked on a first date (with an interesting back story), then a courtship, and ultimately an engagement that led to an exquisite Houston wedding filled with laughter and happy moments.


First Date

Matthew and Whitney both went to the University of Texas at Austin. Over a four-year period they attended class in the same building, went to the same football games and possibly crossed paths on a daily basis. However, much like two ships passing in the night, they never met.

After graduating in 2007, they both took nursing jobs at cardiac ICUs (four floors apart) in the same hospital in the medical center. For an entire year they worked in close proximity but still never met… that is, until a match-making co-worker intervened.

One day Matthew was serendipitously floated to Whitney’s unit for a shift. As his luck would have it, Whitney was not at work that day. Yet, a week later,  Matthew received a call from Whitney’s co-worker who strongly believed he and Whitney were meant for each other. A very awkward phone conversation soon followed. Matthew sent Whitney a message on Facebook, and after a little “Facebook screening” a blind date ensued. Finally,  their fates collided in a blind date at Teala’s Mexican Restaurant.



More dates followed and eventually a George Strait-inspired “Check Yes or No” note confirmed the relationship. Matthew went to graduate school in Fort Worth while Whitney continued to work in Houston and later began graduate anesthesia coursework.  For a full year they visited each other  until Matthew returned to Houston for clinical residency. Their relationship blossomed during the next two and one half years.


The Proposal

Just as their co-worker believed, Matthew knew Whitney was “the one.” He scheduled a long overdue private dance lesson for Whitney, a birthday present that had been postponed due to a knee injury and Whitney’s long convalescence. The resurrected dance lesson was a surprise, but little did Whitney know the real surprise would come at the very end of the evening. Matthew dropped to one knee while “their” song, “Then” by Brad Paisley, played romantically in the background.


The Engagement

During their 14-month engagement they enjoyed  fishing and boating at the lake, took a trip to Playa Del Carmen, attended multiple weddings, went on a wine tour in Fredericksburg, spent a white Christmas together in South Dakota, and attended numerous University of Texas football games.

Whitney’s bridal shower was held at the family ranch, and her upcoming nuptials were celebrated at a bachelorette party held at a home on the Guadalupe River.


The Wedding

Whitney and Matthew wanted an elegant and romantic wedding, with just a hint of fun. They hired Pam Sparks, of En Vogue Events to help them achieve their dream wedding.

The fall season influenced her choice of colors which included rust hues, warm tones, chocolate browns, orange and a pop of lime green. Bavarian Cakery was chosen to create a multi-tiered traditional Bavarian Cream Cake showcased with cascading roses.

Whitney’s Maggie Sottero gown stunned in an asymmetrical a-line of organza and toile in a vertical swirl of fabric and a jewel encrusted belt.  Bridesmaids wore floor-length one shoulder chocolate brown dresses by Belsoie. Bridesmaids were gifted personalized gold initial birthstone necklaces, flip flops as dancing shoes, and sunglasses for fun at the reception.

Matthew and his groomsmen wore a two-button tuxedo by Joseph Abboud. The groomsmen were gifted personalized Spydco pocket knives, Macanudo cigars, and sunglasses — also for fun at the reception.

More festive moments came courtesy of a Hotel ZaZa black SUV outfitted  with a pair of longhorns mounted on the front.

Officiant Dr. Jerry Edmonson counseled the couple as a flurry of planning led up to a grand ceremony and reception photographed by Veronica Caycedo.


Special Moments

A special “First Look” before the wedding occurred on their balcony suite at Hotel ZaZa, provided by Whitney’s parents as a dressing area for the  bride and bridesmaids.

Another special moment was a surprise father/daughter dance, initially disguised as a traditional slow dance.  It became a hilariously choreographed dance party involving some classics songs, dance moves and, of course, sunglasses!

Another favorite memory included her best friends dancing to the song “Gangnam Style,” which wasn’t on the play list. Thanks to one very clever person’s request, it turned into the funniest dance-a-thon the bride and groom had ever seen.

Matthew presented a pearl necklace to Whitney and she gave him personalized cufflinks, one with his initials and the other with hers, as well as a personalized flask and a “Grooms Day Survival Kit.”

Interestingly, Matthew believed the tale of “two ships passing in the night” until the day of the wedding when Whitney confessed to him that she had actually spotted him years before in the library at the University of Texas. He was floored to learn that she had recognized him and never once mentioned it the entire time they were dating.

The Honeymoon

The newlyweds flew to Riviera Maya Mexico — El Dorado Royale Casitas for a dream honeymoon and the start of their new life together.


In Remembrance

Whitney’s best friend, Meagan Jones, died tragically in a car accident three weeks before the wedding. Whitney used Meagan’s favorite high school graduation ring as “something borrowed,” tied to her bridal bouquet. The bridesmaids also wore a single pearl in their hair in her honor, and a dedicated table held Meagan’s picture, bridesmaid’s bouquet, a lit candle, and information about her memorial fund.


The Future

Whitney plans to graduate from Nurse Anesthesia School in May 2013.  After that, the couple plans to find a townhouse in Houston and enjoy an “academic free” life. Kids and a house are on the horizon — but they’re not rushing.

Special wedding day moments included a kiss before and after the ceremony.

Seven bridesmaids and groomsmen celebrate with Whitney and Matthew at a fun reception that included dancing in sunglasses!


The wedding bouquet was created with ivory roses, white freesia, white callas and cymbidium orchids.


For the couple’s engagement photo, photographer Veronica Caycedo surprised them with a love letter clothes line.


Whitney stands beautiful against a backdrop of outdoor splendor.



The bride and groom enjoy a playful cake moment and a brief time alone in their private bridal suite.

Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Lewis share their first kiss as husband and wife.

The asymmetrical,
a-line Maggie Sottero gown was presented on a whimsical hangar with “Mrs. Lewis” fashioned in wire lettering.

Whitney’s shoes were “something blue” by Enzo Angiolini.

Their wedding rings, by Jonathan Fine Jewelers, were placed on a love letter from Matthew to Whitney.

The couple share a “first glance” on the balcony of Hotel ZaZa.



Whitney & Matthew’s WEDDING RESOURCES

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