Wedding festivities officially began on Friday, April 5th with a Bridal Brunch at the Galveston Country Club organized by Allison’s aunts from Longview, TX. The rehearsal took place at Moody Methodist Church, with rehearsal dinner held later in the evening at the Bryan Museum Conservatory. The couple chose Island Casual as the evening’s theme.
The morning of their wedding started with bride and groom at separate locations; Allison in an upstairs room at Hotel Galvez & Spa, and George (aka G.) at Moody Gardens Golf Course. Each was joined by their 12 attendants, and Wedding Day activities began.
The ladies enjoyed a morning at the hotel’s spa, receiving mani/pedis and massages. Hair and makeup enhancements were provided by Lisa Pelayo Makeup And Beauty. Meanwhile, the men played a morning round of golf before heading to The Spot on Seawall Boulevard for lunch, and finally to Hotel Galvez to freshen before the wedding.
Krystle Akin captured group photos of Allison & her bridesmaids before they were transported by Galveston Limousine the few short miles to Moody Methodist Church. The limousine bus then returned to the hotel for George and his groomsmen, and photographs continued at the church, while a complete story of the day was recorded by Videographer Bailey Hart.
In the balmy late afternoon hours, guests began arriving at the church for the 6PM service. George, after escorting his mother in along with his brother, joined his 12 groomsmen, each dressed in contemporary black tuxedos. The women entered in their beautiful off-shoulder, heather gray cocktail dresses, carrying 3 large, white Calla Lilies each. Finally, Allison entered the church escorted by her father. Allison glowed in her pearl white satin dress, later completed with a French bustle. She carried white peonies & white phalaenopsis orchids with yellow accents designed by Connie Dryden and Island Flowers.
Once ceremonies concluded, guests shuttled or drove to Hotel Galvez for cocktails on Centennial Green. TFG Event Support Services strung lights across the palm-lined space, illuminating the crisp, white covered tables dotting the lawn. Guests enjoyed an assortment of wine, beer and beverages, as the hotel’s staff served Crab Croquettes, Crostini Bruschetta, Andouille Sausage En Croute, and Vegetable Spring Rolls. Martin Shotwell serenaded guests on guitar and ukulele with an assortment of popular love songs.
With the sun setting, guests were invited into the Music Hall Room where the couple’s reception was revealed. White linens and calla lilies set off tall table arrangements of deep green banana leaves and palm fronds, provoking an air of 1950s Havana. A hedge of boxwoods lined the stage, which was offset with a pair of 12-foot white palm trees.
Kenny Lewis and “Chinatown” introduced the new Mr. & Mrs. before the 9-piece band began pulsing the night with exciting live music. Allison and G. kicked off their first dance, followed by Allison and her father, and then G. and his mother.
As the evening progressed, guests were invited across the hall to the West Parlor to help themselves to the various food stations. The decadent food selections included Fajita Spiced Beef with choice of salsas, Cuban Pulled Pork with Queso Fresco, and Chicken Portobello with Brie.
As dancing continued into the night, the couple toasted each other with champagne and cut the 5-tiered Bride’s Cake created by Cakes By Jula. The peony trimmed, elegant cake alternated between layers of Almond with Butter Cream Frosting and Pink Champagne with Cream Cheese Frosting. In lieu of a Groom’s Cake, George opted for a large stack of Pulled Pork Sandwiches. And late into the evening, Whataburger delivered a late night snack of Honey Butter Chicken Biscuits, followed by more dancing and reveling.
As midnight approached, guests were escorted to the front of Hotel Galvez for the couple’s Grand Sendoff. Flutter Fetti rained down as the couple left in a balloon and ribbon adorned golf cart, provided by Galveston Limousine.
and the staff of Wedding Bliss Events wish Allison & George a lifetime of
love and happiness! We also extend a
special thanks to Gina Hengst and the staff of Hotel Galvez. Their professionalism and assistance leading
up to and through the wedding day made our jobs even more enjoyable. A huge thanks to all!