Groom Phillip Brown proposed to bride Laura McIngvale on bent knee at the St. Regis Hotel, Houston, surrounded by flowers tied with notes, each bearing a memory of the couple’s time together. Despite the adversity she faced at the time—her family was working hard to reopen its store, Gallery Furniture, after a devastating fire–McIngvale was overcome with joy. She says she and Phillip, whom she met freshman year of college in Austin, “complement each other in every way,” and that their shared passions make them “perfect for each other.”
The couple sent out invitations from Bering’s, and, a year after becoming engaged, committed their lives to one another at a wedding designed and coordinated by famed event firm Colin Cowie Lifestyle. They began by exchanging rings from Zadok Jewelers beneath a wrought-iron altar covered in crystals and flowers on the bride’s parents’ pool deck in Lago Vista, on the shores of Lake Travis, the bride radiant in a Monique Lhuillier gown. Immediately after the ceremony, a choir serenaded the couple and their more than 425 guests with a gospel version of the Beatles’ “All You Need Is Love.”
After cocktails, guests took their seats on the tented tennis court, where silk paneling in shades of peach, burnt orange and rust created an atmosphere of warmth and sophistication. The culinary-minded pair—Phillip is a chef, and the couple opened a steakhouse in Austin this past fall—naturally put their focus on food, feting guests with a four-course dinner from the Four Seasons Hotel, Austin, with wine pairings from V Madrone Vineyards in Napa Valley. After their sumptuous meal, guests indulged in a six-foot-tall wedding cake from Who Made the Cake.
Headline entertainment throughout the night ensured a spirit of celebration, with performers including Grammy-winning Western swing band Asleep at the Wheel and R&B favorites Boys II Men. Even after the evening’s fireworks display, revelers rocked on, segueing to “Club L&P”—a booming nightclub on the transformed pool deck, featuring a cigar bar and DIY “headband bar” to entertain guys and gals alike. After the festivities, the happy couple honeymooned in Spain and graciously thanked guests for gifts from their Williams-Sonoma, Bering’s and other registries.
Laura advises brides to “hire a great planner if you can.” No matter what, she says, “Make a task list and stay organized. Go with reputable vendors that you can trust.” She adds, “Splurge on the things you will remember—the cake, the flowers, the photographer, and makeup and hair. Looking your best is key! You will have these pictures forever.”