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Texas-Chic Crystal Ballroom Wedding by Sharon Nicole Photography

We don’t often associate the ultra-elegant Crystal Ballroom at the Rice with barbecue and boot mugs. Fortunately for the 220 guests who attended Kristen and Bert’s May wedding, the bride did. Following the couple’s emotional church ceremony—conducted by a friend of the groom’s who’d recently been ordained as a priest—the celebrants headed to the historic Rice Hotel for a fabulous party. “Bert’s family is from Florida, so I wanted to share some wonderful Texas BBQ with them,” bride Kristen explained to us. “The theme and decor of the reception just followed from that. I wanted it to be elegant, but still with the feel of a Texas wine country / barbeque celebration.” Well, Kristen, you certainly achieved your aims, and then some. ’Course it helps to have stellar vendors like Darryl & Co. and Who Made the Cake on your team. Big thanks to Sharon Nicole Photography, big hugs to Kristen and Bert—congratulations!

Photos: Sharon Nicole Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Maggie Sottero ~ Bride’s Shoes: Steve Madden ~ Bride’s Makeup & Hair: Flawless ~ Cakes: Who Made the Cake ~ Catering: Goode Company Barbecue ~ Flowers: Darryl & Co. ~ Coordinator: Save the Date with Valerie ~ Ceremony & Reception Venue: Crystal Ballroom at the Rice