Torrey Marion Vaughan and John Arthur Barnes Wed In San Antonio
By Jason Grosgrain Photography by David Sixt
The couple had been together for four years, frequently long-distance, when Art thrilled Torrey in North Carolina during her year-long work assignment, with a marriage proposal — and a surprise visit from both of their families to celebrate the engagement. The fun-loving couple was a match from the moment they met, and the stage was set for a lifetime of partnership. After an 11-month engagement, John Arthur Barnes, son of Jeffrey Arthur Barnes and Gayle Vaughan Barnes; and Torrey Marion Vaughan, daughter of Robert Louis Vaughan and Melissa Tillotson Vaughan, were married in San Antonio.
The nuptial festivities began with the rehearsal dinner, held at the San Antonio Country Club. The groom and his family wanted a casual festive vibe, so the theme was Mexican Fiesta complete with life-size piñatas representing the bride and groom. The rehearsal dinner was planned and executed by Wesley Dowdy of the San Antonio Country Club. The bride and her mother planned the ceremony and Robin Waters of Wedding Planners, Inc. was the wedding day coordinator. Resplendent floral décor for the rehearsal dinner, the ceremony and the reception were created by Danny, Danessa and Alex of Trinity Flowers.
The ceremony, held at Christ Episcopal Church, reflected the joy and happiness of the occasion, with pops of pink, purple, yellow, orange, green and every other color imaginable. It was the perfect setting to exchange vows; in fact, the church holds a special place in the bride’s family history, as several generations were life-long members there.
The maids of honor were the bride’s three sisters. The bridesmaids were a mixture of lifelong friends, high school friends, college friends and her future sisters-in-law. The best man was Art’s only brother Andrew, and the groomsmen were friends from childhood and from college.
The bride wore a classic Romona Keveza silk crepe dress with a flowing overskirt made of tulle with an heirloom Brussels lace veil that was purchased by her maternal grandmother on a trip to Europe in 1971, which was previously worn by her mother.. She wore the sapphire ring her grandparents gave her a decade earlier upon her high school graduation. She also wore custom-made Prada shoes with her new initials minted on the sole. Before the wedding, the bride’s parents gave her a pearl bracelet also monogrammed with her new initials. Her diamond drop earrings were her paternal grandmother’s.
Following the ceremony, the reception was held at The Argyle. Honoring the heritage and culture of the bride’s hometown of San Antonio, the couple was presented to the party to the tunes of festive mariachis as guests sipped margaritas.
An extraordinary six-tiered, floral vanilla cake was created by Cakes by Cathy Young. The groom’s cake was also a show-stopping creation by The Painted Cake representing his favorites spots in high school, college and after graduation. An on-stage hula-hoop contest got the bride, groom, wedding attendants and party guests on the stage and dancing to the music. The dance floor featured the bride and grooms’ initials along with a floral pattern that recalled the design of the Save the Dates. Jessie’s Girls drove in from Atlanta to entertain guests during a nonstop, continuous set that kept the party going into the night.
After the wedding, the couple was bound for a honeymoon at the Four Seasons Costa Rica on Peninsula Papagayo. The mix of tropical atmosphere, perfect beaches, beautiful golf course and delicious food made for the perfect destination. The couple now resides in Dallas, where Torrey works at the global PR firm Fleishman Hillard, and Art specializes in real estate as a member of JLL’s Capital Markets group. The couple looks forward to a lifetime of shared passions and interests, which include golf, travel, music and arts, and spending time with family.