The Wedding of Natalie Jones and Sam Strasser, Austin
By Rob Giardinelli Photography by Stephen Karlisch
Natalie DeAngelis Jones, daughter of Johnna DeAngelis Jones and Steven Jones of Austin, and Samuel David Strasser, son of Camilla Cavan of Scottsdale, Arizona were wed at the Smith Family Chapel at Riverbend Church in Austin, a perfect example of how two families seamlessly become one. The level of intimacy can be traced back to when the couple first met. The lovebirds fell in love over time without a “shazam” moment, as the groom likes to call it, yet rather through the process of getting to know one another through a substantial courtship. “Anytime I saw him interacting with babies and children totally made me see how great a dad he would make,” muses the bride. Indeed, this day, four years in the making after a two-year courtship and a two-year engagement, was a special and beautiful sight that all on hand were lucky enough to witness.
The weekend began with a rehearsal dinner on the rooftop deck of The Contemporary Austin – Jones Center in downtown Austin. The family feeling was felt throughout as the groom’s mother Camilla, an interior designer, planned every detail – from the décor to the floral to the food – creating a uniquely Austin experience. The gathering of approximately one hundred family and close friends from out of town against the backdrop of the city’s skyline featured iconic local foods including Salt Lick Barbecue, Maudie’s, and Natalie’s favorite: Amy’s Ice Cream.
On the day of the wedding, the bride made her entrance into the chapel wearing a stunning Isabelle Armstrong gown on the arm of her father. As kismet would have it, she learned the dress was named “The Natalia.” The day was even more special as the bride’s grandmother, suffering from Alzheimer’s, was able to enjoy the day’s festivities with the support of many family members. After the exchanging of vows was performed by Sam’s grandfather, David Cavan (who became ordained specifically to conduct the ceremony), guests went to the bride’s family home for the wedding reception. The party began with cocktails poolside before heading over to the custom tent erected on the tennis court where the event planner, Caplan Miller and floral designer David Kurio created an intimately romantic space full of white, lavender, silver and gray hues, resulting in a glamorous environment for the families and several hundred guests to enjoy the special event.
The family touches of the bride and groom were on full display during the reception including a sibling-rap written by the bride’s sister and maid of honor Olivia “Lulu” Jones, and various personalized food-stations including one featuring an entirely gluten-free menu. The groom designed a special monogram for the festivities, which was featured on the cigars, hand-rolled in an onsite cigar bar, specially for the occasion.
As for the most memorable moments of the day, the groom Sam shares, “That moment the doors opened and Natalie walked down the aisle. As soon as the doors swung open, I saw her eyes look directly at mine, and everything just stopped. I had an overwhelming sense of joy and a sensation of calm unlike I really had ever felt with the assurance in my decision.”
After the wedding, the bride and groom traveled to California’s Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur for what the couple aptly called a “mini-moon,” as they are currently planning a future honeymoon in the South Pacific. The couple currently resides in Santa Monica, California, where Natalie is pursuing her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Mount Saint Mary’s University and Sam is the founder and COO of WeezLabs, a mobile app and web development company.