German Club Debutantes Anne Swilley Archer, Jillian Joy Fuhrmann and Clara Patricia Kelleher Honored With Party
By Shannon Miller Turner Photography by Lilianna Story
THE SCENE: Deep in the heart of winter, a debutante party of winter-white wonder brought guests together to warm themselves with friendship and festivities in celebration of three German Club debs. Preceded by hand-delivered scrolled invitations, guests arrived in anticipation of an evening like no other. Crystal curtains, holiday trees covered in white lights and birch trees bedecked in the same hue signaled that guests were in for a true treat.
As each of the 900 partygoers made their way down the votive-lined hallway, they were greeted with the first of many surprises in store for them. Singer and pianist Bernie Martini entertained and had guests circled around him like a warm winter bonfire. As partygoers ascended the grand staircase, they were met by life-size photographs of the debs. Each portrait taken by Gary Stanko of Billo Smith Photography was beautifully framed by one of the three grand-scale windows in the club’s circular stairwell. Once the guests set foot in the ballroom, the night to remember was fully underway.
THE VIBE: The deep-winter wonderland sprang to life through the magic of Danny Cuellar of Trinity Flowers and Illusions who, along with San Antonio Country Club’s Director of Catering Wesley Dowdy, created an event enjoyed by all. The music of Dallas-based Professor D kept the lively energy going and had guests on their feet late into the night. The sumptuous menu for the night included various seafood selections served in carved ice bowls and mini martini glasses, catered by the club. Guests gathered on groupings of white leather lounge furniture fronted by lighted cube tables as they enjoyed additional culinary creations provided by the club. Nearby, famed photographic crowd pleaser MirMir captured partygoers in various poses throughout the night. Each glamorous detail of the winter wonderland contributed to a truly memorable celebration.