Burkley Wombell Weds Jonathan Fitzsimons In Houston 

By Alison Elberger
Photography by Chris Bailey

It was an elegant evening when Burkley Anne Wombell, daughter of Robin and John Wombwell of Houston, wed Jonathan Calvert Fitzsimons, son of Blair and Joseph Fitzsimons of San Antonio. St. John the Divine Church was blooming with greenery and white roses for the perfect wedding ceremony. The bride was baptized and spent time her entire life at the church, which accommodated 700 guests to witness the marriage and conclusion of the couple’s ten-month engagement.


In an elegant mood, glowing candles lined the aisle and ledges along the side of the church walls for a beautiful event planned by Richard Flowers of the Events Company. The bride wore an Oscar de la Renta dress and veil, along with earrings borrowed from her mother. The ivory gown of rose Chantilly lace featured a scalloped V-neck and hand-embroidered petals and beadwork. The bride complimented her look with a two tier circular veil trimmed with organza created by the designer. She carried a garden style bouquet of white and blush roses with assorted echeverias. The Houston Boys Choir sang during the ceremony along with a thoughtful and personal homily from the church’s Reverend Douglas W. Richnow who presided over the double ring ceremony.

The bride’s maid of honor was Holly Katharine Hughes, with Fay Carrigan Fitzsimons, Katherine Burgwin Fitzsimons, Christina Attie Ballantyne, Constance McFerran Bushong, Hallie Easter Crawford, Clayton Michelle Crum, Claire Jones Davis, Grace Hobby Grundy, and Allegra Elizabeth McCarthy Pitt as attendants. The best man was the groom’s cousin Anson Howard, with John Stewart Wombwell, Henry Kleberg Johnson, Henry Wilson Maclin, IV, John Frederick Nash, Jack Saunders Reagan, Jonathon Roger Schneider, Matthew Mitchell White, Benjamin Ross Thamer, and Taylor Reinhart as groomsmen.


On the eve of the wedding, the parents of the groom hosted a rehearsal dinner at The Coronado Club. After the wedding ceremony, the reception took place at Houston Country Club. It was a wintery and ethereal evening with a color theme of mostly white with a hint of a dusty blue. Big Blast and the Party Masters entertained the couple and their guests throughout the night. The Can’t Hardly Play Boys were also featured for their country music at the reception. Marlene Romero made a white amaretto wedding cake for the bride. The groom’s cake was a rich chocolate ganache cake that featured the ranch brand and his favorite pair of cowboy boots, no surprise because of his love for riding horses and his time spent on his family’s ranch. In fact, on the day the groom proposed, the couple was riding horses together with their families awaiting them to have champagne and celebrate.

The bride attended the University of Texas for both undergraduate school and law school. The groom graduated from Texas A&M University. He grew up on his family’s ranch outside of Carrizo Springs for most of his childhood before moving to San Antonio. For their honeymoon, the newlyweds wanted to travel somewhere that neither of them had ever been, so they jetted to Australia and New Zealand where they had the time of their life. They now reside in San Antonio.