The Elegant Austin Nupitals Of Jaclyn Joseph And Conley Covert
By Kelsey Goldberg
Photography by Debra Gulbas Photography
Jaclyn Christine Joseph, daughter of Michael and Myriam Joseph, and Conley Anderson Covert, son of Clark Covert & Melinda Covert, tied the knot in an enchanting ceremony held at St. David’s Episcopal Church surrounded by several generations of Austinite family and friends. The groom popped the question, amidst much planning, in a surprise gathering in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
The rehearsal dinner, hosted by the groom’s family, was on the second floor patio of The Stephen F. Austin Hotel, where the couple captured their vision of romance with the stylish influence of their love of Mexico. The night was set with one uninterrupted long table set for 100 guests that expanded along the entire length of the Stephen F. Austin Hotel Balcony. Adding to the romance of the evening, there were 400 red lit-candles lined down the center of the extensive table. The elegant seated dinner, catered by the hotel, was placed overlooking the Paramount Theatre and Congress Avenue.
Dinner set the stage for a romantic weekend of festivities. The wedding ceremony at St. David’s Episcopal Church was especially touching as Conley was baptized and confirmed in this church and the new couple was fortunate enough to get to ring the church bell after the ceremony. Jaclyn looked stunning, with tears of joy down her face as she walked down the aisle wearing the exact same veil that her sister Juliana wore on her special day. She also held a special bouquet, adorned with a cameo brooch from her maternal grandmother. She had two maids of honor, her sisters Jennifer Joseph and Juliana Schlichting, with Cameron Covert, Chelsea Rigney, Brooke Peterson, Kelsey Lawrence, Michelle Freres, Lexi Wier, Taylor Story, Parrish Williams, Bayley Bash, Michelle Hood, and Abby Goodman served as attendants The groom’s best man was his father Clark Covert, with Spencer Palmer, Leif Johnson, Anthony Gallo, Harrison Giles, David Standefer, John Mason Carter Jr., Jonathan Maki, Will Hardeman, Justin Bayne, Chris Skyles. Shawn Walker, and Blake Berns serving as groomsman.
The extraordinary celebrations flourished with the reception at the Four Seasons Hotel, with the presence of the brilliant colors of mauve and champagne continuing throughout the party and all of the décor. Planned by the bride’s parents Myriam and Michael Joseph, the festivities had 450 guests dancing the night away with the newlyweds. During the happy hour, guests were encouraged to try Jaclyn’s specialty cocktail the “French Kiss” as well as Conley’s, the “Covert Libre”. The venue also added some customary Lebanese food during this appetizer portion, following close tradition of the bride’s family heritage and the couple’s favorite food. The night continued with a seated meal and the band JumpStart, which brought all of the enthusiastic guests to their feet. Women were even offered gold ballet slippers of their size to extend their night on the dance floor in comfort. Following the event, the party continued in the red-themed San Jacinto Room at the hotel with an open bar, a dance floor, comfy couch lounge areas, and another sensational musical set by Shane Smith & The Saints. For those with a sweet tooth, a striking candy bar created by Jill Beerman hit the spot throughout the evening. The foral décor was created by Mary Frances of BellaBloom Couture Florals. The videographer for the evening was Will Herrington at Photohouse.
Following the spectacular wedding weekend filled with family, friends, and festivities, the newlyweds knew they wanted a relaxing honeymoon destination with a beach, somewhere different than they had been before. They were elated with their choice of the scenic Nicaragua beach at the gorgeous Mukul Resort. The couple now resides in their hometown of Austin, where they practice law and real estate, and enjoy live music, traveling, and adventures around town.