Lida Steves Weds Charles “Tres” Plummer in Helotes
By Eleanora Morrison Photography by Matt Alvarado
Lida and Tres Plummer found love in an unexpected place. Although both were born in San Antonio, it took a chance encounter on a trip to Wyoming for Lida to be introduced to her now husband when she heard someone say, “Tres,” which caught her ear, as it was also her brother’s name. The two began to talk and were pleasantly surprised by all they shared in common. A relationship budded from two boundless souls with an insatiable love of adventure, Tres and Lida’s three-year courtship involved many experiences exploring the great outdoors.
With such a calling to constantly connect with nature, it is no surprise that this couple chose a Boho-chic outdoor setting under the Texas stars for their wedding ceremony and reception. Lida’s parents and their spouses, Leanne and Douglas Finlayson and Sarah and Sam Steves II and Tres’s parents and their spouses, Devvie and John Asel and Beth and Charles Plummer II, welcomed hundreds of guests to The Gallagher Ranch in Helotes to witness the nuptials of the happy couple.
The bride had twelve total attendants, between nine bridesmaids and three house party members. The groom also had eleven attendants, between nine groomsmen and two ushers. Attending Lida were her sister and maid of honor Sarah Steves, her sister-in-law and matron of honor Megan Steves, and her bridesmaids Kadie Plummer (the groom’s sister), Payton Speer, Grace Singstad, Ashley White, Nora Wallenius, Kristin Sbrusch and Gabrielle Noe. House Party members were Gillian Sacks, Marie Mays and Jessie Watsabaugh. Attending Tres were his best man James Brookes and his groomsmen, Sam Bell Steves III (the bride’s brother), Herbert Euclid Brookes IV, JT Plummer (the groom’s brother), Michael Bellengheire, Matthew Leitch, Justin Shank, Trevor Bloom and John Hamilton.
Lida wore the Avril Gown by Rue De Seine for the wedding ceremony, with a Claire Pettibone Bohoveil. For the reception, the new Mrs. Plummer wore the Morrison Gown by Rue De Seine. The couple’s beautiful two-year-old Pit Bull-Catahoula mix Caliche was a ceremony standout, who walked down the aisle and was present near the floral-decked altar during the nuptials.
The Events Company of Houston planned the whimsically romantic evening, transforming The Gallagher Ranch courtyard into a Bohemian wonderland of greenery and deeply colored exotic florals. Guests were treated to food and cocktails provided by Rosemary’s Catering, which started with butler-passed hors d’oeuvres including smoked salmon Onigiri and parmesan and pine nut meltaways. Dinner was served across eight food stations and consisted of whole roast beef steamship round at carving stations, an impressive assortment of wild mushrooms and sauté selections, as well as classic Cuban paninis with Cubanos y Mariquitas, a kabob station with lamb and shrimp, and Chicken Curry with Basmati rice, among other offerings.
Later in the evening, from enjoying the giant geode wedding cake by pastry chef Jenn Reisman, to after dinner boogying on the dance floor constructed inside of a tent-sized teepee to bands Chatham County Line and Sneaky Pete and the Secret Weapons, the cherry on top of the night was an explosive pyrotechnical extravaganza planned by the bride’s brother Sam Bell Steves III and his company Aerial Architecture, along with Magic in the Sky.
After the celebration, the couple traveled to Thailand for a month-long honeymoon, visiting the mountains of the north, the beaches of the south, and capping their adventure with a six-night Liveaboard dive trip. The Plummers now reside in San Antonio, where the bride is an oil painter and the groom owns a software engineering company, Nfabl. After settling into their new lives together, they plan on living and working remotely for various months out of the year that will allow them to travel, camp, and get back to the mountains that first brought them together years ago.