Jennifer McCord & Landon Anderson Celebrate Nuptials In Houston
By Eleanora Leeper Morrison
Photography by Chris Bailey
It was love at first encounter for this quintessentially Texan couple when they met at a mutual friend’s wedding in Maine. Within minutes of meeting the man of her dreams, Jennifer McCord of Houston, daughter of Katherine and Joseph McCord, turned to her father and said, “I think I just met my husband.” Landon Anderson, son of Wendla and Gary Anderson of Kerrville, asked Mr. McCord if he could pursue courting his daughter Jennifer upon their return to Texas, and after their first official date in Houston only three weeks later, he knew he had met his forever match. Jennifer and Landon were married less than two years later at St. Michael Catholic Church in Houston.
The rehearsal dinner, hosted by the bride and groom’s parents, was at The Petroleum Club of Houston and served as an elegant welcome to 150 guests of the wedding weekend among its white florals, crystal candelabras and lace laden throughout the venue designed by Becky Stephens of My Friend Becky.
The wedding ceremony was special for both the couple and their 1,200 guests. The Boys Choir of Houston serenaded the nuptials with the prelude music as well as the classic Ave Maria during the service. Throughout the ceremony, the readings were given by friends and family members of significance to the couple, such as the father of the groom Gary Anderson and cousins of the bride, Keleigh McCord and Summer Pousman.
The bride had 17 attendants including Maid of Honor and sister of the bride Sara McCord, and Matron of Honor Lauren Clyce. The flower girls were Alley Grace Anderson and Tilly Spradlin. The groom had 14 attendants including Best Man Zach Hahn. The ring bearers were Charlie Anderson, Reid Anderson and Charlie Clyce.
The bride wore an Oscar De La Renta Signature Collection gown from Joan Pillow Bridal in Houston. The veil made of Brussels Rose Point Lace had been worn by her grandmother, well-known Houston philanthropist Rosanette Cullen, in 1957 when she married her husband Harry Cullen, and again by the bride’s mother Katherine Cullen McCord for her wedding to her father in 1985. In Jennifer’s bouquet, she carried an heirloom locket originally given as an engagement present in 1916 to the groom’s maternal great-grandmother. The bridesmaids wore Victor Costa custom designed gold French lace and Italian silk satin gowns made by Miwa Fashions, and carried bouquets of multicolored roses. Ceron Hair Studio styled all of the bridal party hair, and Kristin Daniell Makeup Artistry provided the makeup services.
The reception was at River Oaks Country Club, transformed into fabulous French gardens with dramatic cascading multicolored floral designs by Richard Flowers and The Events Company. Dinner was served at stations around the ballroom. From antipasti served on a marble and iron antique table to a hand-carved prosciutto station, a savory southern fried chicken station, a carbo-overload bar of mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, sweet potatoes and grits with all of the toppings… to the specialty hand-shucked oyster bar called Landon’s Landings—the guests had no shortage of dinner choices. Late-night Brandy Freezes, French fries, sliders and Monte Cristo were also served.
While fresh roses lined the archways of the country club that led guests down the long, winding hallway into the ballroom, the outside veranda was draped in orchids that hung from the beams of the open-aired tent, as well as a fountain filled with hydrangea. Large urns filled with roses were also peppered throughout the venue. Divisi Strings provided the music for cocktail hour, followed by Sharon Montgomery for dinner.
Since the bride’s parents gifted the newlyweds with a honeymoon to Hawaii, toward the end of the reception, flip-flops, leis, headpieces and grass skirts were handed out as the dancing continued to the tunes of the A Town A List band from Atlanta.
Before the bride and groom left the venue, the bride changed into a strapless white silk taffeta dress designed by Miwa Fashions. As the newlyweds left, their friends and family tossed rose petals that paved the path to the vintage Rolls Royce awaiting them. As the car left the driveway, fireworks exploded for the final sendoff.
Jennifer McCord Anderson graduated from Texas Christian University, and many of her Kappa Kappa Gamma sisters attended the wedding. Landon Anderson graduated from University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. The newlyweds honeymooned in Kauai, Maui and Honolulu. They now reside in San Antonio where Landon is a Production Foreman at EOG Resource, and Jennifer is busy nesting, because the couple is expecting their first son in September.