Nicola Bathie Weds Michael McLaughlin In England

By Alison Elberger
Photography by Andrew Coulter

It was a magnificent evening in the cathedral room of the Bovey Castle where Nicola Bathie of San Antonio, daughter of Vivienne and Chris Bathie, wed Michael McLaughlin of San Antonio, son of Vicki and John McLaughlin. Their romance began when the couple met when the bride’s best friend was dating the groom’s twin brother. They had dated for seven years before this beautiful weekend became the conclusion to their eleven-month engagement. An ever-so-classic evening, the wedding ceremony was followed with a seated reception dinner.


The bride is British and spent time studying in England, one of many reasons England was chosen as the wedding’s destination. In fact, the bride recalls the first time the groom told her he loved her was when she was studying in England and he was in Madrid. The bride’s grandparents lived in Dorset, England, very close to where the wedding took place, and the bride’s parents were also married in England, making Bovey Castle in Devon the perfect place for the couple to exchange their vows. The destination event was magical with blue sunny skies the entire weekend. The castle’s cathedral room accommodated the couple’s 130 guests, most of which were Americans who flew across the pond for the occasion.

The bride wore Vera Wang and was adorned with a special touch from her mother’s diamond flower earrings. The bride’s maid of honor was Julianna Bathie, with Claire Cavender, Hellie Hamilton, Shelby Smith, Brittany Blonkvist, Emily Honigblum, Emma Altgelt, and Bonnie McLaughlin serving as attendants. The groom’s best man was Matthew McLaughlin, with Alex Bathie, Sebastian Bathie, Evan Golden, Charlie Furhmann, Spencer Lewis, Brady Blonkvist, Tad Brittingham, and George Nunnley serving as groomsman. The ceremony was especially endearing when the bride’s grandparents gave a heartfelt speech.


The reception was held in The Great Western Dining Room and was catered by the Bovey Castle Hotel. The color theme was a classic yet chic all white, along with a touch of light pink. Lynn Huntress planned the event, and Going Green did the floral decor. The cake was the English traditional fruitcake with flowers in between its layers. Introduced by Rick Cavender, the reception highlighted the newlyweds’ first dance as well as the father-daughter dance.

The couple drove away in the bride’s uncle’s vintage 1933 Aston Martin Lagonda that he drove away in at his own wedding. The entire weekend of festivities was “something out of a storybook,” as the groom mused, and concluded with an after party that went all night long.

The bride was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and was raised in San Antonio. She graduated from Texas Christian University and is currently a jewelry and interior designer. The groom is from San Antonio and graduated from Auburn University. He is currently employed at Capital Group American Funds. The bride and groom spent their honeymoon in South Africa, Cape Town, Stellensbosch, and Singita Bolders. They love playing tennis, hosting family BBQ’s, attending art galleries and performances, and now reside in San Antonio.