Austinite’s Lee Walker and Carrie Frug´e’s Engagement Party To Remember
By Rob Giardinelli
Photography By Clayton Aynesworth and Larissa Rogers
Guests thought it was going to be a special night when they showed up at the much-loved Fonda San Miguel restaurant for the engagement party of Austin Sociables Lee Walker (our May/June polo-playing cover boy) and Harlingen-raised Carrie Frug’e – after all, it isn’t every Saturday night that Fonda San Miguel restaurant is re-created for a private party – what the guests did not know was they were in for a surprise – it was not just a party to toast the upcoming nuptials.
Guests were greeted by the stunning couple inside the atrium of the restaurant to wish the couple a lifetime of happiness and proceeded to chat inside over appetizers along with the best margaritas in the city. Family members re-united, friends reacquainted and every guest felt the kinetic energy of community and love inside the venue. It turns out Lee and Carrie met through the efforts of two close friends (Carrie’s spunky roommate and Lee’s colleague) who provided three separate opportunities for them rendezvous: Happy Hour, Super Bowl Party and a dinner party. After their third encounter, Carrie begrudgingly agreed to go on an official date. Their first date consisted of a Fashion Show at Mohawk, dinner at Uchiko and a karaoke cab ride singing Journey. Their mutual love for adventure, the outdoors, witty banter and Texas roots made it a perfect match.
Mid-way through the evening, guests were called back into the atrium for a toast, however both the honorees were MIA. As the toast began, guests were asked to part ways for the mariachi band that strolled through the middle of the atrium – and as guests parted ways to make way for the mariachi band, guests were treated to a surprise – Lee and Carrie were in wedding attire. The room erupted with cheers as guests realized they were actually the wedding of Lee and Carrie.
Against a backdrop of a beautiful ivy-covered wall, the bridge and groom exchanged wedding vows and, along with the guests, proceeded into the dining room for a magnificent Fonda San Miguel feast, first dances and of course, the cutting of the cake, then the night away. The evening culminated as the bridge and groom left as guests lit sparklers upon their exit, capping off a magnificent wedding surprise those lucky enough to attend will never forget the event created by Victoria Hentrich’s Creative Consultants team along with florist David Kurio.