HOW SWEET IT IS

Meredith Muecke And Captain Anson Howard Marry With Southern Charm

By Alison Elberger
Photography by Chris Bailey

Meredith Muecke and Captain Anson Howard were recently wed in a truly Texan environment in the bride’s hometown, Bay City. The ceremony exuded sentiment as it was performed at First United Methodist Church of Bay City, the same church where the bride was baptized and confirmed as a child.

The setting of the grand affair was full of enchantment with sanctuary walls draped from front to back with magnolia garlands and dramatic cascades of orchids, calla lilies, hydrangeas and roses. At the center of their nuptials, the bride and groom were wed at an altar filled with abundant orchids, hydrangeas, draping ivies and smilax. Meredith, the daughter of Cerie and Michael David Muecke, attended the University of Texas, where she was president of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and until the wedding was employed as a commercial real estate broker. Anson, the son of Pamela and Alfred Ryland Howard III, attended Southern Methodist University, Texas Tech Law School and is now Judge Advocate in the United States Marine Corps.

The United States Marines presented an arch of sabers for the bride and groom’s recessional. Keeping with tradition, Meredith wore “something old” on her special day as her engagement ring, a family heirloom worn by Anson’s grandmother, Lolly Negley. Her “something new” was also a part of her wedding day ensemble, a pair of earrings made from Anson’s grandmother, Edith Boulware’s engagement ring. Attached to her bouquet was her “something borrowed” from her father: a 1970 wooden Bible from the Holy Land. Another bouquet addition, the “something blue” was an embroidered handkerchief wrapped around the stems of the bouquet that was given to Meredith in high school by a dear family friend, Maura Ludwig. The sixpence in her shoe was Anson’s great grandfather’s, blessing the couple with love, happiness and success.

Preceding the radiant reception, guests enjoyed a cocktail hour on the front lawn including entertainment from the “Choraleers” of Houston, an all male vocal R&B/Motown group. Keeping up with the southern, homegrown air of the reception, guests enjoyed southern hors d’oeuvres that ranged from Gulf Coast southern fried oysters to seafood, beef and vegetable stations. The desserts included apple oat fritters, flower-shaped alfajores filled with dulce de leche, old fashioned chocolate pudding in sake cups, key lime tarts, peanut butter chocolate bars, and courtesy of the event planner of the wedding, Swift and Company’s signature dessert, black and white bars.

An 11-piece act from Atlanta, Georgia accompanied guests under climate controlled and floored tents for dinner and dancing. The dining room was the spot for a reminiscent candy display featuring apothecary jars similar to an old world pharmacy in honor of Meredith’s late grandfather, a country doctor, and her family’s area apothecary shoppes. Guests received a late night treat of fried chicken drumettes and shrimp fried rice, honoring the shrimp commerce and rice industries in Matagorda County, in adorable Chinese to-go boxes with the message, “Have a Rice Night!”

To conclude the celebration, the newlyweds departed their southern garden reception in a vintage Rolls Royce with the brass horns of Simply Irresistible playing the U.S. Marine Hymn, embarking on their honeymoon of South American travels.

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