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IT WAS LOVE FROM THE START

Kelsey Hughes and Grant Wilson Tie the Knot, Austin

By Kelsey Goldberg Photography by Ashley Garmon

It was the most memorable night, as Kelsey Leigh Hughes daughter of Roe Sharon Hughes and granddaughter of Gail and Bob Hughes, and Grant Kimbell Wilson, son of Lauren Wilson and the late Sterling Wilson, walked down the aisle and announced their wedding vows.

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The couple began their relationship in middle school, yet as Wilson was one year ahead of Hughes in school, they did not continue their relationship into high school but always remained friends. Both third generation Austinites, they each went separate ways to college: Kelsey graduated from the University of Oklahoma and Grant attended the University of Alabama as well as the University of Texas at Austin. After both moving back to Austin, it was fate that they reconnected. Spending time together, beginning with an affinity for watching The Bachelor on Monday nights, the couple never turned back. They dated for a year and a half when Wilson popped the question on Christmas night in Aspen with his family.

The wedding weekend began with the rehearsal dinner at the Headliner’s Club of Austin with over 100 guests enjoying the scenery and the decorations of white floral magic along with grand candelabras. The celebration grew the next night as the wedding ceremony took place at the beautiful Central Christian Church in downtown Austin, where the room was again filled with white flowers and candles to give an old European church feel with so much elegance. Carly Ray was the maid of honor, with Caroline Baizer, Lauren Springer, Abigail Finch, and Catherine Chlebowski. Bo Seamunds served as best man, with Dillon Houstoun, Taylor Wilson, Will Scharnberg, and Daniel Cunningham as groomsmen.

The bride looked stunning walking down the aisle with her brothers on each side of her; she wore Jimmy Choo shoes, a pink sapphire and diamond ring given as a birthday gift by her mother and grandmother, and a diamond bracelet borrowed from her mother. Lucy Nazro, former headmaster at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, and her husband led the intimate ceremony, which made it even more touching for the couple as they had gone to school at St. Andrew’s together growing up. The service was nothing short of magical.

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The festivities followed at the Four Seasons, with the evening’s events designed by Victoria Hentrich with Creative Consultants with help from floral designer David Kurio who together made the couple’s vision of “traditional but edgy” become a reality. The theme of the sophisticated evening was black and gold with the special addition of a life-size horse statue as the photo backdrop, representing the bride’s great personal passion for all things equestrian. It was a grand soiree for the nearly 500 guests to enjoy. The dinner was served in stations, embodying all of the couple’s favorite types of food on small plates in order for guests to taste a little bit of everything. Scott Calvert with The Cake Plate designed the cakes for the celebration. To top the night off, the exceptional band Icehouse kept the party going until after 1 AM and made sure that there was never an empty spot on the dance floor. The night could not have been more perfect for the newlyweds.

After the picturesque weekend, the couple flew off to Bangkok, Thailand for their honeymoon, which was planned by Grant, ever the experienced traveler. They stayed in the luxurious destination for several days and then flew to Chiang Mai where they spent a day at an elephant sanctuary. The new couple then flew off to Railay Beach in Krabi where they remained for the rest of their opulent vacation at one of the leading hotels in the world, The Rayavadee Resort. The couple resides in their hometown of Austin, where they enjoy trying new restaurants, taking their beloved dogs for walks in the park, competitive horseback riding, golf and tennis.

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