Gracie Saunders Marries R. H. LePere II
By Jake Gaines Photography by David Sixt Photography
Upon their engagement in the Hill Country, with I Love You spelled out in red roses, the couple knew that life would likely be full of surprises for them.
After the bride said yes and the celebratory champagne was poured, the planning began early in the seven-month engagement of Gracie Saunders, the daughter of Laurie and John Saunders and Robert Harris (“R.H.”) LePere II, the son of Kristin and Rick LePere, who were recently married at the Motherhouse Chapel at Incarnate Word in San Antonio, where the bride’s family have been longtime supporters.
The duo, who had dated over two years, share the theory that fun is the best thing to have. “Within a few months of dating we met and spent time with each other’s families, enjoyed holidays together, and took a very memorable trip to the Netherlands for his company Christmas party and soon both realized we wanted to spend our lives together,” says Gracie Saunders LePere.
The bridal attendants also made the day special. The maids of honor were Christina Saunders and Amanda Glen, while the matrons of honor were Lorraine Felts, Sallie Longoria, and Whitney Park. The bridesmaids: Shara Ticku, Melissa Thaxton, Lauren Saunders, Juliana Dusek, Kathryn Conner, Fannie Thomas, Audrey Lowder, Lib Matthews, Libby Nichols, and Sophie LePere. The House Party consisted of Sarah Peacock, Katherine Crenshaw, Laura Taylor, Katie Courtney, Scarlette Moorman, and Caroline Aycock. The groom’s party were best man Zack Moorman, with the groomsmen Barclay Adams, Walter Park, Peter Terracina, Brandon Sherwood, Jonathan Spalten, John Saunders III, Reed Beaty, Jordan Rymer, Brian Smith, Charles Schaefer, Chase Conner, Andy Etlinger, Marty Dusek, and one honorary groomsman: the late Charles Elrod. The five ushers were Wyatt Schuhmacher, Harrison Schuhmacher, Hunt Schuhmacher, Wallace Rogers, and Hutch Sealy.
The San Antonio Country Club was the destination for the rehearsal dinner, while the bride’s parent’s home, where she grew up, was the venue for the wedding reception. It had beautiful white flowers with pale blue accents and Danny Cuellar of Trinity Flowers ensured the floral décor provided the perfect backdrop for the occasion. The flowers all had greenery incorporated with trees inside the tent at the reception.
The reception was held tents provided by Illusions, which also produced the custom pool-top dance floor and bars and supplied the beautiful furniture and table settings. The cuisine and cocktails were provided by Rosemary’s Catering, starting with passed hors d’oeuvres and food stations that included braised short ribs, chicken-fried quail, and a mashed potato bar, followed by a late-night snack of Angus beef sliders and truffle fries.
The bridesmaids’ dresses from Bella Bridesmaid were pale blue to match the beautiful dome ceiling at the ceremony’s venue. Hints of this pale blue were incorporated in the place settings at the rehearsal dinner and wedding. Margaritas, the brides’ favorite, were passed at the beginning of the reception and brandy freezes were passed later in the evening.
The team that made the day so memorable were Robin Waters of Wedding Planning Inc., Laurie Ontjes at Illusions Rentals, Wally Baker at Casa Verde Landscaping, Dawn Dawes at RK Group Catering, David Sixt Photography, and Betsy Mortimer at Bye George who helmed the invitations, programs, place cards. The bride’s make up was done by Johanna Woodfin from The Makeup Maven and Company and the hair was created by Bess Zowarka of Heights the Salon and Spa. The bride’s and groom’s cakes were created by Kathy Young and The Painted Cake.
The band, Matchmaker, got the crowd dancing after the special dinner. Fitting with the occasion, there were sparkler canons on the dance floor for the first dance and along the driveway for the send-off. In fact, these were a surprise for the bride and groom and made for a memorable time.
The newlyweds honeymooned in Kona and Kauai, Hawaii, where neither had traveled before. The couple resides in Austin, where the bride does marketing at Rackspace and the groom does finance and operations at KyotoCooling. They enjoy spending time in the Hill Country and trying new restaurants in the Capital City.