Tying the Knot

Nautical Wedding Takes Guests Beyond the Sea

By Ellie Leeper
Photography by Jeanann Wilkinson

When San Antonio natives Annlyn Osborn and D.A. Hughes were engaged to be married, they knew that their mutual love of the ocean would play a role in the planning of their special day. The bride, Annlyn Osborn Hughes, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William (Billy) Osborn of San Antonio and the groom, Dan Allen (D.A.) Hughes is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Dan Allen Hughes of San Antonio and Beeville.

The couple was married at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in San Antonio with family and close friends in attendance. Afterward, wedding guests joined the family for an evening reception to remember at The Argyle Club. Bonnie Osborn, mother of the bride, worked with San Antonio’s finest wedding producers to create an event to match Annlyn and D.A.’s nautical sunset engagement photo shoot in Port Aransas. The photos, shot by Jeanann Wilkinson, provided creative inspiration for the event’s décor and working with the Osborn family was Tracy French, wedding planner and founder of The French Connection Events of San Antonio. They worked with Illusions Rental and Design for the tenting, rentals, custom furniture and carpeting. Steven Pizzini Designs translated the seaside décor with floral pieces that were peppered with seashells, starfish and fan coral.

The live entertainment at the reception was provided by three acts. Area Code provided musical entertainment during the dinner hour and Simply Irresistible from Atlanta, Georgia provided entertainment for dancing. With four hours of non-stop live performance from Simply Irresistible, hundreds of guests danced the night away in a tent that replicated the film 20,000 leagues Under The Sea. After late-night snacks provided by the Cheesy Janes food truck, the night owl guests made their way back inside the venue for late-night dancing to the sounds of DJ Julian Mercado.

D.A. and Annlyn stylishly left their reception in Annlyn’s grandfather’s 1953 Buick hunting car with friends and family cheering them on. Soon after the celebration the newlyweds jetted away on their honeymoon extravaganza to Hawaii, Fiji and New Zealand.vThe couple plans to move to Rome, Italy this fall to oversee operations for the Hughes’s family business in Sicily. Annlyn will continue her artistic endeavors with her business, Haute Horns, and D.A. will make time for his passion for offshore fishing in Australia, Costa Rica, Mexico and Port Aransas.


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