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Katherine & Ryne
Amber Bell | Photo: J. Cogliandro Photography | January 8, 2014
Hotel ZaZa got a frosty makeover for Katherine Green and Ryne Poncik’s superluxe big-day bash.
Little did Katherine Green know that her future husband just arrived when Ryne Poncik walked into Rebels Honky Tonk one night in October 2009. “I told everybody I’d never date a guy I met in a bar, yet here I am!” laughs Green, a residential broker associate for Heritage Texas Properties.
Immediately, Green’s best friend introduced them, and the two began dating shortly after. Two years later, the lovebirds attended the Breeders’ Cup. When Poncik—who owns Manticore Resources, which provides proppants for hydraulic fracturing—insisted they go for a walk in the cold, drizzling outdoors, Green accompanied him confused. In fact, she was so surprised when Poncik proposed that she forgot to reply! “He was still on his knee and said, ‘So is that a yes?’” laughs Green.
With a sparkling 8.5-carat Armani Designs ring on her finger, the bride-to-be set out to find a wedding coordinator. A guest list 560-large—more than 400 attended!—demanded a connected, top-notch professional. Aurora Perez Smith of Occasio Productions took the helm for the couple’s big day, a glitzy, glamorously lavish affair. “We wanted a curiosity of the senses in every form,” says Smith, who had a team of 10 planners work for a solid year on the event. “We wanted something the guests had never seen before.”
On Jan. 26, 2013, Green and Poncik exchanged vows at First Presbyterian Church. The bride glowed in a crystal- and lace-accented Ines Di Santo gown from Ivory Bridal Atelier with a Swarovski-studded petal veil, while the groom looked handsome in a Festari for Men custom tuxedo.
The altar was bedecked with candles and tall clear vases of oversized white floral arrangements, while white tree branches towered in the background—all by Plants N’ Petals.
The theme was akin to an opulent icy winter wonderland. The Hotel ZaZa reception began with a cocktail hour by the pool, featuring ice walls, tables and bars by Ice Designs. Life-size photos of the bride and groom, created by A&E – The Graphics Complex, towered near the entrance and a 3-D monogram was displayed in the koi pond—a first for the hotel.
Softly falling snow (by Ice Express) complemented the ambience, while Divisi Strings group provided entertainment, as did a living statue from The Living Garden in Florida.
For the main event, Plants N’ Petals transformed the Phantom Ballroom into a magical scene.
“I remember thinking, I wish I could do this again,” recalls Green. “I couldn’t imagine anything going better. It exceeded my expectations!”