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By Krista Bennett DeMaio | Photo: Adam Nyholt | January 10, 2017
A designer and an architect laid the blueprint for a picture-perfect wedding.
When Kathleen Perley discovered that her best friend had posed as her on match.com and set up a date with Nicholas Becraft, she almost didn’t go. “I was upset, but I promised her that I would at least go on one date with him,” she says. The real Kathleen met Nicholas at The Raven Grill and quickly realized her friend had picked a winner. “We talked all night and shut down the restaurant,” she says. Almost two years later, on a sweltering July day, Nicholas moved into Kathleen’s town house. He asked her to hand him a screwdriver, then asked for her hand in marriage. “We were sweaty and gross; I definitely didn’t see that coming,” she laughs.
Designers by trade—she owns a digital marketing agency and he’s the co-founder of an architecture firm—the couple knew they wanted an elegant affair with a modern twist. Wedding planner Natalie Dawley of Two Be Wed set them on a path to the lush and green McGovern Centennial Gardens at Hermann Park. “Inspired by the party scene in the movie Sabrina, we upped the level of elegance to make it a black-tie garden wedding,” Dawley says.
The modern twist? A color palette of blush, fuchsia, yellow and white with gilded accents and Lucite touches. Custom stationary by Nib + Pixel featured a floral motif that appeared on the save the dates, invitation suite, menus and even pillows in the reception’s lounge space. The evening took place under a tent with white draping; crystal chandeliers; and a luscious floral arrangement bursting with Japanese ranunculus, anemones, French tulips, O’Hara roses and peonies, suspended above the black-and-white dance floor.
The event was packed with personal touches: The bride’s father surprised the couple with a comical choreographed dance to Sister Sledge’s “We Are Family.” The four-course menu was created by family friend Tony Vallone of famed Houston restaurant Tony’s and included Nick’s favorite meal, truffled filet of beef, and Kathleen’s go-to appetizer, sweet corn. Nicholas, a Star Wars aficionado, designed a one-of-a-kind groom’s cake: the Death Star blowing up a wedding cake with laser lights he built himself. “It took a couple [of] meetings with the baker to create the final cake,” he says. The guests left the fete toting honey-butter chicken biscuits from Whataburger. “They’re a must after a night of partying—we saved everyone the trip,” says Kathleen.
The couple honeymooned in Anguilla. “It was a much-needed vacation that truly allowed Nick and [me] to soak in the previous weekend’s festivities,” Kathleen reflects.
Ceremony Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart
Reception McGovern Centennial Gardens
Wedding Planner Natalie Dawley, Two Be Wed
Bridal Gown Oscar de la Renta, Casa de Novia
Bride’s Hair & Makeup Hair: Betty Gbehi, Betty’s Mode de France; makeup: Jennifer Aronson
Rings Armari Fine Jewelry
Florals Maxit Floral Design
Cakes Who Made The Cake!
Music Ceremony: Divisi Strings; reception: Doppleganger Band