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Catherine Willingham & Brad Luebe

October 31, 2015 | Ceremony & Reception: The Inn at Dos Brisas 

Catherine wears a custom gown by David Peck as the beaming newlyweds share a sweet moment on the grounds of the 313-acre Relais & Châteaux Hill Country resort. 

One of several harvest tables set with lace linens, leafy runners, and a collection of candelabras and frames from the mother of the bride’s store 

Fresh peach and blush blooms from Bramble & Bee garnish the bride’s classic three-tier white almond and dark chocolate cake with white buttercream icing by Susie’s Cakes & Confections. 

Putting a personal touch on their wedding, the couple designed their own rings and elegant, understated invitations. 

Baby-pumpkin place cards charmed guests of the fall wedding. 

THE COUPLE
In a Houston real estate twist on a romantic meeting, Catherine met Brad when her company bought a property from his company. “We knew very quickly that we wanted to be together forever,” Catherine reminisces. Brad designed a custom ring in secret; however, he is admittedly bad at keeping secrets, so it didn’t have time to burn a hole in his pocket. As soon as the ring was completed, Brad proposed.

THE PARTY
Playing into their Halloween weekend wedding, Catherine and Brad hosted a costume party instead of a rehearsal dinner. “Out of the 60 guests who attended, not one single guest showed up without a costume,” Catherine says. The Inn at Dos Brisas was the backdrop for an intimate and elegant outdoor ceremony and reception for 75 guests. Lace, lush greens, matte golds, sunset colors and a few festive Halloween cookie treats created warm ambiance beneath a grand tent on the idyllic property.

WHAT WE LEARNED
“The longer you’re engaged, the longer it takes to plan your wedding. We didn’t stress about the little things because we didn’t have time,” Catherine says of their three-month engagement. “Also, for brides: Listen to your fiancé when he gives input; it’s his special day too!”

THE HONEYMOON
Catherine and Brad jetted to the sunkissed shores of Maui, the second-largest of the Hawaiian Islands, and stayed at the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea.

WEDDING RESOURCES
Wedding planner Caroline Meinen Arendall, Belle of the Ball
Invitations & paper goods Dromgoole’s
Flowers Bramble & Bee
Linens, tent & furniture Aztec Events & Tents
Bridal gown David Peck custom
Bride’s hair & makeup Kristin Daniell
Groom’s tuxedo David Donahue, Nordstrom 
Catering The Inn at Dos Brisas
Music Richard Keen bagpipes; Royal Dukes Band
Lighting Bright Star Productions