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Katherine and Doug


Bridesmaids in violet dresses surround a glowing bride.

Bridesmaids in violet dresses surround a glowing bride.

Text by Melanie Saxton Photos by Chris Bailey Photography

Katherine Mizell and Doug Jackson met through mutual friends while he attended Louisiana State University and she attended the University of Texas. They reconnected 12 years later in Houston during a chance encounter at another mutual friend’s crawfish boil. Amazingly, the following weekend they bumped into each other once again at Katherine’s best friend’s wedding. Katherine agreed to go on a date if Doug was willing to drive to Houston (he lived in Dallas), and the rest is history.

Katherine attended The Woodlands High School and graduated from UT with a bachelor of science degree in applied learning and education. She earned a bachelor of science degree in nursing at the University of Texas Health Science Center School of Nursing and is employed as a registered nurse. Doug attended Memorial High School and graduated from LSU with a bachelor of science in finance. He is employed as an investment specialist.

The couple exchanged vows on August 20, 2016 at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, followed by a spectacular reception at the Houston Country Club.

 

First Date And Courtship

Doug arrived in Houston on Mother’s Day 2015 amidst terrible weather to spend the afternoon talking, laughing and catching up. Katherine continued the conversation by phone as he drive home and got stuck in Corsicana for several hours due to flooding. Doug later flew Katherine to Dallas for drinks and dinner at his favorite restaurant, and thus began a long distance romance.

They made a pact to never go more than seven days without seeing each other and could hardly bear the separation. Katherine worked three-day, 12-hour overnight shifts as a pediatric oncology nurse at MD Anderson, and would clock out at 7 a.m. and drive to Dallas without sleeping to spend the rest of the week with Doug. “Looking back, I have no idea how I did that, but it was totally worth it,” she says.

 

Proposal

Prior to becoming a nurse, Katherine taught kindergarten in The Heights and made plans for Doug to meet her teaching friends at a Christmas party. But first they met as a group for drinks at a nearby restaurant. Doug was unusually quiet and told Katherine they needed to stop at her condo before the party. She reluctantly agreed and was speechless to find her living room covered in flowers, candles and photos.

Doug dropped down on one knee and proclaimed his feelings. Katherine, of course, said yes! Her brother and sister-in-law, who had decorated the condo, joined them for champagne. Doug had one more surprise and took Katherine to the Lakeside County Club where he had grown up playing golf. Both sets of parents, siblings and friends were waiting to celebrate. Needless to say, they never arrived at the Christmas party, but Katherine’s friends understood.

 

Engagement

Katherine moved to Dallas in January 2016 but traveled to Houston frequently for mother-daughter wedding planning. Close friends hosted their engagement party and also treated them to a couple’s shower in Dallas. Katherine and her bridesmaids trekked to Charleston, South Carolina for a bachelorette party weekend spent shopping, sightseeing and enjoying Southern food.

Doug and his groomsmen went to Charleston for his bachelor party and played golf at The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island. Family friends hosted a lovely bridal shower in Katherine’s hometown, The Woodlands, and the couple attended an “I Do Brew” party at Karbach Brewery thrown by bridesmaids. A bridesmaid luncheon was held on the Friday before the wedding at The Junior League of Houston, as well as a rehearsal dinner hosted by the groom’s parents at Brennan’s of Houston.

 

The Wedding

The bride envisioned a traditional, timeless and elegant southern black-tie wedding that was personal and sacred. “I wanted to thank and glorify God who most definitely brought Doug and me together in His perfect timing,” she says.

Bridal party: Reverend Bill Denham of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church and Dr. Ed Robb of The Woodlands United Methodist Church officiated. Parents of the bride, Brenda and John Mizell, and parents of the groom, Lisa and Jim Jackson, were present. Maid of honor Margaret Mizell stood with bridesmaids Katherine Pitzinger, Ellen Morrow, Sarah Long, Katherine Boyd, Belen Timmins, Annie Lunn, Laura Jackson, Holly Turpin, Megan Smith, Lindsay Arbour, Kelly Nash and Natalie Garza.

Best man Scott Jackson stood with groomsmen Trey Lunn, Daniel Simpson, Kris Novak, Brad Yates, Sam Brosseau, Caleb Malone, Ryan Kelting, Matt Peakes, Grant Cohen, JD Collado, William Downs and Ross Mizell.

Floral: The bride’s bouquet of white ranunculus, white stephanotis, white stock, and white hydrangea was hand-tied with double-faced satin ribbon and wrapped in a piece of the bride’s mother’s lace veil, as well as an embroidered handkerchief gifted by her grandmother (“something old” and “something borrowed”). Attendants carried bouquets of Tibet roses, white stock and white hydrangea. Two large custom altar arrangements displayed Tibet roses, ivory spray roses, white stock, white hydrangea and Salal foliage. The unity candle was adorned with greenery. Pews were decorated with white hydrangea and Salal foliage tied with white double-faced satin ribbon.

Attire: The bride’s silk couture Monique Lhuillier strapless gown in white Chantilly lace featured a sweetheart neckline, fitted dropped waist bodice, full trumpet skirt with buttons down the back, and a long soft circular chapel train. A piece of her mother’s wedding dress was monogrammed in blue and sewn into the interior of the skirt (“something blue”). A silk white scalloped illusion cathedral veil of Chantilly lace by Toni Federici, peep toe metallic Jimmy Choo shoes and diamond stud earrings gifted by her father (“something new”) completed the ensemble.

Bridesmaids wore Amsale floor-length violet crinkle chiffon gowns with illusion fronts and open backs. The groom and his groomsmen wore traditional white dinner jackets, white tuxedo shirts, black tuxedo trousers and colorful suspenders.

Top wedding moments: The maid of honor read a passage of scripture from the bride’s baby Bible as they were getting ready, and the bride’s father escorted her on an emotional walk down the aisle to her groom. The minister read letters written by the couple, who were overwhelmed and humbled that 300 guests made plans, adjusted schedules, and traveled from California, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Georgia, Virginia, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Australia to celebrate the special occasion!

 

The Reception

The groom’s parents were married at the Houston Country Club, making the venue even more special. The first dance was to Your Smiling Face by James Taylor. Father and daughter danced to Isn’t She Lovely by Stevie Wonder. Mother and son danced to Days Like This by Van Morrison — all played live by the Limelight Band. Guests partied with blow-up microphones, guitars, saxophones and colored sunglasses.

Décor: Candles and large lanterns lit the greenery-wrapped entrance adorned with a gold monogram. Dating and engagement photos were placed around the club, as well as wedding photos of parents and grandparents. A glorious 14-foot circular halo of Tibet, Fado, Geraldine, and ivory spray roses, white and blush hydrangea, and Salal foliage floated above Chivari chairs and tabletops covered in gold cloth. A variety of crystal
candelabra and tall silver stands displayed coordinating florals. The bride’s specialty drink, “Yes way, Rosé” and pink “Stop and drink the Rosé” napkins were a hit, along with the groom’s classic “Just call me Old Fashioned.” Bags of Shipley Donut holes served as favors.

The Cakes: The five-tiered almond flavored cake was frosted in buttercream and decorated in cascading flowers. The groom’s decadent square two-tier chocolate cake displayed his initials and was surrounded with chocolate covered strawberries.

Top reception moments: The bride and bridesmaids danced on stage to Tina Turner’s version of Proud Mary. Once guests had cleared the room, the newlyweds danced privately to The River by Garth Brooks and reflected on their incredible night.

The exit: The band trumpeted as rose petals were tossed. The couple drove to the St. Regis Hotel in a vintage Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II for their wedding night.

 

The Honeymoon

The newlyweds spent eight nights in French Polynesia. They rode bikes, snorkeled, paddle boarded, swam with sharks and stingrays, and relaxed in tropical paradise.

 

The stunning bride poses with a bouquet of white ranunculus, stephanotis, hydrangea and stock.

The stunning bride poses with a bouquet of white ranunculus, stephanotis, hydrangea and stock.

 

Mother and daughter share a moment as they get for the ceremony.

Mother and daughter share a moment as they get for the ceremony.

 

Final touch: an illusion cathedral veil of Chantilly lace.

Final touch: an illusion cathedral veil of Chantilly lace.

 

Tibet, Fado and Geraldine and ivory spray roses were mixed with peach stock, white and blush hydrangea and Salal foliage in tall silver stands.

Tibet, Fado and Geraldine and ivory spray roses were mixed with peach stock, white and blush hydrangea and Salal foliage in tall silver stands.

 

Father and daughter prepare for an emotional walk down the aisle.

Father and daughter prepare for an emotional walk down the aisle.

 

The groomsmen and Doug get ready for the ceremony.

The groomsmen and Doug get ready for the ceremony.

 

The bride-to-be reads a hand-written note from Doug.

The bride-to-be reads a hand-written note from Doug.

 

A happy, handsome groom awaits the big moment.

A happy, handsome groom awaits the big moment.

 

Doug reads a handwritten letter from his beloved.

Doug reads a handwritten letter from his beloved.

 

An exquisite ceiling height halo of roses, hydrangea, and Salal foliage floated above the tables.

An exquisite ceiling height halo of roses, hydrangea, and Salal foliage floated above the tables.

 

A lovely cascading garland of flowers adorned the five-tiered almond-flavored wedding cake.

A lovely cascading garland of flowers adorned the five-tiered almond-flavored wedding cake.

 

Thoughtful "Welcome to Houston" party favors included snacks and bottled water.

Thoughtful “Welcome to Houston” party favors included snacks and bottled water.

 

The groom's parents applaud the newlyweds on this special day.

The groom’s parents applaud the newlyweds on this special day.

 

Guests loved the “Stop and drink the Rosé” napkins and the bride’s “Yes way, Rosé” specialty drink.

Guests loved the “Stop and drink the Rosé” napkins and the bride’s “Yes way, Rosé” specialty drink.

 

Mother and son dance to Days Like This by Van Morrison, played by the Limelight Band.

Mother and son dance to Days Like This by Van Morrison, played by the Limelight Band.

 

The bride led the wedding guests in wearing sunglasses and dancing to live music

The bride led the wedding guests in wearing sunglasses and dancing to live music.

 

The couple danced to a live rendition of Your Smiling Face by James Taylor.

The couple danced to a live rendition of Your Smiling Face by James Taylor.

 

Mr. and Mrs. Jackson exited in a vintage pearl white Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II.

Mr. and Mrs. Jackson exited in a vintage pearl white Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II.

 

Over the moon: husband and wife share a romantic kiss.

Over the moon: husband and wife share a romantic kiss.

 


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