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MEMORABLE WEDDINGS –
Margie and Matt


Bridal portraits were taken in the picturesque courtyard of her parents’ neighbor.

Text by Melanie Saxton  Photos by Chris Wineinger of Chris W Photo

Margie McGregor and Matthew Webb both began working at Texas Children’s Hospital in June 2015, but their paths would have never crossed if it had not been for eHarmony. Matt had moved from California to begin his pediatric residency at Texas Children’s, and Margie moved to Houston to complete an internship requirement for her MBA. Luck was with them, as Matt was the first guy she chatted with and met through the website. They exchanged vows on February 24, 2018 at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, followed by a elegant garden-themed reception at the Petroleum Club of Houston.

Margie was born in The Woodlands and attended The John Cooper School from kindergarten through her graduation in 2010. She earned her BBA and MBA degrees from Baylor University and now works for Texas Children’s as a philanthropy advisor — a job she loves.

Matt earned his BS degree in biology at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and his MD from the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine. His residency at Texas Children’s was completed in June 2018 and he joined Houston Pediatrics Associates in Bellaire as a pediatrician.

 

First Date And Courtship

When Margie’s friends suggested giving eHarmony a try, she initially scoffed at the idea. However, out of curiosity she created a profile and was subsequently forwarded several matches, including Matt’s. Margie was struck by his smile, ambition, sense of humor and the fact that he was holding a puppy in his profile picture. She later learned that he is, in fact, allergic to dogs.

After exchanging a few messages and discovering they had a mutual employer, they agreed to meet up for a happy hour the following day. They were both struck by how quickly they clicked. Just days later, Matt came to pick her up for their second date with a bouquet of lilies in hand and a dimpled grin on his face. From that moment on, Margie was smitten.

Just four months after meeting, Margie returned to Waco to complete the last semester of her MBA, spending weekdays at Baylor and weekends in Houston. After graduating, she immediately drove back still wearing her cap, gown and hood!

 

Proposal

In the fall of 2016, the couple discussed their next step — marriage. Matt already had a special engagement ring, his great-grandmother’s gorgeous sparkly solitaire. Just a few months later, Matt’s parents, Rick and Diane, flew to Texas with the ring secretly in tow to visit and meet Margie’s parents, Julia and Jay.

Margie’s parents invited Margie, Matt, Diane and Rick to dinner at their home in The Woodlands. After dinner, they gathered by the backyard fire pit for coffee. It was there, in front of both sets of parents, that Matt got down on one knee, pulled the ring box out of his boot and proposed.

 

Engagement

They set the date for February 24, 2018, and over the next 16 months planned the wedding, giving plenty of advance notice to Matt’s friends, many of whom were fellow residents. Although vacation time was limited, they managed to travel to China for Matt’s best man’s wedding.

During their engagement there was no shortage of fun and celebrations. The bride’s parents hosted a Texas-themed engagement party complete with CorkScrew BBQ, snow cones, corn hole and a photo booth. Margie’s bridesmaids threw a bachelorette weekend at the Austin vacation home of bridesmaid Chelsea Boyer in September. Neighbors from the cul-de-sac where Margie grew up hosted a kitchen shower for the bride featuring a delicious brunch menu. Last but not least, two of Julia’s dearest friends gave an elegant bridesmaids luncheon at Carlton Woods Country Club the day before the wedding.

Margie posed for her bridal portraits using the backdrop of the classic courtyard of a neighbor of her parents. She also posed for a few shots in her gown with her beloved Basset hound, Bud. No one would ever have guessed that the backyard was flooded with six feet of water during Hurricane Harvey just two weeks prior.

 

The Wedding

The beautiful interior of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church was adorned with two large flower arrangements of pink- and white-hued lilies, ranunculus, roses and accents of greenery at the altar.

Wedding Party:Reverend Bill Denham officiated with parents of the bride, James (Jay) Warren McGregor and Julia Elder McGregor, and parents of the groom, Richard Webb and Diane Spaeter Webb in attendance.

Matron of honor Marielle Perrault McGregor and maid of honor Whitney Brandt stood with bridesmaids Chelsea Boyer, Claire Webb and Alyssa Mitchell. Mabel Fisher and Paisley Shosa served as flower girls.

Best man Kitto Lee stood with groomsmen Josh Cousin, Alex McGregor, Farshad Chowdhury and Andrew Clark.

Attire:The bride wore an Ines Di Santo gown, exclusive to Houston Ivory Bridal Atelier. The gown was an ivory full-lace strapless fit and flare with a low illusion back and a sweeping cathedral length train. Her ivory tulle cathedral length veil was embellished with small Swarovski crystals. Completing the ensemble were white Kate Spade Izzie ankle strap peep toe heels with a delicate bow accent, and a pearl necklace originally belonging to the groom’s grandmother and gifted by his mother.

Bridesmaids wore long sequined gowns in shades of gold, pink, and rose gold by various designers, including Bill Levkoff, Bari Jay, WToo, Theia and Jenny Yoo.

The groom and groomsmen wore identical black tuxedos paired with black bowties.

Top Wedding Moments:The fun started early in the day for the bride and bridesmaids as they sipped mimosas and had their hair styled and their makeup done.

Reverend Denham asked the couple to write each other letters that he could incorporate into the ceremony. The groom’s gift to his bride was his letter, handwritten and framed, which she read privately the morning of the wedding.

The “first look” is one of Margie’s fondest memories — a special moment that allowed the groom to calm her nerves before the walk down the aisle.

The ceremony ended with the couple bowed in prayer. The reverend heard the bride’s sniffles and dropped his handkerchief so she could to wipe her eyes — a sweet moment she’ll remember forever.

 

The Reception

The Petroleum Club of Houston was the perfect reception venue, as Margie’s father has worked in the oil and gas business in Houston for many years. It provided the sophisticated atmosphere that the bride wanted for the evening.

Guests were greeted with a choice of three signature cocktails, each representing the home states of the families. The drink trio included a Margarita honoring the Texan bride, a California whiskey cocktail that the groom fondly remembered drinking with his best man in California, and a sweet tea cocktail named after the bride’s family farm in Louisiana.

Once in the ballroom, the food selection expanded with choices from each state — Texas beef tenderloin, California In-N-Out Burgers and Louisiana gumbo.

Floral and Décor:An escort card wall, a table decorated with old photographs of family members from both sides, gold accents, and floral arrangements adorned the venue. The cocktail hour décor featured a wall of boxwood topped with florals displayed with custom mirrors with the table seating. As guests entered the ballroom, the fragrance of the lilies was in the air — a flower Matt always gave to Margie during their courtship.

The Cake:A beautiful five-tier spice cake with buttercream frosting was decorated in latticework, beading and edible gold ribbon. A sterling silver mint julep cup served as the topper, complete with a marriage monogram and the wedding date. The cake was cut with an engraved cake knife used by Margie’s parents at their wedding 35 years prior.

In lieu of a groom’s cake, a beer station was loaded with custom koozies and the groom’s favorite local beers.

Top Reception Moments:In a nod to the father of the bride’s Louisiana roots, the bridal party entered the reception throwing beads and following the second line formed by the horn section of the band Doppelganger. The true hit of the evening was custom dance floor prop sunglasses with lenses unique to each state. Guests picked according to their loyalties and wore them on the dance floor.

One of the most touching moments was the couple’s first dance to At Last by Etta James, sung by the bride’s lifelong best friend and maid of honor, Whitney Brandt. Father and daughter danced to The Way You Look Tonight by Frank Sinatra. The newlyweds shared a private last dance to Wonderful Tonight by Eric Clapton as guests scooped up party favor cookies with the couple’s monogram.

The Exit:Guests threw gold confetti, putting a final glittering end to the evening.

 

The Honeymoon

The perfect pair enjoyed a two-week honeymoon in Italy in July.

The soon-to-be husband and wife share a private moment before the ceremony.

The mother of the bride, Julia Elder McGregor, is assisted by the maid and matron of honor in readying Margie for her grand entrance.

Margie displays the full effect of her exquisite Ines Di Santo gown.

The bride wore Kate Spade heels and spritzed on Victor Rolf’s “Flower Bomb” perfume – a gift from her groom.

The wedding invitation monogram, which was designed by Margie and her mother, was used throughout the wedding décor.

The bride and her mother share a special moment.

The happy bride and her bridesmaids pose in matching denim and fun animal slippers the morning of the wedding.

A sentimental father and daughter share a hug before the walk down the aisle.

Reverend Bill Denham officiates at the altar.

Dr. and Mrs. Webb share a kiss after the wedding ceremony.

The groom reads a letter written for him by his bride prior to the ceremony.

The bride is surrounded by her bridesmaids, maid and matron of honor, and flower girls.

The wedding party cheers the bride and groom outside St. Luke’s Methodist Church.

Matt anticipates a “first look” as Margie approaches behind him.

Elegant tabletops, seating, floral and décor added a luxurious ambiance to the reception.

The garden-themed Petroleum Club reception featured magnificent floral arrangements and a view of downtown Houston.

Center¬pieces varied throughout the ballroom and included a beautiful gold lantern topped with the florals.

The bride designed a table with her favorite treats: champagne and macarons!

The wedding cake was decorated in latticework, beading and edible gold ribbon.

The three signature cocktails represented each state in the bridal party.

Gold -trimmed cocktail menus were placed at each seat for guests.

The newlyweds shared a private last dance to Wonderful Tonight before their exit.

The bride wore Lone Star sunglasses on the dance floor to represent her Texan roots.

The groom twirled his bride to their romantic first dance, At Last by Etta James.

Margie poses with Bud, her beloved Basset hound.

Guests showered the couple with gold confetti during the grand exit.


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