It Had To Be You

As a little girl, every bride dreams of her fairy tale “I Do.” From the perfect dress to details that make all the difference, Brilliant unveils this year’s matrimonial must-haves. Inspired by two Texas couples whose nuptials define glitz, glam and gusto, our ode to wedded bliss marks the beginnings of happily ever after.

It was a scene worthy of a royal affair as guests flocked to the Highland Park United Methodist Church in Dallas, where the daughter of Dr. Jerry and Cyndi Lewis and the son of Texas Governor Rick and Anita Perry were wed. The love story between Meredith Lewis and Griffin Perry began during their sophomore year at Vanderbilt, and culminated into a private boat proposal on Lake LBJ. Much like the couple, the wedding weekend was energetic, full of love, and rich in family tradition. “We wanted it to be a celebration of not only us, but of the friends, family and relationships in our lives,” gushes the bride.

A rehearsal dinner at the Meadows Museum punctuated the festivities with a charming toast from the groom’s father. “As parents, we couldn’t ask for a better daughter-in-law,” says Mrs. Perry. On the big day, the bride graced the aisle in a classic, floor-sweeping Carolina Herrera and, almost on cue, the crowds parted for her big reveal. For the seated reception at the Belo Mansion, both Texans opted for fun over formality, complete with a first dance from country singer Clay Walker. The newly betrothed were later whisked away in a classic Rolls Royce en route to a sun and ski honeymoon in the Bahamas and Beaver Creek. As the parents of the bride reminisce, “It was a truly magical weekend, full of special relationships, old and new, and the hope for a wonderful future.”

STORY: AMBER ELLIOT AND ERIN MALLORY 
PHOTOGRAPHY: BEN KOTTKE (KOEHLER) AND EDMONSON PHOTOGRAPHY (PERRY)