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E m i ly S u t to n & R an d aR bu c k l E N o v e mbe r 13 , 2 01 0 The Sweet Life Surrounded by family and friends, one Houston couple savors their big day in a Four Seasons festival of music and couture confections. | By Angela Pennington | Photography by Brooke Schwab | As the owner of Mia Bridal Couture, Emily Sutton, 27, has always known a thing or two about flawless wedding attire. When it comes to gowns, she knows how to select the silhouette, style and material that will have every bride-to-be brimming with joyful tears and giddy squeals. But what she didn’t know was that a chance meeting six years ago would be the start of her own happily ever after. While taking an art class at the University of California in Los Angeles, Sutton met commercial real estate exec Rand Arbuckle, 28, who grew up just miles from her League City home. The Texas transplants immediately connected and stayed in touch after returning to Houston. They began dating and, four years later, Sutton was choosing the perfect wedding gown—this time for herself. 78 fa l l / w i n t e r 2 0 11

The Sweet Life

Angela Pennington

The Sweet Life

Surrounded by family and friends, one Houston couple savors their big day in a Four Seasons festival of music and couture confections.

As the owner of Mia Bridal Couture, Emily Sutton, 27, has always known a thing or two about flawless wedding attire. When it comes to gowns, she knows how to select the silhouette, style and material that will have every bride-to-be brimming with joyful tears and giddy squeals. But what she didn’t know was that a chance meeting six years ago would be the start of her own happily ever after.

While taking an art class at the University of California in Los Angeles, Sutton met commercial real estate exec Rand Arbuckle, 28, who grew up just miles from her League City home. The Texas transplants immediately connected and stayed in touch after returning to Houston. They began dating and, four years later, Sutton was choosing the perfect wedding gown—this time for herself.

To raise the element of surprise (and to give himself the present of a lifetime), Arbuckle popped the question on his birthday. Sutton was shocked when the couple’s Westie sauntered up wearing a black box with a brilliant emeraldcut solitaire. “I was making sounds only a dog could hear!” says Sutton, who immediately ran to phone her loved ones with the news. Arbuckle convinced her to wait until after dinner and, upon arrival at Hugo’s, Sutton discovered his next surprise: Both families were waiting there for the newly engaged couple.

An innate planner, Sutton arranged inspiration pages of wedding themes that she shared with her groom and the planners from Two Be Wed. “I loved all the personal touches Emily and Rand incorporated,” says Danyett Baxter, who tag-teamed the event with owner Natalie Dawley so Dawley could attend the wedding as a guest. “It’s these little things that the guests appreciate most.”

The couple decided on a rich blue color scheme with splashes of true green and black—and lots of all-white flowers by Ta-Dah Events. For the ceremony, the ornate beauty of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church was left untouched. Sutton graced the sanctuary in a silk taffeta gown from Amsale’s Couture Blue Label Collection with a bold bib necklace by Rivini. “I don’t wear much jewelry, so I wanted to make a big statement!” Sutton says of the exclusive mixed-media piece made from Swarovski crystals, chains, fabric and pearls. The suave groom donned an Armani tux with a Tom Ford bow tie flown in from New York.

“We also leaned on the successful marriages of our parents, taking tokens from each to incorporate into our own,” says the sentimental bride. “My something borrowed was Rand’s grandmother’s diamond watch, which his mother also wore for her vows 30 years ago, and my something old was my family’s butterfly ring fastened to my bouquet.”

Known for their love of sweets, the couple made sure that sugar was an integral part of the sweetest day of their lives. (They even sat for engagement portraits at Crave Cupcakes, complete with milk moustaches. And the bride hosted a bridesmaid dress reveal party at Araya Artisan Chocolates, gifting all of her attendants with a custom box of candy.)

Leaving the food to the hotel, the newlyweds (naturally) concentrated their efforts on desserts! In lieu of a traditional cake, Crave created hundreds of cupcakes in a variety of flavors, including a large vanilla-onvanilla cupcake to display the bride’s parents’ cake topper—another nod to a history of flourishing marriages.

An ice cream bar was the one detail that Arbuckle couldn’t resist. “The running joke with our friends is that we might be out of toilet paper, but we’re sure to have some Ben & Jerry’s in the freezer!” Appropriately, each guest received a silver ice cream scoop.

Music was another priority, and the couple wanted a live band. They selected The Works, who, along with close friend and country music star Clay Walker, turned the reception into a nonstop jam session. Walker had never even met with the band, but Sutton says, “the lead singer was intoxicating and the chemistry between her and Clay was contagious!”

The pair chose Walker’s 2007 hit “You’re My Witness” for their first dance. “That was one of the most flattering things anyone could do,” Walker says. “That song comes from a very deep place.”

Letting the music guide them and the sugar fuel them, the newlyweds mingled and danced well into the night. With lyrics borrowed from “Two Step,” a favorite Dave Matthews song, the couple summed up the extraordinary day and their philosophy on the life they’ve just begun in an inscription on take-home boxes of chocolates: “Celebrate we will, ’cause life is short but sweet for certain.”

Read the full article at http://digital.modernluxury.com/article/The+Sweet+Life/754409/72541/article.html.

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