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Carey & Mattson: A Formal Wedding in Gruene, TX

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Following the ceremony, Carey and Mattson's 150 guests were transported by bus for the half-hour trip to Gruene Hall. According to Carey, "You have to see Gruene Hall to understand how cool it really is." She and Mattson wanted to let its historic beauty shine through, but also planned to dress it up "like it never had been before!" Guests found th ...
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Carey wore an ivory duchesse satin gown by Jim Hjelm that featured a curved sweetheart neckline and an A-line silhouette. She had her seamstress add Austrian crystals all over the bodice "to give it a little more sparkle."
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Carey & Mattson in Gruene, TX

Carey and Mattson had met casually long before they dated. They finally got together at a concert at Gruene Hall, the oldest dance hall in Texas, and it was after a night out at another concert there that Mattson proposed to Carey. What better site could there have been for their music-filled wedding reception?

THE BRIDE

Carey Anne Millington, 27, on-site wedding coordinator and floral designer for the Old Glory Ranch; Mary Kay consultant

THE GROOM

Joel Mattson Rainer, 34, program director KGNB/KNBT Radio

THE DATE

October 24 Carey and Mattson were engaged nearly two years before the wedding, giving the bride plenty of time to plan. Though she didn't choose a specific theme, Carey knew just what she wanted. "Being that our ceremony was in October, there were so many great colors I wanted to take advantage of -- berry colors, salmon, mango, and lots of reds -- to create a very warm and inviting environment," Carey says. She also used lots of candles to emphasize this feeling. The bride adds it all up by saying, "warm, vibrant colors + candlelight + the perfect sunset + an amazing chapel = an unforgettable wedding ceremony!"
- Kate Wood
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  • The Bridal Salon of San Antonio, San Antonio

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