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An England Meets Texas-Themed Wedding at The Sam Houston Hotel in Houston, Texas

Crystal Randgaard (30 and a principal buyer) and Kevin Ayres (31 and a project controls analyst) shared their first date in London on April 23, and ha

Crystal Randgaard (30 and a principal buyer) and Kevin Ayres (31 and a project controls analyst) shared their first date in London on April 23, and have kept a tradition of a date night on the 23rd of each month since. Years later, after a couple of months of delaying their date night, they arranged a special date night stay at a local boutique hotel. When the next morning arrived and Crystal was collecting the last items from their room, Kevin mentioned that there was one thing she left behind. He had waited until the next morning to propose so that they would be engaged on the 23rd! Since the couple met while living in London and moved to Texas three years later, it seemed natural to utilize the rich cultures from both places in an England meets Texas-themed wedding. Rather than going for the traditional red, white and blue that represents both England and Texas, the couple selected a color palette of red with varying shades of gray. “Our favorite memory of the wedding day was how wonderful it was seeing all of our guests from around the world together in one place and to share such a special day with all of them,” says Crystal.

Crystal selected a Hayley Paige gown with a twist sweetheart bodice and an ivory geometric ball gown with a chapel train.
The bride carried a stunning red bouquet of anemones, garden roses, ranunculus and dahlias.
The bridesmaids wore sleek silver Alfred Sung dresses with red fascinators made by the bride’s grandmother.
Rather than going for the traditional red, white and blue that represents both England and Texas, the couple selected a color palette of red with varying shades of gray.
DIY Red Bow Fascinator
Crystal’s uncle made the pub sign display with the Ayres family crest.
Crystal’s grandmother made the flower girl’s dress and the ring bearer’s pillow and attire.
In keeping with the theme of England meets Texas, the couple served British appetizers during the cocktail hour and a traditional Texas meal. The couple named each table after their favorite pubs, and seated guests at their most familiar pub.
First Dance at The Sam Houston Hotel
Elegant Wedding Cake with Textured Scalloping in Houston, Texas
Bubble Exit at The Sam Houston Hotel