Months after Benjamin Brollier proposed to Courtney Corinne Wood in the garden of her family’s home, with a cushion-cut diamond ring his mother Louise helped select, his mom passed away. In planning their lavish New Year’s Eve wedding at River Oaks Country Club, C.C. and Benjy kept Louise top of mind and in their hearts, curating thoughtful details like heirloom jewelry and special wedding programs. But the high school sweethearts also wanted to celebrate life and love, and ring in a fresh New Year with 500 loved ones — a vision expertly executed by Keely Thorne planner Jennifer Kaldis, and the floral and decor team at Todd Events. C.C. and Benjy each had 18 attendants standing by their side at the altar, and out on the dance floor, which remained packed even after the stroke of midnight! After fueling up on late-night breakfast tacos, the newlyweds escaped in a convertible Rolls-Royce — with a backdrop of fireworks, of course.
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THE WEATHER WAS steamy, but a bevy of summertime socialites nevertheless braved the temps to help open the Montrose and Museum District area's newest hot spot, the 1920s-inspired Daisy Buchanan.
Owners Luis Rangel and GM Luis Rodriquez greeted opening-night guests on Friday, at the new lounge set next door, not coincidentally, to still-new Gatsby's steakhouse. The sibling concepts' names riff on characters from The Great Gatsby.
As CityBook has previously reported, Daisy Buchanan, located in the space formerly home to Bar Victor, has 52 seats — plus 13 seats at a one-of-a-kind antique bar — in intimate environs that have undergone a floor-to-ceiling revamp, lending the lounge the sexy and moody, jazz-age elegance.
With the help of mixologist Rigo Aranguren (Mastro's Steakhouse, Pass & Provisions), the sultry new spot serves classically influenced cocktails like the Tongue in Cheek —Botanist gin, lemon, Cocchi Rosa syrup and Segura Viudas Cava — while allowing patrons to indulge in bar eats like deviled eggs, maple-glazed bacon, Delmonico Steaks and New York Strips from Gatsby's.
The bar's design boasts black and gold décor with marble accents, red leather banquets and twinkling chandeliers. The bar also features a baby grand piano to regularly fill the room with classic jazz and swing music.
Shabana Walia & Soha Janka
Jose Ocque & Sarah Smith
Erin Koren & Iris Shaftel
Tina Governale, Katherine Orellana Ross & Jennifer Howard
Andrew Mazzoni & Danielle Snedeker
A PRIVATE COMPANY eager to celebrate its 25th anniversary right spared no expense at a lavish quarter-century bash at the Post Oak Hotel last week.
Cotton Holdings — an infrastructure support services outfit that cleans up all measure of damage from storms, other national disasters, terrorist attacks and more — welcomed nearly 300 guests to its black-tie (and, in many cases, black cowboy hat) "Cotton Ball." Nodding to the cheeky world play, tables were set with voluminous all-white florals, and mirrored accents, amping up the glamour.
After a fabulous surf-and-turf dinner — during which Cotton execs such as co-founder Pete Bell made moving presentations about the company's history, and sent Patron shots out to the crowd for toasting — a sumptuous dessert buffet was offered up, as were concerts by country star Clay Walker and, in the later hours, the fun and quite accomplished '80s cover band The Spazmatics. The dance floors stayed packed!
A custom 25th anny logo was affixed to almost every available surface, from the mini-Champagne bottles given out as favors, to the French fry and pizza boxes that circulated as the party tilted into after hours.
Spotted in the crowd were Cotton honchos Randall Thompson, Bryan Michalsky, Chris Sneck, James Scaife, Johnny Slaughter and Russell White. Former Navy SEAL and Lone Start Survivor Foundation founder Marcus Luttrell was also on hand, as was Six Million Dollar Man star Lee Majors with wife Faith, and Franco Valobra of Valobra Master Jewelers.
Andrew Cordes and Brian Teichman
Nicki Keenan, Pete Bell, Heather Mountain & Tilman Fertitta
Bailey Bell, Hunter Bell
Chris and Margaret Sneck
Claudia and Brad Freels
Jenny and Rick Bailey
Jeremy and Britney Mahugh
Katy Ellis, Zinat Ahmed, Molly McMurtry
Kim and Patrick Glass
Tracey and Rick Rice
Clay Walker at Cotton Ball