08 Sep Two Peas In A Podraza
By: Laura Nell Burton
Photography by: Jenna-Beth Lyde, Parish Photography
After Russell Podraza first saw Beth Huddleston across the room at a Dallas charity event, it didn’t take him long to find her number through a mutual friend. He invited her for drinks in Highland Park Village in November of 2015. “We ended up getting dinner that night and from that point on we were pretty much inseparable!” Beth says.
Fast forward two years, and the love birds were ready to tie the knot. “Telluride, Colorado has always been a very special place for me. Growing up we would go every Spring Break and I went a few summers while in college. Because of this, Russell always knew he wanted to propose there. While on a hike, he had the ring in his pocket but ended up waiting until we were on our balcony which overlooked the mountains. He jokes that he knew I would have wanted to have a cute outfit and makeup on so he waited until we were dressed for dinner,” she says.
The eager couple opted for a seven month engagement, so the #clochegirls went straight to work to curate Beth’s dream wedding. Beth knew she wanted to be married at Alamo Heights United Methodist church in her hometown, San Antonio, Texas.
She chose the Briscoe Western Art Museum which overlooks the San Antonio Riverwalk for her reception.She was breathtaking in her Monique Lhuillier strapless gown and Homa Bridal veil. She wore Lizzie Fortunato earrings during the ceremony and Nicola Bathie during the reception. Her bridesmaids wore Bella Bridesmaids. Beth, who works in the fashion industry for Mi Golondrina, was drawn to traditional décor with a modern edge in white, blush and grey-blue tones with gold accents. She loves peonies, and as we collaborated with her through a private Pinterest board, the floral inspiration image that stood out most was one Beth pinned of peonies and lemons. “I loved the lemon theme because it was such a fun and unexpected whimsical touch that was unique to our summer wedding,” she says. Fresh lemon trees in pretty gold urns were a key design element in our overall floral plan to create height and drama inside at the reception. At Cloche, we believe the heart of every wedding design begins with the paper story, and we carried a beautiful custom crest across all the details of Beth’s paper suite.A majority of Beth and Russell’s guests were from out of town, and so Cloche designed and produced 175 welcome bags. We incorporated lemons into the original crest to give it a more whimsical feel and spoiled their guests with surprises including custom bottle openers tied to Topo Chico and fresh chocolate chip cookies from Order Up (Beth’s favorite!).For our #clochebrides, we love to collect special family pictures from the mothers of both the bride and groom in the months leading up to the wedding day. We copy prints of each photograph sized to fit inside a beautiful collection of frames that we curate for the reception welcome table. After their wedding day, the bride and groom then has a legacy display for their first home that we hope will become a treasured collection for decades to come.It was a delight to curate the perfect lounge pieces, linens and lighting (white Chinese lanterns outside and Italian chandeliers inside) to bring Beth’s vision to life. The couple strolled into their sculpture garden cocktail reception and festivities began with them pouring a pink champagne tower.Silver bowls full of pretty custom fans were a considerate detail for guests in the June Texas heat.Beth and Russell then retreated to the third floor where we dressed a beautiful, private table for two overlooking guests in the courtyard below where they shared an intimate dinner. We collected letters from both sets of parents which were waiting for them at their table along with a lemon clutch which was our special wedding day gift for the bride!“One of my favorite memories was eating dinner with Russell privately. This was so fun for us because we were able to overlook the entire cocktail party and take it all in. We read special notes from our family while we ate.” Beth recalls.The Cloche team dressed to match the party, in custom skirts we designed specially for Beth’s wedding.“I will never forget the feeling of walking into the cocktail reception and seeing everything that we had worked on come together. I was blown away! We loved every minute, from the champagne tower to the getaway convertible—it was all perfect,” says our lovely bride.“Beth’s face in this one says it all—the Cloche team nailed it! If this isn’t a testimony to what you guys can do, I don’t know what is!” says Gretchen Huddleston, mother of the bride. Inside the reception, we designed an all white acrylic stage and dance floor featuring the happy couple’s wedding crest and a stage backdrop displaying their new monogram in custom gold laser cut acrylic.Beth and Russell had an absolute ball the rest of the evening.Whataburger, a Texas tradition, was served with Topo Chico as a late night snack for “Whatacouple!”Guests tossed lavender from cones sealed in the couple’s wax crest as Beth and Russell departed at midnight in a white 1971 Oldsmobile convertible for their honeymoon in St. Lucia.“Thank you all for making all my wedding dreams come true! You all made the entire process so easy and enjoyable and I couldn’t have imagined a more magical night!” says our beautiful Beth.
We love you to the moon and back, Beth and Russell! Our hearts are forever grateful for the privilege of walking alongside you and your precious families and friends during your wedding journey. May God richly bless your marriage, and may you live happily ever after!
The Cloche Girls ♥