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Crossroads Bridal 2020

CROSSROADS
BRIDAL
YOUR GUIDE TO THE
PILOT CLUB'S BRIDAL SHOWCASE
JANUARY 2020


Model: Braiden Kucera
Dress and Accessories Provided By:
ALL ABOUT THE DRESS
CROSSROADS BRIDAL | 3
IN THIS ISSUE
JANUARY 2020
IN EVERY ISSUE
4 Letter from the Editor FEATURE
8 Traditional, twinkling or timless:
Crossroads boutiques in the know about choosing the perfect dress
+PLUS
20 In their own words Brides and Grooms share
wedding experiences
27 The Pilot Club‘s
2020 Bridal Showcase
Check out the list of vendors starting on page 31


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FROM THE EDITOR
In the not too distant past, brides made scrap- books as they planned their weddings. These books were filled with color themes, flowers, place settings, gowns, bridesmaid’s dresses. All things the bride knew she wanted at her big day.
Modern brides skip the scrap- booking and go straight to Pinterest where they plan their weddings by pinning ideas to their board until they have their weddings planned.
Some will take their boards to wedding planners to help make complete the planning, while others will work from their boards to make their dream wedding a reality.
Planning weddings on Pinterest boards is only one of many trends brides are using to have a modern bridal experience. Many couples are using the cyber world to plan their weddings. From announcing engagements and wedding desti- nations online to e-invitations and wedding registry.
In this year’s Crossroads Bridal, we bring some of the latest trends in planning a wedding as well as some of the traditional trends that still are part of most weddings.
The magazine is part of the Pi- lot Club of Victoria’s annual Bridal Showcase, a one-stop shop for ev- erything bridal. It is a great place to get tips for the wedding as well
BECKY COOPER
Becky Cooper/[email protected]
as a chance to talk to many vendors who are willing to help the couple in planning their big day. It will also have a fashion show featuring fashion options for the wedding party.
The showcase serves as a fund- raiser for the Pilot Club, a service organization dedicated to bringing awareness to preventing brain inju- ry and strokes.
We hope you enjoy this maga- zine and go to the Bridal Showcase to see more of what is new in wed- dings.
We wish all the brides and grooms the best as they prepare to take this important life-changing step.
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MANAGING EDITOR | VICTORIA ADVOCATE [email protected]
CROSSROADS BRIDAL IS PUBLISHED BY THE


CROSSROADS
BRIDAL
JANUARY 2020
To read this issue online, visit www.victoriaadvocate.com/bridal
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ON THE COVER
Models, back from left are, Braiden Kucera, dress from All About the Dress; and Jordan Johnson, dress from New Beginnings Bridal; middle, Carley Hermes, dress from The Bridal Rail; and bottom, Serena Paris, dress from Maison Chic Bridal and Special Occasion.


Planning a wedding? Here are some things to consider
before you say “I do.”
Don’t
1. DON’T – SPEND TOO MUCH TIME PLANNING
Six to eight months is the ideal amount of time to plan a wedding, said Ginger Broughton, who owns Ginger B’s in Cuero. Broughton, who has planned weddings for 35 years, said too much time leads to over-planning and over-spending.
2. DON’T – GO INTO DEBT FOR YOUR WEDDING
More couples are opting to pay for their own weddings. Howev- er, couples shouldn’t sacrifice the financial foundation of their mar- riage for their wedding.
“No wedding is worth going into debt for,” Broughton said.
3. DON’T – SPEND TOO MUCH ON THE CHURCH
Unless it’s a Catholic wedding with an hourlong Mass, Broughton said not to splurge on the church.
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With the exception of Mass, she said most Christian wedding cer- emonies last no more than half an hour. It’s better to save on the church and spend that extra mon- ey on the reception.
4. DON’T – FEEL YOU “HAVE TO” DO ANYTHING
Aubrey McWilliams from Events by Aubrey said she always tells brides there are no rules for weddings or traditions you have to follow.
“Do what makes you happy,” she said. “It’s your day. Don’t let family pressure you.”
5. DON’T – GET TOO BUSY WITH DO-IT-YOURSELF PROJECTS
While handmade favors and decor is a nice touch, making 500 custom gifts for your guests by hand just adds more stress, McWilliams said.
Do
1. DO – STICK TO YOUR GUNS
Planning a wedding can often attract well meaning but unwanted
opinions. Broughton said she tells brides that at the end of the day, it’s their wedding. That means they should stick to what they want for their big day, not what someone else is suggesting.
2. DO – ASK FOR HELP
McWilliams recommends brides assign tasks to family and friends to help take things off their plate during the wedding. It helps make things less overwhelming.
“You’re not thinking about the little things because you’ve already pre-assigned that,” she said. “Peo- ple are happy to do that for you.”
3. DO – GET EVERYTHING IN WRITING FROM
YOUR VENDORS
If your vendor promises you something in person when you first meet, make sure you get it in your contract with that vendor. Making sure you have everything in writing prevents misunderstandings with vendors, McWilliams said.
“It has to be in your contract. It has to be agreed upon,” she said. “You can’t assume anything.”
4. DO – HIRE SOMEONE TO RUN THINGS BEHIND THE SCENES
Having someone to make sure everything is running on schedule and smoothly the day of the wed- ding allows the bride and groom to relax and enjoy their wedding day, McWilliams said. As the point per- son, she said she focuses on taking pressure off the bride.
“Everyone needs a day of, they just don’t realize it until the day of,” she said. “People don’t really think of all the things that happen behind the scenes.”
5. DO – TAKE TIME TO ENJOY THE MOMENT
Wedding days can be hectic, but McWilliams said it’s important to pause during the hustle and bustle to savor the moment. After all, you only get one wedding day.
“Once the day is over, the day’s over. Wear your dress as long as you can,” she said. “Everybody al- ways looks back and thinks, ‘I wish I could redo my wedding.” B
Dos & Don’ts
of Wedding Planning
words by CAROLINE LOVE • The Victoria Advocate


EVENT PLANNERS FOLLOW CHECKLISTS
Ginger’s Checklist
When it comes to planning wed- dings, wedding planner Ginger Broughton said she starts with the same checklist order when she’s talking to brides.
• Set the date
The guest list also has a lot of influence, Broughton said. It de- termines the size of tables that will be needed and how big the venue should be.
Aubrey’s Things to Consider
Aubrey McWilliams from Events by Aubrey has been planning weddings for 10 years. Below are some items she suggests brides consider when planning a wedding.
1. SET THE BUDGET
McWilliams said that regardless of the type of wedding, the first thing to consider is the budget. Af- ter that, the date can be set.
2. THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND ABOUT YOUR DATE
Vendor availability: October and November are popular months for weddings, so couples getting mar- ried during those months should book their preferred venue, cater- er, stylists and other vendors early before it’s too late and the venues are all booked.
Season: If the bride has her heart set on having a certain flower in her bouquet, McWilliams said she should plan her wedding when that flower is in season, unless
she wants to pay $16 a stem for peonies in November.
3. HAVING AN OUTDOOR WEDDING? – MAKE SURE TO HAVE A BACKUP PLAN
Outdoor weddings can be beau- tiful, but McWilliams said the un- predictability of weather makes it risky. If you do plan an outdoor wedding, be sure to have a venue reserved nearby that can fit all of your guests or be prepared to grab lots of umbrellas.
4. GETTING HITCHED IN A CHURCH? – YOU PLAY BY THEIR RULES
People being wed in a church will have some rules set by the church to follow. For example, Catholic churches have weddings about 2 or 3 p.m., so it does not in- terfere with Mass schedules. Cath- olic weddings are also longer than other church weddings, lasting at least an hour.
Some churches also have rules about where the photographer is allowed to stand to take photos.
5. SET A TIMELINE FOR THE DATE
McWilliams said her specialty as a wedding planner is setting a detailed timeline for the wedding and making sure everything is running on schedule behind the scenes during the nuptials. This means considering all the little details about what happens during a wedding – who lets the bride know it’s time to walk down the aisle? Where are the plates and forks for the cake going to come from? McWilliams said most cou- ples don’t think about these little things that need to be taken care of, which is why it’s important to have someone who can take care of the little things.
“So many times when I’m hav- ing my timeline meeting, I’ll tell them, ‘I’m going to ask you things you haven’t thought of,’” she said.
“That’s what I’m there for.” B CROSSROADS BRIDAL | 7
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Choose the location
Pick the bride’s dress
Pick the bridesmaids’ dresses Select the decor
Broughton, who owns Ginger B’s in Cuero, said a lot of her planning in recent years is dictated by the bride’s Pinterest boards. This helps the wedding planner, who has 35 years of experience, determine the bride’s taste for decor, theme and her color scheme, which Brough- ton said is dictated by the color of the bridesmaids’ dresses.
The wedding planner also said there are some other factors to consider when planning any type of wedding:
• Music: Will you have a band or a DJ?
• Style of table: intimate round tables or longer dining
table style
EVENT PLANNERS
Follow Checklists
words by CAROLINE LOVE • The Victoria Advocate


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TRADITIONAL, TWINKLING
or TIMELESS: Crossroads boutiques in the know
about choosing the perfect dress
words by MORGAN THEOPHIL • [email protected]
photos by DAYNA WILES, IMAGES BY DAYNA • [email protected]
models Braiden Kucera, Carley Hermes, Jordan Johnson and Serena Paris
hair by MIMI PETREK, Downtown Beauty Parlour, Gonzales TIFFANY HALE, Style & Face, Victoria
CAMI HUNTER, Shearly Marvelous, Victoria
makeup by MIMI PETREK, Downtown Beauty Parlour, Gonzales SAM ORTIZ, Made You Blush – Makeup By Sam, Victoria JESSIKA HODNETT, Plum Crazy Makeup & Microblading, San Antonio
Every soon-to-be bride envisions the many divine moments of her wedding day – including standing in front of friends and family and saying “I do” while wearing the perfect dress.
Throughout the Crossroads, bridal boutiques take the time and care to keep up with the latest in bridal fashion and work with brides to find the dress of their dreams.
At Maison Chic in Cuero, bridal manager Katie Gips said the latest fashion statement brides are admiring is the wed-
ding veil. She said many brides are choosing to go with cathe- dral-style veils, which run lon- ger than the bride’s train of their dress and drag behind them.
“It’s very beautiful, and very whimsical,” she said.
Matching the veil to the per- fect dress, Gips said many brides are looking at metallic threading on the dress’s embroidery work. She said gold or silver threading adds a “beautiful but simple” bit of glam to the gown.
Also, bridal fashion is becom- ing more sparkly, Gips said, with many brides – and other bridal
party members, including the mother of the bride – choosing dresses with sequins.
“On a bridal gown, sequins are coming back on the skirts to add twinkly shimmer and glam,” she said. “And we’re seeing it for mother’s of the brides, too. If a mom isn’t afraid to have some bling, we’re seeing them venture into less traditional dresses that are sequined or beaded.”
As far as color, Christina Tidwell, owner of All About The Dress in Victoria, said she is seeing recent brides choose dresses that are classic, solid ivory.
venue provided by Schroeder Hall, Goliad
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“One thing we’re really start- ing to notice is girls are starting to ask for more solid ivory in their dress color, versus colors like champagne or moscato,” she said. “Ivory is definitely showing up in current bridal fashion.”
Tidwell said brides are very into long sleeved dresses and choosing dresses with cut-outs, too.
As far as fabric, she said lace is “huge,” while more simple fabrics are, too, such as dove satin.
No matter a bride’s particular style, Tidwell said the best advice for any bride searching for her dream dress is to go in with an open mind.
“Come with an idea of what it is you’d like to try, but have an open mind,” she said. “The ma- jority of the time, what a bride thinks she wants at first, is not what she ends up buying. And it can be special.”
At Bridal Rail in Moulton, co-owner Mary Alice Lewkoski said the shop is also seeing a lot of sparkles this season. She said some brides are gushing over ball gowns and lace, while others are going very traditional “very clean, very classic and very timeless.”
The wedding venue often plays a big role in a bride’s dress, Lewkoski said. For example, for church weddings, brides tend to dress more modest and classic. But with the many different ven- ue possibilities, it allows brides to personalize their look and find the signature look that best suits her.
“Our gowns, just like our brides, are very unique,” she said. “Nothing is the same, and it’s wonderful to see each bride choose what is perfect for her.” B 10 | JANUARY 2020
Model: Serena Paris
Dress and Accessories Provided By:
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Model: Jordan Johnson
Dress and Accessories Provided By: NEW BEGINNINGS BRIDAL
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A portrait of Crystal Roberts, right, and her business partner, Krystin Ortiz, inside Roberts’ home, where they run By Grace Bakery. Wedding cakes are one of their specialties, among other desserts, like French macarons and decorated iced sugar cookies.
Imagination is the Limit
When it Comes to Wedding Cakes
Every couple deserves to have their dessert dreams come true, say the pastry artists at By Grace Bakery.
Whether it be one-tiered, two- tiered or more, blackberry-choc- olate, peach-bourbon or classical white, the perfect wedding dessert is never impossible – no matter how bold it may be.
“We can pretty much do any- thing,” says the Victoria bakery’s founder, Crystal Roberts.
With decades of experience and an ardent passion for everything sweet, Roberts and her baking partner, Krystin Ortiz, say they live and love to make couples’ dessert dreams a reality.
After all, it’s their passion.
“We will always eat dessert first,” says Ortiz.
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Picking a dessert should be a de- light, and Roberts and Ortiz have a few tips to ensure couples’ big day is just that.
BOOK EARLY, AND BY EARLY, THEY MEAN NOW
Wait lists for wedding cakes and desserts can stretch from weeks to months to even years, so it’s essen- tial for couples to act quickly – es- pecially if they have a highly cus- tomized cake in mind.
While some bakers may be able to complete consultations, design- ing and baking within a matter of weeks, more complicated projects can require enormous amounts of time.
As a general rule, the more elab- orate your vision, the earlier you should book.
GET THE CAKE YOU WANT, BUT DON’T FORGET ABOUT THE GUESTS
The dizzying variety of flavors, shapes, sizes and presentations available means there’s really no excuse to not get what you want.
Personal tastes may compel a couple to seek something a little more exotic, like a blueberry, olive oil and rosemary flavor combina- tion.
But that doesn’t mean a recep- tion can’t also offer other more traditional desserts like cupcakes, pies and cookies.
KEEP THE WEDDING DATE AND VENUE IN MIND
Couples may be set on a light- ly glazed “naked’ cake, but some
choices simply aren’t viable in cer- tain seasons and venues.
You don’t want your dream- come-true, custom-made cake to melt in the Texas heat before you get a chance to taste it.
DON’T FORGET ABOUT THE GROOM
While the bride’s cake may take center stage at the reception, cou- ples may want to think about get- ting a second or third dessert for the groom.
Personal tastes can differ and, like brides’ cakes, desserts for grooms can also come in exciting flavors and shapes.
For example, Roberts and Ortiz point to a dessert they designed that featured candied bacon. B
words by ON WILCOX • [email protected]


The Historic
O’Connor-Proctor Building
The renovation of the landmark O’Connor-Proctor Building at the corner of North Main and Forrest streets has been warmly received by the community. The building houses the functions of the dedicated women of the Junior League. Since its renovation, the building has been available to the general public for rent as yet another avenue for The Junior League to give back to the local area.
The historic O’Connor-Proctor Building can accommodate your meeting needs or next event. With its scenic views of DeLeon Plaza, the building also features a full preparatory kitchen. Any large or small party is comfortably housed, making this venue attractive for both corporate and private events including special occasions such as rehearsal dinners, bridal showers and community receptions.
The greatest incentive of renting The Junior League’s O’Connor-Proctor Building is that your rental fees go back into the community, while helping to preserve downtown Victoria.
THE JUNIOR LEAGUE OF VICTORIA, TEXAS, INC.
Women building better communities®
O’Connor-Proctor Building 202 North Main Street
(361) 573-4508 www.jlvtx.org
The Pavilions at
Rockport Beach
911 Navigation Circle Rockport, TX 78382
Located on Aransas Bay,
the Rockport Beach offers breathtaking waterfront views and sunsets perfect for any event.
FOUR VENUES WITH A VARIETY OF SIZES INDOOR AND OUTDOOR FACILITIES CABANAS & UMBRELLAS PICTURESQUE WALK OVERBRIDGES
The only thing holding you back is your imagination.
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Located along beautiful Lake Texana, the Brackenridge Recreation Complex offers affordable wedding venues and lodging accommodations to make any couple’s dreams come true! With 6 facilities to choose from, some with outdoor lake front views, you are sure to find the perfect place to host your upcoming event!
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FEATURE
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More Than
I DO
IN THEIR OWN WORDS
BRIDES AND GROOMS


Jacquelineand Keith Sept. 13, 2019
LOCATION OF CEREMONY AND RECEPTION: Tin Spur Ranch in Inez
PHOTOGRAPHER: Jon Eilts Photography
BRIDE: Jacqueline (Bellows) Schultz GROOM: Keith Schultz Jr.
CITY OF RESIDENCE: Victoria WEDDING COLORS: Burgundy, ivory and gold
IN THEIR OWN WORDS:
HOW DID YOU MEET?
Keith and I met in Somerville at an adaptive deer hunt for disabled hunters. He was a volunteer and I was a hunter. We dated long dis- tance for a year and were engaged shortly after.
ADVICE FOR PLANNING A WEDDING:
1. Set a budget and stick to it.
2. Spend the money where it really matters, with photogra- pher, food and DJ. At the end of the night nobody is going to
remember the little things.
3. Enjoy the process! It goes by
Photos by John Eilts Photography
BEST MEMORY OF THE WEDDING:
My favorite moment had to be getting to have a daddy-daugh- ter “first look” with our 2-year-old daughter before the ceremony.
– Keith
One of the moments I’ll nev- er forget was when my dad and I walked through the doors to walk down the aisle and I looked at my husband and he started tearing up seeing me for the first time. B
– Jacqueline
so quick.
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IN THEIR OWN WORDS:
Katand Adam Jan. 19, 2019
LOCATION OF CEREMONY AND RECEPTION: Our Lady of Victory Cathedral;
and reception at Club Westerner
PHOTOGRAPHER: Elizabeth Chandler Photography BRIDE: Kat Hickl | GROOM: Adam Hickl
CITY OF RESIDENCE: Victoria
COLOR SCHEME: Burgundy, navy, rose gold
HOW DID YOU MEET?
God introduced us at Fit Strong United CrossFit gym. I remember him coming in with his Captain America shirt on. He was so qui- et and easy on the eyes. Our rela- tionship started out as friendship and then about two years later, we started dating. He and I have com- peted in a few CrossFit competi- tions together and even coached the kids’ weightlifting class. We are now expecting a baby girl named Eleanor in March 2020.
ADVICE FOR PLANNING A WEDDING?
We decided to make our own decorations and not have a wed- ding planner. I would advise you if you decide to do that, get a large group of friends and start early on decorations. I had a great group 22 | JANUARY 2020
Photos by Elizabeth Chandler Photography
of friends and family who helped set up and make decorations. We even had family and friends bring desserts and cheeses for our guest. There are ways to save money and make decorations look beautiful and unique.
BEST MEMORY OF THE WEDDING?
Kat: People would ask if I was nervous and all I could say was, “No! I am so excited to see him.” I can honestly say I was so excited to see the love of my life and couldn’t wait to meet him at the altar. We had such a great night and I would do it again in a heartbeat.
Adam: When we were up at the altar together, in the presence of God, I remember how intimate it was and was happy to put on a ring that Kat surprised me with. B


Kaitlynand Joseph June 29, 2019
LOCATION OF CEREMONY AND RECEPTION: St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Cuero; reception at Schroeder Hall in Goliad
PHOTOGRAPHER: Jon Eilts Photography
BRIDE: Kaitlyn Marie Spann | GROOM: Joseph Owen Dopslauf CITY OF RESIDENCE: Victoria
COLOR SCHEME: Merlot and charcoal grey
IN THEIR OWN WORDS:
HOW WE MET:
We met on FarmersOnly.com. After a couple months of talking to each other on the phone, Jo- seph drove to Victoria to meet me and the relationship took off from there. We ate at Texas Roadhouse and then met up with one of my best friends and her husband and went out dancing. We’ve had a very strong and committed relationship from the beginning and know God brought us together.
Photos by Eilts Photography
ADVICE FOR PLANNING A WEDDING:
To be aware and prepared that anything can happen and you may need to make last minute changes. You have to have faith that it will all work out.
BEST MEMORY OF THE WEDDING:
Having our family, especially our grandparents, and close friends with us to share in our special day. Also, a memorable honeymoon go- ing Louisiana trout fishing. B
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IN THEIR OWN WORDS:
Lindseyand Jason Jan. 18, 2019
LOCATION OF CEREMONY AND RECEPTION:
Zion Lutheran Church and Fellowship Hall in Mission Valley
PHOTOGRAPHER: Studios81
BRIDE: Lindsey Marie Allen | GROOM: Jason Daniel Allen CITY OF RESIDENCE: Victoria
COLOR SCHEME: Rose gold, gold and burgundy
HOW DID YOU MEET?
My husband and I met briefly in 2005. At this time, we were both in relationships. My younger brother Sterling Lynch and my husband are good friends for many years. In 2015, I moved back to Victoria from San Marcos, where I lived for 10 years. In January 2017, I received a message from Jason through Facebook Messenger, and we started writing each other and were both single at this time. We met in person on Jan. 27, 2017 – a Friday. We have been together ever since then.
ADVICE FOR PLANNING A WEDDING LIKE THEIRS?
My advice for planning a wedding: Write ideas down in a notebook and make lists of guests. I kept a book with names and addresses and ideas for catering, decorating and how much money I would need to set aside for everything. I had 24 | JANUARY 2020
Photos by Studios81
a bagpiper play at our wedding; it was an amaz- ing experience I would recommend to couples who would love that. I did not have a wedding planner; I did it all on my own, and it turned out great. We rented a limo. We loved it! I highly tretcommend this.
BEST MEMORY OF THE WEDDING:
Our best memory of the wedding is our hand- fasting ceremony performed by my brother Ster- ling and his wife, Amanda, who read two Scottish poems. And having all of our family and friends gathered with us in our special day. My most pre- cious memory is getting out of the limousine and walking down the aisle to greet my future hus- band and best friend. It was the most amazing day to remember. B


Lisaand Keith Jan. 5, 2019
LOCATION OF CEREMONY AND RECEPTION: St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Meyersville; reception at The Barn in Mission Valley
PHOTOGRAPHER: John Hudgeons Photography BRIDE: Lisa Martin | GROOM: Keith Jacob
CITY OF RESIDENCE: Thomaston (Cuero) COLOR SCHEME: Pink, maroon, gold, mauve and ivory
IN THEIR OWN WORDS:
HOW DID YOU MEET?
We have been neighbors for 10 years, so we have known of each other for a while but had never had the opportunity to get to know each other until I saw him and a few friends in the hayfield next to my house and went to visit. We have not been apart since, LOL.
ADVICE FOR PLANNING A WEDDING:
Give yourself plenty of time. Keep it to a minimum on who is in- volved in the planning. Do as many decorations yourself as you can and watch Hobby Lobby sales, LOL, you can usually get everything 50%
Photos by John Hudgeons Photography
off. I know I did. The less people, the less stress! Pick a reception place that has minimum cleanup involved unless you have an army to help you after the party.
BEST MEMORY OF THE WEDDING:
The best memory of the wed- ding for me was when the pastor described the meaning of the hat Keith was wearing. It was my dad’s hat, and he is no longer here on Earth with us. The second best is how much we danced and had just an absolutely amazing time. Keith said it was the best day ever. B
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Pilot Club of Victoria
• • •
We focus on:
preparing youth and young adults for service.
encouraging brain safety and health. supporting those who care for others.
We Donate
to the Following:
Barbara M. Hanna Scholarship
Victoria College
In honor of Past Pilot International & Charter Club Member
TEXAS PILOT TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY CAMPS
The Mission of Pilot International is:
to influence positive change in communities throughout the world.
To do this, We: come together in friendship and give people an outlet for service.
Projects We Support:
Bluebonnet Girls State Challenger League
TBI Camp
Hospice of South Texas Project Lifesaver Shining Stars Bowling League Bridal Showcase
For Membership Information:
Susan Riedesel, President Kim Phillips, Secretary 361.676.2573 361.649.7412


EXHIBITORS and PARTICIPANTS
ALL ABOUT THE DRESS
13955 U. S. 77 N. Victoria 361-572-0438 allaboutthedress.com BOOTH: 21, 22
A PLUS PARTY RENTALS
503 Glascow St. Victoria apluspartyrentals.com BOOTH: 15, 16, 17
BARTINIS
1109 Buena Vista Ave Victoria 361-433-2545 BOOTH: 77
BEAUTY AND BEAU’S SALON
688 County Road 301 Edna 361-782-1732 BOOTH: 48
BLISS BRIDAL AND FORMAL WEAR
5211 N. Navarro St. Victoria 361-572-3941 blissformalsandprom.com BOOTH: 29
BRIGHT & GO MOBILE TEETH WHITENING
1501 E. Red River St. E-3 Victoria 361-564-7045 brightandgo.com BOOTH: 51
BRACKENRIDGE RECREATIONAL COMPLEX
891 Brackenridge Parkway Edna 361-782-5456 brackenridgepark.com BOOTH: 30
BUDGET WEDDING VIDEOS
1139 Parsons Road Victoria 361-894-3456 budgetweddingvideos.net BOOTH: 11
CAKES FOR ALL OCCASIONS
8368 SH 71 Garwood 979-332-8128 979-758-3532 BOOTH: 35
CALEIGH ANN PHOTOGRAPHY
504 Teal
Victoria 361-649-1728 caleighannphotography.com BOOTH: 49
CHATTERBOX MAKEUP CO.
92 Superior St. Victoria 361-649-6853 BOOTH: 10
COOKIES BY DESIGN
8607 N. Navarro St., Suite C. Victoria 361-574-9500 cookiesbydesign.com BOOTH: 71
COUNTRY CATERING
P.O. Box 7065 Victoria 361-550-5091 BOOTH: 50
DEVEREUX GARDENS
1313 N. Navarro St. Victoria 361-573-3246 devereuxgardens.org BOOTH: 12
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EILTS PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEO
388 County Road 410 El Campo 972-743-3687 eiltsphotography.com BOOTH: 64, 65, 66, 67
ELEGANT CREATIONS BY MAGGIE
4301 N. Laurent St. Victoria 361-655-8900 BOOTH: 56
ELEGANT LIMOUSINE & CHARTER
1508 N. Ben Jordan St. Victoria 361-894-LIMO (5466) 361-570-LIMO (5466) elegantride.us BOOTH: 3
EVENTS BY AUBREY
581 Forest View Drive Victoria 361-227-1301 eventsabyaubrey.com BOOTH: 33
EVER SKINCARE
2402 N. Liberty St. Victoria 832-492-9338 everskin.com/with/veronicacano BOOTH: 72
EXUBERANT WELLNESS
4002 John Stockbauer Drive, Suite A Victoria
361-214-3128 exuberantwellness.com BOOTH: 14
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FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH MEDICAL SPA
4701 N. Navarro St. Victoria 361-576-9100 fountainmedicalspa.com BOOTH: 38
FRANKIE C DJ
161 Tiffany Drive Victoria 361-218-7734 djfrankie-c.com BOOTH: 18
GLO SUN SPA VICTORIA
6605 N. Navarro St., Suite C Victoria 361-579-7205 glosunspa.com BOOTH: 32
HALEPASKA’S BAKERY
5805 John Stockbauer Drive Victoria 361-575-4715 BOOTH: 27
HOITY TOITY RESTROOM TRAILERS
1845 County Road 441 Harwood 830-263-1284 hoitytoityrestrooms.com BOOTH: 60
HOMEWOOD SUITES BY HILTON
6705 N.E. Zac Lentz Parkway Victoria 361-578-1900 victoriaTX.homewoodsuites.com BOOTH: 40
IMAGINE BEAUTY SALON
2806 N. Navarro St., Suite H Victoria 361-212-6867 BOOTH: 69, 70
JADE AND MADALYN BRIDAL BOUTIQUE
1401 E. Airline Road Victoria jademadalynn.com BOOTH: 19
JAMES DJ SERVICE
302 Windrock Victoria BOOTH: 24
JOYOUS 442 EVENT PLANNING AND GUIDE
1843 Sunnyside Road Floresville 210-232-2230 joyous442.com
BOOTH: 54, 55
JUST 4 FUN PHOTO BOOTH
361-648-0816 just4funphotobooth.net BOOTH: 6, 7
KING’S EVENTS AND TENTS
106 Cozzi Circle Victoria 361-573-7230 kingseventsandtents.com BOOTH: 52, 53
KURT AND COMPANY
By appointment only kurtandcompany.com BOOTH: 1, 2
LAS BRISAS FARM
1108 Ross Prairie Church Road Fayetteville 281-814-6274 lasbrisasfarm.com BOOTH: 76
LET’S DANCE
5201 N. Navarro St., Suite B Victoria 361-703-5220 letsdance.com BOOTH: 39
LOVE BIRD CAKES
612 E. Red River St. Victoria 361-485-2914 lovebirdcakes.com BOOTH: 42, 43
MAGICAL VACATION PLANNER BY SHELLEY CAMPBELL 6755 U.S. 77S
Victoria 361-550-6082 magicalvacationplanner.com BOOTH: 31
MAISON CHIC BRIDAL & SPECIAL OCCASION
144 E. Main St.
Cuero 361-524-5440 maisonchicbridal.com BOOTH: 44, 45, 46
MARGARET S. BAROS, IND. MARY KAY SR. SALES DIRECTOR
416 Herman Road
Yoakum
361-550-5658 marykay.com/mbaros BOOTH: 41
M. G. BARTENDING SERVICES
403 N. Vine St. Victoria 361-676-4355 BOOTH: 36
MOONLIGHT ENTERTAINMENT
482 Champlain Drive Victoria 361-576-1669 moonlightentertainment.net BOOTH: 8
MOONLIGHT ELEGANT PHOTOGRAPHY
482 Champlain Drive Victoria 361-576-1669 moonlightphotography.com BOOTH: 9
OLD STOGIE COMPANY
203 Laurel Ave. 361-415-3100 oldstogiecompany.com BOOTH: 59
PAVILIONS @ ROCKPORT BEACH
911 Navigation Circle Rockport 361-450-8114 rockportbeach-texas.com BOOTH: 61
PR PARTY BY PENNY
512 E. Morris St.
Yoakum
361-401-0908 pureromance.com/pennysalm232152 BOOTH: 58
PROSPERITY BANK
101 S. Main St. Victoria 361-576-6321 BOOTH: 25
S E ENTERTAINMENT
302 Hernandez Goliad 361-571-7661 seentertainment.net BOOTH: 4, 5
SPRING CREEK PLACE EVENT CENTER, SOIREE, & L6 CATERING 12116 Nursery Drive Victoria 361-578-0105 springcreekplaceeventcenter.com BOOTH: 68
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STERLING TAILORED
503 Mission Valley Acres Road Victoria 361-935-1715 BOOTH: 62
TEXAS COAST LIMOUSINE
P. O. Box 852
El Campo 979-578-8631 texascoastlimo.com BOOTH: 63
TEXAS RHYTHM ENTERTAINMENT
P. O. Box 252 Edna 361-570-1774 texasrhythm.com BOOTH: 13
THE BRIDAL RAIL
102 S. Lavaca St. Moulton 361-596-7772 thebridalrail.com BOOTH: 00
THE CHISHOLM TRAIL HERITAGE MUSEUM AND PROCTOR GREEN HOUSE
THE CLUB AT COLONY CREEK
301 Colony Creek Drive Victoria 361-576-0018 theclubatcolonycreek.com BOOTH: 73
THE INN ON MAIN
315 N. Main St. Victoria 361-580-2794 the-inn-on-main.com BOOTH: 37
THE JUNIOR LEAGUE OF VICTORIA, TEXAS
202 N. Main St.
Victoria
jlvTX.org
BOOTH: 26
THE UPS STORE AND RAPID PRINTING
1708 N. Navarro St. 8806 N. Navarro St. 361-572-0693 BOOTH: 74, 75
THE VENUE ON CHURCH STREET
125 E. Church St. Cuero 361-243-1015 thevenueonchurchstreet.com BOOTH: 34
THE VICTORIA ADVOCATE
101 W. Goodwin Ave., Suite 1200 Victoria 361-575-1451
BOOTH: 20
VENTURA’S TAMALES
3907 N. Navarro St. Victoria 361-578-5161 venturastamales.com BOOTH: 28
VICTORIA COUNTY CLUB
14 Spring Creek Road Victoria 361-573-3712 victoriacc.com BOOTH: 47
YURIM CABRERA MAKEUP ARTISTRY
4301 N. Laurent St. Victoria 361-218-8944 yurimcabreramua.com BOOTH: 57
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302 N. Esplanade St. Cuero 361-277-2866 chisholmtrailmuseum.org BOOTH: 23
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(361) 596-7772
A Venue as Unique as Your Love!
Rental Available For •Weddings •Receptions •Special Events
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Community Art Center & Gallery Venue
Showers
Where rustic charm meets casual elegance...
Nestled between ancient Live Oak trees with sweeping prairie views, this lovingly restored, authentic 1900s Texas dance hall is the perfect venue for your wedding.
We offer affordable event packages and our experienced team will handle the details, giving you peace of mind to enjoy your special day. At Schneider Hall, you’ll create the cherished moments and lasting memories you’ve always dreamed of.
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“They laughed with us, & cried with us!!”
361.572.0438 www.allaboutthedress.com
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