Once again one of our weddings is featured in the most recent copy of Weddings in Houston magazine. Be sure to check out the Real Houston Weddings section of the August issue on newsstands next week.
Karen Shaw Bowsky & William Andrew Miller Jr.
Wedding Date: Saturday, December 29, 2007
Written by Lesa Albert
Photography by D. Jones
Not only did Karen Bowsky and William “Billy” Miller Jr. create the sights and sounds of Christmas when they married, they captured the emotions of the holiday. Their ceremony was a time of hope, joy and anticipation.
Adding to that atmosphere were the children who participated. Serving as bridesmaids, Billy’s daughter, Avery, and niece, Cara, along with Karen’s nieces Jasmine and Jade, wore green iridescent dresses from Jenny Kim Couture. Acting as groomsmen were Billy’s son, Andrew, and nephew, Jake, as well as Karen’s stepson from her first marriage, Dylan, and Brandon, the son of family friends. “Having the kids in the wedding made it feel so fresh and pure,” Karen says.
On the couple’s wedding day, red and white poinsettias and Christmas wreaths filled Christ Church Cathedral, complementing the 19th-century church’s brilliant stained glass and wood moldings. Karen says she’ll never forget her father’s comforting presence as she waited for the ceremony to begin, dressed in her gown by Junko Yoshioka for Bonaparte NY. Also memorable was a choir who performed an old spiritual Karen had learned as a child. “They sang beautifully and really filled the room with spirit and life,” she recalls. The couple exchanged vows, and, with them, rings from Zadok Jewelers.
After the ceremony, guests gathered at Artista restaurant at the Hobby Center where they enjoyed music from Fried Ice Cream, a high energy band arranged by Empra Entertainment. Luxurious table linens from The Linen House complemented the restaurant’s striking decor.
For the wedding meal, guests dined on seafood paella, steak, pork and red snapper. Assorted desserts including Tres Leches, cheesecake and chocolate torte surrounded a spectacular three-tiered mocha marble cake hand-painted with dogwood flowers by Cake Creations.
Karen planned the wedding with consultant Alana Padgett of Nventive Events, and couldn’t have been more pleased with the overall result. “It was a warm, cozy, comfortable atmosphere, which is what I was trying to create,” she says. D. Jones Photography captured every moment.
Looking back, Karen believes she and Billy succeeded in creating a sophisticated, contemporary, intimate wedding. “It was beautiful for everyone and had a strong sense of family unity,” she says. Having both been married before, the couple is particularly proud of the way they have blended their families and formed a powerful bond.
Reprinted with permission as featured in Weddings in Houston Magazine