Houston Gay Wedding: A.D. Bruce Religion Center, Univ. of Houston
Adrian Homer & Harrison Guy, Houston, April 15, 2017
Photography by Ken Maurice Studios
NAMES Adrian Homer & Harrison Guy
LIVE IN Stafford occupations Harrison is the founder and artistic director of a dance company; Adrian is a special education teacher.
HOW THEY GOT ENGAGED During a weekend getaway at downtown Houston’s Magnolia Hotel to celebrate their seventh anniversary. Following dinner and jazz, the couple enjoyed a horse-and-carriage ride to a gazebo outside the Wortham Theater. A path of rose petals led them to a group of their closest friends and a performance by a singer and two male dancers, after which Harrison dropped to one knee and surprised everyone by proposing.
BACHELOR PARTIES Adrian celebrated with friends in Atlanta, and Harrison held his party in Las Vegas.
REHEARSAL DINNER They went to the swanky Live Oak lounge for cocktails and light bites.
WEDDING DAY WEATHER A magical day with beautiful skies
NUMBER OF GUESTS 250
WEDDING COLORS Black and white with hints of red
THEME “A Southern Coronation of Love.” The grooms used two crowns to express the idea that they’re each “kings standing side by side.” Adrian: “No one is above the other within our relationship. We allow each other to be our highest selves—royalty!”
FLOWERS White roses, lilies, and hydrangeas with sophisticated black hardware lent a contemporary tone to the ceremony. Red roses were used for the reception.
THE MENU A contemporary take on classic Southern fare, including collard-green wraps, fried catfish, and deviled eggs. They both loved the macaroni-and-cheese station, and offered guests a signature New Orleans–inspired “voodoo punch.”
DESSERT A contemporary, three-tier Texas Melon cake (a smooth butter cake with a hint of watermelon) with black and white “deco stripes” and metallic gold trim. MUSIC Their reception was one big dance party. Their first dance was to Beyoncé’s “You Are My Rock.” Harrison: “The song is perfect— Beyoncé is the queen of the South!”
IF THEY HAD TO DO IT OVER They would have better organized the meal timing. Adrian: “We didn’t really get to enjoy the food.”
IF THEY COULD HAVE SPENT THEIR MONEY DIFFERENTLY They would have held the ceremony and reception in the same venue.
FAVORITE DETAIL Having Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner in attendance—he officially declared April 15 “Homer-Guy Day.”
UNIQUE ELEMENTS OF THE DAY A symbolic crowning ceremony. Adrian: “It was something we had not seen before, and we thought it would make a special touch.”
UNEXPECTED EVENT Tears—all day! Adrian: “They wouldn’t stop.”
ADVICE FOR OTHERS “Do it your way,” says Harrison. “Don’t think much about trends and traditions. Just plan every detail exactly as you want it to be.”
THE DAY IN THREE WORDS Black, Southern, love
The Ensemble Theatre
Javani King Catering
RENTALS AND LIGHTING
Rev. Shon Stewart
WEDDING PLANNING AND FLOWERS
Darryl Wilson, D’Concierge Weddings & Events
Ken Maurice Studios
HAIR AND MAKEUP
MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT
DJ Young Streetz
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