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The Game of Love
By Lisa Martin | Photo: Photography by Carter Rose, f8 Studio | December 10, 2012
Christina Provost & Phillip Maxwell - June 9, 2012
SMU mementos echo throughout the fun-filled big-day bash of two die-hard Mustangs.
After a mostly long-distance courtship sparked by an Easter brunch six weeks before the groom graduated from SMU, Christina Provost and Phillip Maxwell said their “I do’s” on June 9 at their alma mater, commencing 12 hours of Southern-themed festivities.
The fun for the bridal party actually began with a mimosa breakfast at the University Park home of Christina’s parents, Steve and Lisa Provost. “We gave the girls matching monogrammed dressing shirts, including the flower girls,” explains the mother-of-the-bride,who treasures the memories of seeing her father peering from the kitchen as his first-born granddaughter and her bevy of friends had their hair and makeup done. Afterward, the party hopped a red trolley to Perkins Chapel.
For her walk down the aisle, Christina wore an Anne Barge fit-and-flare Italian silk and French lace gown boasting a sweetheart neckline and sumptuous cathedral train. Christina’s “something blue” was a raw-silk belt encrusted with Swarovski crystals; for her “borrowed,” she selected her mother-in-law’s veil. The groom and his attendants, meanwhile, donned navy suits from Jos. A. Bank, along with bow ties by Bird Dog Bay, each in a differing blue hue.
Since the ceremony ended around 2pm and the couple wanted a dinner-and-dancing reception, the bride, her mother and her planner, Kristin Butler, of Fabulous Fete, devised an elegant-yet-warm diversion. They turned the front lawn of Arlington Hall into an old-fashioned game haven. Guests played croquet, cornhole, washers, bocce ball and horseshoes while visiting over drinks, including a custom-made rowboat filled with Shiner beer.
“I’m from Kentucky, and Phillip is from Georgia so we had a lot of out-of-town guests,” Christina explains. “The cocktail hour gave us a chance to really relax and catch up with everyone.” The bride’s only regret: “I was so busy talking that I didn’t get to play any of the games!”
The festivities moved indoors, where the seating chart was written on the mirrored French doors. The party dined on pecan-crusted chicken and tenderloin while the sweet tooths in the crowd relished the cakes. Hers was white with white chocolate mousse and fresh strawberry filling; his was chocolate cake with peach filling and designed to resemble a red wagon pulling a giant peach—a nod to the groom’s home state, and his favorite band, The Allman Brothers. Phillip had chosen The All-Funk Radio Show as the band, and dancing started around 9pm. “The band was having so much fun, they didn’t want to stop playing!” recalls the mother of the bride.
Once the festivities wrapped up in the wee hours, the couple sent their guests off with bright pink boxes of Mustang Donuts, their go-to Friday morning treat. SMU continues to be part of the couple’s lives as she works there, and he’s currently studying nearby for his master’s of divinity at Redeemer Seminary.
“There was something so special about having all of our favorite people in one place,” says Christina. “I could relive the day a million times over.”