Bridal Sign Up

Now Playing

Roslyn & Derrick

A lasting friendship blooms into fairy-tale love—with a wedding to match—for two Houston attorneys.

Bazzelle and Mitchell embrace as happy newlyweds.

On a chilly December night in Manhattan, Houston lawyer Derrick Mitchell kept awaiting the perfect time to pop the question to Roslyn Bazzelle, fellow lawyer and founder of fitness company, Piyolet.

They ventured all over the island for the perfect spot, but nothing felt special or intimate enough for the all-important question he was about to ask. Finally, tucked into the warmth of their hotel room, he surprised Bazzelle, who ecstatically made him repeat himself, then said yes. “It was a long day and very cold night that ended beautifully,” she says.

Bazzelle began planning the next morning to secure the venue of her dreams: her client Karen Martin’s event space, the 37,000-square-foot European-style mansion Chateau Cocomar, in Champions. “I knew the Chateau was a very special place for Roz and wanted to do everything in my power to make sure we celebrated our special day there,” Mitchell says.

Finding the right dress was next on Bazzelle’s very organized list. “I wanted my picture-perfect Chateau wedding, so I had to go with classic Vera Wang.” She found it at Casa de Novia Bridal Couture.

The couple collaborated with Events with Barks-Dale to tailor the wedding around their venue and color palette of ivory, black, gold and silver. “They gave me a lot of creativity, but their vision was very clear,” recalls coordinator Dr. William A. Barks-Dale. “They wanted an elegant and stately wedding.”

It all came together in glamorous fashion with 200 of the couple’s nearest and dearest, who signed a framed replica Declaration of Independence—renamed “Declaration of Union”—rather than a traditional guest book, as a nod to the Fourth of July weekend. Attendees included dignitaries such as Judge Vanessa Gilmore, Judge Charles H. Toliver IV, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, State Rep. Ron Reynolds, Houston City Controller Ronald Green, Judge Hilary H. Green and more. They gave a standing ovation when the couple’s 2-year-old son, little Derrick, made it down the aisle with his ring-bearer pillow. Guests gathered downstairs for cocktails before settling into the ballroom for a Cordúa Catering steak dinner, followed by dancing. “It was just a big party, and everyone was so happy to be there,” Bazzelle says. “That was what we wanted, and that’s what we got.”