Sharon Albert Brier

Rumor Has It – January 2013

January 2013
Kate Augustine married Ben Riedesel in a gothic, historic church on the Seine River in Paris. Photo: Alan M Augustine

Gal pals. Jill Collins, Susanne Maida and Michelle Gallio went on a girls trip to see lifelong friend and Houstonian Michelle Mouton, who moved to Palo Alto with her family in July. They met near Napa Valley at The Carneros Inn and Spa (PlumpJack Winery), where they spent the first day visiting wineries and reminiscing about old times as …

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Rumor Has It – December 2012

December 2012
Ty and Christine Hoffer created a magical White Night with chandeliers on the tennis court. White flip flops were given to partiers so they wouldn't white (wipe) out on the dance floor.

White as Wimbledon. Christine and Ty Hoffer hosted their third annual Friar Tuck Cup tournament for 16 players on their private tennis court.The next day, the court became a luxurious party palace with seven chandeliers hanging above it for The White Night Party. Two hundred guests, dressed exclusively in white attire, were offered a White Cosmo or White Russian upon …

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Rumor Has It – November 2012

November 2012
Morgan Jackson and Kevin Guggenheim wed under an arch of dark purple and ivory flowers on a perfect September day.

Lucky 8. Morgan Jackson and Kevin Guggenheim met in Sugar Land through an Internet dating site. After eight years of dating they decided to marry, on Sept. 8, which is also the anniversary of Morgan’s parents when they married 28 years ago. The couple wed in the Hunters Creek backyard of Kevin’s grandmother, Hildred Guggenheim, with an intimate group …

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Rumor Has It – October 2012

October 2012
Brianna Davis and Drew Cook married at Chapelwood United Methodist Church a few years after meeting at a beach house in New York. Photo: Ashley Garmon

Love in New York. In 2009, Brianna Davis and Drew Cook, New Yorkers at the time, met when they visited a beach house in Amagansett in East Hampton. Their eyes locked, their hearts thumped, and a romance progressed. Fast forward to July 21, 2012, when they married at Houston’s Chapelwood United Methodist Church, with both sets of parents, Laura

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Rumor Has It – September 2012

September 2012
Crystal Cruz and Brad Girtman’s wedding in the Dominican Republic was an adventure for guests, who went from a beach ceremony to a catamaran ride to a swim party. (Photo: Severine Guyon, Photo Souvenir Punta Cana)

It all began with a picture. Crystal Cruz saw a photo of Brad Girtman, who was her cousin’s new college roommate. She was so attracted to him that she planned a trip with pal Stacey Hayley to try to reel him in. She must have taken the right bait because she married him in a beach’in wedding at Dreams …

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Rumor Has It – August 2012

August 2012
On a trip to Colorado, this group of Perrys takes aim for a good time at Eagle Vail Golf Club. Uncle Holden lives in Colorado Springs. Pictured (from left) are Holden, Helen, Jack and Julie Perry. In front are Annie and Jackson.

Fire and water. Jack and Julie Perry had the worst winter after their home in Ethan’s Glen burned, but they had a great summer vacate, thanks to Judy and Bill Maynard. They offered their Beaver Creek condo to Jack, Julie and their children, Annie and Jackson, for two weeks. The Perry family hiked, fished and, when Jack’s mom …

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Rumor Has It – July 2012

July 2012
Erik Hardin and Lisa Sellinger wed under a canopy of blue and yellow flowers held up with aspen branches. (Photo: Steve Tinetti Photography)

No trivial pursuit. Erik Hardin met Lisa Sellinger in 2009 with a group of mutual friends when they went to a bar to play trivia. Their game led to a wedding April 28 at The Brown Palace Hotel in Denver. Since the couple’s first date was at a movie where they shared popcorn, they had a gourmet popcorn table for …

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Rumor Has It – June 2012

June 2012
Susan McConkey’s memorial skydive, shown in this still photo captured from a video, took her a little closer to her brother Ted Westmoreland in Heaven.

Here’s to Ted.  Susan’s McConkey’s brother, Ted Westmoreland, had just turned 49 when he died unexpectedly April 2, 2011, of a heart attack. He always had said that when he turned 50, he wanted to do something really cool like skydiving. On his 50th would-have-been birthday March 23, Susan and her sister, Laura De Vega, their 74-year-old dad, …

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Rumor Has It – May 2012

May 2012
The Annedale Wine and Dinner Club is named after Anne and Hilldale streets, where these neighbors live, wine and dine together. Pictured from left (standing) are Sonia Greiner, Tina Litton, Lory Margraves, Laura and Jerry Kent, and Jennifer and Steve Bass and (sitting) Gene Litton and Scott Margraves.

Wine and dine, progressively. Nine years ago, Laura and Jerry Kent settled in Spring Valley after leaving Katy. Three years ago, they put together a dinner group of a few nearby neighbors. They wanted to keep it small so that everyone would fit around a dining table. Steve and Jennifer Bass, Tina and Gene Litton, Lory and Scott Margraves, Terry

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Rumor Has It – April 2012

April 2012
Tall, dark and handsome Brendan Gilbert marries gorgeous, petite, blonde Jenna Jackson in a Texas-style wedding.

Government agent meets mystery-show producer. Jenna Jackson, a former producer of 48 Hours Mystery, met Brendan Gilbert at a mutual friend’s wedding in the northern hills of Italy in the summer of 2010. In less than 48 hours they pronounced themselves guilty of falling in love. They recently married in the Texas Hill Country at the Red Corral …

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Rumor Has It – March 2012

March 2012
The UT tower burned orange with a Longhorn victory when Melissa Dyan Joachim and Justin Adam Krost  started the new year Jan. 1 with a Hook ‘em Horns wedding. (Photo: Ashley Garmon)

From beach to lake romance. Melissa Joachim suspected nothing when her boyfriend Justin Krost called her to come outside while they were on a Florida beach trip with the Joachims. He had strewn a walkway of rose petals on the sand to two chairs and a bottle of champagne with wine glasses to pop the question at sunset. Fast forward …

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Rumor Has It – February 2012

February 2012
Cynthia Bigelow, Rosemary Schatzman, Anne Siller and Gina Gaston Elie (from left) shoe-watch at a high-heeled party.

Step carefully. “I wish shoe will attend this High Heeled event” is how the invitation read for Rosemary Schatzman’s celebration for her friends from schools, charities and life. She mingled in Jimmy Choo golden-glittery shoes while guests savored the shoe-tini drinks made with Godiva white chocolate and ate other delicacies. Fancy shoes were in sight everywhere. Striking and hairy were …

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Rumor Has It – January 2012

January 2012
The first Crystal Awards Fashion Event to support Spring Branch ISD’s upcoming March 2 gala was attended by 348 enthusiastic friends. Moms of SBISD students are (from left) Cathy Derrick, Patty Busmire, Wendy Moreland, Kathy Wiggins and Kristie Stewart.

It was an Oscar-worthy affair. The inaugural fashion event to raise money for the upcoming Crystal Awards Gala, to be held March 2, was sponsored by the Spring Branch Education Foundation. The fashions from Dimensions were sparkling, and the moms of SBISD students had fun on the fashion runway. Some of those beauties were event chair Wendy Moreland and Cathy

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Rumor Has It – December 2011

December 2011
High on life in Peru, friends taste alpaca carpaccio on the way to Machu Picchu. In the front row (from left) are Emma Cohen, Sonia Smith and Dollie O’Day. In the back row (from left) are Nora Ackerley, Mary Powell, Liz LaPorte and Lisa Kline.

Girls trip to Peru
Mary Powell
and friends Dollie O’Day, Liz LaPorte, Lisa Kline, Nora Ackerley, Sonia Smith and Emma Cohen journeyed 3,100 miles to Peru for a week. High on the agenda was Cusco, which is 11,300 feet in elevation, and Urubamba (Sacred) Valley. Their guide, Fernando, invited them to his home for “tea” and a surprise dish of …

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Rumor Has It – November 2011

November 2011
Harriet and Ed Reitman pose with some of the native dancers on their once in a lifetime trip to Papua New Guinea.

Adventure Island
Harriet and Ed Reitman
knew they had an adventure ahead of them on their trip to Papua New Guinea, but they still weren’t expecting their dug-out log boat to leak for the entire three-hour ride. They were headed down a river to the annual Mount Hagen Sing-Sing festival, a gathering of local tribes to exhibit and celebrate their …

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