Sharon Albert Brier

Rumor Has It – August 2013

August 2013
With friends like these, Gentry and Amy Robinson will always be surrounded by love.

Schoolmates forever. When Gentry Robinson wanted to propose to his gal, Amy Carrigan, he arranged for their dog, Hank, to be at the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center with a “Marry Me” sign around his neck. When the pup was a no show, Gentry hung the sign around his neck instead. The answer led to a wedding on the …

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Rumor Has It – July 2013

July 2013
Carl and Robyn Atlas Nooteboom celebrate their organic wedding at the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center.

Everything meaningful. Robyn Atlas and Carl Nooteboom met five years ago as they grooved at a concert at Warehouse Live in Houston. Still high on life, they were on a Colorado ski trip on March 28 when Carl popped the question, much to Robyn’s surprise and delight. In an intimate wedding with 24 family members, they wed outside one month …

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Rumor Has It – June 2013

June 2013
These women sparkled at the St. Francis Episcopal Day School gala celebrating the school’s diamond anniversary. From left are Leslie Jackson, Lori Watler, Courtney Mitchell, Jessica Brazelton, Susan Light, Christine Hoffer, Susan Lair (head of school), Christie Bennett and Lacy Rieke.

A gem. The partiers at the St. Francis Episcopal Day School gala danced the night away at the Royal Sonesta as they enjoyed a live auction featuring trips, sport outings and an 8-week-old female Poochon (Bichon Frise/poodle). A lively game of musical chairs produced a winner of a Cartier watch donated by Deutsch & Deutsch, and runner ups received tickets …

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Rumor Has It – May 2013

May 2013
Emily Rowland (at left) and Mattie Mills snap a shot with a cruise-ship greeter in Belize City.

Mother-daughter trip. Kristi and Emily Rowland traveled together with Martha and Mattie Mills on a Caribbean cruise to celebrate high school graduation. They took side trips from the Crown Princess cruise to snorkel in Roatan and zip lined in Belize City. A yoga class on the boat was memorable when a big wave hit the ship and everyone tumbled over …

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Rumor Has It – April 2013

April 2013
Four Pi Phi presidents, Lindy Stockdale, Kath Boles, Becky Crane and Barbie Dexter (from left), are all smiles at a breakfast celebration.

Beating hard. On Valentine’s Day, the Houston Pi Beta Phi Alumnae Club was honored at the Have A Heart For Nehemiah 2013 Community Breakfast. Co-presidents Barbie Dexter and Lindy Stockdale and Houston Pi Beta Phi Foundation president Kath Boles were recognized by the Nehemiah Center Board of Director’s president, Becky Crane, for their club’s support of literacy initiatives at …

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Rumor Has It – March 2013

March 2013

Flaming (Chocolate) Turtle is a specialty. Although Mark and Susan Hendrix, along with their adult children, Kristen and law student Taylor Hendrix, are usually Spring Break skiers, they decided to ski in December. They returned to Copper Mountain, where they have skied 15 years. They always take a gondola one night up 12,000 feet to a Swiss lodge …

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Rumor Has It – February 2013

February 2013
Katherine Chin, Mary Reed, Mary Jane Anderson and Paulette Levine (from left) enjoy a gift exchange and laugh at stories at Mary's Naughty or Nice party.

Naughty or nice? Fifty gals from Mary Reed’s life gathered around in her house in their pajamas for a naughty-or-nice gift exchange. Afterwards, they told stories of how they had been “naughty” – and if your mind went straight to the gutter, think again. Some of those who were especially nice were Nancy Ebanks, Paulette Levine, Joanne Downes, Katherine Chin

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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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