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be dashed off heartfelt toasts thanking everyone for traveling great distances to be there. She Wore, He Wore: The bride's rehearsal dinner dress was Ralph Lauren Purple Label, with Ralph Lauren black strappy sandals and a classic Chanel quilted bag. The groom donned an Italian brand from Norton Ditto. For the nuptials, the couple walked down the aisle in a Vera Wang gown from Casa de Novia and a Ralph Lauren Black Label tux. Naeve later changed into a diaphanous Elie Saab frock from Neiman Marcus for dancing. Coiffure and Maquillage: Naeve enlisted hometown stylist David Armendariz from Studio A Salon to fly to Avignon to do her hair and makeup. Bountiful Bouquet: A mix of white-hued blooms characteristic of Provence. The Rings: Engagement ring from Past Era with a French mine-cut diamond, Tiffany & Co. wedding band. Walked Down the Aisle to: "La Vie En Rose." The Officiant: One of the bride's oldest and dearest friends, Jessica Richardson, married the couple, lending a personal touch to the ceremony. Out of This World: The couple was married in the hotel's two- story atrium aerie. One of the most beautiful spaces of La Mirande, it's marked by antique stone floors, a tall glass ceiling and exquisite balconies from which wafted the strains of a string quartet. The room later transformed into a dance floor, which segued from regal waltzes to late-night DJ-spun gyrations. The Nuptial Feast: The hotel's formal dining salon, cleared out except for an impressive historic tapestry, made a unique stage for a tableau devised by the bride. Every detail was overseen with concise clarity, down to the table covers custom-sewn from Provençal fabric. The hotel's top toque, award-garnering Jean- Claude Aubertin, crafted the locally sourced dinner, four sumptuous courses, inspired by classic French cuisine. Filling the Goblets: The wine was from the region, lavishly served both during the rehearsal dinner and the wedding. "A lot of Châteauneuf-du-Pape was consumed," says the bride. A Suite of Sweets: An exquisite paneled intime salon adjoining the dining room served as a suite for nearly a dozen confections, including an alluring five-tier, Rococo-like wedding cake from a small bakery in a nearby village. DJ Action: Vinay with The Flashdance from L.A. The couple had the hotel privatized, and the dance party lasted until 4 am. Defining Moment: "Walking into the room in which we were married and seeing my handsome fiancé and all of the special people that had flown so many miles to celebrate with us," shares the bride. Not as Planned: "It was like a hot box on the dance floor," Naeve says. "That many people and really no air conditioning in France lead to some pretty sweaty dancers." Into the Future: The couple was soon off to the Amalfi coast, honeymooning at Monastero Santa Rosa Hotel & Spa — formerly a 17th-century monastery distinguished by lush gardens and famous pastries baked by its nuns — before returning to Houston and embarking on an ambitious reno project, which you'll be reading about in the coming months on these pages. Father of the bride, Steve Naeve The Parkers take a twirl. The bride and her mom, Vivian

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