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58 F lowers. Bushels of colorful flowers. That was the one mandate for Jennifer McCord's wedding reception at River Oaks Country Club, set forth by the bride; her mother, Kathy Cullen McCord; and grandmother Rose Cullen. And flowers there were — a kaleidoscopic profusion of close to 200,000 blossoms. "Everybody was doing white weddings at the time," Jennifer says. "I love white, but I wanted color to make it lively and happy." Her soon-to-be husband, Landon Anderson, agreed. The famille had more in common than a love of brilliant blossoms; the wedding had an undercurrent of tradition. The three scions of the Cullen oil fortune had each planned their wedding receptions at "the club," although Rose Saragusa Cullen's reception was moved to the family home after her husband Harry Cullen's grandfather, oilman Hugh Roy Cullen, known as the King of Wildcatters, suffered a stroke. Hearkening back to that first wedding, Jennifer accessorized her Oscar de la Renta gown with the veil that had been worn by her mother and grandmother before her. Her bridesmaids' gowns were designed by Victor Costa, just as her mother's had been, and both women were married at St. Michael Catholic Church. Coincidentally, Rose Cullen's birthday — August 29 — is the date when Jennifer and Landon first met. The place was a rehearsal dinner at a mutual friend's wedding in Maine, and the entire Cullen family was there. "It was love at first sight," Rose recalls. "We all loved him, and he loved us." Fast forward to August 29, 2015: The couple was celebrating Rose's birthday with family at the Cullens' Buena Vista ranch in South Texas when Landon, a production foreman for EOG Resources, proposed. She said yes, and the wedding planning began. When it came to blanketing River Oaks Country Club in flowers, Jennifer and her mother, Rose, called on a long- time family friend, Richard Flowers of The Events Company. He had designed FLOWERS BY SHELBY HODGE. PHOTOGRAPHY CHRIS BAILEY. JENNIFER McCORD + LANDON ANDERSON SAY It with Sterling Stensrud First dance, Jennifer McCord Anderson and father, Jody McCord Jennifer Rose McCord in an Oscar de la Renta gown

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