Miss Caitlin Elizabeth Hodges and Mr. James Weston Gardner, both of Houston, Texas were united in marriage on Saturday, January 16, 2016 at 6:00 in the evening at the First United Methodist Church in Bryan, Texas.
The double ring ceremony was officiated by The Reverend Dr. Andrew Hay, brother-in-law of the bride, of Amarillo, Texas and Reverend David Henry of Bryan, Texas. A scripture reading was given by Dr. Kyle Sparkman, brother-in-law of the bride, of Amarillo. Organist, Mrs. Angela Corbett and trumpeter, Mr. John McSpadden, both of Bryan, provided music.
Following the ceremony, the bride's parents hosted a reception in The Zone Club at Kyle Field on the campus of Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. Guests enjoyed an array of delicious cuisine and dancing to the music of The Big Time Band from Austin. Mr. Bill Youngkin of Bryan served as master of ceremonies for the evening. On the eve of the wedding, the groom's parents hosted a Texas themed rehearsal dinner for the wedding party and out of town guests at Traditions Club in College Station.
Parents of the bride are Mr. and Mrs. James Hodges of Bryan. The groom's parents are Mr. and Mrs. Fred Gardner of Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
The flowers on the altar were dedicated in loving memory of the grandparents of the bride and groom; the late Mr. and Mrs. O.H. Berry of Midland, Texas, Mr. James Hodges of Rockdale, Texas, Mrs. Bobbie Hooks of Rockdale, Texas, Mr. and Mrs. Weston Gardner, of Toledo, Ohio, Mrs. Mary Blanchard, and in honor of Dr. A. James Blanchard of Sarasota, Florida, who was unable to attend.
Mrs. Ashley Hodges Sparkman and Mrs. Kendall Hodges Hay, sisters of the bride, of Amarillo, served as the matrons of honor. The bridesmaids were Miss Paige Jarvis of New York, New York, Mrs. Bonnie Willi of Atlanta, Georgia, Mrs. Courtney Prochaska of Houston, Mrs. Noel Neely of College Station, and Mrs. Karen Longoria of Bryan. Flower girls were Amelie Hay and Blythe Sparkman, nieces of the bride, of Amarillo. They were escorted by Cannon Sparkman, nephew of the bride, of Amarillo.
Greeters were Mr. and Mrs. Joel Miller of Plano and Dr. and Mrs. William Birdwell of Bryan.
Mr. William Darrough of Wilmington, North Carolina served as best man. Groomsmen were brothers of the groom, Mr. Eric Gardner of Los Angeles, California and Mr. Grant Gardner of Washington, D.C., Mr. Daniel Hensleigh, Mr. Peter Burge and Mr. Matthew Osterman, all of Denver, Colorado, and Mr. Matthew Kraxberger of Dallas, Texas. Serving as ushers were Mr. Chase Mordy of Charleston, South Carolina, Mr. Andre Moskowitz of New York, New York, Mr. Michael Martin of Chicago, Illinois, and John Kyle Sparkman and Reagan Sparkman, nephews of the bride, of Amarillo.
For her wedding the bride selected an elegant gown fashioned of white silk illusion designed by Madison James. The fitted ornately beaded bodice featured a sweetheart neckline fastened to accent the open back. The full skirt cascaded into a full chapel length train. Her veil was of white illusion with lace appliqués encrusted with sequins and pearls. She wore her mother's diamond earrings. The elegant hand tied bride's bouquet was designed with white hydrangeas, stock, roses, tulips and peonies.
Caitlin is a 2004 graduate of Bryan High School and a 2008 graduate Texas A&M University's Mays Business School. She currently works in government relations for KBR in Houston.
James graduated in 2001 from Fort Collins High School in Colorado and was a 2006 graduate of Texas A&M University in Sport Management. He holds an MBA from the University of Notre Dame and is employed by Protiviti in Houston.
After their honeymoon to Mexico, the newlyweds are at home in Houston.