Event Description

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 The wedding uniting Sharon Papa and Arthur Smith in marriage occurred on September 4, 2004, at half past five o’clock in the evening at the Fontenot Grand Mansion in Spring, Texas. 

In keeping with the bride’s wishes, the decor and theme of the wedding incorporated the colors white, platinum, lavender and chartreuse. The wedding paper trousseau, which consisted of invitations, respond cards, programs, matchbooks and napkins were all done in platinum and bright white. The tone was set for the wedding, and platinum and white detail was evident throughout many aspects of the wedding.

The colors lavender, chartreuse and white were seen in various flowers, such as roses, hydrangeas, larkspur and calla lilies, and were used throughout the event. The flowers were supplied by Plants N Petals.

Inside the ceremony room, the mantle was decorated with various sized white candles and three double containers filled with flowers. The sides of the altar were decorated with two pairs of five-stemmed candelabras covered with white chiffon and cascades of the wedding flowers. The venue’s banisters and obtrusive entertainment center were draped with white chiffon. A beautiful program outlining the ceremony’s traditions was placed in each chair, which also had a single lavender rose tied to the sash on the back. 

After the ceremony, the guests were escorted outside to enjoy the cocktail reception, during which a harpist entertained them. Six cocktails tables with white linens and platinum ties, and a silver bud vase with tiny roses were placed outside. As they entered the reception room, the guests were each given a place card and shown on a large blown-up poster their table assignment.

The room was quickly turned from the ceremony into a beautiful reception. The amazing transformation took place just as the sun was setting, allowing for a more candle-lit ambiance. Each of the eleven tables had one of two different centerpieces, five low crystal bowls filled with the wedding flowers, and six tall silver candelabras with spectacular crystal prisms and a generous floral arrangement of the wedding flowers. In addition to votive candles, each table had a wine bottle labeled with the names of each table guest, a silver chiffon sachet filled with almonds and a white table linen with an organza overlay adorned with platinum beads, forming a diamond pattern. 

The bride’s three-tiered cake from Susie’s Cakes, which was a present-style design and had a bow on the top layer, and the groom’s fountain of chocolate with strawberries were placed on the venue’s dining room table and surrounded by greenery and flowers. The bride’s gorgeous bouquet was placed next to the cake along with the couple’s unique Swarovski crystal-stemmed champagne toasting goblets.

At the evening’s conclusion, the guests were escorted outside and each given a sparkler and a monogrammed matchbook. The couple walked down the mansion steps surrounded by the glow from the sparklers. Then much to their delight, the guests were treated to a fantastic four-minute fireworks show. The couple kissed each other and waived goodbye to their guests before departing in an old-fashioned white 1940’s Rolls Royce limousine.