They first met over breakfast, but not to partake in a meal.
At a Crowley elementary school, Summer Lenton taught first grade while Landan Juarez taught technology. The two shared the responsibility of “breakfast duty” daily, monitoring students who arrived early to eat.
A friendship kindled, but their daily interaction was short-lived.
“Unfortunately I got a job offer elsewhere after just two weeks,” says Summer. “Being the gentleman he is, he politely asked if we could still keep in contact. The rest is history.”
A few days shy of the couple’s one-year anniversary, Landan proposed, and the planning for their wedding on July 13, 2019 began.
First task: choose a reception venue that needed minimal décor, says Summer. The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth fit the bill.
“The Modern has such natural beauty with the open windows, high ceilings, and beautiful gray ambiance that complements a variety of floral colors,” she says.
Floral was important to Summer; she wanted to use flowers to achieve a vintage and glamorous feel.
Tami Winn Events stepped up with lavish bouquets overflowing with classic crimson, pink, and cream-colored roses that adorned the table settings in sky-high silver candelabras.
The rose garden theme was also present along the altar at the ceremony, which took place at Summer’s home church, Great Commission Baptist Church.
At the reception, guests partook in a variety of tray-passed hors d’oeuvres and small plates while the Marcus Rockwell Trio provided swanky jazz music.
Menu items ranged from smoked chicken quesadillas and spicy beef flautas to candied bacon with Texas goat cheese mousse and filet mignon with garlic mashed potatoes.
“We wanted to make sure our guests were full of excellent food while mixing and mingling,” says Summer.
The party amped up when DJ Bob Bonilla played the couple’s favorite dance hits.
“The most memorable moment had to be the last dance,” says Summer. “The DJ cleared the room and my coordinators had my guests form two lines outside. My guests were able to view the last dance, yet my husband and I still had our alone time — dancing and soaking in the last moment of our reception.”
Outside, a caramel-colored 1930 Ford Model A awaited as their departure vehicle.
Soon, the new Mr. and Mrs. were driven away into wedded bliss and headed for a honeymoon in Honolulu.
Ceremony venue: Great Commission Baptist Church
Reception venue: The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
Bridal gown: De Ma Fille
Makeup: Cheek by Rhonda
Floral: Tami Winn Events
Catering: Café Modern
Cake: Crème de la Crème
Photography: Tracy Autem Photography
Videography: Forever Photography Studios
Music: Marcus Rockwell Trio, DJ Bob Bonilla
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