Anneke Jeffries & Andrew Hall

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Andrew Hall had admired Anneke Jeffries for a while before he actually met her.

“I would see her out, and even though we didn’t speak, I knew I was extremely attracted to her,” he says.

When the two of them did meet at a mutual friend’s party on July 4, 2007, both Andrew and Anneke were in relationships. Their paths crossed a few more times, and finally, in early 2010, the timing was right. Andrew and Anneke spent most of a mutual friend’s birthday party talking, and a first date soon followed.

For New Year’s 2012, Andrew and Anneke took a vacation to Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Anneke thought Andrew might propose, but when New Year’s Eve came and went, she let the thought go. Two nights later, Andrew asked Anneke to be ready for dinner at 9, and then he led her down to the beach, where a table sat centered in the middle of a heart carved in the sand.

After the main course, Andrew stepped away from the table and Anneke remembers thinking: “I am having such a great time. I feel like I’m in a movie. I hope this is the night!”

When Andrew returned, the waiter brought out dessert: chocolates spelling out “Will you marry me?”

Andrew and Anneke were wed on Dec. 8, 2012, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. The Rev. Herbert Hayek officiated.

The wedding had a Christmas theme. White wreaths of baby’s breath and ivory silk ribbons hung from the church’s front doors, and inside, the sanctuary was filled with beautiful white flowers. The center pews held wreaths of ivy, cedar, white berries and holly; soaring above these wreaths were tall single candelabras, each topped with a glass hurricane holding a white taper candle. More candles and flowers appeared in front of the stained glass windows, and at the front of the church were large arrangements of white poinsettias in white wooden boxes of various sizes and shapes.

Anneke wore a glamorous drop-torso gown featuring a sweetheart neckline. Organza bands hugged the bodice and transitioned to soft pleated ruffles on the full skirt. For the reception, she added an ivory satin cummerbund trimmed with crystal appliqué for extra sparkle. The gown and belt were handmade by Liancarlo, a designer based out of Miami. Anneke paired the gown with a cathedral-length veil edged with a thin band of ivory silk; the waist-length blusher was pinned by a single crystal comb. Anneke accessorized with diamond deco jewelry. Her hand-tied bouquet consisted of pale pink roses, white roses, white berries and dusty miller.

Anneke’s bridesmaids wore floor-length black crepe evening gowns with keyhole backs. Both bridesmaids carried hand-tied bouquets of deep pink roses, raspberry roses, white stock and dusty miller.

Andrew and his groomsmen wore black tuxedos with white shirts, black neckties and black vests. Their boutonnieres consisted of stephanotis, holly and white berries, with black ribbon and silver wire wrapping the stems.

Andrew and Anneke exchanged vows in a traditional Roman Catholic wedding ceremony, without Mass. A violin/flute/piano/organ ensemble performed classical selections, and Anneke’s former music teacher Denise Callderello sang.

The reception took place at Museao, a Columbia event venue with avant-garde flair. The glass front of the building revealed several white Christmas trees inside, twinkling with white lights in a glitzy, wonderland forest.

The main dining area matched the glamour of Anneke’s gown. White linens were accented by sheer fuchsia tiebacks on the white wooden chairs. One centerpiece design featured tall silver vases holding elegant arrangements of white hydrangeas; another placed white hydrangeas, red berries, curly willow and winter greens in silver bowls.

Museao offers several smaller spaces within the venue, and along with the main dining room, there were two bar areas where guests could mingle. The wedding cake and groom’s cake were in an oval-shaped space bordered by 9-foot-tall Christmas trees with tiny white lights. The three-tiered round wedding cake was covered in smooth white frosting trimmed with ivory ribbon around the bottom of each tier. A profuse arrangement of white hydrangeas, dusty miller and red berries filled the space beneath the silver cake stand, and on top of the cake, a clipping of red berries with green leaves served as the topper. Reception guests ordered ice cream with custom toppings at a Cold Stone Creamery bar. Ice cream chefs prepared the indulgences on a frozen granite slab, just like in Cold Stone restaurants.

The reception was a night full of dancing and celebration before the couple headed out for their honeymoon, a return to Playa del Carmen, Mexico, for 13 days at the all-inclusive Azul Fives Hotel.

Today, Andrew and Anneke live in Columbia, where Andrew owns and operates Total Turf Care and Anneke has a career in medical device sales. Anneke is the daughter of Timothy and Jan Jeffries of Columbia, and Andrew is the son of Jim and Glenda Hall of Columbia.

The Details
Bridal Gown:

Neiman Marcus Bridal Salon, Dallas, Texas

Bridesmaids’ Gowns:
Nordstrom, Northpark Center, Dallas, Texas

Hairstyling & Nails:
Bella Salon

Photography:
Silverbox Photography

Limousine:
White Knight Coaches

Tuxedos:
Men’s Wearhouse

Florist:
Kent’s Floral Gallery

DJ:
Main Event Productions

Catering:
The Upper Crust & Cold Stone Creamery

Cakes:
Cakes by Edith Hall, Hallsville

Rings:
Buchroeder’s Jewelers

Stationery:
Pen Point Paperie

Videography:
Digital Headquarters

Registry:
Tallulahs

Wedding Coordinator:
Event Solutions

Makeup, Facials & Skin Treatments:
Concannon Plastic Surgery and Medical Spa

Rentals:
A-1 Party Rentals

Guest Accommodations:
Courtyard by Marriott

Custom Postage:
Zazzle

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