W.When Sloan Childress and William Cummins were planning their oh-so-romantic fall wedding in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, they didn’t think of umbrellas. Fortunately for the Houston duo, their wedding planner was one step ahead of Mother Nature and had dozens of white umbrellas ready.
The mother of the bride, Kara Childress, recalls that it was freezing rain. While some may think of this as a bad omen, in some cultures a drizzling wedding day guarantees fertility and means purification, like starting a life together with no problems.
Kinkaid high school darlings Sloan Childress and William Cummins continued their romance during college years at Texas Christian University and got engaged shortly after graduation.
Where the wedding should take place was a breeze. Kara and Ray Childress and their four children had spent two decades on summer and skiing vacations at their ranch in the Tetons. On July fourth, Ellen and Jim Cummins, parents of the groom and family, visited the Childresses and loved it so much that they anchored there too.
It was a weekend full of activities. Thursday night was the rehearsal dinner at the Snake River Grill, followed by a boisterous “Welcome to Wyoming” bash in the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar. On Friday, guests had their choice of golfing at the Shooting Star Links or hiking, fly fishing and biking in the Tetons . That evening, guests were invited to barbecue and bluegrass entertainment in the Roadhouse Pub.
The Saturday wedding was scheduled for a beautiful aspen grove, but that morning there was a mix of rain and snow and a drizzle that lasted for most of the day. Plan B became a necessity. So the ceremony was moved to the beautiful side tent and the white golf umbrellas came out.
The bride was accompanied to the tent by her father with the umbrella over her and joined the groom at the altar where the bride’s brother, Wells Childress, officiated. Kara Childress recalls, “Wells emphasized how her great love was reminiscent of a bygone era, referring to her parents ‘and grandparents’ love of sacrifice. And there was a valuable reference to Shania Twain’s “You’re Still the One”. She added: “There was not a dry eye in the tent after Wells led the couple through their vows. Despite the freezing rain, it was full of love and warmth. “
The party continued in the tent and later went to an after party in the historic Stagecoach Bar.
The couple live in Houston, where Sloane is a senior designer at her mother’s interior design firm, Kara Childress, Inc. William, a finance major, just completed his MBA from Rice University.
Wedding dress and veil: Vera Wang
Groom’s suit: Norton as well
Bridesmaid dresses: Stanley Korshak
Groomsmen attire: Texas tux and boots
Wedding planner: Elizabeth Kelleher from Anyway in Jackson Hole
Caterer: Eric Guertin from Café Genevieve Catering
Flowers: Emily Lacoste of Lily & Company
Photographer: Flo McCall
Invitations: Cara Rang from Xowyo
Bridesmaids: Chandler West, Annie Knight, CC Brollier, Brandaise Armstrong, Mary Katherine Cummins, Kristen Cummins, Christine Perusquia, Miller Pierce, Rachel McBath and Ava McBath
Groomsmen: Ford Childress, Knox Childress, Jim Cummins III, Jake Kight, Carter Holmes, Brandon Hulings, Kevin Snodgrass and John Rathmell