& Will Housewright
Photography by Sarah Kate, Photographer
Two years after Madeleine Semmelmann and Will Housewright made their relationship official at a Baylor football game, Madeleine was convinced by her family they were taking a family Christmas card picture. When Will surprised her by dropping down on one knee and popping the question, the couple eagerly set out planning their dream wedding.
Inspired by their shared upbringings going to the lake and the fact that their alma mater, Baylor University, overlooked the Brazos River, Madeleine and Will knew they wanted to get married near the water. They found the perfect fit in Rest Yourself River Ranch, which overlooks the Brazos, has camp-style activities and could accommodate their 80 guests for the entire weekend.
FASHION FORWARD In addition to her 2024 Iconic Bride dress, Madeleine and her mother reimagined her mother’s “very 90s” wedding dress for the rehearsal dinner. “We kept the top just as she wore it, but took off the puffy sleeves and used the lace as accents on the shorts making it a two-piece set to pair with my grandmother’s wedding barrette and cowboy boots,” Madeleine says. SOMETHING BORROWED Madeleine incorporated her grandparents’ cake-cutting set.
Thoughtful touches, stylish design and attention to detail reigned supreme over the weekend (it’s no surprise, Semmelmann is a powerhouse name in the interior design community). Lush greenery and a variety of flowers complemented the venue’s aesthetic while vibrant blue accents and blue bridesmaid dresses provided pops of color and paid homage to the river.
In true designer fashion, Madeleine stunned in a custom 2024 Iconic Bride dress. Keeping tradition, the couple did not see each other until at the altar. “I wanted to surprise Will at the ceremony, and I think it’s more special when he sees his bride for the first time as I’m walking down the aisle,” Madeleine says.
Favorite moment? After everyone had gone to bed, they got the opportunity to take one last look around before everything was taken down. “We were both in our PJs and did our first dance on the dance floor with no one else around,” Madeleine says. “We got to talk about how blessed we are to have the wedding of our dreams.”
DANCE MOVES Their first dance was a medley of several different dances they learned from ballroom dancing lessons. FIRST LOOK Keeping with tradition, they saw each other for the first time at the altar. MADE WITH LOVE The invitations featured a watercolor painting by Will’s mother, capturing the beauty of the ceremony site.