Our Story – Wedding Bells

FLASHBACK from the past on our wedding website….

It all began over two years ago. We were both using e-harmony online to find a perfect match. I received Sheldon as a possible match. We communicated through the process online and then we met for dinner about a week later. The first place we selected to eat was overcrowded (that’s Pappasito’s for ya!), so we went to Champs (which is now out of business at that location) to have dinner. I do believe we must have had dinner and talked for four hours straight, never running out of things to talk about. It was instant chemistry! That was the beginning of our relationship…….we have dated ever since then.

Sheldon propsed on New Year’s Eve 2007. We had dinner earlier that evening and were in our pajamas on the floor of the living room snuggled in front of the firplace. We were watching the New Year’s Eve celebrations on television. As we watched the one for the central time zone, he went off to the kitchen to get our champange to toast. When he returned we watched the ball drop, toasted in the new year, and he popped the question. My ring was tied on the stem of my glass. Such a romantic!

So what happened in between the first date and now? We have gone many places together and learned more about each other with each passing day!  We went to San Antonio for spring break 2006. On the way, we stopped off at the Natural Bridge Caverns to take a tour. Once there, we enjoyed the river walk, the Alamo, and the wax museum. During the first summer, we went to Fredericksburg to enjoy the small town atmosphere, relax at a B&B, cruise over to Enchanted Rock on the motorcycle, swing by a train tunnel bat cave, relax, shop, eat, and enjoy good Texas music! Sheldon had the opportunity to travel to Australia for 3 months in 2007 for work. He took it and as a result, I got to go and spend a month there with him! It was terrific – lots of the pictures on this site are from the trip. We were able to snorkel the great barrier reef, visit the world’s largest sand island, and enjoy the sites around Brisbane, Australia. Many people thought we would come back from that trip engaged or married, but Sheldon is a planner, and I knew he was probably not planning to do that while we were away from all of our family. In the past two years – we have gone through “2 of each season” to make sure we don’t get CRAZY with the changes in the air. Since we did not, Sheldon planned the perfect time to ask me to marry him.

The first time we spent New Year’s Eve together, was only our second date. Now we have spent many days together and have had plenty of time to get to know each other and our families. We have been to several family get togethers and celebrations with my family and his. He has been there for me in the happy times and the sad and by accepting his proposal, I know he will be there for me always.

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Our Wedding Venue

The ceremony and reception will take place at Briscoe Manor in Richmond, Texas. If you would like to see the wedding venue we have selected, visit www.briscoemanor.com.

HISTORY of BRISCOE MANOR

In 1835, Parmenas Briscoe of Mississippi purchased a league of land from William Andrus in what is now known as Fort Bend County, Texas. Texas, at this time, was a part of Mexico and because Parmenas was not a Mexican citizen, the purchase was through a trustee, William Walker.

The league consisted of 4,605 acres and was purchased for a total price of $3,089.25.

Parmenas Briscoe passed on the land to his son James Montgomery Briscoe in 1838. James and his wife Susan Mason Briscoe traveled to Texas and established a home on the land that same year. The third home on the original Briscoe land was constructed in 1898 and is still being lived in by a Briscoe today.

James Briscoe’s family established a large corn and cotton plantation on the land, which reached from the Brazos River at Rosenberg, north along the west side of the current FM 723, to nearly FM 1093 (or Westheimer Road). The land was used for farming until the late 1930s, when operations changed to cattle ranching.

Today, the new Briscoe Manor continues that Texas legacy. Rooms and outdoor areas named for family members bring a sense of history to the limestone walls and remind guests of Briscoe Castle, the original Briscoe settlement in Crofton County, Cumberland, England. Of that castle, only the sandstone Coat of Arms remains, salvaged by the family and sent to their home – Texas. It resides in the Briscoe Family cemetery located just north of Briscoe Manor.

In the fall of 2004, the Briscoe family decided to open the pages of their history book and invite guests to experience a distinctive event experience. Their family heritage is reflected through the hallways and the pathways of this elegant estate, Briscoe Manor.

True Elegance. True Heritage. Briscoe Manor – continuing our legacy.

Experience Texas Heritage first hand, while on the grounds of Briscoe Manor.

In our pasture to the South of the facility, our own small herd of Texas Longhorn Steers roam the lush green grasses and enjoy the shade of the large Pecan trees.

Today, the age of the Longhorns ranges from 12 months to 18 months old. Briscoe Manor plans on adding more steers to the herd in the near future. The brand used on our Longhorns is a backwards “B” and a normal looking “M”.

For more information and the history of the Texas Longhorn, please visit the “Texas Longhorn Breeder’s Association of America” at: www.tlbaa.org