Chloe & Cody
Text by Melanie Saxton Engagement photos by Nancy Abby
Wedding photos by Leslie Cervantez
Chloe Potter and Cody Duffy grew up 30 minutes from each other, but didn’t meet until a mutual friend introduced them at Texas A&M University. Bonded through their mutual admiration of Aggie traditions, the hometown sweethearts began a journey that culminated at the altar of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in The Woodlands — amidst military regalia and a sword arch!
Cody attended Montgomery High School and Texas A&M, earning a degree in nuclear engineering. He proudly serves the nation as an ensign in the U.S. Navy. At his side is Chloe, who attended The Woodlands High School and Texas A&M, earning a degree in biomedical science. She’s taking graduate coursework in Jacksonville, Florida, where the couple is currently stationed.
Introduction and First Date
The same day Chloe and Cody were introduced, they joined mutual friends at Sbisa, a dining hall. Sophomore Cody showed freshman Chloe around the A&M campus. That night they saw The Lion King at a College Station movie theater, and a few days later Cody invited Chloe to the Grill (a place to eat on campus). They exchanged sports passes for an Aggie football game, and Cody asked Chloe to midnight yell at the game as his date.
They became a couple in October 2011 and dated for more than two years, filling the days with studies, church, dining and attending Aggie football games. They enjoyed all of the A&M traditions, such as walking under the century tree, pond hopping and receiving their Aggie rings, which happened on the same day! They also camped and hiked at Pedernales Falls near Austin, and drove to west Texas to summit Guadalupe Peak, the highest natural point in Texas. Cody introduced Chloe to sailing and bought a catamaran for weekends on Lake Conroe and Galveston’s waters. Notably, they participated in many regattas and once came in first place.
Cody planned an elaborate proposal, giving Chloe riddles and clues to solve that pinpointed the location of special dates! One clue involved the place where Cody first told Chloe he loved her. Another commemorated a special Valentine’s Day dinner. One clue involved stones… and Chloe had to search her memory back to the time Cody was hospitalized with kidney stones!
Finally, Cody asked her to pack for a trip to his grandparents’ beach house the weekend before her 21st birthday. They sailed into the middle of Galveston Bay, and suddenly Cody’s grandfather let out a sail that read, “Chloe, will you marry me?” Cody dropped to one knee and proposed. She said yes, of course, as he slid a beautiful ring on her finger.
They called family, took some pictures and eventually docked at Moody Gardens (rainforest on the beach had been another clue). The couple toured the rainforest pyramid and went to dinner at Shearns, the restaurant overlooking Moody Gardens and the bay. To Chloe’s surprise, her family and Cody’s family joined them for a celebration dinner. Cody took her to Mardi Gras in Galveston that night. Chloe could not have asked for a more fun and perfect engagement!
The couple became engaged in March 2014, which gave them about a year and three months to plan their wedding and coordinate coursework and graduation. Cody left for Officer Candidate School in Rhode Island at the beginning of June, and they made all of the major wedding decisions beforehand. Fortunately, he had month off in August before attending additional Naval training in Virginia. Over Christmas break, the couple went house hunting in Jacksonville, where Cody was being stationed, and found a perfect condo just five minutes from the beach!
Cody began moved into their new home in January while Chloe finished her last semester at A&M. She graduated May 15, 2015 — with the wedding just one week away!
On May 23, Father Tom Rafferty officiated as Chloe’s parents, Mark and Laura Potter, and Cody’s parents, Joe and Jenifer Duffy, witnessed the union of their children.
Attire: The bride wore an ivory dropped-waist Dabra ball gown by Enzoani with a cathedral train, sweetheart neckline, tulle skirt with lace appliqué, ruched waist, pearl beaded belt, and a lace portrait neckline jacket with elbow-length sleeves. The ensemble was completed with a cathedral length sheer veil trimmed in lace and ivory, and peep-toe lace heels. She fulfilled her something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue items with one blue and gold brooch worn in her hair that had belonged to her Aunt Cheri, who passed away from ovarian cancer. The same brooch had adorned the bouquet at the wedding of one of her cousins. The bride also wore her mother’s blue lace garter that had been worn previously by her grandmother.
Bridesmaids wore floor-length chiffon strapless dresses by Watters, all in the same style with various hues of coral, stone, buff, French vanilla and blush. The groom wore his Navy dress whites and naval officer sword.
Groomsmen wore Vera Wang suits in dark grey with grey vests and ties that matched the color of their coordinating bridesmaid, with black tux shoes.
Bridal Party: Catherine Potter (the bride’s sister) served as maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Kristen Anderson, Sacha Garvin, Collin Baird and Caitlin Conway (all friends since high school). Abby Batula served as flower girl. Austin Woods stood as best man, with groomsmen Daniel Deyo, Hanniel Honang, Kendal Carnley and Sawyer Duffy (friends from high school and college, and his younger brother). Merrick Russell served as ring bearer.
Floral and Décor: Arrangements of cream hydrangeas, coral carnations, quicksand and amnesia-colored roses, green amaranthus and variegated pittosporum adorned the church. The bride’s bouquet included blush peonies, coral carnations, cream hydrangeas, quicksand spray roses, green amaranthus and dusty miller. The bridesmaid bouquets were a smaller version of the bride’s. Groomsmen, fathers and grandfathers wore a single quicksand rose boutonniere. Mothers and grandmothers held a single quicksand rose. The bride’s grandmother made buff colored pew bows to adorn the aisle.
Top Wedding Moments: “I was excited and only a little bit nervous to walk down the aisle with my dad. I had been waiting for this moment my entire life!” says the bride. Seeing her groom for the first time was exactly how she pictured it would be. “He looked just as in awe to see me as well,” she notes. Traditional Catholic vows, a first kiss at the altar and their kiss below a sword arch went off without a hitch. The bride also recalls the beautiful music during communion kneeling next to her husband. “The violinist and pianist were wonderful!”
Augusta Pines Golf Club in The Woodlands was the perfect venue for the bride’s vision of traditional elegance. She wanted everything to glow and feel warm and inviting — no bold stand-out colors, but rather soft, elegant tones of nude, coral and blush.
Floral and Décor: Sheer chiffon curtains made by the bride’s grandmother framed the dance floor. The sign-in table décor included framed photos of the couple’s parents’ and grandparents’ wedding photos placed around the guest book. A black and white poster of the A&M century tree served as the seating chart with table names and photos significant to the couple (instead of table numbers). “If you walk under it with your significant other, you will be together forever, so it was significant to us,” says the bride.
Flower arrangements from the church were placed at the bottom of the stairs in the reception area. Centerpieces of cream hydrangea, peach and amnesia roses, blush carnations, green amaranthus, variegated pittosporum and eucalyptus also adorned the tables, as well as sandstone linens, mercury-glass pedestal vases at different heights filled with flowers drooping onto the table, and cylinder vases with rose petals and a pillar candle inside. Table tops also included a round mirror in front of each place setting with a votive candle on top.
Guests’ place cards were tied onto the back of each chair with a nude colored sash and mirrored frames filled with decorative paper. Each guest’s frame had their printed name in a coordinating color with their food choice — allowing the wait staff to know what was ordered without being obvious.
The Cake: “Our cake table was one of my favorite pieces!” says the bride. The cake was placed on round glass on top of square vases filled with wickless candles to create a glow, as well as flowers in the same soft colors.” The four-tiered confection of classic French vanilla, almond and spice cake had amaretto filling and buttercream icing. The topper was a subtle tribute to Beauty and the Beast (the bride’s favorite movie) with a single blush rose under a glass dome. Notably, the groom’s nickname in high school happened to be Beast! The couple cut the cake with his naval officer sword, which caused a few “oohs” and “ahhs” from the guests.
Top Reception Moments: The couple’s first dance was to I Cross My Heart by George Strait, played on a guitar and sung by a groomsman. The bride danced with her father to I Wish I Could by Collin Raye, mixed with the Barney theme song! “I think the dance lessons we took when I was home from college paid off!” says the bride. The groom and his mother danced to Mom by Garth Brooks. The best man surprised the couple by singing Brown Eyed Girl with the help of some of the groom’s friends. In tribute to their A&M roots, there were plenty of line dances. The A&M fight song was played near the end of the reception for all of the Aggies in attendance.
The Exit: Guests were provided patterned paper cones filled with rose petals for the them to toss. As they exited, the groom dipped the bride before whisking her away in his decorated truck.
The newlyweds went “glamping” (glamorous camping) at Paws Up Resort in Missoula, Montana for six days of breathtaking outdoor scenery, hiking, white water rafting and mountain biking. Then it was off to military duties and their new life in Jacksonville with their new puppy Brinkley!