MEMORABLE WEDDINGS – Kelly & Larry Foyt
Text by Melanie Saxton Photos by Chris Bailey Photography
Love in the fast lane! Native Houstonians Kelly Curran and Larry Foyt met in 2012 at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. It sparked a long distance romance, with Kelly living and working in Los Angeles and Larry traveling the racing circuit. But true love prevailed, and the happy couple crossed the finish line on Nov. 7, 2015. Their elegant ceremony at the rustic Houston Oaks Country Club in Hockley, Texas was nothing short of breathtaking — despite a torrential downpour!
Kelly grew up in River Oaks and attended St. John’s School. Her family moved to Atherton, California where she graduated from Sacred Heart Preparatory and UCLA with a bachelor of arts degree in theater from the School of Theater, Film & TV. She’s an active alumna of Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority and enjoyed a successful acting career in film, television and theater before returning home to Houston. Now a top-rated real estate agent, she works at Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty.
Larry, formerly one of Houston’s most eligible bachelors, is the son of IndyCar legend A.J. Foyt. He attended Episcopal High School and graduated from Texas Christian University with a degree in communications. He is president of of A.J. Foyt Enterprises and the team director of AJ Foyt Racing.
Greg Curran, Kelly’s brother, is a member of Houston Oaks and met Larry at a golf tournament while Kelly was still living in Los Angeles. The future brothers-in-law hit it off, and Greg told Larry to call Kelly when he went to California for the Fontana Indycar race. After speaking few times, Kelly met him at the race… and the rest is history!
The couple navigated their long distance relationship for years and valued the time they could spend together, as well as visits with family and friends. Kelly notes that every important relationship has a special first moment early on that grabs a couple and makes them realize they are on to something. To make a long story short, that happened when Larry sent her a bag of Hershey’s Kisses in the mail while they were dating. Little did she know that this thoughtful gesture would later influence her choice of wedding favors. Fast forward a few years, and her wedding guests would find TCU purple-wrapped dark chocolate Hershey’s Kisses awaiting them!
Kelly was completely surprised when Larry proposed. He had actually been trying to propose for quite some time, but his plans kept getting thwarted. Each had family members in the hospital, and then she refused to go on a trip because they had missed too much work. But one evening before Christmas, Larry managed to pop the question. He invited Kelly and her parents out to dinner and the ballet, but asked Kelly to meet him ahead of time so that he could ask her to marry him privately. Then they shared the happy moment when her family arrived.
The couple was engaged for about 10 months, but Kelly actually only had 2.5 months to plan the wedding. Venue construction and family health issues caused them to move their wedding date four times to three different states! In the end they got married in their original location on their original date, but Kelly planned a lot of other weddings along the way.
The wedding was a four-day staycation, as both the bride and groom had moved and traveled a great deal. It was fun to have their friends and family all together in one setting, with plenty of time to mix and mingle. Out-of-town guests arrived early and were treated to welcome drinks in Houston Oak’s two-story tree house spanning two trees. The next day they enjoyed a small rehearsal dinner as well as a big jeans and boots party for everyone who was in town. Talented country artist Jason Allen, the couple’s dear friend, sang and played under the stars at the Houston Oaks Gun Club, and bridesmaids kidnapped the bride right before midnight to adhere to the whole “no seeing the bride on the wedding day” tradition. On Saturday the couple had their wedding, and the following Sunday morning, the bride’s brother and sister-in-law threw an amazing brunch featuring an incredible Spanish guitar player.
For her ceremony, the bride envisioned a formal, but comfortable, gathering of friends and loved ones. Throughout her entire life she said she didn’t want to get married until she found a groom that made her want to run down the aisle. As it turned out, her walk down the aisle was closest thing to running that her dress would allow! Both the bride and groom were so excited and happy on their very rainy wedding day, and Larry said “I do” too soon, which the bride thought was adorable.
Bridal Party: D. Michael Curran, the bride’s brother and a regional director for Young Life, officiated the ceremony. In attendance were parents of the groom, Lucy and AJ Foyt, and parents of the bride, Marie and Mick Seidl and Mike and Veronica Curran.
Teal Reamer was matron of honor in absentia (she was busy with the birth of the bride’s goddaughter). Kimberly Argetsinger, Sharon Clark, Grace Curran, Casey Foyt, Brenna McHugh and Adewunmi Onile-Ere served as bridesmaids. The bride’s niece, Isabel Curran, carried her train.
AJ Foyt IV served as best man. Groomsmen included Greg Curran, Danny Ellis, Matt Felts, John Holmes, Carl Smith and Zach Watts.
Attire: The bride wore an open back ivory Alencon lace trumpet gown with a high neck and three-quarter sleeves designed by Ines Di Santo and customized by Carmen at Casa de Novia Bridal.
Her custom circle veil with an Alencon lace border extended just past the train of the gown. The blusher was worn down and hit below the knee. Her Valentino satin champagne D’orsay peep toe pumps featured crystal bowties at the toes.
The bride’s “something old and blue” was her grandmother’s sapphire and diamond cocktail ring, and her “new and blue” was a pair of earrings made to match that her stepmother gave her on the day of the wedding. The “something borrowed” was her mother’s Diamonds by the Yard woven through her hair, as well as a small bejeweled Judith Leiber purse that made the bride feel as though she was carrying flowers when she laid down her bouquet.
Bridesmaids wore dresses of their own choosing that allowed their beauty, personality, style and spirit to shine through. The bride sent them a photo of Blake Lively’s bouquet as inspiration, resulting in selections hues that were perfect for an elegant and relaxed wedding.
The groom wore a Ralph Lauren peaked lapel tuxedo, cummerbund, bowtie, and the custom gold and diamond cufflinks and tux studs that the bride designed for him as a wedding gift. Groomsmen wore black tuxes and accessories, a white shirt and black shoes.
Top Wedding Moment: Right after the ceremony and before they turned to face the guests, there was a moment when the newlyweds looked at each other, full of the knowledge that they had just done something huge and wonderful together.
The bride planned a celebration for 200 guests who could flop on sofas and dance barefoot while drinking champagne in their fancy clothes. She wanted to dance under the oak trees and had a clear tent and turf covered flooring installed to achieve the feeling in case it rained… as it certainly did!
Floral and Décor: Arrangements of peonies, ivy, coral vine, roses and hydrangeas filled the space with fragrance and accompanied an array of candles. Rustic mahogany tables, leather chairs, crystal chandeliers, antique candelabra, marble-topped bars and end tables, day beds, and chesterfields awaited guests.
A photo booth with props printed out two strips so friends and family could keep one and paste the other into a beautiful leather photo album that served as the guest book. Their meaningful guest favors were little airmail boxes full of Hershey’s Kisses with a note attached suggesting they be given to someone to whom they owe a kiss and see what happens!
Champagne Tower: Neither the bride or groom are fond of cake, and instead opted for a champagne tower with enough glasses for everyone. The groom poured in the last bottle and shared the top glass with his brand new wife, then passed out the rest. Specialty drinks, an open bar and the groom’s wine label were also served, and dessert was plentiful.
Top Reception Moments: The couple danced to “Unforgettable” by Nat King Cole. Father and daughter danced to Heartland’s “I Loved Her First.” Then everyone, including children, danced to the intense band music, let loose and had fun, with a lot of the photo booth props ending up on the dance floor. Foyt Racing driver Takuma Sato arrived all the way from Japan for the wedding as well.
The Exit: Sparklers waved as the couple entered their getaway golf cart that had been decorated by bridesmaids, complete with linen curtains, Mr. and Mrs. Foyt pillows, ribbons and a hand-painted Just Married sign.
The Foyts enjoyed a week-long honeymoon at the Hotel Le Toiny on the island of St. Barth in the French Caribbean.