MEMORABLE WEDDINGS – Tori and Logan
Text by Melanie Saxton | Photos by Alexander Cross Photography
Victoria “Tori” Bales and Logan Boatner began dating at Atascocita High in and continued while earning their degrees at Sam Houston State University without ever breaking up. This compatible couple celebrated their nuptials on July 9 with an exquisite ceremony and reception at Big Sky Barn in Montgomery, Texas.
Tori earned a bachelor of science in kinesiology with a minor in education. She’s a dance teacher and drill team director at Crosby High School. Logan earned a bachelor of business administration and played golf throughout his years at SHSU. He is a salesman at Mirror Gallery, Inc.
First Date and Courtship
Tori met Logan the first day of her sophomore year. Enrolled in the same video technology class, Tori found him to be hilarious, smart and a very sweet friend. After she and a boyfriend parted ways, she invited Logan to the movies. He came to her front door just as her father was sitting on the couch cleaning a gun! Tori assumed Logan would never talk to her again, but was wrong. Family, friends, travel, dance and golf occupied their dating years. “We feel like we have grown up together,” says Tori.
Logan was inspired by two statements made by Tori: 1) “I would really like to get married after I graduate,” and 2) ”It would be great if we could be engaged for at least a year.” So as a college senior, he texted her dad, Timothy Bales, to arrange a meeting. Her dad texted back, “Who is this?” — not exactly the response Logan had hoped for. But he was invited to stop by at dinnertime, and after the meal, Timothy asked, “So what’s on your mind?”
Logan asked permission to marry Tori, and got quite an unexpected reaction. Tori’s mom, Angela Bales, gasped and her dad stared blankly, then walked out the back door saying, “I need a minute.” Angela reassured him that Timothy just needed to collect himself. Ultimately, Logan was called to the back porch and received the blessing.
Logan’s idea was to propose on the July 4th weekend while both families were in Austin on a shared vacation. He arranged for Tori’s family to secretly join him at a jewelry store, but it dawned on him that he really didn’t know what kind of ring Tori wanted. He took screenshots of some dream rings and casually asked her opinion. Thankfully, he was able to get the right ring in the right size without her suspecting anything!
The proposal day coincided with the annual “The Firecracker” golf tournament and dinner at the Steiner Ranch Steakhouse with both sets of parents. The food arrived before the opportunity arose to propose. Tori ordered chocolate cake, and as the waiter left Logan decided the time was now or never. He stood and reached into his pocket, then dropped to one knee and asked, “Victoria Nicole Bales, will you marry me?” An emotional Tori leaned in to hug him and said, “YES!” He slid the ring on her finger, and they were applauded and presented with glasses of champagne.
The year-long engagement was full of wedding planning and big life events. Logan traveled the country playing golf on the Adams Tour and then began working; Tori pursued her student teaching in Kingwood. They also purchased their brand-new house only one mile from each set of parents.
The bride envisioned a traditional, classy and elegant wedding, infused with Southern belle charm.
Floral and Décor: Hues of soft lavender, soft pink, blush, ivory and greenery were displayed throughout the venue. Arbor flowers included blush roses, lavender spray roses, white larkspur, light pink stock, lavender stock, vendela roses and greenery to accent the top and sides. Pews were decorated with clusters of baby’s breath and blush pink ribbon. Aisles had a mix of blush roses, ivory vendela roses, and ocean song roses.
The bridal bouquet was composed of blush roses, ocean song roses, ivory vendela roses, light pink stock, lavender stock, sweet eskimo roses, sliver dollar eucalyptus and seeded eucalyptus.
The Bridal Party: Pastor David Kenney officiated as parents of the bride, Timothy and Angela Bales, and parents of the groom, Larry and Yvonne Boatner, witnessed the union of their children. Maid of honor, Dori Kohler, served with bridesmaids Chaye Arp, Ashley Boone, Lauran Bielstein, Bailey Sherrard and Shelley Adams. The house party included Allie Puckett and Mackenzie Davenport. Peyton Riley served as the adorable flower girl. Best man Garrett Driver stood with groomsmen Matthew Bales, JT Taylor, Kasen Schneider, Dennis Reiner and Braden Desormeaux. Brady Puckket served as junior groomsman, and Benjamin Davenport was the ring bearer.
Attire: The bride wore an Essence of Australia champagne lace, beaded ball gown with an added beaded belt. A cathedral length lace veil with lace and blusher, in addition to hot pink heels, completed the ensemble. Her “something old” was a garter handmade by her mother from a piece of her grandmother’s wedding veil. Her “something new” was her gown. Her “something borrowed” was her great-grandmother’s diamond dinner ring. Her “something blue” was her second garter, also handmade by her mother.
Bridesmaids wore Sorella Vita gowns of tulle in dusty lavender with high necklines and nude heels. The groom wore a grey tuxedo, cream bowtie, vest and kerchief, along with black shoes and purple and pink fun socks. Groomsmen wore grey tuxedoes, lavender vests, bowties and kerchiefs, and black shoes and socks.
Top Wedding Moments: The couple did not have a first look, and during a group prayer, the bride hid behind a curtain to hold hands with her groom-to-be. Before escorting her down the aisle, her father told her that he loved her and was proud of her. The chapel doors opened, and the bride had eyes only for her groom. “The first kiss was such a relief,” she recalls. “We had been waiting so long for that special moment and could not stop smiling as we made our way out of the chapel.”
More than 200 candles were lit for romantic ambiance, with some appearing on tabletops amidst ivory chargers and blush linens. The bride selected four different table arrangements, including one with tall glass trumpet vases with lush floral arrangements, and large vases draped in crystals. The second table held tall glass trumpet vases filled with mounds of “million star” baby’s breath. The third table held various lanterns surrounded by six small glass bottles containing coordinating blooms, with tabletop crystals. Arrangement four displayed cylinder vases filled with coordinating blooms, surrounded by three mercury glass candle holders of varying heights filled with candles. The head table was decorated with cut greenery and the bridal and bridesmaid bouquets.
Arrangements were also placed on the sides of the fireplace. A Mr. and Mrs. sign sat on the mantel. Three tables at the front displayed engagement pictures, the seating arrangements, a wooden heart sign-in and gifts. The guest book was a wooden heart noting the couple’s names, wedding date and an engraved saying “forever and always.” Guests signed smaller hearts, and the arrangement now hangs over the couple’s bed. Monogrammed glass beer cups were offered to guests as wedding favors.
The Cakes: A vanilla buttermilk cake was iced in traditional buttermilk and rose four tiers, with every other layer filled with raspberry cream or sweet buttermilk. One layer included the couple’s last initial “B.” The top two tiers were decorated with real lace, and flowers served as the topper.
The groom’s cake was themed in honor of Sam Houston State University golf with two tiers of chocolate with buttermilk icing, and red velvet with cream cheese filing on top.
Top Reception Moments: The bride slipped into lace Keds and danced to “Me and You” by Kenney Chesney with her groom. Father and daughter danced to “I Loved her First” by Heartland. Guests enjoyed an anniversary dance to “Forever and Ever Amen” by Randy Travis, a money dance and numerous traditional line dances. The groom was hilariously crowd surfed by the entire SHSU golf team.
There was a traditional garter toss, a bouquet toss, and everyone played the Question Game. The newlyweds cherished a private, romantic last dance of the night — “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” by Aerosmith.
The Exit: Amidst a flurry of ribbon wands with bells, Mr. and Mrs. Boatner left in an orange McLaren MP4.
The couple spent seven days at Punta Cana, Dominican Republic and enjoyed the beach, the pool, horseback riding and zip-lining in the jungle.