A reception, hosted by the bride’s parents, was held at the historic Columns Hotel, named for its grand, columned porch. Located on the St. Charles Avenue streetcar line and directly across the Avenue from the Rayne Memorial United Methodist Sanctuary, the Columns Hotel served guests a fusion of Southern and Creole-style cuisine and hand-poured cocktails. Guests were entertained and danced to music provided by Crescent City Music and Smitty D’s Jazz Trio. After the reception, the couple led guests in a traditional New Orleans second line parade. A Grand Marshal and a five-piece jazz band guided the couple and their party on a 15-minute parade route throughout the Garden District.
The rehearsal dinner, hosted by the groom’s parents, was held at Jacque Imo’s in Uptown New Orleans on the eve of the wedding. A bridal brunch honoring the bride and her attendants was given by Barbara Marshall, Janett Jolley, and Stacey Tucker the morning prior to the ceremony in the Josephine Room at Le Pavillon Hotel.
Escorted by her father and given in marriage by her parents, the bride wore a champagne-colored, satin, fit and flare dress adorned with Swarovski crystals. The bride carried a simple bouquet of white roses which was wrapped with a handmade cuff encrusted with Swarovski stones to match her dress.
Candice chose her long-time friend from college, Lindsey Carpenter of Dallas, Texas as her maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Anne Cacioppo Moore of Marshall, Texas and Jessica Browning of Brooklyn, New York, both friends of the bride. Austen Morris of Houston, Texas served as Derek’s best man. Groomsmen were Ragan Morris of Leander, Texas and Blaine Morris of Houston, Texas. All of the groom’s attendants are brothers of the groom. Henry Cook of Houston, Texas, son of friends of the bride and groom, served as the ring bearer.
Candice Hostetler Morris is a Marketing Manager for Belt Harris Pechacek, a public accounting firm in Houston. She graduated from the University of North Texas with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism with a concentration in Advertising and a minor in Marketing. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen and Judy Hostetler of Marshall, Texas. She is the granddaughter of Mrs. Dorothy Boone and the late William Reese Boone of Marshall, Texas, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Stephen R. Hostetler of Paris, Texas.
Derek Morris is a Tax Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers in the Houston office. He graduated from the University of Texas with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and received his master’s degree from Texas State University. He is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph and Ronda Morris of Troup, Texas. He is the grandson of Novis Morris and the late Fagan A. Morris of Jacksonville, Texas, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Cox of Amarillo, Texas.
The couple currently resides in the Heights neighborhood of Houston, Texas.