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Made to Marry | Under the Houston Oaks

Each wedding we get to do is so unique and special, mostly because we get to meet wonderful brides and their families. For Caroline Looke Benak's wedding, we met a whole lot more. In addition to looks for Caroline, we did a total of 10 custom bridesmaid dresses in luscious emerald green velvet along with the flower girl and 2 ring bearer jackets!  

David Peck custom designed 10 bridesmaid gowns for Caroline Looke Benak's wedding.

We met Caroline through her wonderful and talented event planner Keely Thorne (see our profile on Keely here). I loved being a part of each of the bridesmaids looks even coordinating fittings was a challenge, only because one of Caroline's sisters was pregnant and living in New Zealand and 2 others live in California. We're used to doing long-distance fittings, so it wasn't that much of an issue. The week of the wedding we just planned to finish all the fitting for the bridesmaids coming in from out of town and it worked! 


Caroline Looke Benak wedding at Houston Oaks, gowns designed by David Peck

For Caroline, we created two completely custom looks. The rehearsal dinner had a nod to Texas with a fringed white deerskin vest, custom concho belt, fringed bag, taffeta blouse, and high waisted beaded trousers that she wore with custom cowboy boots. Her reception outfit was inspired by old Hollywood glamour with beading imported from Spain specifically for the dress. 

David Peck designed a custom white deerskin vest and white beaded pantsuit look for Caroline Looke Benak.

Custom white deerskin vest and beaded pants designed by David Peck

No surprise, Caroline's wedding was absolutely breathtaking. The photos are stunning! I'm so excited to share her story here!  

David Peck custom designed a beaded white silk bias cut gown for Caroline Looke Benak's wedding.

Q: How did you incorporate a family tradition or family heirloom to your special day? 

 A: Andrew and I got married on December 7th, which was the date of Pearl Harbor.  I am currently a student pilot in training; I wanted to honor my deceased grandfather.  He was a fighter pilot and served in Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. I put a photo of him in a locket inmy bouquet and wrapped it with lace. I also wore Andrew’s grandmothers, sapphire and diamond tennis bracelet, as a memory to her.  Lastly, I carried a gorgeous white lace small bible down the aisle in my bouquet; which my mother in law had given me.  

Houston Oaks Country Club

Caroline Looke Benak wedding

Q: Did you have a wedding hashtag if so, what was it? 

A: #benakingonlookesdoor 

Caroline Looke Benak's wedding at Houston Oaks Club

Q: How did you and your significant other meet and how did they propose? 

A:  Andrew and I met from mutual friends.  Our first date was at Le Colonial, I had told him I could only come by for one drink; dating was not going well for me those days and I was honestly over dating. That one drink led to us shutting down the restaurant- they had to literally kick us out.  He told his roommate that night that he was going to marry me, I found out later. I went to the Bahamas the next day for a dive trip and once, I returned, we were inseparable. He proposed to me in Galveston. 

Caroline Looke Benak's wedding and Houston Oaks

Q: Did anything funny or chaotic happen on your wedding day? 

A: Well, I have seven siblings, so this is always chaotic!!! Four sisters, I can’t think of anything too chaotic, but I am sure there are stories...I can only imagine! 

Custom green velvet bridesmaid dressed designed by David Peck


Q: What song was your first dance?  

A: At Last by Etta JamesAndrew and I practiced our dance for 6 months and I even changed into professional ballroom dancing shoes for my dance!  We had four lifts in the dance! 

Caroline Looke Benak's wedding and Houston Oaks

Q: Where was your bachelorette party?

A: Faena Hotel, South Beach, Miami 

Houston Oaks wedding Caroline Looke Benak, planning by Keely Thorne

Q: What unique features did you include on the special day? 

A: I honestly loved my dress. I ordered a pretty simple dress from Monique Lhullier, and I designed it to what I wanted.  It was a labor of love. I could not find a dress off the rack that would work for me. 

I also loved my shoes. I ordered the 4” satin ivory classic pumps from Jimmy Choo.  I went to Maida’s Bespoke Boots & Shoes and customized- “I DO” in blue leather script on the soles of the shoes.

Evening Details

Wedding Site | The Club at Houston Oaks

Event Planner | Keely Thorne Events

Food and Drink | Houston Oaks

Photographer | JoeCogliandro

Cinematographer | 31 Films 

Entertainment | The Big Blast & The Party Masters Band 

Transportation | Concord VIP Limo & Transportation

Flowers | Events in Bloom

Stationary | Papellerie

Beauty | Amora Beauty by Melissa 

Wedding Dress | David Peck + Casa de Novia (Monique Lhuillier)

Caroline Looke Benak wedding and Houston Oaks

Caroline Looke Benak rehearsal dinner outfit designed by David Peck


Caroline Looke Benak's wedding and Houston Oaks Country Club, custom flower girl dress by David Peck

Caroline Looke and Andrew Benak's wedding at Houston Oaks Country Club. Custom gown by David Peck

Caroline Looke Benak's wedding custom dress by David Peck at Houston Oaks

Caroline Looke and Andrew Benak's wedding at Houston Oaks Country Club





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