Blakeley Cozby & Samuel Payne

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Morgan Lynn Photography

Blakeley Ann Cozby and Samuel Haden Payne were married September 23, 2017 at the Dallas Country Club. Reverend Paul Rasmussen, senior minister of Highland Park United Methodist Church, officiated their outdoor ceremony. Robert Chase Mooney was the scripture reader and the soloist was Nelson DeVega. A reception of dining and dancing followed at the Dallas Country Club, with music provided by the Pure Party Band. The couple chose “Into the Mystic,” by Van Morrison for their first dance.

Vendors included Park Cities Events, wedding planner; Todd Events, florist; Panini Bakery, wedding cakes and confections; and Morgan Lynn Photography.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Irvin Sexton Jr. of Dallas and Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Clark Cozby of University Park. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Alton Blakeley Jr. of University Park and Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Wilson Cozby Jr. of Austin, Texas and the late Bettye Gleith Cobb of Tyler, Texas.

The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Richard Payne of Houston. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas H. Fitzpatrick Jr. of Dallas and the late Joseph Thomas Haden, also of Dallas.

Blakeley was given in marriage by her parents and escorted down the aisle on the arm of her father. She chose a white taffeta ball gown with floral lace bodice with fleur sequin embroidered tulle overlay. In homage to her two grandmothers, Blakeley wore her maternal grandmother’s bracelet and her late paternal grandmother’s earrings. Her bridal bouquet was a mix of roses, white astilbe, lisianthus, café au lait dahlias, ruskus, and camellia foliage, creating an organic, natural look.

Assisting the bride as maids of honor were her sister, Eva Bret Cozby, and cousin, Meredith Clark Cozby. Her bridesmaids included Elizabeth Blair Bailey, Paige Laycock Cline, Muriel Lee Forney, Georgia Gottsacker Gandino, Kendall Ann Nettle, and Anna Leigh Vazquez. Among the members of the house party were Brooke Elizabeth Baldridge, Roan Evelyn Blakeley, Merritt Elizabeth Cozby, Sarah Gleith Cozby, Emily Piper Greaves, Rebecca Lee Greaves, Kelcy Lea Mayell, Caroline Gleith Roberts, Mary Margaret Roberts, Chloe Laine Robertson, Kathryn Anne Ross-Sexton, and Amy McCalmont Smelko.

Attending the groom as best man was the groom’s brother, Joseph Kelly Payne. His groomsmen included Charles Benton Burt, Christopher Clark Cozby Jr., Thomas Brian Glover, Nikolaos Kapetanakis, Jonathon Michael Sanfelippo, Jonathan Paul Strom, and Todd Charles Zdunkewicz. Serving as ushers were Joseph Ryan Anderson, Mark Andrew Genitempo Jr., T. Matthew Hughes, Charles Edward Newall, Thomas More Sheehy, and Robert Chase Mooney.

Following their wedding trip to San Francisco and Napa Valley, the couple have made their home in Houston.