Townsend Derby Jordan has known Maumus Francois Claverie III all her life, and their New Orleans families have been close for generations. In 2009, Townsend decided to go to business school in Austin, Texas. Maumus was living in San Antonio, so she enlisted his help for the move. Maumus invited Townsend to church, where people just assumed they were dating or married. They dodged this idea for years, until Maumus finally asked his best friend Townsend on a date in June 2013. The two became even more inseparable than before.
In January, Maumus began the design of a custom engagement ring. By the church Valentine’s dance the ring wasn’t ready, but he couldn’t wait any longer. He called Townsend up to the stage, and on one knee, taped a paper photo of the ring to her finger.
Townsend wore her “hope” diamond (“I hope I get a diamond …”) for two months while the real one was completed.
The two had a quintessential San Antonio wedding. Guests stayed at the historic Menger Hotel; the rehearsal dinner was hosted at Club Giraud; and the wedding was held at The Argyle. Their church worship band set the reverent and loving tone of the ceremony and mariachis followed their pronouncement as man and wife. After photos on the lawn, the wedding party second-lined their way into the reception to bring some New Orleans flavor.
Townsend and Maumus had their first night together at a bed-and-breakfast in San Antonio before spending the rest of their honeymoon at Travaasa, an experiential spa and resort in the hill country near Austin.
The two currently live in San Antonio, where Townsend is a news producer at KABB Fox 29 and Maumus is developing an oilfield production reporting technology.
Bride: Townsend Derby Jordan
Groom: Maumus Francois Claverie III
Bride’s Parents: Virginia Derby Jordan and Ingersoll Jordan
Groom’s Parents: Jill McFarland, Maumus Francois Claverie Jr. and Priscilla Jordan
Date of Wedding: June 14, 2014
Guest Lodging: Menger Hotel, San Antonio, Texas
Rehearsal Dinner: Club Giraud, San Antonio, Texas
Ceremony & Reception: The Argyle, San Antonio, Texas
Celebrant: Pastor Bruce Gunkle
Ceremony Music: Worship Band, City of Refuge Christian Fellowship, San Antonio, Texas
Maid of Honor: Whitney Jordan
Bridesmaids: Juliet Catrett, Chandler Bibb, Holly Crutchfield and Helenita Frounfelkner
Flower Girls: Lilly, Lizzy and Megan Crutchfield
Ring Bearer: Jacob Crutchfield
Best Man: Thomas Sharkey
Groomsmen: Matthew Bell, Darren Bond, Nathaniel Peniston and Casey Collings
Ushers: Peter Bond, Aidan Bond and Al Kyle
Coordinator: Betty Parish, Wedding Planners Inc, San Antonio, Texas
Wedding Gown: Vera Wang
Groom’s Attire: Calvin Klein, with ostrich cowboy boots
Engagement Ring & Bride’s Wedding Band: Medlar’s, San Antonio, Texas
Groom’s Band: Friend & Company, New Orleans, Louisiana
Florist: Alamo Plants and Petals, San Antonio, Texas
Invitation: Moon Mippy, San Antonio, Texas
Caterer: The Argyle, San Antonio, Texas
Wedding & Groom’s Cake: Cakes by Cathy, San Antonio, Texas
Photographer: Miranda Laine Photography, New Braunfels, Texas
Hair: Jaime White
Music: Original Recipe Entertainment, LLC, Austin, Texas