Miss Rachel Sarah Polinger-Hyman and Mr.
Thomas Wayne Rogers were united in marriage on Saturday,
January 28, 2006, at six-thirty in the evening, in
Galveston, Texas. The couple married in the Terrace-Veranda
Ballroom of the Hotel Galvez overlooking the Gulf of Mexico.
The ceremony began with a private signing of the Ketubah, or
Jewish wedding contract. The Ketubah was hand-picked by the
bride and groom, and was specially designed by Israeli
artist Archie Granot. The Ketubah signing was followed by a
double ring ceremony, officiated by Rabbi Steve Gross of the
Houston Congregation of Reform Judaism, Houston, Texas.
The bride and groom were married under a
one-of-a-kind Swarovski crystal chandelier chuppah that was
adorned on all four corners by lush Irises in honor of the
bride’s mother, Iris. The bride was given in marriage by her
parents. Escorted by her mother and father, the bride wore
an elegant couture dress designed by Reem Acra. The dress
was a creation of white satin, with Swarovski crystals and
pearls embroidered throughout the corseted, strapless
bodice. The jeweled design continued along the back and hem
of the dress. The sweeping train on the back of the dress
was made entirely of French lace and had a champagne-colored
silk underlay, which was also adorned in Swarovski crystals.
The bride also wore a matching tiara and full-length
Swarovski crystal and pearl embroidered veil. The bride
carried a bouquet of white calla lillies similarly adorned
with crystals and pearls.
Upon arrival at the chuppah, the ceremony
began with the bride circling the groom three times. After
the circling, Rabbi Gross had the bride and groom face each
other under the chuppah as he joined them in holy matrimony.
Months prior to the ceremony, Rabbi Gross
had given the couple a list of questions to answer, in
private, with love and honesty. He then interwove the
couple’s responses to these questions throughout the
ceremony, making it deeply meaningful.† The ceremony ended
with the groom “breaking the glass,” which ushered in the
outbreak of celebration that immediately followed.
Following the ceremony, cocktails and
hors d’oeuvres were served in a glass-covered veranda while
guests enjoyed the music of harpist Jacqueline Platt.† After
the cocktail hour, guests made their way back to the
Terrace-Veranda Ballroom, which had been transformed to
reflect the theme of the wedding: fairytales do come true.
During the reception, guests were surrounded by Irises,
lavender roses, bomb orchids, liatris and larkspur, all of
which were overflowing from silver candelabras lining the
ballroom and adorning the tables and chairs. Guests also
delighted in the live jazz and Frank Sinatra sounds of The
During the reception, everyone enjoyed a
five course seated dinner. For dessert, the guests indulged
in two cakes. First, there was the bride’s cake, a
six-tiered Buttercreme cake adorned with pearls, Irises and
the couple’s monogram. Then, there
was the groom’s cake, also referred to by many of the guests
as pure chocolate decadence. The groom’s cake was a
one-of-a-kind design in the shape of two law books, stacked
one on top of the other, with the book bindings labeled
“litigation” and “real estate” in honor of how the couple
first met--through law.
As the clock turned towards midnight, the
couple’s carriage awaited. A white vintage Rolls Royce
greeted the couple as they left the Hotel Galvez to begin
their adventure together as husband and wife.
Joining in the festivities of the
evening, and helping Thomas and Rachel celebrate their
momentous occasion, was the bridal party. Rachel’s
bridesmaids wore formal designer dresses in a rich amethyst
hue. The bride’s matron of honor was Dr. Raimonda Goldman,
New York, New York; the maid of honor was Ms. Shruti Shah,
New York, New York; and the bridesmaid was Ms. Emily Kuo,
Houston, Texas. Thomas’ groomsmen wore formal tuxedos. The
groom’s best man was Mr. Christopher Trahan, Sunnyvale,
California. His groomsmen were his brother, Mr. Brian
Rogers, Dallas, Texas and the bride’s brother, Dr. David
Polinger-Hyman, Richmond, Virginia. The ring bearer was Mr.
Ishan Shah, Sugar Land, Texas.
In addition to the bridal party, Rachel
and Thomas want to thank all of their family and friends who
traveled from near and far to celebrate with them on their
wedding day and helped make it such an amazing and
Rachel is the daughter of Drs. Harvey
Hyman and Iris Polinger, Sugar Land, Texas. She is the
granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Hyman and Mr.
and Mrs. Julius Polinger, New York, New York. Her brother,
Dr. David Polinger-Hyman, lives in Richmond, Virginia with
his wife Lea and their daughter Marceya. Thomas is the son
of Ms. Deborah Thurman, Rockwall, Texas and Mr. and Mrs.
Marvin Rogers, McAllen, Texas. Thomas is the grandson of Mr.
and Mrs. Ray Kenny, Dallas, Texas and the late Mr. and Mrs.
Vernon Rogers, Seminole, Texas. Thomas’ brother, Brian
Rogers, lives in Dallas, Texas with his wife Claudia and
their son, Anthony.
Rachel is a 1995 graduate of Clements
High School in Sugar Land, Texas.† She graduated from
Columbia University, cum laude, with a Bachelor of Arts
degree in English and Creative Writing in 1999.† She spent
her junior year of college studying British Literature
abroad at Cambridge University, Cambridge, England.† Rachel
graduated from the University of Houston Law Center, cum
laude, in 2002 and currently practices general commercial
litigation at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLC.
Thomas is a 1997 graduate of the
University of North Texas, Denton, Texas, where he received
a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Spanish. He
graduated from the University of Houston Law Center, cum
laude, in 2002. While in law school, Thomas, a fluent
Spanish speaker, also participated in the Maestria en
Derecho Comercial Internacional graduate studies program at
the Tecnologico de Monterrey in Mexico. Currently, Thomas
practices with the Energy/Real Property section of Fulbright
& Jaworski, LLC.
The couple honeymooned in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, and
also cruised around the western Caribbean.
Currently, they are enjoying living their Happily