Miss Erin Nicole Howe and Mr. Austin Daniel Haugen were united in marriage on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at two o’clock in the afternoon at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Houston, Texas. The double ring ceremony was officiated by the Reverend John Rooney of St. Angela Merici Catholic Church. Music for the ceremony was provided by the Divisi Strings and vocalist Mrs. Chrys O’Neill, Aunt of the groom, accompanied on the organ by Mrs. Jill Rickard, family friend of the groom. Following the ceremony, the bride’s parents hosted a reception at The Petroleum Club with entertainment provided by The Pictures Band of Austin, Texas. On the eve of the wedding, the groom’s father hosted a rehearsal dinner at The Armadillo Palace.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Howe of Missouri City, Texas. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kilian Bodensteiner of West Union, Iowa and the late Mr. and Mrs. Otto Howe of Guy, Texas. The groom is the son of Mr. Daniel Haugen and the late Mrs. Cathy Haugen of Dana Point, California. He is the grandson of Mrs. Charlene Stromstad and the late Mr. Walter Stromstad of Beltrami, Minnesota and the late Mr. and Mrs. Gus Haugen of Fertile, Minnesota.
Escorted by her father and presented in marriage by her parents, the bride wore a couture gown designed by Monique Lhuillier. The strapless gown of ivory embroidered lace featured a sweetheart neckline with a fitted bodice, which was accented with a silver embroidered embellished belt of crystals. The modified trumpet skirt was beautifully adorned with silk white Chantilly lace and embroidered tulle that fell into a gently sweeping train. To complement her gown, the bride wore a custom floral embroidered cathedral length veil designed by Monique Lhuillier and carried a lush, mixed bouquet of seasonal peonies, hydrangeas, and roses in shades of white, ivory, pale pink, and cream, wrapped in antique white satin ribbon. Wrapped around the ribbon was a rosary which her mother carried on her own wedding day as well as a locket containing a picture of the bride’s late mother-in-law. The bridesmaids wore Monique Lhuillier dresses in blush and carried unique bouquets of roses, hydrangeas, peonies, and stock all in shades of white.
The bride’s sisters, Miss Cara Howe and Miss Kristie Howe of Houston, Texas, served as the Maids of Honor. Bridesmaids were Miss Amanda Otte of Palo Alto, California and Miss Abigail Speight of San Francisco, California. Mr. Alexander Bandza of Berkeley, California served as Best Man. Groomsmen were Mr. Brett Hammon of Palo Alto, California, Mr. Ryan Jones of San Francisco, California, and Mr. Charlton Gholson of San Francisco, California. Ushers were Mr. Michael Baer of Stanford, California, Mr. Sureel Sheth of Baltimore, Maryland, Mr. Sean Sandoloski of Washington D.C., Mr. Vaughan Tuohy of San Francisco, California, and Mr. Jonathan Wan of South San Francisco, California. The House Party and Scripture Readers included Rachel Deming of San Francisco, California and Mrs. Sara Walters, cousin of the groom, of California, Maryland.
Erin is a 2004 graduate of Elkins High School in Missouri City, Texas. She graduated from Stanford University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and was a four-year member of the varsity softball team. She is currently employed as an associate with Goldman Sachs in San Francisco, California. Austin is a 2004 graduate of Colorado Academy in Denver, Colorado. He graduated from Stanford University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering. In 2009 he received a Master of Science Degree in Computer Science from Stanford University. He is currently employed as a product manager at Facebook in Menlo Park, California.
Following their honeymoon to Uruguay and Argentina, the couple resides in San Francisco, California.