C California Style

The bride and groom depart in a vintage Rolls-Royce.
After saying “I do,” Natalie and James hit the streets of Austin.
The verdant facade of Shelton Chapel.
The ceremony took place in Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary’s Shelton Chapel.
The reception at Bullock Texas State History Museum.
Cutting the cake.
A historic plaque outside the chapel.

Homecoming Party

by C California Style

Natalie Bond and James Bloomingdale tie the knot—Lone Star style.

“The night we were supposed to meet there was a tornado warning,” Natalie Bond remembers of her false start with now-husband James Bloomingdale, fifth-generation Angeleno and grandson of Betsy Bloomingdale. A friend suggested they connect, since Natalie lived in Dallas at the time, and James, head of acquisitions and senior vice president for JRK Property Holdings, was commuting to the city for work from his Venice Beach base. “James was in the bathtub in his hotel—terrified,” says Natalie. “Meanwhile, I’m having a cocktail on the patio!” Fate, not inclement weather, intervened the second time around, when Natalie accepted a job offer in L.A. (She’s now co-founder of West Hollywood PR firm Nash & Lee.) Three days after moving to town, she met James for dinner at the Sunset Tower, and the couple have been together ever since.

The pair chose Austin for their nuptials, and the save-the-dates reflected the destination in leather branded by the bride’s 86-year-old grandfather with a “BB” design—an homage to their last names and to Natalie’s father’s cattle ranch in Vernon, 5BB, where James proposed. After the ceremony at the historic Shelton Chapel, the nearly 500-strong party relocated to the Bullock Texas State History Museum, where the newlyweds made their entrance on a grand limestone staircase. Local band Blind Date Austin kept the dance floor packed, and authentic fare including quail bites, buñuelos and a queso fountain fueled the party. Before departing in a Rolls-Royce, the bride paid respect to her adopted home by changing out of her bespoke arabesque lace dress into a caped frock by SoCal designer Juan Carlos Obando. “I wanted something from L.A.,” she says.

Written by Melissa Goldstein.
Photographed by Jennifer Lindberg Weddings.