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Letter from the EDITOR W


hat a promising start to 2012! Spring seems to have arrived early, and as we go to press in early February, I’ve even seen a few bluebonnets starting to emerge. I’m not sure what this year of weather and rainfall will bring, but right now, Texas is a


beautiful place to be. And if you need proof, just escape to one of the state’s scenic resorts featured in this issue (page 42). If resorts aren’t your style, and you’re looking for an adventure, plan a trip to Devils River (page 24). T ere are also several Warrior Dash events in Texas this year (page 9), so grab your running shoes and be prepared for mud, fi re, beer, and—of course—running. With all of that travel and adventure, you’ll probably work up an appetite, and this issue’s


Harper and Natalie Lacy Lange


Taste of Texas section is packed with just what you’re hungry for. Dine out at the perfect date night restaurant (page 62), or stay home and cook a meal to impress with a recipe from Robb Walsh’s Texas Eats: T e New Lone Star Heritage Cookbook (page 66). We also have cookies from pro-blogger and cookbook author Bridget Edwards (page 64) and Messina Hof ’s award- winning wine (page 67). T e Texas LIVE Crew especially enjoyed putting together the wedding section (page 31). We got to spend hours looking for wedding ideas


In the midst of researching for this issue, my husband and I celebrated our tenth anniver- sary. We opted for an intimate family wedding, and a long European honeymoon. This photo was taken on our last day in Venice, which was bittersweet. We hated for it to end, but we were ready to get back to Texas to start our life together—and to eat some Tex-Mex!


without the stress of planning our own. We enjoyed reminiscing about the choices made to create our own special days, and wondered what we would do diff erently if we were planning based on today’s trends. T anks mostly to websites dedicated to wedding inspiration that have become popular in the last few years, wedding planning and photography trends have changed tremendously since then. T e results of all this inspiration made it diffi cult to choose just one, but I believe we found the perfect Texas wedding (page 34), captured by the talented women at Bend the Light Photography. We are excited to feature some new writers and photographers in this issue, and we are always looking for more talent. We also love to hear


reader feedback about what you would like to see on the pages of Texas LIVE Magazine, so please contact us with your ideas. T ank you for joining us in 2012!


God bless Texas,


Natalie Lacy Lange Senior Editor natalie.livemagazine@gmail.com


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Managing Editor Veronica Smith with husband Jordan, 2005 Publisher Rachael Hall with husband Trenton, 2002 Senior Editor Natalie Lacy Lange with husband Harper, 2001


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