Kristen Zahnow and Hao Wu Marry After Finding Love at the End of the Alphabet

Having a last name at the end of the alphabet payed off for once for Kristen Zahnow and Hao Wu. The couple was often paired together for group assignments while attending SMU’s law school, which is where they met and fell in love. After a proposal at Austin’s Mayfield Park, they set the date for a September wedding. The couple wanted an outdoor affair, but instead of subjecting their guests to the Texas heat, they looked to Max Owens Design to transform The Room on Main into an airy, garden-inspired space. “The wedding reflected my love of nature and flowers,” Kristen, who holds a degree in botany, says

Blue and Right

When selecting tableware, the decision was simple for Kristen. Rather than searching for inspiration, she dug deep and chose something she has always loved. “I just really like blue and white porcelain,” Kristen says. “I think it’s beautiful.”

Kristen and Hao

Pretty in Pastels

Max Owens, owner of Max Owens Design, chose yellow, white, and blush blooms to construct a striking arch.

Kristen and Hao

Walk on the Wild Side

While Owens was ultimately tasked with working her wildflower magic, Kristen was the one who originally envisioned the organic blooms adorning the blank canvas of the space. In addition to the arch, garlands lined the aisle. “They really looked like they were blooming right there—coming up and out from the floors,” Kristen says.

Kristen and Hao


  • Ceremony & Reception Site

    The Room on Main

  • Photographer

    Shannon Skloss Photography

  • Bridal Gown Designer

    Sareh Nouri

  • Bridal Gown Retailer

    LeAnn's Bridal Boutique

  • Hair & Makeup

    AW Wedding Hair

  • Flowers

    Max Owens Design

  • Stationery

    Pink Champagne Paper

  • Cake

    Sugar Bee Sweets Bakery

  • Catering

    CN Catering

  • Music

    Serenata Strings; Le Force Entertainment

  • Painter

    Julia McNally Fine Art & Live Event Painting

  • Wedding Rentals

    POSH Couture Rentals

  • Wedding Planner

    After Yes

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