If not for the style and the au courant caravan of automobiles lined up in valet at Dallas’ Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, one would have thought it was as soon as once more the 1920s property of its unique proprietor, Oilman Sheppard King. For one night time solely, all the restaurant and bar — the portion of the lodge that was initially a residence — was shuttered for personal use.
The final time these rooms have been closed to the general public was in 2013, when Chanel artistic director Karl Lagerfeld took over all the lodge throughout his Paris- Dallas Métiers d’Artwork vogue present. However the reason for celebration this time had little to do with French vogue and extra to do with love: the wedding reception of Dallas native Sterling Stensrud upon her marriage to Robert Evans from Houston, the place the couple now resides.
Practically 4 weeks earlier than the wedding, a multi-tiered, 10,000-square-foot, translucent tent started to take form on the mansion’s sloping entrance garden.
“This was the primary time a tent had been erected on the Mansion,” says Julian Leaver, then the lodge’s director of catering gross sales and occasions. “Nobody had ever constructed a tent like that. The way in which it was designed made it really feel like an extension of the Mansion. It appeared prefer it had at all times been there.”
That was exactly the purpose. When Sara Fay Egan, a companion at Jackson Durham Occasions in Dallas, first met with Stensrud, it was clear the bride wished one thing that had by no means been performed earlier than.
“I instructed her I liked the Mansion however that I did not need to have the reception within the ballroom,” Stensrud says. “And Sara Fay smiled and stated, ‘Oh, I’ve an thought …’” What occurred subsequent was a wedding reception of epic proportions, one the Mansion had by no means performed host to earlier than.
As a substitute of treating the lodge like a standard venue, Egan appeared to the Mansion’s storied historical past. “We took the lodge again to the unique mansion property,” she says.
The primary eating room was arrange as a lounge, with sofas and chaises changing eating tables and chairs. And the library bar was redesigned to really feel, properly, like a library — because it as soon as was. Flowers have been styled in a home method, with elegant topiaries and small, low preparations; even the Mansion’s patio was renovated to resemble that of a most superb house. As soon as the tent opened for dinner and dancing, the 12 months of planning got here collectively.
“It had a theme with out having a theme,” Egan says. “The precise shade of the Mansion, the rose-gold terracotta stucco, was what jump-started the colour palette.”
From invites to linens to the hue of the cake, the Mansion’s exterior shade was matched precisely. The carved quatrefoil ceiling was replicated on each the invitation and the cake. Waiters wearing white dinner jackets with jaunty rose-gold bow ties, and the night time’s signature cocktail — the Ms. Vicki martini — was pink to match.
“There was a rose-gold glow all through the night time,” says Stensrud.
With almost half of their 450 friends spending the wedding weekend on the Mansion, this was certainly essentially the most memorable home get together on file. Because the wedding neared the ultimate dance, rose gold confetti fell from the ceiling and, Stensrud says, “Folks have been having a lot enjoyable, we thought the tent would possibly collapse.”
Not on this golden night time. Not in 1,000,000 years.