Mallory Williams and Ross Tolleson met while attending Texas A&M University and wanted a wedding that was reflective of their love for the school, as well as Fort Worth.
“He proposed in the Stockyards, and they had an engagement party at Joe T’s,” says event designer Tara Wilson. “For the save-the-dates, our graphic designer created this concept of ‘Let’s all have a ball in Cowtown,’ inspired by the song. A glitter ball had the date, and a booklet told guests all the things they could go do and see in Fort Worth.”
After a ceremony at Ridglea Presbyterian Church, the reception took place at the Modern Art Museum. Because of the couple’s large guest count of friends, family and fellow Aggies, Wilson says her team had to be creative in maximizing space.
“We weren’t going to be able to do a seat for everyone,” she says. “We had a round white dance floor and high and low cocktail tables to give the feel that this was not a seated dinner. We also did a seating area outside overlooking the water, so people could see the beautiful reflecting pond.”
The bride was very classic and traditional, Wilson says, so the decor and florals were mostly muted and featured champagne and light blush tones. The goal of the design elements was to not compete with the sleek architecture of the Modern.
In the museum cafe, a white, oval-shaped plateau mimicking the oval ceiling was built to display the wedding cake, which looked as if it was floating while perched on a clear Lucite stand. The groom’s cake was accompanied by individual servings of banana pudding, one of Ross’ favorite treats.
The sweets were displayed in the “gentlemen’s corner,” an idea Mallory had to honor her new husband. Guests could read “The Rules of a Southern Gentleman,” written by Mallory, and sip port, Ross’ wine of choice.
Influences inspired by tradition included an archway of sabers created by Ross’ best friends from multiple branches of the military and “party shirts” with sleeves in loud prints worn by several men in uniform. Additionally, Texas A&M’s yell leader led the university’s war hymn.
Mallory says her most memorable moment was walking down the aisle, something she’d done as a bridesmaid multiple times before.
“I thought I would be nervous, but I felt a sense of calm when I saw Ross,” she says. “I couldn’t wait to go meet him and marry my best friend.”
Event Design and Coordination Tara Wilson Agency, 817-764-2601, www.tarawilsonagency.com Florals The Enchanted Florist, 4800 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth, 817-738-0648, www.enchantedfloristdfw.com Ceremony Ridglea Presbyterian Church, 6201 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth, 817-732-3388, www.ridgleapres.org Reception, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St., Fort Worth, 817-738-9215, www.themodern.org Photography, Heather Rowland Photography, 806-790-4554, www.heatherrowland.com Videography, Lynn Films, 469-955-9435, www.lynnfilm
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