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Art-loving couple's Dallas wedding was a glamorous night at the museum

Art-loving couple's Dallas wedding was a glamorous night at the museum

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Mackenzie and Austin Lewis celebrated at the Dallas Museum of Art. Photo by Stephen Karlisch
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The ceremony was held at Highland Park Presbyterian Church.  Photo by Stephen Karlisch
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Mackenzie and Austin Lewis met at a Christmas party in 2011.  Photo by Stephen Karlisch
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The couple spent their big day surrounded by more than 650 family members and friends.  Photo by Stephen Karlisch
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The bridal gown was designed by Romona Keveza. Photo by Stephen Karlisch
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The bride had 19 attendents.  Photo by Stephen Karlisch
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The groom poses with his groomsmen.  Photo by Stephen Karlisch
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Stephen Karlisch photographed the event.  Photo by Stephen Karlisch
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In a sentimental touch, the bride's bouquet was tied together with lace from her mother's wedding gown.  Photo by Stephen Karlisch
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Floral design was by Jackson Durham Events.  Photo by Stephen Karlisch
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Mackenzie envisioned "a night at the museum" for the reception and chose Dallas Museum of Art as the venue. Photo by Stephen Karlisch
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Created by Fancy Cakes by Lauren, the cake nodded to the lace on Mackenzie's bridal gown.  Photo by Stephen Karlisch
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The groom's cake was a tribute to Austin's love of golf and his Lousiana heritage.  Photo by Stephen Karlisch
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For added comfort, Arteriors provided additional furniture and lighting.  Photo by Stephen Karlisch
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Fare included Southern favorites like fried oysters and grilled-cheese sandwiches.  Photo by Stephen Karlisch
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Whataburger cheeseburgers and fries were passed out as a late-night snack.  Photo by Stephen Karlisch
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For Mackenzie and Austin Lewis, September 23, 2017, was a day six years in the making. The bride and groom, a native Dallasite and a Louisianan, respectively, met in 2011 at a Christmas party and immediately hit it off. Following a long-distance courtship, Austin moved to Dallas and ultimately proposed over Labor Day weekend at his uncle’s ranch in Canadian, Texas. 

“We had spent that Sunday by the river,” remembers Mackenzie. “As we were heading back to the house, Austin asked if we could drive to this spot to watch the sunset. We were sitting on a blanket, listening to music and watching the sunset when he pulled out the ring.” 

In contrast to the quaint and private proposal, the wedding that followed was a glamorous affair filled with more than 650 of the couple’s family and friends. 

After saying “I do” at Highland Park Presbyterian Church, the church Mackenzie attended growing up, the bride and groom invited guests to join them at the Dallas Museum of Art for a sparkling reception.

Contemporary art lovers, Mackenzie and Austin wanted guests to feel like they were getting dressed up for a night at the museum and knew the DMA would be the perfect backdrop for the evening they envisioned. From the moment guests entered the museum, welcomed by music courtesy of the Dallas String Quartet, they were wowed by custom decor and impeccable attention to detail. 

To create the effect of being outdoors, 8- to 12-foot-tall trees were scattered around the custom dance floor, along with towering floral arrangements. Furniture and light fixtures from Arteriors added to the atmosphere, and a neon sign was custom designed for the backdrop of the photo booth. 

As for fare, the couple nodded to their Southern roots with fried oysters, mini grilled-cheese sandwiches, craft margaritas, and Whataburger cheeseburgers for a late-night snack. And, of course, there were more decadent food stations scattered throughout the reception space. 

To satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth, Fancy Cakes by Lauren worked with the couple to design custom cakes for him and her — his depicting a golf bag sitting atop a crawfish boil, hers matching the lace on her wedding dress. 

“I honestly can’t pinpoint one specific moment that I loved most,” says Mackenzie. “I was on cloud nine the whole weekend!” 

Planning: Julian Leaver

Photographer: Stephen Karlisch

Ceremony: Highland Park Presbyterian Church

Reception: Dallas Museum of Art

Entertainment: Dallas String Quartet and East Coast Entertainment

Florals: Jackson Durham Events

Cake: Fancy Cakes by Lauren

Drapes: Quest Events

Tent: Sandone Productions

Rentals: Posh Couture Rentals

Dance floor: DFW Dance Floors

Furniture and lighting: Arteriors

Transportation: Premier Transportation

Bridal gown: Romona Keveza