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Dallas couple dances on air at their dreamy downtown wedding

Dallas couple dances on air at their dreamy downtown wedding

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It was the couple's dream to feel like they were dancing in a cloud. Photo by The Mamones
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The Meyerson's foyer made for a dramatic setting for the ceremony. Photo by The Mamones
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The new Dr. and Mrs. Toulson are presented. Photo by The Mamones
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The couple chose shades of white to complement the Meyerson's crisp, clean palette. Photo by The Mamones
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The opulent cake had 13 layers. Photo by The Mamones
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All the details, including the place settings, were executed with elegance. Photo by The Mamones
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The bride and groom celebrate with the second line parade. Photo by The Mamones
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A costumed Native American dancer joined in the spirited festivities. Photo by The Mamones
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An In-N-Out Burger truck ensured guests would not go home hungry. Photo by The Mamones
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Celebrity wedding planner Donnie Brown helped the couple bring their dreams to life. Photo by The Mamones
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After their fairytale nuptials, the couple jetted off for a honeymoon in Cabo San Lucas. Photo by The Mamones
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Derbigny, Toulson, wedding, Meyerson
Derbigny, Toulson, wedding, Meyerson
Derbigny, Toulson, wedding, Meyerson
Derbigny, Toulson, wedding, Meyerson
Derbigny, Toulson, wedding, Meyerson

When Hurricane Katrina slammed into New Orleans in 2005, it shattered Deryn Derbigny’s dreams.

At the time, the Crescent City native was a cheerleader for the New Orleans Saints, her favorite football team since childhood. But she, like so many others, was forced to relocate after losing her home. She moved to Dallas, and it wasn’t until months later that she could pick up the pieces and start anew.

“I was informed of the auditions for the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders,” Deryn says. “This was my opportunity to find a sense of normalcy in my life again.”

Deryn made the squad and cheered for America’s Team for three years. But her fairytale was just beginning. During her last season, she was introduced by a mutual friend to Dr. Charles Toulson, an orthopedic surgeon based in McKinney. The two later reconnected and became serious.

“Charles chose to propose over a private candlelit beachfront dinner while we were on vacation in Jamaica,” Deryn says. “So beautiful!”

The couple chose Dallas celebrity wedding planner Donnie Brown, best known as a fan favorite on the hit Style Network show Whose Wedding is it Anyway?, to coordinate their nuptials. Their August 2017 fairytale ceremony and reception took place at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in downtown Dallas; they were married in the performance venue's sleek white foyer.

“Every detail, from start to finish, was exquisite and executed in such a way that truly surpassed my expectations,” says Deryn. “Donnie Brown and his team are dream makers.”

At the reception, guests dined at tables adorned with elegant linens in shimmering shades of white and silver. White floral and floating candles abound, and the 13-tier wedding cake was topped with a glittering letter "T."

Deryn honored her beloved New Orleans culture with a costumed second line band, a traditional part of Mardi Gras parades that involve a promenade behind a brass band. Revelers also danced to the tunes of Raj Smoove, a DJ from New Orleans. An In-N-Out Burger truck parked outside ensured the guests wouldn't leave hungry.

But it was Deryn and Charles’ first dance as husband and wife, which took place amid soft smoke that created a fluffy cloud at their feet, that Deryn considers the most memorable moment of the night.

“I had a vision of us dancing on a cloud,” she says. “It was a show-stopping moment and completely magical.”

Planner/Designer/Floral Design: Donnie Brown Weddings and Events

Venue: Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center

Catering: Food Glorious Food

Linen/Tabletop: BBJ Linen

Lighting: Beyond

Lounge Furniture: AFR Event Furnishings

Photographer: The Mamones

Videographer: Cabana Pictures

Dance Floor: DFW Dance Floors

Drapery Rental: DFW Drape & Lighting