When Chris Andersen and Korey Williams met on a dating app seven years ago, they had no idea how fortuitous the match would be.
On the surface, they had little in common. But Andersen, an architect, and Williams, a fashion maven, hit it off. The two chatted casually for about a month and eventually met for lunch. The rest, as they say, is history.
“We moved in with one another after being together for more than three years,” says Williams. “We are both a little older and weren’t in a hurry. We were just enjoying what was happening and moving along our own timeline.”
The couple got engaged in 2016. Williams woke up one day, made the decision to ask Andersen to marry him, and bought rings on his lunch break. That night, he proposed during an Adele concert at American Airlines Center.
“There were lots of cheers and tears that evening,” he says.
Not ones to rush the process, Andersen and Williams spent the next two years planning the big day. Initially, they envisioned a large wedding with everyone from their social circles in attendance. But in the end, they went in the opposite direction, opting for an intimate celebration with 20 of their nearest and dearest.
“After thinking about it, we decided we wanted a small and sophisticated event with family and friends who had helped us get to this life milestone,” says Williams. “Intimacy was very important. The wedding was about the two of us and our union.”
On August 30, 2019, following a ceremony at the historic DeGoyler House and Gardens at Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, the grooms gathered at Local, a modern-American restaurant located in Boyd Hotel in Deep Ellum.
The space evokes “simplistic city sophistication,” the couple says. They liken the vibe to that of being invited to an intimate dinner at a close friend’s TriBeCa loft. The energy was sophisticated, urban, upscale — and most important of all — filled with lots of love.
To enhance the space, white votive candles, hundreds of white stems, and succulents were brought in.
“We both love white florals and succulents, so these were details we wanted to have as primary to the aesthetic theme,” says Andersen. “And Korey works in the fashion industry for Chanel, so it was an important detail that everyone was dressed to set the mood of elegance and sophistication.”
Before sitting down to a five-course meal — perfectly curated to the couple of honor’s tastes — guests enjoyed champagne and hors d’oeuvres. And though the day wasn’t flawless, as no wedding is, the newlyweds say it was perfect for them.
“There were some unplanned moments, but we cherish how none of that mattered and how everyone involved was focused on us and our union,” says Andersen. “We wanted to be surrounded by family with good food, good drinks, and good times. That’s what we had. It was wonderful."
Wedding venue: Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Garden (DeGoyler House & Gardens)
Reception venue: Local
Florals: Suzanna Smith
Orchestrator of events: Jackson of Jackson the Brand
Grooms' attire: Zara
Grooms' shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo & Cole Haan
Accommodations: The Joule
Transportation: Premier Transportation
Photography: Tony Valadez Photography
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