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Dallas grooms channel old Hollywood glamour with magical New Year’s Eve wedding

Dallas grooms channel Hollywood glamour with New Year's Eve wedding

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Derek Whitener and Victor Newman Brockwell were married on December 31, 2018. Photo Courtesy of Victor Newman Brockwell
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The couple's vision was for "old Hollywood glamour mixed with slightly creepy elements." Photo Courtesy of Victor Newman Brockwell
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Neon Popsicle provided neon lights, which were used for decor. Photo Courtesy of Victor Newman Brockwell
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The grooms spent all day getting ready with their 22 "groomsmaids." Photo Courtesy of Victor Newman Brockwell
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The wedding was held at Chijmes in Oak Cliff. Photo Courtesy of Victor Newman Brockwell
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Guest were instructed to dress in black-tie and prepare for photo opps. Photo Courtesy of Victor Newman Brockwell
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The wedding cake was a creation by Fancy Cakes by Lauren. Photo Courtesy of Victor Newman Brockwell
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Pages from fairytale books were used in creating tablescapes. Photo Courtesy of Victor Newman Brockwell
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Decor was ecclectic in keeping with the couple's personalities. Photo Courtesy of Victor Newman Brockwell
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In lieu of a DJ, guests chose songs from a jukebox. Photo Courtesy of Victor Newman Brockwell
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Guests danced the night away under an outdoor tent. Photo Courtesy of Victor Newman Brockwell
Derek Whitener and Victor Newman Brockwell's groomsmaids
The 22 "groomsmaids." Photo by The Leitzingers
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Derek Whitener and Victor Newman Brockwell's groomsmaids

There was nothing conventional about Derek Whitener and Victor Newman Brockwell’s New Year’s Eve wedding. In fact, like the grooms themselves — two popular players in the Dallas-Fort Worth theater scene — the celebration was delightfully one of a kind, featuring unique details from beginning to end.

“We wanted old Hollywood glamour mixed with some slightly creepy elements,” says Newman Brockwell. “I’m a hardcore metal kid with a love for glamour, and Derek (who is artistic director at Firehouse Theatre) yearns for theatrical beauty, so we wanted to try to find that happy medium.”

The couple’s vision came to life at Chijmes Dallas in Oak Cliff, which has since shuttered. Neon signs, brass candelabras, skulls, and romantic arrangements by Rebel Floral decorated the space, along with pages from old fairytale books and vintage fashion publications.

The grooms walked down the aisle together with Whitener’s mother and Newman Brockwell’s aunt, while a string quartet played instrumental versions of songs by Joy Division and The Cure.

For the pair, a self-proclaimed “super-modern couple” who met online, it was a moment long in the making. In January 2017, Whitener was gravely injured in a highly publicized attack. The couple calls his recovery “miraculous.”

To celebrate the recovery, Newman Brockwell had planned a surprise “Welcome Back to Health”’ concert featuring more than 100 guests and performances from some of the couple’s closest friends.

“Unbeknownst to him, I was planning on proposing that night,” he says. “At the end of the evening, I invited him on stage to say a couple words. When he took the stage, I nonchalantly handed him a Cartier box, which caused him to get down on his knee. With a typical Derek twist, he proposed to me instead.”

On December 31, 2018, many of those same friends gathered to celebrate the couple once more.

Twenty-two “groomsmaids” spent the day enjoying full glam, courtesy of the grooms, who provided gowns, accessories and styling, along with hair and makeup. While that sounds like an enormous task, it was the perfect one for Newman Brockwell, who is a noted local costume designer. 

“Spending time with our families and helping our groomsmaids feel just as special as we did was definitely one of the highlights,” he says.

Following a touching ceremony, guests enjoyed photo opps à la the Vanity Fair Oscar Party and danced the night away.

“We had a jukebox in lieu of a DJ and danced under an outdoor tent for the reception,” says Newman Brockwell. “It was pretty magical.”

Makeup: Laura Lomonaco & Morgan Mabry
Hair: Heather & Daniel Permenter
Catering: Wolfgang Puck Catering
Cakes: Fancy Cakes by Lauren
Floral: Rebel Floral by Lauren Morgan
Rentals: Top Tier & Marquee Event Rentals
Signage: Neon Popsicle
Photography: The Leitzingers

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