Westin Dallas Galleria Gay Wedding
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Weddings of Our Own: Andrews & Richard

Dallas, December 31, 2015

photography by Allen Tsai Photography

NAMES Andrews DeLaFosse & Richard Fitzgerald.

LIVE IN Prestonwood, Dallas, Texas.

OCCUPATIONS Andrews is a TV station sales executive; Richard is a freelance designer.

HOW THEY MET At a New Year’s Eve party in 1988.

HOW THEY GOT ENGAGED They had been a couple for 27 years by the time of the Supreme Court ruling. Andrews: “We more or less went into immediate wedding mode.”

REHEARSAL DINNER Grand Lux Cafe, at Galleria Dallas.

WEDDING-DAY WEATHER Mild and a bit cloudy.

NUMBER OF GUESTS 114.

WEDDING COLORS Black, white, silver, and gold.

THEME Apropos of their first meeting, the couple chose a New Year’s Eve theme, with a little “glam,” some “old-school” elements, and a bit of art deco.

FLOWERS In keeping with their black-and-white NYE theme, Andrews and Richard went for “dramatic and unique—and a little masculine,” achieving their look with opaque, flat-black containers.

DIY HIGHLIGHTS The couple wanted the ballroom to look “festive and wintery without being too Christmas-y.” Twenty pre-lit Christmas trees were set up in clusters around the border of the ballroom. Andrews: “The trees, combined with a ceiling flooded with 2,000 black-and-white balloons and cool blue-white uplighting, were perfect for New Year’s Eve.”

THE MENU It was a duo entrée of steak and salmon. During both the cocktail hour and dinner reception, two drinks were passed—champagne and Texas iced tea (made with sweet-tea vodka and served in a Mason jar)—“our way of welcoming our guests to Texas for the weekend,” says Andrews.

DESSERT The tall, dramatic wedding cake was the showpiece, designed with art deco lines. Andrews: “We picked red velvet and Irish cream as the two flavors. I love red velvet, and the Irish cream was a nod to Richard’s big family. The cake was beautiful and delicious.”

IF THEY HAD TO DO IT OVER They would have invited about a dozen additional guests and redoubled their efforts to personally greet each one.

FAVORITE DETAIL The ballroom was closed off to guests during the cocktail reception. This made for a fun and powerful “reveal” when everyone was invited to enter.

UNIQUE ELEMENTS OF THE DAY Episcopalians who very much wanted a church ceremony, Andrews and Richard were initially disappointed when the Dallas Episcopal Diocese would not permit a same-sex marriage ceremony in any of its churches. But the couple got creative. The intimate ceremony—with only about 50 guests—was held in a small boardroom near the reception ballroom of the Westin Galleria Dallas. Their wedding planner draped the boardroom completely in white, covering the chairs and setting down an aisle runner. The florist created two dramatic altarpieces, and candelabras further dressed up the staging. Andrews: “The room was completely transformed. It was beyond anything we could have imagined. It was an emotional and beautiful ceremony for us.”

UNEXPECTED EVENT Though the couple had requested no gifts, their hotel room was filled with food, flowers, and cards, which made the day feel extra special.

ADVICE FOR OTHERS Hire a wedding planner you love. Then, trust that wedding planner. Also, if you’re getting married at a hotel, plan to spend the day before and after your wedding there. It makes everything easier.

THE DAY IN THREE WORDS Sophisticated, happy, fun.

Vendor List

CEREMONY, RECEPTION, CATERING, HOTEL FOR GUESTS

Westin Galleria, Dallas

BALLOONS

Balloons Dallas, at Frisco Party Station

LIGHTING, SOUND RENTALS, MUSIC

DJ Robert Spera/LeForce Entertainment

DRAPING, CHAIR COVERS, NAPKINS

M&M Special Events

OFFICIANT

John O’Neal (friend and pastor)

WEDDING PLANNER

Christy Matthews, Christy Matthews Events

PHOTOGRAPHY

Allen Tsai Photography

FLOWERS

Luther Menke, Village Garden & Gallery

CAKE

Fancy Cakes by Lauren Kitchens

MUSICIANS

Serenata Strings

FAVORS

Yelibelly Chocolates, Southlake

INVITATIONS

Vistaprint