Inside Weddings - - Travel Diaries - De­cem­ber 31, 2016 Dal­las, Texas | Pho­tographed by Karlisch Pho­tog­ra­phy

Upon her grad­u­a­tion from col­lege in Texas, Lau­rel Pugliese was ready for a change of scenery. Elect­ing to move north to Wash­ing­ton, DC with her best friend, the pair soon met An­drew Thrash and his room­mate through an ac­quain­tance shared by the two groups. “I re­mem­ber that Lau­rel was ex­tremely out­go­ing,” says An­drew. “She made it very clear that we were go­ing to be good friends, which made it easy to open up to her.” Lau­rel adds, “I was in­tro­duced to An­drew as ‘Thrash,’ his last name, and I still call him that be­cause of how much I cher­ished our friend­ship and the role that played in our ro­man­tic re­la­tion­ship.”

Fol­low­ing the pass­ing of his beloved grand­fa­ther, Lau­rel gave An­drew un­wa­ver­ing sup­port dur­ing the emo­tional time – he quickly de­cided he wanted to pro­pose. On a solo trip to Dal­las, the groomto-be ar­ranged to go to break­fast with Lau­rel’s fa­ther to dis­cuss his in­ten­tions. “It was a fun, ca­sual meal, but I was pretty ner­vous the whole time,” An­drew re­veals. “At the end, I ba­si­cally blurted it all out. Thank­fully, I got his blessing.” Recruiting the help of a knowl­edge­able friend, it didn’t take An­drew long to ac­quire the per­fect sparkling di­a­mond for Lau­rel. “My friend es­sen­tially told me what, where, and how to buy, and the en­gage­ment ring showed up in the mail!” he ex­plains. In April, on a nighttime stroll, An­drew got on bended knee. “I was shocked!” smiles the bride. “After, we were just plain giddy.”

With just eight months to plan their dream New Year’s Eve wed­ding, Lau­rel asked for the help of her mother and fa­ther im­me­di­ately. “We knew we wanted to get mar­ried in Dal­las,” the bride notes. “Since I was liv­ing in DC, I heav­ily re­lied on my mom and dad to in­ves­ti­gate venues and ven­dors in town.” To­gether with their par­ents and plan­ner, the cou­ple was able to de­sign a con­tem­po­rary South­ern event.

“The venue al­ready had a lot of color to of­fer, so our ad­di­tions were clas­sic and thought­ful.”

Held in a land­mark Art Deco build­ing owned by the Dal­las His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety, the wed­ding was a true nod to the bride’s home state. On the fi­nal day of the year, 400 guests gath­ered for the cer­e­mony in a grand room fea­tur­ing or­nate pil­lars, in­tri­cately de­signed ceil­ing pan­els, sus­pended an­tique-in­spired chan­de­liers, and a large gilt Texas em­blem on the back wall. With so much ar­chi­tec­tural beauty in place, the duo elected to in­clude re­gal flo­ral dé­cor com­ple­men­tary to the deep color scheme at the al­tar.

Brides­maids de­scended the aisle wear­ing flow­ing dresses in a red wine hue while car­ry­ing deep-toned nosegays of roses, dusty miller blos­soms, white lisianthus blooms, and other vi­brant flow­ers. The bride fol­lowed close be­hind, daz­zling at­ten­dees in a so­phis­ti­cated sheath gown fea­tur­ing a sweet­heart neck­line and long il­lu­sion lace sleeves. Fol­low­ing the ten­der “I dos,” the new­ly­weds sa­vored the mo­ment. “Our photographer told us not to rush back up the aisle,” di­vulges Lau­rel. “We took this ad­vice and gave high fives, mouthed en­thu­si­as­tic greet­ings, and con­nected with ev­ery­one un­til we were out of sight.”

Mov­ing into an­other room, friends and fam­ily min­gled dur­ing cock­tail hour while the cer­e­mony space was trans­formed into a stun­ning re­cep­tion area. Long and round ta­bles alike dis­played light linens, and marsala-hued ar­range­ments fea­tured in the vow ex­change were placed in el­e­gant mer­cury-glass vases to be high­lighted as cen­ter­pieces. “The venue al­ready had a lot of color to of­fer, so our ad­di­tions were clas­sic and thought­ful,” af­firms Lau­rel.

“We wanted to dance!” ex­claims the bride. Adds An­drew, “I may have had a heart at­tack on the dance floor had the band not stopped when they did – the en­ergy level was through the roof!” Be­tween bites of their six-tier white cake fea­tur­ing but­ter­cream, rasp­berry, and black vel­vet fill­ings, the new­ly­weds rang in the New Year sur­rounded by the love and sup­port of their near­est and dear­est. “It cer­tainly was the cel­e­bra­tion of our life­time,” An­drew con­firms. As for the en­dear­ing nick­name for her hus­band, Lau­rel ad­mits that “our friends joked, ‘Aren’t you Thrash now?’ and I sup­pose I am!”

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