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March 2017 - Houston

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62 If not for the fashion and the au courant caravan of cars lined up in valet at Dallas' Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, one would have thought it was once again the 1920s estate of its original owner, oilman Sheppard King. For one night only, the entire restaurant and bar — the portion of the hotel that was originally a residence — was shuttered for private use. The last time these rooms were closed to the public was in 2013, when Chanel creative director Karl Lagerfeld took over the entire hotel during his Paris- Dallas Métiers d'Art fashion show. But the cause for celebration this time had little to do with French fashion and more to do with love: the wedding reception of Dallas native Sterling Stensrud upon her marriage to Robert Evans from Houston, where the couple now resides. Nearly four weeks before the wedding, a multi-tiered, 10,000-square-foot, translucent tent began to take shape on the Mansion's sloping front lawn. "This was the first time a tent had been erected at the Mansion," says Julian Leaver, then the hotel's director of catering sales and events. "No one had ever built a tent like that. The way it was designed made it feel like an extension of the Mansion. It looked like it had always been there." That was precisely the point. When Sara Fay Egan, a partner at Jackson Durham Events in Dallas, first met with Stensrud, it was clear the bride wanted something that had never been done before. "I told her I loved the Mansion but that I didn't want to have the reception in the ballroom," Stensrud says. "And Sara Fay smiled and said, 'Oh, I have an idea …'" What happened next was a wedding reception of epic proportions, one the Mansion had never played host to before. Instead of treating the hotel like a traditional venue, Egan looked to the Mansion's storied history. "We took the hotel back to the original mansion estate," she says. The main dining room was set up as a ROSE GOLD BY CHRISTINA GEYER. PHOTOGRAPHY STEPHEN KARLISCH. DREAMING IN Sterling Stensrud The tented reception at Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek

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