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63 living room, with sofas and chaises replacing dining tables and chairs. And the library bar was redesigned to feel, well, like a library — as it once was. Flowers were styled in a domestic manner, with elegant topiaries and small, low arrangements; even the Mansion's patio was refurnished to resemble that of a most glorious home. Once the tent opened for dinner and dancing, the year of planning came together. "It had a theme without having a theme," Egan says. "The actual color of the Mansion, the rose-gold terracotta stucco, was what jump-started the color palette." From invitations to linens to the hue of the cake, the Mansion's exterior color was matched exactly. The carved quatrefoil ceiling was replicated on both the invitation and the cake. Waiters dressed in white dinner jackets with jaunty rose-gold bow ties, and the night's signature cocktail — the Ms. Vicki martini — was pink to match. "There was a rose-gold glow throughout the night," says Stensrud. With nearly half of their 450 guests spending the wedding weekend at the Mansion, this was indeed the most memorable house party on record. As the wedding neared the fi nal dance, rose gold confetti fell from the ceiling and, Stensrud says, "People were having so much fun, we thought the tent might collapse." Not on this golden night. Not in a million years. "THAT FAMILY HAS SUCH A LONG HISTORY AT THE MANSION. IT'S BEEN AN INTEGRAL PART OF LIFE'S LARGE MOMENTS, SO IT JUST MADE SO MUCH SENSE TO HAVE THE WEDDING THERE." — Julian Leaver Former mayor of New York City Rudy Giuliani at the reception. Flower-girl dresses from Layette, Dallas; fl ower crowns designed by Jackson Durham Events. Jessie's Girls band Sterling Stensrud, in custom Nardos Imam, and Robert Evans, in Ermenegildo Zegna The getaway: a Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III from Imperial Limousine, and fi reworks by Pyrotex, Inc. The Texas Boys Choir enters Highland Park United Methodist Church.

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