With This Ring and a Bell …

And an Eight-Foot-Tall Cake ...

Brooke Hortenstine. Photography Donna Newman.
February 01, 2012

Just when we thought we could only be wowed by one Schlegel wedding, parents Myrna and Bob impressed again with the opulent elegance of second daughter Kari’s marriage to Troy Kloewer. The Schlegels called upon event designer Todd Fiscus of Todd Events and wedding coordinator Mary Wright Shah to bring to life an unforgettably beautiful day. We now pronounce the details.

“I have always loved Monique Lhuillier. I knew right away I wanted her to make my dress.  I had a very good idea of what I wanted, so my mom, sisters and I took a trip to Los Angeles to meet her and design the dress. Troy wore my dad’s cuff links and shirt studs — they were his ‘something
borrowed.’”  — Kari Schlegel Kloewer

“Kari’s nephew, JR, was one of the most darling parts of the ceremony. When that sweet boy walked in ringing that bell, and after the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Chorus had just blown your mind … it was pure wedding magic! That small sound of a ringing bell to announce Kari was perfection.” — Todd Fiscus    

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, led by maestro Jaap van Zweden, made a sophisticated backdrop to the wedding party. The bridesmaids’ dresses were designed by Michael Faircloth; the groomsmen’s tuxedos were from Culwell & Son.

Dozens of perfect Phalaenopsis orchid stems create Kari’s cascading bouquet.

Bronwen at Frosted Art created the almost eight-foot-tall bridal cake.

A demitasse of soup from Food Glorious Food as the amuse-bouche enticed everyone to be seated for a welcome from the father of the bride. The china and silverware
were sourced from Ducky Bob’s Cannonball Rentals.

Mere seconds after the ceremony at Highland Park United Methodist Church ended, a 40-by-12-foot gray carpet was moved into position, connecting the church to the reception.

The church runner was in greige velvet, and Tara Jones Calligraphy hand-painted the “S” bridal monogram at the entry and a “K” groom monogram at the top. “A bride on entry should never walk over her soon-to-be monogram, but can marry in front of it — good luck and great taste,” Fiscus says.

The menu, produced by Rhonda Warren of Color Box Designs, reflects the shape of the mirror in the ceiling. The men received a beef main course, and the ladies, a sea bass, so two menus were printed — a male and a female version.