Sterling Stensrud and Robert Evans Marry in Dallas

By Jake Gaines Photography by Stephen Karlisch

It was a perfect setting when Sterling Stensrud of Dallas, the daughter of Vicki and Bruce Stensrud, and Robert Evans of Houston, the son of Linda and Mark Evans were joined in marriage at Highland Park Methodist Church. The minister who presided was Reverend Thomas J. Pace, III, from the couple’s new home church in Houston, St. Luke’s United Methodist. The grand ceremony had the Texas Boys Choir leading the processional and also singing four numbers with the Dallas String Quartet.


Since the bride was from Dallas, the couple and their families chose the city for the nuptial festivities. A downtown view at the Crescent Club at the Crescent Hotel served as the backdrop for the rehearsal dinner of 120 guests, while the entire Mansion on Turtle Creek was the venue for the reception of 500. The color theme was a chic coloration of rose gold with blush, amongst the neutral palette of pinks, beiges and antique rose. A tent from the front lawn leading to the terrace provided the venue for the stunning reception site that was bathed in a golden glow.

The bride had 14 bridesmaids, dressed in long strapless Monique Lhullier gowns, along with seven house party attendants, with the couple’s three nieces serving as flower girls. Allie Cole Stensrud served matron of honor, with Alexandra Besing, Catherine Branch, Rebecca Brown, Christin Brown, Jayne Dale, Allison Evans, Emily George, Molly O’Donnel, Elizabeth Mann, Mackenzie Moussa, Caroline Richards, Katherine Stensrud and Margaret Zimmerman. The groom had 18 groomsmen and 12 ushers: William Jarvis Evans was the Best Man, with Richard Beeler, Sterling Curry, Robert Davis, George Dodd, Michael George, John Stavinoha, Taylor Stensrud, Justin Stensrud, Brucker Stensrud, Hunter Stensrud, Trevoe Tamlyn, Lawson Gow, Peter Guffey, Robert Mann, William O’Neil, Luke Phillips and John Wallace.


Sterling wore a custom couture wedding gown design of silk faille with a modern twist that was designed by Nardos Imam of Nardos Design. The elaborate train, when bustled, created additional architecture, while the gown’s sparkle was from moonstone Swarovski crystals set in rose gold, beautifully accented by a silk tulle veil. A set of moonstone and diamond drop earrings, a wedding gift from her parents, completed the ensemble.

The wedding event planner, Sara Fay Egan and Jackson Durham Florals and Event design, led the creation of the magical weekend. The cake, a highlight of the evening within the thousands of flowers, greenery and candles, had seven graduated tiers decorated in rose gold with the couple’s monogram, which was used throughout the stationery and invitation suite. The cocktails and champagne flowed, with cuisine from six stations of specialty food, including many Mansion favorites like their famous tortilla soup. The band, Jessie’s Girls from Atlanta, changed costumes throughout their performance for the evening that went into the wee hours with the after party in the Mansion Bar.

The couple are both graduates from the University of Texas and love their strong ties to the state. The bride is a teacher at River Oaks Baptist Academy and the groom is an associate at Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors. The couple spent their honeymoon in San Francisco, Napa Valley and Bora Bora.