Mackenzie Moussa And Austin Lewis Exchange Vows in Dallas
By Eleanora Morrison Photography by Stephen Karlisch
For Austin and Mackenzie Lewis, a Southern Boy met a Texan Girl and the rest, as they say, was history. With the groom from Ruston, Louisiana and the bride from Dallas, Texas, this love story was sure to be crafted with a serving of Southern sweetness generous enough to warm anyone’s heart. A relationship that began over five years ago from a distance quickly brought this charming gent to Dallas to court his “Bohemian-looking girl with a smile the size of Texas,” as the groom mused.
With a shared admiration for contemporary art, it was only fitting that Mackenzie and Austin planned a tastefully glamorous fête at The Dallas Museum of Art. A dream of Mackenzie’s was to be married in the church she was raised attending, so the ceremony was held at Highland Park Presbyterian Church with decorative flair fit for a regal union. Mackenzie’s parents, Mark and Michelle Moussa, and Austin’s parents, Melanie and Jedd Lewis, welcomed over 650 guests to celebrate the matrimony of their children.
The bride had nineteen attendants, including fourteen bridesmaids and five house party members. The groom had twelve total attendants, all of them groomsmen. Attending Mackenzie were her matron of honor Molly O’Donnel, and Catherine Branch, Sterling Evans, Shannon Seale, Kitty Womble, Jayne Feste, Emily George, Lauren Huddleston, Annie King, Erica Hubble, Grace Pearson, Hannah Dean, Sydney Stone and Margaret Johnson. Attending Austin were his best men, Jedd Lewis (the groom’s father) and Morgan Lewis (the groom’s twin brother), and Philippe Blais, Ryan Dorbandt, Thomas Frierson, Brett Goldberg, Will Haynie, Matt Landrum, Jake Lewis, Tanner Moussa, Coulter McMahen, Alex Stringfellow and Anthony Wills.
Mackenzie wore a bridal gown designed by Romona Keveza, with moonstone and rose gold earrings from Petra Jewelry. The lace tied around her bouquet was sentimental — it was a piece from her mother’s wedding dress. The secret garden-like archway of ivy and blooms that ornamented the church doors at Highland Park Presbyterian was designed by Jackson Durham Events, and the coloration theme of the wedding and reception was an elegant palette of rose gold and blush with accents of gray, green and blue.
Guests were treated to a feast of curated culinary delights, with decadent food stations scattered throughout the reception venue. During the cocktail hour, the couple chose to pass fried oysters, a Louisiana staple, followed by mini grilled cheese sandwiches and watermelon squares with feta and balsamic as a cleansing amuse-bouche. As homage to the bride’s Texas upbringing and love of Tex-Mex cuisine, the couple offered a taco station for their guests, with craft margaritas to compliment. They also chose to replicate crispy Brussels sprouts and green beans from their favorite date night Dallas hot spot, Shinsei. And, for the late-night hunger strike after hours on the dance floor? It was Whataburgers and French fries for all.
Sara Fay Egan with Jackson Durham Events and Julian Leaver with The Dapper Diplomat flawlessly executed a reception to remember. The Dallas String Quartet serenaded guests with electric strings during cocktail hour, and Simply Irresistible from East Coast Entertainment had everyone in full swing on the brushed gold dance floor. Mostly Arteriors furniture and fixtures were used for seating and lighting, to bring a familial touch to the atmosphere. A custom tent was constructed on the Eagle Plaza, a first for any event at the museum. Also custom-made was a vibrant neon sign with the couple’s initials that hung for the photo booth. Both the bride and groom cakes were created by Fancy Cakes by Lauren, with Mackenzie’s cake matching the lace design from her wedding dress and Austin’s cake a miniature of his golf bag with his favorite accessories. At the base of the groom’s cake was the LSU school newspaper, stating that they were playing Ole Miss on the date of the Lewis’s wedding as a nod to Austin’s alma mater LSU and Mackenzie’s alma mater, Ole Miss.
The newlyweds honeymooned at tropical Sugar Beach, a Viceroy Resort on the island of St. Lucia in the Caribbean. They now reside in Dallas, where Mackenzie is a Product Designer at Arteriors Home and Austin is the Vice President of Commercial Lending at Origin Bank.