Shelby Krause and Travis Goff’s Glamorous Nuptials Wows State

By Lance Avery Morgan
Photography by Stephen Karlish
Research by Molly Bayme

Princess Grace of Monaco would have been proud. Proud to see the elegance of one of the most sumptuous weddings of the year, or even the decade, that recently occurred when Shelby Elizabeth Krause of Austin and Travis Gardner Goff of Fort Worth were joined in marriage on Saturday, June 8, 2013. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Winston Krause of Austin and granddaughter of Mrs. Jessie B. Shelby Weatherton and the late Mr. Joe Aubrey Shelby of Austin and Dr. and Mrs. James Harold Krause of Houston. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Collins Goff of Fort Worth and Mr. and Mrs. Roger Jackson of Fort Worth and the grandson of Mrs. Janice Goff, the late Mr. Charles Goff of Lake Jackson, and Mr. and Mrs. Victor Gardner of Fort Worth.

The celebratory events leading up to the wedding typified the love for Shelby and Travis by their friends and family. “Because we are at the age where so many friends are getting married and having to travel for parties, we decided just to have three pre-wedding events,” shares Shelby Krause Goff. “My bridesmaids and house party hosted a girl’s shower for me at the beautiful home of Molly and Justin Cox in Dallas. My parents’ friends had an elegant Mexican Fiesta engagement party for us at the home of Julie and Pat Oles in Austin, with Julie Crenshaw teaching all of the hostesses how to make beautiful flower balls as centerpieces to complement the buffet centerpieces by David Kurio. The Goff’s friends hosted a lovely couple’s shower in Fort Worth at a historic home belonging to the Tripplehorn family. They also had a fabulous bachelorette weekend in La Jolla and San Diego hosted by John Schweitzer and First Lady Anita Perry with help from my bride’s maids of honor and the wedding party. The weekend included Mrs. Perry hosting a brunch at the world-famous Heavenly Hash in San Diego and John Schweitzer hosted a dinner on the beach at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club. Simultaneously, the Goff’s hosted a bachelor party for Travis’ wedding party of men in Costa Rica where deep-sea fishing (one of Travis’ favorite pastimes) was the order of the day.”

A bridal luncheon was held at the Headliner’s Club, in downtown Austin, where Chanel-clad Shelby was surrounded by her closest attendants: two maids of honor, and by her matron of honor, Mrs. Sarah Goff Klaus of Fort Worth who is the sister of the groom. In the wedding Shelby had eleven bridesmaids and maids of honor, two junior bridesmaids, three flower girls, and one ring bearer. The couple each had family and close friends as attendants: 14 attendants of groomsman and ushers represented the groom. Toasts were made and dear friends and family, who gathered for the traditional meal of light fare to keep up the strength for the activities ahead, lauded the bride-to-be.

Fast-forward to the eve of the wedding for the happy couple’s cocktail reception and rehearsal dinner for 250 guests that occurred at Brazos Hall, complete with a city view of downtown Austin. The two-story venue, a blank slate, was completely transformed into a wild game lodge for the gathering by the evening’s hosts, the groom’s father and stepmother, John and Cami Goff, who chose a black, white and gold theme, accented with crystal and hunting trophies from around the world. “The tables were assigned by special events in our lives, from our special birthday trips to Mendocino, to our engagement in the Napa Valley, to the families meeting for the first time in Half Moon Bay, to the Vancouver Film Festival,” states Shelby. The evening’s attire was casual chic, with Shelby dressed in an Italian silk halter dress with ruffled accents, designed by Hadleigh’s Bespoke custom clothier in Dallas. The entertainment at dinner began with toasts from the wedding party and then it was onto a sabre cutting into a jeroboam of French champagne for toasts. The couple was then serenaded with Italian love songs and it was the perfect backdrop for country musician Cory Morrow, who, after dinner and to the guests’ delight, held a private concert. Mr. and Mrs. Roger Jackson of Fort Worth, the groom’s mother and stepfather were also in attendance for the weekend’s festivities. Out of town guests received welcome boxes that were embellished with the couple’s duogram and included San Pellegrino, personalized Tito’s vodka, a lime, knife, AustiNuts, Hersey’s kisses, Altoids, Advil, personalized cups with the T&S duogram and a book of Austin activities.

The next day, at seven-thirty in the evening at the First United Methodist Church in the Capitol City, the black-tie wedding began, after six months of feverish planning, a short amount of time for a wedding this size of 650 guests. “We wanted the ceremony to stand out from the reception and thought that an all-white theme would be most appropriate for the church, and would not give away the abundance of color at the reception,” says Shelby Krause Goff about the abundance of white flowers which blanketed the formal alter. The Reverend Barry Fulton of Tarrytown United Methodist Church officiated the double-ring ceremony and consequently, baptized both the bride and her brothers and was the organist at the wedding of the bride’s parents, Sheri and Winston Krause. During the ceremony Fulton recalled how he had baptized Shelby (and her brothers, Wynn and Hill) as well as being involved in her church mission work during the summers. The music was provided by the Austin Children’s Choir, soloist Lucie Melcher, organist Dr. Scott Davis and the 20-piece Arundel Ensemble to the guests who filled the pews. “It was incredibly special to be surrounded by our families’ loved ones and friends,” muses Sheri Krause, mother of the bride.

The bridal gown was picture perfect, as expected. “I worked with the in-house designer at Stanley Korshak in Dallas to create the bridal gown,” says Sheri Krause Goff. It was a strapless gown with a simple tulle overlay worn for the wedding ceremony, while the bodice of the dress was created from French lace that was hand-embroidered and accented with seed pearls and small jewels. The dress featured a modified trumpet silhouette with a multi-layered train of silk organza and tulle embellished with hand-beaded flowers. Given in marriage by her parents and brothers, Wynn and Hill, and escorted by her father, the bride chose a cathedral-length veil was designed in blush French tulle and carried a bouquet of cascading white phalaenopsis orchids.

Following the ceremony, a lavish cocktail reception was held at the nearby Driskill Hotel. Shelby goes on the say, “Coutures by Laura made my after-party gown which was a very last-minute decision. I realized how heavy my gown was after my bridal portrait and knew I would need to make a change during the evening and Laura really came to the rescue. The silk mermaid dress was overlaid with beautiful hand-cut silk appliqués and my shoes were by Jimmy Choo.” Shelby’s emerald-cut diamond drop earrings were those that John Goff designed for his wife, Cami, to represent something borrowed.

When guests walked into the Driskill foyer and up to the mezzanine, they saw a grand dame transformed for the occasion with thousands of flowers that included Phalaenopsis Orchids, Hydrangea, Roses in all shades of pink, French Tulips, Lily of the Valley, Sweet Peas, and Peonies, according to the event’s floral designer, David Kurio. “First and foremost we knew that we wanted to work with David Kurio Designs and Townsley Design since my mother has worked with them for years on special events and I have known since I was 6 years old that David Kurio would be the florist for my wedding,” says Shelby.  “Shonda Townsley and John Burks from Townsley Design are so creative and brought so many incredible ideas to the table. Caplan Miller’s Sarah Miller, working with her assistant Anita Pruenda, and the entire Caplan Miller team planned and executed the entire wedding weekend without a flaw. Team meetings along with the Driskill’s Linda Poole would last up to seven hours at a time. We decided that we wanted to keep the charm of the hotel and build on it.” According to David Kurio, “From my very first meeting with the Krauses it was very apparent, as she arrived with rolling luggage filled with inspiration, that they had done their homework. Sheri and Shelby had a very clear vision for decor and flowers for the wedding. It was our role to take their vision to reality.”

“I chose the Driskill for its elegance and because it’s very ‘Austin’ and is a historic landmark. My parents spent their wedding night there,” confides Shelby. “I also liked the idea of having several different rooms to work with instead of one large ballroom. We chose Big Blast and The Party Masters from Atlanta for our main stage band. They not only play great music, but they also really put on a terrific show. They even did costume changes and changed lyrics to songs that were particularly special to Travis and me.” She goes on to say, “The Lucky Strikes from Austin played Rat Pack-type music in the ‘charcuterie room’. We wanted different vibes in different areas, so we had a champagne and caviar bar on the Brazos balcony that was enclosed and pumped with an extra 10 tons of air conditioning. David Kurio created champagne flute chandeliers with 600 champagne flutes hanging from ribbons to create the “crystals” for the chandeliers that were cut by the waiters to serve the champagne. The balcony was accented with a white leather tufted bar with lacquer insets that had our special duogram.”

No detail was left undone with the Krause’s vision. “On the 6th Street balcony, Travis got to dictate the décor which included a UT tower groom’s cake by Simon Lee Bakery of Austin, bolstered by a base of fresh pomegranates, plus a cigar roller with personalized cigar bands for the occasion and a smoking lounge and a whiskey bar,” recounts Shelby. “The bar and décor was all done in dark hardwoods. In the Citadel club, we created a sushi and saké bar, with an ice- carved bar embellished with the signature duogram we used on all of our wedding stationery, too. This was our cool, contemporary area with coffee tables made out of Lucite TV screens that showed streaming video of the dance floor in the main ballroom.”

The cuisine included smoked meat and oysters cooked to perfection, African prawns that were 8 inches long, charcuterie including truffle pates aged cheeses and house-made sausages and salamis. Lamb lollipops, beef and venison tenderloin, a trio of salads including lobster, beet and blue cheese, crab cakes and grilled scallops and Russian caviar also complemented the spectacular culinary feast. “Crystal and silver pieces from my mother and grandmother’s collections were used as the serving pieces. Each food area had special china and silver that was selected to correspond with the particular food being served,” reflects Shelby. “To further make each food area special, a different specialty table linen was selected to differentiate each area. It took six different rental companies to accomplish this, but Caplan Miller made it happen. Over 3000 monogrammed linen napkins were used at the bar and food service areas. It was very important to us how the food was presented. The Driskill provided 20 chefs to plate each item individually on small plates. Not a single chafing dish was used.”

Let them eat cake. And, lots of it. Dallas-based Frosted Art’s Bronwen Weber created the majestic cake, and according to her it was originally to be eight feet tall, but ended up at 10. “It was three different flavors: classic hummingbird, silver pound raspberry petit four, and orange blossom,” says Weber. “It was every bit as delicious to match its stunning presence and there were thousands of hand-made flowers in shades of blush pink, and miles of intricate piping. The cake took hundreds of hours and considerable planning to get it up the stairs, as it didn’t fit in the elevators.” The effort was worth it because of the wow factor in the middle of the foyer that it created in tandem with the rest of the stunning venue envisioned by the Krause’s.

The luminaries who attended were plentiful. Gov. Rick Perry with First Lady Anita Perry, Texas Secretary of State John Steen, Patty and James Huffines and the Cox family of Dallas were joined by Mica Mosbacher from Houston, the Schnitzers of Houston, along with and Austinites Steve and Donna Hicks and Ben and Julie Crenshaw, the Cavender and Ruiz-Healy families from San Antonio, as well as the newly-married Bradley Agathers, and Coley Means of Fort Worth and West Texas. But, really, all of the guests who attended were meaningful to Shelby and Travis.

The festivities continued into the wee hours of the morning. “It was the night of my dreams. To cap off the evening, we had an incredible after-party, adds Shelby. “With a rockin’ DJ and late night treats of lobster corny dos, truffle fries, Frito pies and chefs who made pancakes to order with toppings galore.” The favors were silver-footed trays with our T&S duogram on it. We had a box of salt-water taffy on each tray because Travis and I both love salt-water taffy and always go through several boxes at the State Fair in Dallas. We got it from the same vendor who has been there for 50 years… they created the special selection of taffy for our favors.

Then, the next day, Governor and Mrs. Rick Perry and Patty and James Huffines of Dallas hosted a luncheon at the state’s First Residence for the bride and groom’s family, attendants and close friends before dashing off a honeymoon to Kenya and the Seychelles Islands. The couple makes their home in Dallas, where Shelby will continue designing her silver and crystal and Travis is employed at Goff Capital Partners in nearby Fort Worth. And, perhaps the T-shirt party favors at the going away brunch summed it all up best: ‘The Hunt Is Over!”

Maids of honor: Sydney Perry & Sarah Miglicco

Matron of honor: Sarah Goff Klaus

Bridesmaids: Jenny Heiser, Sterling Oles, Catherine Vail, Patti Ruiz-Healy, Khaki Wright, Savannah Engel, Molly Macatee Cox, Lauren Chapman, Georgia Ruch, Caroline Rhett, and Leigh Fransen

Junior bridesmaids: Lucie Melcher and Lily Melcher

Ring bearer: Bennett Klaus

Flower girls: Sara Christ, Madeline Christ, and Ellis Heiser

Best man: Christopher Goff

Groomsmen: Wynn Krause, Hill Krause, Nick Klaus, Hunter Brous, Graham Trainor, Scotty Thompson, Greg Pierce, Chase Bolding, Keith Pettibon, Jacob Tripplehorn, Jordan McCann, and Taylor Hood

House party: Marianna Stephens, Merritt Beck, Blair Watson, Ashley Southerland, Alexis Wood, Kerrie Holmes, and Alison Rodman

Ushers: Wilkie Colyer, George Kirkland, Crawford Smith, Joe Flaum, Bradley Hickman, Will Evans, and Chris Cagle


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