“True love is selfless. It is prepared to sacrifice.”- Sadhu Vaswani
Tarra and Evan met in New York as fellows for the non-profit organization Management Leadership for Tomorrow. What started as a professional relationship, led to a New York City romance. After a year of run-ins and small talk, Evan built up the courage to ask Tarra out on a date. In true New York fashion, Evan planned dates reminiscent of the culture filled city. A walk on the Brooklyn Bridge, a Mets game, a tour of the Empire State building, the Top of the Rock, and a Russian vodka room just to name a few. Tarra and Evan’s I Love New York eventually turned into I love you.
The couple had an elegant wedding at Perkins Chapel at SMU and a reception at the Magnolia Hotel in Downtown Dallas. Coterie member, Jay Jackson of Still-Life Media Photography, captured the stunning images for this exquisite navy and purple wedding in Dallas.
Bride: Tarra Thomas
Groom: Evan Sharp
Wedding location: Perkins Chapel and Magnolia Hotel – Downtown Dallas
What was your wedding style and how was your wedding dress shopping experience?
Our wedding style was classic, formal, and elegant and our colors were navy, purple, and platinum. We wanted to get married in the spring, with good weather. I visited a few places before selecting the gown of my dreams. In fact, the dress I ultimately chose was one of the first I had looked at. I couldn’t wait to wear it on my wedding day, and Evan couldn’t wait to see it.
Tell us all about the proposal!
One of Tarra’s favorite TV shows is “The Amazing Race.” Knowing that, Evan wanted to make the proposal both amazing and a bit of a race. Evan left the first clue in his nightstand. On Thursday night, when he would have returned home from San Francisco to Chicago for a work trip, he instead flew to NYC without Tarra’s knowledge. Upon landing, he called her and told her to “get some rest and check the night stand…she had an early morning on Friday.” Up to that point, Tarra had no idea what was going on. She said “but I’ve got work tomorrow,” to which Evan replied, “Don’t worry about it, it’s taken care of.” Evan had contacted her manager to ensure that her work plate was cleared for Friday. Tarra woke up early Friday and flew first class to NYC on American Airlines. Upon arrival at LaGuardia Airport, she was instructed to go to the AA lounge. Her second clue awaited her there. Tarra worked at American Airlines right out of undergrad, hence the significance of flying AA. Next, she traveled to the W Hotel in Midtown Manhattan where the next clue awaited. The W is where Tarra and Evan would stay later that night, and is a part of their preferred chain of hotels. After leaving the W, she journeyed to 2 Gold, the apartment building Tarra lived in when she and Evan started dating. After a gap of time where Tarra was nudged to “get her nails done,” the clue suggested she go to Rockefeller Center (Top of the Rock). When she arrived, Evan was waiting for her with the final clue, which read: “Will you be my wife?” Evan hired a photographer to capture pictures , and then they both went to dinner at Landmarc in Tribeca, the restaurant where they had their first date. After a long “amazing race,” they retreated to the hotel, which to Tarra’s surprise was decorated with pictures from their time together over the years, rose petals, and champagne. It was truly a day to remember in their Big City of Dreams.
What is your best memory from your wedding?
My best memory from the wedding was during the ceremony when Evan read his vows and began to cry. Everyone in the Church had tears in their eyes and it was a really touching moment.
Congratulations to Tarra and Evan on their nuptials! We loved the navy and purple combination, what an elegant wedding.
Photography – Still-Life Media Photography
Event Coordinator – Jennifer Ashford – Altar Ego Weddings
Stationary – Wedding Paper Divas
Hair Stylist – Dee Dee Tillis
Wedding Cake – Dallas Affaires Cake Co.
Videographer – Inspired Effects
Music – PTP Entertainment
Florist/Floral Designer – A Stylish Soiree