Glamorous Midwestern Wedding at the Ritz Charles

A Kansas City girl fell in love with a Texan and had a wedding that brought the wow factor.


If you send your daughter to school in the Lone Star state, you’re substantially upping the odds that’s she’s going to fall in love with a Texan. That’s what happened to Amanda Pharis. When she went off to Fort Worth to attend Texas Christian University, she met Devan and he turned out to be Amanda’s first boyfriend and forever love.

   The couple got married this past summer in a lavish wedding that expertly combined Devan’s small-town Texas heritage with Amanda’s Kansas City glamour. You knew this wedding was going to be all about the sparkle as soon as you saw Amanda’s dress. Designed by Michael Nolte and reminiscent of the gown Amanda’s mother and grandmother wore, it featured white Venice lace with a lining of ivory-sequined Chantilly lace.

   To up the elegance further, the church was decorated with large topiaries of blush ostrich feathers rising from planters of white azaleas that coordinated perfectly with the bridesmaids’ dresses.

   The glam factor continued at the reception at the Ritz Charles Overland Park, which was transformed into three distinct venues. Wedding guests enjoyed cocktails in an area that was a nod to the couples’ TCU alma mater. The room was lined with split-rail fencing and “cattle brand”-style gingerbread cookies in the shape of the couple’s initials suspended on twine from the chandeliers. Meanwhile, a banjo/mandolin quartet provided Texas tunes.

   The plated dinner featured gold-draped tables and gorgeous centerpieces in shades of deep peach, coral and ivory. But the piece de resistance, which people months later are still talking about, was how the 7-foot-tall wedding cake descended from the ceiling.

   Wedding planner Michael Nolte shared that “launching a space shuttle would have been less stressful for my team.”

   The evening continued with an after-party styled as a club disco where guests danced into the wee hours of the morning and left besotted with the magical night. 

   Wedding Planner: Michael Nolte
   Bridal Gown: Nolte’s Bridal
   Photographer: Clayton Jenkins
   Tuxedos: Tip Top Tux
   Flowers: Fiddly Fig
   Cake: Cheri Elder
   Draping, dance floor and lighting: Landers’ Visions

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