A Modern, Industrial Wedding at 809 at Vickery in Fort Worth, Texas

Audrey Puentes (32 and a physician) and Paul Courtney (33 and an anesthesiologist) met during medical training—their first real conversation happened one night while they were both working in labor and delivery. They later went out with common friends, kept the conversation going and started dating a few months before Audrey graduated. “We managed to have a successful long-distance relationship for two years after I moved to north Texas,” she says. Their relationship grew stronger across the miles, with a proposal happening after Paul asked Audrey to send him photos of engagement rings. “I crept on her Pinterest page,” he jokes. “From there, I picked something that I liked, timeless and simple.” Audrey says: “I love, love, love my engagement ring. He did a great job.” They were engaged for 14 months before getting married at 809 at Vickery in Forth Worth, Texas, brimming with industrial details and providing indoor and outdoor venue options. They used a color scheme of gray, lavender and plum throughout their celebration, from the seating chart to the bridesmaid dresses and even the cake designed to look like welded metal. A mix of industrial details was evident in the galvanized-metal seating-chart wall in front of the courtyard, concrete and cylinder vases, glass signs, and ghost chiavari chairs. Guests were treated to Moscow Mules (the couple’s signature drink), appetizers of honey-bacon twists, crab cakes and phyllo rolls; the meal comprised a beautiful Caprese salad, bacon-wrapped beef tenderloin or grilled chicken breast with avocado-mango salsa, Parmesan risotto and vegetables. “Food was one of the most important items to us,” Audrey says. “We are foodies, and we wanted each guest to be impressed with the meal.” Audrey and Paul also arranged for Ruthie’s Food Truck to park near the courtyard, where guests were served grilled cheese sandwiches after a night of dancing. Audrey has one piece of advice for other couples planning to tie the knot: Hire a wedding planner. “Our jobs were very hard to work around, and we had limited time outside work to plan anything,” she says. Their planner, she says, was “phenomenal. We would have been lost without her.” —Chrissy Sorenson