Alexis Nabors loves glitter — so much that friends, family and even work colleagues know her as “Sparkles.” So when she became engaged to boyfriend Tanner Belt, a sparkly ceremony and reception were in order.
Touches of glitter and shimmer showered the entire event, from Tanner’s black sequined jacket to the glitter cannon that went off twice — at the completion of the ceremony and during the couple’s exit.
“I’m obsessed with glitter,” says Alexis. “Obsessed.”
The couple was married on October 19, 2019 at The Post at River East, a live music lounge and restaurant east of downtown Fort Worth that was just in the works when they booked it months prior.
“A friend recommended an old rundown empty building that used to be a post office,” says Alexis. “We found out somebody had just bought it and planned to turn it into a music venue and restaurant. So we had no idea what it was going to look like by the time of our wedding.”
Located on Riverside’s fledgling Race Street, the space was redone to add a stage and bar. The spacious courtyard served as an open-air reception area after the ceremony took place on the stage inside. Alexis handcrafted much of the décor herself, from the hanging lanterns with floral accents to the large birch branch tied with eucalyptus strings and roses that served as the ceremony backdrop.
Bridesmaids dazzled in an array of rose gold dresses. Alexis also made their hoop-shaped floral bouquets. Groomsmen boasted bolos with their initials, along with tuxes and cowboy boots.
When Alexis bought her sequined, mermaid wedding dress at Bliss Bridal, she didn’t know she’d have to have it tailored more than once.
“The dress was crazy because I found out I was pregnant in August and I bought the dress in March,” she says. “We had to alter the dress a little bit.”
Glitter appeared in a big way during a sentimental surprise coordinated by Alexis’ boss, who’d taken her 1965 Chevy and restored it in glitzy fashion.
“My dad was in the middle of remodeling it for the third time when he passed,” Alexis says. “We've had it since I was born.”
The interior was completed with a seat marked with "Daddy's Lil Sparkle." The driver's side front panel featured a custom-made plate that said the truck's official name, "Lady Nabors." Pacifiers and baby bottles spray-painted rose-gold and blush with glitter were attached by strings on the back bumper. ‘Just Married’ was also painted on the rear windshield in rose-gold glitter and the bed was full of glittery confetti.
“Everyone knew it was my dad's truck that I inherited and have been working on finishing since he passed,” Alexis says. “They were all in tears at how beautiful it was.”
For dinner, Alexis and Tanner shared their favorite meal with their guests — pizza from Buffalo Bros.
“We go at least once a week, every week,” says Alexis.
The couple cut a small wedding cake on stage together, but Dough Boy Donuts provided the main dessert. Doughnut flavors ranged from Mexican hot chocolate and Sriracha maple bacon to s’mores and a custom flavor called Pumpkin Glitterbeard that involved pumpkin cheesecake with glitter on top.
The October wedding fit Alexis’ and Tanner’s fall-themed love affair. The two met via an online dating app and their first date was on Halloween, handing candy out at Alexis’ house with four of her girlfriends.
“We had so much fun. It was kismet from there. It was meant to be,” says Alexis.
Tanner proposed two years later, at midnight on Halloween, in front of more than 60 people at their annual costume party.
With their baby due the next February, the couple embarked on a quiet and snowy honeymoon in Red Stone, Colorado to relax.
Ceremony and reception venue: The Post at River East
Wedding day coordinator: Kristi Wilson of Jan Simus Events
Bridal gown: Bliss Bridal
Groom’s jacket: Macy’s
Catering: Buffalo Bros
Wedding cake: Arielle Sutcliffe
Dessert: Dough Boy Donuts
Floral: Michell Events
DJ: Jeff Hickock
Photography: The Leitzingers