Bernard and Michelle Nussbaumer on their wedding night in 1984

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Interior Designer Michelle Nussbaumer Reflects on Her Iconic ’80s Wedding

The memorable affair included an evening at the Starck Club and the “who’s who” of Dallas.

Close your eyes and imagine a perfect 1980s wedding in Dallas. There are probably pearls, puffy sleeves, rogue curls, and possibly a towering cake. But whatever you’ve pictured is nowhere near as epic as Michelle Nussbaumer’s 1984 affair.

The interior designer, named one of our Most Stylish in Dallas last year, donned a dress inspired by Princess Diana and designed by her mother. At the reception, which included more than three hundred guests at her parent’s home, a tiered cake by iconic Texan baker Ida Mae Stark towered over Nussbaumer. Her sleeves, of course, were puffy, but the bride her shoulders bare at the prior evening’s festivities, held at the now-legendary Starck Club the night before it officially opened.

The bride wore black: Michelle chose a figure-sculpting Azzadine Alaia dress for the occasion, which she complemented with black accessories, including a vintage feathered 1960s Frank Olive hat. “It was an epic engagement party!” she says.

D Weddings‘ Creative Digital Director Loddie Allison caught up with the Ceylon et Cie owner to reminisce on the entire wedding weekend. Read the full story — and peruse some fantastic ’80s photos — on