In the spring of 2017, Roseanne Blair and Houston Hardaway played a married couple onstage while performing improv at Dallas Comedy House. Four years later, they became husband and wife.
The two had become acquainted in 2016, through the local improv scene. “We really loved the comedy chemistry we had, which turned into friendship,” said Ms. Blair, who goes by Rosey. Sometime after their performance as a married couple, though, things got a little flirty while the two were hanging out one evening, and Mr. Hardaway kissed her. A first date, which included sushi and a burlesque show, soon followed.
“If you ever wonder if the man you’re going out with is a gentleman, take him to a burlesque show and see how well behaved he is,” Ms. Blair said. “Needless to say, Houston was perfect.”
Ms. Blair, 33, a Dallas native, writes a blog about plus-size fashion, Roseybeeme, and is a social media influencer with some 176,000 followers on Instagram and 252,000 followers on TikTok. (Her social media posts have gone viral on more than one occasion.) She also works as an independent brand consultant, with a focus on helping retailers grow their size-inclusive apparel offerings. She attended the University of North Texas, where she studied theater.
Mr. Hardaway, 31, who is from Arlington, Texas, has a bachelor’s degree in film and video from the University of Texas at Arlington. He now works as a content creator for Ms. Blair’s blog and social media platforms.
“I have always believed in her skill and vision and felt that she was creating something that would truly make a real and positive impact,” he said.
The couple, who live in Dallas, became engaged Feb. 10, 2020. Mr. Hardaway proposed to Ms. Blair outside of Parliament, the local bar where, he said, “we both agree was the location we had started to catch feelings for one another. I took her on a walk around the block and got on one knee. Rosey ugly cried.”
Mr. Hardaway said he had felt “a self-imposed pressure to make our proposal as cinematically romantic as possible,” and that he spent weeks trying to identify the “perfect” moment to ask Ms. Blair to marry him. “I carried around the ring in my pocket for probably a month before proposing, waiting for that magic moment.”
They were married Nov. 20 at the Mason, a venue in Dallas’s Oak Cliff neighborhood, which is where they first declared their love for one another. About 85 guests, most of whom were fully vaccinated, attended the black-tie wedding officiated by Steven T. Fricke, a celebrant ordained through the Universal Life Church.
“The most joy we had,” Ms. Blair said, “was seeing all our friends, who are this group of misfit toys, all glamorous and dressed up and feeling themselves.”
At the reception that followed, Ms. Blair’s father, Joseph Blair, sang to her as the two of them danced to “In My Life” by the Beatles. A poet wrote poems on the spot for attendees, and an artist was also on hand to draw their silhouettes.
The day before the wedding, the couple had a rehearsal dinner with their bridal party, immediate family and out-of-town guests; the day after, they went to brunch with their friends from the improv scene.
“It was such a weekend full of expressions of love,” Mr. Hardaway said. “We’re just trying to soak up as much as possible.”