Lauren and Bryant had a wedding planned for May, but when they received news that her father’s cancer had spread to his spine, they were told they would need to push up the date if they wanted her father to walk her down the aisle. Enter Bethany Veach Photography, Sami Sue Studios and an incredible team of vendors who volunteered their services for a March wedding. See every moment from the heartwarming day in The Vault!
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From Sami Sue Studios…In January, Lauren shared, “We found out the cancer has spread to his spine. My daddy is the strongest man I know and I know he can get through this! This is in God’s hands and I thank the Lord everyday for every second I have with my first love, Rodney Riales!”
Lauren and Bryant were engaged to be married in May, but they were told if they wanted her father to walk her down the aisle, the wedding needed to be sooner. Thanks to the kind heart and fast thinking of Bethany Veach Photography, an incredible wedding team had volunteered their services for a March 13th wedding, if Lauren and Bryant were up for it! They graciously accepted and we had a wedding. After a week of flooding in Memphis, we had a GORGEOUS day for Mr. and Mrs. Presley. God had his hand over this day and this family.
From The Bride…Standing in the breezeway with my arm through my Daddy’s whom is my first love; pausing just before I walk down the aisle to my future and the love of my life; I am moved to tears by all that surrounds me. The beauty of Annesdale mansion, the fragrance of the flowers me and my bridesmaids carry floating through the air, the scent of delicious food being prepared for us, the music of the violin as I walk down the aisle, the soft light of candles glimmering, and the subtlety of photographers and videographers creating memories of a lifetime all encompass the efforts of the vendors that came together to give their time, money and talent to ensure that my sweet Daddy is able to walk me down the aisle. Our wedding was exquisite in every way down to the smallest detail. To say thank you hardly seems enough but from the bottom of our hearts we are thankful and immensely grateful. I will forever cherish my wedding day and all the memories made.
Photography: Bethany Veach Photography | Cinematography: Sami Sue Studios | Floral Design: Ashlye McCormick | Cake: 17Berkshire | Catering: Heart And Soul | DJ: Tiget City DJs | Ceremony Music: Bowman Music | Venue: Annesdale Mansion | Event Planning + Coordination: Bella Baxter | Get Away Car: Vintage Automobiles for Special Occasions | Groom's Cheesecake: Spring Creek Ranch Weddings | Photo Booth: Pic Strip Photo Booth | Rentals: Mahaffey Tent and Party Rentals | Veil: Maggie Louise Bridal
The lady behind the lens, Ashley Upchurch, said everything about this wedding reminded her of a little girl’s fairytale. And quite frankly, I couldn’t agree more. Each and every moment has “storybook” written all over it (helloooo, floral arch!) and with vendors like Angela Mazanti and Bella Figura, it comes as no surprise. Get comfy and find your wedding planning happy place right this way.
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From Ashley Upchurch…Stephen and Kristy were married on a crisp October day at a private estate in Memphis, TN where they exchanged vows underneath a breathtaking floral arch. The bride wore a lovely Rivini gown that paired beautifully with her orchid-draping bouquet made by Angela Mazanti. Guests were provided with individually wrapped fleece blankets to keep warm during the ceremony and were entertained by a bagpiper as they entered the reception. Everything about their wedding reminded me of a little girl’s fairytale wedding!
Photography: Ashley Upchurch | Floral & Event Design: Angela Mazanti | Wedding Gown: Maggie Louise Bridal | Wedding Cake: The Flour Garden | Invitations: Bella Figura | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Venue: Private Estate
The minute I opened this gorgeous wedding from Ashley Upchurch my heart started to pitter patter and a large smile start to form on my face. Why you ask? Because it’s basically SMP perfection. The blush hues, the gorgeous florals from Gestures and the darling couple? Couldn’t be more perfect if they tried. So this gallery? Beyond perfect.
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From The Bride….Johnny and I wanted our wedding to be simple, chic, timeless, and most importantly…a blast for our family and friends! Johnny and I dreamt of an outdoor wedding, but with the ever-changing Memphis spring weather it seemed a risky undertaking. Wanting our big day to be stress-free, we opted to avoid the anxiety of unpredictable weather and selected an indoor venue in the in the historic South Main Arts District. Its floor to ceiling windows with the warm glow of the sunset shining through coupled with delicate bistro lights gave 409 South Main the perfect ambiance for our nuptials. Our florist brought the outdoors in with lush, gardeny bouquets and a beautiful handcrafted, dogwood-filled arbor accented by hanging candles in jars. We chose blush pinks and creamy neutrals to accentuate the venue and give the wedding a soft, romantic look.
To complement the historic feel of the venue, we undertook several DIY projects. From the lace fabric garland used to create an elegant backdrop for our cake to the refurbished farm table it sat on to the faux vintage crates used to showcase our favors, DIY was a family affair! My mom, dad, and I spent an entire weekend selecting and cutting the fabric for the garland…yes, even dad got in on the action! For our guests not prone to gettin’ jiggy with it on the dance floor, my friend Marissa and I painted custom his and hers corn-hole boards to provide some additional reception entertainment.
While the décor was near and dear to us, our favorite part of the wedding was the food! Since Johnny is in the restaurant industry, it was very important that our food not only tasted amazing but provided a one-of-a-kind dining experience for our guests. Our rehearsal dinner was a food-lover’s paradise with decadent low-country fare and libations provided by Chef Ryan Trimm of Sweet Grass and Southward. For the reception, CFY catering did a fabulous job continuing to make our dreams a reality with their creative combinations and impeccable presentation. Our guests ate, drank, and danced the night away in the heart of downtown Memphis!
Photography: Ashley Upchurch | Floral Design: Gestures | Wedding Dress: Barefoot Bride | Cake: Frost Bake Shop | Catering: CFY Catering | Hair & Makeup: Annie Shackleford | Groom's Attire: American Tuxedo | Ceremony & Reception: 409 South Main | Rentals: Propcellar