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CONTENTS February 2017
DEPARTMENTS 17 | INTERVIEW A Bride-to-Be’s Best Friend Wedding Planner Michelle Hope shares tips for a bright and beautiful ceremony
20 | ARTS Meet the Press You’re Invited! From save-the-dates to thank-you notes, Baylor Stovall shares wedding stationery tips and etiquette 24 | EVENTS Silver Screens of The South Oxford Film Festival’s 14th year brings more films and events than ever before
28 | BOOKS Mississippi Blood Bestselling author Greg Iles continues to forge his path as a modern-day master of Southern literature with the concluding novel in his beloved Natchez Burning Trilogy
30 | PEOPLE Capturing the Moment Wedding photographer Madison Yen makes marital memories last
35 | RECIPE Elegant Edibles Dainty and delectable wedding bites that are sure to be the hit of the reception 92 | LIVE WELL Body Basics Weight management for a healthier tomorrow 94 | THE POUR The ‘Serendipity’ Cocktail Mint, apple brandy, cider and champagne combine for a fruity and refreshing cocktail with just the right amount of sparkle
IN EVERY ISSUE 12 | Editor’s Letter 14 | Contributors 62 | Calendar 96 | See & Do
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With this Ring If you’ve never been to a good old fashioned Delta wedding in your lifetime, I urge you to reevaluate your circle of friends. “Most weddings are too stilted, scripted, boring, and predictable,” writes Richard Grant in his latest novel, Dispatches from Pluto. This perspective shifted when Grant, a world-weary British travel writer, experienced his first Southern wedding. In this neck of the woods, a wedding is about the biggest party Southerners can throw next to a funeral. After all, what better way to celebrate life, love and all that comes with it than a lavish gathering with several hundred of your closest friends? This month at Click, we’re down to celebrate your celebration. From the newlyweds to the soon-to-be weds, I hope this issue packs a little inspiration for every couple. This year’s “Real Weddings” feature on page 65 might just be our biggest yet, with 14 couples from across the Mid-South celebrating their love in the biggest way possible. In addition, we’ve got a beautiful bridal gown spread photographed by the incomparable Madison Yen (page 84). And speaking of Madison, she’s just one of the experts on hand to make planning your special day easier. See our interview with this seasoned wedding photographer on page 30, where she offers up a few crucial tips for capturing the magic. We’ve also got frequent Click contributor and event planner Michelle Hope on hand to answer a few burning bridal questions (page 17). So, from all of us to all of you newlyweds out there: Congratulations! We wish you many happy and health years. Read on,
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Click’s social calendar for this month was compiled by Tess Catlett. A Southaven native and recent graduate of University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri, Catlett is a former intern for Click. An avid and tenacious writer, Catlett has been featured in various publications including Vox Magazine, The Columbia Missourian and The DeSoto TimesTribune. When not writing, Catlett enjoys binge watching underrated TV dramas.
Event photos in this issue were captured by Click photographer Mike Lee. Mike started in news in 1971 as a TV writer, photographer, and art director. For 20 years, his work appeared on national and international television broadcasts, and was published in print media worldwide.
Doug Gillon A graduate of the University of Missouri and native Memphian, Doug Gillon is a freelance writer whose ten-year career includes writing on everything from sports to music to food to Internet comedy. In 2009 Gillon founded his own branding firm, GillonCreative, which specializes in branding, public relations, social media promotions, web and SEO advertising, among other things. In addition to making fantastic promotional creative work, Doug enjoys playing guitar, writing about sports, and continuing his education. Read his coverage of this month's Oxford Film Fest on page 24.
This month’s cover feature was styled by Memphis native Alexandra Nicole, who owns and operates three local boutiques, a makeup line and her very own fashion brand. From styling clients and working behind the scenes as a MUA and Stylist for fashion shows and shoots, to attending LA and New York market trips and runway shows, Alexandra lives for the fashion and trends of the modern woman’s lifestyle.
This month’s cover and fashion spread were photographed by Madison Yen of Yen Studios and Maddie Moree. Madison specializes in wedding and engagement photography as well as professional headshots. In her spare time, she is a merchandiser for Chloe + Isabel Jewelry and consults small businesses to ramp up their marketing and sales. Her work can be viewed at maddiemoree.com and chloeandisabel.com/boutique/madisonyen.
Michelle Hope & Jamie Newsom Owners and lead designers of Social Butterflies, LLC, Hope and Newsom have a combined 20 years of experience in the wedding and special events industry. This month, Hope pulls double duty as our featured interview and chief wedding compiler. Together, Hope and Newsom have planned numerous notable events, including celebrity weddings, charity galas and Super Sweet 16s for the hit MTV show.
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A Bride-to-Beâ€™s Best Friend Wedding Planner Michelle Hope shares tips for a bright and beautiful ceremony Interview by CASEY HILDER
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AS CO-OWNER OF SOCIAL BUTTERFLIES, Michelle Hope tends to the needs of hundreds of local brides-to-be on a yearly basis. Social Butterflies, which was founded in 2007, specializes in luxury and high-end weddings around the Mid-South and beyond. “We’ve done weddings everywhere from Jamaica to California,” she says. This month, Hope, an avid event planner and frequent Click contributor, offers advice for the lengthy planning process. Click Magazine: What is something that takes a lot of time that most brides wouldn’t consider during the planning process? Michelle Hope: Planning and following up with vendors is a very time-consuming process that people don’t usually expect. You can end up on the phone for many hours and it gets a little frustrating. However, one good thing about this business is that it’s very relational — your planner will usually have the contacts and cell numbers for some of these people on speed dial, allowing you to communicate in a way that clients might not be able to. Another very time-consuming process is creating a vision for someone. I don’t like to just whip out an inspiration board based on the color of someone’s dress — we spend hours researching not only online, but in stores and other markets. Creativity isn’t quite as easy as putting together a report. 18 FEBRUARY 2017 | myclickmag.com
CM: Where do you get ideas? MH: Online, but I don’t like to use Pinterest — it’s what everybody else is doing right now. I look at a lot of design magazines for homes and architecture, but I really draw inspiration from all kinds of places. Even browsing through Pottery Barn Kids has given me a few ideas in the past. I can go to Home Goods, Hobby Lobby or Marshall’s if I need to. Because I’m always trying to build things in a practical way, shopping is a great source for ideas. CM: What are some recent trends in the wedding market? MH: Pretty much every wedding has a photo booth and lounge furniture. These days, you can’t attend a wedding that doesn’t have at least one of those elements. Now the big thing is tons and tons of details with paper signage — logos and monograms designed by the couple that
signify something. It could even be some kind of cute hashtag. Branding is big. Online resources have definitely made this easier than it used to be. CM: What advice would you give to someone planning a wedding on a budget? MH: The average wedding costs somewhere around $35,000, based on 250 guests attending. That’s very average for this field. But if you think about taking 250 people out to a moderately priced restaurant, as well as treating them to a glass of wine or beer, you can see how quickly and easily that money could be spent. That’s without the dress, the photographer and other things. If you’re looking to cut costs, start with the guest list.
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Meet the Press Youâ€™re Invited! From save-the-dates to thank-you notes, Baylor Stovall shares wedding stationery tips and etiquette Story by MARY ECKERSLEY
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beaming are sitting in people’s mailboxes as the first save-the-dates of the year begin to arrive, with formal invitations to follow. From engagement announcements to thank-you notes, there is a lot of paper involved in weddings. Even the first anniversary is the paper anniversary, a tip for all newlyweds with anniversaries coming up. While save-the-dates are a chance to be fun and creative, formal invitations set the first expectation guests will have of the big days ahead. “I think the invitation needs to reflect the family, couple, and event itself. If your wedding is more casual, you do not want a huge, fancy invitation and vice versa,” says Baylor Stovall, owner of the Stovall Collection in Memphis, TN. With a background in art, she purchased the stationery store Papel in the early nineties and has been operating under the Stovall name for the last 18 years. In the nearly two decades of business, wedding trends have come and gone as Stovall has helped families commemorate all of life’s biggest moments — from birth announcements to sympathy acknowledgements. Currently, the trend in stationery is a return to the traditional and most clients interested in the art of letter writing are millennials, according to Stovall. One of the most traditional methods for invitations specifically is engraving.
Engraving includes powdered ink pressed into paper using a copper plate, giving a soft, matte finish and leaving a raised bruising on the back of the paper. 100 years ago, engraving and letterpress were the only options. Today, a world of options has been opened, from digital to thermography, a process involving a raised plastic offering a similar look to engraving at a fraction of the cost. “You really want to get with a good stationer who is familiar with the processes and how they will affect the look you want at your budget. If you fall in love with a great, traditional look and you see it engraved, there is a good chance we can make it into thermography and make it look good,” says Stovall. While the average cost of invitations is $6-$12 each and 2-3% of a wedding’s overall budget, they can go much higher or lower, depending on the amount of customizations a bride wants. With all the customization options, engraving is no longer the most expensive. A plain, engraved invitation, without bells and whistles, can be more affordable than a wedding invitation that may have layers, linings, ribbons, specialty boxes, and hand-painted edges, just to name a few offerings. The aesthetic itself behind the design follows interior design trends, according to Stovall. As you see metallic accents in home furnishings, you see these same accents in weddings so foil is hot for stationery. myclickmag.com | FEBRUARY 2017 21
â€œI THINK THE INVITATION NEEDS TO REFLECT THE FAMILY, COUPLE, AND EVENT ITSELF. IF YOUR WEDDING IS MORE CASUAL, YOU DO NOT WANT A HUGE, FANCY INVITATION AND VICE VERSA
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Calligraphy and custom monograms are also requests Stovall sees regularly. These elements add personality while allowing brides to keep things traditional. In addition, personal touches, such as the custom monogram, help to tie details of all event elements –— from invitations to napkins to programs forming a cohesive wedding style or theme. “We never want weddings to look corporate, so when you have elements that are going to flow all the way through, you want to make sure it flows but does not look too branded. We want to see the whole thing come together beautifully so using a stationer for all the little details helps to keep it all together. We might give some specials on things like cups and napkins, too,” says Stovall. Beyond the look of a wedding, there is the ritual of tradition to consider. According to Stovall, who has attended the Protocol School of Washington and is certified in the art of etiquette, there is a reason behind all the little details. Whether you are requesting the honor of your guests’ presence in a house of worship or the pleasure of their company for that trendy loft space downtown — you know the one — there is a method to the madness. A good stationer knows design and also can help navigate the waters of etiquette. “The great thing about etiquette is that when you do it enough people start to know what it means,” says Stovall. If an invitation is addressed “and guest,” a plus one is included. If children are not mentioned on a household’s invite, the parents should know the kids are not invited. Etiquette can help alleviate some of the guesswork for guests and hosts alike. “It’s the little details that anchor us into the history of invitations and traditions. They also help to prevent sticky situations in families when you say ‘well this is how it is done,’” says Stovall. No matter if you get married in a big church wedding or a backyard barbecue, it is the most formal, most traditional event of your life. The traditions are more than etiquette; they are a reminder of how special an event a wedding is for the people involved. “People should just enjoy the process. It is such a joyful time and it is also a stressful time. Find a stationer that can help you relax, make it joyful, make it in your budget, and know that everything will be correct. Have fun with it!” says Stovall.
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Silver Screens of The South Oxford Film Festival’s 14th year brings more films and events than ever before. Story by DOUG GILLON
FOR FIVE DAYS IN FEBRUARY, THE OXFORD FILM festival takes over one of Mississippi’s most cultured towns as it showcases more than 150 films and shorts, along with music videos, new media and virtual reality projects. Films led by Hollywood stars like Holly Hunter and Janeane Garaofalo will be shown next to highlyanticipated local productions like Kudzu Zombies. Of the films showing, 24 will be world premiers, five will be U.S. premiers and 35 films will be making a regional debut. “We have a very strong slate of films this year, from our competition films to special screenings,” said executive director Melanie Addington. “If you like horror and sci-fi, we have it. If you like drama or comedy, we have it. If you like documentaries about social justice or quirky characters, we have it.” The festival’s rich lineup kicks off Wednesday with Strange Weather, a Mississippi-filmed drama starring Hunter, and closes Sunday with Folk Hero & Funny Guy, a Jeff Grace-directed film that premiered to rave reviews in late 2016 at the Tribecca Film Festival. Sandwiched between these are a busy slate of new film screenings, awards presentations, seminars and some special anniversary film screenings that will showcase the expansion of cinematic storytelling in the Magnolia state. “Film is growing in the state, and with the help of the State Legislature’s support of the film incentives, it will continue to grow,” Addington said. “We have seen growth throughout the South in the industry and I am glad to see Mississippi be part of it. We have such a 24 FEBRUARY 2017 | myclickmag.com
versatile state to film in, and eager crews and casts. It makes sense that the industry has recognized that and begun to come here.” While not all films at the Oxford Film Festival were shot in Mississippi or made by Mississippians, the festival has provided a place for filmmakers, artists and storytellers to be seen and showcased. Michael Williams, a seasoned Mississippi storyteller shot his latest film, The Atoning, in his native town of West Point, and next month, the film will make its world premiere at the festival. A horror film about a family that finds “more than just ghosts” in their house, The Atoning, is his fifth directed film shown in Oxford.
THE ATONING “Filming in West Point is convenient because I live there and I grew up there,” Williams said. “Everyone is always willing to help.” The Atoning’s main setting, a haunted house, was provided right out of community goodwill. Joanie Sykes, of West Point, offered an old house of hers to be used as a setting, became a producer on the film, and eventually was helping provide food for the cast and crew. “West Point is a pretty cultured town, so people get really excited about a film being made there,” Williams said. “The excitement and the support that comes from it helps keeps our costs down and lets us make a better movie for less money.” Christina Huff is a newer Mississippi storyteller. A senior at Ole Miss, she’s been involved in the festival for several years, but this year has a short film that she directed, SWABS, featured. The film is an experimental piece that mimics the feelings of the cosmos. Huff and her team used acrylic paints, milk and canola oil to create the effect of space while exploring what might be a larger greatness in the universe. The film is a tribute to her cousin, Sean, who died unexpectedly in late 2015. “I created it as a tribute to him and as a way to cope with his death as a whole,” Huff said. “It was incredibly therapeutic for me, and it acted as closure since I wasn’t able to go to his funeral due to school. It was my own private, personal way of saying goodbye.” William Faulkner, arguably Mississippi’s most famous storyteller, said he would choose the experience of pain over the experience of nothing, and would likely applaud Huff’s turning her pain into an exploration of everything. Williams said Mississippi films include the spirit of these greats, and the history of Mississippi’s artistic expression should make the modern film industry surge no surprise. “Mississippi is used to having storytellers,” Williams said, “Poets and writers and blues musicians and people who tell stories in a creative way. And with film, it’s just a new visual medium where we can get our stories out there and show Mississippians about how we can tell our stories.” Also featured among the new films are anniversary showings of Kevin Smith’s Chasing Amy and cult classic Small Town Gay Bar. “I get so pumped every year about it, I feel like a little kid waiting for Christmas, you know?” Huff said about the upcoming festival. “I get to meet new people, make connections, and showcase my work with other artists. I’m so proud of everyone who gets to be involved, whether it’s an artists’ work or a sponsor or people volunteering. The people work so hard to bring a weekend to life.” The Oxford Film Festival will take place from February 15-20. Event tickets and a full schedule of events are available at oxfordfilmfest.com
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OXFORD FILM FEST HIGHLIGHTED REEL: KUDZU ZOMBIES (2 SHOWINGS) Dir: Mark Newton A crop-duster pilot and his friends try to survive after a kudzu control chemical turns the residents of Charleston, MS into flesh-eating Zombies. THE ATONING Dir: Michael Williams While they are haunted by ghostly apparitions, two parents try to protect their young son from a dark secret that could destroy their family. SWABS Dir: Christina Huff An experimental, animated exploration of the universe. STRANGE WEATHER Dir: Katherine Dieckmann Starring: Holly Hunter A poignant, lyrical drama about a mother, who, in an effort to deal with the grief over the death of her son, travels the back roads of the deep south to settle a score. THE HAPPYS Dir: Tom Gould, John Serpe Starring: Janeane Garofalo A cast of misfits grow and connect in unforeseen ways in this comedic drama about cheating, life and cooking.
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Mississippi Blood Bestselling author Greg Iles continues to forge his path as a modern-day master of Southern literature with the concluding novel in his beloved Natchez Burning Trilogy Review by SHANA RALEY-LUSK
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fiction with the complicated history of the American South, Greg Iles and his Natchez Burning trilogy have been hailed by fans, fellow authors, and critics as a truly extraordinary literary accomplishment, with many even comparing Iles to the beloved William Faulkner in terms of his skill and talent. It surely doesn’t hurt that Greg even had the honor to live in the cabin where Faulkner and his brothers listened to countless tales told by their beloved nanny, known as “Mammy Callie,” during his time at Ole Miss. As fans of the first two installments will remember, the trilogy centers around Penn Cage, a small-town lawyer, and is set in modern-day Natchez, Mississippi. The book swirls with themes, but undoubtedly, the most pronounced of these is the impact of the past on the present. More specifically, Iles delves deeply into how the sins and wrongdoings buried in the history of Southern life can come back to haunt his characters even today. With his principles undeniably compromised and his life seemingly in shambles, Penn has to face the harsh reality that his once-revered father, Dr. Tom Cage, will soon face a murder trial. Beyond this bleak fact lies an even more difficult question about what type of man his father really is. With the brutal members of the Double Eagles and their dangerous supporters still out there, Penn has a short window of opportunity to uncover the secrets of his family and the tumultuous world around him before devastating consequences ensue. Big questions loom over Penn as he tries to find truths in the shambles of his now forever-changed life. One of these questions revolves around the possibility that he has a mysterious half brother who he never knew existed. Penn begins to examine the possibility that Viola Turner, his father’s ever-devoted nurse over the course of his career, could have been more than an employee. It isn’t long before Penn joins up with a young, famous writer who is willing to help him dig into the ghosts of the family’s unexplained past. Though their plan puts them directly in the line of danger and forces them to risk it all, it is their only shot at uncovering the truth and moving forward. Iles has woven a beautifully complex and undeniably entertaining tale with this trilogy. In this final installment, readers will find the edge-of-the-seat suspense that they have come to expect in the author’s previous works, but ultimately, the novel does seek to provide resolution to the wild ride of a story that Penn’s life ended up becoming as the story progressed. This is the type of thriller which can both excite and educate, thanks to its thought-provoking historical context coupled with a superb and intricate tapestry of plot. Though he was born in Germany while his father ran the US Embassy Medical Clinic, Greg Iles spent his youth in Natchez, which is the place he calls home today. His intimate knowledge, and understanding of Mississippi and of Southern culture and history, play an enormous role in the authenticity of this book and the trilogy as a whole. The first book in the series, Natchez Burning, was an instant bestseller and this book is expected to have similar popularity. Interestingly, Sony Pictures TV is currently developing a cable television series based on the trilogy. The author’s novels have been translated into more than 20 languages and published in more than 35 countries.
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Capturing the Moment Wedding photographer Madison Yen makes marital memories last Interview by CASEY HILDER
How would you describe your style? I would describe my shooting style as real and more candid (not as posed). My goal as a photographer is for you to look at your photos and say, "That’s so us." I’ll give my couples actions to do so they can do it in their own way. That way I’m not directing them on everything, which usually makes couples more nervous/frustrated. As far as photographic style, I do not typically add a bunch of filters (like on instagram) or shoot that dark moody style. I prefer clean, semi-dramatic, with some sort of emotion. What's the toughest part of the wedding business? The actual wedding day, itself is probably the toughest part. It's a pretty high-stress day for the couple...and the parents. Everyone is on edge because they have just dropped a ton of money on a huge party, so a lot is riding on it to be perfect. That being said, when you pay for a professional team of vendors, they take care of you so much better than an “Uncle Bob” will.
How did you get started as a wedding photographer? My dad was a commercial photographer, shooting knee and hip implants for orthopaedic companies. We ran his business together. Shooting knee and hip implants did not interest me AT ALL, so I started to expand the business to weddings...thus Maddie Moree was formed! I’ve always loved watching chick flicks, and so each wedding is like a real-world rom com for me.
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How do you go about shooting a wedding day? Give me a quick run-through. My goal for the wedding day is to develop your story and define the beginning, the middle, and the end. I start the day with the getting ready. You can see the anxiety and the excitement. I love to start the story with nervous laughs, hanging with the bridesmaids and groomsmen, and the wedding details to develop the setting. Then, it’s usually the first look and bride and groom portraits. Everyone is a lot more relaxed after the bride and groom see each other. After that is the wedding party photos and then the family formals. All of this is shot before the wedding ceremony even happens. Then there’s the ceremony and the reception. The ceremony and reception is when autopilot kinda turns on. I don’t have much control of either of those, so I’m documenting as I see it through my lens. Lastly, there is the exit. Weddings vary when things are done and how they are done, but that’s usually a typical wedding day for me. Out of all your camera accessories, which one is totally essential? That’s a trick question. They are all important! Obviously, I need a camera body and a selection of lenses based on the room, available light, and subject I’m shooting. Then of course, I need cards, batteries, and flashes. Without all of this (minus the flash), pictures can’t even be taken. That all being said, I can’t stress the importance of having a backup of the essentials. You never know what kind of crazy can happen on a wedding day.
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How much time should we allow for bride & groom portraits on the big day? I usually schedule 45 minutes to an hour. Sometimes, I’m lucky to get 15 minutes if they decide on a traditional look or are running REALLY late. The more time, the better, preferably with no travel involved. It’s hard moving a bride from one place to the next because of her dress. hat kind of packages do you offer? Which is the most W popular? I offer a base package, which is just wedding photography. Then I have a package with wedding photography and an engagement session. I love these because the engagement session acts as the guinea pig for the wedding day. If you have the budget to add on an engagement session to your wedding photography package, you should definitely do so. There’s something to be said to feel comfortable with your photographer on your big day and to have an idea of what you’re getting. I also have a third package that has wedding photos, engagement session, and a wedding album. I have other à la carte options, but those are the main three. The most popular is the middle package with the engagement session. What do you think makes a memorable wedding photo? One that will take you right back to that day like a time machine. When you look at it, you can remember exactly what was happening and what you were thinking, and it makes you smile. THAT right there is a “moment.” And it’s what I strive to capture at every wedding. 32 FEBRUARY 2017 | myclickmag.com
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Whether you’re hosting a bridal shower, couples shower, bachelorette party, or rehearsal dinner, there are two elements to making it successful: delicious food and elegance. As a personal chef and small-party caterer, I find the best way to combine the two is by serving hearty comfort food in a dainty way. You can do this by taking dishes you already cook regularly and creating small bites out of them. For instance, if there’s a go-to grilled fish dish you have for dinner weekly, you can cut a filet of fish into small pieces, grill each piece then skewer them with fresh grape tomatoes or a piece
of fruit and serve with a honey mustard sauce or fruit chutney on the side – easy-peasy! The two recipes I have included were both inspired by larger dishes I cook regularly – the honeycomb chicken is typically a full breast, and the pimento cheese poppers were created in a last-minute party bind when all I had in the fridge was leftover pimento cheese from a burger I cooked the night before. Both recipes are hearty, to please the hungry men of the party, yet refined, which will make all the Pinterest-planning women of the group ooh and aah. myclickmag.com | FEBRUARY 2017 35
Pimento Cheese Poppers GROCERY LIST: · 1 ½ cups leftover pimento cheese or store-bought (I like Tom’s Tiny Kitchen found at most Kroger stores, it’s local and the most delicious) · 1 cup all-purpose flour · 2 eggs – beaten · 2 cups Panko bread crumbs · 1 tsp smoked paprika · 1 tsp garlic powder · ½ tsp salt · ¼ tsp cayenne · Vegetable oil, for frying · Chives or parsley, for garnish – optional DIRECTIONS: 1. Using your hands, roll pimento cheese into 1 inch balls and line on a baking sheet with parchment paper. Put in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to slightly firm. Take out 3 bowls and add flour to one, eggs to the other, and mix the panko, smoked paprika, garlic powder, salt, and cayenne in the last one. 2. Heat about one inch of oil in a heavy bottom pan to 350 degrees. Working one at a time, dip pimento cheese balls lightly into the flour, the egg, then cover well with the panko mixture. Place back on the baking sheet until ready to fry. Fry five balls at a time in the oil for about three minutes or until golden, moving around in the oil to make sure all sides get fried. Drain on a plate lined with paper towels. Serve spaced out on a white platter with a green garnish such as chives or parsley.
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Spicy Honeycomb Glazed Chicken Tenders GROCERY LIST · 1 1/2 pounds chicken tenderloins · Kosher salt · Pepper · 2 eggs · 1 tbsp hot sauce · 1 1/4 cup Panko bread crumbs · 2 tsp garlic powder · 1/4 tsp cayenne · 1/4 cup honey · 2 tbsp melted butter · 1 tsp lemon · 1/2 tsp red pepper flake · Honeycomb cut into small pieces (find at Whole Foods or specialty stores) – optional DIRECTIONS 1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Sprinkle chicken tenderloins liberally with salt and pepper on both sides. 2. In a shallow bowl, whisk together the eggs and hot sauce. In another shallow bowl, mix together the Panko, garlic powder, and cayenne. Dip each tenderloin into the egg mixture, then into the Panko, covering both sides well with the mixture. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for about 15 minutes or until cooked through. 3. While chicken is baking, make the glaze. In a bowl, mix together the honey, melted butter, lemon juice, and red pepper flake. To serve, put chicken on decorative platters and drizzle the glaze over the top. Sprinkle pieces of honeycomb on top of the chicken and around the dish.
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Smoked Oyster Cracker Bites GROCERY LIST: · 20-25 fancy, round crackers · 1 (8 oz) package cream cheese — room temperature · 1 (3 oz) package smoked oysters — drained and rinsed · Hot pepper jelly · Fresh dill · Fleur de sel or Sea Salt DIRECTIONS: 1. Spread a generous amount of cream cheese on each cracker and top with a single smoked oyster. If you don’t have enough oysters for each cracker, cut larger ones in half to make extra. 2. Spoon a large dollop of hot pepper jelly over each oyster. Top each with a sprig of dill and sprinkle of fleur de sel. Serve on a white platter for beautiful presentation.
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17th Annual Crystal Ball Dubbed Le Cirque Magnifique, the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi’s 17th annual Crystal Ball enchanted and inspired. Proceeds from the black-tie affair will help further the Foundation’s mission of connecting people with causes that matter and giving back to over 400 local nonprofits. Photos by MIKE LEE myclickmag.com | FEBRUARY 2017 43
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Iberiabank Customer Appreciation Day Each year, Iberiabank Mortgage DeSoto invites more than 50 families to celebrate Christmas with Santa at Malco in Southaven. About 600 people came out to catch the latest Blockbuster and check in with the Big Man in Red. Photos by MIKE LEE Davenport Family,
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Collierville Auto Center Open House Collierville Auto Center welcomed the community into its new showroom to recognize area first responders and honor those who have died in service. Local musicians Angie Brasfield and Donna Wolf leant their musical stylings. Photos by MIKE LEE
Karen Tabor & Liza Monaghan
Cyndi Long & David Huckaby
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Elizabeth & Barry Barton, Denise Hamby
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Dan Lippy & Kevin Brasfield
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Remembering Princess Diana For the second time, the Pat Kerr Royal Collection will be featured at Kensington Palace in London. Her pieces will be a part of a 20th anniversary celebration commemorating Princess Dianaâ€™s life. The local designer and collector offered a sneak peak of the collection at the Guest House at Graceland ahead of the formal exhibition. Photos by MIKE LEE
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Freedom & Funk Concert The Bar-Kays' Grown Folks Tour kicked off in Memphis on Sunday, January 15, 2017 with a special guest performance by Con Funk Shun. This is the first stop for the new show, which is sponsored by Next Millennium Entertainment. Photos by JACKIE BLANCH
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Hoppy Hour at the Brooks Brooks Museum members were invited to an exclusive reception celebrating the arrival of Intrude, one of the most highly acclaimed major public art installations in the world. This imaginative and joyful piece was created by Australian artist Amanda Parer in 2014 and has since been seen on four continents, in over 50 cities by over a million people. Photos by MIKE LEE
Joseph & Rachel with Kary, Aubrey & Aidan Mitchel
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Heather, Eli, Peter, & Bob Lowe with 'Molly'
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Waggoner Engineering 40th Anniversary Party
Waggoner Engineering recently celebrated its 40th anniversary at One Memphis Street in Hernando. Since 1976, Waggoner Engineering has served public and private sector clients throughout the Southeast, helping clients discover and implement infrastructure and planning solutions in the fields of civil engineering, transportation, water resources, coastal restoration, community and economic development. Photos by FRANK CHIN
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Elvis Birthday Week VIP at Graceland Tourists and locals alike flocked to a four-day celebration of the life of the King of Rock n' Roll, Elvis Presley. Festivities included a lavish live auction packed with memorabilia and possessions from the King himself. Photos by FRANK CHIN Angie & Michael Todd
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YOUR MONTHLY RESOURCE FOR WHAT’S HAPPENING AROUND TOWN through February 18 The Beautiful Mysterious: The Extraordinary Gaze of William Eggleston The University of Mississippi Museum, Oxford 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tues.–Sat., Admission $3–$5 museum.olemiss.edu February 2–12 Rock of Ages Playhouse on the Square, Memphis 8 p.m. Thurs.–Sat., 2 p.m. Sun., Admission $15–$45 playhouseonthesquare.org February 2–19 Hand to God Playhouse on the Square, Memphis 8 p.m. Thurs.–Sat., 2 p.m. Sun., Admission $15–$40 playhouseonthesquare.org February 2–4 Garth Brooks FedExForum, Memphis 7:30 p.m., Admission $66.73 ticketmaster.com February 3 Southern Author Celebration at Horn Lake Library M.R. Dye Public Library, Horn Lake 6 p.m., Admission free firstregional.org
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February 16 Art After Dark: Bob Ross Painting Experience Dixon Gallery & Gardens, Memphis 6–8 p.m., Admission $5–$7 dixon.org February 17 Valerie June Hi-Tone Café, Memphis 8 p.m., Admission $15 ticketfly.com Katt Williams Landers Center, Southaven 8 p.m., Admission $49–$127 ticketmaster.com Dan + Shay New Daisy, Memphis 8 p.m., Admission $22.50–$25 ticketfly.com February 17–19 Places Beyond Presented by Ballet Memphis Playhouse on the Square, Memphis 8 p.m. Fri., 2 p.m., 8 p.m. Sat., 2 p.m. Sun., Admission starting $10–$45 balletmemphis.org February 17-26 The Little Mermaid Presented by DeSoto Family Theatre Landers Center, Southaven 7 p.m. Fri., 2 p.m., 7 p.m. Sat., 2 p.m. Sun., Admission $15–$30 dftonline.org
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Whether youâ€™re a hopeless romantic or planning nuptials of your own, these local weddings will inspire and enthuse. From an intimate ceremony at home to a destination wedding on the beach, Click magazineâ€™s annual wedding issue follows 14 newlyweds on their walk down the aisle.
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R & s o n b e Ramsey w O i g n A May 15, 2015 Olive Branch, Mississippi
Angi Owens and Rob Ramsey were united in marriage on May 15, 2015.The bride is the daughter of Richard and Glenda Owens, who reside in Hernando, Mississippi. The groom is the son of Jack and Jimmye Nan Ramsey, who reside in Germantown, Tennessee. Angi and Rob attended the same church. He played guitar and piano during the church’s worship services, and she was a part of the choir. They became friends and soon found out they had a lot in common including a passion for running. Love grew between them and the rest, as they say, is history. It wasn’t long before Rob realized that he wanted to spend the rest of his life with Angi, and on February 25, 2015, he decided it was time to pop the question. Snowflakes were falling and love was in the air. Angi had just gotten home from work when Rob asked her to step outside. Confused but curious, she followed him out into the yard, where she noticed that her son JT was filming them. It was there that Rob got down on one knee and asked Angi to be his wife. The couple married on May 15, 2015, at The Cotton Gin in
Olive Branch, Mississippi. JT walked Angi down the aisle to the tune of The Album Leaf’s “Within Dreams.” Surrounded by family and friends, Angi and Rob exchanged vows during an intimate ceremony. Jeff Whitlock, Sr., officiated. The bride wore a strapless beaded gown featuring a lace overlay from the waist down. It was the first and only dress she tried on; she knew it was the one from the moment she stepped into it. She decided to forgo the tradition of “something borrowed, something blue” and forged ahead with a plan of her own — everything new! A reception followed, and the bride and groom shared their first dance to Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud.” They went on to honeymoon in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and are now at home in Olive Branch, Mississippi. The bride graduated from Northwest Community College and now works at Campbell Clinic Orthopedics in Germantown, Tennessee.She is also a business owner of Midsouth Runners. The groom graduated from Union University and works at Oak Hall in Memphis, Tennessee.
DETAILS Bakery: Muddy’s Bake Shop; Catering: Italia East Pizza Café; Dress: David’s Bridal; Florist: Kroger; Photographer: Cindy Grammer of Memory Lane Photography and Rob Ramsey; Venue: The Cotton Gin; Wedding Planner: Fredonna Newton; 66 FEBRUARY 2017 | myclickmag.com DJ: E-Boy Entertainment
Parker & Reynolds Will h g i e L a n e is J July 9, 2016 Memphis, Tennessee
Jena Leigh Parker and Reynolds Willis were united in marriage on July 9, 2016. The bride is the daughter of Don and Leigh Ann Parker of Southaven, Mississippi. The groom is the son of Bo Willis of Atlanta, Georgia, and Donna Willis of Pittsboro, North Carolina. The happy couple met while out on the town in Memphis, Tennessee, and began seeing each other on February 27, 2013. In a whirlwind of adventure and romance, Reynolds proposed to Jena on December 12, 2015, during a surprise trip to New York City. They were walking along Bow Bridge in Central Park when he got down on one knee and asked for her hand in marriage. On July 9, 2015, they had a beautiful outdoor ceremony beneath the trees at the Dixon Gallery & Gardens in Memphis, Tennessee. A string trio performed, and Reverend Braxton Brady of Harvest Church officiated. The bride wore a fitted, vintage-inspired lace gown from Maggie Lousie Bridal in Collierville, Tennessee. Her “something new,” the
dress featured a sweetheart neckline, scalloped lace hem, and chapel-length train. A cathedral lace veil completed her look. For something old, she added lace from her mother’s wedding dress to her bouquet. Her aunt’s blue topaz ring served as something blue. A reception followed at Hughes Pavilion at Dixon Gallery & Gardens. The newlyweds and their guests enjoyed a delicious meal prepared by Chef Andrew Adams of Acre Restaurant and cake from Frost Bakery. They danced the night way to music provided by DJ Justin of Deep Blue Entertainment. The pair went on to honeymoon on the island of St. John in the Virgin Islands before returning home to Memphis, Tennessee. After graduating from the University of Tennessee, the bride serves as a nurse practitioner at Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare Hospital. The groom graduated from East Carolina University and works as a teacher and football coach at Christian Brothers High School.
DETAILS Artist: Katy Learned; Bakery: Frost Bake Shop; Catering: Acre Restaurant; Dress: Maggie Louise Bridal; Florist: L and J Productions; Photography: Elsy Photography; Stylist: Annie Shackelford of Juve Salon Spa; Venue: Dixon Gallery & Gardens; Wedding Coordinator: Laura Reed myclickmag.com | FEBRUARY 2017
aker & Jonathon Holli B a i r o t c i s V September 10, 2016 Memphis, Tennessee
Victoria Baker and Jonathon Hollis were united in marriage on September 10, 2016. The bride is the daughter of Cathy Baker, who resides in West Memphis, Arkansas. The groom is the son of Kelly Hollis and Terry Lamb, who reside in Marion, Arkansas. Jonathon proposed on December 10, 2015. Victoria had just come from her nursing school pinning ceremony and was looking forward to a night of celebration. Unfortunately, her family wasn’t able to go out for dinner and Jonathon wasn’t free — or so she thought. After her ceremony, he took her to grab a bite to eat at Chik-fil-A. This was far from the five star meal she was expecting. Annoyed but hungry, Victoria scarfed down her meal and was ready to go home. They were almost there when Jonathon handed her a blindfold and told her to put it on. When he removed the blindfold, they were at Starry Nights at Shelby Farms. Although this is something they do every year, it wasn’t quite how she envisioned celebrating her graduation. They were walking down their usual trail when it happened: Their dog appeared out of nowhere with a sign around his neck asking, “Will you marry my dad?” After a tearful “I do,” Victoria discovered
that their friends and family had been waiting at the end of the walkway to celebrate. The ceremony took place on September 10, 2016 at Cedar Hall in Memphis. Pastor Reed Dillahunty officiated. The bride wore a strapless champagne ball gown designed by Paloma Blanca, and her look was completed with a cathedral veil. A reception followed in the Stables at Cedar Hall. With rafter ceilings, hardwood flooring, and grandiose chandeliers, the space couldn’t have been more perfect. Victoria’s mother devised a black-and-white color palette and used gold and brass accents to finish the décor. The newlyweds went on to travel across Europe, with stops in Barcelona, Rome, Pisa, Tuscany, Capri, Pompeii, Monaco and Marseille. After their dream honeymoon, the couple is at home in Marion, Arkansas. The bride graduated from University of Tennessee and works at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. The groom graduated from East Arkansas Community College and works at the West Memphis Fire Department.
DETAILS Cake: Cakes Crumbs & Cookie Dough; Dress: Maggie Louise Bridal; DJ: Jimmy Harris of DeepBlu Entertainment; Florist: Lynn Doyle Flowers & Events; Hair and Story Makeup and Candace Bassham of Rumorz Salon; Photographer: Maddie Moree byStylists: Doug Mandi GillonHunt | Photos by Madison Yen and Lee Otts 68 FEBRUARY 2017 | myclickmag.com Photography; Photo Booth: Photo Booth Bling; Venue: Cedar Hall; Videographer: Erin of Meant to Be Productions
le Barker & Adam Michael Skin y a G y e s d ner Lyn October 8, 2016 Memphis, Tennessee
Lyndsey Gayle Barker and Adam Michael Skinner were united in marriage on October 8, 2016. The bride is the daughter of Lee and Tonya Barker of Brighton, Tennessee. The groom is the son of Hugh and Janice Skinner of Collierville, Tennessee. On January 16, 2016, Adam proposed to Lyndsey. The happy couple had just gotten off of a ski lift overlooking downtown Gatlinburg when Adam got down on one knee. The ceremony took place on October 8, 2016, at their home in Brighton, Tennessee. The bride and groom exchanged vows under a custom built wooden arbor handcrafted by the brother of the bride. Guests were seated on pews made from hay bales and wood, and Larry Woodruff officiated. The bride wore a sleeveless ivory lace dress with a rhinestone and satin belt. Following tradition, she wore something old — ivory suede boots — and borrowed pearl earrings. She used one of her father’s old shirts to craft a blue heart, which she had sewn into one of her boot socks. Her dress served as something new.
A reception followed in the couple’s front yard. Immediately following the ceremony, guests gathered under a large white tent. Fall décor included white and gold pumpkin and gourds, cotton, and wheat. Freshly cut tree stumps were used as cake and cupcake stands, which surrounded a lit Crape Myrtle tree in the back of the tent. Wooden flower boxes and pallet bars, all custom built by the brother of the bride, filled out the space. At the end of the evening, the newlyweds made their exit through a tunnel of bubbles and drove away in a vintage red truck. After honeymooning in Montego Bay, Jamaica, the couple is at home in Brighton, Tennessee. The bride graduated from the Mississippi University for Women and is working as a Speech-Language Pathologist. The groom graduated from The University of Memphis and works as a payroll and accounts receivable manager.
DETAILS Cake/Cupcakes: Sweet Scentsations Bakery; Catering: Fascinating Catering; Florist: John Mark Enterprises; Hair: Allison Becksfort; Linens: Elegant Chair Solutions; Makeup: Mia Atkinson; Music: DeepBlu Entertainment; Photography: Elizabeth Looney; Rentals: | FEBRUARY 2017 69 Mahaffey Tent & Event Rentals; Videography: Downing Productions; Wedding Planner: myclickmag.com Social Butterflies
Luise Claney & Derek William Sea n a h g e M y October 14, 2016 Memphis, Tennessee
Meghan Luise Claney and Derek William Seay were united in marriage on October 14, 2016. The bride is the daughter of Dan and Louise Claney, who reside in Collierville, Tennessee. The groom is the son of Bill and Gail Seay, who also reside in Collierville, Tennessee. Although the pair knew each other in high school and were in similar social circles, they didn’t date until many years later. They went on to attend different colleges and lead different lives, until fate — or Facebook — brought them back together. Six months after reconnecting, they were engaged. After coming home from a 3-day work trip, Meghan walked into a room filled with flowers and found Derek on one knee. They married on October 14, 2016 at Heartwood Hall in Memphis, Tennessee. After a dry couple of months, the sky broke open and it downpoured. Though this may have brought the bride and groom good luck, the ceremony had to be moved indoors.
Reverend White officiated the intimate ceremony. The bride wore a fit and flare Rivini gown with custom cap sleeves. She completed her look with a cathedral veil. Her great grandmother’s blue sapphire engagement ring served as something old, borrowed, and blue. A reception followed, with music by The Soul Shockers and a rousing rendition of "Hotty Toddy" by the bride’s former Ole Miss Rebelette friends. A truly Southern spread featured fried green tomato sliders, shrimp and grits, greens, and more. Colonel Reb cookies were given as guest favors. After a honeymoon in Hermitage Bay, Antigua, the newlyweds are at home in Arlington, Tennessee. The bride graduated from the University of Mississippi and now works for Collierville Municipal Schools. The groom graduated from University of Memphis and now works for Historic Images.
DETAILS Bakery: Oh My Ganache Bakery; Catering: Heartwood Hall; Dress: Maggie Louise Bridal; Florist: Holliday Flowers and Events; Photographer: Maddie Moree Venue: Heartwood Hall; Videographer: Message Story byPhotography; Doug Gillon | Photos by Madison Yen and Lee Ottsin a Bottle Productions 70 FEBRUARY 2017 | myclickmag.com
a Johns & Henry Bryson Ra s s y l A a e s l der Ke May 28, 2016 Memphis, Tennessee
Kelsea Alyssa Johns and Henry Bryson Rader were united in marriage on May 28, 2016. The bride is the daughter of William and Michelle Johns of Germantown, Tennessee. The groom is the son of Greg and Welissa Rader of Columbus, Mississippi. They met in college through mutual friends and dated briefly, but the time just wasn’t right. Kelsea and Bryce went their separate ways, but reconnected toward the end of college. Still, the timing wasn’t right; Kelsea was getting ready to travel across the globe with the World Race. Shortly after she returned, they reconnected, and he asked her to accompany him to his sister’s wedding. They were engaged within the year. Bryce proposed on November 24, 2015. The couple had planned to walk around downtown, grab a bite to eat, and go to a Grizzlies game, but Bryce had other plans. While walking along the river in Harbor Town, Bryce asked for her hand in marriage. Afterward, they went to Terrace Grill where their families were waiting to celebrate. The garden ceremony took place on May 28, 2016 at Annesdale Mansion in Memphis, Tennessee. Luke West, one of the groomsmen, provided music throughout the ceremony. The bride walked down the aisle to Johann Pachelbel’s “Canon in D,” and the newlyweds exited to Ray LaMontagne’s “You Are The
Best Thing.” Dr. Kennon Vaughan of Harvest Church officiated the ceremony, which called the bride and groom to sacrificially love one another as Christ calls them to. The bride wore a three-piece dress designed by Martina Liana. The Cayla top was strapless and beaded, and the Stevie skirt was made with layers of tulle. Her look was completed with a cathedral veil. Her mother’s diamond earrings served as something borrowed and something old. Her garter featured a blue bow, and her dress doubled as something new. Kicked off with a champagne toast, the reception followed the ceremony. The Mansion’s back patio was extended to create a large dance floor, and twinkling lights were hung overhead. There were a number of food stations for guests to choose from, featuring beef tenderloin, a taco bar, a market table of breads and cheeses, and more. After a honeymoon in St. Martin in the French West Indies, the newlyweds are at home in Germantown, Tennessee. The bride graduated from the University of Mississippi and now works at Becca Gaines Interior Design. The groom graduated from Mississippi State University and works at Harvest Church.
DETAILS Bakery: The Flour Garden; Catering: Wade and Company Catering; Dress: Ivory & White Bridal Shop; Florist: DeClerk Wray Designs Music: Bluff City Soul Collective; Photography: Maddie Moree Photography; Venue: Annesdale Mansion; Videography: Camilla | FEBRUARY 2017 71 Buoni of Snap Happy Productions; Wedding Planners: Kelly Vandervoort & Graciemyclickmag.com Leathers
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June 25, 2016 Bartlett, Tennessee
Erin Alice Meyer and Robert Dreux Schrier were united in marriage on June 25, 2016. The bride is the daughter of Doug and Ginger Meyer, who reside in Bartlett, Tennessee. The groom is the son of Paul and Helen Schrier, who reside in Germantown, Tennessee. Originally introduced through Match.com, Erin and Robert decided to meet off screen and grab lunch at Hog & Hominy in Memphis. They had an OK time and agreed to a second date, but the timing just wasn’t right. Later that year, they reconnected and have been inseparable ever since. Robert proposed on October 8, 2015. He had been helping Erin train for a half-marathon, and they were out on a run at 6:30 that morning. Their training was nearing an end when Robert had to kneel down and “tie his shoe.” He called Erin’s name, she turned around to find him holding a ring. An intimate ceremony was held on June 25, 2016 at Hillwood at Davies Manor in Bartlett, Tennessee. The bride’s sister and the
groom’s brother joined the couple at the head of the room, where they exchanged traditional vows. The bride wore a strapless lace trumpet gown featuring a sweetheart neckline and a corset back. Elegant jewels accented her waist and a train flowed behind her as she walked down the aisle. A reception with the newlyweds’ closest family and friends followed. Instead of adding “something borrowed, something blue” to her attire, the bride incorporated this tradition into the reception décor. A tablecloth made by the bride’s great grandmother was used to set the table in the entryway. In tune with the anchor theme, a light-blue banner read, “Hope anchors the soul.” After a honeymoon in Jamaica, the newlyweds are at home in Memphis, Tennessee. The bride graduated from Bethel University and works in sales for Ideal Chemical & Supply Company. The groom graduated from Rhodes College, where he now works as the assistant baseball coach.
DETAILS Bakery: Sparkle Cakes; Catering: Club Windward; Dress: David’s Bridal; Florist: Designed with flowers from French Market; Music: Great Sounds Memphis; Photographer: Maddie by Moree Photography; Venue: Story by Doug Gillon | Photos Madison Yen and LeeHillwood Otts at Davies Manor 72 FEBRUARY 2017 | myclickmag.com
els & Patrick Wilson McGeorg August 13, 2016 Memphis, Tennessee
Paige Nobels and Patrick Wilson McGeorge were united in marriage on August 13, 2016. The bride is the daughter of Parker and Plum Nobles of Memphis, Tennessee. The groom is the son of Hal and Cynthia McGeorge of Memphis, Tennessee. Seven years ago, mutual friends introduced Paige and Patrick to each other. They’ve been laughing, loving, and smiling ever since. On December 23, 2015, Patrick proposed while they were exchanging Christmas gifts. When he handed her a box to open, he reminded her that she asked for something sparkly for Christmas. She opened the box to find a bottle of champagne. Paige was a little disappointed, but then Patrick got down on one knee. He opened a jewelry box to reveal an engagement ring, and asked “By something sparkly did you mean this?” The ceremony took place on August 13, 2016, at Dixon Gallery & Gardens in Memphis, Tennessee. Brent Hering, the brother of the bride, officiated the ceremony. More than 250 guests gathered to witness the wedding. Just as the bride began to walk down the aisle, a light rain started to fall. The refreshing mint cast a romantic glow over the ceremony and brought good luck to the bride and groom. The bride wore a strapless ivory gown embellished with satin. Designed by Monique Lhuillier, the trumpet-style gown featured a sweetheart neckline. A jeweled sash by Untamed Petals completed her look.
Her dress served as something new. She wore her grandmother’s diamond cocktail ring for something old and something borrowed. For something blue, she had pieces of her father and the groom's blue shirts cut into hearts and sewn into her dress. A reception followed in a tent just off of the terrace at the Dixon. Lit with bistro lights and an iron chandelier, the space was decorated with white flowers and greenery. The dance floor was backed with white satin curtains that allowed a view of the gardens in the distance. Moving inside the Hughes Pavilion, guests found several food stations, including a slider bar, BBQ-filled mason jars, Greek food, and Asian stir fry. Lee Sanders designed an unfrosted cake decorated with fresh fruit and florals. In lieu of a groom’s cake, they had a candy bar featuring all of the groom’s favorite goodies. When the evening came to a close, guests lined the walkway and sent the newlyweds off under the light of neon glow sticks. The newlyweds went on to honeymoon in Jamaica and are now at home in Memphis, Tennessee. The bride graduated from the University of Tennessee and is a registered nurse at Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital. The groom graduated from Southwest Community College and works for Delta Wholesale Liquor and Wine Distributors.
DETAILS Cake: Lee Sanders; Caterer: Paradox Catering & Consulting; Dress: Maggie Louise Bridal; Hair: Jenna Bruback; Florist: Cheri Howle of The English Garden; Makeup: Jenna Bruback; Photography: Creation Studios; Venue: Dixon Gallery & Gardens; Wedding Planner: Social Butterflies myclickmag.com | FEBRUARY 2017
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November 12, 2016 Hernando, Mississippi
Brittany Ann Riley and Christopher Scott Griffith were united in marriage on November 12, 2016. The bride is the daughter of James Earl Riley, Jr. and Rebecca Riley, who reside in Hernando, Mississippi. The groom is the son of Charles Scott and Victoria Griffith, who also reside in Hernando, Mississippi. Christopher proposed on December 19, 2015. What started as a night out celebrating their second anniversary soon turned into something much more magical. The happy couple went up to the top of the Peabody Hotel, where they were served a plate of chocolate covered strawberries. Sitting under the glow of the light post, Brittany saw the words “Will you marry me?” written on the plate. Their wedding ceremony was held on November 12, 2016 at the home of Dr. Jason Coleman in Hernando, Mississippi. Pastor Wade Humphries of Longview Point Baptist Church officiated. During a beautiful sunset ceremony, the newlyweds and guests were treated to a view bursting with decadent color and autumn leaves. The couple went on to exchange their vows under a custom-built arbor lined with burgundy and white flowers.
The bride wore a strapless lace dress with a sweetheart neckline. Designed by Justin Alexander, the gown featured elegant buttons down the back and through the end of the train. For something old, she carried a handkerchief that belonged to the groom’s great grandmother. For something new, the groom gifted her a stunning pair of pearl earrings and matching pearl bracelet. She borrowed her grandmother’s ring and wore a blue garter to complete the tradition. A reception followed at One Memphis Street in Hernando, Mississippi. The rustic but elegant setting featured barnwoodstyle sliding doors and decorative whiskey barrels. Lanterns and chopped wood blocks were used for centerpieces, coupled with burgundy and white flowers. After a picturesque honeymoon in Hawaii, the couple is at home in Hernando, Mississippi. Both the bride and groom attended Mississippi State University. Brittany now works for DeSoto County Schools. Christopher works as a certified public accountant for Williams, Pitts, & Beard, PLLC.
DETAILS Bakery: Carla Beard; Catering: Scotty’s Smokehouse; Dress: All About Weddings; Florist: Jennie’s Flowers, Gifts, and Events; Photographer: Bethany Veach Photography; Venue: One Memphis Street; Videographer: Story by Doug Gillon | Photos by Madison Yen and Lee Otts 314 Productions; FEBRUARY 2017 | myclickmag.com Wedding Planner: Betty Burch, Irene Strickland, and Jennifer McCullar
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beth Rupiper & Patrick Lawrence H January 23, 2016 Memphis, Tennessee
Lauren Elizabeth Rupiper and Patrick Lawrence Hope were united in marriage on January 23, 2016. The bride is the daughter of Brian and Michelle Rupiper, who reside in Memphis, Tennessee. The groom is the son of Dennis and Barbara Hope, who also reside in Memphis, Tennessee. After meeting through mutual friends, the pair went on to develop a lasting friendship. Years passed before Lauren and Patrick decided to take a chance on what was right in front of them, and once they did, sparks flew. The relationship came full circle when Patrick recreated their first dinner date. First, the happy couple dined at Flight Restaurant & Wine Bar in Memphis, where they were seated at the exact same table as before. It was there that he reached across the table, took her hand in his, and asked her to be his wife. Both families were on hand to help celebrate with a champagne toast on a rooftop overlooking the city. On January 23, 2013, Lauren and Patrick were united in marriage at St. Peter Catholic Church in downtown Memphis. Reverend Augustine DeArmond, O. P. officiated. The bride wore a long-sleeved ivory lace gown by Essense of Australia. She carried a hand-tied bouquet of white garden roses and hydrangeas. Her grandmother’s rosary was intertwined into her
bouquet, and the stems were wrapped with satin ribbon. Her look was completed with a chapel-length veil. Following tradition, she wore a borrowed pair of earrings and carried her grandmother’s blue rosary in her bouquet. For something old, she wore her mother’s wedding ring. Her dress served as something new. A reception followed at The Columns at One Commerce Square in Memphis. The bridal party made a grand entrance with a Grizzlies-themed introduction, and live music by Kevin and Bethany Paige kept guests entertained all night. When the evening came to a close, the couple exited through a burst of white and silver confetti showered upon them by guests. After leaving in a black limousine, the newlyweds spent their first night as husband and wife at the Peabody Hotel. The next morning, they enjoyed brunch with family at Capriccio Grill before departing to Riviera Maya, Mexico, for a weeklong honeymoon. They’re now at home in Collierville, Tennessee. Both the bride and groom graduated from University of Memphis. The bride now works as a certified public accountant at Reynolds, Bone, & Griesbeck PLC. The groom is now employed by Fleet Safety Equipment, Inc.
DETAILS Bakery: Lee Sanders; Catering: CFY Catering; Dress: Low’s Bridal and Formal; Florist: Holliday Flowers & Events; Lighting: Moonshine Lighting Inc.; Music: Kevin and Bethany Paige, Jordabella Entertainment; Photo booth: The Hardin House; Photographer: Katie Norrid Photography; Rentals: Classic Party Rentals; Venue: The Columns; Wedding Planner: Michelle Hope of Social Butterflies, LLC myclickmag.com | FEBRUARY 2017 75 Ceremony: St. Peter Catholic Church; Hair and Makeup: Jenna Bruback; Linens: Elegant Chair Solutions
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April 23, 2016 Santa Rosa Beach, Florida
Mickela Gille Jones and Detric Benard Stanciel were united in marriage on April 23, 2016. The bride is the daughter of Linda Woods and Willie Harris of Memphis, Tennessee. The groom is the son of William and Delores Stanciel of Greenwood, Mississippi. After getting to know each other on Match.com, the pair decided it was time to meet in person. They met up for cocktails in Midtown, and that was it; they’ve been inseparable ever since. For their 2nd Christmas together, Detric wanted to give Mickela more than just jewelry. On December 25, 2014, she opened up a Pandora box to see a stone that said “marry me.” Moments later, Detric got down on one knee and proposed with a ring in hand. The couple chose to have a destination wedding in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. A part of the famed Emerald Coast, the beach served as the perfect backdrop for Mickela and Detric to exchange their vows on April 23, 2016. Close friends and family joined them at the ceremony, which was officiated by Detric’s father, Minister William Stanciel.
The bride wore a Stella York gown with a sweetheart neckline and natural waist. With breezy tulle and corded lace, the dress was the perfect fit for a beach wedding. Following tradition, the bride wore something borrowed — mom's necklace — and something blue — a lace garter. For something old, she wore a diamond bracelet from her late aunt, as well as a pair of earrings for something new. A reception followed at Sunset Reflections. The space was filled out with gray, pink, and white décor. Guests dined on the upper and lower patios — perfect to catch a view of the Gulf. The buffetstyle meal included a mashed potato bar, fresh vegetables, roast beef, and blackened Mahi-mahi. Much to everyone’s delight, the newlyweds opted for cupcakes over cake. After a honeymoon in Destin, Florida, the newlyweds are at home in Southaven, Mississippi. The bride attended East Tennessee State University and is currently employed by Starbucks. The groom graduated from Mississippi State University and works at A-1 Printing Service.
DETAILS Bakery: Sweet for Sirten; Catering: Princess Wedding Co.; Dress: Low’s Bridal and Formal; Florist: Princess Wedding Co.;Doug Photographer: Dolis Princess Wedding Story by Gillon | Mayya Photos byof Madison Yen andCo.; LeeVenue: Otts Sunset Reflections; FEBRUARY 2017 | myclickmag.com Wedding Coordinator: Christina of Princess Wedding Co.
n Toole & Tyler Brett Townsen n y L y l i m E d April 2, 2016 Memphis, Tennessee
Emily Lynn Toole and Tyler Brett Townsend were united in marriage on April 2, 2016. The bride is the daughter of Dr. Drew and Kay Toole of Pine Bluff, Arkansas. The groom is the son of Terry and Debra Townsend of Memphis, Tennessee. The pair met on Tinder, but, fearing the worst, Emily skipped out on what was supposed to be their first date. Tyler didn’t want to miss his chance, so he invited her to meet up at Memphis in May. Fortunately for them both, she accepted. The moment she saw him, Emily knew that something special was going to unfold. Tyler proposed on August 4, 2015. The couple was on vacation in Destin, Florida, with Emily’s family. He had been acting strange the entire trip, and it wasn’t until the family was gathered for photos on the beach that Emily realized why. When it was time for their photo, she turned around to find Tyler on one knee. They married on April 2, 2016, under the Blecken Pavilion at Memphis Botanic Garden. A string trio played as both the bride and the wedding party walked down the aisle. Pastor Scott Payne, of Immanuel Baptist Church in Memphis, officiated the ceremony and read letters by the bride and groom aloud. The letters professed their love for one another, promises to be kept, memories of the past, and excitement for the future. After exchanging the traditional vows and sharing a very special kiss, the
couple was pronounced man and wife. The bride wore a custom Monique Lhuillier gown. Intricate beaded lace trickled down from a sweetheart neckline and into a tulle skirt. The asymmetrical design, peplum cut, and horsehair edging on the skirt gave the gown a fun, modern twist. A pearl necklace, gifted years ago from her grandmother, served as something old, and the groom gifted her a pair of diamond earrings for something new. She borrowed her mother’s vintage lace cathedral veil, and her garter featured blue lace and a blue bow. The reception followed in the Goldsmith Room at the Garden. Guests had their pick of four food stations: street tacos, beef tenderloin, BBQtinis, and gourmet mac-n-cheese. Memphis favorites Kevin and Bethany Paige performed a mix of contemporary music and classic rock ‘n’ roll. The newlyweds went on to honeymoon at the Sanctuary Cap Cana Resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. They’re now at home in St. Louis, Missouri. The bride graduated from University of Arkansas and then UT Dental School. She is now in a Residency program at SLU. The groom graduated from the University of Memphis and now works for State Farm.
DETAILS Cake: The Flour Garden; Catering: Wade and Company Catering; Florist: Holliday’s Flowers & Events; Hair: Allison Becksfort; Lighting: Moonshine Lighting; Linens: Elegant Chair Solutions; Makeup: Mia Atkinson; Music: Kevin and Bethany Paige; Photographer: Katie Norrid myclickmag.com FEBRUARY 2017 77 Photography; Rentals: Classic Party Rentals; Venue: Memphis Botanic Garden; Videographer: Don Lawler; Wedding Planner: |Social Butterflies
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beth Smith & Scott Paul Saw
February 20, 2016 Hoover, Alabama
Rebecca Elizabeth Smith and Scott Paul Sawyer were united in marriage on February 20, 2016. The bride is the daughter of Mike and Ruth Smith of Hoover, Alabama. The groom is the son of Sarah Crain Sawyer and the late Terry E. Sawyer of Byhalia, Mississippi. Scott and Rebecca first crossed paths at State Farm training. They first became friends for 6 months until they realized they were more than friends and dated long distance for 2 years. On July 22nd 2015 , Scott surprised Rebecca with an engagement ring at sunset on Huntington Beach, California. The ceremony took place on February 20th, at The Barn at Shady Lane in Hoover, Alabama. Doctor James Biedenharn officiated. Daniel Lowe read scripture from a bible that belonged to the groom’s father. Pat Woods, a lifetime friend of the groom’s mother, sang Brandon Heath’s “Love Never Fails” at the ceremony. Violinist and bridesmaid Ally Beall provided the music for the wedding party’s entrance.
The bride wore a strapless white ball gown. For something old, she wore a mink wrap that once belonged to the late Fay Lanier, her mother-in-law’s aunt. Her sisters gifted her with a new bracelet. She borrowed her grandmother’s earrings, and her David Yurman bracelet served as something blue. Rebecca and Scott shared their first dance as man and wife to “I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You” by Elvis Presley. The fatherdaughter dance was to Stevie Wonder’s “Isn’t She Lovely?” and the mother-son dance was to Bob Dylan’s “Forever Young.” After the reception, the newlyweds received a sparkler send-off. They went on to honeymoon in Savannah, Georgia, and are now at home in Corinth, Mississippi. The bride graduated from Auburn University, and the groom graduated from the University of Mississippi. They’re both State Farm Insurance agents.
DETAILS Bakery: Magic Muffins Bakery; Catering: The Happy Catering Company; Dress: The Something Blue Shoppe; Hair: Beauty by Jess; Makeup: Beauty by Jess;Story Music: by Brother 2 Brother; Beckwith Photography; Venue: The Barn at Shady Lane Doug Gillon Photography: | Photos byKayla Madison Yen and Lee Otts 78 FEBRUARY 2017 | myclickmag.com
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trafuss & Spencer Ray
December 3, 2016 Memphis, Tennessee
Miranda Marie Strafuss and Spencer Ray Young were united in marriage on December 3, 2016. The bride is the daughter of Mark and Carolyn Strafuss, who reside in Collierville, Tennessee. The groom is the son of Spence and Missy Young, who reside in Olive Branch, Mississippi. Miranda and Spencer met in the summer of 2012. Miranda was a receptionist at Air Venture Flight Center in Olive Branch, Mississippi. Spencer was learning to be a pilot and working as a fuel boy on the side. They became fast friends, soon realizing they had developed feelings for each other. Not one to shy away, Spencer asked Miranda out on a date on August 17, 2012. They danced the night away to country artist Brad Paisley, who was performing at Snowden Grove in Southaven. Two years later, Spencer asked for Mirandaâ€™s hand in marriage. They were celebrating their two-year anniversary by having dinner with her family when he popped the question. The ceremony took place on December 3, 2016, at Heartwood Hall in Memphis, Tennessee. Kory Klemetsrud of Kirby Woods Baptist Church officiated. The bride and groom exchanged vows
under a lighted archway at the intimate indoor ceremony. Strung lights cast a romantic glow, and a blossoming flowerboard hung overhead. The bride wore a custom Monique Lhullier gown. Following tradition, she borrowed a pair of pearl and diamond earrings from her aunt. For something blue, she let her sass shine through with blue undergarments. She cut a heart shape from one of her fatherâ€™s old shirts and had it sewn into the inside of her dress. Her gown doubled as something new. A reception followed the ceremony. Guests dined buffet-style, with everything from barbeque to Italian entrees at their request. The decadent four-tier wedding cake sparkled with glam glitter. A DJ kept the celebration going, leading guests to dance into the night. After a vacation in the Grand Cayman Islands, the newlyweds are now at home in Olive Branch, Mississippi. The bride works at Forest Hill Animal Hospital in Germantown, Tennessee. The groom works at Great Lakes Airlines.
DETAILS Bakery: Oh My Ganache Bakery; Catering: Heartwood Hall; Dress: Maggie Louise Bridal; Florist: Deedra Stone Designs; Hair: Katie Raburn of High Definition Salon and Spa; Makeup: Ashlea Bowles of High Definition Salon and Spa; myclickmag.com | FEBRUARY 2017 Photography: Tina Bailey; Venue: Heartwood Hall; Wedding Planner: Sheri Cooper
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THE POUR THE ‘SERENDIPITY’ COCKTAIL Recipe and Photo courtesy of SERENA WOLF
Mint, apple brandy, cider and champagne combine for a fruity and refreshing cocktail with just the right amount of sparkle
Yield: 1 cocktail
INGREDIENTS: ¼ cup fresh mint leaves 1½ ounces Calvados 2 ounces apple cider 4 ounces champagne (or prosecco)
DIRECTIONS: Lightly muddle the mint in a tall cocktail glass. (You don’t want to completely pulverize the mint, friends, you just want the leaves to release some of their oils.) Add the Calvados and cider and give everything a good stir. If you’ve got a swizzle stick, use it. Fill the glass with ice and top with champagne. Cheers!
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ONE THING NOT TO MISS THIS MONTH
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