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CONTENTS February 2014
Volume 8 • No. 2
DEPARTMENTS 15 | INTERVIEW Letter Perfect
A-list stationer Lindsey Cross crafts uniquely inspired and intricately designed invitation sets
18 | FOOD Les Macarons
A sweet meringue-based confection from Dwayne Ingraham
20 | MUSIC Rosanne Cash Returns to her Roots
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"The River & The Thread" hits home, providing a reflection of Cash’s Southern heritage
22 | ARTS+CULTURE Lights, Camera, Oxford
This month's Oxford Film Festival will showcase local filmmakers
26 | BOOKS Memphis, Music City
Respect Yourself: Stax Records and the Soul Explosion
28 | DRINKS The Sweetheart Something sweet for Valentine’s Day
31 | STYLE The Sweetest Things 25 Finds We Heart This Month
47 | AT HOME Timeless Threshold
Newlywed couple Nicole and William Erwin find the perfect venue for saying “I Do!”
89 | ENTERTAINING Southern Hospitality
Kick-off the special weekend with welcome gifts for the wedding guests
104 | LIVE WELL The Right Moves
Trainer Drew Morgan of Max Fitness reveals the exercises everyone should do to tone and trim in a flash.
106 | ON THE MONEY Credit Tips for 2014
Avoid these missteps for a higher credit score in the New Year
IN EVERY ISSUE Editor’s Letter: 6
See & Do: 112
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Happily Ever After This issue, dedicated to happily ever afters, was especially fun to put together this year because in a little less than eight months I will be one of those lucky brides. My fiancé and best friend in this world proposed on Christmas day treeside with our one-year-old lab, Charlie, at his feet. Since then, it seems all conversations have been consumed by bridal attire, choosing a venue or floral arrangements. The glamorous engagement period is filled with parties, gifts and cherished memories. I really wish that I could say that I was one of those brides who revels in all of this, but the truth is that I'm not. I’m ready for the planning of the “perfect day” to be over and the marriage to start. That’s not to say I’m not excited about my wedding, though. I’m looking forward to seeing all those I love gathered in one place and dancing my ass off at my reception. But what I’m most looking forward to: waking up the next morning with my husband beside
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Michelle Hope Jaime 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. Check out their feature for this month’s special bridal issue: “Warm Welcomes” on page 83 where our expert party planners share their ideas for greeting guests with personal details, local faire and true Southern hospitality. To see more of their work, visit sb-events.com.
Terry Sweeney Photographs from our February interview “Letter Perfect” on page 15 were taken by long-time contributing photographer Terry Sweeney. With a career that spans over twenty years in the MidSouth, Sweeney’s areas of expertise include work for nearly all regional publications, as well as commercial, advertising and architectural photography. He is the owner of Sweeney South Commercial Photography, a full-service photography studio in Olive Branch, Mississippi, which provides creative photographic concepts and solutions to local, regional and national clients.
Lisa Elaine Babb Native Memphian Lisa Babb is a freelance writer with a passion for community journalism and social justice. An avid traveler, Babb recently returned from a short sabbatical in Albania, where she visited her sister and took in the sights and sounds of Southeastern Europe. This past fall, she earned degrees in International Studies and Political Science at the University of Memphis and plans to pursue a career in journalism. This month, she sits down with Dwayne Ingraham, pastry chef at Oxford’s City Grocery, to talk Macarons. Read “Les Macarons” (page 18).
A Southaven native who attends school at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo., Catlett is a frequent contributing writer to Click magazine covering everything from causes to food to books and music. Check out page 20 where Catlett reviews the insigtful new songs heard in Rosanne’s Cash’s album "The River & the Thread"—the musician’s first album in eight years. In addition to writing on a variety of topics (she particularly enjoys civil rights issues), Catlett also enjoys a passion for local coffee shops and music venues.
A lifelong reader and writer, Shana Raley-Lusk is a freelancer with a passion for reading, particularly Southern literature. A native of East Tennessee, Lusk has a varied background in fine arts, interior design, creative writing and literature. Her work has appeared in a number of publications including At Home Tennessee magazine, The Knoxville News Sentinel and various others. This month, Lusk reviews Respect Yourself: Stax Records and the Soul Explosion by Robert Gordon (page 26).
Our home feature, “Timeless Threshold” (page 47) was written by Click’s Homes & Garden editor Cara Sievers. A freelance writer, editor and consultant for more than 10 years, as well as a trade journalist and magazine editor for nearly seven years, most of her writing background in home and garden comes from real-world practice—decorating personal spaces and spending countless hours studying and reviewing the design of others’ spaces. When she isn’t writing, Cara enjoys hanging out with her husband Rob and their mutt Ella Mae in Collierville, Tennessee.
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15th Annual Polar Bear Plunge Mud Island River Park, 3 p.m. Hundreds of brave souls will take the plunge into the frigid waters of Wolf River in Memphis to benefit Special Olympics of Greater Memphis. Tickets $50. Event time is 3 p.m. Call 901.683.1271 or visit specialolympicsmem.org.
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11th Annual Oxford Film Festival
The Lyric Oxford, Thurs. 6 p.m. The Lyric Oxford, Malco Oxford Commons and Oxford Conference Center; Fri. starting at 11 a.m.; Sat. starting at 10 a.m.; Sun. starting at 12 p.m. The annual film festival strives to bring quality films to Oxford and highlight the talents of young filmmakers from all over the world. Tickets $8-30. Call 877.560.3456 or visit oxfordfilmfest.com.
Les Passees Cabaret Ball
The Tower Room at Clark Tower, 6 p.m. The black-tie affair is open to all and promises a night of drinks, dining and dancing in Memphis. The members’ daughters and granddaughters will present eleven “living ads” at the annual celebration. Tickets $80. Event time is 6 p.m. Call 901.761.5525 or visit lpmemphis.org.
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Cirque du CMOM Gala: Memphis Strong!
Children’s Museum of Memphis, 7 p.m. Dance the night away in Memphis while raising money for the Children’s Museum of Memphis and recognizing local talent. Tickets $150-500. Call 901.283.4163 or visit cmom.com.
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Valentine’s Day Gala and Auction with the Natchez Festival of Music
Bailey House, 7 p.m. Vocalist Melanie Gardner and guitarist Daniel Schroeder will perform jazz standards and cover tunes in a striking Victorian home on the corner of S. Commerce St. & Orleans Ave. in Natchez. Tickets $100. Call 601.446.6631 or visit visitnatchez.org.
“Belles & Beaus, Boots & Suits” Charity Ball
211 Main Hall & Gardens, 7-11 p.m. Kick up your cowboy boots to the musical styling of The Blue Silk Band and enjoy Southern cuisine by Me and My Tea Room at the charity ball in Como. Tickets $50-100. Call 662.609.4950 or visit jatatepanola.org.
Passport to Oregon
University Club, 4:30 p.m. This tasting event in Memphis will feature the best wines and spirits of Oregon from the most sought-after and critically acclaimed small family growers and distilleries. Tickets $50. Call 901.725.4252.
Memphis Heart Ball
The Peabody Hotel, 6:30 p.m. The Heart Ball brings community and philanthropic leaders in Memphis together to celebrate the lives saved and improved, thanks to the work of the American Heart Association. Tickets $25. Call 901.383.5411 or visit memphisheartball.ahaevents.org.
The Northwest Mississippi Theater Alliance Allie Awards Banquet
Wine for Wishes
The Cadre Building, 6:30-9:30 p.m. The charitable wine-tasting event for young professionals will benefit MakeA-Wish Mid-South and is complete with a silent auction, live entertainment and delicious dining in downtown Memphis. Tickets $40-$50. Call 901.692.9506 or visit midsouth.wish.org.
25th Annual Natchez Literary & Cinema Celebration
Landers Center, 7 p.m. The annual awards dinner in Southaven will celebrate Community Theater and recognize local talent. Tickets $25. Call 662.470.2131 or visit landerscenter.com.
Oxford Run for Hope Oxford Conference Center, 8:30 a.m. The half-marathon and 5K will take participants through the Oxford Square, University campus and beyond the biking and walking paths in Oxford. The race will benefit the diabetes camping programs at Camp Hopewell. Tickets $25-70. Call 901.274.2202 or visit oxfordrunforhope. racesonline.com.
Natchez Convention Center A full agenda of speakers, films, Natchez cinema events, concerts, exhibits and more will address this year’s theme, “60 years and counting: Voices of the Civil Rights Movement.” Call 601.446.1208 or visit colin.edu.
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ENTERTAINMENT Through April Landscape Etchings by Luigi Lucioni Memphis Brooks Museum of Art 901.544.6200, brooksmuseum.org
Granger Smith feat. Earl Dibbles Jr The Lyric, Oxford 8 p.m., Tickets $10 662.234.5333, thelyricoxford.com
Through April 20 The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Fifty States Memphis Brooks Museum of Art 901.544.6200, brooksmuseum.org
ART Through Feb. 5 Tournées French Film Festival Presented by Communities in Conversation at Rhodes College: Blount Auditorium: Buckman Hall, 7 p.m., Free 901.843.3000, rhodes.edu/filmstudies
Through March 2
MUSIC 1 Doc Severinsen & The San Miguel 5 Presented by Germantown Performing Arts Center 8 p.m., Tickets begin at $27.50 901.751.7500, gpacweb.com Jerry Lee Lewis Sam’s Town Casino, Tunica 8 p.m., Tickets $30-40 800.745.3000
Tributaries: Andrew Hayes Metal Museum, Memphis 901.774.6380, metalmuseum.org
14 Valentine’s Day in Memphis: An Evening with The Bar-Kays Minglewood Hall, Memphis 7 p.m., Tickets $40-$75 901.312.6058, minglewoodhall.com
15 Claremont Trio Gertrude C. Ford Performing Arts Center 7 p.m., Tickets $28-$33
21 Robert Earl Keen The Lyric, Oxford 10 a.m., Tickets $20-$40 662.234.5333, thelyricoxford.com
Through March 2 Western Perspectives: Native American Artists and Images Memphis Brooks Museum of Art
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Through March 7
Check website for times, Tickets $10
The Jack Mitchell Collection Gertrude C. Ford Performing Arts Center 662.915.2787, fordcenter.org
Through March 23 Color! American Photography Transformed Dixon Gallery & Gardens, Memphis 901.761.5250, dixon.org
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8 US Navy Band Concert Gertrude C. Ford Performing Arts Center 7 p.m., Free 662.915.2787, fordcenter.org
11 Million Dollar Quartet, National Broadway Tour Gertrude C. Ford Performing Arts Center 7 p.m., Tickets $55-$66 662.915.2787, fordcenter.org
Through Feb. 9 Death of a Salesman Theatre Memphis 901.682.8323, theatrememphis.org
1-16 Wicked The Orpheum Theatre See website for times, Tickets $44-$153 901.525.3000, orpheum-memphis.com
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9 Other Desert Cities Presented by Circuit Playhouse at Circuit Playhouse, Memphis 2 p.m. & 8 p.m., Tickets $10-$35 901.726.4656, playhouseonthesquare.org
14- March 2 As You Like It Presented by Theatre Memphis Tickets $15-$25 901.682.8323, theatrememphis.org
14-23 Oliver! DeSoto Family Theatre LANDERS Center Theater Tickets $15-$22 662.470.2131, ticketmaster.com
Spamalot Presented by Playhouse on the Square at Playhosue on the Square, Memphis 2 p.m. & 8 p.m., Tickets $15-$40 901.726.4656, playhouseonthesquare.org
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21-23 Ballet Memphis Presents: World Wonders at Playhouse on the Square 2 p.m. & 8 p.m., Tickets $10-$72 901.737.7322, balletmemphis.org
Through March 2 Les Miserables Delta Center Stage E.E. Bass Cultural Center Greenville, MS; Tickets $10-$20 662.378.9849, deltastage.com
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UP FRONT Arts, Culture and Personalities
Letter Perfect Lindsey Cross
Interview by HALLIE MCKAY Photography by TERRY SWEENEY
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LOCATED IN THE CHICKASAW OAKS SHOPPING center in East Memphis, Mrs. Post Fine Stationery and Gifts is a stationery and gift shop with a whimsical selection of cards, invitations and gifts. Click Magazine: The name, Mrs. Post? Any relation to etiquette maven Emily Post? LC: It’s a fun coincidence but Emily Post was never a consideration. I’ve always been taken with company names that started with Mr. or Mrs. in the stationery world – like Mr. Boddington Studios and Mrs. John L. Strong. There is something so elegant and slightly formal to them. The name Post came from Post Office. CM: What sets Mrs. Post apart from other stationery shops in the area? LC: We carry many lines that are exclusive the MidSouth area. Also, because of my graphic design background and that of our staff, we can offer on-site custom designs for just about anything. Many of our favorite wedding invitations are custom designed. CM: Before opening Mrs. Post in 16 FEBRUARY 2014 | myclickmag.com
One of my personal favorites--I love this invitation suite we did last June for a wedding coordinator in Charleston, South Carolina. All the pieces are foil stamped in gold on the heaviest cotton stock, that is edge painted in pale pink, matching the envelope liner. The invitation card stock is thicker than most mat board used in framing. We added a pale pink Italian cotton stock for the smaller cards and envelope liner, still printing with the gold foil stamping.
July 2010, you had been designing custom invitations for two years with a wholesale paper line you founded called Lemon Tree Paper. Where do you get your design inspiration? LC: I find a lot of inspiration in fashion and interior design, particularly prints and patterns. I’m always looking at book covers and magazines, and scouring the Internet for new fonts—a font can make or break a design. I have a collection of magazines from the 1940s to 1960s that I adore for their beautiful, handdrawn font titles. CM: You personally customize many of the cards and invitations found in your shop. What are some ways in which couples can customize their wedding invitations? LC: Envelope liners! We’ have had a few brides who have chosen simple, timeless invitations and then added a colorful or vintage print liner for
character. When brides have a tight budget, this is a really simple, inexpensive way to infuse invites with personality. CM: What should brides-to-be anticipate/expect when meeting their stationer for the first time? LC: Once brides have set a date and chosen their venue, we can sit down and start looking at options for save-the-dates and the wedding invitations. First meetings usually consist of deciding what style the bride likes. We encourage brides to bring pictures of styles they like or if brides have a Pinterest account, they can share ideas with us online. Once we know the style a bride wants, we can pull a number of options from our albums or discuss custom designs. Since we personally customize everything, the sky is the limit.
up front You have your choice of hundreds of paper stocks, colors, fonts and printing styles – and we’re there to help guide you to finding the perfect suite. Once you decide on the savethe-dates and invitation suite, which includes the invitation, reply card, reception card and travel information card – the additional paper pieces can be determined closer to the wedding, or about 2 months before it. The extra pieces are usually quicker to decide on the details since they are usually in a similar style as the invitation suite. CM: Typically, what percent of the wedding budget is allotted to a couple’s wedding stationery? LC: Brides-to-be can expect to spend anywhere from 7-12 percent of their wedding budget on save-thedates, wedding invitations and any miscellaneous day-of paper details such as programs, menus, escort cards and place cards. It all depends on the bride. We can create a beautiful invitation suite on any budget. CM: I assume the price per invite varies widely. What elements influence the overall cost of wedding suites? LC: You’ve got it! The pricing varies a lot based on the printing method. Digital/offset and thermography are much less expensive than engraving or letterpress. Paper is another factor; cotton stocks add to the price but have a beautiful texture. The price also varies depending on the number of cards or enclosures you include in your invitations, as well as extras like envelope liners. CM: In your opinion, what are the top priorities a bride-to-be should not skimp on when selecting the invitation suite? LC: I think a heavy cardstock is always important for quality wedding invitations. Even if a card is printed in thermography, a less expensive method, on a heavy cotton card stock, it will still look and feel luxurious. CM: Any trends for 2014 in wedding stationery? LC: The classics are trendy again. Simple designs and hand calligraphy
The suite above was designed for a bride who married in Italy and hosted a recption after returning home. The look is contemporary with a soft, elegant color palette. For the reception invitations, we used the couple’s silhouettes and printed them on clear acrylic in white ink.
with a modern touch, like a colored card stock or envelope liner, are popular. Other trends, such as hand painted elements, as popularized by Rifle Paper Co., are big as well and add a personalized design element. It also adds a vintage feel to stationery. Personalized invitations are another trend for 2014. CM: What’s your take on evites? LC: Evites definitely have a following, but I have to say, I’m never as excited about a party that I receive an evite for as I am for one that has a real paper invitation. Invitations set the tone and get people excited for an event. There is something about getting a handaddressed envelope in the mail and holding a thick sheet of card stock in your hand that evites can’t match. CM: Any advice for addressing envelopes once invitations arrive? LC: You can have a lot of fun with postage. There are several websites that offer custom stamps. At Mrs. Post, we send our brides the design elements sized for stamps at no cost to coordinate with the invitation suite. Vintage stamps are great, too. We had a bride living in Los Angeles who was getting married in Memphis and she stamped her save-the-dates with vintage Elvis stamps. Another bride was given a vintage stamp collection by her uncle, which she used on her
wedding invitations. There were so many from the 1960s that were just gorgeous and created such a unique design on the envelope, since all had several stamps. CM: Future aspirations for your custom paper line and Mrs. Post? LC: We would love to open another store but it has to be the right location for us. I’m not in any hurry but can’t wait until we find a great spot.
A few tips: We always recommend numbering the back of your reply cards in very small writing before mailing them to guests. These numbers correspond with names on the address list. Inevitably, someone will forget to add their name to the reply card before they send it back. This way, you can tell who sent it back to you. The last page of the wedding program is a great place to include directions to the reception venue. Some brides like save-the-dates to coordinate with the wedding suite and others want something more fun and whimsical – it is really a personal choice. Make sure your invitation conveys the wedding and reception you are planning. If it is formal, be formal – if it’s a casual event, you can be more relaxed in the color scheme and font choices. myclickmag.com | FEBRUARY 2014 17
Les Macarons Sweet, silky with a subtle crunch Story by LISA ELAINE BABB Photos by JONATHAN CAPRIEL
wayne Ingraham’s love for
A creamy filling or sweet jam, usually
are everywhere. I think right now, the
macarons is undeniable. After
matching the color of the outer layers,
craze with macarons is like the craze
five years of making the deli-
is pressed between the two fluffy bis-
with cupcakes five years ago,” Sarah
cate, bite-sized treats, the pastry chef
cuits. Some of the traditional flavors
Griffith, a 32-year-old caterer with
at Oxford’s City Grocery has yet to
include sweet raspberry and decadent
Woodson Ridge Farms in Oxford, Miss.,
tire of the sweet.“Once you bite into a
macaron, there is no denying it,” Ingraham says. “I think it is just a beautiful,
While Ingraham’s passion for cooking
There are a myriad mix of colors and
and baking came from waking up to
tastes, textures and flavors that make
the smell of his great grandmother’s
macarons almost endlessly customiz-
biscuits and fresh fig preserves, tast-
able. In addition to their attractive
Macarons resemble fluffy, super-sized
ing his grandmother’s delicious pound
appearance and the ease with which
Oreos, but unlike their monochromatic
cake and savoring his mother’s sweet
they can be personalized, Griffith attri-
cousins, they come in an almost
potato pie, he did not start making
butes the macaron’s popularity to its
infinite number of colors and flavors.
macarons until he was in his mid-20’s
palate-pleasing taste. “It is light, airy.
The outside layers are light and airy,
when he was working in Switch
It is the equivalent of angel food cake
coated with a subtle crunch. A flavor-
restaurant inside Encore hotel in Las
in cookie form. It does have a crunch,
ful creamy, jam, jelly or ganache filling
Vegas. A Louisiana native, Ingraham
and in the middle is great flavor,”
is sandwiched between the colored
blends southern flavors with French
disks. Some bold bakers even play
techniques to create macarons
with a cold ice cream filing, making an
distinctive to the South, like those
unconventional ice cream cookie.
with vanilla shells and bourbon pecan
beautiful confection. It is soft, sweet and melts away with the first bite.”
The two outside meringue layers of
When Griffith took her vows outside under the hot Mississippi sun last summer, she opted to serve a mountain of multi-colored macarons in place
the palm-sized pastries are made of
Ingraham is not alone in his love
of a traditional wedding cake.“Since
almond flour, egg whites and confec-
for macarons. Traditionally a French
I got married in the middle of July, I
tioners’ sugar. They are rounded and
confection, they made their way
wanted something that would with-
puffy, coming in a plethora of colors,
across the Atlantic, down the east
stand the heat. In the summer when
from light pink pastels to tans and
coast and found an eager audience
you don’t want something as heavy as
nudes and even bright, green neons.
of sweet tooths in the South. “They
cake, it is a fun, pretty option,” Griffith
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Rosanne Cash returns to her ROOTS The River & the Thread hits home, providing a reflection of her father’s upbringing and her Southern heritage. Story by TESS CATLETT | Photos by CLAY PATRICK McBRIDE
he River & the Thread is the latest chapter in Rosanne
her family’s musical legacy. With The River & the Thread,
Cash’s 35-year musical narrative, and it carries the
Cash comes to terms with her tremendous loss, signaling a
burden of loss and a renewed struggle for self-discov-
ery. Historically rich and lyrically sound, The River & the Thread is Cash’s first album of original material since 2006, and it recently hit store shelves on January 14.
Her journey began when Arkansas State University contacted Cash about assisting in the restoration her father’s childhood home in Dyess, Arkansas. The project kicked off
A sweeping portrait of the American South, The River &
with a series of benefit concerts featuring artists throughout
the Thread is the summation of Cash’s melodious diary, a
the renovation process, Cash traveled across the South with
trilogy mapping her heartache and sorrow after the death
John Leventhal, her longtime collaborator and husband. The
of her father, Johnny Cash. Her 2006 release, Black Cadillac,
duo made frequent stops in Memphis, taking in the sights
saw a period of mourning; and 2009’s The List, a collection
and sounds of the city that helped mold Johnny’s craft. On
of classic songs recommended by her father, celebrated
road trips from Alabama to Arkansas, they visited William
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Faulkner’s house; Dockery Farms, the plantation where Howlin’ Wolf and Charley Patton worked and sang; and the Natchez trail, just to name a few. Cash immersed herself in these
faith, fate and everything in between. “Night School” sees a contemporary couple in love, but they’re backed by an orchestral arrangement more suited to an earlier era. Cash purrs
places, allowing the stories of the
with the promise of redemption in
South to unfold in The River & the
“50,000 Watts,” declaring, “We’ll be
Thread. With each song, Cash delves
who we are and not who we were.”
deeper into a unique history, spanning time and place. The River & the Thread captures a multi-generational cast of characters, exploring both the history of the region and of Cash’s own family.
“When The Master Calls The Roll” is
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a Civil War ballad, and is the chilling result of collaboration between Cash, Leventhal and her former husband Rodney Crowell. Styled after classic
Celtic folk songs about war, the tune leaves the listener mourning a soldier’s heartbreaking end. The story ends in Money, Mississippi,
a sleepy town with a roadway adjacent to the Tallahatchie Bridge and legendary blues musician Robert Johnson’s resting place. On “Money Road,” Cash further contemplates an
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afterlife and becomes increasingly self-aware before Leventhal’s guitar “A Feather’s Not a Bird” opens the album with ease, introducing a smooth harmony backed by a blues guitar and inviting listeners into Cash’s mini-travelogue. She sings, “There’s never any highway when you’re looking for the past,” acknowledging her emotional struggle and setting the stage for a breakthrough. Cash touches on a bit of geographical history in “The Sunken Lands,” which tells the tragic tale of a Dust-Bowl era Arkansas farmer. After a heartwrenching visit to the Grants’ home in “Etta’s Tune,” Cash picks up the pace
fades out of range. Clocking in at less than 40 minutes, The River & the Thread draws from country, blues, gospel and rock, reflecting the tried-and-true sounds of the Southern region. Cash was joined in the studio by a wide array of musicians, all with a deep love for the South, including Cory Chisel, Amy Helm, Allison Moorer, John Prine, Derek Trucks, Tony Joe White and Gabe Witcher. While The River & the Thread isn’t an album of epic proportions, it certainly weaves a vivid tale of the South, and Cash commands her right as a storyteller.
with “Modern Blue,” a song about love liberated by distance. Vulnerability shines through in “Tell Heaven,” where Cash verbalizes her spiritual struggle, and more comes to light in “The Long Way Home.” It is here that she learns that there’s no getting around her past, regardless of how far she runs. “World of Strange Design” reclaims the musical fervor
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OXFORD Oxford Film Festival showcases the talents of local and international filmmakers Story by CASEY HILDER
viscious Mississippi vine come to life, an awkward fatherly interloper and the
trials and tribulations of an overworked restaurant owner are just of few of the subjects that will be showcased at this year’s 11th annual Oxford Film Festival. A quick glance at the program reveals
to enjoy over one cinema-packed weekend. This year’s festival packs something for just about every viewer, from four-minute experimental short features made with an eerie stopmotion filming style to feature-length comedies. “We try to support Mississippi and local filmmakers, but we’ve got filmmakers from all over the country and even the world,” says Melanie Addington, development director of the festival. “We’ve seen a surge of great Spanish films lately.”
and Square Pizza owner Tate Moore. “So he has all kinds of memorabilia
eventually set up security cameras and began posting the thieves on
Facebook. Down here, there’s always
This year, Addington directs the
things he’s picked up in his travels
somebody who knows somebody –
feature Pi Squared. In this seven-
hanging from the walls at Square
one time it was a frat boy whose frat
minute short, she chronicles the
Pizza,” Addington says. “These things
forced him to come back down here.
frustration of Kudzu Kings frontman
would often come up missing, so he
I pitched the idea to the magazine I
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up front work for not as an article but as a short film.” Among other festival highlight are Father-like Son a romantic comedy directed by Mac Alsfeld that features the acting talents of Ramona Tyler and Andrew Megison. Alsfeld plays Clark, a cynical 24-year-old slacker whose life is rocked when his recently widowed mother remarries a man his own age. Also on deck is Finding Your Roots, a documentary by Geoffrey Brent that explores the origins of local catfish music aficionado and former Squirrel Nut Zippers frontman, Jimbo Mathus. Mathus will also debut two music videos at the festival, fresh from his recent album The Dark Night of the Soul. While the event provides an ample opportunity for directors and actors to screen and market their films, no film festival would be complete without the requisite movie award statuette, dubbed “The Spirit of the Hoka” in honor of Oxford’s Hoka Theatre. This small sculpture is molded to the shape of Chickasaw tribeswoman Princess Hoka and designed by legendary Oxford sculptor Bill Beckwith. This honor will be awarded to winners in several categories including animated short, documentary feature and short,
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documentary and narrative feature. A relatively new tradition is the community feature
an authentic Southern tale. This year’s community film is Killer Kudzu, a B-movie-inspired take on Mississippi’s most pervasive plant. “The base idea for the film was borne from hanging around Mississippi and seeing these crazy monster vines taking over roads, telephone poles, even houses,” says Felicity Flesher, writer of this year’s community film. “I thought it would be cool to play Dr. Frankenstein and give these sprawling plants a horrific new life on screen.” And putting together a community film is no small undertaking. With just under a year to produce after a screenplay is accepted, the tight deadlines and cast wrangling provide the next best thing to Hollywood. “A community film like Killer Kudzu is a huge feat to accomplish, to corral all the actors, crew members, volunteers, etc., everyone is genuinely excited to be a part,” says Flesher. “I think the Oxford Film Festival community film both demonstrates and propagates this wonderful culture that exists here of ‘Hey, whatcha making? Oh, that sounds cool. Can I help?’" As a native Southerner, inspiration came at Flesher from all angles during production of Killer Kudzu. “For the Southern side of things, I drew from my own experiences, but also from one of my favorite filmmakers, Oscar-winner Ray McKinnon (The Accountant, Randy and the Mob), who subverts Southern stereotypes to create a new kind of Southern movie.” The Oxford Film Festival will run February 6 – 9. Ticket prices vary between day, weekend and single film passes. Discounts are available for Ole Miss students.
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Memphis, Music City Memphian Robert Gordon explores and explains the complex history and fascinating influence of the independent record company Stax Records which played an important and lasting role the in 1960s and 70s Memphis soul scene
Review by SHANA RALEY-LUSK
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nown for its noteworthy
record company Stax Records, an
Memphis’s musical roots in the
cultural contributions and
integral part of the 1960s Memphis
genre of soul and discusses artists
meaningful musical heri-
music scene. From epic success to
such as Isaac Hayes, Otis Redding,
tage, Memphis is indeed a city of rich
untimely demise and eventual re-
Wilson Pickett and the Staple Sing-
history and diverse influences. From
building, the story of the company’s
Elvis to Motown, the blues to soul,
ups and downs is quite a roller-
the rhythm of Memphis is present
in just about every aspect of modern music in some fashion. In his recently released book Respect Yourself: Stax Records and the Soul Explosion, Robert Gordon explores one corner of Memphis’s musical history with deft attention to detail that is sure to draw readers in like a moth to a flame from the first page. It also features a foreword by Booker T. Jones which sets the stage for an enthralling tale. The book chronicles the tragic and complex tale of the Memphis-based
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Originally created by a white
Gordon discusses the significance of Memphis as an urban mecca for those seeking a better future as well.
brother and sister team, the com-
“I didn’t realize it then, but Mem-
pany struggles through ups and
phis is a place where people come to
downs, ultimately losing the sister
realize their dreams,” he writes. “In
half of the team altogether in favor
the vast rural area that surrounds
of an new integrated partnership be-
us, where the light of opportunity
tween the brother and a black part-
glows dimly if at all, Memphis is the
ner. Soon, the business reaches new
radiant destination. It is hope on the
heights, if only for a moment before
horizon. The disenfranchised, the
new developments lead to a fall from
hungry, the hopeful are drawn here .
. . dirt and gravel roads, train tracks,
But the fall turns more into more of a tumble as the record company bounced back. This is the story of
creeks and rivers – all paths lead to Memphis.” Racial themes of a 1960s Memphis
pervade the book as it digs deep into what made Stax Records tick. “And the plantation prejudices still prevailed here,” he writes. “Publicly, as a civic enterprise, racism was embraced and enacted.” A significant piece of the puzzle in terms of
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Memphis history, racism also played heavily into the music industry of that time. “From segregation to gerrymandering, from financial chicanery to murder, rape, and abuses physical and mental, African-Ameri-
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cans were beneath lower class . . .” he continues. Above all, the book explores the ways in which something can start out small and become larger than life. Stax Records is a prime example of how something tiny can become epic. “Stax Records was a little side project that became massive, an opening in the wall of subjugation, an accidental refuge that flourished, nourished by a sense of decency,”
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Something Sweet for Valentine’s Day "The Sweetheart"
Story by M.B. SELLERS
ntonio Padilla has worked
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His words ring true. Julep has
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and fortunately far less candied
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accompanied nicely by the vodka
Despite the well-worn trappings and arguably trite reputation of Feb. 14, lovers will always enjoy dinner and drinks, regardless of commercial interests. The concept of sharing a meal with significant others has managed to survive the seasons with or without designated days, and the tradition of dining out for Valentine’s Day, in spite of skeptics, is still undeniably a popular activity with all ages. Whether you celebrate or not, taking a loved one—be they significant other, close friend, or even family member—out to dinner on the Day of Love should always include a cocktail. 28 FEBRUARY 2014 | myclickmag.com
and juice. Although it is definitely classified as a lady’s drink, don’t worry, men, you can try a sip, too. It’s a refreshing drink that eschews loyalty to any one particular season, the same way Julep isn’t just a place to visit for Valentine’s Day. “Julep is very laid back. We’re not fine dining, but we’re not casual Applebee’s, either. We rank ourselves right in the middle. It’s a place where people can get a little louder without being ashamed and our crowd varies from night to night,” Padilla said.
“We have a young college crowd on the weekends – we have live bands, then. And, on the weekdays, we have the older regulars who just enjoy coming to have a few cocktails where everyone can speak and enjoy each other.” When asked about Padilla’s own background in bartending, he explains, “I walked into my first bartending job. I was 21, a bouncer and the bartender decided to quit that night. They decided to pull me on there. That was about 10 years
ago.” He’s self-taught, too, besides attending “show-tending” school to learn to flip. “We (Julep) love a variety of cocktails. There are four standard bartenders. Three of us have been bartending for over six years and we each have our own style.”
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OUT&ABOUT A RO U ND T OWN ONE PARTY AT A TIME
all things social
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lmost 1,000 people attended the 55th annual President’s Gala at the historic Peabody Hotel on December 30.The President’s Gala is one of the Liberty Bowl’s longstanding traditions, offering dignitaries and fans alike a taste of uniquely Southern hospitality the night before the game. Liberty Bowl President Billy Hicks, Mississippi State University’s President Mark
Keenum and Director of Athletics Scott Stricklin were among those in attendance at this star-studded affair. Guests were entertained in the Continental Ballroom by artists such as Andy Childs and Diamond Rio. The Peabody served a delicious dinner, including steak and stuffed chicken, and hosted an open bar. Photos by CASEY HILDER
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parties Kathy Hoefer, Julie Patterson, Jeanie Turse & Amy Mayes
Theresa & Travis Lamb
John & Malisa Gwin, Amy Davis, Gray Silva
Porsha Parks & Wayne Park
Tawanda Knight & Derick Marble
Leesha & Barnabas Chamberlain
David & Roberta Kustoff
Kerrie & Rob Murphy, Erin & Michael Amini, Anna & Marc Biggers
Alex Richoux & Michol Ecklund
Benjamin McGovern & Memrie Lary Kelly & Melissa Bosserman, Vanessa & Marty Keith
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Cocktails & Keys
ore than 75 people celebrated the art of music at “Cocktails and Keys” at the DeSoto Arts Council Gallery and Gardens on November 16. Guests
enjoyed an evening of classical, ragtime and jazz by concert pianist Scott Carrell and raised $3,500 for Art for Autism. Fillin Station Grille provided spinach and artichoke dip, stuffed mushrooms and stuffed pork tenderloin. Grapevine Wine and Liquors supplied drinks and Lisa Beene, the arts council’s executive director, made a custom cocktail.
Cyndi Pittman & Lisa Beene
Photos by KRISTINA SAXTON
Jill & Mike Morris
Leone & Joan Ferguson
Barbara Kendrick & Fran Stockham Lisa Ales & Rose Baenke John & Ellen Jernigan
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A Magical Night in Overton Park
Katie & Thomas Midgely
round 400 people had a “magical night” in Overton Park’s formal gardens to celebrate the park’s successes at Overton Park Conservancy’s
second annual fundraiser on November 9. Dramatic lighting and elaborate décor took guests back to the turn of the century and set the stage for a night of
Josh & Kym White
frivolity and fun. Blues singer Jamille Hunter and jazz bands Breeze and Mood Swing provided live music. Pink and teal couches offered an escape from the lively dance floor and vintage birdcages adorned nearby trees. The event raised $17,000 for the conservancy and will fund projects such as the bike gate sculpture. Photos by CASEY HILDER
Liza & Arun Rao
Lisa Ales & Rose Baenke Nick Simpson & Dana Kucmeroski Amy Campbell, Tony & Carrie Brooks
Bob Loeb, Nanette Farris, Ann & Matt Prince Mason & Ann Hawkins, Scott & Mary Morris
Ally McNatt & Oguz Onat
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Becky Bishop le & Patrick Cana
Darin & Lori Ballew
Chefs’ Celebrity Gala
i ve hundred guests enjoyed a decadent dinner at the 24th annual Chefs’ Celebrity Gala at the University of Memphis Holiday
Inn on November 14. Sponsored by the Greater Memphis Chapter of the American Culinary Federation, the gala raised just under $250,000 for the Memphis Child Advocacy Center. A team of
Paula McCalla, Floyd & Tonya Groves
incredible chefs prepared a gourmet meal, including a seafood martini and chateaubriand provençale. More than 100 of Memphis’ most philanthropic acted as celebrity servers and presented each course. Guests also enjoyed music by country artist Andy Childs and took part in a silent auction. Photos by CASEY HILDER
Henry & Rena Booth
Bobbie Payne & Terry Jordan
Trey & Sarah Watkins Jerry Pesce & Angie McGovern
Delores Kinsolving, Nina Patton & Kathleen Montgomery
Joann & Don Herring
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parties R P Funderburk, Rick DeStefanis, Gil & Sissy Earhart, Janet DeStefanis
Sandra Bland, Addi McKay & Richard Sandridge
Stephanie Lawson & Mike Smith
Olive Branch Arts Council
“Arts Palette & Pizzaz”
h e Olive Branch Arts Council highlighted local artists’ work at “Arts Palette and Pizzaz” at Painted Pigeon Gallery and Gifts on November 14. Around 100 people attended the annual reception, which raised
$4,000 for the arts council. Guests could bid in a silent auction, which featured original artwork, exquisite jewelry and gift certificates from local restaurants. Several items were also raffled off, including an event at Painted Pigeon Gallery and Gifts and two $50 gas cards. Photos by KRISTINA SAXTON Peggy Henderson & Sherrill Bull
Gwen Luttrell & S Kaye
Casey Smith & Debbie Beeler
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Ashley Herbert & Stephanie Lawson
Ami Austin & Susan Murrman
Janice & Natasha Caudill
Sylvia & Steve Richey
Allen & Anna Puckett
Cancer Center Luncheon with Sally Field
Shana & Brad Summer, Mark Wagner
presented by Methodist Healthcare Foundation
ore than 1,000 people attended
Lynn Fitch & Lyla McAlexander
the Methodist Healthcare Foundation Cancer Center Luncheon
benefitting West Cancer Center at The Peabody Hotel on November 22. Academy Awardwinning actress Sally Field spoke candidly at the annual event about her life and how she balances the demands of family and career. Guests enjoyed a delicious lunch courtesy of
Rachel Vaughn & Jennifer Jenkins
The Peabody, including Peabody chicken salad in a radicchio cup and couscous salad. Photos by MAGGIE VINZANT
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parties Will, Jaxon, & Amanda Wat
Brian,Dana, Macie Kate,& Chance Walters
Customer Appreciation Event
round 600 people attended Iberia Bank’s third annual customer appreciation event at Desoto Towne
Shane, Stephanie, Davis, & KayLeigh Wilkins
Signing in at the movie theater
Cinema on December 7. The bank invited clients from its Southaven and Olive Branch locations to take part in the family-friendly celebration. Santa Claus was on hand to catch up on the kids’ Christmas wishes and attendees were treated to a showing of Disney’s “Frozen.” Photos by KANDI TIPPIT
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October 5. The 5K run and walk attracted more than 200 participants and raised more than $5,000 for the American Cancer Society. Local R&B and Old School radio station V101 and 95.7 Hallelujah FM provided music and giveaways at the race. Photos by ROBBIN CARNELL
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Toy Bash Benefiting the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Memphis
round 400 people attended the annual Toy Bash at Minglewood Hall on December 7. The bash raised around $70,000 for the Boys and Girls
Club of Greater Memphis and more than 400 presents were donated. The University of Memphis Pom Squad welcomed guests and encouraged attendees to drop off presents in the donation area. Technical Training Center students served appetizers while Wade Catering provided a delightful holiday feast, and DMP Band played music throughout the evening. Attendees could also take part in a scotch and bourbon tasting offered by Corkscrew, or peruse chocolates and pastries in Santaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sweet Shop.
Photos by MIKE CRUSER PHOTOGRAPHY
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Hotel Â and Â Restaurant Â Management Â Technology
timeless THRESHOLD Text by CARA SIEVERS
Photography by WILL H. JACKS, WILJAX WEDDINGS
When it came to finding an enchanting yet comfortable venue for their wedding, the Erwins were sure they knew which threshold would mark the beginning of their life together.
own to tell.
manicured lawn on the southwest corner of Central and
munity Resource Center (CRC), is not only a beautiful wed-
on Highland to a Central Avenue address, which was per-
ding and special events venue, but it has a few stories of its
haps a more â&#x20AC;&#x153;dignifiedâ&#x20AC;? address at that time.
The home, which is now on the National Register of Historic Places, was designed by the architectural firm of Walk C. Jones Sr. and Max Furbringer for Memphis cotton pundit C.R. Boyce in the early 1900s. The stucco structure, which took from 1919 to 1921 to complete, sits on a lush, rolling,
historic venue. A statement piece. A timeless
Highland near The University of Memphis. In fact, accord-
threshold. The Boyce-Gregg Mansion, otherwise
ing to Pat Pope, office manager for JLM, the Day family, who
known as the Junior League of Memphis (JLM) Com-
owned the home in the 1970s, changed the original address
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The delicately southern landscape
met and became engaged to her beau
is graced with a plentitude of crepe
William Clarke Erwin in 2012, it seemed
myrtles, stately oak trees, dogwood
the CRC wasn’t going to be available. For
trees and a huge magnolia tree in the
various reasons, JLM had ceased renting
side yard. Also on the property is a large,
out the home for weddings and special
stately fountain, along with two gaze-
events for a few years. So, Nicole
bos, which have proven to be great spots
reluctantly booked another venue.
for taking photos or just kicking back for a lazy afternoon conversation. One of the gazebos is original to the home and was once used for wood storage—many say you can still smell the wood as you walk in, even though it has been decades since it was used for that purpose. The home remained a residence until
“I wasn’t crazy about the venue we had settled on but it would do,” explained Nicole, recalling the day she found out the CRC might be available. “Then, out of nowhere, I saw a note on Facebook alluding to the CRC being available for special events again. I immediately sent a long note to the ladies in charge
1979 and was purchased by JLM in 1991.
inquiring … really begging … for the CRC
JLM, which is a charitable, non-profit
on the date Clarke and I had
women’s volunteer organization that
selected. I’ll never forget receiving the
began in Memphis in 1922, now uses the
reply in the middle of the night—I was
home as its headquarters and provides
screaming at the top of my lungs with
meeting space in the building for local
nonprofits to use at no charge. Nicole Manley Erwin, who is a member
Nicole was ecstatic to switch her venue to the CRC immediately. She always
of JLM, had always dreamed of having
thought it would be a great place to have
her wedding at the CRC. But when she
a wedding. “The grounds are so beautiful
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The couple’s family and wedding party prepare for the ceremony in the many gorgeous rooms and parlors of the Junior League of Memphis Community Resource Center. Nicole even takes the opportunity to fix a blindfolded Clarke’s bow tie before they exchange vows.
and the home has such history. All of the
traditions from the past and build on new
and printed football cheers their guests
delicate little touches make it so interest-
traditions that she and Clarke had begun
used to send them off at the end of the
The home is filled with materials and
One such tradition allowed Nicole and
Other unique touches included printing
décor inspirations from all over the
Clarke to have a treasured moment
their wedding program on old southern
world. Boyce was quite the traveler, and
together just before their ceremony. “I
church fans, and the bride’s treasured
he would send back materials and ideas
always would tie Clarke’s tie before we
wedding shoes—her favorite flip-flops.
from various locales. A lot of the home’s
went somewhere, and we decided our
About 200 of their closest friends danced
unique charm comes from the fact that
wedding day should be no different,”
the night away to The King Beez, a local
it isn’t typical 20th Century American
Nicole said. “His groomsmen blindfolded
band with a Motown sound, and they
style. There are grand Grecian columns,
him and led him out onto the staircase
chowed down on BBQ from Cindy Krag of
old English Tiger’s Eye wood paneling, im-
landing so I could fix his
Cindy Krag Catering. The bride’s dress was
maculate Italian marble and stonework, and ornate French fleur-de-lis designs in the ceiling plasterwork. “One of the best things about the house is that it feels like a home,” said Pope. “I’ve seen more than 300 couples get married here over the 24 years I’ve worked here, and every time, the bride comments on the homey ambience of the CRC. It’s not some huge, overused public building that shuffles events in and out, one after another. It’s a home—their home—to do with almost whatever they wish, from an extremely elegant and formal affair to walking down the aisle barefoot to someone belting out ‘Johnny B. Goode’!” It was exactly that intimate, homey feel that drew Nicole to the CRC. She knew she wanted a smaller and cozy wedding ceremony that would incorporate family
bowtie. We got to say a quick hello and continue our tradition, but he still didn’t get to see me.” And as the sun began to set, Nicole walked down Central (to many cheering passers-by) to the front of the house. The CRC’s grand cobblestone walkway was her aisle, and she strolled with her dad to meet Clarke on the steps. Nicole and Clarke exchanged vows surrounded by friends and loved ones, and the area was decorated with several ferns, just like Nicole remembered from childhood days at her grandmother’s house. “We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful, Southern September evening,” said the bride, who also admitted to selecting the date based on the Ole Miss and Alabama football schedules. Their love of football was evidenced in the Ole
by Olia Zavozina and came from Maggie Louise in Collierville. Other vendors included wedding planner Dianne Trammell, cake designer Myra Govea de Arce of Designs in Sugar, and florist Paula Payton of Perfect Designs. “I couldn’t have been more pleased with our wedding venue. The night was pretty magical,” said Nicole, the new Mrs. Erwin, with a wide smile. “Everything was just perfect, and I loved knowing my rental fees were supporting the Junior League of Memphis and its work in the community. And, I’m happy to say we even made it home from our honeymoon in Playa Mujeres in time for the Ole Miss/ Alabama game the following Saturday. “ For more information on renting the Junior League of Memphis Community Resource Center for your special event, contact Pat Pope at contact us @ jlmemphis.org or 901-452-2151, ext. 230.
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Some of the couple's favorite personalized touches included an Ole Miss groom’s cake, old southern church fans as programs, and being sent off into the sunset by cheering "fans" as they chanted the Erwins’ favorite SEC football cheers.
The grounds of the Junior League of Memphis Community Resource Center provide the perfect backdrop and cozy ambience for the couple to enjoy every second of their day.
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Details Cake Frost Bake Shop Catering Wade and Co. Catering Day-of Coordinator Missy Daniel Dress Maggie Louise Bridal Boutique
Flowers Holliday Flowers and Events, Inc Hair Emily Gammell Photography Bethany Veach Photography Musical entertainment Front and Beale Invitations Happi-Stores
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MEAGAN ANN HOLLAND & MICHAEL BLAIR SNEED October 26, 2013, Memphis, TN
eagan Holland and Michael Sneed were united in marriage on October 26, 2013. The ceremony was held at Clark Tower in Memphis and officiated by Pastor Tony Boyd of Life Fellowship Church in Olive Branch. The bride is the daughter of Margie Wilson and Gerald and Phylis Holland of Southaven, Mississippi. The groom is the son of Mike and Petra Sneed of Olive Branch, Mississippi. The bride wore her aunt’s ring for something borrowed, old and blue; and her wedding gown for something new. With 225 friends and family in attendance, the ceremony took place on the 33rd floor of the Clark Tower overlooking the Bluff City. Guests enjoyed the setting and expansive windows, which provided a sunset view of the city as the couple made their wedding vows. After the ceremony, a reception was held at the Tower Center, with décor featuring festive fall flowers and romantic candles. Guests enjoyed a selection of hors d’oeuvres, followed by a buffet dinner, a band and dancing. Following a honeymoon in Saint Lucia in the Caribbean Islands, the couple resides in Southaven, Mississippi.
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Details Cake Miss Muffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;n Bakery
Catering Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Chef Wally Joe
Party Rentals Modern Revival Rentals
Dress Bella Novia Bridal Flowers Danny Fulton & Jan Kilpatrick Hair Estilo Salon, Laura Parsons
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Photographer Russell Hays Photography Venue Memphis Brooks Museum of Art
KIMBERLY RACHELLE KILPATRICK & NATHAN THOMAS MARTIN June 8, 2013, Memphis, TN
imberly Kilpatrick and Nathan Martin were united in marriage on June 8, 2013. The bride is the daughter of Jan and Dan Kilpatrick of Louise, Miss., and Judy Harrison of Hernando, Miss. The groom is the son of Pam and Bart Alford of Los Osos, Calif., and Pat and Randall Martin of San Luis Obispo, Calif. The bride and groom met at a fundraising event for the Boys and Girls Club of Memphis.
The ceremony was held on June 8th, 2013, at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art and officiated by Reverend Jack Smith of Grenada, Miss. The ceremony took place at sunset in the courtyard of the Brooks Museum. It was a small, intimate affair on a cool summer evening. The bride and groom each hosted three attendees. The reception was also held at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art and maintained the small, intimate atmosphere of the
ceremony, boasting a vintage-modern theme. Guests were treated to a selection of hors dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;oeuvres and entertained by a light acoustic guitar performance. Friends and family were also invited to partake in a scotch and cigar bar. For something old, the bride chose a pair of pearl earrings given on her 18th birthday by her parents, as well as a vintage brooch loaned from a dear friend. For something blue, she wore a pair of silk blue shoes from Badgley Mischka. The brideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cathedral-length veil was borrowed. Something new was provided by the dress, which came from Bella Novia Bridal. The newly married couple is currently at home in Los Angeles, Calif. The bride graduated from Delta State University and is employed by Morrison Healthcare. The groom graduated from California Polytechnic University and is currently employed by California State University.
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Details Cake Brown Baguette Bakery
Photography DeSoto Image, Tina Bailey
Catering Cedar Hill Farms
Wedding Planner & Flowers Dawn Edwards of Made Ya Look
Dress Lowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bridal Hair Styling Emily Hamrick, High Maintenance Salon
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Musical Entertainment DeSoto County Djs
LACEY NICOLE EDLIN & ADAM WESSLEY MOORE November 23, 2013, Hernando, MS
acey Edlin and Adam Moore were united in marriage on November 23rd, 2013. The ceremony was held at Cedar Hill Farms in Hernando, Mississippi, and was officiated by Clay Moore and Joshua Heath Warren. The bride is the daughter of Jeff Edlin and Carla Edlin of Sardis, Mississippi. The groom is the son of Doc Moore and Dawn Geeslin of Senatobia, Mississippi. For something old and borrowed, the bride chose a ring that belonged to her great aunt. For something blue, the bride wore a pair of boots that was given to her by the groom. The brideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wedding dress
was something new. With a rustic, country theme, complete with wildflower and wheat straw bouquets against a navy blue and burlap color scheme, the ceremony was held on a chilly day inside a barn, as the couple was surrounded by 200 of their friends and family members. The reception followed the ceremony and was also held at Cedar Hill Farms. After a honeymoon in St. Lucia, the couple currently resides in Senatobia, Mississippi.
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Details Cake Jan McCord Catering Southern Charm Catering, Inc Dress Lowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bridal Invitations Wedding Paper Divas
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Hair Emily Gammell Photography Harper and Shane Photography Musical Entertainment DJ Tiger Smith
CHRISTINA RENEE HADAWAY & RILEY BRANTLEY SIMS July 20, 2013, Macon, GA
hristina Hadaway and Riley Sims were united in marriage on July 20th, 2013. The ceremony was held at Blacksmith Shop in Macon, Georgia, and officiated by the groom’s uncle, Roger Sims. The bride is the daughter of Phylis and Jerry Holland and Michelle and Chris Hadaway of Southaven, Mississippi. The groom is the son of Brantley Sims and Judy Thompson of Macon, Georgia and Fort Valley, Georgia. The ceremony was a small, family affair in Georgia. The couple exchanged vows in the courtyard of the venue. The bride was walked down the aisle by her uncle, Tim Hadaway,
and given away by her stepfather, Jerry Holland. The groom’s mother provided a garter made from a piece of the bride’s father’s blue clothing for something old, borrowed and blue. The bride’s aunt and uncle, Laura and Tim Hadaway, gave the bride a bracelet featuring the bride’s father’s birthstone, sapphire, for something new. At the reception, guests enjoyed a laid-back gathering, wine, and a mashed potato bar courtesy of Southern Charm Catering. Expecting to honeymoon in Montego Bay in July of 2014, the couple resides in Warner Robins, Georgia.
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Details Dress Davidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bridal
Venue 211 Main Hall & Gardens
Cake Shirley Maples
Wedding Planner Will Cox and Missy Gaines
Catering Simply Sullivants
Invitations Wedding Paper Divas
Flowers Shamrock Wholesale
Entertainment Desoto County DJs
Photography Captured Blessings, Alyssa Hoshnell
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LIESL DAWN DAVENPORT & GREGORY ALLAN MOTE December 28, 2013, Como, MS
iesl Davenport and Gregory Mote were united in marriage on December 28, 2013. The ceremony was held at Como United Methodist Church and was officiated by Jim Green. The bride is the daughter of Brenda Stepp of Senatobia, Mississippi and Ron Davenport of Houston, Texas. The groom is the son of Tim and Janet Mote of Southaven, Mississippi. During the ceremony, the mothers were ushered in to Willie Nelson’s rendition of “What a Wonderful World.” The bridal party entered to an orchestral version of “Dixie” and the bride’s grandfather opened with scripture.
After the ceremony, a reception was held at 211 Main House and Gardens in Como, Mississippi. The theme was “Hotty Toddy” and all things Mississippi. The newly married couple walked into the first dance “Walk of Champions”-style, with a personal video message from Ole Miss Coach Hugh Freeze to open the reception. “Song of the South” was played for the Mother/ Son dance, and Father/Daughter dance. Following a honeymoon in Nashville, Tennessee and Destin, Florida, the couple currently resides in Senatobia, Miss.
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OLIVIA BROWNING BLOW & WILLIAM TODD CUMMINGS November 16, 2013, Memphis, TN
livia Blow and Todd Cummings were united in marriage on November 16th, 2013. The ceremony was held at Memphis Zoo: Northwest Passage and officiated by Groom’s brother-in-law Father Robert Hendrickson.
For something old, the bride wore an antique diamond necklace. A bracelet from her mother was something borrowed, her shoes were new, and she wore a blue Memphis Tigers garter. Following the ceremony, the reception was held at Teton Trek Lodge at the Memphis Zoo, and featured a mashed potato bar, a fondant-free wedding cake, and a Nintendo-themed groom’s cake. With plans to visit China for their honeymoon, the couple resides in Memphis, Tennessee.
Details Cake The Flour Garden Catering Draper’s Catering Dress Low’s Bridal Flowers Ashlye McCormick Designs
Photographer Amy Hutchinson, Stratum Photo Booths Venue Teton Trek Lodge, Memphis Zoo Videographer Storytellers, Don Lawler
Wedding Planner Social Butterflies, LLC Invitations Mrs. Post Fine Stationary and Gifts Hair and Makeup Pavo's Salon Music Jordabella Entertainment
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AMBER BROOKE BAZEMORE & RICHARD BURR WYSE Details April 23 2012, Germantown, TN
mber Bazemore and Richard Wyse were united in marriage on April 23rd, 2012. The ceremony was held at Kingsway Christian Church in Germantown, Tennessee and was officiated by Pastor Cliff. The bride is the granddaughter of Jacquelyn Bazemore of Memphis, Tennessee. The groom is the son of Ronald Wyse and the late Judy Wyse of Memphis, Tennessee. During the ceremony, the bride and groom mixed pink and white sand in a heart-shaped container and lit dual memory candles in honor of their late mothers. For something old, the bride chose a British coin, which was a keepsake of her grandfather from his service overseas and given to him by her grandmother. Her shoes were borrowed, her garter was blue and her earrings were new. Following the ceremony, the reception was held at The Great Hall in Germantown, Tennessee, where guests enjoyed a pink-and-orange wedding cake with cream cheese icing designed by the bride with help from Aunt Donna’s Cakes. The groom’s cake was chocolate and in the shape of the couple’s pet beagle. Following a honeymoon in Cancun, the couple resides in Bartlett, Tennessee.
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Cake Aunt Donna’s Cakes Catering Heart and Soul Catering Dress Ballew Bridal and Formal Salon Flowers Lynn Doyle Flowers Hair Salon Bloom, Brittany Berretta Musical Entertainment DJ Michael Goldberg. Photography Terry Sweeney, Southern Vision Photo Venue The Great Hall & Conference Center
KELLI RENEE PICKLE & MELVIN DOUGLAS JOYNER III February 2, 2013, Hernando, MS
elli Renee Pickle and Melvin Douglas Joyner, III were united in marriage on February 2, 2013. The ceremony was held at Love United Methodist Church and officiated by Rev. Chuck Bursi. The bride is the daughter of John Pickle of Love, Mississippi and Judy Pickle of Nesbit, Mississippi. The groom is the son of Doug and Sandra Joyner of Collierville, Tennessee.
During the ceremony, the bride was escorted by her father, John Pickle. She wore a Kathy Ireland-inspired dress. Her maid of honor was Marcy Mosby and the groom’s best man was Heath Joyner. The bride’s dog, “Flash,” escorted the bride’s mother, and the couple exited the ceremony in a Western carriage.
Following the ceremony, a Western-themed reception was held at Cedar Hill Farms, where guests enjoyed a wedding cake by the Cake Lady, and food provided by Hal Moore and friends of the family. To complete the Western theme, each table displayed burlap and wrapped mason jars filled with fresh flowers. Following a honeymoon in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, the couple resides in Collierville, Tennessee.
Details Cake Cake Lady Bakery
Photographer Brenda Fuguay
Dress Low’s Bridal & Formal
Venue Cedar Hill Farms
Flowers Sharon Davis
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BRITTANY ANN MILLER & MATTHEW CLYDE BASS July 3, 2013, Galloway, TN
rittany Miller and Matthew Bass were united in marriage on July 3, 2013. The ceremony was held at Carahills II in Galloway, Tennessee and was officiated by Al Ainsworth. The bride is the daughter of Scott and Niki Miller of Hernando, Mississippi. The groom is the son of Matt Bass and Jesse Pyle of Hernando, Mississippi. During the ceremony, the couple created a handmade cross that they pieced together as the pastor described the significance of two becoming one. For something old, the bride wore a pendant made from one of her grandmother’s necklaces and stitched to her gown. Her shoes were borrowed from a friend; her 68 FEBRUARY 2014 | myclickmag.com
jewelry was new; and her garter was red, white and blue. Following the ceremony, at the reception, guest enjoyed food catered from Scotty’s Smokehouse in Hernando, Mississippi, and a cake and dessert bar from Ann Olivia’s. An acoustic set was performed by Chris Johnson and DJ Twinkie provided guests with additional musical entertainment throughout the rest of the evening. With peach accents, the reception featured decorations made from spray paint, burlap and wood; and floral arrangements made from Baby’s Breath and Daisies. Following a honeymoon in Durango, Colorado, the couple resides in Texarkana, Texas.
Details Cake Ann Olivia’s Catering Scotty’s Smokehouse Dress Low’s Bridal Photography Key Elements Photography
Venue Carahills II The Manor Makeup Carey Ann Pearce, The Styling Studio Music Chris Johnson DJ Twinkie, Red Tie Entertainment
TIFFANY BRIDGETT JOHNS & PAUL JOHN COWELL March 3, 2013, Gulf Shores, AL
iffany Johns and Paul Cowell were united in marriage on March 3, 2013. The ceremony was held at the beach in Gulf Shores, Alabama and was officiated by Fred “Captain” Saas. The bride is the daughter of Darrell Dunn and Darlene Johns of Hernando, Mississippi. The groom is the son of Roy Cowell and Barbara Matthews of Ringwood, Hampshire, England. For something old, the bride chose her tennis bracelet. For something new, she wore a pair of earrings and a necklace. For something borrowed, she wore a slip from her grandmother and her garter was blue. 14 guests, all members of the couple’s immediate family were in attendance. After the ceremony, the family collected sand from where the couple was standing in a jar. Each family member added a shell from the beach as a keepsake. On March 20, 2013, a reception was held at the Fountain South Inn in Olive Branch, Mississippi. Eighty guests attended the beach-themed event, which included a three-tier wedding cake decorated with seashells and stuffed with chocolate filling. Guests also enjoyed crab cakes, shrimp cocktails, a fruit and vegetable platter with dip, assorted olives and pickles, three-colored pasta salad and pimento cheese mini sandwiches. Planning to honeymoon in Europe this May, the couple resides in Nesbit, Mississippi.
Details Dress David's Bridal
Photography K.C. Johns Photography
Flowers & Catering Annette Nelson of Fountain South Inn
Venue Gulf Shores Surf & Racquet Club
Musical Entertainment DJ Zwan
Videography Darlene Johns
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JAMIE ELIZABETH BOLAND & WILLIAM "BUTCH" SOWELL July 18, 2013, Destin, FL
amie Elizabeth Boland and William “Butch” Sowell were united in marriage on July 18, 2013. The bride’s parents are Judy Harrison and Frank Holliman of Hernando, Mississippi and Bobby Harrison of Grenada, Mississippi. The groom’s mother is Rita Curle of Senatobia, Mississippi. The couple became engaged on September 24, 2012 at the courtyard in Hernando, which was the location of their first meeting. The bride’s coworkers were told to be at the courtyard at a certain time for a staff photo. The groom had hired a photographer to capture the proposal, and with the bride’s favorite flowers (sunflowers) in hand, the groom dropped to one knee and asked her to marry him. The ceremony took place in Destin, Florida and was a small, family affair. The couple's children served as the attemdants. For something borrowed, the bride wore earrings belonging to a close friend. For something old, she wore an antique broach that once belonged to her grandmother. Her wedding dress was something new and she painted her toenails blue. The couple honeymooned in Destin, FL. The family resides in Senatobia, Mississippi.
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XUAN-QUYEN LAM NGUYEN & WILLIAM DAVID MERBS December 28, 2013, Memphis, TN
ue Nguyen and William Merbs were united in marriage on December 28, 2013. The ceremony was held at Vietnamese Baptist Church and officiated by Pastor Douglas L. Kellum. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Xem Van Nguyen of Memphis, Tennessee. The groom is the son of Ms. Connie Merbs of Morley, Michigan. The bride’s bracelet was something borrowed from her good friend/mentor from Oregon and her shoes were blue. The wedding day began with a tea ceremony in the morning at Sue’s parents’ house to honor her parents’ wish of having a traditional ceremony. Will wore traditional Scottish formal dress accompanied by his groomsmen. Sue wore a traditional Vietnamese long dress, áo dài. A few hours later, the bride changed into a traditional bridal gown while the groomsmen maintained their traditional Scottish garb for a Christian ceremony at the church. The reception was held at Asian Palace Restaurant in Memphis, Tennessee, and included a 9-course meal in addition to the wedding cake as dessert. A second reception was held on Sunday, January 5th, 2014, at Jin Wah in Beaverton, Oregon. The couple resides in Lebanon, Oregon.
Details Entertainment Dingo Entertainment DJ Keith Dinkins
Invites/Ceremony Programs Minuteman Press
Photography Rupert Yen
Makeup Dominique Chaney
Video Starlife Studios Mike Gagliano
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10. 3.00 carat cushion cut diamond accented with a French set cushion halo, Diamond Brokers Memphis.11. 14kt white gold ring has a total of 3.08 carats, Platinum Jewlers 12. 2.59 carat round brilliant cut diamond set in 14kt white gold setting that contains diamonds down each side of shank, Van Atkins
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Southern Luxury Kick-off the wedding weekend with gift baskets that include an assortment of delectable goodies and memorable takeaways. Turn up the creativity factor with customized details and personal touches for a welcome bag that makes an impression.
What's in the Bag? Personalized Piece: A custom cup with a coupleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s logo or monogram adds detail and personal touch to any basket. Something Sweet: home baked goods are always a favorite. This bag has Gigi's homemade "whoopee pie" cookies. The Beverage: Treat guests to their first toast of the weekend with a complimentary bottle of champagne. Good Reads: Reading material is a great idea if traveling by plane. Everyone loves a good magazine. The Swag: Soul Mates- a #1 must have for ladies welcome baskets, especially if you're hosting an outdoor rehearsal dinner, wedding or reception. These are amazing heel savers that look good and are easy to dance in. Decadence & Luxury: Chocolate spoons for coffee or bedazzled lollipops.
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Give Thanks: Always include a welcome letter and a note of thanks. You want guests to know how much you appreciate their presence at this special event.
Schedule: A weekend itinerary and overview of the area with recommended restaurants, site seeing opportunities and tourist attractions are also helpful items to include in any welcome basket.
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A Stately Welcome
Treats such as those unique to the coupleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hometown or personal favorites of the couple are great items to include in welcome baskets. After a wedding weekend that lasts until the wee hours of the night, this collection of goodies will be most appreciated the next day. To give guests a taste of all that is local and special to the surrounding Memphis/DeSoto County area, we filled this stately welcome bag with memorable keepsakes and delicious goodies.
What's in the Bag? The Bag: We choose a State of TN bag for this Memphis, TN wedding weekend. The Beverage: Local beer (such as Ghost River Pale Ale) housed in custom bottle koozies are memorable keepsakes. Local Goodies: Commissary BBQ Sauce and Corky's Dry Rub provide guests with a sampling of Memphis flavor. Zappo's Chips for the family to share- a local Louisiana favorite. Something Sweet: Homemade chocolate sauce for a sweet take home delight. Products that Pamper: Necessities that are often forgotten are the best treasures in a welcome box: Bottled water, bug spray & sunscreen (especially for outdoor festivities).
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BRIDAL FASHION & ACCESSORIES
All About Weddings 1991 Exter Rd., Germantown 901.755.1358, allaboutweddingstn.com Ballew Bridal and Formal Salon 547 W. Poplar Ave., Collierville 901.854.6400, ballewbridal.com The Barefoot Bride 4726 Poplar Ave., Ste. 4, Memphis 901.481.6906, thebarefootbride.org Bella Novia Bridal 1245 Park St, Paso Robles, CA 805.239.5683, bellanoviabridalpaso.com David’s Bridal Southaven Towne Center 6458 Towne Center Loop 662.349.7344, davidsbridal.com Wolfchase Galleria area 2765 Wolfcreek Prkwy., Memphis 901.377.3024, davidsbridal.com
CEREMONY & RECEPTION VENUES 211 Main Hall & Gardens 211 Main St., Como, MS 662.526.9529, 211main.com Carahills II The Manor 1960 US 70, Gallaway, TN 901.861.2133, carahills.com
Low’s Bridal 127 W Cedar St, Brinkley, AR 870.734.3244, lowsbridal.com Maggie Louise Bridal Boutique 3670 S Houston Levee Rd #111, Collierville 901.316.5397, maggielouisebridal.com Roxanne’s Bridal & Formal 6100 Primacy Parkway, Ste. 102, Memphis Roxannesbridal.net, 901.767.0739
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Cedar Hill Farm 008 Love Rd., Hernando 662.429.2540, gocedarhillfarm.com Cedar Ridge Events 1600 Scott Rd., Coldwater 662.662.5888, cedarridgeevents.com The Blacksmith Shop 665 Poplar St, Macon, GA 478.741.0040, blacksmithshop.net Fountain South Inn 6769 Morrell Cv., Olive Branch
901.413.7771, fsievents.com Gulf Shores Surf & Racquet Club 1832 W Beach Blvd, Gulf Shores, AL 251.948.6000, thesurfandracquetclub.com Jr. League of Memphis Community Resource Center 3475 Central Ave, Memphis 901.452.2151, jlmemphis.org The Great Hall & Conference Center 1900 S Germantown Rd. Germantown, 901.751.7661 Memphis Brooks Museum of Art 1934 Poplar Ave, Memphis 901.544.6200, brooksmuseum.org Montrose Antebellum Home 335 Salem Ave., Holly Springs 901.230.3576 Spitfire Acres 5198 Tchulahoma Rd, Southaven 662.536.3905, spitfireacres.com
Teton Trek, Memphis Zoo 2000 Prentiss Pl., Memphis 901.333.6500, memphiszoo.org Tower Center at Clark Tower 5100 Poplar Ave., #3300, Memphis 901.767.8776, Towercentermemphis.com
CATERING & CONFECTIONS Ann Olivia’s 1139 Holly Springs Rd., Hernando 662.288.1600, annolivias.com Annette Nelson, Fountain South Inn Bed & Breakfast and Event Hall 6769 Morell Cv., Olive Branch 901.413.7770, fountainsouthinn.com Aunt Donna’s Cakes Collierville, 901.490.0315 Blue Daze Bistro 221 E. Commerce St., Hernando 662.469.9304, Bluedaze.com Brown Baguette Bakery 7090 Malco Blvd., Southaven 662.349.7434, brownbaguette.com Cake Lady Bakery 50 Clarington Dr., Southaven, 662.535.2253, thecakeladydesoto.com Cedar Hill Farms 8 Love Rd., Hernando 662.429.2540, gocedarhillfarm.com Draper’s Catering 6116 Macon Rd., Memphis 901.385.7788, draperscatering.com The Flour Garden 4730 Poplar Ave., #3 Memphis, 901.486.1257 Frost Bake Shop 394 S Grove Park Rd, Memphis 901.682.4545, frostbakeshop.com Heart and Soul Catering 698 Waring Rd., Memphis 901.682.0041, heartsoulcatering.com Jan McCord Fort Valley, GA 478.952.7120 Miss Muff’n Bakery 7511 Queens Ct., Germantown 901.757.1258, missmuffnbakery.com Scotty’s Smokehouse 901.834.0744, scottyssmokehouse.com
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FLORISTS Ashlye McCormick Designs Memphis, TN 832.226.1568, ashlyemccormick.com Dawn Edwards, Made Ya Look 662.413.4177, Hernando, MS Annette Nelson of Fountain South Inn Bed & Breakfast and Event Hall 6769 Morell Cv., Olive Branch 901.413.7770, fountainsouthinn.com Hernando Flower Shop 141 W. Commerce St., Hernando 662.429.5281, hernandoflowershop.com
DeSoto County DJs Olive Branch 901.849.4207, desotocountydjs.com DJ Tiger Smith
Dingo Entertainment DJ Keith 6226 Rockledge Dr, Memphis 901.337.4114, Dingodjs.com
Simply Sullivants 820.753.2548
Front and Beale Memphis, TN 901.210.6482
Southern Charm Catering, Inc Fort Valley, GA 478.365.0512, southerncharmcatering.net
Great Sounds Memphis DJ Michael Goldberg 901.461.7529, greatsoundsmemphis.com
The Sweet Boutique 1076 Goodman Rd. Southaven, 662.470.6202
Jordabella Entertainment 11190 Yarrow Cv., Arlington 901.481.1127, jordabella.com
Wade and Co. Catering 5100 Poplar Ave, Memphis 901.260.3766, wadeandcompanycatering.com
Red Tie Entertainment DJ Twinkie 901.691.6399, RedtieDJs.com
EVENT PLANNING & COORDINATION
Chris Johnson 901.496.2965 Coast 2 Coast Entertainment DJ Zwan 7206 Hunters Horn Dr. Olive Branch, 901.721.5528
p. 56 Holliday Flowers and Events 2316 S. Germantown Rd., Germantown 901.753.2400, hollidayflowers.com 1149 Union Ave., Memphis 901.725.1153, holidayflowers.com Lynn Doyle Flowers 5635 Poplar Ave., Memphis 901.762.4598, lynndoyleflowers.com Olive Branch Florist 9120 Pigeon Roost Rd., Olive Branch 662.895.2461, Olivebranchmsflorist.com
Social Butterflies, LLC Michelle Hope & Jaime Newsom 901.828.9321, sb-events.com
Shamrock Wholesale 4400 S Mendenhall Rd, Memphis 901.547.1201, shamrockwholesaleflorist.com
Dawn Edwards of Made Ya Look 662.413.4177, Hernando, MS
Sharon Davis Hernando, MS
HAIR & MAKEUP Adore Salon 7195 Swinnea Rd., Southaven 662.342.1445 Adel Amor Cosmetics 901.628.9599, Adelamor.com Dominique Chaney 901.340.0620 Emily Gammell 901.485.8161
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Gia Marina 4726 Poplar Ave., Ste. 3, Memphis 901.685.5020, giamarina.com High Maintenance Salon, Emily Hamrick 7040 Windstone Blvd., Olive Branch 662.890.9501, highmaintenanceonline.com Mary Kay, Stacey Hollifield 901.340.8130, marykay.com/sholifield3 Pavo Salon 374 S Grove Park Rd #101, Memphis 901.818.0773, pavosalonspa.com Salon Bloom, Brittany Berretta 80 Tillman Ave., Ste. 109 Memphis, 901.355.9899 The Styling Studio Carey Ann Pearce 9065 Sandidge Center Cv. St.e A Olive Branch 662.890.7020, 901.216.4658
INVITATIONS & PAPER DETAILS Happi-Stores 6645 Poplar Ave Ste 105, Germantown 901.758.0034, happi-stores.com Minuteman Press 3445 Poplar Ave., Memphis, TN 901.323.3888, poplarave.minutemanpress. com Mrs. Post Fine Stationary & Gifts 3092 Poplar Ave., #10, Memphis 901.433.9013, mrspoststationery.com Wedding Paper Divas 888.594.1226, weddingpaperdivas.com
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PHOTOGRAPHY& VIDEOGRAPHY Amy Hutchinson Photography 4104 Swan Hill Dr., Memphis 901.634.2804, amy-hutchinson.com Barefoot Beach Weddings Fort Walton Beach, FL 850.244.9277, Barefootweddings.net Bethany Veach Photography 901.605.7743, bethanyveach.com Brenda Fuquay Hernando, MS 662.429.6722 Captured Blessings, Alyssa Hoshnell 662.501.6085, capturedblessingsphoto. zenfolio.com Christen Jones Photography 3909 Philwood Ave., Memphis 901.230.4263, christenjones.com DeSoto Image, Tina Bailey 2514 Ice Plant Ln., Hernando 901.326.4071, Desotoimage.com Darlene Johns Videography 2400 Hwy. 51 S., Hernando 662.812.9271
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Harper and Shane Photography Atlanta, GA and surrounding areas 470.331.9557, harpernoelphotography.com K.C. Johns Photography 2400 Hwy. 51 S., Hernando 662.812.9271 Key Elements Photography 901.650.2316, keyelementsphoto.com MidSouth Photo Booth 901.849.4207, midsouthphotobooth.com
Russell Hays Photography 2345 Brookhollow Cv., Memphis 901.681.0941, rhbrides.com Starlife Studios, Mike Gagliano 901.606.8578, starlifestudios.com Storytellers Videography, Don Lawler 5359 Quince Rd., Memphis 901.485.3027, wetellyourstories.com Stratum Photo Booth 8871 Fairway Gardens Dr., Memphis 901.870.8665, stratumphotobooths.com Southern Vision Photo, Terry Sweeney Olive Branch, MS 662.380.3107, southernvisionsphoto.com Weddings by Yen Studios, Rupert Yen Memphis and surrounding areas 901.340.1833, yenstudios.com Will H. Jacks Photography 347 Cotton Row, Clevland, MS 662.846.6800, willjax.com
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This simple standby strengthens the chest muscles and works the shoulders. For many of those without access to a gym, this is the go-to exercise. Proper form is important here, with both hands placed at slightly wider than the shoulders and the head in line with the spine.
This multipurpose move tones the glutes and abs, as well strengthening the entire body. The goal here is to get as low as possible, but keep the knees in front of the toes. A regular regimen of squatting has been shown to improve balance, flexibility and reduce the likelihood of injury in other physical activity.
This popular and posture-improving isometric routine works the shoulders, core area and knees. Position the elbows directly beneath the shoulders and hold the position as long as possible. While this move looks similar to a pushup, this exercise strengthens totally different parts of the body and emphasizes balance. A side-plank variation is also an option.
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Overhead Tricep Extension
This squat with an added weight press works several areas
This exercise requires a small weight and strengthens
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ave you ever thought of what a banker sees when you apply for credit?
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Urgent Orthopaedic Care Skip the ER and save both time and money. When it comes to sprains, muscle, bone, or joint injuries, Think O. OrthoStat provides fast, urgent care by an orthopaedic specialist. You don’t need an appointment – walk-ins are always welcome.
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