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CONTENTS January 2018


Signature Memphis • 10 Daniel Weickenand CEO of Orion Federal Credit Union shares some of his favorite things


StreetSeen • 18 Sharron Barrett Showcasing her creativity through fused glass

StreetSeen • 20 Dennis Paullus Turning reclaimed wood into art

RSVPhillippi • 61 What's for Dinner? Playing the Hunger Games

Jeremy and Meredith Perry

Red Boa Ball • 12 Support for critical needs in our community

Mamie Shannon and John Doyle

Memphis Moments • 16, 22, 26, 27, 30, 31, 58

Wedding Features

Nicki Cunningham and Karlee Hickman

Toy Bash • 24 Fundraiser for Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis

Jim Gilliland and Mia Henley

Bash at the Botanic • 28 Benefiting local senior citizens

Cover Photo

RSVP Bridal Fashion • 35 Old World Charm Meets the Modern Bride Showcasing wedding gowns and accessories against the Victorian architecture of the historic 19 th Century Club.



January 2018

Kristine Murry and Richard Snyder in Florence, Italy. Photo by Francesco Spighi

RSVP Featured Weddings • 42 Glimpses into the unforgettable days of eight couples.

Table of Contents Photo Memphis Art Project "I am the Cosmos" by artist Kyle Taylor

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RSVP Staff Volume XXIII • Number I

January 2018 Publisher Roy Haithcock

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Account Executive Chris has been exercising his talent in the advertising world since 1999. He joined the RSVP team in 2009 and brought with him a love for laughter and creativity. Originally from New Albany, Mississippi, Chris has settled in Memphis and enjoys being active in the fashion community.

Editor Emily Adams Keplinger Copy Editor/Accounting Ruth Cassin Contributing Writers Bill Bannister Virginia Davis­­­ Dennis Phillippi Gaye Swan Rebekah Yearout Art Director Kim Coleman Photographers Don Perry Steve Roberts Rebekah Yearout Account Executive Chris Pugh

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January 2018



From the Editor



an you believe it — we are into another new year?! For most people, the start of a new year is a time of “looking forward and looking back.” In retrospect, we start making a list of all those things we didn’t do or didn’t finish in the last year. And in looking toward our time in 2018, we start making new lists of things that we want to accomplish. The relative calm and quiet after the holiday hubbub seems to be well suited for thoughtful contemplation. I always hope for a “snow day” or two so that the world seems to be put on pause, if only for a few hours. For the last 20 years or so, my lists have always included one thing that I really needed to complete, but didn’t (like cleaning out my attic) and one thing that adds to my life skills/experiences. Obviously, it is far more fun to plan for the future. However, there is a genuine sense of satisfaction that comes with completing either kind of accomplishment. New life skills/experiences have included taking Greek lessons with Father Vieron at the Greek Orthodox Church, learning to snow ski, traveling abroad and going up in a hot air balloon. I’m still pondering what I want to learn for 2018. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy — just something that feels like it has been a worthwhile endeavor — something that has added to the value of my life. And whether through the work I do here at RSVP Magazine or through volunteer endeavors in our community — I hope to continue to add value to the lives of others. As you plan your new year, there’s inspiration to be found in these words by author Neil Gaiman, “I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're Doing Something.” So that's my wish for you — and my wish for myself. Don’t hold back because you fear your efforts won’t be good enough. When you get to this time next year, you can take heart in having made the effort to try new things.

Happy New Year!

Emily Adams Keplinger



January 2018

Signature Memphis


Daniel Weickenand CEO / Orion FCU Hometown: Grew up in Houston, but Memphis is HOME! Favorite Song: The Weight Your Lucky Charm: My Wife Diane Your Best Quality: My Family and Friends A Nonliving Celebrity/Role Model You Would Invite to

Dinner: Mark Twain

Your Favorite Memphis “Thang”: Greenline Favorite Place


Travel: Laredo, TX to see family

Best Memphis Hangout: Café 1912 First Car You Owned: Honda Motorcycle Favorite Southern Idiom: All hat no cattle Your Most Annoying Habit: Too many to list The Highlight


Your Day: Waking up

Proudest Moment


Your Life: Birth of my son

Who Would Play You

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Movie: An extra

Something You’ll Never Live Down: That secret will be kept What

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Place You Go


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One Goal You’d Still Like


Accomplish: See my son graduate from


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Red Boa Ball


Red Boa Ball Support for the American Red Cross of the Mid-South


Todd Stricklin and Alice Higdon

Kel and Melody Plasket

he entry of the Memphis Botanic Garden was bathed in soft red lights for the eighth annual Red Boa Ball, presented by Sedgwick. The event was a fundraiser for the American Red Cross of the Mid-South. The glow continued inside the building where both the lobby and Hardin Hall were also illuminated with a ruby hue. Many of the guests were decked out in the color of the evening, and red feather boas added a festive note to their attire. The evening began with a cocktail reception with servers passing trays of smoked salmon mousse eclairs, goat cheese and roasted red pepper phyllo cups and chicken pesto pastry cups. Guests browsed the silent auction items on tables lining the main hallway. Items up for bid included jewelry, original artwork, spa treatments, gift certificates to favorite restaurants, sports memorabilia, vacations and more. Partygoers dined on a meal catered by Coletta’s Restaurant that featured Caesar salad, a dual entree of beef tenderloin and spinach and fontina-stuffed chicken breasts, with roasted potatoes and vegetables primavera. Cheesecake provided a smooth, sweet finale. Auctioneer Jeff Morris stepped up to the

microphone to lead the spirited bidding on hotly contested live auction items. Dancing followed dinner, with music by the Gerry Goin Group (G3 Group) getting everyone into the groove and out on the dance floor. Flowers for the centerpieces were donated by Kroger and arranged by Bouquets of Hope, a job training and volunteer ministry of Catholic Charities of West TN. At the end of the evening, the flowers were readied for repurposing to residents in area nursing homes and hospice patients, to brighten the lives of others. The 2017 event was chaired by Alice Higdon, who led committee members Kelli Acree, Melayne Horton, Gail Milnor, Todd Stricklin, and Colleen Hitch Wilson. The event was not only a fundraiser, but was also designed to raise awareness about the organization’s local activities. “We respond to residential fires and floods, teach life-savings skills like CPR, assist members of the military and their families, and provide safe blood products to local hospitals,” explained Laura Vaughn, Executive Director of the American Red Cross of the Mid-South. “Funds raised at our Red Boa Ball supports critical needs in our community.”

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Story by Emily Adams Keplinger Photos by Don Perry

Ethel and Calvin Collier

Enrique and Mayela Fernandez



January 2018

Fletcher and Lasandra Cleaves

Thomas and Meade Carlisle

Bethany and Brendan Thornton

Laura Vaughn, Tom Campbell and Gail Milnor

Ocpivia and James Stafford

January Featured Pet of the Month

Wes and Emily Pearson

Ashley and Sterling Fisher

Red Boa Ball


Snoopy wants to say “Happy Holidays!” from him and the whole Sunny Meadows family! He has been with us since December of 2013. We can’t believe it. A lot of interest has been shown in Snoopy but no one follows through with him. We think he is about 7 years old but he has plenty of energy. He had cancer when we first got him so he had chemotherapy and quickly got better. Snoopy was the dog that all the vet techs got excited to see every time we brought him in for treatment. He loves everyone and is even good with other dogs (although he prefers smaller dogs). He is a shepherd mix and around 70 pounds. We decided to spotlight Snoopy because he is one of our best dogs and has been here for too long. If you or anyone you know has any interest in Snoopy, please contact us or come visit! MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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Caroline Miles and Chris Collins

Amy Farris and Madelyn Gray

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Red Boa Ball


Doug Hardin and Miki Skeen

Wayne and Rebecca Pierce

Pete and Kristen Tosches

Houston and Lauren Brown

Diana and Ronnie Kelly

Susan and Andy Wilson with Tibor Novak and Laura Cornell



January 2018

Brad and Raakhi Phillips

Evans Woodward and Jerilyn Hayward

Jeremy and Meredith Perry

Clare and Bill Mann

Venita Horton, Lorenzo Jones and Mary Macon



Curt and Stacy Davis

Red Boa Ball

Bobby Prince and Tiffany Graham


Donna Lillard and Hal Fogelman

Brenda Grace and Lisa Shurden

Jimmy Franklin and Ann-Marie Johnston with Kenzey and Greg Wilson

Brad and Caitlin Teplicky

Valencia Smith and Phillip Richmond

January 2018





Memphis Moments


Unwind for Hope Warm Welcome at Hope House


t was a gentle and peaceful evening at Hope House, 23 S Idlewild. More than 100 supporters and art lovers gathered on the front lawn and made their way inside the warm and welcoming house to enjoy a celebration of food, fine art and wine, called “Unwind for Hope.” Guests moved from room to room as they shopped and admired works from many local artists. Director of Development Lenox Warren said “Hope House was founded by the Junior League of Memphis, with a mission to serve the Memphis community. The women here not only face the challenges of living with HIV/AIDS, but still get up each day and strive for a better future for themselves and their children, while also supporting other women around them.” Hope House client and now social worker Sharmain Winston gave a moving testimony to the power of the work Hope House does in the community. Story and Photos by Bill Bannister

Allie Lindsey and Cheryl Hill

Debbie Smith and Mona Kreitner

N.J. Woods, Janet Weed Beaver and Erica Bodine

Sandy Howell and Michelle Harp



January 2018

Melissa Surles, Beth Okeon and Emily Lux

Sonia Jones and Caiden Guajardo

Lori Connolly and Lynn Jackson

Trey and Garner Keppen

Renee Fultz, Beth Pesce and Chelsea Johnson

James Hay and Richard Wood

Betty Dupont and Sharmain Winston

January 2018





Sharron Barrett Glass Artisan


harron Barrett grew up in Jackson, TN and after living in several places around the country, returned to West Tennessee to be near her family. After relocating to Memphis, she went back to college at Memphis State and majored in art. Also, she worked for several graphic arts studios and that combination led Barrett to approach her hobby as a profession. “I studied with several local and regional glass artists,” recalled Barrett. “When I had an opportunity to go to Italy for three months to study with glass artists in Siena with Vertrate Artistiches Tuscane, I knew I had found my calling. Those artists primarily build stained glass cathedral windows. I had the chance to paint on one they were working on for a 300-year-old church. When I returned from Italy I started doing more glass fusing. Previously I had done some leaded glass work and I went to Italy to learn to paint on glass. I fell in love with fusing and now I have four bathtub-sized kilns in my home studio.” “My style is different,” explained Barrett. “In my technique I use an inlay method, instead of layering. I cut precise pieces that fit together much like a jigsaw puzzle. Most people are more familiar with seeing this inlaid technique associated with woodworking.” From her home studio in Germantown she produces items like Christmas ornaments that were recently featured in Winter Arts, a local art show. Year-round she makes serving platters and wall-hangings. Materials include special glass from a foundry in Portland, OR, and dichroic glass from a supplier in California. The latter she uses to highlight details. Barrett applies 22 karat gold, a luster in liquid form, to surface decorate. Her process is time intensive as all pieces have to be fired multiple times in the kiln. “One large platter can take up to three days to make, not including the firing time in the kiln,” said Barrett. “Kilns that are made for glass fusing have heating elements in the top and the sides



that work together. Glass cannot be stacked like pottery because each surface of the glass has to be exposed to the actual heating elements and fired in a single layer.” Barrett is a member of several professional organizations including the Tennessee Crafts Association and the group’s local chapter, Tennessee Crafts Southwest. She also participates in Artworks Foundation, a group of artists who work in a variety of mediums. “There aren’t many fusers in this area,” said Barrett. “So, I’m a member of several online groups as well. We keep track of each other — sharing ideas and finished work so we can be supportive of each other.” Barrett shares her love of glass fusing by teaching children’s classes in the summer through a local art camp. She also gives private lessons at her studio to both children and adults. And Barrett continues to be a student herself. “You never stop learning when you are an artist,” exclaimed Barrett. “This summer I plan to take a glass-fusing class in NYC.” Some of Barrett’s work on public display includes a hanging called “Vertical” at the Sutherland Clinic on Wolf River Boulevard, made of 75 glass ribbons, all suspended from the ceiling. Additionally, she has an on-going commission with Le Bonheur to make 10-inch glass hearts. They are given as awards for accomplishments or retirement gifts.” To learn more about glass artist Sharron Barrett, go to Story by Emily Adams Keplinger Photo by Steve Roberts

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Dennis Paullus Woodturner


ennis Paullus is a native Memphian who began working with wood when he was a teenager.

“When I started high school I wanted a car and some pocket money,” recalled Paullus. “So, I started working after-school and summer construction jobs.” After graduating from Frayser High School, Paullus said he went straight into fulltime construction work. “I was in construction of one kind or another all of my life and eventually I started working with green reclaimed logs to create art,” said Paullus. “When I was 42 years old, I got my first lathe and started working with green wood. What was a hobby 21 years ago, became a full-time profession. Seven years ago I started making my living as a professional woodturner. I enjoy taking reclaimed wood and giving it a second life.” Paullus lives in the county in Arlington. He said that he spends a lot of his time looking for wood, mostly wood that has come down after a storm. Often people call him when a tree is going to come down. Paullus said, “Instead of being cut down and mulched or hauled to a dump, folks call me to reclaim the wood as art.” To begin his artistic process, Paullus takes found wood and turns the fresh green wood into bowls and sculptural pieces. Then the items are dried for six to eight months. Next the pieces are finished. “My favorites woods are cherry, maple and walnut,” said Paullus. “Almost everything I work with is a type of domestic wood, not an exotic. Some of my designs are whimsical in shape and I try to bring patterns to life in my work.” Paullus developed a signature style about 10 year ago that involves carvings and textures as embellishments for his work. He described it as a



“tears pattern.” “I enjoy incorporating all kinds of tactile and visual interpretations that make my work look like it is in motion,” said Paullus. As an artist, Paullus is often on the road, traveling across the country to teach at regional and national symposiums. There are many woodturning schools, a regional one is the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN. He also teaches at woodturning clubs around the country. Other travels include going to art shows to sell his woodturnings. Paullus, current president of the Mid-South Woodturners Guild, explained, “I’ve been a member for 21 years and the associations with the guild has helped bring me to my current level. We learn from each other and teach each other — then at some point we become the teachers.” Paullus is also a member of three other woodturning clubs; the Tennessee Association of West Tennessee Woodturners, the Ohio Valley Woodturners and the American Association of Woodturners. He is also a member of the Tennessee Crafts Association, an artisan club. “The value of these types of memberships is the association with like-minded people,” said Paullus. “Being a part of a group that specializes offers the chance to share techniques and experiences.” To learn more about Dennis Paullus and his designs, visit his website www.dennispaullus. pro/. Information about the local guild can be found at www. Story by Emily Adams Keplinger Photo by Steve Roberts

January 2018

January 2018



Memphis Moments


Harvest Party Benefiting The Cotton Museum


ringing in the harvest is always a call for celebration, and the Warehouse at 36 G.E. Patterson was the scene of one of the biggest and best celebrations in Memphis. The event was the 11th annual Harvest Party to benefit The Cotton Museum. Live music was provided by Willy Bearden and the Earnestine and Hazel’s House Band. One of the trademarks of a great party is food, and Fascinating Catering hosted a table of mouth-watering delights. Fare included pulled pork barbecue, scrumptious shrimp and grits, and a mashed potato station complete with cheese, bacon bits, chives and sour cream. Additionally, there were roasted chicken shish kabobs and a fabulous spinach and artichoke dip. After desserts of chocolate brownies, mini cheesecake bites, and lemon squares, it was time to head over to the incredible silent auction to bid on one of the many treasures up for grabs. Story and Photos by Bill Bannister Abigail Bateman, Katelyn Welle, Jillian Sanders and Emily Bateman

Chris Tran and Kelli Beard

Barry and Gail Biggert

Robert Tooms and Willy Bearden

Holly Kavanaugh, Toni Barnes and Alison Smith



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Toy Bash


Toy Bash 2017

P Guy and Leigh Guasco

Carri and Tim Sellers

Benefiting Boys and Girls Clubs

ropcellar Vintage Rentals, at 2585 Summer Avenue in the Broad Avenue Arts District, was the scene of the 2017 Toy Bash to benefit Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis. More than 400 guests showed up in their holiday best to support the important work of this great Memphis institution. Complimentary valet parking was provided upon arrival by A+ Parking Company. At the entrance there was a Naughty and Nice station where guests could pose for a picture with either Santa or The Grinch, depending on how good or naughty patrons were all year. Drawings included a $250 gift card to Sprouts Farmer’s Market, a $500 Kendra Scott Color Bar Party, and a fabulous Stock the Bar package. The silent auction featured two threeday passes to the 2018 Beale Street Music Festival and a seven-night vacation getaway in Saint Lucia. As part of the charm of holding the event at Propcellar, partygoers relaxed on vintage furniture, enjoying their favorite libations from the fully stocked open bar which included a wide assortment of fine wines, craft beers and premium liquors. Food was provided by One and Only BBQ, and included pork barbecue sliders, barbecue chicken, potato salad and cole slaw, as well as platters of fresh veggies, cheeses and

spicy pickles. The Toy Bash also featured Santa’s Sweet Shop, where guests could pick what they liked from an assortment of goodies which included Christmas gummies, jelly beans, Hershey’s Kisses, candy canes, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and glazed donut holes. The party went on until 11 p.m. as guests moved and grooved to the sounds of The Memphis Soul Revue. It was truly a night to remember for all who attended. Sponsors for this year’s Toy Bash included BNSF Railway, CocaCola, First Tennessee Bank, Kendra Scott, Land Rover, Yuletide Office Solutions, Landmark Heating and Air Conditioning Inc., Duncan Eye, The Juice Plus Company and Pro Tech. Mandy Powell, Vice President of Development and External Affairs for Boys and Girls Clubs of Memphis, said, “Toy Bash annually raises funds for our programs and services and allows us to provide a gift for each one of our members.” The Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis provide a world class experience that assures success is within reach of every young person who enters their doors, with all members on track to graduate from high school with a plan for the future, demonstrating good character and citizenship and living a healthy lifestyle.

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Story by Bill Bannister Photos by Don Perry

Brian Bendersky and Anne Wulff

Tracey Simpson and Amy Stookey



January 2018

Gary and Linda Stooksberry

David and Stephanie Short

Michael and Jakki Hudson

Larry and Nouth Magdovitz with Angie Houston

Alana Hu and Luka Perkovic


Jordan Thompson and Amelia Smith

Vinson Smith with Vera and Keith Blanchard

Shanti and Chris Bradley

Charles and Jane Speed

Jessica Soloman and Ericka Young

Toy Bash

Blake and Daisy Nelson

Florence and Winfred Jones

Nicki Cunningham and Karlee Hickman

Willie Johnson and Carey Jones

Charlotte and Bill Mitchell

Kirbie Daily and Kayleigh Heslin

January 2018



Memphis Moments


Memphis Music Hall of Fame Honoring Legendary Artists


ome of the biggest names in music gathered at the Cannon Center, near the Birthplace of Rock and Roll, where in 1951 Sam Phillips delivered its primal scream over the airwaves. It was a sound that spread across the world. And the impact still reverberates, as the 2017 Memphis Music Hall of Fame inductees were announced. Funkmaster Bootsy Collins, ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, and 2017 Americana Artist of the year John Prine took to the stage to honor this year’s inductees. The honorees included some truly legendary artists — Roy Orbison, Cowboy Jack Clement, Maurice White, Cassietta George, Frank Stokes, The Memphis Horns, Wayne Jackson, Andrew Love and Irvin Salky, founder of Beale Street Music Festival. Each inductee took their rightful place in Memphis music history that night. This year marked the first time that all the Hall of Fame inductees were honored posthumously. It was a night that everyone lucky enough to be there will never forget.

Hal and Julie Lansky with Jeff Barkley

Story and Photos by Bill Bannister

Dean and Rita Deyo


Bob and Terri Clement

Martina Roehrich and Manuela Mach

Rebecca and Tom Hawley

Bill Harbin and Commissioner Terry Roland

Mark Flanagan and Brenda Ofenheusle

Nancy Prager, Pat Mitchell Worley, and Elizabeth Montgomery Brown

Garrett and Ginger Pilgrim

Freedman Steorts and Ellis Keplinger

Mamie Shannon and John Doyle


January 2018


Memphis Moments

Wine on the River Sampling the World


Albert and Stephanie Richer, Marco Huang, Kristen Frisby, Jordan Diana and Bryce Clark

blue booklet resembling a passport and an etched wineglass entitled the bearer entry to the third annual Wine on the River. Guests who were presented with the souvenirs wandered the length of Mud Island River Park, where samplings of more than 150 wines from five continents awaited. Other choices included American bourbon, Caribbean rum, whiskies from Canada and Ireland, French gin and Mexican tequila. Held to benefit Youth Villages, Wine on the River 2017 featured edibles from local restaurants and caterers. Offerings ranged from burgers, wings and barbecue to delicatessen dishes and pastries. Chinese Connection Dub Embassy, Marcus Malone Band and Young Petty Thieves performed. Thirty-one sponsors and dozens of volunteers helped to make the event a sell-out success. Youth Villages is a private non-profit organization dedicated to improving outcomes for emotionally and behaviorally troubled children and their families. Its programs include intensive in-home services, residential treatment, foster care and adoption, mentoring and crisis services.. Story and Photos by Virginia M. Davis

Markita Norman

Gail and Isaiah Douglas

Lisa Douglas, Larry Grupp and Ronni Mitchusson

LaToya Davis, Jennifer Collins, LaQuanda Elam and Mary Shivers

Cassandra Crosby and Anissa Revels

Jennifer Jones, Shawana Lewers and Theresa Davis Kateland Harrison and Yolander Fair

Jo Greene, Holly Greene and Berelyn Gillespie

Nolan Coins with Tessica and Jacque Bonéy

Shurvette Mosley, Jalicia Myles, Melissa Simmons and Michelle Bohanon

January 2018



Bash at the Botanic


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reative Aging, a nonprofit organization with a mission to bring the arts into the lives of MidSouth seniors, held its annual fundraising gala at the Memphis Botanic Garden. “Bash at the Botanic” lived up to its name, with almost twice as many attendees as the previous year. Guests were greeted by a sparkling, multi-colored light show covering the ceiling of the main lobby. Holliday’s Florist created a stunning floral décor. Diana Stein and Gary Kabakoff of D & G Boogie Blues, a duo band featuring keyboard and vocals, provided musical entertainment in the lobby as guests filed in to check out the silent auction items that lined the hallway to Hardin Hall. Up for bid were fine art items from well-known artists like Paul Edelstein and Stephanie King, tickets to The Nutcracker Ballet at The Orpheum, spa treatments, tours of Graceland, tickets to Dollywood, dining gift certificates, a variety of gift baskets, jewelry, and numerous music-related gifts and gift certificates. Private performances from pianist Jessica Robinson, a Creative Aging board member and this year’s event chairman, and piano lessons from Isabelle Welch, tied in nicely to the organization’s focus on arts-based entertainment and engagement for seniors. “With such a fabulous attendance at this year’s gala, we were able to connect with more people than ever and

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spread the word about the work we do at Creative Aging,” said Robinson. “My bet, we’re destined for great things — all for the benefit of local senior citizens, as well as the artisans who share their talents through our programming.” The evening’s main entertainment took the stage in Hardin Hall. First, singer Marcela Pinilla lit up the room with her unique Latin alternative style. Then famed R&B and jazz singer Joyce Cobb and the Bosco’s Trio brought people to their feet for a spin around the dance floor. Partygoers enjoyed fare provided by Heart & Soul catering, including burger sliders, grilled asparagus, butternut squash soup, salad served in parmesan cheese baskets, bacon-wrapped dates, smoked salmon, tapenade, pork tenderloin with cranberry chutney, and a make-your-own grits bar. The culinary creation that always seems to signal a party, Bananas Foster, offered a tasty finish to the dinner buffet. “Proceeds raised at the Bash at the Botanic allow us to continue bringing music and the arts to seniors across Memphis — whether in senior centers, senior residential communities, or at senior-accessible community venues,” explained Mia Henley, Executive Director of Creative Aging. “We look forward to enlarging our programs in 2018 to reach even more older adults in our city.”



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Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Cocktails and Conversation


ttendees of the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet at the Germantown Performing Arts Center (GPAC) were invited for a special pre-show event called “Cocktails and Conversation”. The jazzy sounds of the Brennan Villines Trio filled the center’s lobby and provided an upbeat ambience while guests enjoyed a chance to mix and mingle prior to the performance. Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe provided nibbles of pita chips with hummus and Taziki dips while local favorite mixologist Brad Pitts worked his liquid magic at the bar. Keeping everyone on their toes, Pitts crafted a specialty cocktail called a “Sugar Plum Fizz.” The libation was a delicate mixture of plum liqueur, brandy, simple syrup, sorghum bitters and lemon peel. “The pre-show event was very well received,” said Michelle Byrd, GPAC Public Relations and Marketing Director. “Patrons appreciated the opportunity to gather prior to enjoying Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s wonderful company, which is internationally famous for pushing boundaries in contemporary dance with its bold repertory and virtuosity.” Story and Photos by Emily Adams Keplinger Nadia and Tyler White with Parke Kennedy

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Steven Collins and Michelle Byrd

Vicki Mathews, Regina Morton and Marion Shikles

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ed and green lights illuminated the exterior of Rust Hall on the Memphis College of Art campus, setting a cheerful tone for the school’s 67th annual Holiday Bazaar. MCA students dressed festively as elves welcomed attendees to the Preview Party where guests had the opportunity to purchase artwork and crafts created by MCA students, faculty and alumni, and other local artists, during the event’s opening hours. Over 90 artists participated in the event, which is touted as Memphis’ original and longest-running art bazaar. The event was a fundraiser for the school and offered the public a chance to own works by the “Best of the Best in Memphis.” Proceeds from the Holiday Bazaar were split, with a portion going to the artists and a portion benefiting the MCA Scholarship Fund. Story and Photos by Emily Adams Keplinger

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Wilson & Vitez


ailey Wilson and Doug Vitez were married June 17, 2017 at Idlewild Presbyterian Church surrounded by family and friends. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Wilson of Memphis, TN, and the groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Vitez of Virginia Beach, VA. Following the “901” theme for the wedding, the groomsmen sported custom navy bowties by Mo’s Bows, while the bridesmaids’ earrings were made by Good Egg Jewelry. The reception was held at Loflin Yard, with Mahaffey Tent providing a beautiful sail tent on the lawn for serving food and drinks. Both spaces were decorated by Kacie Cooper Flowers in hues of blue and white. After guests enjoyed the delicious array of Brazilian BBQ from Carson Rodizio and their choice of desserts, including donuts from Gibson’s, they danced the night away to music performed by Dance Street Band. The bride and groom honeymooned in Cape Town and Kruger Park in South Africa.

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Fisher & Humphreys

rittany Dawn Fisher and Robert Christopher Humphreys were married on August 5, 2017, in Stowe, Vermont. Both native Memphians, the couple took their first trip together to Stowe in 2015. They fell in love with the scenery, people, food and beer. Because Brittany and Rob are avid runners and cyclists, they found that Stowe and its surrounding areas offered many options for running and mountain biking. They took a second trip to Stowe in July 2016 and became engaged when Rob arranged to have the words “Will you marry me?” written on a cheese plate (one of Brittany’s favorite things!) and delivered to their table at dinner. A little over a year later Rob and Brittany, along with 50 guests including family and close friends, headed back to Stowe for their wedding ceremony. The couple exchanged vows on the grounds of Topnotch Resort & Spa and followed with an intimate reception. Flowers were provided by Floral Art and the stunning photography was captured by Ashley Largesse. Rob and Brittany honeymooned in Maui at Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort. They reside in East Memphis. Rob is a broker at Vining Sparks and Brittany is employed with ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Photos by Ashley Lorgesse


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Gregg & Buckner

lexis and Evan met in their junior year of high school while she was a student at Saint Benedict and he at Christian Brothers High School. They continued to date while attending Mississippi State University. Evan surprised Alexis with a proposal just before Christmas 2016 at the Chateau Elan Winery north of Atlanta. The two high school sweethearts wed on August 19, 2017 in an intimate ceremony at Idlewild Presbyterian Church. Alexis walked down the aisle with her father to bagpipes playing “Brown Haired Maiden.” Alexis and Evan’s reception was held at Chickasaw Country Club, which was decorated with beautiful white flowers and lighted tulle, furnished by Perry Mathis. The groom’s “cake” was a display of Gibson’s donuts, which honored their alma mater, and the wedding cake was made by Kipp Holmes. Memphis band Party Planet kept the dance floor packed all night. Guests enjoyed a late night delivery of Taco Bell before sending the newlyweds away to spend their wedding night at The James Lee House in Victorian Village. Mr. and Mrs. Buckner currently reside in Atlanta, where she is a pediatric nurse and he is a pilot. They are very excited to be moving back to Memphis in early 2018! Photos by Maddie Moree



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Humphreys & Nenon


lison Humphreys, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Robert Alan Humphreys, and Russell Nenon, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Francis Nenon, were wed on June 3, 2017 at Second Presbyterian Church. An elegant cocktail reception followed at Memphis Country Club. The celebration, which was planned by Audrey Hurst, was marked with delicate design details, great food and lots of fun music by the band Super T. The groom’s cake was a replica of his family’s pontoon boat on Pickwick Lake, complete with a picture of the bride and groom and the Nenons’ golden retrievers (who like to float!). The Flour Garden baked the most delicious wedding cake, which was adorned with beautiful flowers. Late at night, Domino’s Pizza and Gibson’s donut holes were delivered to weary guests, who danced the night away under a ceiling decorated with cascading ribbons and roses, provided by Garden District. Josh Malahy captured the story of the day with his beautiful photography. Kendrick Simpson was the makeup artist, and White Door Events provided the rentals. Photos by J. Malahy Photography


Martin & Pittard

lizabeth Anne Martin and Charles Robert Pittard were united in marriage on February 18, 2017, at Second Presbyterian Church in Memphis. The Rev. David Bowen officiated. Elizabeth is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Martin of Memphis and Charlie is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Joseph M. Pittard of Paducah, KY. The bride entered the church on the arm of her father as Scottish bagpipes and string musicians played the processional. The bride wore a custom strapless dress by designer Rivini with an added full skirt and shoulder overlay for the ceremony. Her bouquet was made with anemones, succulents, ranunculus and berries. A reception followed at the Memphis Country Club. Al Paris and the Heartbreakers and Memphis Second Line Jazz Band provided music for dancing. Garden District of Memphis created a breath taking floral backdrop for the reception. The bride’s favorite foods were presented in the Bride’s room and the Groom’s room included a bourbon tasting bar. A stunning wedding cake made by The Flour Garden was the focal point of the reception and was beautifully displayed. After a fabulous evening of dancing and being with loved ones, the bride and groom departed the reception in a horse drawn carriage. They spent their honeymoon in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, and now reside in Memphis.

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McFadden & Cross

nne Elizabeth McFadden, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Danny Charles McFadden of Little Rock, Arkansas and Dr. Michael Scott Cross Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Scott Cross of Memphis were united in marriage on May 27, 2017. The ceremony took place at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Little Rock, Arkansas and was officiated by Rev. Amber Carswell. Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore a silk dupioni and Alencon lace gown and matching cathedral length Alencon lace veil. Following the ceremony, the bride and groom were led by Rodney Block Jazz Project into the reception at the Country Club of Little Rock. For their first dance, the bride and groom danced to “L-O-V-E” by Nat King Cole, performed by Al Paris and the Heartbreakers. The bride’s cake was multi-tiered with a cascading arrangement of peonies, the bride’s favorite flowers. The groom’s cake was a yeti cooler replica, complete with a mallard duck. Kelli Marks with Sweet Love Bakery designed both cakes. Silks-aBloom designed the floral arrangements and Anne-Claire Allen served as wedding coordinator. At the end of the evening, the bride and groom were whisked away by a horse drawn carriage. The newlyweds enjoyed a trip to St. Lucia and now happily reside in Little Rock. Photos by Kati Mallory Photo & Design


Mur�� & Snyder

ristine Murry and Richard Snyder were married April 21, 2017, in Florence, Italy. After their first date in downtown Memphis, they saw one another every day and soon began to plan their destination wedding. They selected a Renaissance villa, Torre di Bellosguardo, as the venue for their special day. The bride wore a champagne-colored gown with a sparkly beaded bodice and cathedral train. The groom was striking in his blue Brioni suit. The bride’s best friend, bridesmaid, and professional makeup artist/hair stylist Michelle Pullis styled Kristine’s hair in a low chignon. The Simone Butini duo played beautiful music on violin and cello and officiant Jo Bertolini made the ceremony unique and memorable. After a whirlwind photography session with the talented Francesco Spighi, the party was served a six-course reception dinner and wedding cake prepared by Chef Ana Franchetti. The Snyders now happily reside in Atlanta with their precocious beagle, Jackson, and lethargic cat, Wilbur. The bride would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Ms. Dorcas Prince of Low’s Bridal for hand-picking the perfect gown (and her mother, Rose, her Aunt Sandy, and her best friend Chris for the accompanying merriment); Mrs. Jane Cook for tailoring it to perfection; and most of all, her irreplaceable groom, who gallantly lugged the gown across several airports and airplanes without incident. Photos by Francesco Spighi


Weaver & Ray

eartwood Hall was the setting for the wedding of Ashley Weaver and Drew Ray on April 8, 2017. Their big day started with breakfast and mimosas for the bride and her nine bridesmaids while Drew and the groomsmen began their day with a round of golf at Windyke Country Club. The ceremony, with 300 family members and friends present, took place in the courtyard under an arch of white roses and hydrangeas intertwined in greenery created by Sandy Rhea Design. A reception followed in the beautiful Heartwood Hall barn, which was illuminated by candlelight and all preserved on video by Shelby Hartman of 22 Magnolias. Ashley and Drew kicked off the reception with their first dance to "Holy" by FloridaGeorgia Line. Tiger City Entertainment provided the music for the evening. Pic-Strip Photo Booth also provided endless laughter and entertainment for all the guests with the best props. After a wonderful dinner and drinks and hours of non-stop dancing that no one wanted to come to an end, the newlyweds departed under an arch of sparklers down a long sidewalk leading from the barn to their limousine. Photos by Kelly Ginn Photography

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Roper & Barnett

ee Anderson Roper and Edwin Walter Barnett, Jr. were united in marriage at seven o’clock in the evening at Independent Presbyterian Church in Memphis on November 25, 2017. The ceremony was performed by the Reverend Edward Norton. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Tully Bond and the late Mr. Michael Allen Roper. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Barnett, all of Memphis. The bride wore a custom A-line long-sleeved gown made by Monique Lhuiller. The gown featured both a cathedral length train and two-tiered illusion veil. The bridesmaids wore pale gray satin floor length dresses and carried bouquets that complimented the bridal bouquet. A reception was held at the Memphis Country Club. Guests enjoyed various themes throughout the night including a speakeasy with music provided by Jeremy Shrader and company, a disco featuring a silent disco and a light up dance floor, a sports bar with Mississippi Blind Morris playing as well as a pronto pup truck. A tent featured the primary band, The Right On Band, and had clear walls and ceiling so that guests could enjoy the late night fireworks. After a honeymoon to the Maldives and Dubai, the couple is making their home in Harbor Town. Photos by Brandon Chesbro, Wedding Photographer

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embers of the Memphis Symphony League and their guests gathered at the Memphis Hunt and Polo Club for a luncheon celebrating music. The event was hosted by Dr. and Mrs. William Long and coordinated by Billie Jean Graham. Eula Horrell, President of the Memphis Symphony League, welcomed the crowd and introduced Lura Turner who sang “God Bless America” as the Invocation, accompanied by Marie DeBacco. Peter Abell, CEO and President of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, greeted attendees, then members of the league modeled beautiful fashions from Betty Hays Boutique while Babbie Lovett served as commentator. “New treatments for materials make for easy-to-wear fabrics,” said Lovett. “This season’s fashions feature adornments like grommets, fringe, and sequins, even for daywear.” Robert Moody, Artistic Director of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, accompanied by Tom Bryant, delighted the crowd as he sang several songs for a musical finale.

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hat do you feel like eating?” This is the phrase that has begun thousands of conversations in my marriage. That’s not an By Dennis Phillippi exaggeration. We’ve been married for over 30 years, so if we average sharing five meals a week, that comes out to over 8,000 times one or the other of us has asked that question. The beauty of being the first to ask is that you force the other person to try to think of something they want to eat. It rarely works because the obvious answer is, “I don’t know, what do you want to eat?” Stalemate. Something that you would think would make this simple, the fact that we only eat at about 10 places, actually makes it more difficult, because we like to pretend we might try something different. We won’t. We go to one Mexican restaurant. We go to one chain steakhouse. We go to one Chinese restaurant. We go to one deli. We go to one breakfast place. Most, if not all, of these choices are dictated by proximity to our house. If we can’t walk there or drive there in five minutes, we’re not going. People are always trying to get us to go to this new place they love that is either downtown or out East. We live in Midtown. There’s no way we’re going to drive 20 minutes to get something we already know we enjoy with a fourth the effort. When I had the idea for this column I had no idea it was going to involve so much math. Another factor in this is the fact that I don’t care for interesting food. A good friend of mine is a fantastic chef and thanks to him, I’ve tried things I never in a million years thought I would. But as amazing as he is, I’m not going to make a steady diet of pork cheeks and tongue. We spend a lot of time in his restaurant, but when we eat there we’re probably going to get the most boring thing on the menu. This drives him crazy. It doesn’t anger him, it disappoints him -- which is far worse. While I eat shellfish, I don’t eat what I have always called “fish fish.” Never in my lifetime have I heard someone say, “This pork chop is too porky.” Or “This steak is too beefy.” That designation is reserved for fish. It took me 20 years or more to get my wife to stop making me try a bite of her fish that she swore wasn’t “too fishy.” It was. Every time. So right there you can strike super fancy and fish off of the possible menu. When we go out we like to eat and leave. We don’t linger. We see couples our age all the time that have clearly been together for decades

We’ve been married for over 30 years, so if we average sharing five meals a week, that comes out to over 8,000 times one or the other of us has asked that question. The beauty of being the first to ask is that you force the other person to try to think of something they want to eat. It rarely works because the obvious answer is, “I don’t know, what do you want to eat?” Stalemate.

and sit long after their meal enjoying a glass of wine and one another’s company. We enjoy one another’s company after dinner too, but we prefer to be able to see a game while doing so. So, when picking a restaurant, we’re looking for a place we can get in and out of before, say, the second half has started. The easiest solution to this is to eat at a sports bar. This is also a factor in deciding what we’re going to eat at home, which involves not only making a decision, but making it in advance. When we’re in the grocery store on Sunday we’re supposed to be able to guess what we’re going to want to eat on Wednesday? You notice I said in the grocery store, not before going to the grocery store. That would involve far too much advance decision-making. Add into the equation that we really only eat beef, pork or chicken and you’ve got a limited menu to say the least. Can I make chicken cordon bleu? Yes I can. Am I going to make it for dinner Thursday? No, I am not. As often as not, it’s going to be one of the 10 or so things I consider easy to make. Therefore the question, “What do you want to eat?” really means “What, from the very few things I feel like messing with making, do you feel like eating?” The irony of this is that I’m the one who doesn’t care for a lot of different foods and yet I’m the one who does most of the cooking. It would seem this gives me some kind of control over this situation, but nothing could be further from the truth. My wife may accept that I have a relatively short list of options available to her, but that doesn’t mean we can’t find a way to not be able to decide among them. Plus, I do most of the cooking because I have the time to do most of the cooking. My wife has a real job with long hours. I cook. She works. Stalemate again. A long marriage, as I’ve said many times, is basically a lifelong struggle for control. Whether it’s where to go for vacation, what to get someone for their birthday, or picking a restaurant, it’s all part of trying to be on top, figuratively speaking. It’s not a mean-spirited contest. There are no winners or losers. It’s just that when you’ve been together for decades it’s something to do. We could plan ahead, be systematic, and have a plan for every situation, but then what the heck are we going to talk about? If we can’t go a few rounds about where to eat or go for a long weekend, we’re going to completely run out of conversation. We may overcomplicate everything, but it’s better than being one of those long-term couples who spend every meal looking at their phones. Anyway, chicken? Pork? Beef? What do you feel like eating? Let the games begin.

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n January 27, 1968, Michael Carol Pooley became the bride of Charles Dorsey Schaffler in a formal candlelight ceremony held at St. Richard’s Catholic Church in Jackson, MS. An elegant large reception was held afterward at the Jackson Country Club. There was a band for dancing and plentiful potables and libations for the many guests to enjoy. The newlyweds departed the reception and went by private plane directly to Gatlinburg for their honeymoon. “Mickey,” a graduate of Ole Miss, had moved to Memphis and was teaching at Immaculate Conception High School for Girls. “Charlie,” a native Memphian and graduate of Notre Dame, had returned home to begin his career, and the two met here. They have been in Memphis ever since. They have three sons, all happily married, and eight grandchildren, all of whom live in Memphis. Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Schaffler! Photo courtesy of The Schafflers If you have a past photo you would like to share with RSVP readers, please contact Emily Adams Keplinger at 276-7787 ext. 105 or e-mail the photo and caption to All photos will be returned promptly.



January 2018




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RSVP Memphis, Wedding Issue, January 2018  
RSVP Memphis, Wedding Issue, January 2018