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Congratulations on your engagement! Delight in this moment as it will be one of the most exciting events of your lifetime. Our newest magazine, The Pink Bride, is designed to play an instrumental role in helping you plan your upcoming wedding.... the PINK way! We are so excited to share our visually stimulating publication, FULL of Memphis’ finest wedding professionals.

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In light of keeping things local, we hold a contest where you, the reader, vote on your favorite Memphis cover. We have been thrilled with the growth of each response and are beyond ecstatic to announce the winner! Ask your photographer how to be submitted as the next Pink Bride! Furthermore, the magazine is jammed with beautiful, local weddings. Notice the detail and unique nature of each couple’s vision, and the talent of the photographers. In this issue, my team and I have worked hard to showcase up-and-coming trends in several local photo shoots. With the help of many Memphis wedding professionals, you will see many exciting looks and fashion, popular for this season. Oh! And we like to think a little outside the box, too :) As always, I love to hear from you. If you have any suggestions or comments for my future issues please email me. Lastly, be sure to inform each wedding professional you contact through the magazine that you saw them in The Pink Bride.

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Lauren Hays & Robert Hendrix 10.20.12 THE PROPOSAL: Robert proposed on July 1, 2011. We had what I thought was a 4th of July barbecue planned with his family that afternoon, but when I walked in I was more than surprised. There sits both of our families. My dad and step-mom had driven in from out of town, my mom and his whole family were there. I immediately knew what was going on. Robert got on one knee in front of everyone and proposed. Good thing I said YES!! We had a beautiful engagement cake and champagne to celebrate after the party. It was special that our families could be there and share in such a memorable night for us! WEDDING DETAILS: I guess you could say that I am a very traditional bride. I envisioned a wedding that was very elegant and romantic…..but fun! The Cadre Building was the perfect setting. During the ceremony, instead of doing flowers behind us, we were surrounded by candles. This gave off the most romantic glow. Our color was teal, and we had beautiful fall flowers in burnt orange, yellow and lime green. We did a few DIY projects. My mom, maid of honor and I designed and made the invitations, and I designed and printed the programs. For all of our guests from out of town, we had welcome bags that we had put together. We included a Memphis magnet, Rendezvous shaker, a pair of Elvis sunglasses, a map, a “hangover kit” for the next day and various snacks. During the reception, the dance floor was positioned right in the middle of the room, and boy, was it a party! The band had the house rocking until they finally kicked us out. At the end of the party, we rode away in a carriage to our hotel room. Talk about a fairy tale ending! WEDDING DAY: We started off the day getting our hair done. I had men’s button-up shirts with everyone’s initials made so that we didn’t mess up our hair. We came back to the Cadre where we had our make-up done and goofed around until it was time to have pictures taken. The girls and I danced around the room, mainly to calm my nerves. Robert and I did a first look which was so much fun. The day was so hectic and the first look gave us some time to ourselves to relax right before the wedding. Rev. Andy Savage gave the most beautiful ceremony, and to my surprise neither one of us cried. We were so happy and at ease in that moment.

Behind the Story

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DIY Wedding:

assume you will save money Not all DIY projects will put your wedding budget in the black.  Project costs can quickly add up as mistakes and miscalculations have you purchasing extra supplies and especially if you end up throwing in the towel and hiring a pro at the last minute.  In the end, it can be cheaper and easier to work with a professional from the get-go, saving you the hassle, time and wasted money.

be realistic about your craftiness keep in mind you are responsible for setup (and clean-up) After spending weeks creating personal favors, programs and menu cards, these items must move from living room to wedding venue.  I can’t tell you how many exhausted DIYers come wedding week are stuck setting out and cleaning up these projects on wedding day.  But you don’t have to be.  Give yourself a break, and see if your wedding planner, caterer or venue staff can take over the set-up (and clean up!).  Most will be more than happy to help, leaving you to sit back and enjoy your wedding.

I have a love/hate relationship with Martha Stewart.  With ethereal precision, she makes even the most tedious and complicated of crafts appear effortlessly mundane and obvious.  I have learned that I am no Martha... none of us are.  Find DIY success by being realistic about your crafting skills (and available time).  With so many other things to worry about on wedding day, aspiring to be a professional shouldn’t be one of them. 

try something for the first time Procrastinate The second most common mistake (after assuming you’re a crafting goddess) is waiting until the last minute.  Case and point, it took me almost 8 months to stop thinking about refinishing my desk and getting to it.  And I am still contemplating changing out the drawer pulls.    Decoupaging hundreds of tiny votives placecards seems easy enough.  Until you are wrist-deep in white goop, pulling all-nighters leading up to wedding day while you second guess the finished look.  Assume all wedding-related crafting will take much longer than expected.  Worse-case scenario, you can still hand things off to the pros if finishing looks unlikely.

I catch myself saying all the time, “Well, that looks easy enough!”  Of course I needed 40 grit sandpaper, not 80!  Yeah... so I don’t even know the real difference between 40, 80 or under what circumstances they are most appropriate.  While I have no problem bumbling through trial-and-error projects, likely never to see the light of day, weddings are different.  Under immense stress to figure out how all this wedding planning works, learning a new skill within the same timeline can be overwhelming.  Save yourself the stress and hand off first-time projects to professionals.


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Steps To The Best Wedding Celebration Ever

by Pink Lady Andrea

If you dream of throwing the wedding of the decade, plan an event that focuses on honoring your guests throughout the evening. Follow the ten great tips below to planning a celebration your guests with thank you for later – and talk about for years to come!

1. Welcome your guests in style.

Besides stepping into a cozy, clean hotel room after a long day driving or flying to your wedding location, give your guests fashionable treats to make them feel more at home – and welcome! Include everything from local snacks and bottled water to area maps and information on local attractions. They’ll love relaxing with these treats before the festivities!

2. Choose an interesting locale.

Get expressive with where you tie the knot. This can be anywhere from your local zoo to even a museum or gallery nearby. Don’t limit your celebration to traditional venues! Guests will love the unique characteristics of your day because of the one-of-a-kind feel of the location.

3. Keep guests comfortable.

If you’re having an outdoor celebration during summer months, install fans to keep guests cool, and consider fan programs as wedding favors. If it’s during the winter, install heaters to keep the space warm and serve warm drinks. Rest rooms should be nearby no matter where your event is, and you should keep a check on the air conditioning and heat if your venue is indoors. The point is to never let your guests become uncomfortable!

4. Involve them in the ceremony.

Kick off the ceremony with a signature beverage as guests arrive, and allow them to sip and chat before the processional begins. This is a surefire way to break the ice and drum up conversations that will last throughout the evening. Not sure what to serve? A cool, refreshing cocktail (or mocktail) during warm months would be great, and good, old-fashioned hot chocolate would be wonderful during the cooler months. You can also ask guests to give you advice for wedded bliss as you start your new life together.


5. The transition from ceremony to reception should be quick.

Let’s face it: if guests have to travel more than 30 minutes between your ceremony and reception site, or if they have to wait that long for your arrival to begin celebrating, they won’t really be in the partying mood by the time the reception starts. Choose venues that are near each other for your ceremony and reception, and cater your timeline to making sure your guests are entertained.

6. Let your guests make a grand entrance.

Treat them to a rock-star arrival by having each guest ushered into the reception hall with drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and lively music. This makes them feel like a true part of the celebration and sets a vibrant tone for the rest of the evening!

7. Keep them interested with a full itinerary.

The party should never hit a lull where guests sneakily start checking their watches. Make sure you’ve got plenty lined up for their entertainment by dispersing special dances, speeches, and toasts throughout the evening. Also consider having a photo booth near for guests to enjoy! Constantly change things up, rather than having long stretches of time with the same activity.

8. Food and beverages are the key to a great celebration.

People tend to chat more and feel more comfortable when food and drinks are involved, so make sure you foster that great sense of welcome and hospitality by ensuring that they always have something to snack on and drink throughout the evening. Ask your caterer to provide servers who will mingle with the guests, refreshing plates and drinks regularly.

9. Dance the night away with great entertainment. One of the biggest details of throwing the celebration of a lifetime depends upon your entertainment choice – meaning your band or DJ. This is so much more than just playing music! A professional band or DJ will be able to read the crowd and play music that will either get them up and dancing or relax them. If you want your guests talking about your celebration for years, put some work into finding the perfect entertainment choice!

10. Plan the after-party!

Give your more party-friendly crowd somewhere to take their dancing shoes after the big exit at the reception. Plan an after-party! This can be at a nearby locale, and food, beverages, and entertainment should be in ample supply. Just make sure that you have important numbers handy in case you need to call someone a cab or need to get in touch with someone fast!


Wellesley Wheeler & Thomas Fitzhugh 11.10.12 THE PROPOSAL: One of the happiest days of my life was the day Tom proposed. In the fall of 2011, Tom began to plan a trip for us to New York City. He planned the whole thing- hotel, restaurants, and even a Broadway show. We arrived on a Thursday morning and, after checking into our hotel, had lunch at the Central Park Boathouse. After lunch, Tom suggested we walk around the park for a bit. It was a beautiful fall day, and the leaves had just begun to turn. Tom led me to the top of a grassy hill and began saying the most heartfelt and sweet things to me. Before I knew it he was down on one knee asking me to be his wife! After many tears and hugs, we headed back to our hotel to celebrate with champagne and chocolate covered strawberries (another surprise from Tom). It couldn’t have been a more perfect proposal!

Wellesley Wheeler & Thomas Fitzhugh

WEDDING PLANNING: Tom and I were engaged for a little over a year. Looking back, it seems like we were engaged forever! But it was probably for the best considering we were planning from Washington D.C. While I did a lot of the research, planning, and decision making on my own, I had a lot of help from family and friends. I also had a wedding planner, Amy Miller Weddings & Events. I relied on her for vendor recommendations and meetings, as well as day of coordination. She did a great job ensuring that everything went smoothly! It was very important to me that our guests had a good time and enjoyed the food, music, drinks, and atmosphere! The vision for our wedding was based upon two defining factors. I wanted it to feel southern and I wanted it to feel traditional. For example, we chose a traditional jazz/swing band for the entertainment, but for food we kept it as southern as possible, with things like mac and cheese, pecan pie, and BBQ in mason jars. We had a fun outdoor seating area on the porch where we used hay bales and quilts for seating, in addition to traditional table and chairs. My all time favorite wedding detail was our University of Tennessee tailgating tent. Because we got married on a game day, I wanted to surprise Tom with a UT tailgate, complete with tailgating food, coolers of beer, personalized koozies, and loads of UT decor! We even had a TV playing UT football! We didn’t engage in many DIY projects, just a few chalkboard signs and putting together bags of birdseed for our send-off. Our wedding colors were neutral; lots of ivory, champagne, and pale blush. We had some color incorporated outside, with fun yellow gingham linens and family quilts, but for the most part things were soft and neutral.

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You’re engaged, and now it is time to start planning… With so many things to see and vendors to talk to, wedding shows can be overwhelming and feel a bit like, well, the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Savvy brides see through the chaos and make the most of what bridal shows have to offer by way of inspiration, advice and vendor giveaways. With these 7 tips, you can too!

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Come prepared. The boy scouts were on to something here… Make sure you have the essentials. Have a pen to take notes and sign up for all the wedding day give-aways. Better yet, pre-print mailing labels with your name, phone number, email and wedding date to save a ton of time. Also, remember to bring your camera to capture all the wedding inspiration on display… vendors are putting their best decorating foot forward and you will want to remember everything you saw.

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Don’t eat (a lot!) before you come. Weddings have food, and so do wedding shows. Caterers and bakers use this opportunity to showcase great samples of their food, so hold off on lunch & come hungry!

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Leave the little ones at home. Children have small attention spans and even with all the cake samples will quickly lose interest becoming dead weight. It is distracting to have fussy or bored children (or adults!) in your party while you are walking the show floor and trying to talk with vendors. Think carefully about who will join you on wedding show day.

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Do your homework. It’s worthwhile to familiarize yourself with the services you are still seeking, what questions to ask and who is exhibiting at the show. This helps to maximize the time you have at each booth which can sometimes be limited with busy shows and popular vendors. Having other details, such as your wedding date or budget mapped out, are also helpful… You don’t want to fall in love with a vendor only to find out that they are booked on your wedding date or out of your price range.

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Come ready to make a deal. Many of the vendors will offer show-only discounts and specials for brides ready to book.  If you have done your research and have your checkbook in hand, the savings will add up fast.  Keep in mind that vendors are not as busy during the fashion show, so if you have your dress, use this time to talk one-on-one. 

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These boots are made for comfort. Remember the show floor is big with lots of walking, so leave the heels for later that night and wear comfy shoes!

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FREE tickets! Many local vendors are given free show tickets to hand out to perspective brides that they would like to personally invite to the show. If you plan to set up meetings with vendors before the show, make sure to ask if they will have a booth, and you just may get free tickets.

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Six Steps to

Choosing the Wedding Cake Dig in to the perfect wedding cake on your big day by following these simple steps! by Pink Lady Andrea

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Always, always, always do cake tastings!

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Look around at different styles and designs, and have an idea of how you want your cake to look before you meet with your baker to nail down a design.

A cake can look beautiful and still taste horrible. Taste each baker’s cake prior to placing a deposit!

Have two or three ideas available to discuss, and see what his or her opinion is on the best style and design for your guest count.

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Be aware of food allergies.

4

Know how many guests are planning to attend.

5

Choose the shape of each tier next or decide upon a design from step two.

Do you or your future hubby have a food allergy of some sort? Be sure to tell your baker about any allergies or dietary restrictions you may have before going further.

Once you have your guest count, your baker can tell you how many tiers your cake should have. If you want to save the top tier, you may need an additional or larger tier.

Your baker may provide multiple options for tier shapes if you would like to build a custom look, or you can begin discussing what you love about the designs you found.

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Choose your cake flavors, fillings, and icing! Keep in mind that your baker may suggest using fondant for certain cake designs or outdoor weddings. This could change how much your cake costs as well as the way your cake tastes, so be aware of this before moving forward. Once that is settled, choose which flavor, filling, and icing combo is just perfect for you!


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Don’t Say This During Wedding Planning! “Sounds good, whatever you think.”

If it only mattered what your bride thought, than she wouldn’t take the time to ask you for an opinion. Contrary to popular culture, most brides desperately want their groom more involved with the wedding planning. While there will be some aspects that you have less of any opinion than others, it is important to not fall mute for a majority of the major decisions. After all, a wedding is the first step in your new life together, and I’m betting you want to have a say in that.

“How much?!”

Constant criticism of how much is being spent really takes the fun out of planning a wedding for all parties involved, particularly your bride. Instead, map out a budget that you can both agree on for the wedding so you both have a clear understanding of how much money is being spent where. Financial woes are the number-one precursor for divorce; start off on the right foot.

“I’m really whipped... I just want to chill. Can all this planning stuff wait?”

Let me clarify... grooms get a hall-pass on this statement a couple times. By the third, fourth, every time we ask for help and you respond with another excuse to postpone, our patience wears thin. Brides see a mountain of work ahead of them when it comes to all the details of a wedding. From decor to family drama to slimming down for our dream dress, we see our own sacrifice everywhere and need you to pitch in. After all, the wedding is for the both of us.

“Didn’t I mention that? I must have forgotten.”

It is important that both bride and groom are kept in each other’s loop regarding the wedding, guests’ travel plans and Mom’s sudden one-eighty considering her help with the rehearsal dinner. A wedding can be a logistical nightmare, and “forgetting” to mention vital details can derail a timeline and add a lot of undue stress to your bride. When you have new wedding information, make a point to share this with your fiancé, pronto. I’m betting there’s an app for that...

“This really doesn’t matter to me. I don’t want to help.”

Agreed, tying ribbons around hundreds of wedding programs or filling custom seed packets for favors may not be your cup of tea. But your bride is excited and loves the details that make your day personal and heartfelt, including those that are somewhat time-consuming. And when you love a person you do things that are not important to you because they matter to the person who matters most to you.


Emily Chilson & Douglas Grabowski

Emily Chilson & Douglas Grabowski 10.13.12 Wedding Details: Our vision from day one was just to make sure that our guests would have a great time. I wanted classic elegance while making sure our guests would be comfortable. I worked with my mom, Donna Chilson, as well as Toni Williams at Spring Creek Ranch to bring everything to life. Doug and I are stationed in New Mexico with the U.S. Air Force, so all I could do was show them pictures of what I liked, choose from the options they gave me, and then hope for the best. I had no doubts whatsoever that they would create the most gorgeous wedding imaginable. (They did!) I had the hardest time choosing a color because I love them all. Originally, I went with black and white, and then Doug said I should go with pink because he knows it’s my all-time favorite. So the entire wedding party was in black and white while we used the flowers, decorations, and lighting to add touches of pink in all shades – from blush to bashful, as they would say in Steel Magnolias. It was gorgeous. Both of my grandpas have passed away, so I did a couple small things for them. I bought two tiny picture frames that could be tied to my bouquet and put each of their pictures in it. I also used one of their Bibles instead of a pillow for the ring bearer to carry the rings on. Wedding Day: Toni at Spring Creek Ranch was wonderful and might as well have been our overall wedding planner with all the details she took care of. I think the biggest hit at our reception was the photo booth! The girls with Hotshot Photobooths were so friendly and brought a chest of goofy costumes for the guests to dress up in. Our big day was perfect and more amazing than I could have imagined. Being surrounded by your family and your closest friends is a dream in and of itself. Add to that the fact that you’re promising your life to your best friend, and I would say you’re practically in heaven. Advice: I think you have to remember to make yourself laugh leading up to the ceremony – don’t take everything too seriously. Laugh with your bridesmaids and take goofy pictures along with the typical wedding photos.

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Choose Your Bridesmaids Wisely

This no-drama guide will help you quit stressing over which ladies to choose for your bridal party! “Why did I ever ask her to be a bridesmaid? She’s insane!”

I cannot tell you how often I have heard these words from brides a month or two before their wedding. For whatever reason – be it number of attendants on the groom’s side, stress, or guilty association – some brides twist themselves in knots over which girls to choose for bridesmaids or (gasp!) the Maid of Honor. In a haste to make everyone who thinks she should be part of your bridal party happy, you ask ladies you really do not know well. Before you know it, you have a small army of attendants you rarely see until just before the wedding. Not cool! Every decision you make about your attendants can have a resounding effect on the moods surrounding the festivities both before and during your wedding day. Keep the following quick tips in mind before popping the big question to your girls!

1. Choose a friend or family member who will take being your bridesmaid seriously.

This means she will try to move her schedule around to help with your DIY tasks when she can, will listen to you rant about your wedding woes (but will stop you before you go over the edge!), and will even help plan your bridal shower. Then, she will actually commit to being at the shower. Make sure the lady you ask is tons of fun and would be willing to cut-up to relieve your stress - but she truly must be dependable, too. If someone you have in mind tends to RSVP to your get-togethers or parties and then doesn’t come, and you learn about the other party she went to instead via photos on Facebook, she is likely not bridesmaid material…no matter how fun she can make a party (if she actually arrives).

2. Choose attendants you can see yourself having strong friendships with well into the future.

Harsh as it sounds, asking ladies you do not expect to continue friendships with after you are married ultimately dates your

wedding. Honor your closest friends and family with this role – not the girls in your best friend’s group with whom you rarely spoke.

3. You do not have to have the same number of attendants on both sides.

So what if your groom has five guys, and you only chose four girls? It is really not that big of an issue. Leave your number where it is if it means you might ask someone you will regret choosing later. Keep in mind that having more maids means more bouquets, more bridal party gifts, and more miscellaneous costs, too.

4. Scared that choosing a Maid of Honor will hurt someone else’s feelings?

Do not be. The other ladies should understand that it is not necessarily a game of favorites. (Okay…maybe it is. Just a little.) If feelings do get hurt, let your other maids know that you chose your MOH for her planning and visionary abilities. You probably also chose her for her ability to nip drama in the bud before it starts, which is a must with almost any group of girls in a high-stress situation! The day is about you, and your MOH will be with you more than anyone else throughout the day. In other words, it is okay to have favorites here.

5. Think of the bottom line in the end!

Getting married is one of the most exhilarating experiences of your life. Cherish it with the ladies who have made your journey more meaningful because they have been a part of it! When it comes to choosing your attendants, I always say to think before you ask. Sleep on it. Chat with your future hubby about it. In the end, only pick the girls you are closest to. After all, if you are close to someone, you likely already know if she is “insane,” and you can save yourself the unpleasant surprise of finding out later! by Pink Lady Andrea


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Love Story: We met freshman year at Alabama through a mutual friend and would joke with each other when we crossed paths on campus or in our dorm buildings. We went on our first date sophomore year, after he asked in a variety of creative ways – over a PA system in his car, in a Texas Country serenade, during study sessions, and while driving me to class. Exactly three years later, he proposed at Northriver Yacht Club on a hill overlooking Lake Tuscaloosa, a special spot where we picnicked on anniversaries. Shortly after, we celebrated with our friends and family at a surprise engagement party in Birmingham.

Amber Goodwin & Mark Hicks

Wedding Details: We were engaged for 10 months, and I could not have planned such a magical wedding without a dream team of helpers – my crafty mom, creative mother-in-law, supportive bridesmaids, productive fiancé, handy brother, and a very generous dad. Our vendors were impressive and went “above and beyond” to execute my vision. Amy Miller passed along a timeline that I followed exactly, in addition to a few extra items I added. More than having everything in place and the evening flow smoothly, we wanted our wedding to be a spiritual experience where everyone felt engaged in our commitment and inspired by it. Above all, Mark and I wanted our wedding guests to feel a part of our love, share in our overflowing joy, and notice special details that told stories about us. Our rustic summer wedding was brought to life by Heartwood Hall through “shabby-chic” décor, a wide range of pastel flowers, twigs, lacecovered votives, antique finds, burlap, mercury glass, and heirloom crocheted linens from my family. My brother constructed and stained bean bag tosses for guests to play outside. We made a travel vignette in one of the corners with suitcases, photos from trips, and a map with pins of all the places we’ve traveled together. The dresses were guava and slate blue, and the reception contained those colors as well as warm neutrals, pops of yellow and green succulents. Wedding Day: One of the most memorable moments of the wedding day was feeling giddy standing with my dad right before the doors opened, then seeing Mark’s face as the music swelled and trumpets played. Other sweet moments were holding hands with Mark before the ceremony, swing dancing with my brother, and running through sparklers as we exited. I laughed hardest when dancing on stage “getting low” with my mom and mother-in-law and cried while hugging my dad during our father-daughter dance as “What a Wonderful World” played. After the wedding, we had a blast looking through the photo booth pictures and fill-in-the-blank card responses.

Behind the Story

Photographer Creation Studiosa Wedding Planner Amy Miller Weddings & Events Caterer Heartwood Hall Reception Location Heartwood Hall - The Barn Videographer Creation Studios Rentals and Decor Garden District and Mahaffey Rentals


Tunica RiverPark combines modern architecture with natural beauty to create an exceptional locale. Located just south of Memphis on the banks of the Mississippi River, our facilities offer a wide array of possibilities for your wedding, large or small. With numerous hotel options just minutes away, Tunica RiverPark is the perfect backdrop for your everlasting vows. • • •

600-person capacity Promenade walk with overlook Terrace garden For more information visit RiverParkWeddings.com or call the Tunica RiverPark staff at 1.866.51RIVER (517.4837).

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The Retreat at Spring Creek Ranch


Katherine Bryant & Mark Strausser September 1, 2012

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Katherine Bryant & Mark Strausser 09.01.12 Love Story: Several years ago, while Mark was living in Denver, we became friends on Facebook. We kept in touch off and on, and Mark often asked me questions about who I was dating (we had mutual friends). Later, Mark moved back to Nashville to finish his MBA. During this time, he suggested that I go on a date with one of his best friends in Memphis. I hadn’t dated anyone in a while, but reluctantly agreed. While waiting for this date to happen, Mark came to Memphis over Labor Day weekend. Some friends and I met him out one night while he was in town, and I finally admitted to him that I wished he had been the one asking me out, not his friend. Needless to say, he was shocked by my admission...and seemed a little pleased. Fast forward two years. Mark’s sister Kristy called me in October 2011 and suggested that we throw him a surprise 35th birthday party. I agreed, and the planning began. His birthday is New Year’s Eve, so we planned the party for the Friday night before. We planned for months, and finally, the night came. I thought I was being so smooth getting Mark to the party without him finding out and, as we walked in, I reminded him that I loved him. His response was, “You have no idea how much I love you.” And so the surprise party began...or so I thought. Later in the evening, Kristy and I went to get the birthday cake so we could sing to him. After Mark blew out his candles, I noticed his dad standing by the DJ with a microphone. He asked Mark in front of all of our guests, “What did you wish for, Mark?” This is when he stood up, grabbed the mic, and said “Katie, everyone here tonight knows that this isn’t a surprise birthday party for me...” This is when he pulled out a ring and, in front of all of our family and friends, got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. He had been behind all of it, and I never had a clue. I couldn’t ask for a more magical story. Wedding Details: Mark and I were engaged for 8 months, almost to the day. We didn’t “technically” hire a wedding planner. My sister Becky is an incredible event planner and immediately took hold of this project. With the help of her and my entire family, we began to put the pieces together and, obviously, it worked. The most important thing to us about our wedding was to savor every moment, truly appreciate the help and support of those who love us, and to remember the real purpose – to commit our lives to one another. I won’t necessarily say that there was a “theme” for our wedding and reception. The vision was to create a classic, almost vintage setting. This began with our black and white Save the Date photo, and we carried the feeling throughout with invitations, flowers, lots of vintage glass, grays, cremes, and various shades of peach (from pale to vibrant), cummerbunds, lace...it was perfect! My family and I made the guest bags for out-of-town guests and delivered them to their hotel rooms prior to the wedding.

Behind the Story

Photographer Christen Jones Photography Bridal Shop Low’s Bridal Bridal Party Attire Ballew Bridal


Brittany Johnson & Saul Hernandez 12.15.12 Love Story: Saul and Brittany were introduced to each other by a mutual friend on the fourth of July in 2007. Saul was hosting a party on the rooftop of his apartment building to watch the national fireworks show in DC. He had seen Brittany around work and asked his friend to bring her to the party and, as they say, the rest is history!

Brittany Johnson & Saul Hernandez

Wedding Details: We were engaged for a little over a year. We hired Amy Miller to plan our wedding from top to bottom. I knew that planning a Memphis wedding all the way from Washington, DC, was going to be too much work to do on my own. Traveling back in to town every other week to meet with vendors just wasn’t a realistic possibility, so I was happy to turn over much of my planning needs to Amy. Since we had so many guests coming in from out of town, it was really important to us that they get to experience a little Memphis at our wedding. Our caterer really stepped up to the plate with bar-b-que and fried green tomato BLT sliders. They also whipped up a huge amount of our favorite, gruyere macaroni and cheese, so we could offer a complete Southern meal to our guests. Saul and I wanted to go for a white and gold winter wedding. My biggest request was for a giant Christmas tree that would act as our guest book. Instead of people signing a page in the book, we put out glass ornaments and markers so each of our guests could help us decorate our first Christmas tree. Now we have enough ornaments to hang on our tree for years to come, and we will get to re-read our guest book every Christmas! Wedding Advice: My best advice to other brides and grooms is to surround yourself with friends and family throughout the wedding planning process. I couldn’t have done it without the gracious help of my mom’s best friends.

Behind the Story

Ceremony & Reception Location The Cadre Building Photographer Creation Studios Wedding Planner Amy Miller Events Bridal Shop Low’s Bridal Bridal Party Attire Watter’s and Watter’s Rentals and Decor Classic Party Rentals


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Abigail Hanson & Steven Whittington

Abigail Hanson & Steven Whittington 11.24.12

Behind the Story

Love Story: Steven and I grew up in the same hometown of Geneseo, IL. We dated when we were in 8th grade till Sophomores in High School. We remained close friends throughout the rest of high school and began dating after our high school graduation. Steven went to Iowa State University and I was attending University of Illinois and we went four years in a long distance relationship. Steven popped the question while I was interning in Des Moines, Iowa. We had a lovely dinner out and walked around the downtown. He stopped in the middle of the sidewalk and got down on one knee and told me how much he loved me and that he wanted me in his life forever. I said Yes! and the wedding plans began. Wedding Details: We were engaged for 8 months and received much help from my family. My Matron of Honor, Katie Chase, came down a month before to help finish with the final wedding details. We did not hire a wedding planner and used my mother and sisters to complete all the wedding details. The most important thing about our wedding was the photographer - I wanted to ensure that we had beautiful pictures for everlasting memories. The theme of our wedding was nature. We wanted to find a venue that captured the outdoors as we both love being outside. Spring Creek Ranch with the golf course situated amongst many trees and buildings having large windows allowed us to feel a part of nature. For our flowers, we wanted something unique and used sedums and lots of greenery to enhance the nature vibe. Wedding Day: I was able to contain my tears until my dad gave his speech about how lucky he was to marry the love of his life. We planned for an outdoor wedding and of course the only weekend that had cold temperatures in the 30/40s was our wedding weekend. We still had it outside and brought extra blankets for the guests. Once dancing began all the guests warmed up quickly.

Photographer Christen Jones Photography Florist A Garden Secret Caterer Spring Creek Ranch Ceremony & Reception Location Spring Creek Ranch Wedding Coordinator Toni Williams with Spring Creek Ranch


Five Adorable

Bridal Shower Themes These unique shower ideas offer tons of fun, laughter, and gifts for the bride!

1. Alphabet Bridal Shower

4. Pajama Spa Shower

Assign each guest a letter in the bride-to-be’s full (married!) name. Then, have the guests purchase items from her registry, wrap the gift, and decorate it with the letter they were assigned. As gifts arrive, spell out the bride’s name! Let her new monogram be your decorating inspiration. If guests are really creative, they can try to find a gift on her registry that corresponds with their letter. Guest favors could be hanging initial ornaments with the first initial of each guest’s name.

Have guests wear their pajamas, put a bunch of pillows on the floor, and shower the bride-to-be with spa-related items! Then put on a good chick flick and indulge in giving each other manicures, pedicures, and facials well into the evening while you snack on comfort foods. Guest favors could be nail polish in the bride’s wedding colors!

2. Around-the-House Shower

Guests can write their favorite recipes on cards and give to the bride along with gifts of non-perishable foods needed to prepare the recipe in a (reusable!) gift basket. Alternatively, guests can give an appliance used in the dish’s creation. Another favorite way of conducting this shower is to have guests prepare each dish to bring to the shower for everyone to eat! Guest favors could be cute cookie-cutters or mini whisks.

Assign each guest a room in the house to purchase an item for from her registry. Decorations should be in the bride’s favorite color to accent her home. Serve foods she loves! Guest favors could be little key necklaces.

3. Honeymoon Shower Encourage guests to purchase gifts for the bride and groom via their honeymoon registry. Alternatively, give guests the option of purchasing a gift that would celebrate their honeymoon location, like flip-flops, sunglasses, or signature drink mixes. Wrapping paper and decorations could follow the honeymoon destination theme! Guest favors could be a keychain with the destination theme – like a mini Eiffel Tower or sand in a bottle.

5. Stock the Pantry Shower

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Memphis GUIDE WEDDING AND RECEPTION

This section was created to help you choose a reception site for your big day. When you are trying to decide what place is best for your event, keep in mind that every facility has different advantages. You can use the following pages to compare and contrast the benefits of different venues. Once you have narrowed the facilities down make sure you visit them. Take time to sample some of their food and take a tour of the facility. Make sure the place you choose fits all your needs. Many of these facilities can also accommodate your rehearsal dinner or other party needs

Amerigo Italian Restaurant

Bon ton Cafe

Amerigo has been a local favorite for over 15 years, and now we’re in the wedding business! Our private dining rooms are perfect for Bridal Showers, Bridesmaid Luncheons, Rehearsal Dinners and small Receptions. Private rooms accommodate up to 40 seated guests, with reception space for up to 45 guests. Customized menus and an A/V screen is available at no extra charge.

We have reopened the Bon Ton Cafe! We specialize in good ol’ diner food with a great new perspective. We’ve revisited the atmosphere while preserving the history, and are proud to offer elevated diner food in a comfortable, familiar setting.

Whether you prefer a cocktail reception or a formal seated dinner, we will work with you to ensure a flawless event. To check availability or view our private dining menus, please call Allison Swan at 901.761.4000, or email allison.swan@amerigo. net. 1239 Ridgeway Rd, Memphis, TN 38119 901.761.4000 www.amerigo.net

Wedding & Reception Locations

We have space for up to 100 in our main dining room, and a private room downstairs for up to 175. Let us host your rehearsal dinner, engagement party, after party or any of your guests in style at our classic Memphis Cafe!

150 Monroe Avenue, Memphis, TN 38103 901.544.9103 www.bontoncafememphis.com


ESPLANADE MEMPHIS

East strives to provide your bridal event with inventive small plates that can add a fantastic twist to create a contemporary atmosphere. Both East and West cuisine influences are combined with today’s trends to liven your palette. You’re bridal party will be sure to enjoy the lively bar that serves trendy and delicious refreshments. Call today to set up your bridal event!

Esplanade Memphis Banquet and Conference Complex is a picturesque 4.2 acre celebration facility. As you enter our stately building, experience the glamor of our glass-enclosed Sky Room topped with a stunning old gold and copper rotunda. From there you can proceed to the grand Presidency Ballroom or the Eden Gardens Courtyard, or the Lansdowne Terrace. In the 10,000 sq ft. Presidency ballroom, catch your breath while admiring the soaring ceilings, bathed in natural light coming in from 15 foot high windows, and crowned with unique, contemporary glass chandeliers. Choose from our menu or have us customize one for you. We use only fresh ingredients beautifully presented, selecting both traditional and creative new dishes, givng you the opportunity to choose items best suited for your special event. 901 Cordova Station, Cordova TN 901.753.3333 www.esplanadememphis.com

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East Tapas & Drinks

6069 Park Avenue, Memphis TN 901.767.6002 www.east-tapas.com

Discover a Perfect Setting for Your Celebration Fleming’s PrimeBridal Steakhouse & Wine Bar

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Heartwood Hall offers an unparalleled setting for wedding ceremonies, receptions, bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, as well as corporate events. This is your oncein-a-lifetime chance to experience a venue like none other. Celebrate with your family and friends in our outdoor splendor. Explore the variety of possibilities that Heartwood Hall has to offer by choosing the perfect backdrop for your event: Formal Four Seasons Garden, The Barn, Cabin & Lake, Main House and Guest House. Let the staff at Heartwood Hall help create the perfect day that your guests will never forget. Heartwood Hall is where happily ever after begins!

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Wedding & Reception Locations


Hillwood at Davies Manor

HILTON MEMPHIS

Hillwood at Davies Manor Plantation is the ideal site for your dream wedding. Whatever the season or style, Hillwood can accommodate your plans. Situated on 35 wooded acres we offer a choice of sites for your outdoor ceremony from our vine covered gazebo, a wooded “cathedral” on the front meadow, or the lawn and gardens in front of our circa 1830’s log cabin. Indoors, the massive field stone fireplace with 8 ft mantel provides a perfect backdrop for your ceremony or reception festivities. Hillwood offers a 6000 sq. ft. banquet room including tables and chairs, two separate rooms for use by the bridal party and groomsmen and a spacious, well equipped caterers kitchen. Choose from our list of preferred caterers and vendors to create your very own special and unique event, or let us work with your choice of providers. 3570 Davieshire Drive, Memphis, TN 901.386.0715 www.daviesmanorplantation.org

The hallmarks of every Hilton ceremony, reception, shower or rehearsal dinner are beautiful elegance and uncompromising attention to detail. Our attentive planners will captivate your guests with a perfectly appointed location, then our chefs will tantalize their tongues with delightfully prepared cuisine.

Itta Bena

Jims Place Restaurant & Bar

Itta Bena, located on the third floor of BB King’s Blues Club Memphis, is tucked away and worlds apart from Beale Street. If you’re looking for a swanky space for rehearsal dinners, a secret getaway where the lights are low, the vibe is low-key and the music is just as sweet on your ears as the food is on your tongue, come to Itta Bena.

Jim’s Place is a family-owned and operated restaurant, serving Memphis since 1921. Famous for its steaks, Jim’s has an impressive menu which also includes the freshest of seafood and Greek specialties reflecting the owners’ heritage, as well as a superb wine list to awaken your inner sommelier. Jim’s beautiful new location boasts a lovely, social atmosphere, similar to that of upscale steakhouse restaurants found in New York and Chicago. Whether in our sophisticated main dining room, which is absolutely perfect for the rehearsal dinner of your dream’s that can fit up to a 110 of your closes friends and family or if you only have 30 to 40 you can always dine in our smaller back room. Jim’s legacy has been built on providing the finest in food and service for nearly 10 decades, and that tradition continues today. 518 Perkins Extd Memphis Tn 38117 901.766.2030 Managment@jimsplacememphis.com

145 Second Ave. (Above BB Kings on the corner of Beale Street and 2nd Avenue). 901.578.3031 www.ittabenamemphis.com

Wedding & Reception Locations

And surrounding it all will be Hilton’s luxurious accommodations, as well as a staff committed to making your stay as enjoyable as possible. Let us help you experience the wedding you’ve always imagined. 939 Ridge Lake Boulevard, Memphis, TN 901.684.6664 www.hiltonmemphis.com


Madison Hotel

Memphis National Golf Club

Madison Hotel, downtown Memphis’ premier urban luxury boutique hotel, features stylish décor, with a unique downtown vibe. The Madison offers valet and nightly turn-down, 24-hour in-room dining, complimentary Wi-Fi, an indoor heated lap pool, state-of-the-art electronics, and a rooftop terrace with sweeping views of the Mississippi River, open nightly.

Set against a backdrop of lush greens and lakes, our full-service private club facility is a perfect venue for your bridal luncheon, rehearsal dinner, and wedding reception or small ceremony. Memphis National’s Tee Room can accommodate gatherings up to 250 guests with optional outside spaces for larger crowds. Our Collierville address is just minutes from Hwy. 385 and Houston Levee Rd. making it accessible from any part of town. Give us a call and let our expert catering and culinary teams assist you with all of the details needed to make your day “Simply Amazing”!

79 Madison Avenue, Memphis, TN 38103 901.333.1200 www.madisonhotelmemphis.com

10135 National Club Drive, Collierville TN 901.853.8058 x23 www.memphisnational.com

Metro 67

Mollie Fontaine Lounge

A combination of majesty and comfort come together to form the inevitable style that Metro 67 displays. Whether it is the polished look of the Club Room, the immaculate river view on the Rooftop, or the swanky vibe of the Vault, you can connect with your guests in these rare and trendy venues. Ceremonies, receptions, bridal showers, rehearsal dinners...we have the spaces available that are ready to serve all of your specific needs. Come celebrate your special occasion in style!

The Mollie Fontaine Taylor House was built in 1886 in the Eclectic Revival style,when wealthy Memphians crafted exquisite homes on the outskirts of the city, namely on Adams Avenue, which became known as Millionaire’s Row. Most of those are now gone,but several still stand as stately reminders of the past, serving as museums and lovely venues for weddings and private parties. But from one, the sounds of life and music emanate every night as patrons filter in for cocktails, fine cuisine and conversation at The Mollie Fontaine Lounge. With an interior that has to be seen to be believed, the home is available for private functions such as weddings, rehearsal dinners and anniversary celebrations.

67 Madison Ave. Memphis 901.578.2630 www.metro67.com

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Wedding & Reception Locations


Napa Cafe

Ridgeway Country Club

Open since 1998, Napa Café is tucked away in a pleasant corner of Sanderlin Centré. Napa Cafe has received numerous awards, including Best Wine List, Best Business Dinner, Best Service, Best Restaurant,and Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence. With its polished yet inviting interior, captivating artwork and distinctive cuisine, Napa Café elicits superlatives from first-time visitors, as well as from the guests who return again and again. Napa Cafe has private rooms ideal for all occasions. The private room accommodates 15 to 65 guests and is available free of charge. Perfect for bridal luncheons, rehearsal dinners and wedding receptions. Napa Cafe will design the perfect setup and create a mouth-watering menu for your event.

Your wedding day is one of the most special events of your life, and at Ridgeway Country Club, we are here to help you make it all you have dreamed of! Our Ballroom, Formal Dining Room and Formal Lounge are the perfect place to host your events for up to 300 guests. Your friends and family enter our beautiful lobby and are greeted by our professional Banquet Staff as they proceed into the event space. We understand that each event is different and strive to help each Bride add those individual touches that make her Wedding Reception memorable.

5101 Sanderlin Avenue Suite 122 901.683.0441 www.napacafe.com

9800 Poplar Ave., Memphis, TN 38139 901.853.2247 www.ridgewaycountryclub.com

RIVER INN OF HARBOR TOWN

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

Overlooking the Mississippi River, the River Inn consistently ranks at the top of TripAdvisor. Upon arrival, you are treated to a glass of wine or champagne and at night, turn-down chocolates and Port wine. Our intimate and charming 28room Inn offers perfection for any wedding event. Paulette’s Restaurant, a Memphis favorite for over 39 years, can accommodate up to 65 persons for a rehearsal dinner, wedding reception, or a bridesmaid luncheon. Attention to detail is the hallmark of our chef and every member of the very professional staff. The Rooftop Terrace, River Hall, and Courtyard (which can be tented) afford spectacular views of the Mississippi. All are excellent venues for receptions. For the exchange of vows, our Gazebo is perfect.

In search of the ideal setting for your wedding event? Treat your guests to an unforgettable experience byhosting your event in our private dining space. At Ruth’s Chris Steak House, we treat every event with the utmost care and attention. Our team works with every bride, ensuring that each celebration stays true to your tastes and budget. Create a personalized menu of traditional steak house fare and modern twists on the classics. Then add in handcrafted cocktails, homemade sides and fabulous desserts for a delicious finishing touch. With private dining rooms that can accommodate parties up to 55 guests, our location make the perfect backdrop to any wedding event.

50 Harbor Town Square 901.260.3333 www.RiverInnMemphis.com

Wedding & Reception Locations

6120 Poplar Avenue, Regalia Shopping Center, Memphis, TN 38119 901.761.0055 www.ruthschris.com


The Great Hall & Conference Center

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The Cadre Building

Built in 1928, CADRE is a 36,000 square foot historic landmark located in the heart of Memphis, just one block north of the Peabody Hotel. The facility features an elegant 13,000 square foot Grand Ballroom with an overlooking 2,500 square foot mezzanine accented with brilliant crystal chandeliers, intricately crafted columns detailed with hand-painted gold-leaf molding and champagne-hued drapery.

“Great setting for anything from wedding receptions to executive board meetings.” These days, it’s almost impossible to find a facility that’s classy, yet functional. Elegant, but not stuffy. Roomy, yet cozy. Traditional and contemporary at the same time. Almost impossible. Welcome to The Great Hall & Conference Center in Germantown. The Great Hall is more than 8,600 square feet of class, perfect for parties and receptions or luncheons and banquets.

149 Monroe Avenue, Memphis TN 38103 901.544.9103 www.cadrebuilding.com

1900 South Germantown Road 901.751.7661 www.thegreathallevents.com

THE MEMPHIS ZOO

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The Pink Palace

Take a step out of the ordinary and into the extravagant with a wedding at the Memphis Zoo. Whether you’re planning an intimate afternoon ceremony or a large evening of elegance, choose the perfect backdrop from any one of the Zoo’s extraordinary venues. Say your “I Do’s” under the stars in the Courtyard or invite an audience of sea lions and polar bears for a reception in Northwest Passage. Escape to the great outdoors in the all-new Teton Trek exhibit, inspired by Yellowstone or enjoy the ornate beauty of the CHINA exhibit with giant pandas Ya Ya and Le Le. A wedding at the Zoo gives you the opportunity to create a unique atmosphere that cannot be outdone. 2000 Prentiss Place 901.333.6571 www.memphiszoo.org

Whether you want an intimate setting for 50 or unrivaled elegance for 500, the Memphis Pink Palace Museum meet your needs. Centrally located, the Pink Palace offers convenience and amenities you will not find elsewhere. Your guests will be awestruck the moment they walk on to our beautifully landscaped grounds, and into our Grand Lobby with marble floors, staircase, and antique fixtures. Our full time, professional event staff is extremely knowledgeable in all aspects of event planning and is always available to help you plan an event worthy of royalty. Come hold your court at the Pink Palace. After all, every princess deserves a Palace.

3050 Central Avenue 901.636.2394 www.memphismuseums.org

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THE RACQUET CLUB OF MEMPHIS

The Retreat at SPRING CREEK

Helping people entertain since 1957, The Racquet Club of Memphis has a professional staff with over 300 combined years of service and is expertly prepared to accommodate an event of any size. The Club offers an array of settings, menu choices and complimentary services from which to choose. A formal dining room, pub and special event room are available for use, and caterers can prepare full meals at a cost per plate. Additionally, The Club has gated parking, with a security guard, for guests. The Racquet Club of Memphis is the place to have your perfect wedding.

A wedding at Spring Creek Ranch provides a experience unlike any other. Our unique atmosphere, architecture and surroundings provide for an unexpected, fresh approach to weddings where the focus is 100% on the bride, groom, and their guests.

5111 Sanderlin Avenue, Memphis, TN 901.765.4456 www.rcofmemphis.com

149 Chinquapin Dr, Collierville, TN 38017 901.853.5651 www.springcreekranch.org

Tower Center Memphis

TUNICA RIVERPARK

The Tower Center sits 33 floors above the beautiful scenery of East Memphis, providing guests with an awe inspiring view that reaches miles in all directions. This one of a kind venue provides its guests with a variety of choices in banquet and private dining space, menus, and staffing. Our professional staff will take care of you in the manner that you deserve. We constantly challenge ourselves to provide our customers with a remarkable and memorable experience. We look forward to seeing you soon so we may share our passion for excellence and outstanding customer service. Our recently updated bar and lounge provide guests with a place to relax combined with an exclusive perspective on the city below. In addition, we offer small private rooms available for catered events, and a stunning ballroom for larger parties and special events. 5100 Poplar Avenue, Suite 3300 Memphis, TN 901.767.8776 www.towercentermemphis.com

Just south of Memphis on banks of the Mississippi River, Tunica RiverPark combines modern architecture with natural beauty to create an exceptional locale. Offering a wide array of possibilities for your wedding, large or small, we are committed to assisting you so that you can treasure every bit of your wedding and reception. Features include 600-person capacity, 1,300-square-foot meeting room, 2,100-square-foot lobby, 48-foot RiverPark Overlook, promenade walk with 1.9 miles of boardwalk trails, terrace garden, Tunica Queen riverboat, and nature trails.

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For an unforgettable wedding event, please call Toni Williams at 901.853.5651, or email toniw@springcreekranch.org.

Wedding & Reception Locations

One River Park Drive 1.866.517.4837 www.RiverParkWeddings.com


Wang’s Mandarin House

Westin Memphis Beale Street

Wang’s Mandarin House is the perfect place to host your bridal luncheon, engagement dinner or rehearsal dinner! East meets West with our traditional yet contemporary dishes. Our trendy and modern atmosphere can accommodate parties up to 120 guests. Make sure to call in advance to check room availability.

An unforgettable walk down the aisle. A lifetime together. Experience the perfect blend of sophistication and renewal to create a celebration that is uniquely you and one that will long be remembered. Begin your journey at The Westin Memphis. Our hotel is located just behind the world-famous Beale Street, the perfect backdrop for your big day. Specializing in memorable events from your dream wedding to a bridesmaids’ luncheon and everything in between. From extravagant receptions to an intimate affair, we offer enchanting settings for weddings of all sizes. Special touches and contemporary design will transform the ballroom into a beautiful, romantic setting.

6065 Park Avenue, Memphis TN 901.685.9264 www.wangsmemphis.com

170 Lt. George W. Lee Ave Memphis, TN 901.334.5924 www.westin.com/bealestreet

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Memphis

room capacity

price range per person

outside catering permitted

outside reception area

overnight guest rooms

facility rental fee

ceremony site available

valet parking

Amerigo Italian Restaurant 901.761.4000

10 to 40

$15 to $50

No

No

No

Yes

No

No

Bon Ton Cafe 901.544.9103

Varies

$15 to $35

No

No

No

No

No

Yes

East Tapas & Drinks 901.767.6002

up to 120

$10 to $15

No

No

No

No

No

No

Esplanade Memphis 901.753.3333

50 to 550

Varies

No

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

10 to 75

$40 - $90

No

No

No

No

No

Yes

50 to 300

Varies

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Hillwood at Davies Manor 901.386.0715

350

Varies

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Hilton Memphis 901.684.6664

1600

$33 and up

No

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Itta Bena 901.578.3031

Varies

Varies

No

No

No

No

No

Yes

40 to 110

$25 to $45

Yes

No

No

No

No

No

150

$40 - $80

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

$25 - $75

No

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

No

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Flemings 901.761.6200

Heartwood Hall 901.854.2294

Jims Place Restaurant & Bar 901.766.2030

Madison Hotel 901.333.1200

Memphis National Golf Club 901.853.8058 x23

up to 250

Metro 67 901.578.2630

up to 300

Varies

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Mollie Fontaine Lounge 901.524.1886

20 to 300

Varies

No

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes


Memphis

room capacity

price range per person

outside catering permitted

outside reception area

overnight guest rooms

facility rental fee

ceremony site available

valet parking

Napa Cafe 901.683.0441

12 to 65

$15 - $60

No

No

No

No

No

No

Ridgeway Country Club 901.853.2247

up to 300

$30 to $40

No

No

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

River Inn of Harbor Town 901.260.3333

65

$60 - $120

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Ruth’s Chris Steak House 901.761.0055

Varies

$20 and up

No

No

No

No

No

No

The Cadre Building 901.544.9103

Varies

Varies

No

No

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

The Great Hall & Conference Center 901.751.7661

1 to 700

N/A

Yes

No

No

Yes

Yes

No

The Memphis Zoo 901.333.6571

1500

Varies

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

The Pink Palace 901.320.6394

50 to 500

N/A

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

No

The Racquet Club of Memphis 901.765.4456

up to 600

$17 - $43

No

No

No

Yes

Yes

No

The Retreat at Spring Creek 901.853.5651

200

Varies

No

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Tower Center Memphis 901.767.8776

6 to 600

Varies

No

No

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Tunica RiverPark 866.517.4837

up to 600

N/A

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

No

Wang’s Mandarin House 901.685.9264

up to 120

$10 to $15

No

No

No

No

No

No

up to 225

$45 and up

No

No

Yes

Varies

Yes

Yes

Venue Chart

Westin Memphis Beale Street 901.334.5900


Bethany Mayberry & Ryan Veach 11.03.12 LOVE STORY: Ryan and Bethany met in January of 2007 through a mutual friend while they were both students at Ole Miss. Bethany was planning on recording some music in a local studio and needed a drummer, so she asked her friend (who had been helping her write music) if he knew of anyone, thus prompting an invitation for Ryan to play on the tracks. Ryan jumped at the opportunity, and a friendship began.

Bethany Mayberry & Ryan Veach

Over the course of the next 12 months, Bethany and Ryan happened to work together on two separate political campaigns, and the friendship grew. Finally, at a Battle of the Bands in April of 2008 (which Ryan’s band won), there was a spark between the two: the hint of something more profound. A month later, they had one more chance meeting (with the help of some scheming friends): a wedding at which Bethany was the photographer and Ryan the best man. Love was in the air, and the timing was just right. Ryan asked Bethany on their first date. On June 15, 2008, Bethany and Ryan became Facebook official! WEDDING DETAILS: We were engaged for 11 months. My mom was my rock throughout the wedding planning process. I wouldn’t have made it through the planning without her. The vision for our big day was ‘timeless’. I didn’t want to choose any colors that would look outdated 20 years from now. So we chose looks that are classic now, and have been classic for a long time. Long black dresses will never go out of style, and they were beautiful on my girls. The guys were in tuxedos - which will always be a classic look. My dress was timeless as well - and had a slight royal feel to it which was fitting since we were in a palace. We also incorporated just a little color by having antique blush pink roses. Since my new last name was Veach, I also wanted to play off the theme ‘Life is Peachy as a Veachy’. We had peaches in tall clear vases of water as our centerpieces, and peach candles were lit to fill the air with my favorite scent. We made our programs, the wedding card box, and since my husband is a wonderful baker, we made 300 of my favorite chocolate chip cookies and put them in CD sleeves sealed with stickers that we made. Chris at the Pink Palace was incredible. He kept everything under control!! And he doesn’t let you feel the stress of the day!

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Rachel Francis & Michael Smith 09.22.12

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LOVE STORY: We met at a local hangout called Loves in February 2008. A girlfriend asked me to go out with her and a group of girls. We met up with her fiancé who was out with a group of guys. Mike asked my friend, Brittany, why she hadn’t brought me out before while I asked her fiancé, Kenneth, if Mike was single. He asked for my number that night and we had our first date on Valentine’s Day.

Rachel Francis& Michael Smith

From the first time marriage was brought up in our relationship, Mikey always said he would never propose on a holiday. So what better way to surprise me that proposing on the biggest holiday of the year, Christmas. We stayed the night at my parent’s house so we could wake up that morning and have Christmas with my family. After everything died down and everyone was going back through all their presents I noticed one present under the tree. I went over and saw there wasn’t a tag on it, I turned around and asked if anyone knew whose it was. I know now that everyone went into a panic since I wasn’t supposed to see it yet. Mikey told me that he thought it was for me and I should open it. It was a beautiful alphabet photo art with the name Smith. He asked me to turn it over. There was a sweet letter from him talking about how wonderful our relationship is and how happy and in love he is with me. It took me forever to read the letter through all the crying and looking around to see everyone staring at me. The letter ended by saying he was going to tell me the rest personally. We hugged and he set the photo down. He talked about how wonderful this day is and how special it is to be spending it with family. He said there is only one thing that could make it even better... He asked my grandfather for the ring. Mikey had given it to him to hold the night before. My grandfather reached into his pocket and pulled out the case, Mikey got down on one knee in front of my parents, brothers, and grandfather and asked me to spend the rest of my life with him. It meant the world to me that he included my family, especially my grandfather. WEDDING DETAILS: We were engaged almost 9 months. The most important things about my wedding were all the small details; a single hydrangea in memory of my grandmother who passed away my senior year of high school, my grandfather’s dog tags wrapped around my bouquet. My vision was luxe and chic and I knew exactly what I wanted. The reception exceeded my expectations with all the small details. The beautiful ivory tables with the ivory and green hydrangeas. The colors of ivory and green with accents of purple. Everything was breathtaking.

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BRIDAL MYTHS

Debunked!

Is wedding advice coming at you from every angle? Determine what’s fact and what’s fiction by debunking these common wedding myths.

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IT’S NOT REALLY A WEDDING IF YOU DON’T FOLLOW TRADITION. The first person to buck tradition and wear white was Queen Victoria (that’s right...brides have not always worn white). This is now taken for granted as standard attire as is a wedding cake, first dance, bouquet toss and something blue. A wedding simply requires an officiant, license and witness. The celebration of said wedding should be an expression of the couple’s personalities, and sometimes breaking the rules leads to new traditions that are a better fit than those of past generations.

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The Bride’s parents pay for wedding and reception; groom’s parents pay for rehearsal dinner. Wouldn’t it be nice if Mom and Dad still footed the bill? Not so with modern weddings. This myth goes out the window, as at least a third of wedding costs are now covered by the couple themselves. Families today are pooling their resources and then, together, determining how funds are spent for all related events.

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Thank-you notes can be sent by email.

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THE BRIDE CAN ONLY BE GIVEN AWAY BY HER FATHER.

While email is the preferred way of communication for many a message, it is generally frowned upon when thanking your wedding guests. Hand written thank-you notes are far from outdated, and though tedious to a generation of texters, it must be done. Appreciate this dying art, and take the time to communicate as your grandparents would. Years later, a friend will dig out your hand written note, carefully saved. Not your email.

This myth dates back to the days of old, when daughters were literal property of their fathers, and a wedding was merely a business deal for Dad to expand his fortunes through the sale of his daughter. While the tradition still sticks to this day, I doubt very much that modern brides would describe themselves as part of dad’s estate. Your aisle escort should be a person that played a significant and supportive role in your path to finding true love.

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WEDDING LUCK (AND MARRIAGE) DEPENDS ON A SIXPENCE, SPIDERS AND SUPERSTITIONS. Here’s the thing about luck... it all depends on the belief that wearing a certain color, carrying a token or changing your behavior will shift future events to their preferred outcome. Luck is mostly used as a way to counter those things completely out of our control and has often been a way of explaining the unexplained. If only making it through the first year of marriage was as easy as saving the top tier of your cake. Make your own luck with careful planning, professional vendors and a positive attitude.


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Vendors will always give a discount if you ask.

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If you can’t foot the bar bill, offer a cash bar.

Wedding vendors are not Mexican bazaars where you haggle the best possible deal. While a vendor may run a promotion, expecting to get a discount because you’re a bride is like expecting your doctor to run a special because you’re a patient. This doesn’t make long-term business sense. Instead, plan to attend a local bridal show for show-only specials or giveaways, and be honest about your budget and vision with wedding vendors. Professionals will work with brides to find creative ways to stretch your buck and meet their bottom line.

Cash bars are T-A-C-K-Y... as well as anything else on your wedding day that require your guests to pony up cash. Remember these are the same dearly loved friends and family that bought a special outfit, traveled across the country, paid for a hotel room and bought you a gift for your wedding. During the wedding day, guests’ wallets should stay in back pockets and purses. Tactful Solution: If you are set on offering liquor at your wedding but fear the cost, consider a limited bar with only wine and beer (better yet keg beer, often costing half as much per serving as bottled).

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Brides on a budget save big with DIY Projects.

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Wedding Day is the Bride’s Day.

With the vastness of today’s World Wide Web, the likelihood of finding a bargain can make DIY more costly than one thinks. This is even more apparent when your inner crafter is not well-matched to make DIY magic (but Martha Stewart made it look so easy!). And remember, time is money, even if it is your time. Be realistic about how much time will need to be dedicated to DIY projects, particularly in the last few weeks leading up to wedding day (when the to-do list is never ending and you’d rather be with your family). If the budget is stretched thin, it might make more sense to skip it all together.

While you and your groom are certainly the guests of honor, a bride with her sights set on making wedding day entirely about her is likely to be labeled a bridezilla. Weddings are as much about the happy couple and their new life together as it is a celebration for all the related family members. Instead, find ways to celebrate your family or close friends and their traditions with your new love and the traditions in store for years to come. This ensures your guests feel part of a truly special event.

Your bridal party must have the same number of bridesmaids and groomsmen. Today’s bride has thrown out all the rules when it comes to bridal parties. With your closest friends and family by your side on wedding day, trying to stay in the box of specific numbers or even genders just doesn’t work. Nowadays, your maid of honor is now your man of honor, pooches are playing ring bearer and dancing to the altar is what makes wedding ceremonies personal, memorable and unique.

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Lindy Bors-Koefoed & John Sperry 11.03.12 Wedding day: The wedding party arrived at the Zoo an hour early to take pictures, and just as we entered the gate of the Zoo the skies opened up and torrential down pours took place. As our bus made it’s way to where the ceremony took place, we were greeted by all our wonderful vendors with drinks to calm our nerves, food for our bellies, and most importantly, a rain plan! We were blessed as the rain stopped 15 minutes before our ceremony, and we had clear skies the rest of the night :-) All our vendors were incredible and had everything under control! Wedding Details: We both love the Zoo and thought it would make a fun and unique place to have our wedding and embrace that natural theme we both loved. We loved the romantic setting of the sea lion exhibit’s rocky outcrop, surrounded by candlelight, and the fun, one-of-a-kind place that Northwest Passage gave to the cocktail hour. The Reception took place at the Teton Trek Lodge, which made for a fun, laid back place to enjoy great food, drinks and dance. We told our florist that we wanted a rustic look and feel to all the flowers, and he nailed it spot on. From the bouquets and boutonnieres, to the huge chandelier above the bar and centerpieces at each table, Kevin took our vision and made it more than I could ever have imagined! Simply Delicious did an incredible job on the food. We wanted the food to be a representation of both our backgrounds. The cocktail hour featured both food from New England (where the bride is from) and the south (where the groom was from), with dishes like New England Clam chowder shooters and fried green tomato sliders. The dinner included three courses each paired with wines from California wineries that were visited and chosen specifically by the bride and groom. Simply Delicious did a great job coming up with a unique menu that complemented each of the chosen wines. For guests party favors, the bride & groom made home-made orange marmalade from the orange trees in their backyard in Sacramento, California. The tags for the marmalade said “Spread the Love Brad & Lindy November 3, 2012.” We had welcome bags for each out of town guest waiting for them when they checked into their hotel. The bags included Elvis glasses to wear throughout the weekend, home-made “Shake, Rattle, and Rub” BBQ Rub, a welcome letter with the weekend schedule, a list of attractions and the bride and grooms favorite Memphis restaurants. Our colors were Burnt Orange, Dark Ivy Green, & Chocolate Orange

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Sue Im & Charles Ngo 10.10.12 Love Story: Charlie and I met through mutual friends at a Grizzlies vs. Indiana Pacers game. We didn’t think we would make it to a second date. Charlie is my perfect match because he complements my personality and habits. He also supports my decisions when it comes to my career, family, or beliefs. Charlie popped the question during a date night on the town. After wining and dining me and playing secret agent, he asked me to marry him at the Madison Hotel, where he had gathered our family and friends for a surprise celebration.

Sue Im & Charles Ngo

Wedding Planning: We were engaged for about 9 months. I hired a planner towards the end because I knew that I would be running around like a chicken with my head cut off. The most important thing to me about the wedding was that, even though things were thrown off schedule, we didn’t get upset about skipping over a few scheduled events to get back on track. My vision was to have the ceremony be all about the intimacy and purity of the unification of two families, so we kept the colors of the ceremony very subdued. The reception was all about the celebration, so we amped up the colors with splashes of bright pinks and deep purples. My colors were ivory, eggplant, and silver. Wedding Day: I laughed as my father and the groomsmen performed to “Gangnam Style” on the dance floor and as the groomsmen performed a special dance performance to the musical mash-up of One Direction, Psy, Spice Girls, and Nikki Minaj. I cried tears of joy as I said my personal vows to the man of my future. The most memorable moment was when my husband piggy-backed me halfway through the reception hall during the Korean Tea Ceremony going 25 mph. The unexpected thing that happened was the weather. It began pouring, which caused traffic delays for my guests, which caused a delay in the wedding ceremony and the reception. But, in the end, it all worked out.

Behind the Story

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Tuxedo ( Suit Styles for Each Body Type

by Pink Lady Andrea Make sure your man looks just as stunning as you do on your wedding day! Read on for style tips for each body type.

Height Tall

Body Type

Thin

Average

Bulky

Average Short

You can wear just about any style, but be aware of the lengths of jacket sleeves and pant legs. The shoulder pads in your jacket will add bulk without looking too boxy.

Ask your tuxedo specialist about the “fitted look,” which will highlight your trim physique, while the shoulder pads in the jacket will add just enough bulk to your look.

Avoid styles that seem to “hang” on your frame, and look for jackets with two or three buttons that begin lower, rather than higher. Your tuxedo specialist will tailor it to your physique so that you look your best.

Again, you can wear any style! Always watch the length on your jacket sleeves and pant legs.

Any style in any color will work for this physique. The most popular currently is the two-button notch lapel tuxedo in black.

Two low-sitting buttons on a jacket and a vest will elongate your frame.

If you are largest around your midsection, move away from cummerbunds, which draw attention to this area. Consider the more popular option instead – a vest! Go for a onebutton jacket, and streamline your look by avoiding thick, layered materials. Choose a long tie rather than bow tie as well.

Again, if you are largest around the middle, avoid the cummerbund. A vest will draw the eye up, rather than to any bulk you may have in the midsection. A one-button jacket works for this body type. Long ties work best for this frame, rather than bow ties.

Do not go for thick fabrics that add to your size. Look for a jacket with one button that sits low. Opt out of the cummerbund and choose a vest instead. This makes you seem taller and slimmer. Opt for a long tie, rather than bow tie.

Reader Q&A:

Local grooms ask formalwear questions!

Q : “Some jackets have so many buttons. Do I have to button them all?” Evan - Knoxville, TN A : Buttoning only the top button of your jacket is considered appropriate. Q : “What button count works best?” Alex - Oak Ridge, TN A : Generally, jackets with one button work best with bulkier physiques, two buttons look good on average body types, and two or more buttons work for taller people.

Q : “Does it matter who does the alterations on my tuxedo or suit?” Carl - Farragut, TN A : Absolutely. Similar to having a wedding dress altered, not having a professional alter a tuxedo or suit can literally butcher the final product. Choose a reputable shop for your wedding day needs!

Q : “How do I know the difference between a tuxedo and a suit?” Julius - Knoxville, TN A : A tuxedo will have the presence of satin on the lapels, buttons, pockets, and in a stripe down the pant leg. A suit does not have satin components and normally has plastic buttons.


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Rebekah Lester & Matthew Olsen 09.29.12

Rebekah Lester & Matthew Olsen

The Proposal: The proposal was everything a girl could hope for. We planned a trip to Spain with some of his family, stopping in at Amsterdam, Barcelona, and then Fuengirola, Spain. We spent all day at the beach getting massages and drinking sangrias. Matt and I decided to break away from the group and have a nice dinner by ourselves. The dinner was amazing, and the night was perfect. He then took me on a carriage ride that took us around the beach area and past historic castles. He stopped the carriage and asked the driver to take a picture of us on the beach. As the driver was taking the pictures, Matt knelt down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I, of course, said yes...after grabbing the ring and crying hysterically. We then met his family at a local pub for champagne and spent the rest of the trip on a complete high. Wedding Details: Our vision for the wedding was simple: great music, great food, and great drinks. We wanted this to be a day of not just celebrating our marriage but celebrating a life full of friends and family. Our colors were orange and charcoal, and the style was simple, modern, and reminiscent of a V.I.P. lounge area. We wanted our guests to be up mingling and dancing on the dance floor. Our wedding planners and rental company really got a sense of what we wanted and created the perfect reception with lounge chairs and sofas, cocktail tables, and an awesome dance floor. The caterer did an excellent job of recreating our engagement by serving a Spanishinspired cuisine and peach sangrias. It was definitely a party! Wedding Day: My favorite part of the wedding day was our ceremony. During the planning, we only asked the officiant to make the ceremony short and sweet so we could spend the night partying with our guests. Other than that, we had no idea what to expect. However, at the end of the day, everyone agreed the ceremony was the best part. It was like a fairy tale. There weren’t any decorations other than the bridal flowers and chairs; it was the sermon that made it special. The officiant talked about how life doesn’t always come with a storybook ending like in the fairy tales, you have to “love with abandon, be “quick to forgive,” and “turn to Him for strength.” He then ended by saying, “May God bless your life together, and may you live happily ever after.” What the officiant didn’t know that made this so perfect was that, instead of a ring bearer, we had my cousin hold a wooden sign. As we walked back down the aisle as a married couple, my cousin followed us with the sign that said, “And they lived happily ever after.”

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Engagement Parties | Bridal Showers | Rehearsal Dinners | Catering

901-205-2500

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Diamond Brokers of Memphis 5134 P oplar A venue , M emphis , TN

901.682.3426

www.diamondbrokersofmemphis.com


Sarah Gehring & Mark Provence

Sarah Gehring & Mark Provence 08.04.12 Wedding Details: My theme began as vintage, yet elegant, not rustic. I knew since I was a little girl that I wanted to get my bridal gown at Low’s. I did not even consider going anywhere else. After watching many episodes of TLC’s “Say Yes to the Dress” and looking through bridal magazines, I thought I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted in my bridal attire. I printed out pictures of various gowns I wanted to try on. The anticipated day to shop at Low’s Bridal was more exciting than I had imagined. Upon arriving at the elegant and historic Low’s Bridal, we were greeted by our very own sales associate, Mrs. Karen Deen. They allowed me to try on the gowns in the photographs I brought with me. Dorcas Prince, the owner, even graciously suggested different gowns. They were so very patient and helpful. Everyone at Low’s Bridal made me feel like a princess. They were truly excited for me. My dress was originally strapless, and Dorcas suggested putting removable straps on it so that I could have the same dress but a different look for the wedding and the reception. After finding the perfect dress (and no, it was not one from one of the pictures I brought with me), along with Dorcas’ help, I found the perfect veil. Everything is so surreal at first, but once you choose your veil, the dream that you are getting married becomes reality. You are overcome with joy and tears simultaneously. For the bridesmaid dresses, we traveled back to Low’s Bridal on a separate day with my bridesmaids and Maid of Honor. They were so welcoming once again and helped me find just what I was looking for. Our choice even pleased everyone in the group. Because I knew I wanted the dresses to be a royal blue, Low’s helped me to pick a dress I liked that came in the perfect shade of blue. I decided my colors would be cobalt blue and peach, so I also incorporated the colors in the invitations, flowers, tuxedos, and favors.

Behind the Story

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Wedding DressforStyles each body type Your wedding day is about celebrating the beginning of an exciting new chapter in your life, so be sure to wear the dress of your dreams for the occasion! Discover the best style suggestions for your body type here.

by Pink Lady Andrea

Body Type

Gown Suggestion

Straight-Figured

Try a mermaid or trumpet silhouette. Both help you seem curvier and make your bust and hips look more proportioned. If you really enjoy the idea of a ball gown, try that too! It will capitalize on your small waist and create a more pronounced hip.

Plus-Sized

Find a dress with an open neckline – ideally a strapless sweetheart. Do not opt for sleeves or a cover over your arms. Look for a dress with ruching that comes to a point, as this separates the bust and the hip perfectly.

Small Bust

Look for a gown with a sweetheart neckline and ruching at the top. This creates volume where you need it most.

Busty

Play down your bust by avoiding straight necklines. Rather, choose a sweetheart neckline or a scooped neckline. Opt for a modified A-line dress with beads and detailing further down the dress to avoid drawing more attention up top.

Tall

Seek a design with minimal frills that accents your long lines. An Empire dress can do just that. The dress will pull in right at or just below your natural waist.

Short

The fit and flair cut with a sweetheart neckline will be flattering on you. Keep in mind while shopping that a higher waist creates the illusion of a longer torso. Embellishments are great for this body type, but they should be small and clustered mainly at the top of the dress.

Pear Shape

A gown with thick straps or a one-shoulder look will help pull the eye away from your hips. A flowing gown with a natural waist will also help conceal this area.

Apple Shape

Seek out dresses with lots of ruching all over to create shape. A V-neck is slimming and draws the eye up, rather than across, too.

No matter what dress style you choose in the end, all that matters is how you feel in it. Keep an open mind to conflicting opinions, but do not let yourself lose focus in the midst of them. Your opinion matters most! Follow your professional’s suggestions as you try on different styles, and ultimately choose the dress you feel the most beautiful and confident in as you look in the mirror. Regardless of your body type, if you are happy and confident on your wedding day, you will be gorgeous!


Flowers Forever Inc Preserve your bridal bouquet for generations to come!

You bring your friends and cocktails we provide the paints and canvases! Leave with a masterpiece. Perfect for Bridesmaid Parties, Bachelorette Parties or just a great Girls Night and Date Night! Use code PINOTBRIDE when you book a party and the bride paints for free!!

Paint. Drink. Have Fun. 5040 Sanderlin Suite 111

901.761.0012

Oval Frames • Rectangle Frames • Shadowboxes Keepsake Boxes • and More!

Bridal Gown Preservation also Available

www.flowersforeverinc.com

Meghan Lederer • 865-385-0882 Linda Lawless • 615-974-0450 Peggy Lowe • 901-496-1707


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Elinor McCutchen & Christopher Few

Elinor McCutchen & Christopher Few 10.27.12 Love story: The saying “Opposites attract” is definitely true when it comes to Chris and me. Part of what makes us such a great match is our different personalities and unique strengths. We are constantly learning from each other and growing together. We frequently thank our dear friend, Olivia, for introducing us in college. Chris proposed to me on his birthday. So focused on birthday festivities, I was completely surprised. He planned such a special evening in the private wine cellar at The Napa Cafe with dinner and wine for two.

Behind the Story

Wedding Details: Chris and I were engaged for thirteen months. My mother and I planned the wedding together during this time. We looked at hundreds of bridal magazines and talked to all of our vendors for ideas and suggestions. The most important thing to me about our wedding was at the end of the day, I would be married to my best friend. I wanted our wedding and reception to reflect our personalities, and that is exactly what we accomplished. Pictures are the one thing you keep from your wedding for years to come. Our photographer, Lindsey, was so wonderful to work with and does such beautiful work.. I wanted our wedding to be elegant with a vintage feel. Our wedding colors were turquoise, grey, and pink. One very special thing we did was use pieces of lace from my grandmother’s bridal gown to wrap around our bouquets. I found it was very important to explain my vision to all of our vendors. They were all so creative and helped me fully develop my ideas and make this day everything I could have ever imagined.

Photographer Lindsey Lissau Photography Bridal Party Attire Ballew Bridal Reception Location The Pink Palace Museum


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accomodations

Bridal Salons

Hampton Inn & Suites Memphis Shady Grove

Ballew Bridal and Formal Salon

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Your friends and family will be sure to enjoy this beautiful and stylish hotel during your wedding celebration. From the friendly, knowledgeable staff eager to help your guest, to the amenities offered, your guest will be pleased with your selection. Congratulations to you both!

901.762.0056

www.hamptoninn.com/hi/ mem-shadygrove

Ballew

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Since 1980, Ballew Bridal and Formal Salon has provided Mid-South brides and their attendants exceptional style, selection and service. Ballew consultants understand that every customer is special and that your gown is an expression of elegance, grace and beauty. The salon features fashions to suit every style and personality, from cutting edge to traditional. You will find exactly what you looking for at Ballew.

BRIDAL & FORMAL SALON

901.854.6400

www.ballewbridal.com

Beauty & Health Clinic of Plastic And Reconstructive Surgery

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Celeste LaChapelle is a nationally recognized leader in skin rejuvination and facial contouring using injectables. In business for 29 years she is dedicated to her field. Look your best for your wedding day and learn to create skin longevity by calling Celeste today. No question too simple, no hurdle to difficult.

901.765.4700

www.defygravity.com

L W’S

BRIDAL AND FORMAL

Buying your bridal gown is a big decision, and so is selecting the best bridal shop for you. Here at Low’s bridal shop, our consultants have you in mind. With 25,000 square feet of display area and over 60 of the world’s best known wedding gown designers, Low’s bridal shop is the best place in the south to find your perfect wedding dress and bridesmaid dresses.

870.734.3244

www.lowsbridal.com

Bridal Registries

Asian Bees Photography

Studio LaRue Salon & Day Spa

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Trousseau II

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Studio LaRue is a full service salon & day spa. From color and cuts to massages and facials we create a relaxing experience for all of our clients. We provide a wide range of services specializing in the unique needs of brides and bridal parties. For added convenience, we can send our expert team of stylists onsite for hair and makeup services.

Trousseau II features Memphis’ finest collection of lingerie. Serving Mid-South brides since 1949, the skilled fitters at Trousseau II can help you find the perfect foundations and shapewear for under your dress, or exquisite lingerie for your honeymoon and all the nights beyond.

901.685.8266

901.682.7575

www.studiolaruesalon.com

www.trousseau.com

Cakes Celebrity China & Crystal

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Precious possessions to enhance the warmth and beauty of you dining experience *Fine China *Elegant Crystal *Tableware *Fully Forge Cutlery *Waterless Cookware

800.729.6346

www.celebritychina.com

Whimsy Cookie Company

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Located in Memphis, TN, Whimsy Cookie Company is a specialty boutique with expertise in designing custom, hand decorated cookies. We pride ourselves in being able to not only deliver impeccably designed cookies, but delicious mouth watering treats as well. Check out what our clients are saying! Cookies are available for shipping across all 50 states. Our wide range of clientele includes everyone from the supermom next door to the celebrity cast on set in Los Angeles. We can’t wait to begin working on your custom cookie creation!

901.361.8781

www.whimsycookieco.com


Catering Another Roadside Attraction Catering

Wade and Company Catering

Wade & Company Catering exists to create impeccable events for our clients in the Memphis area. We are determined to provide exquisite cuisine that stimulates the palate and the eye. While food is our niche, event design is our forte, as well. Through boutique service, culinary artistry and stylish design, Wade & Company can help you achieve the goals and desires you have for your special event. Whether it’s a wedding reception, corporate event, fundraiser or intimate gathering, we’re here to transform events both large and small into an unforgettable affair.

Another Roadside Attraction established in 1987 has won Memphis Magazines Gold Award for best caterer for the last 20 years. Owner Karen Blockman Carrier has made a name for herself with her eclectic style, inventive cuisines and beautiful presentations. Another Roadside has the ability to make any and all of your catering dreams come true with just one phone call

901.525.2624 anotherroadsideattractioncatering.com

901.260.3766

Eclectic Catering Memphis

Ziparo’s Custom Catering

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Our passion is food, fun and style! We offer a wide range of cuisines from across the world using fresh ingredients, provided by local farmers, beautifully presented, selecting both traditional and creative new dishes. Choose from our sample menu or let us customize one for you. Let our creative chefs make your next event unforgettable.

www.wadeandcompanycatering.com

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Ziparo’s is a family owned and operated Catering Company based in the beautiful suburb of Germantown, TN. Chef Joe Ziparo specializes in gourmet fusion cuisine and custom menus for Wedding Receptions, Rehearsal Dinners and Private Parties. Why trust an ordinary caterer for an extraordinary event when you can trust the team at Ziparo’s Catering?

Our commitment extends to both our food and services, it is more than a great menu. We complement our food by offering the ultimate in a wide range of services designed to make you feel like a guest at your own party.

901.921.5338

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901.752.1996

www.eclecticcateringmemphis.com

www.ziparos.com

Consultants Lancer Catering

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Amy Miller Weddings & Events

Weddings at Memphis Zoo Catered by Chef Penny McCraw and Juli Shultz

Amy Miller Weddings & Events is a full-service event planning firm. Armed with strong vendor relationships, extensive experience, and an ability to handle the finest details, Amy works closely with each client to plan, design, and coordinate inspired weddings and events.

Imagine saying “I do” at the Memphis Zoo. From small, intimate events to grand scale receptions, Lancer Catering is proud to offer our award-winning catering services at Memphis Zoo. Lancer’s experienced professionals will deliver exceptional cuisine and flawless service.

901.333.6778

www.lancercatering.com

Paradox Catering & Consulting

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901.634.4428

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www.amymillerweddings.com

Bella Sera Signature Events

Led by Chef Jimmy Gentry, Paradox Catering & Consulting provides a customized experience with a unique menu for every event. Rather than allowing clients to select from a set menu, Gentry collaborates with them to create a personalized event experience that fits their requests, tastes and budgets.

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Bella Sera Signature Events is a full-service Wedding and Special Event Planning Firm. Our expertise and excellent staff, enable us to work diligently with our clients to bring their dream event to life! Phenomenal vendor relationships, allow us to design and create events that are Elaborate, Memorable and Elegant. . . Call today! 901-831-2616 or 901-286-7508

Our greatest asset is your imagination.

901.619.1196

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

CHEERS Event Planning

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Already have a location picked out for your special day? At Ruth’s Chris Steak House our dedicated team of executive chefs, certified bartenders and trained servers can cater to a location of your choice. Your menu will be customdesigned and every detail will be flawlessly executed by your own Catering Manager.

901.761.0055

901.831.2616 www.bellaserasignatureevents.com

www.paradoxcuisine.com

www.ruthschris.com

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EVENT PLANNING

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CHEERS Event Planning is a full-scale planning and design firm. Our knowledgeable staff go above and beyond to take your event to the next level! We believe that each client is unique and their wedding should reflect that. Let us help you plan the Memphis wedding of your dreams!

901.290.2280

www.cheerseventplanning.com


Consultants CONT... SALT, LLC

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Diamond Brokers of Memphis

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With it’s inspiration coming from the love of anything coastal, SALT Style and Events can help you create your next memorable event or serene space. SALT brings your dreams of a beautiful event or space to life. We use classic design style to help you choose the best retailers, venues, designers and caterers for your own unique event. Contact SALT for your consultation today. We’d love to discuss your upcoming project or event!

Diamond Brokers of Memphis is in the heart of Memphis at 5134 Poplar Ave. We have been providing some of the most amazing engagement rings and wedding bands for over 14 years now. We are focused on providing the very best product at the very best price. With all of our engagement settings and wedding bands at 50% off of retail everyday and all of our loose diamonds at 10% above cost combined with the largest selection. Why would you not choose Diamond Brokers of Memphis?

901.299.5945

901.682.3426 www.diamondbrokersofmemphis.com

www.saltstyleandevents.com

Photo Booths

Floral Preservation Flowers Forever

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With their state-of-the-art freeze-drying system they are able to preserve your floral arrangement so you may enjoy it for generations to come. Choose from a variety of frames, keepsakes to personalize your frame. Life-long memories start with them. Call Meghan Lederer at 865385-0882, Linda Lawless at 615-974-0450 or Peggy Lowe at 901-496-1707.

901.496.1707

www.flowersforeverinc.com

Flowers

Hotshots Photobooth

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Hotshots Photobooth is the latest trend in wedding receptions. We offer a modern twist on traditional nostalgic photo booths, providing your guests with the ultimate party favor. The booths include studio quality lighting, fully-customizable 4 x 6 prints and your choice of backdrop color all packed into an elegant booth that will suit any venue.

901.870.7371

www.hotshotsbooth.com

Photographers

A Garden Secret Unlimited, LLC 37 A Garden Secret is a Wedding Florist. Every wedding should reflect the personality and lifestyle of the bride and groom. Whether your wedding is traditional, formal, simplistic elegance or unique, the professional floral designers of A Garden Secret will interview you, gather ideas, and create a spectacular environment for your special day. A Garden Secret has a great selection of glassware and wedding equipment for a bride’s use. Call today for your appointment and complimentary consultation.

901.372.0025 www.AGardenSecretMemphis.com

Christen Jones Photography

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Timeless & classic photography specializing in weddings, engagements, bridals and more! Located in Memphis, Tennessee but available for travel.

901.230.4263

www.christenjones.com

Honeymoon Travel Leaders

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Creation Studios

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Our honeymoon specialists offer a personal touch you desire by asking questions about what you want to do, who will be traveling with you, where you want to go and what type of experience you want to have while on your honeymoon. We are a full service travel agency that offers payment plans.

At Creation Studios, we’re more than photographers. We’re commissioned artists. We’d love to work alongside you to make your visions a reality. After all, we don’t get the images we’re know for by being outsiders!

901.377.6600

901.326.9727

www.sunandfun4u.com

www.creationstudiosgallery.com

Invitations & Calligraphy Bella Sera Signature Events

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Lindsey Lissau Photography

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Bella Sera Signature Events is a full-service Wedding and Special Event Planning Firm. Coupled with an excellent staff and extensive expertise, we pride ourselves on working diligently with our clients bringing their dream event to life! Our Elaborate, Memorable, and Elegant custom invitations, wedding apparel and accessories, are the perfect accent to any event. Call today! 901-831-2616 or 901-286-7508

We are a husband and wife team who specialize in wedding and lifestyle photography.

901.831.2616 www.bellaserasignatureevents.com

901.857.2536

www.lindseylissau.com


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Lyndsi Metz Photography

Hilton Memphis

We are a husband and wife team that specializes in capturing the excitement, joy, love and unique moments of your wedding day. With images that are fresh and contemporary, we aim to truly capture your personality and the love you share. With over 10 years of experience, our goal is to provide an exceptional experience, leaving you with beautiful and artistic photographs that you will enjoy for years to come.

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901.672.7520

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www.lyndsimetzphotography.com

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The Hilton Memphis is located in the heart of the thriving East Memphis business district. The hotel boasts 405 panoramic guest rooms and over 30,000 square feet of flexible meeting/banquet space. We work with our valued customers on all aspects of their special occasion rehearsal dinners, ceremonies, wedding receptions/dinners and overnight guest rooms. Call the Hilton Memphis today and talk with one of our professional catering managers.

901.684.6664

www.hiltonmemphis.com

Reception & Wedding Sites Embassy Suites Memphis

Madison Hotel

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The Embassy Suites Memphis is nestled in a premier neighborhood in the Poplar/Germantown area with easy access to I-240. Whether you are visiting Memphis for business or leisure, you’ll find our Southern hospitality memorable and the service of our hotel staff impeccable.

Exchange vows with an enchanting backdrop inspired by your imagination. Indulge savory selections inspired by your tastes, and created by our team of award-winning chefs. Toast with family and friends on our roof-top terrace, overlooking the rolling Mississippi. And spend the first night, of the rest of your life, in one of our exquisitely appointed suites. Artful Sophistication.

901.684.1777

901.333.1200

Memphis memphis.embassysuites.com

www.memphis.embassysuites.com

Esplanade Memphis

Memphis National Golf Club

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www.heartwoodhall.com

Hillwood at Davies Manor

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Memphis Zoo

Creation Studios

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Heartwood Hall offers an unparalleled setting for wedding ceremonies, receptions, bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, as well as corporate events. Explore the variety of possibilities that Heartwood Hall has to offer by choosing the perfect backdrop for your event: Formal Four Seasons Garden, The Barn, Cabin & Lake, Main House and Guest House. Heartwood Hall is where happily ever after begins!

901.854.2294

901.853.8058 ext.23 www.MemphisNational.com

www.esplanadememphis.com

Heartwood Hall

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Weddings are ‘Simply Amazing” at Memphis National whether you are planning a small affair or a lavish reception. Exceptional service and cuisine are what you will find when you book your special day with us. Packages available for receptions, rehearsal dinners, luncheons and day-after brunches are available. Call or email to schedule a visit today!

The Perfect Setting for Your Sparkling Day! Experience the glamour of our glass-enclosed Sky Room topped with a stunning gold and copper rotunda. From there you can proceed to our Presidency Ballroom which can hold up to okEd-to-ordEr brEakfaSt, tWo-room SuitES, 550 guests for dinner or 700 for a reception. Our Eden aGEr’S rECEption*. Gardens Courtyard is perfect for your Wedding Ceremony CALL 901-684-1777 OR 800-EMBASSY FOR OUR BESTwith its Waterfalls and Fire Pit. Choose from our menu or have one of our experienced and creative chefs customize domestic ip llC one for you.

901.753.3333

www.madisonhotelmemphis.com

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Our vision is to preserve wildlife through education, conservation and research. Aware that the zoo of tomorrow begins today, our staff and volunteers are dedicated to providing a naturalistic and enriching sanctuary for our animals, and a clean, friendly, entertaining and educational experience for our guests. Together, we are building one of the world’s great zoos.

901.333.6571

www.memphiszoo.org

Metro 67

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Situated on 35 wooded acres, Hillwood at Davies Manor provides indoor and outdoor spaces on the grounds of our c1830 Log Manor Home. Inside, Hillwood provides a rustic and romantic setting with pine paneled walls, a 20 foot field stone fireplace and thousands of twinkling lights. Separate dressing areas for the wedding party and a large caterers kitchen.

A combination of majesty and comfort come together to form the inevitable style that Metro 67 displays. Whether it is the polished look of the Club Room, the immaculate river view on the Rooftop, or the swanky vibe of the Vault, you can connect with your guests in these rare and trendy venues. Ceremonies, receptions, bridal showers, rehearsal dinners...we have spaces available that are ready to serve all of your specific needs. Come celebrate your special occasion in style!

901.386.0715

901.578.2630

www.daviesmanorplantation.org

www.metro67.com


Reception & Wedding Sites CONT... Pink Palace Museum

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The Racquet Club of Memphis

The Pink Palace Family of Museums inspires people to learn how history, science, technology and nature shape the mid-South. Through rich collections, thought-provoking exhibitions, and engaging programs, we encourage our diverse community to reflect on the past, understand the present, and influence the future.

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The Racquet Club of Memphis, located in the heart of East Memphis, is the perfect place to hold your wedding event. From engagement parties to rehearsal dinners to wedding receptions, we have an array of settings, menu choices and complimentary services to choose from. So when it’s time to plan your wedding, call the Racquet Club at 901-765-4456. Our experienced and professional staff, great facilities and attention to detail will make your wedding unforgettable.

901.636.2394

www.memphismuseums.org

Ridgeway Country Club

901.765.4456

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Our Clubhouse offers beautiful event spaces for your special day, which can be set up in a variety of ways to accommodate your wedding party and guests. Each wedding is unique and our goal is to ensure that your individual style is reflected in your selections of menu and decor.

www.rcofmemphis.com

The Retreat at Spring Creek Ranch The Retreat at

Spring Creek Ranch

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The Retreat at Spring Creek Ranch provides an atmosphere like no other for your wedding or rehearsal dinner. Our contemporary architecture and surroundings provide you a unique approach to your special day that is centered around you and your guests. For your memorable event, please call Toni Wiliams at 901.853.5651 or email toniw@springcreekranch.org.

901.853.2247

www.ridgewaycountryclub.com

River Inn of Harbor Town

901.853.5651

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www.springcreekranch.org

The Westin Memphis Beale Street

A beautiful 28 room and suite boutique hotel overlooking the Mississippi River near downtown Memphis. Ranked No.1 in Memphis onTripAdvisor and by U.S. News & World Report. Features Paulette’s Restaurant, a favorite for over 39 years and Tug’s, a true “gathering place” casual grill. River Hall is perfect for all wedding related functions. Roof Terrace has cocktails, appetizers and the best view ever.

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Your Westin Weddings Specialist will instinctively and thoughtfully respond to your needs on a personal level, leaving you energized, relaxed and able to fully enjoy your perfect day. Located just behind the world-famous Beale Street, you and your guests will be steps away from the excitement of the city. Call 901-334-5900 or email westin.com/bealestreet to let your beginning begin.

901.260.3333

www.riverinnmemphis.com

901.334.5924

Tunica RiverPark

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www.cadrebuilding.com

The Great Hall & Conference Center

866.517.4837

www.RiverParkWeddings.com

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Almost impossible. Welcome to The Great Hall & Conference Center in Germantown.

The Tower Center sits 33 floors above the beautiful scenery of East Memphis, providing guests with an awe inspiring view that reaches miles in all directions. This one of a kind venue provides its guests with a variety of choices in special event and dining space, menus, and staffing. Our professional staff will take care of you in the manner that you deserve.

The Great Hall is more than 8,600 square feet of class, perfect for parties and receptions or luncheons and banquets. michelle east

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Tunica RiverPark combines modern architecture with natural beauty to create an exceptional locale. Just south of Memphis on the banks of the Mississippi River, our facilities offer a wide array of possibilities for your wedding, large or small. • 600-person capacity • Promenade walk with overlook • Terrace garden

Built in 1928, CADRE is a 36,000 square foot historic landmark located in the heart of Memphis, just one block north of the Peabody Hotel. The facility features an elegant 13,000 square foot Grand Ballroom with an overlooking 2,500 square foot mezzanine accented with brilliant crystal chandeliers, intricately crafted columns detailed with hand-painted gold-leaf molding and champagne-hued drapery.

901.544.9103

www.westin.com/bealestreet

33rd Floor · Clark Tower · 5100 PoPlar ave.

901.751.7661

www.thegreathallevents.com

901-767-8776 · www.TowerCenTermemPhis.Com

901.767.8776

www.towercentermemphis.com


Rehearsal Dinners Amerigo Italian Restaurant

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Itta Bena Inside Front Cover Itta Bena, located on the third floor of BB King’s Blues Club, is tucked away and worlds apart from Beale Street. Itta Bena provides the city of Memphis with upscale, Southern contemporary cuisine with a Delta influence. This 1920’s speak-easy style restaurant takes you back to a simpler era when good people, good music, & great food was all you needed to have a memorable night. Itta Bena’s unique layout allows us to accommodate parties of all sizes. Whether it is a dinner to entertain business clients or a gathering of family and friends to celebrate, we promise that your affair with Itta Bena will be vibrant, unique, & classic.

Amerigo is a locally owned Italian Restaurant located in East Memphis. Our traditional, yet contemporary cuisine is available for lunch and dinner daily, with a brunch on Sunday. Private dining rooms are available for Bridal Showers, Bridesmaid Luncheons, Rehearsal Dinners and small Receptions. To check availability, please call Allison Swan at 901.761.4000.

901.761.4000

Bon Ton

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We have reopened the Bon Ton Cafe! Expect to welcome good ol’ diner food with fusion. We’ve revisited the atmosphere while preserving the history, and are proud to offer elevated diner food in a comfortable, familiar setting. Here at the Bon Ton Cafe we are proud to continue the Zambelis family tradition that started in 1945 in downtown Memphis. We have event space available for rehearsal dinners, bridal luncheons, afterparties, engagement parties and everything in between. Call about our downstairs event space to book your next event.

901.544.9103

www.bontoncafememphis.com

Ciao Bella Italian Grill

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Located in the heart of East Memphis, Ciao Bella Italian Grill serves authentic Italian cuisine. We cater private functions and serve lunch weekdays at 11AM and dinner daily at 5PM, offer happy hour specials Sunday through Thursday 4-7PM in the bar and ladies only happy hour at lunch in the dining room. Ciao Bella’s spacious Banquet Room and Lounge can comfortably accommodate parties up to 60 people and includes private entrance and separate bar and restrooms from the dining room, for the perfect intimate experience. We offer state-of-the-art audio & video equipment, free wi-fi and a customizable menu of only the freshest local ingredients.

901.205.2500

www.ciaobellamemphis.com

East Tapas & Drinks

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East Tapas and Drinks is an interesting and exclusive location to host your bridal luncheon or rehearsal dinner. To add a twist to any gathering try Easts’ inventive small plates that combine traditional east and west cuisines with todays trends. Our drink list pushes the boundaries beyond the usual bar drink. Let us serve your event with fantastic food, interesting drinks and unbelievable service!

901.767.6002

901.578.3031

www.east-tapas.com

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

www.ittabenamemphis.com

Jim’s Place Restaurant & Bar

Jim’s Place -since 1921-

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Jim’s Place is a Memphis dining tradition that began in 1921 and for nearly a century, Jim’s Place has maintained its reputation as a landmark. Honoured with recognition and numerous awards including the Memphis Restaurant Association’s prestigious Pioneer Award. Jim’s Place upholds a standard of excellence for fine food, service and hospitality. Jim’s Place is the perfect place to host your bridal luncheon, engagement dinner, or rehearsal dinner!

901.766.2030

www.jimsplacememphis.com

Mollie Fontaine Lounge

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The Mollie Fontaine Taylor House was built in 1886 in the Eclectic Revival style, when wealthy Memphians crafted exquisite homes on the outskirts of the city, namely on Adams Avenue, which became known as Millionaire’s Row. Most of those are now gone, but several still stand as stately reminders of the past, serving as museums and lovely venues for weddings and private parties. With an interior that has to be seen to be believed, the home is a perfect location for weddings, rehearsal dinners, and other wedding related celebrations.

901.524.1886 www.anotherroadsideattractioncatering.com

Napa Cafe

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Open since 1998, Napa Café is tucked away in a pleasant corner of Sanderlin Centré. Napa Cafe has received numerous awards, including Best Wine List, Best Business Dinner, Best Service, Best Restaurant,and Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence. Napa Cafe has private rooms ideal for all occasions. The private room accommodates 15 to 65 guests and is available free of charge. Multiple seating arrangements and a variety of amenities set the tone for get-togethers of any variety. Perfect for bridal luncheons, rehearsal dinners and wedding receptions. Napa Cafe will design the perfect setup and create a mouth-watering menu for your event.

901.683.0441

www.napacafe.com

Ruth’s Chris Steak House 25

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If you want to host a private event that’s truly unforgettable, there’s no better place to do it than at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar. It’s the personal touches that make an event special, and no one understands this better than our Private Dining Directors. They’ll work with you to ensure that every detail—from the food and drinks to the ambience and timing—is exactly right. That way, at your event, you’ll be free to concentrate on your guests. Call your Fleming’s Private Dining Director and let us help you create an event that’s truly memorable.

In search of the ideal setting for your wedding event? Treat your guests to an unforgettable experience byhosting your event in our private dining space. At Ruth’s Chris Steak House, we treat every event with the utmost care and attention. Our team works with every bride, ensuring that each celebration stays true to your tastes and budget.

901.761.6200 www.FlemingsSteakHouse.com/Memphis

901.761.0055

www.ruthschris.com


Rehearsal Dinners CONT... Wang’s Mandarin House

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Wang’s Mandarin House has been a staple in East Memphis since 1983. After three decades David Wang and Shelly Ansley continue to serve Memphians with familiar and contemporary Chinese dishes. Accredited with countless “best of awards”, Wang’s is sure to accommodate your engagement party, bridal luncheon or rehearsal dinner with impeccable service and food.

901.685.9264

www.wangsmemphis.com

Classic Party Rentals

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Happily Ever After starts with a dream and ends with a smile. No need to lose sleep over the details of your wedding. Whether it’s beautiful and intimate or elegant and formal, from the gorgeous tent to the inviting place settings, Classic can make your dreams come true. Don’t leave it to chance. Leave it to Classic!

www.classicpartyrentals.com

Mahaffey Tent and Party Rentals Inside Back Cover Have a dream wedding in mind? Whether your wedding style is an elegant, black tie affair, or you’re planning on a more casual setting at your home, Mahaffey’s got you covered. From tables, linens, chairs, tableware, and decor to dance floors, lighting, stages, tents, and more... Mahaffey Tent and Party Rentals: Turning Ordinary Places Into Extraordinary Spaces Since 1924.

901.457.4538

www.mahaffeytent.com

Tuxedos American Tuxedo

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WE SELL SERVICE, IT’S ONLY FORMALWEAR WE RENT! Locally owned and operated since 1990, American Tuxedo carries over 175 different styles of tuxedos from wellknown designers such as Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, and Perry Ellis. Open 7 days a week, with prices starting at $59.95. Two locations: 4730 Riverdale Road, 753-8897 and 4722 Poplar Avenue, 761-2848

www.americantuxedos.com

Unique Products & Services SACHË Clothing | Design | Salon

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SACHË is a premiere fusion boutique and a Memphis hotspot offering retail shopping, in house design studio, hair salon and alteration services in a upscale modern setting.

901.922.5549

www.sachedesign.com

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Pinot’s Palette is a “paint and sip” studio where groups of friends gather for date night, girls’ night, and corporate events, bring wine and snacks, and enjoy an interactive art experience. Everyone attending the event re-creates a featured painting of the night, like a version of Van Gogh’s “Starry Night,” with the help of local artists. Pinot’s Palette supplies all of the art materials, wine glasses and plates to enjoy the evening. Some call it entertainment art, others call it a painting party, but everyone agrees -- no experience is necessary to have a great time at the nightly two- or three-hour events.

901.761.0012

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901.366.0670

Pinot’s Palette

www.pinotspalette.com/sanderlin


Woes of the Web

a bride 's tell-all

Oh, the thrill of online shopping. People’s thriftiness or tight budgets allow them to get lured in by the ultra-slashed prices on popular websites. But when it comes to shopping for a wedding gown online, Christina Tompkins learned the risks the hard way when her wedding dress dreams turned into nightmares. The Right One: My fiancé and I were engaged in September 2011, and we set a date for September 2 of the following year. I thought this would give me plenty of time to make wedding plans. I soon began to search for a wedding dress. After looking through a few magazines, I fell in love with an Allure Couture dress that a bridal store close by actually carried. A little later, I was shopping online and I came across some other dresses that I’d seen in magazines at a fraction of the original cost. This made me curious to see if my dream dress was also available online at a discounted price.

The Wrong Dress

The Wrong One: Eventually, I found an online vendor who offered my dress—same exact picture from magazines, totally different price. At $235, my fiancé insisted that we take the chance and order it. So I submitted my order, but after a few weeks and no dress, I started to worry. I quickly assured myself and considered it a normal timeframe for a dress coming all the way from China. Soon after, I came home to find a very small, thin package on my doorstep. Inside, I found a dress nothing like the one I had fallen in love with weeks earlier. It was obvious that the dress was cheaply made. I immediately went to the bridal store where my dream dress was held and compared the two dresses. The elaborate, beaded bodice I admired on the original dress was replaced by one with gaudy, silver sequins. The original bottom was an intricate embroidery of hand-made flowers, while my online dress had white flowers actually safety-pinned onto the train! I was so shocked and heartbroken, but luckily I gave myself enough time for mishaps. I was going to try and make it a DIY project; in fact, I tried to sew on sequins myself! In the end, I contacted the company in China and asked for my money back which was eventually, and luckily, refunded to me. I recently found another dress by Maggie Sottero that I purchased—in the store this time!—without having to deal with hefty price tags or risky transactions! Her Advice: If it’s too good to be true, it probably is. Beware of bidding websites that present your dream dress with the same photos but have a distinctly different price. You get what you pay for—cheap price, cheap dress. Something as important as your wedding gown should be purchased in-store; you are able to have a concrete visual of what you are spending your money on. Go with the dress you give your heart to (even if your more frugal fiancé tries to convince you otherwise!). Do not spoil it by trying to find a better deal because, more than likely, you won’t find one worthy of your purchase. Be wary of dresses made in a foreign country like China. Being so far away from the manufacturer is never a good thing, and you probably won’t get the detail you are hoping for. Not all online wedding purchases are off-limits, though. I actually purchased my wedding shoes and several bridal party favors online with no hassle. For a bride whose dress is low on her wedding totem pole, she might not have to take as many precautions. However, all brides should do their homework before making such a costly purchase.

THe Right Dress


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