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Taylor Storment & Rocky Alling By Molly Fromkin • 901-529-6514 | Photos by Renee Reedy www.reneereedy.com 601-454-1693

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ate, Destiny, or God – probably all three – brought Taylor Storment and Rocky Alling into each other’s lives, and it was obvious when they said their vows on May 21, 2011, that they were meant for each other. The two met by happy accident their senior year of college, Taylor at Ole Miss and Rocky at Samford University in Birmingham. A senior trip is hardly unusual, but it’s not every graduate who can say she met her future husband on Spring Break! The two wound up on the same cruise ship and it was obvious from the moment they met that fate had brought them there – “You can’t tell us that it wasn’t God putting us together!” says Taylor. The two were inseparable the whole week of the trip and from the beginning there was something special between them. “I knew immediately something was different. We spent time together as a group the entire week, but we were really only focused on each other.” It would have been easy to write their connection off as a passing vacation romance – the bride herself admits that she “expected to never really hear from him again, as much as I hated that” – but already, it was obvious to both that this was no mere fling. Fate had placed them in each other’s path and Fate would not be denied! Rocky called a week after the end of the cruise and the two started driving back and forth from Oxford to Birmingham every weekend to see each other. It took nearly a year of commuting before he finally moved to Southaven so the couple could start thinking about the future; six months later, he proposed. As a second-year fourth grade teacher, Taylor was used to encountering the unexpected in her classroom, but the day Rocky proposed to her will no doubt be the greatest and biggest phenomenon of her teaching career. “It was the second day of school,” she shares, “and my assistant principal asked me to come to his office. After we were finished, he and my principal walked me back to the classroom, where I opened the door and heard ‘Surprise!’” I saw the kids holding a lot of individual signs, and saw that they spelled out “Will you marry me?” before Rocky grabbed my hands, got down on his knee, and started proposing.” The kids were thrilled to be part of the surprise, she says, and she heard one of them say, “Fourth grade is so cool!” On May 21, 2011, Miss Taylor Storment, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Storment of Southaven, Miss., married Mr. Rocky Alling, son of Dr. and Mrs. Rocklin Alling of Vestavia Hills, Ala. Ms. Amy Bayles Richardson of Huntsville, Ala., attended as the Maid of Honor and the groom’s father served as his son’s Best Man. The ceremony was held at Evergreen Presbyterian Church in Memphis and the reception was held at Central Train Station downtown. The ceremony was officiated by Reverend Wayne Hill of Senatobia, Miss., who was the high school youth minister of the bride. The same kids who made the proposal so special were there in spirit at the wedding as well. They all wrote letters about the engagement day and those letters were included in the flower arrangements at the reception – stands of cherry tree blossom branches, hydrangeas, roses, and freesia. The bride carried hydrangeas, roses and peonies tied with a satin ribbon, and she wore her great-grandmother’s wedding band on her right hand. Her gown was a classic ivory strapless sweetheart neckline with a taffeta bodice and Swarovski crystal brooch detail. The skirt was lace with a sweep train and French bustle. Delectables Catering served up a sumptuous meal, and the cake was a multilayered confection of traditional almond and buttercream, key lime (the bride’s father’s favorite and a special request), and red velvet. “I just couldn’t make up my mind, so we did all three!” Taylor says. The happy couple shared their first dance to “(This Will Be) An Everlasting Love” by Natalie Cole. “Before we were even engaged, this song popped up on my iPod one day and it hit me that this would be the song we would have our first dance to,” says Taylor. The newly minted Mr. and Mrs. Alling will be honeymooning in Aruba, a surprise gift from the groom to his bride. “I loved not needing to research and plan for it – he took the honeymoon over as his project and I feel so lucky for that!” says Taylor. The couple plans to make their home in the Memphis area and start a family there – though they both want to travel and “do some things on our Bucket List that we have made together” before moving on to the parent phase of their marriage. “We want to enjoy our newlywed life for a while!” says Taylor. No doubt their future travel plans will include many anniversary cruises, in honor of that fateful trip that brought them together.

Taylor & Rocky’s Wedding Bridal & Bridesmaid Attire: Watters Bridal Ceremony Venue: Evergreen Presbyterian Church Reception Venue: Central Train Station Photography: Renee Reedy, renee@reneereedy.com Flowers: Studio 1524, Olivia Busery Ward (designer) Groom’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse Cake & Catering: Delectables Catering Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas Party Rentals: An Event To Remember, Tony Woodard (designer) Entertainment: 24/7 (Nashville) Ceremony Officiants: Reverend Wayne Hill of Senatobia, Miss. Hair: Janice Griffin of Cabello’s Salon, Southaven, Miss.


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Natalie Woodard Jesse Taylor

Christy Balint Brandon Meeks

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Florida on June 10, Nathan and Thy will move to Australia, where Nathan will pursue a Masters in Strategic Studies at the Australian National University and Thy will serve at the U.S. Embassy as a Political Officer. In Fall 2012, Nathan will report to Fort Benning where he will begin service with the U.S. Army as an Armor Officer.

Jessica Gallimore Edmund Howe Mr. and Mrs. Lyman Woodard of Memphis proudly announce the upcoming wedding of their daughter, Miss Natalie Woodard to Mr. Jesse Taylor, son of Dr. and Mrs. Edwin Taylor of Memphis. Miss Woodard, granddaughter of Mrs. Rose Mary Woodard and the Late Lyman Woodard, Sr., and Mrs. Linda Horton, and the Late Adrian Horton, Sr., graduated from Saint Benedict of Auburndale in Cordova, Tenn., before attending The University of Memphis. She went on to earn a BS in nursing from Baptist College of Health Sciences. She is a Registered Nurse in the emergency department of Baptist Memorial Hospital Memphis. Mr. Taylor is the grandson of the Late Mr. and Mrs. Barnie Taylor, Dr. Jack Benton, and the Late Lucile Benton, and Mrs. Ressa Stobaugh, and the Late A.L. Stobaugh. He graduated from Christian Brothers High School before attending Mississippi State University. He later earned a BS in mechanical engineering from The University of Memphis. He is a Scribe in the Emergency Department of Baptist Memorial Hospital Memphis. Natalie and Jesse will marry on Saturday, June 4, 2011 at Saint Louis Catholic Church with a reception to follow at The Tower Room. Natalie’s sister, Shea McCloskey, will attend as the Matron of Honor while her sister, Brooke Woodard, will attend as the Maid of Honor. Jesse’s brother, Eric Taylor, will attend as the Best Man. The newlyweds will honeymoon in Venice, Florence, and Rome, Italy before returning to their home in Memphis.

Mr. and Mrs. Rick Balint of Schaumburg, Ill., are pleased to announce the upcoming wedding of their daughter Miss Christy Balint to Mr. Brandon Meeks, son of Mr. Buddy Meeks and Ms. Tish Meeks, both of Memphis. Christy attended Schaumburg Christian School before earning a bachelor’s degree in Church Music (organ) from Bob Jones University in Greenville, S.C. She is currently a consultant for Mary Kay Cosmetics, and plans to teach music in the near future. Brandon attended Central Baptist High School in Memphis before earning a bachelor’s degree in Youth Ministries from Pensacola Christian College in Florida and a master’s degree in Biblical Counseling from Bob Jones University in Greenville, S.C. He is Youth Pastor at Community Baptist Church in Spring Hill, Tenn. Brandon planned to propose on New Years Eve with a carriage ride on Christy’s first trip to Memphis. Luckily, he couldn’t wait and proposed a day early, since it rained really hard on New Years Eve. Christy and Brandon will exchange vows on Saturday, June 4, 2011 at Covenant Baptist Church in Collierville with a reception to follow. The couple will reside in Spring Hill, Tenn. after they honeymoon in Florida.

Regina Washington Calvin Johnson

Miss Mary Cameron McManis, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Dale McManis of Germantown is engaged to Mr. Elias Shane Bond, son of Mrs. John Bate Bond and the late John Bate Bond of Brownsville, Tennessee. Molly, granddaughter of Mr. Samuel Byrd Ledbetter and the late Mrs. Ledbetter of Atlanta, Georgia, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Edward Carroll McManis of Frankfort, Kentucky, attended Saint Agnes Academy before earning a BA in both Performing Arts and Elementary Education from Clemson University, where she was a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority. She is currently pursuing a M.Ed. in Administration from Bethel University while teaching fourth grade for Shelby County Schools. Shane, grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Shane Roy and Mrs. Elias King Bond and and the late Mr. Bond, all of Brownsville, Tennessee, graduated from Haywood High School in Brownsville, Tennessee, before attending The University of Tennessee at Knoxville. He is currently pursuing an education in radiologic technology. The couple will marry on Saturday, June 4, 2011 at Germantown United Methodist Church with a reception to follow at Clark Opera Memphis Center. Molly’s lifelong friend, Lisa Matthews Malone, will attend as her Matron of Honor, while Shane’s brother, John Bate Bond, Jr., will attend as the Best Man. After the wedding, the newlyweds will honeymoon in Aruba and make their home in Memphis.

Thy Nguyen Nathan Ramia

Tamicka Polk Jose Valle

Miss Tamicka Polk, daughter of Mr. Ronald McKinney and the Late Sylvia Polk McKinney, of Covington, Tenn., is engaged to marry Mr. Jose Valle, son of Ms. Belinda Siordia of Calif. Tamicka and Jose will exchange vows on Saturday, June 11, 2011 at St. Stephen Baptist Church in Covington, Tenn.; Larry McGarity, Pastor. A reception will follow at the Quality Inn. Ebony Baker will attend as Miss Polk’s Maid of Honor, escorted by Rico Polk. After the wedding, the newlyweds will reside in Jonesboro, Ga.

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Miss Regina Washington, daughter of Mr. David Washington of Memphis, is engaged to marry Mr. Calvin Johnson. Regina attended Northside High School in Memphis, before earning master’s degrees from both Cumberland University, and is currently pursuing her doctorate degree from The University of Memphis. She is an Educator for Memphis City Schools. Calvin also attended Northside High School before he earned a Bachelor of Science degree from The University of Tennessee Knoxville. He is currently working as a Firefighter for Memphis Fire Department. Regina and Calvin met in the sauna at The French Riviera Spa, which is the exact same place that Calvin eventually proposed. The couple will marry on Sunday, June 5, 2011 at The Pink Palace Museum with a reception following. Regina’s sister, Cecelia Levy,

will attend as the Maid of Honor, while Calvin’s close friend, Clarence Terry, will attend as the Best Man. The couple will honeymoon in San Juan, Puerto Rico, before returning to their home in Memphis.

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Mr. and Mrs. William J. Ramia, Jr. of Memphis are pleased to announce the engagement of their son, Nathan Blake Ramia, to Thy Malea Nguyen of Sarasota, Florida. Nathan is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. William J. Ramia of Collierville and Dr. and Mrs. R. Lanier Jones of Fernandina Beach, Florida. Nathan, who attended White Station High School, will graduate in May from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a Bachelor of Science in American Politics and Chinese Language. Thy is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bon Nguyen of Sarasota, Florida and the granddaughter of Mr. Bong Nguyen and the late Mrs.Thiep Nguyen of Sarasota, Florida and Mrs. Hen Nguyen of Saigon, Vietnam. She graduated from the University of Florida and completed her graduate studies at The Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies. She is currently a Foreign Affairs Officer at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. After their marriage in Sarasota,

Miss Jessica Gallimore and Mr. Edmund Howe, together with their families, are pleased to announce their engagement. Miss Gallimore is a graduate of Henry County High School in Paris, Tenn. and attended Christian Brothers University in Memphis, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and a minor in Management; she was also a member of Zeta Tau Alpha. She is a student in the Dental Hygiene program at The University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis. Mr. Howe is a graduate of Catholic High School in Little Rock, Ark. and earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering with a minor in Mathematics from Christian Brothers University, where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. He is employed as a Civil Engineer with the United States Army Corps of Engineers in Memphis. Jessie and Edmund met while attending Christian Brothers University through their involvement in Greek life there. During the Christmas holidays of 2010, the two were visiting the father of the bride in Paris, Tenn. when Edmund surprised Jessie by proposing during a snowstorm. The bride and groom will exchange vows at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in downtown Memphis on January 14, 2012. Mrs. Angela McCord, sister of the bride, will attend as the Matron of Honor. Miss Lacey Hopper, friend of the bride, will attend as the Maid of Honor. Mr. Justin Harder, friend of the groom, will attend on the Best Man. A reception at The Memphis Zoo Teton Trek Lodge will follow the ceremony, and an Italian honeymoon will follow the wedding before the couple returns to their home in Memphis.

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Emrie McAlexander and Chip Clifft By Melissa Farris |

Emrie McAlexander and Chip Clifft met just after Emrie graduated from The University of Tennessee at Knoxville. She had moved back to Memphis to get her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from UTHSC. To pass the summer, she took a position as a hostess at Chili’s. Chip, a bartender there, was working on his degree in graphic design at The University of Memphis. “We all went out after work one night to Fox and Hound,â€? remembers Emrie. “Me and Chip ended up sitting in his car talking for four hours after the place closed!â€? “She was really cool,â€? says Chip as he recalls the night, “But I was such an idiot; I didn’t get her number.â€? With a friendly assist from a coworker, Chip called Emrie the next day to ask her out for their first date. “We would go to the park, fly kites, do a crossword together, anything. We just enjoyed the time together,â€? says Chip. By Tuesday, July 6 2010, the two had been dating for almost four years. Chip had told her that he wanted to celebrate his birthday by dining downtown, but she had no idea that he was planning something much more exciting than lunch. “Emrie loves Broadway. If she wasn’t a physical therapist she’d be a Broadway singer,â€? explains Chip. He knew that she deserved to be “center stageâ€?, so he hatched a plan to propose to her at Memphis’ ornate ambassador of Broadway, the Orpheum Theatre. “We go to Emmanuel United Methodist with Cindy Strong, who worked in ticket sales at the time,â€? says Chip. “We e-mailed back and forth, and she said ‘Lets do it.’â€? That day, the happy pair went to eat at Local Gastropub. “I wanted to keep it casual so she would be totally unsuspecting,â€? explained Chip. “But I was a nervous wreck. I could barely eat my lunch.â€? Afterward, he and Emrie strolled down South Main, where Chip had strategically parked the car. “Hey, why don’t we stop by the Orpheum to see about getting season tickets?â€? he asked. The couple had seen shows together before and had recently discussed becoming season subscribers. They entered the side door and went up the stairs to the main office. “I’m here to buy season tickets. I talked to Cindy Strong,â€? Chip said at the front desk, dropping a cue to the receptionist. When Cindy emerged from her office, Emrie greeted her acquaintance from church. Cindy told them they needed to go down to the box office to make the purchase, but said that she could take them on a tour backstage on the way. Chip’s delighted bride-to-be still suspected nothing. “We went through the backstage door on to the main stage,â€? Chip recalls with the same excitement he felt that day. The stage was softly lit. Cindy headed off into the orchestra, and Emrie started to follow. “I put my arm through hers and held her back,â€? he continues, eyes glimmering. “‘Just look around. Take it in,’ I told her. She looked around at all the empty seats, the ceiling, at the balcony—and by the time she turns back around, I’m on one knee.â€? “Elizabeth Marie McAlexander, you are my best friend. I can’t imagine my life with out you. Will you marry me?â€? Chip asked. “It was amazing to watch her expressions. At first she looked confused—like, ‘Why are you on the ground?’ Then it started to sink in, and she started to cry.â€? Emrie threw her arms around Chip. They embraced, both in tears. Emrie and Chip were married at Emmanuel United Methodist Church on May 14, 2011. Emrie is the daughter of Wendell and Debora McAlexander, and Chip is the son of Ruth Stinnett and Ted Clifft. Despite a few hitches from the widespread flooding that nearly trapped Emrie and Chip in their Mud Island homes, the wedding proceeded beautifully. Emrie wore a satin halter gown with a sweetheart neckline and her mother’s veil, customized by professional costumer Kathy Farris. Hidden behind her hem was a pair of sassy deep blue heals. “’Something blue’ was easy. It is my favorite color,â€? Emrie points out. Right before the ceremony Chip gave her a gorgeous necklace that he had designed to hold a precious family diamond. The glittering “something newâ€? graced her dĂŠcolletage as she floated into the sanctuary with her grandmother’s pearls around her wrist. “That was my favorite part,â€? reports Chip, “When they opened the double doors at the back of the sanctuary for her to come in.â€? “Saying the vows, I felt so connected with him,â€? says Emrie. A reception as charming as a midsummer reverie was held that night at the Memphis Botanic Garden. Guests dined at blue draped tables, courtesy of Me and My Tea Room. Multichromatic nosegays of roses and lilies provided splashes of color against the sapphire dreamscape. White paper lanterns floated above the dance floor, casting an ethereal lunar glow over friends and family. “I couldn’t have picked anyone better for her to spend the rest of her life with,â€? affirms father of the bride, Wendell McAlexander. He and the happy bride shared a father-daughter dance as the Soul Shockers crooned James Taylor’s ballad “You’ve Got a Friend in Me.â€? Emrie and Chip honeymooned in Greece and now reside on Mud Island. The couple still attends Emanuel United Methodist, and plan to keep their weekly Sunday lunch date with the McAlexanders.

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Memphis. Gary graduated from Central High School before attending William R. Moore School. He currently owns Gary’s Antiques in Memphis. Meredith and Gary will marry on Saturday, October 8, 2011 at The Pink Palace with a reception following. Meredith’s sister, Ashley Williams, will attend as the Matron of Honor, while her Sister-inlaw, Leseley Wright, will attend as the Maid of Honor. Gary’s brother, Jamie Wright, will attend as the Best Man. After the wedding, the newlyweds will honeymoon in Orlando, Fla.

Jennifer Phillips, Thom Stinchfield

Michelle Trujillo, John McCutchen, Jr.

Kathryn Guasco, Matt Cartwright

Miss Jennifer Phillips, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Phillips of Tuscaloosa, Ala., is engaged to Mr. Thom Stinchfield, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Stinchfield of Memphis. Miss Phillips is a graduate of The University of Tennessee at Knoxville, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in psychology and a Master of Science in social work. She is a clinical therapist at The Memphis Child Advocacy Center. Mr. Stinchfield is a graduate of Virginia Tech, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering; he is a Product Development Engineer at MedTronic. Thom surprised Jennifer with a proposal at the 2010 Memphis in May music festival. Jennifer and Thom will wed on September 24, 2011 at The Dixon Gallery and Gardens. Miss Stephanie Rose, best friend of the bride, will serve as the Maid of Honor. Mr. John Stinchfield, father of the groom, will serve as the Best Man. The newlyweds will honeymoon in Aruba.

Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Trujillo of Collierville, Tenn proudly announce the engagement of their daughter, Michelle Renee Trujillo, to John Antone McCutchen, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Ez Abushanab of Cordova, Tenn. and the late John Antone McCutchen, Sr. of Memphis, Tenn. Michelle graduated from Collierville High School in 2007 before earning a bachelor’s degree in film and video production from The University of Memphis. She is currently employed as a Production Operator at WREG News Channel 3. John graduated from The University of Maryland at Baltimore County with a bachelor’s degree in Hospitality and Resort Management and will continue his education at Christian Brothers University for a Masters in Business Administration. John is currently enlisted in the United States Marine Corps Reserves and employed at The River Inn of Harbor Town. Michelle and John will marry on Friday, September 23, 2011 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with a reception following at The Pink Palace Museum. Michelle’s sister, Elizabeth Trujillo, will attend as the Maid of Honor, while John’s friend and fellow Marine, Ben Davis, will attend as the Best Man. After the wedding, the newlyweds will enjoy a honeymoon in Port St. Lucie, Fla. and will reside on Harbor Island in Memphis, Tenn.

Miss Kathryn Guasco, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rick Day of Tallahassee, Fla. And Mr. and Mrs. Guy Guasco of Memphis, is engaged to marry Mr. Matt Cartwright, son of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Cartwright of Brentwood, Tenn. Kathryn graduated from Ezell-Harding Christian School before earning a bachelor’s degree in communications with a minor in business from The University of Tennessee Knoxville. She is currently working as a personal assistant in Knoxville. Matt graduated from Harding Academy before attending The University of Tennessee Knoxville. He is currently a warehouse manager for Industrial Products in Knoxville. The couple will marry on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011 at Hope Presbyterian with a reception following at Woodland Hills Event Center. Kathryn’s friend, Margaret Hogue, will attend as the Maid of Honor, while Matt’s father, Mark Cartwright, will attend as the Best Man. The newlyweds will enjoy a honeymoon in Maui, Hawaii before returning to their home in Knoxville, Tenn.

Gina Anderson, Jordan Tice

Tonia Holliday, Delmar Smith

Jennifer Wells, Thomas Pera

Miss Virginia Tunstall Anderson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tunstall Cobbs Anderson of Memphis, is engaged to Mr. Jordan Andrew Tice, son of Mr. A. Joe Tice and the late Ms. Penny Lynn Tice of Memphis. Gina is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Elwyn Phillips “Rip” Rowan of Memphis, and the late Dr. Lewis Daniel Anderson of Mobile, Ala., and Mrs. Stella Cobbs Anderson of Mobile, Ala. Jordan is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Alan Roy Grotz of Memphis, and the late Mr. Arvis Velmar “AV” Tice of Kennett, Mo., and Mrs. Alice Magdlene Tice, of Kennett, Mo. The bride graduated from St. Agnes Academy and The University of Mississippi, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration. She is a Manufacturing Sales Representative with John T. Everett & Company based in Memphis. The groom graduated from Evangelical Christian School before earning a bachelor’s degree in business administration from The University of Mississippi. He is a Field Marketing Manager at Orgill, Inc. Gina and Jordan will marry on October 1, 2011 on the beach at Needle Rush Point in Perdido Key, Fla. with a reception to follow at the Eden Condominium. The bride’s sister, Mrs. Patricia Anderson Weinberg of Dallas, Tex. will be the Matron of Honor; Mr. Joseph Taylor Martin of Fairfax, Va. will serve as the Best Man. After a honeymoon in Whitehouse Jamaica, the two will reside in Memphis.

Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Wells of Memphis, proudly announce the upcoming wedding of their daughter, Miss Jennifer Wells to Mr. Thomas Pera, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Pera, Sr. of Eads, Tenn. Jennifer graduated from TiptonRosemark Academy before earning a bachelor’s degree in English from The University of Memphis. She is currently an English teacher for Tipton County Schools in Brighton, Tenn. while pursuing her master’s degree in arts in teaching. Thomas graduated from Memphis University School before earning a bachelor’s degree in marine biology and a master’s degree in science of biology, both from Auburn University. He earned a Juris Doctor from The University of Memphis. Thomas is a criminal defense attorney working in the Shelby County Public Defender’s office. Jennifer and Thomas will marry on Saturday, October15, 2011 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church with a reception following at The Pink Palace Museum. After the wedding, the newlyweds will reside in Arlington, Tenn.

Mr. Willie Martin and Mrs. Gwen Holliday, both of Memphis, are proud to announce the upcoming wedding of their daughter Miss Tonia Holliday to Mr. Delmar Smith, son of Mrs. Ruth Smith and the late Mr. Delmar Smith, Sr. of St. Louis, Mo. Tonia is currently is a Certified Nursing Assistant at Angels Senior Homecare in Memphis. Delmar is a welder/fabricator for NKC, Inc. in Memphis. The couple will exchange vows on Saturday, September 24, 2011 at SouthBrook Mall with a reception following at Top of the Line of Memphis. Tonia’s best friend, Dana Stewart-Perry, will attend as the Matron of Honor, while her sister, Rana Holliday, will attend as the Maid of Honor. Delmar’s brother, Floyd Elliott, will attend as the Best Man. After a honeymoon in Las Vegas, Nev., the couple will reside in Memphis.

Meredith Register, W. Gary Wright, II

Miss Meredith Register, daughter of Mrs. Clara Register Jewell of Washington, DC and Mr. Edward Register of Lookout Mountain, Tenn., is engaged to marry Mr. W. Gary Wright, II, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. Gary Wright, I, of Memphis. Meredith graduated from ICHS before earning a bachelor’s degree in sociology from The University of Memphis. She is a human resources administrator for KM Logistics in

Katie McLaughlin, Clement Ledbetter, Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Lee McLaughlin of Germantown are happy to announcement the engagement of their daughter Miss Katie McLaughlin to Mr. Clement Ledbetter, Jr., son of Mr. and Dr. Gary Ledbetter and Ms. Amy Overton, all of Columbia, Tenn. The bride-to-be is a graduate of Germantown High School and Middle Tennessee State University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She earned her Master of Science in social work from The University of Tennessee and is a therapist at Centerstone Mental Health Center in Clarksville, Tenn. The groomto-be attended Columbia Central High School before earning a Bachelor of Arts in political science from The University of Tennessee; he is an account manager at XO Communications in Nashville. Katie and Clement will exchange vows on October 1, 2011 at Antrum in Columbia, Tenn. with a reception to follow. Mr. Seth Lasater will be the Best Man, and Miss Brittany Parker will be the Maid of Honor. The newlyweds will honeymoon in a surprise destination after their wedding.

Katherine Mae Strickland, Brian Swift

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Strickland of Lakeview, Arkansas are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Katharine Mae to Mr. Brian Swift, son of Mr. and Mrs. Mike Swift of Germantown, Tennessee. The bride elect is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Gene Strickland of Blytheville, Arkansas and the late Mr. and Mrs. Eddie White of Clearwater, Florida. Mr. Swift is the grandson of the late Dr. and Mrs. Richard Swift of Grant City, Missouri and Mr. Donald Fullerton and the late Mary Fullerton of Green Cove Springs, Florida. Miss Strickland is a 2006 graduate of Collierville High School and received a B. A. degree in Sociology from Elon University in 2010. She is employed at World Vision in Seattle, Washington. Mr. Swift is a 2006 graduate of Germantown High School and graduated from the University of Missouri with a B. S. degree in Chemical Engineering. He is currently pursuing a doctorate degree at the University of Washington. The couple will exchange vows October 15th, at the bride’s home in Lakeview, Arkansas.

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Leetra Harris and Brandon Trotter Story by Molly Fromkin • Photos by Ramblin’ Rose Photography • ramblinrosephotograpy.com • 901.230.8872

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t is fitting that Leetra Harris and Brandon Trotter met in an ice-cream shop, because their love story is as sweet as any sundae. “He walked up to me while I was in line and whispered in my ear, ‘You are so beautiful,’ says Leetra. “Little did I know that he would one day be my husband!” When the two said their vows on July 2, 2011, it was obvious to everyone in attendance that this pair was meant to be. At that first encounter, Leetra shares, “I thought he was just joking with me,” because, as an attorney and a police officer, she thought they might have worked a case together in the past. It was truly love at first sight-- “Brandon didn’t know me at all. We exchanged numbers and met for dinner the next day.” On that first date, Brandon brought her flowers and used his police car to stop traffic so she could exit the parking lot with ease after their meal. “I had never had a guy stop traffic for me before,” says Leetra. “My officer was also a gentleman!” About a year after that first date, Brandon popped the question. “I had no idea he was planning to propose,” says Leetra. Once you’ve stopped traffic for a girl, you’ve got to do something pretty special in order to top that, and Brandon constructed an elaborate proposal. “During dinner, he asked me what had happened to my car,” Leetra shares. “I didn’t know that anything had happened, so I ran to check. As I got closer to the car, I didn’t see anything wrong-- however, I looked inside and there was a beautiful bouquet of red roses … and inside the bouquet was a little black box.” On July 2, 2011, Miss Leetra Harris, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Harris of Memphis, married Mr. Brandon Trotter, son of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Trotter of New Orleans, La. Ms Amy A. Ferguson, friend of the bride, attended as the Maid of Honor and the Best Man was Mr. Corey L. Scott, a childhood friend of the groom. The ceremony was held at Schaeffer Memorial Chapel in Germantown and the reception was held at the Westin Memphis Beale Street downtown. The ceremony was “intimate and traditional,” says Leetra, and the bride’s family played a big part. “My immediate family is very small, and it was really important to me that they have a significant role.” Her older brother escorted their mother down the aisle and her younger brother and his wife recited a special Bible passage. “My favorite moment was during the ceremony itself,” she shares. “Brandon and I didn’t write our own vows, but we each wrote a pledge that we recited to one another. Brandon went first, and what he said to me was so beautiful and sincere that I nearly forgot what I was supposed to say! I found out later that he practiced by talking to the wall inside the church for nearly half an hour before the wedding.” The bride carried a bouquet of blush roses and hydrangeas tied with a satin ribbon, and she wore the diamond earrings that had been a gift from her father upon her graduation from law school. Her gown was a classic white strapless neckline with a gathered skirt and crystal waist detail. “I found the most beautiful veil at a bridal consignment boutique,” says Leetra. “It was trimmed in crystal and coordinated with my dress. I hope to give the veil to my niece to wear when she weds someday. It was my ‘something old!’” The bridesmaids wore one-shouldered lavender gowns with a Grecian drape. The reception was a grand New Orleans fete, “a bayou dinner and dance on the bluff. I married a man from New Orleans and we had some very spirited discussions about where we were going to get married. Since I was a little girl, I knew I wanted to get married in my hometown of Memphis. However, given Brandon’s love for Nola, I knew that I wanted to incorporate elements of the Big Easy into our reception,” says Leetra. The Mississippi Ballroom at the Westin Beale Street was decorated in various shades of purple, with green and gold accents. There was purple ambient lighting throughout the ballroom, fleur di lis décor, Mardi Gras masks, and personalized hurricane glasses for guest favors. Guests dined on a custom Bayou menu of chicken and andouille sausage couscous jambalaya, chicken cordon bleu roulade with tasso ham, and bread pudding for dessert. “The Band gave us a mix of Memphis blues and Big Easy Jazz, including a lively Second Line,” Leetra says. The happy couple shared their first dance to “At Last” by Etta James. “I have loved that song since I was a teenager and knew that it would have to be my first dance song at my wedding.” However, it nearly became their second dance song: “Brandon and I were introduced while the band played my all time favorite song, “All I Do,” by Stevie Wonder. Once I hit the dance floor, Brandon said that I became “happy feet.”  I love to dance and I was so happy about how beautiful and smoothly everything had turned out that I just couldn’t contain myself!” says Leetra. “Absolutely everything about the day was perfect, from the ceremony music to the church flowers to the pictures on Beale Street to the reception food to the band. I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day.”

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Kim Boldreghini Casey McCutcheon

Miss Kim Boldreghini, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Wilson of Germantown and Mr. and Mrs. Chris Obert of West Memphis, Ark., is engaged to marry Mr. Casey McCutcheon, son of Mr. and Mrs. David McCutcheon of Germantown and Mr. and Mrs. Devora Kingery of Poplar Bluff, Mo. Kim graduated from St. Benedict at Auburndale before earning a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from Middle Tennessee State University. She is an after school care teacher at Providence Christian Academy in Murfreesboro, Tenn. Casey graduated from Houston High School before earning a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from The University of Memphis. He currently works for A&W Lawn and Landscaping in Memphis. The couple will marry on Saturday, June 16, 2012 at Northside Baptist Church with a reception following. Kim’s sister, Amy Ketron will attend as the Matron of Honor, while her best friend, Larianne Gladding, will attend as the Maid of Honor. Casey’s best friend, Jesse Wisely, will attend as the Best Man.

Samantha Rodgers Hunter Dawson

Miss. Samantha Rodgers, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Rodgers of Munford, Tenn., is engaged to marry Mr. Hunter Dawson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Dawson of Munford, Tenn. Miss Rodgers is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bobby G. Ellis of Atoka, Tenn., Ms. Mae Rodgers of Batesville, Miss., and the late Mr. C.F. Rodgers. Samantha graduated from Munford High School before earning a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from Middle Tennessee State University, where she graduated with honors. She is a teacher with Tipton County Schools. Mr. Dawson is the grandson of Mrs. Carolyn Murphy of Munford, the late Mr. Hillard Murphy, Jr. and the late Mr. and Mrs. Willard Dawson. Hunter graduated from Munford High School before earning a bachelor’s degree in construction management from Middle Tennessee State University, where he played baseball. He is a homebuilder for Magnolia Homes in Collierville. Samantha and Hunter will exchange vows on October 14, 2011 at the First Presbyterian Church of Covington, Tenn. with a reception following at the Chamber Center.

Chessa Huff Brian Woodard

Mr. and Mrs. John Huff of Charlotte, N.C. are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Miss Chessa Denise Huff to Mr. Brian Woodard, son of Mr. and Mrs. Keith Woodard of Memphis. Chessa is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Williams, Sr. of Charlotte, N.C., the late Mrs. Clydell Huff Phelps of Vale, N.C., and the late Mr. Richard Patterson, Sr. of Charlotte, N.C. She graduated from West Charlotte Senior High School before earning a double bachelor’s degree in Health Policy and Medical Sociology from The University of North CarolinaChapel Hill and a Juris Doctor from Widener University School of Law. Chessa is currently a policy analyst for the United States Department of Agriculture in Riverdale, Md. Brian is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Lucious Turner of Memphis, Elizabeth Bledsoe Woodward, and the late Andrew Woodard of Indianapolis, Ind. He graduated from Central High School before earning a bachelor’s degree in political science from Howard University, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. He earned a Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center. Brian is currently an attorney for the Social Security Administration in Crystal City, Va. The couple will marry on Friday, November 11, 2011 at Greater Bethel AME Church in Charlotte, N.C. with a reception following at the Crowne Plaza Charlotte. Chessa’s cousin, Shayla Richard, and her best friend, Orlanda Adams, will serve as Maids of Honor. Brian’s friends, Shelby Marshall, Alix Pereira, and Marlon Howard, will serve as the Best Men. After a honeymoon on a cruise in the Southern Caribbean, the newlyweds will reside in Prince George’s County, Md.

for ETI Corp in Memphis. Allison and Brandon will exchange vows on October 22, 2011 at the Red Banks Baptist Church Red Banks, Miss. with a reception following at the home of the bride’s parents. Allison’s sister, Miss Ellen McClatchy, will attend as the Maid of Honor, while Brandon’s friend, Mr. Nolan Eason, will attend as the Best Man. After the wedding, the couple will honeymoon in Jamaica and reside in Olive Branch.

Channy Eung Michael Avanzi

Miss Channy Eung, daughter of Mr. Kim Eung of Memphis, is engaged to marry Mr. Michael Avanzi, son of Mr. and Mrs. Steve Avanzi of Memphis. Miss Eung is a graduate of Central High School. She attended The University of Memphis, where she earned a degree in Economics. She works for the United States Treasury in Memphis. Mr. Avanzi attended Christian Brothers High School before earning a degree in Electrical Engineering from Christian Brothers University and an MBA from the Germantown campus of Union University. He is employed by Memphis Light, Gas, and Water. Channy and Michael will exchange vows on October 15, 2011 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception with a reception to follow at the Great Hall of Germantown. The bride’s five brothers will be in attendance, as well as her sister, Mrs. Sivlang Eung, who will be the Matron of Honor. The groom’s three brothers will be in attendance and his father, Mr. Steve Avanzi, will serve as the Best Man. The newlyweds will reside in Memphis.

Miss. Kimberly King, daughter of Mr. Joe and Mrs. Paula Martello of Memphis and Mr. Terry King of Sentatobia, Miss. is engaged to marry Mr. Stephen Cimbalo, son of Mr. Steve and Mrs. Altair Cimbalo of Memphis. Kimberly graduated from Immaculate Conception high school in Memphis before earning a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from The University of Memphis and a master’s degree in Social Work from The University of Tennessee. She is an Assessment Coordinator for Health Connect America in Memphis. Stephen graduated from Catholic High School before earning an associate’s degree in Business Administration from Southwest Community College. He is an Operations Technician at Methodist Hospital in Memphis. Kimberly and Stephen will exchange vows on Octboer 15, 2011 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Memphis with a reception following at the groom’s parents’ home. Kimberly’s stepsister, Mrs. Kristen Waldrip, will attend as the Matron of Honor, while Mr. Jon Wallace, friend of the groom, will attend as the Best Man. After the wedding, the couple will honeymoon in New England.

Noelle Carriere Mike Singleton

Aarin Mason Robert Bruce

Allison McClatchy Brandon Taylor

Miss. Allison McClatchy, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John McClatchy of Red Banks, Miss., is engaged to marry Mr. Brandon Taylor, son of Mr. and Mrs. Scott Taylor of Olive Branch, Miss. Allison graduated from Olive Branch High School before earning a Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography from Baptist College of Health Sciences. She is a sonographer for Stern Cardiovascular Center. Brandon graduated from Olive Branch High School before earning a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Mississippi State University. He is a civil engineer

Kimberly King Stephen Cimbalo

Miss Aarin Mason, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ted Yeiser of Collierville, Tenn. and Mr. and Mrs. Larry Mason of Aurora, Co., is engaged to Mr. Robert Bruce, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Bruce of Collierville. The bride-to-be is a graduate of Houston High School and is a hair stylist for Richard and Co. Salon in Collierville. The groom-to-be is a graduate of Collierville High School and works for Rexam in Mississippi. Miss Mason and Mr. Bruce will marry on October 22, 2011 at Schaeffer Chapel with a reception following at Memphis Water Works. Miss Jennifer Young, sister of the bride, will be the Maid of Honor. Mr. George Bruce, father of the groom, will be the Best Man. After a honeymoon to Sandals Whitehouse in Jamaica, the two will reside in Olive Branch, Miss.

Miss Noelle Carriere, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Marius Carriere of Memphis, is engaged to Mr. Mike Singleton, son of Ms. Kathy Singleton of Memphis. Noelle attended White Station High School and is a magna cum laude graduate of Christian Brothers University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in psychology. She is a flight attendant for Southwest Airlines. Mike is a graduate of Kirby High School in Memphis and Auburn University, where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in visual arts and communication and was a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. He is a graphics, web, and multimedia designer for Philips Electronics in Collierville. Miss Carriere and Mr. Singleton will wed on October 15, 2011 at Idlewild Presbyterian Church with a reception following at Memphis Water Works. Mr. Beaux Carriere, brother of the bride, will be the Man of Honor. Miss Virginia Cupples and Dr. Casey Copen will attend as bridesmaids. Mr. Brent Schwartz will serve as the Best Man. Mr. Sean Hunt and Mr. Jeff Bode will attend as groomsmen. Noelle and Mike will honeymoon in the Bahamas and Malaga, Spain, before residing in Memphis.


The BIG DAY

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“It always felt right from the start,” he recalls. About two years into their relationship, Stacey remembers the mood changing. “We spent a lot more time together, and it became clear that we were excited about the possibility of a shared future.” During July 4th weekend of 2010, Stacey and Mike visited Stacey’s family in Memphis. The six-hour drive with the couple’s rescue dog, a beagle mix named June, proved to be a little awkward. “Mike was distracted, but I had no clue why,” Stacey recalls. When they arrived at Stacey’s family’s home, she couldn’t find a key or reach anyone to let them in. Mike suggested the two take a walk until her family returned. After a few minutes, Mike dropped to one knee and proposed. “I was in total shock,” Stacey recalls. “No one was around except our dog,” she laughs. They shared a moment together before her parents came out of the neighborhood clubhouse, where they had been hiding. After many happy calls to family and friends, a limo arrived to take the two to dinner in downtown Memphis. “Mike had planned everything so well. I was really impressed!” Stacey gushes. After dinner, the lovebirds strolled down to the Peabody where Mike had yet another surprise. Around a large table in the lobby, all of Stacey’s closest girlfriends and her parents gathered with champagne toasts and congratulations. “It was the best day ever,” Stacey shares.

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Because of their emotional connection to the city, forged again by the engagement day, the two decided to have a Memphis wedding and give their out-of-town guests the full experience. Since she lives in Atlanta, Stacey worked with event planner Mona Dunlap to coordinate and design the wedding in Memphis.

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On June 18, 2011, Miss Stacey Pattison, daughter of Mr. Doug Pattison and Ms. Kathy Pattison, was married to Mr. Michael Aiello, son of Mr. John and Mrs. Molly Aiello. The ceremony took place on the rooftop of the Peabody Hotel and was officiated by Father Ken Zelton and Mike’s godparentsCathy and Jody Ochs. Miss Mandy Pattison, sister of the bride, served as the Maid of Honor, and Mr. John Aiello, Jr. served as the Best Man. Soft draperies and an arch of greenery served as the backdrop for the bride and groom to exchange vows. Stacey’s favorite flowers, hydrangeas, filled the space with bursts of white, blue, and lavender. The bride herself glowed in a strapless lace gown with a sweetheart neckline, pearl waist detailing and gently flowing skirt. Her brunette hair was tucked into a classic up-do and adorned with a floor-length veil, perfectly accentuating her delicate features. The bridesmaids wore satiny charcoal one-shoulder dresses, and the groom and his groomsmen kept with the classic contrast of black and white tuxes. After the ceremony, guests stepped into the Peabody Skyway ballroom for the reception. An abundance of white hydrangeas, white candelabras dripping with crystals, and white tea lights brightened the room. Suspended from the ceiling, luxurious garlands made a statement in scale with the grand ballroom. Guests enjoyed southern favorites including barbecue, fried green tomatoes, and shrimp cocktails. Kevin and Bethany Paige entertained guests with upbeat music; then, Stacey and Mike had their first surprise. “Our first dance song was ‘Precious and Few’ performed by Sonny Geraci,” retells Stacey excitedly. More surprises were on the way. Stacey’s father awed the bride and groom with the announcement that living legend Jerry Lee Lewis had arrived to serenade the newlyweds. “We were so shocked,” says Mike. Mr. Lewis wowed the crowd with several songs, include his most popular tunes, “Great Balls of Fire” and “Whole Lotta Shakin.’” The excitement set the tone for the rest of the celebration, which was full of dancing, more music and plenty of toasts. “People kept mentioning that we had grown up so close to one another, but had never met. It was like we were destined to be together,” the happy groom shares. Stacey and Mike enjoyed a relaxing honeymoon to Maui. “We plan on living happily ever after,” Mike laughs. Mr. and Mrs. Aiello will reside in Atlanta with their dog, June, who has been there all along as a witness to the love and joy of these happy couple. Visit the Weddings section of sayyesmemphis.com for more photos!

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Katie Redus Will Hair

Cassidy Patrick Bradley Moore

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Miss Katie Redus, daughter of Mrs. Mary Lee Bartlett Redus of Memphis and the late Mr. Jim Redus, is engaged to Mr. Will Hair, son of Mrs. Nodya Loftiss Hair and the late Mr. H Earle Hair, III. Katie is a graduate of Germantown High School and earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism, public relations from The University of Memphis. She is an assistant development director for Alzheimer’s Day Services of Memphis, Inc. Will is a graduate of Bolton High School in Arlington, Tenn., and attended

Mr. and Mrs. Larry Patrick of Eads,

Tenn., proudly announce the engagement of their daughter, Miss Cassidy Patrick,

to Mr. Bradley Moore, son of Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Moore of Somerville,

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The University of Memphis. He is a locksmith for Town and Country Locksmiths in Memphis. The two will wed on October 22, 2011 at Ellendale United Methodist Church with a reception following at the Bartlett Event Center. Miss Ellie Redus, sister

Nazerene, with a reception following at

The Esplanade. Cassidy’s sister, Tricia Slakans, will attend as the Maid of

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Honor, while Bradley’s father, Tommy Moore, will attend as the Best Man.

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will honeymoon in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

of the bride, will serve as the Maid of Honor. Mr. Daniel Hair, brother of the groom, will be the Best Man. After a Carnival Cruise to Cozumel and Progresso, the two will live in Lakeland, Tenn.

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Brook Ewing Perry Frank Wayne Bailey, Jr. Kelly Smith John Ginn

Jennifer Gilliam Benjamin Collins

Miss Melanie Forster, daughter of Mr. George Forster of Grand Junction, Colo., and Mr. and Mrs. G.W. Donahoe

of Bartlett, Tenn., will marry Mr. Devin

Miss Brook Ewing Perry, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alan Lamborn Perry of Memphis, is engaged to Mr. Frank Wayne Bailey, Jr. son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Wayne Bailey, Sr. of Memphis. Miss Perry is a graduate of White Station High School and earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in accounting from The University of Arkansas, where she was a member of Alpha Omicron Pi sorority. She then earned a Master of Science in accounting from The University of Memphis. She is an advisory associate for KPMG in Memphis. Mr. Bailey attended Germantown High School before earning a Bachelor of Business Administation with a concentration in marketing management from The University of Memphis. He is a general manager for Firestone in Memphis. Brook and Frank will wed on October 22, 2011 at The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception with a reception following at The Peabody. Mrs. Kristin Perry Martinez, sister of the bride, will be the Matron of Honor. Mr. Brandon Favazza will be the Best Man. The two will honeymoon in Riviera Maya, Mexico, before residing in Memphis.

Miss Kelly Smith, daughter of Mr. and

Mrs. Michael Smith of Bartlett, Tenn., is engaged to Mr. John Ginn, son of Mr.

and Mrs. William Ginn of Lakeland, Tenn. Miss Smith is a graduate of Bolton High School in Arlington, Tenn., and is a senior at The University

of Memphis seeking a degree in art

education. Mr. Ginn attended Bolton High School in Arlington, Tenn., and will graduate in December with a

bachelor’s degree in business finance from The University of Memphis. He

is a manager in training at Enterprise

in Memphis. Kelly and John will wed on October 22, 2011 at Memphis Botanical Gardens with a reception following. Mrs. Jennifer Whitworth,

sister of the bride, will be the Matron

of Honor. Miss Erika Chyka, friend of the bride, will be the Maid of Honor.

Mr. Chris Gay, friend of the groom, will be the Best Man. Following

their wedding, Kelly and John will honeymoon in Disney World.

Mr. and Mrs. Joe Alan Gilliam of Greenville, Miss., announce the engagement of their daughter, Miss Jennifer Cheryl Gilliam, to Mr. Benjamin Deaton Collins, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Ray Collins, Jr. of Memphis. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mrs. Doris Jean Bell and the late Mr. Thomas Bell of Paxton, Fla., and Mr. Koye Gilliam and the late Mrs. Naomi Gilliam of Lake Village, Ark. Jennifer attended Riverside High School in Greenville before earning a Bachelor of Accountancy and a Master of Accountancy, both from The University of Mississippi. The prospective groom is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Tad Potts and Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Collins Sr., all of Memphis. He is a graduate of Harding Academy and earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Harding University. Jennifer and Benjamin are both employed at Watkins Uiberall, PLLC, in Memphis. The couple will marry on October 22, 2011 at Farmington Presbyterian Church with a reception following at Ridgeway Country Club. After a honeymoon trip to Europe, the couple will reside in Germantown.

Wood, son of Mr. Bruce Wood of Port Saint Lucie, Fla., and Commander and Mrs. Dan Drake of San Diego, Calif. Miss Forster graduated from Germantown High School before earning a Bachelor of Arts degree and a master’s degree in science and nursing from The University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Devin graduated from Mount Carmel High School in San Diego, Calif., before earning a B.A. in Organizational Management and a master’s degree in education, both from Ashford University. He is student relations specialist employed by Ashford University in San Diego, Calif. Devin proposed to Melanie with Christmas lights on the garage door that spelled out, “Will you marry me Melanie?” He also played the Train song, Marry Me, while he knelt down on one knee. The couple will marry on Friday, December 9, 2011 at Our Lady of the Rosary in San Diego, with a reception following at Admiral Kidd. Amy Wright, one of Melanie’s best friends, will attend as the Maid of Honor, while her long-time friend, Whitney Howerton, will attend as a bridesmaid. Devin’s close friend, Andrew Adjieff, will attend as the Best Man. After the wedding, the couple will reside in Murietta, Calif.

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very fall in Memphis, a group of old friends get together for an annual oyster roast. Most of the attendees are transplants from Savannah, Georgia, who bring a taste of their hometown to the seasonal gathering. New friends are also welcome, of course, and that’s how Gennie Gieselmann found herself at the 2009 oyster roast. That evening, the attorney met Jim Long, a native of Savannah completing his medical residency in Memphis. “Gennie stood out, because there were a lot of people she didn’t know, but she just jumped right into the conversation,” Jim shares. “She never meets a stranger, and that was very attractive to me.” After a little reconnaissance, Jim retrieved Gennie’s phone number and called to invite her to his birthday party. “What should have been a five minute phone call turned into an hour-long conversation,” Gennie recalls with a smile. When a group of friends gathered at a local pub a few days later for Jim’s birthday, Gennie was among them. Even with the crowd, the two were drawn to one another. “Jim always has a twinkle in his eye. He is always ready for the next joke or the next laugh,” Gennie says of her beau. A few weeks later, “He finally got up the courage to ask me out!” she laughs. They visited the Memphis Zoo Lights, chatting and joking as they strolled around the exhibits. “It was a first date that I didn’t want to end,” Gennie remembers. With their connection confirmed Jim and Gennie spent the next year getting to know one another through a series of trips. “We’re both pretty adventurous, and I felt like we had one adventure and vacation after another,” Jim explains. The spontaneous Gennie accompanied Jim and a few friends on a ski trip to Breckenridge; the two also traveled to Washington, D.C., and attended a wedding together in San Francisco. It was one journey in particular that changed the tune of the relationship for Gennie. “When we went to visit his family in Savannah, it solidified how I felt about Jim,” she describes, adding that she felt at home with his family. “I had gradually became more comfortable, and just really enjoyed being with her,” Jim recalls. There was a particular moment, however, that spurred him to take action. “One day I woke up and realized that I didn’t want to be without her,” Jim affirms. “I bought the ring about two weeks later.” One year and one day after the two went on their first date, they revisited the Memphis Zoo Lights. That night, Jim proposed. “He totally caught me off guard,” Gennie recalls. “But I knew that our futures were going in the same direction.” She said yes. On August 20, 2011, Miss Gennie Gieselmann was married to Mr. James Long at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Memphis. The bride is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. James Gieselmann of Poplar Bluff, Missouri, and the groom is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Robert Long of Savannah, Georgia. The Reverend John W. Sewell officiated. Mrs. Cooper Robinson served as the Matron of Honor, and Robert Long, III, served as the Best Man. Gennie wore a strapless white gown with a sweetheart neckline. The fitted bodice, adorned with lace, gathered below the waist before flowing into the soft layers of a mermaid silhouette. The bridesmaids’ attire mirrored the bride’s in champagne-hued full-length strapless gowns. As a special touch, the cousin of the bride, Dana Gieselmann, designed the bouquets: unique arrangements of green, cream, and splashes of purple. Jim and his groomsmen went with classic black suits and ties for a clean, dapper look. After the ceremony, bride and groom climbed into Gennie’s father’s ’56 Cadillac and made their way to the Pink Palace with dozens of soda cans clattering along behind them. Many times a bridesmaid, Gennie decided to take on most of the planning duties with help from her fiancé. The two also had guidance from friends, family, and the professionals. “The biggest help was our caterer: Heart and Soul Catering,” Jim explains. “They made sure we had everything that we needed, and thought of things we might have missed.” After the ceremony, guests traveled to the Pink Palace, where they were greeted by the dramatically lit rose-colored mansion. Inside, white and green linens, candles, and white hydrangea centerpieces created a classy atmosphere. During their planning, Jim and Gennie had discussed a particular goal for their reception. “Gennie wanted everyone to be on the dance floor until they couldn’t dance anymore,” laughs the groom. Their wish came true and provided many memorable moments. “At first everyone was eating and having drinks,” Jim recalls. “All of a sudden–I don’t know what changed the mood—but it was like a light switch.” The perfectly timed party start should be attributed to the charisma of Party Planet; true to their name, the band played sets of danceable tunes with plenty of shout-outs and crowd involvement. The guests danced into the evening and celebrated the marriage of their friends before sending them off with flashes of bright sparklers. The newlyweds took an adventure-filled honeymoon to Aruba and now reside in Durham, North Carolina, while Jim finishes his fellowship in radiology at Duke University. The couple plans to live in Savannah eventually. “We want to start a family,” Gennie says. “But right now we’re just going to enjoy being together.”

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Cake: Lee Sanders Cakes

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Caterer: Heart & Soul Catering

Florist: Dana G. Flowers by Dana Gieselmann

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Reception Venue: The Pink Palace Mansion

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Kristin Mallory Joseph Pawlowski Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Mallory of Marion, Ark., are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Miss Kristin Mallory, to Mr. Joseph Pawlowski, son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Pawlowski of Jacksonville, Fla. Miss Mallory is a graduate of Marion High School in Marion, Ark., and earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from The University of Memphis. Mr. Pawlowski attended St. Benedict at Auburndale High School in Cordova, Tenn. The bride and groom will exchange vows on November 12, 2011, at First United Methodist Church in West Memphis, Ark., with a reception following at The Cedars of Marion. Mrs. Lindsey Mallory Simpson, sister of the bride, will be the Matron of Honor. Mr. Michael Pawlowski, brother of the groom, will serve as Best Man. Kristin and Joseph will reside in Cordova, Tenn., following their nuptials.

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Erin Lenahan Andrew Arbogast

Tanya Williams Timothy Stout

Kathy Anne Nixon Gregory James Rambo

Mr. and Mrs. James Lenahan, III of Memphis, Tenn., are proud to announce the engagement of their daughter, Miss Erin Lenahan, to Cpt. Andrew Arbogast, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Arbogast of Memphis, Tenn. The

Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Williams of Memphis are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Miss Tanya Williams to Mr. Timothy Stout, son of Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Stout of Cordova, Tenn. Tanya is a graduate of Germantown

Mr. and Mrs. Willard Harold Nixon of Germantown, Tenn., proudly announce the upcoming wedding of their daughter, Kathy Anne Nixon, to Gregory James Rambo, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Harold Rambo,

bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mrs. Mildred Gaia Brignole and the late Mr. Harold Johnson Brignole, Sr., and Mr. James Arthur Lenahan, Jr. and the late Mrs. Marjorie Tucker Lenahan, all of Memphis. Erin attended Saint Agnes Academy before earning a Bachelor of Arts in Language and International Trade from Clemson University. She currently works as a Sales Manager for the Hilton Garden Inn Hotel and Manhattan Conference Center. The prospective groom is the grandson of Mrs. Frances Huddleston Fuchs and the late Mr. Raymond Francis Fuchs, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Paul Gae Arbogast, all of Memphis. Andrew is a graduate of Subiaco Academy in Subiaco, Ark. and earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Northwest Missouri State University. He serves in the United States Army as a Captain and an Apache helicopter pilot. The couple will exchange vows on Saturday, January 28, 2012, at Saint Peter Catholic Church in Memphis, Tenn., with a reception to follow at BRIDGES. Following their nuptials, the newlyweds will reside in Manhattan, Kans.

High School; she is employed as a nurse. Timothy is a graduate of White Station High School and earned a bachelor’s degree from The University of Memphis. He is the food service director for HealthCare Services Group. Miss Williams and Mr. Stout will wed on April 7, 2012 at Grace Missionary Baptist Church with a reception following at the Racquet Club of Memphis. Mrs. Shayla Collins-Jones and Miss Rorgan Neal, friends of the bride, will serve as the Matron and Maid of Honor, respectively. Mr. Taurus Thomas, friend of the groom, will serve as the Best Man. After their wedding, the two will honeymoon in the Caribbean and reside in Memphis.

of Memphis, Tenn. Miss Nixon is currently employed as a Real Estate Support Manager for Fred’s, Inc, and Mr. Rambo is a Market Representative for Premier Countertops.   The bride and groom will exchange vows at Faith Cumberland Presbyterian Church on Friday, November 11, 2011.   A reception will follow in the adjacent Brown Center at the Church.   Breane Hight will attend as Maid of Honor and Greg’s brother, Robert Rambo, will attend as Best Man.   Following a honeymoon in Mexico, the couple will reside in Memphis, Tenn.

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“In general, we welcome any opportunity to dress up in costume,” says Kelly Nagle, an art teacher at Keystone Elementary. She and Grant Hatton were just married on October 29 at the Ornamental Metal Museum. In celebration of the season, their wedding reception was a masquerade. “For the past three Halloween weekends, we’ve gone to Auburn-Ole Miss football games, and Grant has painted my face like a tiger,” explains Kelly, a die-hard Auburn Tigers fan. “I thought it would be awesome to have Halloween weekend as an anniversary, but joked that I didn’t think Mom would like it if my face were painted for the wedding!” Grant, creative and fun loving, thought of the perfect solution, “It was just an idea at first, but the more we thought about it, the more fun and festive we thought a masquerade would be for all involved.” Grant and Kelly were introduced by mutual friends in October of 2007. They quickly discovered a shared love of the great outdoors, soul icon Sam Cooke, and nerdy T.V. shows. “He had given me a good impression right from the start…although I couldn’t quite put words to the reason,” says Kelly. “I remember him being very smiley and friendly whenever I saw him around.” “Apparently, I get very smiley and friendly when there’s a pretty girl around,” jokes Grant. “A few months into our relationship we decided to go on a threeday canoeing and camping trip on the Buffalo River in Arkansas,” remembers Grant of their first big adventure together. “I was so impressed with her adventurous spirit and fearlessness. Even though we had a couple of spills and frustrations, we learned to work together and truly had the time of our lives.” He now admits that it was there in the Ozarks when he first imagined spending the rest of his life with Kelly. “I felt so proud of us as a couple,” she adds. “We can have fun together no matter what the circumstances. We’re always looking for the next adventure, which is kind of how we approached the preparations for our wedding day.” They had been together for three years when Grant decided that New Year’s was the perfect time to pop the question. “I had envisioned a romantic New Year’s Eve dinner and a quiet night in front of the fireplace with a bottle of champagne. I would have proposed at midnight, but Kelly was not having it. She really wanted to be with friends and ring in the year at a party,” he recounts. “The next day, my nerves were in a bundle and I just couldn’t wait for the next opportune moment. Kelly was up early and busy cleaning. I went up to her and told her to put down the broom because I had something important to ask her. It was nothing like I imagined but it’s amazing how quickly a mundane moment can become so important. Saying she was surprised would be an understatement.” He offered her his grandmother’s ring. “Even though the ‘perfect’ evening never happened, the moment she said ‘yes’ was as perfect a moment I could have ever imagined.” Grant and Kelly’s was a DIY wedding done right. “When we saw the Metal Museum for the first time with it’s gorgeous river view and natural open quality, we knew it was where we had to get married,” says Grant. “We are both very into art and drama, and we love creating, whether it’s a physical piece of art or a memorable experience,” adds Kelly. “This definitely played a part in the style and feel of the wedding. I’m not gonna lie, I envisioned everything in Auburn colors (orange and blue), but then I didn’t want it to be super obvious. We thought a variety of shades including persimmon, midnight blue, and fig would be lovely for an autumn evening and add to the handmade vintage feel we had in mind.” “We set the style of our wedding with our beautiful, custom designed and letter-pressed invitations by the Best Girl, Hannah King, and her partner Drew Ryan,” says Kelly. An entire community of friends, family and artists came together to craft a stunning wedding on a budget. Kelly and a team “of super awesome girlfriends” made the hundreds of handmade fabric flowers that graced every table. Long time friends Karen and Zack Adcock hosted a carving party so that pumpkin luminaries could light the grounds. Kelly ordered beautifully hand crafted masks for the bridal party from Artist at Hand, a vendor on the ETSY website. “My sweet friend and fellow art teacher, Megan Travis-Carr, illustrated our guest sign-in poster. Grant’s sister, Holly Hatton, made our delicious wedding cake and adorable ring pillow. Our beautiful tiger and bear cake topper was sculpted by dear friend and talented San Francisco artist, Manae Ross,” reports Kelly. “I don’t think that she could have asked for better friends,” says Kelly’s mom Marie Nagle. “Everyone did a little something here and there, and it turned out perfectly.” Local band Star and Micey played Kelly’s favorite Beatles song, “In My Life”, as she joined hands with Grant that evening. Melissa Farris made the veillette that Kelly wore in her hair and the compass medallion that Grant wore on his lapel. Ray Hatton, Grant’s dad, officiated the ceremony. As they said their vows, the loving couple was silhouetted within a giant heart of twisted grapevines decorated with hand made flowers by Tess Nelson and John Suggs. “You really felt the joy of their friends and family in the details,” confirms Holly. After the ceremony, guests donned their masks and the party began. Revelers danced, Star and Micey rocked, and a photo booth commemorated the night’s best costumes. When the crisp air became too chilly, everyone gathered around a bon fire in the courtyard to roast marshmallows. “Kelly is my best friend. She really does see the best I have and encourages me to be a better man. Her honesty, strength, and never ending affection are my favorite qualities,” says Grant. Kelly affirms his convictions. “I don’t remember an exact moment, but I know that our friendship and love grew so naturally… whenever I thought about my future, all the things I wanted to do in my life, Grant was right there, front and center, sharing those future moments with me…The most comforting thing about being with him is knowing that, no matter what life brings us, he will face it with me, and we’re sure to have an adventure along the way.”

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sister of the bride, and Miss Kara Wilkins, friend of the bride, will serve as the Matron of Honor and the Maid of Honor, respectively. Mr. Asmar Stewart, cousin of the groom, will be the Best Man. The couple will honeymoon in Montego Bay, Jamaica, before residing in Little Rock.

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Callie Rose Davenport Jacob Hunter Hodge Mike and Suzanne Ware of Collierville, Tennessee, are pleased to announce the upcoming marriage of their daughter Sara Christine to Mr. Peter Kendrick Acker, son of Jim and Kay Acker of Harrisonburg, Virginia. The couple will marry on December 31, 2011 at the historic Sanctuary on the Square in Collierville.  The Maid of Honor will be Katie Ware, twin sister of the bride.  The Best Man will be Jim Acker, father of the groom. Grandparents of the bride-to-be are John William Ware and the late Pauline Futral Ware of Huttonsville, WV and the late William Donelson and Margarete Ferguson Neal of Jackson, Mississippi. The groom’s grandparents are Kendrick Brown Taylor of Clifton Forge, Virginia and the late Thomas Herring Forrer, Sr. of Charlottesville, Virginia, and the late H. Sidney and Mildred Fletcher Acker of Harrisonburg, Virginia. The brideelect is a graduate of Collierville High School and a 2007 graduate of Auburn University where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary English Education. Sally is employed as an 11th grade English teacher and coach at Auburn High School. Her fiance is a graduate of Harrisonburg High School and is a 2005 graduate of The College of William and Mary with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology.  Pete is currently a Research Assistant at Auburn University where he is working toward his master’s degree in Wildlife Sciences. After a wedding trip Sally and Pete will make their home in Auburn, Alabama.

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Jon and Linda Hodge are pleased to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their son, Jacob Hunter Hodge, to Callie Rose Davenport. The groom is the grandson of Jim and Rachel Hodge of Rossville, Tenn., and Ilene Dancy and the late William (Billy) Dancy, Sr. of Independence, Miss. The bride is the daughter of Darrell and Charlotte Davenport of Chattanooga, Tenn. She is the granddaughter of the late Amos and Nona Davenport of Missouri and Colleen Davis formerly of Whitehaven and the late Quentin Davis. Jacob is a 2006 graduate of Bolton High School and attends Union University pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering.  He is employed at Norandal USA in Huntingdon, Tenn.  Jon Hodge, father, and Joseph Hodge, brother, will be his Best Men. Callie is a 2007 graduate of Chattanooga Christian School.  She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Union University.  She is employed at Medina Middle School in Medina, Tenn.  Megan Moore, friend, will be her Maid of Honor. The couple will be married December 17 at Stuart Heights Baptist Church in Chattanooga, Tenn. After a honeymoon in Montana, the couple will reside in Jackson, Tenn.

WEDDINGS WILL BE SELECTED BASED ON RELEVANCE TO AWARD AND ACCESSIBILITY OF THE COUPLE AND THEIR PHOTOGRAPHY. WEDDINGS MUST HAVE TAKEN PLACE BETWEEN NOVEMBER 1, 2010 AND OCTOBER 31, 2011. WINNERS WILL BE PUBLISHED IN SAY YES 2010: A YEAR IN REVIEW TO BE RELEASED ON CHRISTMAS DAY!

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Miss Sharilyn Blanton, daughter of Brad and Regina Blanton of Olive Branch, Miss., and Sam and Susan Arthur of Southaven, Miss., is engaged to Mr. Scott Clifton, son of Gerald and Barbara Clifton and the late Sandra Clifton of Southaven, Miss. The prospective bride is a graduate of Madison Central High School in Madison, Miss., and attended Northwest Community College. The groomto-be is a graduate of Southaven High School in Southaven, Miss., and attended Northwest Community College and The University of Mississippi. Sharilyn and Scott will wed on December 10, 2011, at Summit Church in Nesbit, Miss. where Sharilyn serves in the music ministry, and Scott serves on the building committee. A reception will follow at City Gate Church in Southaven, Miss. Following their nuptials, the two will reside in Southaven, Miss.

Cara Boyd Gary Connors

Miss Cara Boyd, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Boyd of Memphis, Tenn., is engaged to Mr. Gary Connors, son of Mr. Gary Connors, Sr. of North Little Rock, Ark. and Ms. Rhonda Stewart of Little Rock. The bride-to-be is a graduate of East High School in Memphis. She earned degrees in politics and Africana studies from Hendrix College in Conway, Ark., and a Juris Doctor from The University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law. She is an attorney hearing officer at the Arkansas Appeal Tribunal in Little Rock. The prospective groom graduated from Hall High in Little Rock and attended The University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He is a United States Postal Mail Carrier for the Postal Service. Cara and Gary will wed on December 3, 2011 at Anthony Chapel in Hot Springs, Ark., with a reception following at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Mrs. Renita Carter,

Miss Morgan Gurkin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Gurkin of Collierville, Tenn., is engaged to Mr. Tom Huelsing, son of Mr. and Mrs. Chris Huelsing of Collierville, Tenn. Miss Gurkin is a graduate of Collierville High School and attended The University of Memphis, where she earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance. She is the Net Revenue Finance Associate for Hostess Brands in Memphis. Mr. Huelsing attended Collierville High School before earning a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting from The University of Memphis. He is a Financial Analyst in Treasury and Subsidiary Accounting for International Paper in Memphis. After over six years together, Tom proposed to Morgan on the bluffs of the Mississippi River. The two will marry on October 20, 2012, at Collierville United Methodist Church with a reception following at Opera Memphis. Following their nuptials, the couple will reside in Memphis.

Lashonda Farr Michael Boller

Miss Lashonda Farr, daughter of Mrs. Pauline McNeil and the late Mr. Willie Johnson, both of Memphis will marry Mr. Michael Boller, son of the late Mr. James and Mrs. Emma Boller of Memphis, on April 28, 2012. Miss Farr is a graduate of Melrose High School in Memphis, and is a Logistics Coordinator for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Mr. Boller is a graduate of Melrose High School is employed at PCI Scaffolding Company in Memphis. The two will exchange vows at the Norris Avenue Missionary Baptist Church with a reception to follow at Norris Avenue Family Life Center. Mrs. Diane Ingram, friend of the bride will be the Matron of Honor. Miss Deedra Johnson, sister of the bride will serve as the Maid of Honor. Mr. James Boller Jr., brother of the groom and Mr. Joe Hudson, uncle of the groom, will be the Best Men. Following their nuptials Lashonda and Michael will honeymoon to Las Vegas, Nevada. They will reside in Memphis.

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