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VIP EVENT | Business After Hours at Valor Hall Conference & Event Center Story + Photography by Lucas Ryan Chambers Every third Thursday of the month, The Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce hosts what has come to be one of everyone’s favorite ongoing events in town – Business After Hours. Each month Business After Hours, presented by the Chamber of Commerce, is hosted by one of its many members. This month Valor Hall graciously hosted the event. Located near Fort Campbell, the venue welcomed dozens of guests as they enjoyed a catered buffet and wonderful desserts. It’s the perfect opportunity for local businesses and entrepreneurs to mingle and get to know one another. To find out the details of the next Carol Clark & Rose Melton Business After Hours visit www.ClarksvilleChamber.com.

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VIP EVENT | Casino Night at Old Glory Distilling Co. Story + Photography by Lucas Ryan Chambers Old Glory Distilling Company held its first Casino Night on New Year’s Eve for what was one of the most extravagant nights of the year. Guests dressed to impress as they tried their luck from everything from poker to roulette. The high-profile night was complete with an amazing menu catered by Nicoletta’s Catering, which included breakfast after midnight. The dance floor was packed as a DJ played the year’s greatest hits and the entertainment also included a live band. This is only one of the many events that Old Glory hosts every month, so keep an eye out for the next special night. For more information about Old Glory Distillery and its many offerings for all of your special occasions, visit www.OldGloryDistilling.com.

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VIP EVENT | APSU A Tennessee Holiday Dinner Story + Photography by Lucas Ryan Chambers Guests from all over Tennessee gathered to enjoy this year’s holiday performance at Austin Peay State University. The Austin Peay Chamber Singers and University Choir, along with the Jazz Collegians, performed for a full house for yet another installment of what is one of the year’s most memorable concerts. The night was complete with a selection of wines that paired beautifully with the menu created for the guests. The APSU Choral Program is an annual fundraising event and all proceeds go directly to the Choral Program. To find out about next year’s event and how you may purchase your tickets, visit www.APSU.edu

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VIP EVENT | F&M Bank’s Ladies Holiday Happening Story + Photography by Lucas Ryan Chambers One of the largest events of the year at F&M Bank is the Ladies Holiday Happening. In fact it’s so big that the Happening occurs twice in one day. Women are chauffeured to the location. The event is held atop F&M Bank in their luxurious Franklin Room that is home to so many wonderful events. Delicious holiday food, sweets and beverages were served, and Christmas songs and carols were performed for the guests. This is only one of the many ways that F&M Bank thanks its customers who made this such a special year. To find out more about F&M Bank and the wide range of services they offer, visit www.MyFMbank.com

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VIP EVENT | Sango Pharmacy Holiday Open House Story + Photography by Tony Centonze Sango Pharmacy recently held its annual Holiday Open House. “We host an open house a couple of times a year,” said owner Catherine Meeks. “We always like to do the holiday version on the Saturday before Thanksgiving,” said Meeks, who took a few moments to talk about the store and what sets it apart. “We have a lot of great seasonal items and gift ideas. That is one of the things we have really been able to expand upon since we moved to this location. Now we have a much larger gift selection, and we try to offer a lot of merchandise that our customers can’t find anywhere else. In that way, I think we really add something unique to the community.”

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Sango Pharmacy offers lots of “buy one get one” 50% deals. They also do a “draw your own discount” at the register offer that customers really enjoy. “We like to feature as many products as possible that are made in America,” Meeks said. “We especially like to use local vendors and artisans. Tennessee Grassfed is one of our partners. They are here every Saturday. You may pre-order from them and then use our store as a pickup point. They also bring a selection of their products.” “We encourage people to visit us and not just for prescriptions,” said Meeks. “We are so much more than a pharmacy, and it’s worth a trip across town to come visit us. Check us out and see what we have.”

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VIP EVENT | Tennova ER - Sango Open House Story + Photography by Lucas Ryan Chambers Guests from all over the region gathered together to witness the reveal of the newest addition to the Sango area, the Tennova Emergency Room. The Grand Opening was the perfect chance for local residents, along with many other members of the community to meet and talk with the staff that will be working there, along with the hundreds of people that were involved in the construction of Tennova’s state-ofthe-art facility. There were guided tours along with refreshments and catering for all to enjoy, along with live music to help welcome what is another great addition to Clarksville. To find out more about the Sango ER, Tennova Healthcare, and the services they offer, visit Tennova.com Bill Powers, Heather Fleming & Geno Grubbs

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VIP EVENT | VA Clinic Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting Story + Photography by Tony Centonze In January, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ new Clarksville Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) at 782 Weatherly Drive. TVHS Director Jennifer Vedral-Baron, CMO Clarksville CBOC Dr. Michael West, and Mayor Kim McMillan were among those who made remarks to the crowd that filled the facility’s extensive lobby. “We couldn’t be more excited about this opportunity to improve our service to veterans,” Vedral-Baron said. “Clarksville is among the largest communities we serve, and the demand for VA health care continues to grow here.”

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The new 34,000-square-foot Tennessee Valley Healthcare System (TVHS) facility is more than three times the size of the area’s current clinic. It will allow expanded access to Veterans in and around Montgomery County. TVHS has also increased the number of patient-aligned care teams from six to ten, which will enable the clinic to serve about 4,000 more area veterans. “What a wonderful tribute to our veterans here in Clarksville, Mayor McMillan said. “As we heard today, we are the 2nd fastest growing veteran population in the country, and our veterans deserve a facility like this. I am so happy that it’s here to serve those men and women who have given so much in service for all of Peggy Bloechl & Michelle Peraltale us.”

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VIP EVENT | Mayor vs. General Broomball Game Story + Photography by Tony Centonze Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett recently challenged Major General Andrew Poppas to a friendly game of broom ball at Clarksville’s Downtown Commons ice rink. Although the mayor’s team was stacked with some former NHL players, Mayor Durrett was reminded why it’s never wise to bet against the 101st Airborne Division. Hundreds of people came out to show their support. Warmer than expected weather meant that conditions on the ice were more challenging than anticipated. At the end of regulation, the score was tied 1-1. With seconds left in overtime, the 101st Airborne team scored to win the Mayor’s Inaugural Broom Ball Challenge.

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The Montgomery County team included TRC Executive Director Norman Quirion and several local county leaders as well as APSU’s Will Healy, Ryan Ivey, Matt Figger, Travis Janssen and Dick Van Der Merwe. Mayor Durrett’s team also showcased former Predators Hal Gill and JP Dumont on the ice. The Mayor was joined in his coaching duties by Nashville Predators Senior Vice President Nat Harden. MG Andrew Poppas Commanding General 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and his outstanding team came ready to win. BG John Brennan, BG Todd Royar, and BG Rich Johnson were on the front lines, supported by some of the best from the 101st leadership team. “I thought it was wonderful,” MG Poppas said. “You see the camaraderie and friendship out there and the competitiveness. We all walk away tonight as great friends. This is a great community, and I am very grateful to Mayor Durrett for offering this challenge.” David Graham & Charlie Koon

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VIP EVENT | Murray Keeter Retirement Celebration Story + Photography by Tony Centonze Jenkins & Wynne recently held a retirement party for its longest tenured employee, General Manager Murray Keeter, a man who has made a lasting impact on the people with whom he worked and the community as a whole. Don Jenkins is the owner of the Ford Lincoln Honda dealership that has been a landmark in the Clarksville/Hopkinsville/Fort Campbell community for more than 60 years. “Murray and I have had an agreement for more than 25 years,” Jenkins said. “I told him, I’ll never tell you when to retire. You’ll tell Mike Evans & F. C. Lehman me when you want to retire, and when it happens I’m going to try not to talk you out of it.”

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“I’ve worked with Murray for 53-1/2 years,” Jenkins said. “He and my dad were my mentors. That’s how I came up in the car business. There is not a better example than Murray. He is always customerfocused. His concept has always been they’re not customers. They’re friends. He has instilled that in all of us. We are certainly going to miss Murray around here. But, we’re all family, so I’m sure he’ll be dropping in a lot.” Jenkins recently named one of the new buildings the Murray Keeter Detail Center in honor of his friend. In a recent conversation between them, it came to light that Keeter has sold cars to four or Bobby Smith & Steve Springfive generations of some Clarksville families. er

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“I named the Detail Center for Murray so we can tell our new employees about Murray and his legacy,” Jenkins said. ”He has left his mark all over this dealership. We hate to see him go, but he has earned the right to do whatever he wants to do.”

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VIP EVENT | Eat, Drink, and Be Very Merry Story + Photography by Tony Centonze Peg Hayes of Casey Jones Distillery wanted to throw one final party to mark the end of 2017, so she invited Cayce Burks and The Moonlight Band to provide the entertainment and Soul Fuel to provide the food. “We’re calling this party Eat, Drink and be Very, Very Merry.” Hayes said. “This is a thank-you to our customers for the great year we’ve had in 2017. We had the Great American Eclipse, which was the ultimate mystical, magical event of all time. It was so cool. Everyone was so happy and joyous, and we have maintained that feeling all year. We just wanted to have one more party to celebrate 2017.”

Casey Burks & The Moonlight Band

Casey Jones Distillery has quickly become one of the area’s favorite location for indoor and outdoor events, and the recentlyexpanded facility is a great showcase for their products. Hayes is excited about her newest bottled offering, a 1.75 liter bottle of 100 proof, true Kentucky moonshine. “We have big, big plans for 2018,” Hayes said. “Watch for some exciting announcements after the first of the year. We are so thankful to all the people who have supported us and we are so appreciative of our great staff who work so hard. So, be ready, there are great new things coming.”

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VIP EVENT | The Nutcracker & More Story + Photography by Tony Centonze CAST & Crowns Performing Arts Center staged The Nutcracker & More with dozens of cast members and an adoring audience that filled the Rossview Middle School theater. C&C PAC’s owner and Artistic Director, Christy Sanders, took a moment just before the start of the show to talk about this special production. “This show will feature our students singing, dancing, and acting,” Sanders said. “A lot of people don’t know that The Nutcracker was a play before it became a ballet. We have a big turnout tonight, and we’ve had lots of calls from people wanting to come see this year’s show. We are very excited.”

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Sanders says CAST & Crowns currently has about 100 students who enjoy classes in acting, dancing, and singing. Pageant classes are offered as well. “It’s a youth performing arts center,” Sanders said. “We had students ranging in age from 18 months to 18 years on the stage at the Nutcracker show. There were even some little tiny tots in the production. We start preparing the winter show about the third week of September, so these kids put a lot of time and hard work into this project.” Each year, in July, CAST & Crowns does a full musical. This past summer Beauty and The Beast was brought to life on stage. The winter show usually takes place in December. Then after a short holiday break, teachers and students begin preparing for the spring show.

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VIP EVENT | West TN First Lego League Clarksville Qualifier Story + Photography by Tony Centonze The First Lego League brought its Hydro Dynamics Challenge to local students at a recent event at APSU. Students were challenged to think like scientists and engineers while learning all about water – how to find, transport, use or dispose of it. Nick DuBee, a Northeast High School STEM teacher, was the tournament manager for the local event that featured local middle school teams.

Ayden Cline, Gavin Weddington, Vivian Ma, Joshua Villa & Nathaniel Smith

“TVA was one of the major sponsors of this event,” DuBee said. “They have offered funding and support to 14 local middle school teams that are now competing in this waterbased challenge. Each team was given the task of building a robot, and they to completed various challenges on a flat mat.” In August, FLL published the detailed challenge missions for the FLL Robot Game and FLL Research Project on their website. “Our students built a project around water conservation and how to effectively use water,” DuBee said. “They’ve worked on their projects for the last several weeks. On the day of the competition the students found out which teams will advance to the next level of competition that will be held in Memphis.”

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VIP EVENT | Mayor’s Power Breakfast Photography by Josh Vaughn. Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett and Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan recently addressed community and business leaders at the annual Mayor’s Power Breakfast. Mayor Durrett gave updates on the progress of industry growth in Montgomery County as well as the proposed multi-purpose event downtown. Mayor McMillan spoke about a family athletic complex as well as Clarksville Parks & Recreation Department’s projects for the upcoming year. Hosted by The Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce, this event draws hundreds of attendees to hear the accomplishments of the previous year and plans for the upcoming year in both the city and the county.

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VIP EVENT | Ladies Night Story + Photography by Tony Centonze Appleton Harley Davidson was the host of a recent event—Ladies Night Expo—that was specifically tailored to its female customers. Several vendors were on site offering jewelry, décor, candles, crafts, beauty & wellness items and much more. Staff members of Appleton’s were on hand to answer questions about Harley Davidson motorcycles and merchandise. The ladies were treated to hors d’oeuvres and wine and cheese was served by Appleton’s Harley Hunk, some of whom were shirtless.

Mary Parsons, Florene Billman & Dawn Stallard

“We had a great turnout and really enjoyed all of the awesome women,” Mary Rose said. “It was fun, and the ladies really enjoyed the wide variety of vendors we had. There were also a lot of great deals on merchandise that night. “We feel that we are blessed, so we always try to give back. Permitting some of our friends and customers to set up as vendors made it a great night for everyone.”

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VIP EVENT | F&M Bank’s Men’s Ham Breakfast Story + Photography by Lucas Ryan Chambers As a way of saying thank you, F&M Bank held its annual Men’s Breakfast at the Wilma Rudolph Event Center. This event honored the bank’s customers who make the year so special. Guests enjoyed a delicious breakfast. The attendees went home with special gifts provided by F&M Bank. Events like this are the bank’s special way to give back to its customers who do business with them throughout the year. To learn more about F&M Bank and the variety of services it offers, visit www.MyFMbank.com

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Wedding Planning Checklist From engagement announcements to honeymoon and everything in between, this helpful checklist will guide you through the when and what of your BIG DAY!

12 Months Before

†† Announce your engagement †† Set a budget based on the style of the wedding you want

†† Choose a theme/style for your wedding †† Research venues for your wedding and †† †† †† †† ††

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check availability Set a date for your wedding Hire a wedding coordinator Hire a wedding photographer - DON’T procrastinate! Many photographers are booked up to a year in advance Start gathering names and addresses for your guest list Make an appointment with your bridal shoppe to begin narrowing down your wedding gown choices. Our friends at Wedding Belles will be happy to help! Choose your bridal party and attendants Create a wedding website Book a block of hotel rooms for outof-town guests - or call our friends at A Tennessee Tiny House and treat your guests to beautiful accomodations with all the amenities!

10 Months Before

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to decide what types of flowers you want for your bouquet and decor at ceremony and reception Book a caterer and begin working on menu for reception and rehearsal dinner if catered Finalize your guest list Set up gift registries and share on your wedding website Confirm officiant for your ceremony Hire a DJ or start thinking about your reception music and test out your playlist a couple times. Make sure you have music appropriate for dinner and then dancing the night away

9 Months Before

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have necessary alterations done Purchase any accessories such as hair pieces, jewelry, shoes, etc. Hire a travel advisor or begin researching places for your honeymoon - get passports if traveling abroad. Want the perfect honeymoon! We love our friend David at Magical Mouse Travel! Make tasting appointments with cake designers

5 Months Before linens, etc.

†† Select wedding party attire and have any

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Don’t forget the drinks!

†† Purchase wedding bands †† Shop for wedding party gifts †† Confirm bouquets, centerpieces, etc. with florist

4 Weeks Before

†† Obtain Marriage License †† Make a wedding day schedule and share with key people

†† Confirm rentals such as tables, chairs,

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3 Months Before

†† Mail wedding invitations †† Finalize the menu with your caterer.

necessary alterations done Confirm reservations for honeymoon Send out Save the Date cards Select Wedding Invitations Book accomodations for your wedding night Select and order wedding cake Hire makeup and hair stylists. Make consultation appointments to determine your look for the wedding day

2 Weeks Before

†† Confirm final guest count with caterer †† Finalize seating chart for ceremony and reception/dinner

†† Confirm all vendors including arrival and/or delivery times for the wedding day

1 Week Before

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pedicures Prepare, stamp and address thank you cards

Day of Wedding

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vendors to be paid on wedding day Delegate someone to mail thank you cards while you are away on your honeymoon Say “I DO”

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Amelia Logan

By Liesel Schmidt Photography by Stevie Ramos Photography

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hile Match.com, eHarmony, and JDate all garner a great deal of attention when it comes to making altar-bound matches, it was actually a little site known as farmersonly. com that paired up Logan Carter and Amelia Fendley, taking their one-dimensional computerized profiles to create a love that would make them abandon their screen names forever. It was kismet, and within a few weeks of their first volley of messages through the site, their first meeting was set. A student at APSU studying animal sciences and agriculture, Amelia was well-suited for someone like Logan, who spent his days 46 • VIP Clarksville Magazine | The Bridal Issue

in Paris, Kentucky, working as a diesel mechanic and farming row crops and beef cattle. Their shared interests were far more than just farm-related, but as their first date approached, their decided meeting place at Mammoth Cave gave Amelia a sense of anxiety born of a thousand imagined scenarios involving psychopathic encounters. Abandoning the cave for a far safer alternative, the two finally had their first meeting at Amelia’s mother’s home in Clarksville. Any romantic thoughts were sharply put on pause when—needle scratch—Amelia’s Uncle Teddy Ray interrupted with a text message ever so lovingly demanding her presence at his anniversary party. Rather than foregoing

the date altogether to tend to family duties, Amelia took her date with her, and Logan was instantly plunged headfirst into a family that would eventually become his own. Farm boy Logan’s charm was an instant hit, and the Sites had their sights set on him as they watched his easy interaction with Amelia. And the family-style welcome was returned when Logan’s own kinfolk met Amelia on their second date, a date that gave her a taste of farm life and a family just as warm as her own. Over the course of the next year, Logan and Amelia dated long distance, trying their best to schedule visits twice a month. The distance indeed made their hearts grow


fonder, and deep discussions surrounding their futures led them to the conclusion that the answer they were looking for was simply to take the bull by the horns and move in with one another while Amelia took a job transfer and started a new position at the University of Kentucky. Life has a funny way of working out, and health issues added some complications that could have thrown couples with less determination. But on New Year’s Eve 2016, merely days after being released from the hospital for intense surgery, Logan put a plan into motion that would make the girl of his dreams his bride. Having planned to make the rounds at a few parties being thrown by their friends, the pair was dressed and nearly ready to hit the town when Logan took a quick detour to “feed the calves.” “We got the bottles ready for the calves, put on our boots, and headed outside, but Logan stopped me and told me to close my eyes,” Amelia recalls. “Then he led me to the pen where the calves were, kneeled in front of me, and told me to open my eyes again. When I opened them, I saw two hungry calves waiting for their supper and Logan down on one knee, with a sign on the pen that read, ‘Loved you yesterday, Love you still, Always have, and Always will.’ He told me that he couldn’t start 2017 without having me as his

fiancée and pulled a pillow out of his pocket with a ring tied to it. Then he finally said, ‘Will you marry me?’” she goes on with a smile. “And the rest is history.” Nine months later on September 16, 2017, Logan waited for the love of his life to walk towards him and their future together at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Clarksville. And as she took her first steps to becoming Mrs. Logan Carter, Amelia was radiant in a champagne and ivory beaded lace Stella York mermaid gown with a matching belt and customized straps. “I was wearing a beautiful custom beaded hairpiece with a cathedral-length ivory veil, and it fell out during the ceremony!” she laughs. After exchanging their vows, the newlyweds joined their family and friends for a reception at Old Glory Distilling Co., dancing their first dance to Lady Antebellum’s “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You.” It was a fitting song, despite the fact that a pre-ceremony meltdown made Amelia’s need to hear her beloved’s reassuring words put the ageold rule for the groom not to see the bride before her walk down the aisle at risk. “I was sobbing over the millionth disaster and I said, ‘I need Logan, now!’ so Logan’s sister jumped up ran to get him, covered his face with a tee shirt and I got the time I needed with my groom. It was really hard not to laugh as he

comforted me with a shirt over his head; but in hindsight, I think it’s one of my favorite moments from the entire day.” Exchanging bites of their elegant fourtiered confection frosted in ivory textured buttercream adorned with gold sparkle and flowers coordinated to the wedding arrangements, the happy couple headed for a fantasy honeymoon in Orlando filled with fun and adventure. Now back at home in Paris, the newlyweds are settling into farm life and looking forward to a long and happy future together, sharing many more moments in pens with bottles in their hands and love in their hearts. Exchanging bites of their elegant fourtiered confection frosted in ivory textured buttercream adorned with gold sparkle and flowers coordinated to the wedding arrangements, the happy couple headed for a fantasy honeymoon in Orlando filled with fun and adventure. Now back at home in Paris, the newlyweds are settling into farm life and looking forward to a long and happy future together, sharing many more moments in pens with bottles in their hands and love in their hearts.

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Offering everything from flower girl frocks and ring bearer-sized suits to bridesmaids’ dresses and gowns for the mother of the bride, Wedding Belles is a full service bridal-wear shop to outfit everyone in your bridal party. Your ladies will look lovely in gorgeous dresses from Bill Levkoff, Allure, DaVinci, and David Tutera for Gather & Gown Bridemaids, and we carry sizes ranging from 6 to 32. Central to our focus, of course, is making the happy bride and groom look their very best for the day of their dreams, so we stock men’s suits and tuxes from Jim’s Formal Wear and stunning wedding gowns from some of the nation’s top labels including Maggie Sottero, Allure, DaVinci, Rebecca Ingram, and Symphony. Veils, garters, and accessories will help you look even more the part, and our full line of shoes will keep you looking breathtakingly beautiful from head to toe.

But what good is being all dressed up with nowhere to go? Our experienced staff will help you with all of your wedding planning needs to coordinate every stage of your event, from rehearsals to the Big Day itself. Our wide range of formalwear is perfect for occasions of all kinds, so if you need a gown for homecoming, cocktail parties, or even just a glitzy evening event, we have something to suit your need at prices that are stunningly affordable. Whatever your needs, Wedding Belles is sure to be your perfect fit.

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Kelsey Chase

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t’s not often that one can look back over the trajectory of their life and see that one friend has remained steadfast throughout the years. But for Clarksville natives Kelsey Sherley and Chase Gibbs, a friendship that began in first grade stayed true and bloomed into something that could no longer be defined as friendship—but love that they knew would last a lifetime. Hardly knowing that they would one day fall in love when they formed their elementary school bond, Kelsey and Chase finally explored their feelings for one another when they began dating in 2009; and by 2012, Kelsey knew in her heart that she would never love another. Fortunately for the lovestruck radiology technologist, those feelings were not unrequited, and four years later in 2016, Chase took his true love for a memorable weekend in Chattanooga. Stopping for what might have appeared at the time to be a simple walk to let their dog Brady stretch his legs on the way home, Chase guided their stroll downtown, stopping for a bit to sit on a bench overlooking the pedestrian bridge. For the pair of lovebirds, the spot was a special one; and that special spot became even more treasured when Chase did something that Kelsey was hardly expecting. “We sat down on a bench to relax for a bit when all of a sudden, he’s down on one knee 52 • VIP Clarksville Magazine | The Bridal Issue

with the most beautiful ring, asking me to be his wife!” she recalls happily. Naturally enough, the question was answered with a yes, and the couple was married eighteen months later on October 14, 2017. Casting off tradition, the ceremony was held in the unique setting of the green spaces of Old Glory Distilling Co., mere steps away from the distillery’s gleaming copper kettles. It was fittingly symbolic, in a way, as the raw grains that must be put through so many processes to blend them into something smooth and beautiful could well be thought to resemble a marriage. Marriage refines those who enter into it, taking two souls and refining their relationship into a deeper, more beautiful bond that will see them through the struggles of life and keep them strong. Wearing a fit and flare gown of ivory lace and tulle over light gold with a sweetheart neckline, Kelsey vowed her love and devotion to Chase after being “presented for marriage” by her parents—a tradition begun by her mother’s father. “My Papa Ralph always said his girls—and granddaughters—were raised to be independent and have a choice in marriage. They aren’t given away!” Kelsey laughs. Having both entered freely into the union, Kelsey and Chase joined their many happy

guests at a reception held at the distillery’s indoor venue, a space whose vintage-inspired architecture and style pay homage to the 1940s banked by a wall of windows looking in at the distilling room’s copper stills and stainless equipment. After dining on a classic Southern-style buffet dinner of pork tenderloin and rosemary-lemon baked chicken served with fluffy mashed potatoes, fresh green beans, grilled mixed vegetables, garden salad, and freshly baked rolls, the couple danced the night away to country music favorites and shared their very first spin on the dance floor as newlyweds to George Strait’s “I Cross My Heart.” The sweetness of the occasion continued through the cutting of the cake, a tiered confection of strawberry cake with fresh strawberry filling iced in ivory colored buttercream rosettes. And while the sugar rush may have been short-lived, the true high was just beginning as the newly married Gibbs were sent off to begin their honeymoon with one night in Nashville before heading to relax and soak up the sun in Aruba. Now back home in Clarksville, Kelsey, Chase, and their three dogs have a happy family who are looking forward to a long life together distilled down to one very important word: love.


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If you love the romance of a wide-open countryside surrounded by farmland, you’ll find your perfect match at Southern Springs Events, a beautiful venue whose grounds are tucked away in a rural location that affords complete privacy for a peaceful and picturesque wedding. Focal to our property is our cedar-lined Reception Barn, which features large glass windows, heated floors, beautiful chandeliers, and 360-degree views of the magnificently charming western Kentucky landscape surrounding us on all sides. Our property is the perfect blend of rustic and industrial, and adding to the ambiance is a tree-lined drive that offers ample opportunities for photo sessions that will create keepsakes you’ll treasure forever. Our onsite coordinator, floral design team, and makeup artist can make your day stress-free, though we offer an open-vendor policy that grants you the freedom to handpick your bridal dream team. We have a variety of packages to suit weddings of all sizes and all budgets, and each of our event packages includes rentals of tables and chairs. Whether you need

only basic table linens or envision your space with specialty linens and stunning centerpieces, we have it all, and we offer a fully customizable A La Carte menu to satisfy any couple’s tastes. We also offer use of our spacious Bridal Suite and Groom’s Lodge for your bridal party to ready themselves for the main event. Other indoor venues include the Drake Room, which adjoins to a fully equipped prep kitchen perfect for the catering team to create a feast your guests will savor. At Southern Springs Events, we’re more than just your wedding venue—we’re the place that that love springs eternal!

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Stephanie Damon

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wiping left or right has become a way of life for some singles, a way to fill their calendars with a stream of dates that provide endless fodder for post-mortems for their groups of friends. And while Stephanie Clark might never have considered her swiping habit to be anything more than an entertaining way to while the hours after a long shift at work, when the assistant nurse manager at Nashville General Hospital’s Emergency Department finally swiped right instead of left, she met the Prince Charming she never knew she’d always wanted. Lucky for Damon Prince, he turned out to be that very prince, and after one week of messaging through the very dating app that had matched them up, the pair started talking on the phone. Two weeks later, they met for their first date at Blackhorse Pub and Brewery. But their first moments face-to-face were certainly not without their fair share of heart-pounding excitement…at least, in Damon’s case. For as he leaned up against the brick façade of the restaurant to wait for his 56 • VIP Clarksville Magazine | The Bridal Issue

date to make her appearance, he looked away long enough for her to approach without his notice…and it proved to have a startling effect. “He wasn’t looking, so I walked up and just said, ‘Hey,’” Stephanie recalls with a laugh. “You would have thought I attacked him, he jumped so high!” Two months into dating, Stephanie knew that she had found The One. But rather than pronouncing her feelings to Damon, she waited him out, and that patience paid off on Veteran’s Day 2015 when he danced with her outside and told her as the song he had playing from their phone ended that he loved her. The kiss he immediately planted on her stalled her reply, but it quickly came just as he would have hoped, and she finally could say the words she had been holding in for several weeks. One year later to the day, Damon took Stephanie to lunch at the very place where they’d had their first date. And while her usually vivacious and talkative boyfriend sat quietly through lunch, Stephanie could only wonder

at what had him acting so out of character. A walk around downtown still didn’t shake it out of him, but when they came back to the brick façade where they’d first laid eyes on one another, Damon broke out of his shell to ask several passersby to take their picture with his phone. With the camera rolling on video mode, he took her hands in his and began a speech declaring his love and desire for her to marry him. “Of course, I said yes! People were yelling and honking their car horns as they passed by. If it weren’t for the fact that it was all being recorded on video, I wouldn’t even remember the actual proposal, it was all such a blur of excitement!” says Stephanie. In keeping with their tradition of taking big steps on Veteran’s Day, it was on November 11, 2017 that Stephanie took big steps toward her future when she wore a gorgeous Maggie Sottero ball gown with plunging deep V-neckline ornamented with Swarovski crystals and embroidered lace and an embellished illusion back with delicate jeweled spaghetti straps. Sparkling like a jewel, she met


Damon at the altar on the charming and majestic farmlands at Gunn Farm while Blane Howard’s, “I promise to love her” played softly. Having been proclaimed man and wife, Damon happily whooped out an enthusiastic, “Heck, yeah!” and kissed his new missus, patting her on the behind before releasing her. “He just had to find some way to embarrass me!,” Stephanie said laughingly. Later joining their friends and family at the farm’s newly built Ruby Cora reception space, Mr. and Mrs. Prince dined on a catered feast of good old Southern barbecue classics and

danced their first dance as John Michael Montgomery crooned the words of “I Can Love You Like That.” Feeling like the Cinderella in the song who had finally been rescued by her Prince Charming, Stephanie’s new name proved to be quite fitting as she danced in the arms of her beloved and her loved ones looked on. After the eating and the dancing, the newly joined Princes shared quick bites of a three-tiered vanilla wedding cake topped with real raw Southern cotton—a touch incorporated throughout the venue for their day in honor of the cotton farm in Georgia where Stephanie had spent so much time

with her grandparents as a child. “I used to love visiting them at the farm, and driving down the dirt roads next to the cotton fields was just beautiful! I thought that using it in the wedding would be a sweet way to remember that time.” Finishing off their sweet day, the couple made their escape and headed off two days later for a long honeymoon in Florida. Now back at the home they share in Pleasant View, the Princes have Happily Ever After well within in their sights.

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ENGAGING traditions STORY BY LIESEL SCHMIDT

From proposals on bended knee to champagne toasts and honeymoons, weddings are filled with traditions that, over the years, have somehow lost their meanings and are done simply because—well, they’ve always been done. And while some of the original reasons that these traditions were put into practice might no longer be relevant or even necessary, they have a symbolism that remains true: Marriage is a sacred covenant that should be given ceremony and respect. At the end of the day, true love is worth laying down your life for your partner. First comes the proposal. One of the most commonly believed—though not fully proven—reasons that men traditionally take a knee for a proposal is that in the Middle Ages when couples courted and noblemen felt that the time had come to express their eternal love and servitude to the noblewoman whom they were courting, they kneeled. In times such as those, kneeling was a sign of honor and respect, Knights often kneeled before their feudal lords, so it stands to reason that this action would also be one used in show of courtly love. There are, of course, a few religious reasons that might be behind this long-standing tradition of not standing to pop the question. Many faiths including Christianity and Islam call for worshippers to kneel in prayer as an expression of their faithful service and eternal respect for their God. In essence, then, taking a knee to ask those small—yet still so very big— words is very much a way of showing that you, as the one they love, are someone worthy of giving their honor, respect, devotion, and a love that will last for a lifetime.

interesting Egyptians considered circles to be a symbol of enternity, and wore rings on the ring finger of their left hand because that finger was believed to have a vein that runs directly to the heart.

While we’re on the topic of proposals, let’s wrap our fingers around the whole ring thing, shall we? Engagement rings are actually a tradition that dates back to ancient Egypt when wedded couples exchanged rings made from braided reeds. In Egyptian culture, circles were symbols of eternity, and the rings were worn on the ring finger of the left hand because this was the particular finger believed to have a vein running directly to the heart. Consequently, this very vein was later designated to be vena amoris. Later on in second-century Rome, betrothal rings were given to the bride in lieu of giving her money or valuable objects. Unfortunately, the ring wasn’t something to be considered a romantic gesture, but as a show of ownership. The groom gave the bride a ring made of gold that would be worn during the betrothal ceremony and for special events, but an iron ring symbolizing the fact that she was legally bound to him as his property was worn at home. It’s not exactly a tradition to be looked on with fondness, but nonetheless it’s an interesting fact and a reason to rejoice that modern marriages have so greatly evolved. Hundreds of years later, rings got blinged-out for the very first time when Austria’s Archduke Maximilian proposed to Mary of Burgundy with a ring set with thin, flat pieces of cut diamonds forming the shape of the letter “M.” From then on, European nobility began to add more sparkle by incorporating precious gemstones into their jewelry. When diamonds were discovered in South Africa and mining them became lucrative, Cecil Rhodes founded the DeBeers Mining Company in 1880, turning diamond engagement rings into marketing ingenuity; and from then on these indestructible gems became the centerpiece of the very symbol of everlasting, eternal love. From rings to vows and everything thereafter, the traditions of weddings are a reminder of one very important thing—that the union of two people should join their lives and their hearts. And that that bond is meant to be shared forever.

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Creating the wedding of your dreams comes down to the details…which is precisely where event planner Amber Hoard comes in. As the founder and owner of Every Detail Event Planning, Hoard has been making wedding day wishes come true for couples throughout the Clarksville and Hopkinsville areas for more than seven years, whether she’s planning every last detail from start to finish or standing by the bride to guide her along in bringing her vision to life on the day of the event. Noreen Nooner Photography.

Offering everything from full-fledged planning services to simply seeing that things go off without a hitch on the wedding day itself, each of the packages designed by Every Detail provides assistance with décor set-up and removal as well as assistance with timelines, layouts, ceremony order, and coordination of the rehearsal. As the lady with the plan, Hoard makes it her duty to be the first one at the event and the very last one to leave. Having established strong relationships with wedding vendors throughout the area, Hoard designs packages to work with every budget and achieve the truest sense of a couple’s perfect day. “I’m here to make sure that everything is exactly how the bride envisioned her wedding day, if not better,” she says. And for a day that truly does come down to the last detail, that’s proposal worthy of any bride saying, “I do.”

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The food at weddings gets a lot of attention, but often more than not, the term “wedding food” is synonymous with descriptors like bland, tasteless, and unremarkable. But this day of all days should be a day when everything is memorable (in a good way); and as a cultural cornerstone for creating shared memories and strengthening bonds, food is a detail that should never be relegated to the position of a last-minute addition on the guest list at a wedding. Established in 1941 by a truly dedicated pitmaster in Texas, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit has since become a nationwide brand known for serving slow-smoked barbecue meats and comfort food classic sides that need only one word: “Mmmmm.” Each franchise location carries on the traditions of

its founder, and they roll out that very same flavor to cater events of all sizes. From corporate and office gatherings to rehearsal dinners and wedding receptions, Dickey’s catering teams can create a customized menu of their bestselling meats and sides, served with a hearty helping of love that comes through in every bite. Slow-smoked to perfection, the meats are tender, juicy, and full of flavor, and the pride they take in the quality of their food is something that your guests will appreciate, from first bite to last. Whether you want a full service buffet manned by one of our Pit Bosses or simply need us to deliver enough food to feed a small crowd and let you serve yourselves, we have options to suit your needs and your budget, and our vow to you is that you’ll savor it all.

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Taylor Brett By Liesel Schmidt Photography by Noreen Nooner Photography

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t’s not everyone who could claim “At the Carwash” as their theme song; and though the hit 70’s anthem might have been several decades before their time, the words, “Workin’ at the carwash, yeah…” could set the scene for the first time a teenaged Taylor Yawn met the young man she would one day marry. As their eyes met across buckets of sudsy water, the pair created a connection in a matter of moments, and by the time that their weekend carwash was done, 19 year-old Brett Adkins had gotten his girl’s digits, leaving her with a wink and a smile that captured her heart. “ It really was literally love at first sight,” Taylor says with a grin. What could easily have gotten lost in the many changes of transitioning a high school existence into adult life remained steadfast; and after three years of dating, Brett asked Taylor to marry him, presenting her with a ring and a proposal on her 18th birthday in January 2016, giving her the best gift she could have ever imagined. “It was absolutely perfect—and definitely the best birthday gift I’ve ever gotten!”

Just over a year later on April 29th, 2017, Taylor sparkled like a vision in a champagne-colored mermaid gown encrusted with crystal detailing as she walked down the aisle to meet Brett at the altar of Madison Street United Methodist Church in Clarksville, Tennessee. After exchanging vows in front of their loved ones, the newly married Adkins joined their 200 guests for a buffet style reception at the Wilma Rudolph Event Center. It was an occasion for toasting, and under the sparkling lights that reflected every last glittering detail of their “champagne sparkle” and blush pink décor, the couple danced their very first dance as John Michael Montgomery’s silky voice sang the words of “I Can Love You Like That.” Having danced and dined on a menu of Parmesan chicken, pork, and country sides like green bean casserole and fried honeybuns, Taylor and Brett cut into a five tiered masterpiece with lemon-raspberry filling elegantly frosted in white buttercream before heading off to their dream honeymoon in Aruba. “It was nothing short of amazing—we stayed on the beach and were lucky enough to have

amazing weather. We ate delicious food, sipped fruity drinks, and took lots of naps!” Taylor, now a nursing school student at Tennessee Applied Technology, laughs. Now back home in Clarksville, the Adkins are settling into their lives as a young couple with a very full—and very hopeful—life of making even more memories together. And to washing many, many more cars with buckets of soapy water filled with love. Exchanging bites of their elegant four-tiered confection frosted in ivory textured buttercream adorned with gold sparkle and flowers coordinated to the wedding arrangements, the happy couple headed for a fantasy honeymoon in Orlando filled with fun and adventure. Now back at home in Paris, the newlyweds are settling into farm life and looking forward to a long and happy future together, sharing many more moments in pens with bottles in their hands and love in their hearts.

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Weddings are a string of moments--some that you’ll remember forever and some that you’d love to freeze in time. So much of the day itself goes by in a mad rush of emotion and excitement, and those beautiful moments are over in the blink of an eye. Having images of them captured forever is a precious, priceless gift that you can look back on and pass down from generation to generation as a reminder of the day your life took on new meaning, which is why talented photographers are some of the most important people you can have in your dream team of wedding experts. At Cliq Portrait Studio, capturing those moments—from candid shots to beautiful poses documenting every last detail—is the hallmark of their company, and their photography studio offers

wedding photography collections to suit every need. Whether you need to hire them solely for a few hours on the Big Day or want them for everything from engagement photos to a fully photographed day with video highlight reels, the team at Cliq will work with you to capture this wonderful time in your life and document those first steps you take in your journey to Happily Ever After. Schedule a one-on-one session with their photography team to discuss the details of your wedding and what you’re envisioning, and they’ll guide you in selecting the wedding collection you need to make your day memorable. From first click to last, these are photos that will commemorate your love forever...all right there in black and white.

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Offering four elegant ballrooms and three spacious exhibit halls that can be enlarged to accommodate the needs of your event, James E. Bruce Convention Center is the ideal place to have the wedding of your dreams. From the engagement party to the ceremony and reception, JEBCC provides space for any size affair to create anything imaginable, whether you envision a romantic, intimate day or something far grander. The outdoor gazebo is picture-perfect for smaller ceremonies, and

our exhibit halls and ballrooms accommodate guest lists of all sizes, from 25 to 800. There is no shortage of charm in any of our spaces, as one immediately sees from entering our grand lobby. With its beautiful marble tiled staircases and oak banisters, it offers a type of elegance inherent to mansions of the Old South that is idyllic for holding a dramatic ceremony, and our ballrooms have hosted rehearsal dinners and receptions with matchless class. Perfect for any bride and groom looking for ease and excellence, we offer bridal packages to suit every need. We offer indoor and outdoor venue options as well as rental packages for everything from table linens to full décor. Our menus are fully customizable and provide a variety of options to meet the needs of your event as well as your budget, and our catering team is on-hand at all times to see that your guests are satisfied. At the James E. Bruce Convention Center, we want the wedding you’ve always dreamed of to be a reality, and we’re honored to help make this a day you’ll treasure for a lifetime.

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By Liesel Schmidt Photography Courtesy of Brides Across America

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Every little girl dreams of how she’ll look on her wedding day-whether she’ll wear a poufy-white confection of tulle and satin or something a little more sleek and sophisticated, how her hair will look and how her veil will drape dramatically just so, how her groom’s breath will catch when he sees her walk towards him.

Across America. During each Operation Wedding Gown event, brides are gifted with free dresses that have been specially donated; and to date, more than 20,000 wedding dresses and over twenty free weddings have been united with deserving brides who would otherwise never have the opportunity to bring their dreams to life.

Whatever the vision she has in her head, however, that vision certainly never clouds with the realization that the fantasy might somehow be impossible to achieve. But for many brides-to-be, the dream of a dress is out of reach because finances make it a challenge. That challenge served as inspiration for Heidi Janson, who founded Brides Across America in 2008, essentially creating a solution that would unite military and first responder brides with perfectly matched dresses donated by bridal salons whose hearts were moved with the desire to give back.

“At our very core, Brides Across America believes that one seed planted can grow many leaves, and it is our duty as Americans to support each other and pay tribute to our troops. We believe in changing lives and in transformation, and if we can change one life and make a difference, we have done what we set out to do,” Janson states. “By taking action today, you can unite with us in passing on the love and making a dream come true.”

Beginning with only a small network of salons that donated their time and resources to spearhead the program in its earliest stages, Brides Across America donated fifty gowns in its first year to military brides. In 2016,

The organization has an ongoing mission that is both inspiring and aspirational as it has implemented several new initiatives

that will allow for the expansion of their reach and their impact to create person- and couple-specific directedgiving opportunities including fullygifted weddings, provisions of financial support for specific couples, and the ability to honor loved ones through directed-giving. “We want to unite our country and spread more love around the world, one dress and one wedding at a time,” Janson explains. “It’s amazing to see how the work that we’re doing is accomplishing that, and these are people who deserve to be honored for the sacrifices they’ve made in service to our country. This should be the day they’ve always dreamed of, and we have the opportunity to repay them in this.”

the organization enlarged its mission to include the first responders who, much like their military counterparts, were heroically putting their lives on the line every day. Now in its tenth year, dozens of Operation Wedding Gown donation events are hosted at participating bridal salons nationwide by Brides

As its outreach increases, Brides Across America has certainly gained attention by media outlets all across the globe including ABC’s Nightly News, People Magazine, HGTV, The Steve Harvey Show, and The Doctors. Its highest honor of all, however, came in receiving recognition during The Joining Forces Community Challenge at the White House hosted by Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden. During the event, twenty organizations were recognized for their contributions to improving the lives of military families, and Brides Across America continues to do just that by supporting wounded warriors and those suffering from post-traumatic stress and offering ongoing support to veterans re-entering the civilian workforce. “Whether it’s for love of country or love at the altar, our military and first responders deserve our very best,” Janson says. That’s a vow worth taking, and one that can make millions of dreams come true. February 2018 | www.vipclarksville.com • 67


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Situated amidst the breathtaking scenery of the rolling hills in Montgomery County, The Ruby Cora at Gunn Farm is a family-owned working Century Farm established at the turn of the 19th century in 1886. The Ruby Cora at Gunn Farm offers ceremony spaces both outside on the picturesque landscapes or indoors with options for weddings of all sizes and all styles. While The Ruby Cora itself is a modern year-round venue with spacious halls and event spaces to accommodate every need, the spectacular property is available for unique photo ops with Century Farm charm. The Ruby Cora is indeed a stunning gem. The Grand Hall was masterfully designed to provide views of the farm’s 140 acres of land with full-view doors opening out onto the lake and access to a covered patio. A beautiful wedding arch sits atop a high point on the farm, and guests will wait for the bride and groom’s arrival and walk down the aisle with baited breath as they overlook acres and acres of historic croplands. After the “I Do’s” have been exchanged, a pronouncement of their union is announced with a ringing of the bells from a Bell Tower. A fully equipped prep kitchen area is available for a catering team,with use of a bar area perfect for keeping spirits at a reception running high. The event venue is also fully wired for sound with a built-in sound system and WiFi, and bridal parties may gather and prepare for the main event in comfortably-appointed dressing areas. Whatever your dreams for your big day, The Ruby Cora at Gunn Farm will assist in making them all come true.

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Kattie Ethan By Liesel Schmidt Photography by Bailey & B Photography

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riending someone on Facebook might not usually lead to anything more than upping your “Friend” count, but when Kattie Johnson reached out to an old friend she’d lost touch with after high school to send him a “Friend Request,” her life started taking a new direction that would eventually lead to a very different status. Kattie’s re-acquaintance with Ethan Koehler in 2015 was a whirlwind born of a friendship that had always been easy. But as Kattie says, “Being ‘just friends’ only lasted about a week… and the rest is history!” To follow their feed might show the transition of their relationship as the pair knew quickly that they were destined for something more. And while Ethan might have insisted on a philosophy that couples must weather a full “four seasons” together before getting engaged, Kattie’s heart was his forever before their very first season had come to a close. Like the leaves falling all around them, Ethan had also fallen for Kattie; and during a trip to Gatlinburg in October 2016, Ethan’s sense of spontaneity won out when he popped the question and asked Kattie to marry him as they stood in front of a Texas Roadhouse. “It was all Ethan—not planned, totally spontaneous and carefree—and it was perfect,” Kattie recalls. Wanting their guests to experience a true taste of Kentucky, when Kattie and Ethan united their lives and forever updated their status from single to married, they joined their friends and family at Southern Springs Events in Cadiz, Kentucky, to exchange their vows under a canopy of trees with the breathtaking beauty of the countryside all around them. Wearing an A-line silk-faille gown with a dotted-Swiss overlay skirt cinched at the waist by a pearl and crystal sash, Kattie walked down the aisle to her husband while their loved ones looked on and wished them well. After being declared “husband and wide,” the newlyweds joined their guests at a Derby-themed buffet style reception held at Southern Springs that really was all about the love and the luck, an event filled with Derby fun in everything from the favors to the table names. And nothing could have been any more perfect. “Danielle and her team at Southern Springs went above and beyond,” says Kattie. “She never missed a detail, and we were all so amazed by everything!” Having shared their first dance as Mr. and Mrs. Koehler to “You and Me” by the Dave Matthews Band, Kattie and Ethan headed off for a weeklong honeymoon in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, to enjoy time in the sun and bask in the glow of happiness. Now back at home in Benton, Kentucky, the Koehlers are looking forward to keeping their FaceBook feed filled with nothing but love for the rest of their days. 70 • VIP Clarksville Magazine | The Bridal Issue


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VIP EVENT | Wedding & Event Showcase Story + Photography by Lucas Ryan Chambers The Clarksville Brides Wedding and Event Showcase was back for yet another year of excitement. Held at the Wilma Rudolph Event Center, future brides from all over the region came to find out what this year had in store for all their wedding needs. There were vendors ranging from caterers to deejays on hand to meet with the excited brides-to-be and their friends. The Bride’s Showcase gave brides the perfect opportunity to check out what’s new for this season in décor trends, dresses, and cakes with many vendors giving out samples of some of the most decadent cakes. The finale of the event was a runway show to highlight some of this season’s hottest new designs in wedding gowns. This event only occurs once a year. To find out when you can plan next year’s visit, or for a list of vendors at this year’s event, visit www.ClarksvilleBrides.com. Amber Hoard

Bethany Benjamin

Nicholas Nicoletta

Vicky Hausler

Rachel & Justin Mueller

Shawn & Q Lowary

Hannah, Bailey & Stephen Coleman

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Morgan Bryant, Crystal Hightower, Amber Johnson, Zoey, Tana & Sadie Edwards & Heather Jensen Bill & Shel Keiffer

Wendy Neimoli

Vonni & Devin Bush

Sarah & Grace Morrison & Rebecca & Abigale Hay

Christy Hunter

Kalan Alder & Melanie Noffsinger

Steven & Steffany Hoffmeister

Cheryl Ward & Abby Griffin

Emma Karls, Lizzie Diquattro, Lani Karls & Emily Emerick

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2 Is it mandatory to buy from the couple’s registry?

Do I purchase a gift if I am a member of the wedding party?

While it is not mandatory to buy from a wedding registry, it is best to stick to what you know the couple wants or needs. Typically, the couple has spent quite some time selecting retailers for their registries and then determining what items they want. How can you go wrong with items they’ve handpicked!

Yes, even the wedding party should purchase a gift for the couple. However, it is more and more popular for the bridal party to chip in together to purchase a larger item on the registry. Many times this may be the only way the happy couple can knock off those more expensive items on their wish lists.

Is it proper to bring gifts to the wedding/reception? Traditionally, it was customary to bring gifts for the couple to the wedding, but now with the popularity and convenience of online shopping this is no longer the norm. Most couples prefer the ease of having gifts delivered directly to their home, avoiding the chore of lugging all those gifts home after the reception.

How much should I spend on a gift? While you should always stick within your budget, you should also consider your relationship to the happy couple. A gift in the range of $50-$75 is perfect for a co-worker, acquaintance or distant relative while $100-$150 is more appropriate for a close friend or close relative. If your budget doesn’t allow you to purchase from their registry, find something thoughtful that shows you put some thought into your gift choice. 74 • VIP Clarksville Magazine | The Bridal Issue

Is it ok to give money as a wedding gift? Absolutely! Whether it will be used to help with honeymoon expenses or put away for a rainy day, cash has become the favorite gift to receive by newlyweds.

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The Silo Event Center is a dairy barn inspired venue with the perfect mix of rustic charm and industrial elegance. Spread across 30 acres, The Silo is the venue of choice for events of any size and occasion. The unique silo main entrance leads into the expansive 8,000 square foot old world, post and beam constructed main venue space and has a generous seating capacity, while still evoking a feeling of intimacy.The Silo offers two temperature controlled event spaces for intimate gatherings of 30 guests or large banquets for up to 500. Planning is made easy by custom floor plans with

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tables and chairs, and an open vendor policy allowing the flexibility to make your dreams a reality. The Silo now offers The Bridal House and The Salon by the Silo, a full service, on-site salon with two stylists. Plenty of on-site parking and an ideal location 6 miles from I-24, just north of the Middle Tennessee state line in Kentucky, afford added convenience for your guests. The possibilities are endless at The Silo, Western Kentucky’s premiere event venue!

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Emily Holt

By Liesel Schmidt Photography by Shelby M’Lynn Photography

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hey say you know when you know; and you might say that, for Emily Goodman and Holt Linde, the knowing happened almost right away. Having met through mutual friends during their college days at Samford University in Birmingham, the two started dating and quickly came to the conclusion that this was it—the relationship that would last. Over the next eighteen months, that sense of knowing became even more of a certainty, and Holt took Emily up on a hill overlooking the city and presented her with a collection of photos highlighting their relationship and a heartfelt letter describing the value and importance of their love. After presenting her with a ring and getting her enthusiastic “Yes!,” Holt’s perfect plan for the perfect proposal ended with a picnic with a perfectly romantic sunset sky painting the heavens around them. “It was absolutely amazing, and I will be forever grateful that he chose to spend the rest of his life with

me,” says Emily. Five and a half months later on March 18, 2017, Emily wore a classic high-necked ivory satin gown with an A-line skirt as she walked down the aisle at The Silo Event Center in her hometown of Hopkinsville to meet the man of her dreams. After exchanging their vows and having their union officially declared, the newly married Lindes joined their loved ones for a cocktail hour and buffet style reception held at The Silo, where they dined and danced their first dance as a married couple to Johnny Swim’s “Take the World.” The world was indeed for the taking, and after they indulged in a three-tiered edible masterpiece of chocolate, strawberry, and carrot cake, the couple jetted off to an exotic honeymoon in Fiji. Now back home in Franklin, Tennessee, the Lindes are enjoying many sunsets together—and looking forward to watching them for a lifetime.

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veryone knows that one guy who is the life of the party. But when shy Becky Phillips went to a party in 2011 and was actually introduced to that guy, she didn’t just meet him. She fell in love with him. “He literally was the life of the party, Becky recalls. “He was so funny and outgoing. It makes him such a fun person to be around; and being kind of shy and reserved myself, I was drawn to him. He helped bring me out of my shell.” It wasn’t love at first sight for Becky and life of the party guy Michael Daniels, though. It was more of a friendship in the beginning, though Becky knew fairly quickly that Michael really wasn’t just the life of the party—he was the party in her life. “We got along so well and would talk and laugh all night and never run out of things to talk about. We brought out the best in each other and balanced each other so perfectly that it was kind of natural for us to become best friends, which I think is very important in a relationship.” As so often happens under the best of circumstances, their friendship turned into love over the course of a few months; and the couple dated for the next five years, deepening their bond in a way that would unite their hearts forever. Knowing that the time had come to start a new life together, when Michael and Becky went on a trip to Opry Mills Hotel to see the Christmas lights as had been their standing tradition through all the years of their relationship, Mike didn’t let Becky revel in the glow of the lights. In fact, rather than letting her meander, he steered her like a man on a mission, straight on through to a little wishing well, far

away from the eyes of anyone else who might watch his plans unfold. “We made our wishes, and then he got down on one knee,” Becky says. “Of course, I said yes! It turns out, he was dragging me through the hotel because he knew that I don’t like a lot of attention and would be uncomfortable if he proposed in front of a bunch of strangers. It was perfect.” Ten months later on October 7, 2017, Becky walked down the aisle at The Barn at Legate in Dover, Tennessee, wearing a champagne-colored high neck silhouette dress and cowboy boots as she took her first steps toward the man who brought out the very best in her. And after her father presented her in marriage—“We had to have the wording changed because my dad refused to say that he was giving me away!”—and her train was kicked out of the way, Becky could only smile and laugh as Mike lost his words. “Michael was so nervous that he forgot the words he was supposed to repeat for our vows right after they were said to him!” Once their vows were exchanged and their union pronounced, the newly married Daniels joined their guests for a buffet-style reception and dined on classic barbecue fare. Dancing their first dance to “Making My Way To You” by Cole Swindell, they later sliced into a perfectly petite two-tier cake that was accompanied by a fun and tasty variety of cupcakes before hitting the road to split their honeymoon-time at Myrtle Beach and then in the mountains of North Carolina. Now back home in Indian Mound, Tennessee, the Daniels are living a party of their very own—and loving every minute. February 2018 | www.vipclarksville.com • 79


VIP EVENT | Estate Planning Conference Story + Photography by Tony Centonze John Crow of the Batson Nolan Law Firm recently hosted an estate planning discussion at Belle Hollow. “I’m a Member/Partner at the law firm,” Crow said. “My specialty is in estate planning and probates. We held this discussion to share some information with people, information that might answer some of their questions as they prepare for their family’s future.” Crow presented a slide show that covered numerous topic and inspired numerous questions from the audience. He entertained questions from several guests during and after his presentation. “Planning for your incapacity or death is more important now than ever,” Crow said. “Hopefully, we’re helping people understand how to get their affairs together in the new year, learn about the new tax laws, and gain some helpful techniques, like gifting.”

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At the Batson Nolan law firm’s discussion the presenters talked about everything from wills to power of attorney and trusts. “Our goal was to give the attendees a sense of what estate planning is and why it’s important,” said Crow. “This is the first time we have done a seminar like this, and we plan on doing it again.” “We really appreciate everyone who attended our presentation on estate planning,” said Crow. “We hope that they learned something, and I hope we gave them some valuable information that will help them in the future.” Pat Milam, Dottie Halliday & Lauren Safley

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VIP EVENT | Gateway Chamber Orchestra Masterworks Series: Historic Pairing Story + Photography by Lucas Ryan Chambers The Gateway Chamber Orchestra performed their latest musical success, Historic Pairing, to a packed house on the campus of Austin Peay State University. The concert series, which is presented by Wyatt Johnson, gives Clarksville residents the perfect opportunity to enjoy live renditions of classical works performed by nationally recognized musicians. The event took place at the Tom and Sharon Mabry Concert Hall located on the beautiful campus of Austin Peay State University. The Gateway Chamber Orchestra performs all over Middle Tennessee and has re-occurring shows in Clarksville. To find out when the next performance is and how you may get tickets, visit www.GatewayChamberOrchestra.com.

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