Photos by Braspenny Photography
On October 15, 2016, Malaina Brooke Horn married Mark Anthony Pitre, III. Malaina is the daughter of Shannon Corrado Boyter and Russell B. Boyter of Murfreesboro, and Charles Randall Horn of Smyrna. Mark is the son of Mark Anthony Pitre, II, and Shirley Ann Pitre of Chattanooga. The ceremony took place at the Stones River Country Club in Murfreesboro. “Walking arm in arm with my mom and dad down the aisle, the scene ahead of me was breathtaking,” says Malaina. “Seeing my groom with the biggest smile on his face had me so excited. Seeing my best friends grinning, and his men being such studs…it was all amazing.”
The couple wanted a classic, religious ceremony for their special day. Derek McClardy, a best friend of the bride’s, sang several acoustic songs while guests were seated. “First, we exchanged our vows. Unfortunately, I found this very difficult!” says Malaina. “The preacher tried very hard to say the words slowly, but as I looked into Mark’s eyes, I completely forgot my words! I could hear my maid of honor, Catherine Willis, and my family in the front row giggling.”
Mark and Malaina decided to incorporate communion into their wedding. “Mark and I are firm believers in Christ and we wanted to make sure that our ceremony brought God glory. Marriage is a holy union between man and wife. It is the most intimate of human relationships, a gift from God, and a sacred institution. We decided to take communion as a way to truly put the past behind us and begin again as one.” Bridesmaid Molly Wiggins beautifully sang “I’ve Always Loved You” by Third Day during this special time.
Rachel Tenpenny of Brasspenny Photography stunningly captured the emotions of the day in photographs. “I am overwhelmingly pleased with how my photos turned out!” The invitations were printed by Write Impressions. “They were patient and continued to walk me through the process. I decided to go with a classic ivory and black invitation to match my black-tie event.”
Catering was deliciously done by the country club. “The food tasting was fun, and the chef at the country club was very helpful.” The four-tiered wedding cake, designed by Vicki at Signature Cakes, had a unique design on every layer with a bow on top. It was an all-ivory cake on the outside, but inside it had three different flavors that the couple enjoyed choosing together. “Mark and I went to two cake tastings. However, when we went to Vicki’s, the cake was so moist, we knew we wanted hers!” They decided on white chocolate truffle, strawberry, and lemon. The groom’s cake was an interesting key lime margarita flavor and represented Mark’s favorite team, LSU.
The bride donned an ivory Essence of Australia ball gown-style dress that was purchased from Monica’s Bridal in Chattanooga. The gown had a tiered skirt, simple beading, and an open back. Her “something blue” was a pair of royal indigo shoes. Malaina’s great grandmother’s diamond stud earrings served as “something old.” The groom too wore ivory to match his bride. Bangz Salon styled Malaina’s hair and makeup. The bridesmaids wore classic black, floor-length, formal gowns.
Floral designs were created by Jennifer Davenport. “She did such an exceptional job with all the décor…beyond what I could have imagined! The floral arrangements were a combination of merlot and ivory flowers mixed with greenery and berries.” Behind the scenes, Cheron Douglas provided creative ideas and long-term wedding coordination. The Stones River Country Club Event Coordinator, Penny Hass, organized and managed her team to make sure the entire wedding day was executed perfectly. “And it was,” agrees Malaina.
Malaina and her mother, Shannon, wished for a “Justin Timberlake”-style black-tie reception---“a fun, contemporary, dance-crazed event.” The newlyweds and bridal party walked into the reception to “Suit and Tie,” by Justin Timberlake, to jump start the fun. The couple’s first dance was to “Die a Happy Man” by Thomas Rhett. The entertainment for the evening was supplied by the Million Dollar Man, DJ Keenan Daniels, who did not disappoint. “He is the best in the biz! He became the wedding DJ for three other weddings, including mine. We all just had to have him. He made the party!” Afterwards, Malaina and Mark happily retreated to their honeymoon destination at the Sandals Resort at Royal Caribbean, Montego Bay, Jamaica.
“It all began with simple eye contact,” states Malaina. “We were complete strangers on a church ski trip, but our eyes kept meeting. On the ride home, I sat beside him. We shared our music interests, and even shared headphones. It was somewhat romantic. I asked him if he played Words with Friends, a Scrabble-like game on your phone. He said, ‘No,’ but he downloaded it for me. We got back to the church and said our goodbyes. I added him on Words with Friends immediately and we played ALL THE TIME. Another cool part about the app is that you can chat on the side. We started talking a lot…mostly talking, and less playing. During this time, we were able to see each other more often. We were always a little awkward at first, but then we would end up talking all night.”
“On our first date, he took me out to dinner and bowling. We were both so nervous. We hung out again on a snow day and went sledding with his friends, and after that was our first kiss. It was the best kiss I ever had!” gushes Malaina. “Next, we went on our Valentine’s date, and I was sold. I just stared at him while he was driving and I knew I loved him. He had my heart in the first three weeks. He hadn’t even asked me to be his girlfriend yet!”
On January 30, 2016, Mark proved he was the one for Malaina with his thoughtful and clever proposal. “We were in my apartment when Mark asked me if I wanted to play Scrabble. I thought nothing of it, because we love board games. I go into my room, and he is down on one knee with ‘Marry Me’ on the Scrabble board! He tells me that we got to know each other over Words with Friends, and he has loved me ever since!” Two years later, Malaina and Mark are inseparable, strong, and so in love. “I cannot imagine myself with anyone else. Now we are ready for our happily ever after!”
Malaina has her bachelor’s degree in Biology: STEM Education, and was a member of Omega Phi Alpha National Service Sorority. Mark graduated with his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and is now a project engineer for Blount-Sanford Contracting Company, Inc. The newlyweds have relocated to Atlanta, GA to begin their lives together.