Haley & Patrick

Haley West Wright is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Andrew Wright, of Murfreesboro, Tenn. She graduated from Oakland High School in 2011 and then attended Lipscomb University. Haley is currently a P3at the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy. Patrick Thomas Cole is the son ofMr. and Mrs. Thomas Cole, of Murfreesboro, Tenn. He graduated from Riverdale High School in 2010 and from MTSU in 2015.  Patrick now works as a Mechanical Engineer with Mueller Industries.

Patrick and Haley grew up in Murfreesboro, Tenn., where they met through a mutual friend, Maid of Honor Marisa Underwood. Despite colorful first impressions of each other, they wouldn’t reconnect until late 2011. Patrick was a sophomore engineering major at nearby Middle Tennessee State University, and Haley was a freshman chemistry major on the pre-pharmacy track at Lipscomb University in Nashville. Haley was home for winter break when Patrick invited her to go rock-climbing at the gym where he worked with Best Man, Tyler Carson. After that encounter, Haley knew she had to see Patrick again. A few weeks later, Haley was back in school and taking an art appreciation class, which required a visit to the Frist. She says she “bribed” Patrick into accompanying her to the art gallery by offering to take him to a Predators hockey game afterwards, but no bribe was necessary. Patrick knew Haley was special, the kind of girl he would marry someday.

The wedding day was filled with countless special touches and memories.  One of those special memories were the wedding and the groom’s cake that were made by the groom’s mother, Teresa Cole.  The wedding cake was vanilla with raspberry filling while the groom’s cake was chocolate and appropriately themed, Nashville Predators. The wedding couple honeymooned in the Mayan Riviera at Secrets Akumal and currently live in the Berry Hill area of Nashville, Tenn.

Behind the scenes:

CJ’s Off The Square, Franklin, TN

Wedding Planner:
Jennifer Rhem with CJ’s Off The Square

Amy Nicole Photography

Floral Design:
The Enchanted Florist, Caprice Palmer

McConnell Hospitality Group, CJ’s Off TheSquare

The Write Impression

Bride’s Gown:
Olia Zavozina

Wedding Cakes:
Teresa Cole, the groom’s mother

Hair and Makeup:
Dion’s South

Wedding Music:
Silver Strings

Hayley & Chase

Photography by Meridith Brown

On May 21, 2016 Hayley Rae Sloan, daughter of Ben and Barbara Sloan, and Chase O’Neal Johnson, son of Tim and Rose Johnson, were married. Chase went to Riverdale High School in Murfreesboro. He played baseball for Motlow and went to MTSU for his engineering degree. Hayley went to Siegel High School in Murfreesboro. She played soccer for The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and went to Chattanooga State for her Radiologic Technology degree.

The two met in high school back in 2006. Years later they started dating and on May 16, 2015, Chase surprised Hayley with a proposal. The two planned to go hiking in Monteagle with their dogs. On the way up the mountain, they pulled over to view a beautiful overlook in Sewanee that they often visited together. Chase pointed to the ground where he earlier wrote before the two got there, “Hayley, will you marry me?”

The beautiful hillside wedding took place at Events at East 96 in Lascassas, TN.  Pastor Mark Gregory led the ceremony. White hydrangeas hanging on shepherds’ hooks lined the aisle next to rows of hay bales. Hayley wore a Maggie Sottero Luella wedding gown and her bridesmaids wore Bill Levkoff sangria colored dresses from The White Room. Her makeup was done by Laura Homer and her hair by Rachel Cothron. The groom and his groomsmen wore light grey suits with sangria ties.

Chase’s wedding band was an heirloom handed down from his adored great grandfather, Alfred O’Neal Johnson, also known as “Daddy Neal”. The ring was passed on to Chase’s father, Tim Johnson, and then passed on to Chase. Meridith Brown captured the photography, Josh Curd handled the videography, and John Ward was the DJ for the event.

All of the flowers for the event were from Import Flowers in Nashville and were all put together by a helpful team of individuals (sisters, mothers, sister-in-laws, aunts, and grandparents). The flowers were a combination of carnations, peonies, ferns, wax flowers, and roses.

The reception was held under a large pavilion on the property. Janet from Draping Designs draped the sides of the pavilion. The rustic chic reception incorporated colors of gold, pink, white, and sangria. The tables were covered with white tablecloths with gold sequin runners, cranberry colored napkins, and gold chargers. Jim N Nicks catered the event and served smoked sausage pimento cheese bites and deviled eggs for appetizers. Pulled pork, macaroni and cheese, green beans, and cheese biscuits were served for the entree. Their white wedding cake was detailed with peonies and baked by Gretta Stone.

The couple took their honeymoon to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. They make their home in Beechgrove, TN. Chase is an Engineer at Nissan and Hayley is a CT Technologist at St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital.

Kathleen & Braden

Photography by Adam B. Elrod Photography

After a special September surprise proposal in Kathleen’s parent’s backyard surrounded by family and friends, Kathleen Elrod married Braden Hunsicker the following October 3rd at 5:30pm at the Copper Ridge Event Venue in Murfreesboro. The original plan was to get married at the same site as the engagement and have the reception at Copper Ridge, but on that day, it was raining and freezing cold. Thankfully, they were able to move their entire ceremony into the barn without a problem, thanks to the gracious open arms of David and Sherry Lynn, owners of Copper Ridge and also Murfreesboro Flower Shop.  They know all too well about best laid plans being changed, specifically when speaking about their new event venue, Copper Ridge.  

The barn, now known as Copper Ridge, was initially under construction in October of 2014 as a horse barn, to fulfill the desire of the Lynn’s to board more horses. Much like the plans of Kathleen and Braden, that idea was changed.  A friend stopped by to check on the progress, asked if it was possible for his son to marry there before they moved the horses in, they agreed to help the friend out, and the rest is history.  50 more brides requested the venue, to whom they replied no before realizing this was an obvious need, so the construction plan changed, and the beautiful barn, adorned with a copper roof, is now home to two bridal suites, a groom’s suite, a full kitchen, bar, and room for up to three hundred guests.  The Lynn’s have found a new love for hosting, especially for non-profit associations where they have the ability to donate the venue in an effort to give back to a community that has supported them for so long.

In terms of the vision of the wedding, Kathleen, daughter of Darryl and Linda Elrod of Murfreesboro and Kenneth, son of Ken and Regina Hunsicker of Smyrna, wanted the ceremony to reflect their style, which is simply, simple. She didn’t want the stress or the complications that many weddings come with, so the majority of the decorations were flowers (from Murfreesboro Flower Shop), candles, and homemade items. The colors ended up being deep blues, reds and purples with the bridesmaids wearing short, dark purple dresses. Kathleen told them they could do their hair how they liked, wear what jewelry they liked, and wear whatever brown boots and blue jean jacket they liked (remember rainy and cold). They boys were in simple black vest and pants, white shirt, and dark purple polka dot ties.

The most memorable (funny) moment of the night was the garter toss. When her brother (the photographer) came to Kathleen and told her that it was time for that, she realized that she didn’t have her garter on, nor did she know where it was (her reaction to all of this was captured on video - pure panic)! Luckily, Kathleen’s mother had thrown it in her purse which was in the bridal room.

Kathleen had always hoped to wear her mother’s wedding dress, but she didn’t express this to her until they got engaged. Thankfully, even without preserving it or even hanging it up, her dress was in perfect condition 35 years later. Because the dress was from the 80’s, she decided to find someone that would be able to redo it to her taste - simple. Kathleen and her mom found someone in town that was able to do just that, and over several months, they designed and perfected her mother’s dress into her wedding dress.

Her something old was a broach from each of her grandmothers (at the time, one had passed, and the other was still living, but is passed now). Kathleen’s something borrowed was her mother’s dress, and something blue was her garter (which was also her mother’s).

The reception was held in the barn in the same location as the ceremony. While the couple was taking quick pictures after the ceremony, the groomsmen moved the tables and chairs to set up for the reception. It all moved seamlessly and quickly. The wedding cake was a two tiered, white cake with a Mr. & Mrs. wire cake topping, along with a few flowers. The grooms cake was a fiddle (Braden plays fiddle). For entertainment, they had all the traditional things - bouquet toss, garter toss, first dance, father/daughter dance - but they also played a game where Braden and Kathleen sat back to back, and he held one of her shoes and one of his, and she did as well. They were asked questions about their relationship and who would do what in different situations, and if they thought the answer was Braden, they held up his shoe. If the answer was Kathleen, they held up her shoe.

The song they danced to was “The Lovers’ Waltz”, a fiddle song, written by Jay Unger. Braden played this for her many years ago when they first started dating, and she loved it. For the wedding, Braden, who plays fiddle, got his grandfather who plays guitar and Matt McGee who plays bass, and they together recorded this song for Kathleen.

Braden and Kathleen have happily kept their roots in Murfreesboro, where she is a site director for Murfreesboro City Schools extended school program and he is a product approval technician for Schwan Cosmetics.

Malaina & Mark

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.


Mary Cate & Colton

Photography by Erin McCall Photography, LLC

Mary Catherine Ownby, daughter of Cathy and Chris Ownby of Murfreesboro, married Colton James LeBoeuf, son of Kate and Rob LeBoeuf of Charleston, S.C., on Saturday, June 4, 2016, at First United Methodist Church. A lovely backyard reception followed at the bride’s home.  Mary Cate wore a silk organza Martina Liana gown and carried a bouquet of coral and white peonies, white hydrangeas, blush Juliet garden roses, hypericum and eucalyptus, provided by the floral design talents of Lori Sain Smith of Daffodilly Design. Her twelve bridesmaids wore J. Crew dresses in pale green, and the groom and groomsmen wore navy suits and grey chambray ties from Jos. A Bank.

The wedding party was made up of close family and friends, including Mollye Ownby, sister of the bride and Maid of Honor, Montana LeBoeuf, sister of the groom, Miles Ownby, brother of the bride, and the groom’s four brothers, Brandon, Jake, Dakota and Luke. The groom’s two nieces served as flower girls. Four of the couple’s close friends provided the music of violin, guitar and vocals, which included a time of congregational praise and worship. Chris walked Mary Cate down the aisle to “Ever Be” by Bethel Music. The photography and videography were provided by Erin McCall Photography of Knoxville.

Lori Sain Smith also beautifully designed the reception under a white tent on the back lawn with a black and white dance floor and a mixture of champagne draped silk tables provided by Stewart’s and farm tables and seating provided by Southern Celebrations. The farm tables were adorned with silver dollar and seeded eucalyptus running down the center with small mercury glass vases of hydrangeas, roses and flickering candles.  

The guests were served from the courtyard and dined on herbed pork tenderloin, gourmet mac and cheese, smoky green beans and a spinach and pear salad catered by Laura Gossett of Tasty Table Fine Event Catering.  The stunning array of wedding cakes, including a traditional almond, two lemon (Mary Cate’s favorite) and two carrot (Colton’s favorite) were provided by Anne Clark and were served from the dining room table.  

Mary Cate chose a lovely oversized William Arthur invitation with an embossed Ownby Family crest from The Write Impression. In keeping with tradition, Mary Cate wore a ring that belonged to Colton’s late grandmother as her something old. She carried a linen handkerchief monogrammed with her new initials in pale blue (a wedding day gift from her parents) wrapped around the stem of her bouquet that doubled as her something new and something blue.   Her cathedral length veil was borrowed from an Alpha Delta Pi sorority sister.

Mary Cate and Colton met at their church in Knoxville and became close friends on a mission trip to Capetown, South Africa. After a first date when Colton surprised her by remembering and bringing her favorite blue hydrangeas along, a love story unfolded. After a year of courting and asking her father, Chris, for permission for her hand in marriage, Colton arranged a surprise engagement on top of Max Patch Mountain in North Carolina. Mary Cate had just moved him to Texas for an upcoming year of Discipleship Training School and was on her way home from a girl’s trip in Charleston when her group of friends (accomplices to the surprise) told her they were going to stop at Max Patch and take some sunset photos. When they arrived, they told Mary Cate that she was to walk the journey up the mountain by herself. Colton had placed handwritten letters every few yards all the way up the path, culminating with her arrival at the top to find him on his knee with a diamond ring to ask his love to be his wife! Colton had also planned a surprise party back in Knoxville with family and friends delightfully waiting at their favorite restaurant, The Plaid Apron, to celebrate with them.

Hosting a reception at home was one of the sweetest things we have ever done. In fact, the Ownbys had intentionally not planted any trees in the back yard in the hope that one of their three children would want to have a wedding reception at home! Although the morning brought an absolute deluge of rain, the afternoon cleared and Mary Cate and Colton were able to have a first look on the beautiful lawn of Event Coordinator and friend Lori Sain Smith. After a worshipful ceremony and a wonderful reception, the evening culminated in Mary Cate tossing her bouquet from the upper porch of her home and then running down the staircase with Colton as their guests lined the front walkway celebrating with sparklers. The LeBoeufs now reside in Knoxville, where Colton is a Pastoral Intern with Antioch Community Church and Mary Cate is teaching English and Creative Writing at Bearden High School.

Sarada & Kaleb

Photography by KRISTYN HOGAN

Sarada Kolli and Kaleb Tilton met during their junior year at The Webb School in Bell Buckle, Tenn., after Kaleb transferred there from a school in McMinnville, Tenn. They did not really know each other until they went to Italy on a class trip for spring break their junior year. During that trip, Sarada and Kaleb became really good friends. This friendship continued thru their senior year, even after Sarada rejected Kaleb the first time he tried to ask her out. He remained persistent, however, eventually winning her over on February 13, 2012.

Since then, the relationship continued to evolve and take on new challenges. They graduated from Webb in May of 2012. The next adventure was college. Kaleb went to the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, and Sarada attended Oxford College of Emory. Even with the distance between them, they became stronger and closer. Through road trips to see each other, surprises, and vacations, they quickly realized they wanted to take the next step in their relationship.

On June 13, 2015, Kaleb brought both families together, along with Sarada’s best friends from school to surprise her with a proposal. The proposal took place at Kaleb’s house, where he had a trail of memories leading up to him in his backyard. After some nervous pacing, Sarada finally turned the corner to see him. After popping the question, he surprised her by opening the door to all of their family and friends waiting to congratulate them on their engagement. The day was spent reminiscing, sharing stories, and taking photos.

Kaleb graduated with a degree in Accounting and a minor in Economics followed by a Masters of Accounting at The Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan in April 2016.  Sarada recently graduated with a degree in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology with a minor in History in May of 2016.

Very quickly after their graduations, the wedding took place on August 13, 2016, in the backyard of the Kolli family here in Murfreesboro. It meant a whole lot to the Kolli family, being able to have it at their home and to create more special memories there. They were also excited to blend the cultures of both Sarada’s Indian heritage and Kaleb’s American heritage together to make a perfect combination for the young couple.

The cultural ceremonies began with a Mehendi, or henna, party held before the wedding.  The wedding party, along with other women close to Sarada, joined together to decorate their hands and feet with traditional Indian designs to adorn themselves during the ceremony.

Sarada wore a wedding dress from The White Room, and she also wore traditional Indian jewelry including a belt commonly worn by South Indian brides. Kaleb wore a custom-made suit from Prince Bbogies, which is also a common custom in India for the bride to give new clothing to the groom.  Sarada changed into a lengha (an Indian dress), ordered from India, for the reception. During the reception, the cultural experience was extended also to the food selection, a healthy fusion of southern and Indian food.

The Kolli ladies rave about Meredith and Shannon from Sage Nine Events, the wedding planners! They helped with the wedding in its entirety --from the wedding invitations, flowers, to a very unique tent. You name it, they could do it!

After the wedding, Sarada and Kaleb honeymooned in New Orleans --followed by a cruise.  The couple then moved to Chattanooga, Tenn. for a year where Kaleb will begin his career as an auditor at Elliott Davis Decosimo, and Sarada will continue her applications to medical school.

Summer & Bart

Photography by Jenna Henderson

Summer Leigh Smith, daughter of Diane and Richard Smith of Murfreesboro, married Barton Hurst Barker, son of Joe and Carol Barker of Savannah, Tenn., on Saturday, September, 10, 2016, in a dreamy romantic wedding at Mint Springs Farm in Nolensville, Tenn., after an interesting relationship story, which the bride and groom love to share. The story of how Summer and Bart met has some unique twists and turns. It’s a story of how good things truly do come to those who wait. It’s a love story that combines a sweet mixture of classic romanticism with the help of a very popular form of modern day social media.

Summer and Bart first met at the turn of a new century. In the fall of 2000, during their college years at Middle Tennessee State University, though their paths crossed from time to time, it wasn’t until 14 years later would a romance blossom between the two.

In January of 2014, Summer and Bart have a mutual friend that reached out to Bart via social media to ask if he was dating anyone. If he wasn’t, she had this perfect person in mind that she wanted him to meet. With both of them having crossed into their 30’s, there was a growing feeling of disappointment from both of them on why they just couldn’t find that “perfect” person for themselves.

February of 2015 would be one of the coldest months that many meteorologists could recall at that time. However, it was about to get much warmer for Summer and Bart, but not until February 27, 2015. That was Bart’s birthday.

Summer posted a very simple, “Happy Birthday” on his Facebook wall. Prior to this, Bart had been trying to conjure up enough courage to reach out to her. He had seen enough amazing pictures of this beautiful brown headed green eyed girl pop up on his Facebook timeline. Especially a photo he saw of her in a red dress that she wore to a fundraising philanthropy event. A photo that still takes his breath away. Bart was ready to catch up on that birthday message from Summer and see if this birthday greeting could turn into a date, and he succeeded. Their first date included dinner at Bonefish Grille in Murfreesboro full of comfortable and fun filled conversation pouring across the table between these two. So much had happened in their lives since graduation: the good, the bad, the ugly. Life. They identified with each other on many life stories that night.

Last September, Bart decided the best place to propose to Summer would be her home. The proposal would happen where their relationship began. The night of proposal Bart would leave a dinner with friends and prepare Summer’s house for her BIG surprise! Bart filled her home with tea lit candles and red rose petals. He wrote Summer a letter that night that was given to her by a friend. The letter would state to her the time had come and he would need her to come home. Summer would walk home to find her house dark and lit by candles, rose petals scattered, and Bart down on his knee waiting for her to arrive.

Following a yearlong engagement, the wedding was absolutely stunning, where the bride choose soft romantic colors of creams, golds, and shades of rose quartz. The florals included garden roses, cafe dahlias, and succulents. Summer wore a Hayley Paige long sleeve A-line bridal gown, illusion floral beaded bodice with bateau neckline and low open back, layered English net circular skirt. Bart wore a Kenneth Cole navy suit and tie. The wedding day started with plenty of sunshine until right around ceremony time when the storms moved in. A stormy night couldn’t stop this beautiful Bride from walking down the aisle to her handsome Groom. The sound of the rain on the tin roof as the wind rushed against all sides of the pavilion wasn’t loud enough to drowned out their sweet vows. They both wrote their own vows and talked about overcoming the storms of life; unexpectedly appropriate. Their friend Chris Campbell was the officiant, an always sweet personal touch to a ceremony.

After the storms cleared, it was time to head into the reception. The Bridal party made their introductions to “Now That We Found Love” by Heavy D and The Boyz. After the introductions, the Newlyweds went into their first dance. Summer and Bart’s first dance was to “You and I” by Eddie Rabbitt and Crystal Gayle. The Father of the Bride joined Summer on the dance floor for the Father/Daughter dance to the song “Have I Told You Lately” by Van Morrison, while Bart and his Mom danced to “A Song For Mama” by Boyz II Men.  The final dance was to “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life”, the Dirty Dancing version where the bride and groom gave a dance routine complete with air lift and all at the end! Afterwards, the bride and groom would have a beautiful sparkler send off. The couple honeymooned in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. They continue to reside in Murfreesboro, where Summer is a pharmaceutical representative with Abbvie, and Bart is the assignment editor for WKRN News Channel 2.


Tylar & Chris

Photography by B Morgan Photography

Chris Maxey proposed to Tylar Maryssa Setser on a secluded dock in Beaufort, South Carolina, one of their favorite spots to spend time together, because of its beautiful setting among the vast marshland and its calmness which is filled with the sounds of wildlife and the great outdoors. The two decided to carry on the theme of the serene marshland background into their wedding day on November 26, 2016, under a beautiful S.C., sunset.  

Chris and Tylar knew that a big, expensive wedding wasn’t their style. They also wanted to spend more money on the honeymoon, so they naturally chose the backyard of a close family friend to host their autumn, outdoor wedding. They also wanted to celebrate the marriage rather than just having a big party, so everything was intimate, rustic, and not over-the-top.

As the bride, Tylar’s vision was to make such a special day as intimate and memorable as possible. She knew that she wanted to feel confident and comfortable so that she could really be completely engaged and present during their big day. She selected a form-fitting wedding gown with an open back, and as the wedding day drew closer and closer, she began feeling anxious about how I would look and feel in it. She expressed her concerns to Chris, and he, as a personal trainer who had worked with brides preparing for before their big days, was able to personalize a plan for Tylar based on the dress shape.  When she finally put on her dress on their wedding day, tears of joy filled her eyes. She felt truly confident going into the wedding.

The bridesmaids wore burgundy, navy for groomsmen and yellow, burgundy, and white flowers completed the fall, natural theme.

The reception was also held outdoors, amid oak trees and Spanish moss, at Chris’ parents’ home (across the street from the ceremony location).  All in all, the wedding and reception were low cost with minimal stress. Tylar and Chris had wonderful support from friends and family in preparing and experiencing their special day. They chose to go with cupcakes for over extravagant cakes. Tylar’s college roommate did an amazing job on her hair and makeup, while Shawn Clark, Chris’s best friend was the officiant and provided the musical entertainment at the reception.

The couple honeymooned in Argentina, where they spent a week experiencing the Patagonia Mountain Range in the Andes. Being healthy and in shape also allowed them to hike, mountain climb, horseback ride, and bike alongside the locals.

Tylar and Chris have returned to make their home in Murfreesboro, where she is working at MTSU and he is the co-owner of UFit Training Studio.