Samantha Phypers met Guy Simmons in 2017. They were introduced by Guy’s mother, Sissy, who was one of Samantha’s professors at Lipscomb University in Nashville. Guy proposed in October 2020 at the historic Rippavilla Plantation in Spring Hill, Tennessee. With the help of his mom and sister, …

Meredith Manning and Thomas Griswold became engaged in April 2019 but scheduled three different dates for their wedding because of the pandemic: May 2020, September 2020 and May 2021, when they finally tied the knot at West End United Methodist Church. Reverend Brandon Baxter officiated, and…

    Whether sisters, brothers or best friends, bridesmaids and groomsmen are there before, during and after the “I do’s.” But how do the bride- and groom-to-be best commemorate these special relationships? We want to make it easier for the happy couple, so we asked some local experts for their f…

      Photographer: Daniel Meigs. Art director: Heather Pierce. Stylist: Leslie Stephens. Hair and makeup: Anaïs Shiba. Models: Joshua Balis (Tribe), La-Tanya Greene, Haley Robbins (Tribe), Morgan Watkins (AMAX), Stylist assistant: Savannah Schroeder. Photography assistant: Abby Thompson. Florist:…

      In This Issue

      When Kathleen Diehl and Spencer Kennard tasked Amos Gott with planning their April 2020 wedding, their initial plan was to incorporate rustic elements from their adopted state of Colorado into the refined festivities at Belle Meade Country Club. When the global pandemic forced them to resche…

      A few months before COVID-19 sent the world into lockdown, Martha and Malcolm Greenwood of Big Events designed a classic church ceremony and backyard reception straight out of a dream. The bride shared her vision of an intimate, understated and elegant wedding decorated in white and ivory wi…

      Carolyn Fisher and Ben Eisemann met at Vanderbilt University in 2012. Seven years later, Ben proposed on the balcony of his family home in Kiawah Island, South Carolina. As they descended the stairs, family and friends greeted them with tears and a beautiful celebratory dinner.

      When Samantha Richter and Jonathan Price became engaged, they knew they wanted an intimate wedding that reflected who they were as individuals, as a couple and as two families about to be joined together. They also knew the perfect person to carry out their vision. Samantha’s sister, Jenny R…

        Weddings are always monumental affairs, but the events of the last year added even more obstacles for brides, grooms and planners to surmount and made the unforgettable day even more memorable for couples and guests. In a year rife with challenges and hardships, love was still blossoming and…

        Torrey Schusterman met Rob Joy while visiting a mutual friend in Atlanta in October 2016. They all went to a beer festival at Turner Field, and the couple soon fell in love.

        Elizabeth Wilcox and David Suggs had mutual friends who connected them through social media accounts. The two began communicating during the summer of 2018, but it wasn't until January 2019 that they had their first date at Barcelona Wine Bar in Nashville.

        Emmy Weikert and Kyle Smith met at Vanderbilt University, where she was a cheerleader and he was on the baseball team. After five years of dating, they became engaged on a ski trip to Jackson Hole, Wyoming. "Kyle skied around the mountain for three days with the ring in his backpack before f…

        Sara Brown and David Fleishman became friends in 2011 during their freshman year at University of Virginia but did not begin dating until they were seniors. After graduation, Sara worked in San Francisco, and David worked in New York for almost two years before moving to San Francisco. There…

        Ashley Patton and Doug Foote met at a Nashville Predators game in 2013. Ashley's best friend asked Doug, who was working for the Predators at the time, if he had extra tickets to the game, because she had a friend that she wanted him to meet. In February 2019, Doug proposed on the garden roo…

        Nashvillians Britton Catignani and Matt Brown first met in 2009 through mutual friends. Matt proposed 10 years later in June 2019. "He had been trying to plan a special proposal," said Britton, "but couldn't wait any longer. I came home from work one Tuesday, and before I walked in the door,…

        Susan Bradley and Michael Bass met in February 2019 at Bastion in Nashville through mutual friends and immediately hit it off. "It was magnetic, really," said Susan. Michael proposed 10 months later at The Sherry-Netherland hotel in New York on a trip to explore the city at Christmastime. Th…

        Alice Farquhar first heard of Max Goldberg from her brother George, who worked with him at a New York agency. When Max noticed a photo of Alice in the office, George explained she was his younger sister in school in England. Legend has it that Max replied, "I will marry her one day."

        Nashvillian Ben Satyshur met Whitney Kenney from Atlanta in 2014. Four years later, he began planning how to propose. "It was my mission in life," said Ben, "to surprise Whitney with the proposal, because it is impossible to get anything past her. Originally, I was planning to propose at her…

        Nashvillian Mary "Molly" Saint and Max Sung from Columbus, Ohio, met in 2015, while they were both working for tech company Squarespace in New York. They were friends at first and began dating in January 2017. Max proposed in November 2018 on a pier overlooking the East River and Manhattan s…

        Anna Armistead and Billy Clinton first met at the University of Virginia in 2008 but didn't begin dating until they were both in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, nine years later. She is the daughter of Tara and Benjamin Armistead of Nashville, and he is the son of Sharon and William Clinton of …

        Mary “Molly” Claybrook, daughter of Cammie and John Claybrook of Nashville, and John Newell, son of Debbie and Gordon Newell of Mandeville, Louisiana, met in 2016 in New Orleans while she was in nursing school at Louisiana State University and he was a recent graduate with a bachelor’s degre…

        Snowfall on a 70-degree night. A canopy comprised of 10,000 tulips. A fox-trotting, tap-dancing father of the bride. It was a year of spectacular weddings in Nashville and we have the scoop on every breathtaking and memorable detail. Come along as our guest for an inside peek at three of the…

        For Elizabeth Bradbury and Ben McAlpin’s early December nuptials, event planner Hugh Howser created a winter wonderland wedding that was as romantic as it was jaw-droppingly beautiful. Using a small swatch of velvet blue fabric from the bride’s mother, Sylvia, as a starting point, Hugh envis…

        On a walk through Chicago’s Millennium Park and Lurie Garden, Andrew Galbierz got down on one knee and asked Julie Eskind to be his wife. The couple celebrated with Champagne on the rooftop of the University Club of Chicago before capping off the celebration at Bavette’s, one of their favori…

        It was a match made in high-tech heaven for Crystal Churchwell and Victor Evans, who met on dating app Bumble in 2016. Their first date was brunch at The Sutler Saloon, where the band was so loud they really had to concentrate on what the other was saying. “I heard enough to know that I was …

        Aven Chadwell and Robbie Weikert attended Belmont University at the same time but never crossed paths. (She was earning her B.A. while he was studying for his master'safter graduating from Vanderbilt.) He later found her on Bumble in 2017, and they soon realized their shared love of travel, …

        Anna Molteni and Zach Moore crossed paths while attending Auburn University but didn't reconnect until almost a decade later. He proposed in a pavilion in Percy Warner Park the day after Christmas 2018.

        Nashvillian Overton Thompson met Virginia Boswell from Houston through mutual friends while celebrating Mardi Gras in New Orleans in 2012. They were both students at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, at the time.

        Francie Fisher and Tom Corcoran first met in preschool at Westminster Church and “dated” briefly in eighth grade when she was at Ensworth and he was at Montgomery Bell Academy, but they didn't reconnect until 2014. She was working at Town & Country magazine in New York after graduating f…

        Ann Ralls Niewold and Jerrod Brown met through mutual friends in 2012 at The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. Jerrod proposed on Dec. 30, 2017, in front of the cross in Sewanee after taking a hike with Ann Ralls. He arranged to have both families in town to celebrate afterward.

        Mallory Moody and Joey Waterman met when they were both 14 years old.Joey was in a band with Mallory's stepbrother, and the band practiced at Mallory's house in Nashville. They were just good friends inhigh school but began dating when they came home from college for Christmas break their fr…

        Sarah Joy Crouch and Jake Brady became acquainted in 2010 through Jake's Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity brothers at Vanderbilt University but did not begin dating until 2013 after reuniting at a party in Nashville. In May 2017, Jake surprised Sarah Joy with a proposal on the rooftop deck of his…

          Planning a trip down the aisle? Need some style inspiration? Make a statement with these breathtaking bridal looks from local boutiques.

            Amy Fossaluzza and Charlie Nelson met in South Korea in 2011 while they were both teaching conversational English on Fulbright grants. After that, life took them in separate directions for a couple of years. Charlie studied for his master’s at Oxford, and Amy went home to Louisville to teach.

              Micaela Meyer of London, England, met Dane Ferré of Nashville during their fourth year at the University of Virginia. Their romance continued through Dane's years at Emory Law and Micaela's venture into the world of fashion. They ended up in New York, where Dane practices mergers and acquisi…

              Caitlin Byrd and Spencer Foote, both Nashvillians, met as sophomores at The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, in 2012. Spencer proposed on Oct. 6, 2017, on their fifth anniversary. "He took me on a ‘glamping’ trip," said Caitlin, "which was not very glamorous at all. He proposed…

              Frances Phipps and Carl Grote were in the same group of friends while attending Harpeth Hall and Montgomery Bell Academy. After college, they met again at a New Year's Eve party in 2012 and began dating in January.

              Amanda Marsh and Mark Fuqua met in 2014 on a blind date arranged by a friend who works with Amanda at Neiman Marcus in Dallas. "After a number of days at the pool and walks on the Katy Trail, Mark took me out for a three-course french fry dinner for my birthday," said Amanda.

                From first love to second chances, weddings have been an important part of Nfocus since our very first issue. Each month, we’ve taken our readers inside the city’s most lavish, beautiful and anticipated nuptials, sharing all of the decadent details that make each celebration so special. Stro…

                Mary Keith Jackson and Austin Robbins were guests at the same party while attending The University of Mississippi. She had to leave early, so her date offered her his car to drive back to her dorm. She grabbed the keys he told her were on the kitchen counter and headed home. The next morning…

                Mattie Smith and Drew Carney were acquainted as early as 2004when he was at Montgomery Bell Academy and she attended Christ Presbyterian Academy, but they didn't become friends until 2012, when theyreturned to Nashville following college. After a two-week trip through Europe, Drew proposed i…

                Kathleen Geer and Chris Petro met through mutual friends at a party in Nashville, although they were both living in Birmingham at the time. They kept running into each other on weekend visits to Nashville in the summer of 2013 and finally had a first date at Chez Fonfon in Birmingham that fa…

                Hannah Claybrook and Reed Gibbs met through mutual friends at a Nashville Predators game during Thanksgiving break in 2012. Reed proposed in December 2016 while he and Hannah were walking their dog, Maverick, on the Steeplechase grounds at Percy Warner Park. "No one was in the park at the ti…

                Drew Lovell and Allison McCullough met in 2014 while in a training class at HCA. He proposed on July 4, 2016, at Warren's Point at Monteagle Sunday School Assembly and presented Allison with his grandmother's ring. They married Oct. 28, 2017, in a garden wedding at Riverwood Mansion in Nashv…

                Austin DeMoss met Andy Janaitis in August 2012 at a Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney concert in Washington, D.C. Andy proposed in January 2017 at the Jefferson Memorial with his brother and sister-in-law hiding nearby to photograph the event.

                Keaton Rives and JD Lloyd met in 2014 through mutual friends after a Sunday service at Redeemer Community Church in Birmingham, Alabama, when they all gathered for lunch at El Cazador. Their first date was more than two years later, and JD proposed on March 10, 2017 — the first anniversary o…

                  Step back into the glamour of an era gone by with bridal inspiration drawn from the 1930s. Photographed on location in the recently renovated Cheekwood Mansion, these wedding and party styles nod to the elegance of the past while maintaining a modern sophistication that is fresh and fashion-…

                  Blair Steakley and Jonathan Lund met at the American Heart Association's Heart Ball Late Partyheld at Schermerhorn Symphony Center in January 2015. On Christmas Eve of 2016, while exchanging gifts, he claimed his last one for her was too large to wrap. He took her upstairs to a room where th…

                  Caroline Nevin of Nashville and Morgan Dorr from Boulder, Colorado, met while students at Auburn University. They first ran into each other at her sorority dance in November 2012 and later officially met at his fraternity house in January 2013.Within 10 minutes, he invited her to his fratern…

                  Raleigh Anne Blank and John Gray met as campers at YMCA Camp Thunderbird in Lake Wylie, South Carolina, in the summer of 1997.They reconnected following the wedding of a fellow camper in 2015 and began a long-distance courtship between North Carolina and California. On Thanksgiving weekend o…

                  Most Popular

                  Subscribe to our Email Newsletter

                  Sign up for the latest news, photos and trends from Nashville's social scene!