It was entirely fortuitous that when Terah Shea Kimbrell and Madison Arlington Wenzler got engaged in the Cheekwood gardens in December of 2019, they planned to have the wedding in October 2021. In addition to missing the height of the pandemic without having to reschedule, the long engagement gave Terah time to finish her graduate studies at Vanderbilt and gave the bride, her mother and Dana Windrow of Page and Windrow Event Planning plenty of time to design the reception of her dreams.
After nearly two years of planning, the big day finally took place in the gorgeous rotunda of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Terah explained, “Because country music is a big part of my life and we are both born-and-raised Nashvillians, it was important for us to have the ceremony in a place that has such a rich history in Nashville.” In a tribute to her father’s illustrious career in artist management, they placed flowers around the rotunda on the plaques of performers who are special to their family. Terah wore a mermaid cut gown with a glittery cape by Mistrelli House of Design and carried a bouquet by Jim Knestrick of Knestrick By Design as she walked with her father, TK, down the aisle to Etta James’ “At Last.”
After the new bride and groom left the rotunda to Elvis’ “Burning Love,” guests moved to the event hall for the reception. Dana worked with Please Be Seated, White Door Events, Bright Event Productions and Knestrick By Design to create the black-draped reception space, and Billie Mochow created the minimalist and elegant cake. With so much time invested in planning the event, the bride was anxious to see how everything had turned out, but as she says, “When my mom, Madison and I walked into the event hall to see the reception space, we all three burst into tears! Dana and her team executed our vision perfectly, and we could not believe how beautifully everything turned out.”
For the reception, Terah donned a rhinestone cowboy hat and drank from rhinestone red Solo cups, both designed by Daniel Diamond, and guests happily wore their own yellow light-up cowboy hats as Party on the Moon got everyone out on the dance floor with their rendition of Toby Keith’s “Should’ve Been a Cowboy.” Everyone enjoyed the perfectly executed wedding and threw flower petals into the air as the husband and wife left their celebration.
Like a Song
With the important role music has played in Terah’s family, the song selections held deep meaning for the couple. During the ceremony seating, guests enjoyed Loretta Lynn’s “Will the Circle Be Unbroken,” “You Are My Sunshine” from the movie O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Elvis’ “It’s Now or Never,” and Dolly Parton’s “Lovin’ You” and “All I Can Do.” Dolly’s “Love Is Like a Butterfly” played during the processional, and guests were seated for dinner to “For Your Love” by Chris LeDoux and a number of Glen Campbell songs.
An Unbroken Circle
Weddings are traditionally filled with circles — most notably in the wedding rings themselves — but with the ceremony taking place in the rotunda under the “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” engraving, the couple wanted to lean into the theme even more than usual. Guests sat in a circle around the couple for the ceremony, their logo was a circle and the plates and glasses were encircled with gold.
The bride and groom chose a Starry Night theme for their reception. The dining room was enveloped in black drapes, with twinkling lights cascading down from the ceiling, and nearly everything in the room glittered like stars, including the massive chandelier that hung over the dance floor.
Photographs by Justin Wright