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. The date they set for their wedding was May 16, 2020.
Two weeks before the planned event for over 200 guests, Metro Public Health Department mandated, because of COVID-19, that no large gatherings were permitted at their chosen reception venue or their church. With some fancy footwork and dedicated efforts of family and friends, they married on the planned date in an intimate and memorable ceremony in College Grove, Tennessee, at the farm of Michael's uncle Steve Bass and his wife, Susan. Stacey Croft of Christ Presbyterian Church officiated.
A small reception of immediate family and closest friends followed on the front lawn of the farmhouse. In order to share the festivities with those who could not attend, the couple hired Josh Ray and High Tone Entertainment to livestream everything, then set up a massive Zoom video for guests to interact. Decorations were "the great outdoors and a beautiful evening," said the bride. Guests enjoyed Champagne and desserts — mini cupcakes from Creations by Melodie in Clarksville and mini chess pies from The Picnic Cafe in Nashville.
"It was short and sweet, with a few Champagne toasts before the sun set and it got dark," added Susan. They left in a car trailing noisy tin cans with a banner that read "COVID can't keep us apart."
"We got an early look at how we handle stressful situations and how well we work together as a team," said Susan. "It further verified that there's no way we want to go through life without each other. And it reminded us how much love and appreciation we have for our family and friends, who support us through the good and the bad of life."
A wedding trip to Turks and Caicos became impossible because of the pandemic, so the newlyweds drove to Destin, Florida, and stayed at Susan's family's condo on the beach. On their return to Nashville, they moved into an apartment in the 12South area.
Susan has a degree in education from University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and Michael is a graduate of Montgomery Bell Academy and Vanderbilt University, where he received an A&S degree in 2004 and his MBA in 2016. He is currently in private equity, mergers and acquisitions. Parents are Debbie Bradley of Clarksville, Tennessee, and Donna and Earl Bradley of Nashville, and Kathy and Fran Bass of Nashville.
Photographs by Grant Schryver, Cinderella Wedding Co.