Hays Brandon and HoustonEstes, both Nashvillians, met through a mutual friend at a happy hour in July 2015. They began dating in January 2016 and became engaged the following June. In February at First Presbyterian Church, they married. The bride's pastor, the Rev. Mark DeVries, officiated with his son, who was also Houston's classmate, the Rev. Adam DeVries. A pipe organ, bagpipes and Sacred Heart Trio provided the wedding music.
Hays wore a Modern Trousseau gown with layers of lace and three-quarter length sleeves and carried a bouquet of white orchids. Her sister and sole attendant, Alexandra Brandon Guisinger, wore a long emerald green dress. Houston dressed in white tie and his best man, William Patrick Ortale IV, wore black tie.
The Brandons hosted a reception at the Country Music Hall of Fame. J. Kent Freeman Floral Designs of Jackson, Tennessee, decoratedwith white flowers against a navy and gold palette, and Dori Thornton Waller of The Social Office helped plan the event. The Sultansfrom Nantucket, Massachusetts, played a mix of today's hits and wedding favorites as guests danced until midnight.
Dinner was beef tenderloin and chicken piccata served with green salad, squash casserole and mushroom risotto. Dessert Designs created a six-tiered Hallelujah cake with gold details to go with the navy and gold theme of the reception. Late-night snacks were fried chicken biscuits and doughnut holes served with custom labeled "Houston and Hays" Coke bottles.
The couple left immediately for a tour of California with stops in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Carmel, Napa and San Francisco. They now live in Belle Meade where Hays is in marketing at The Coca-Cola Company and Houston is in commercial insurance with Lloyd's. Hays is a graduate of Harpeth Hall and Southern Methodist University. Houston is a graduate of Franklin Road Academy and Samford University. Their parents are Rhonda and Doug Brandon and Nancy Estes and the late Donald Estes.
Photographs by Evin Photography