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, he got on one knee and asked me right then and there. Completely took me by surprise!"
They planned to marry on Oct. 17, a date special to them as the birthday of Britton's late father, Daniel Francis Catignani. "Despite COVID-19, we decided to go on with our wedding," said the bride, "downsizing to immediate family and our closest friends. Originally, we would have invited 350 guests, but this made for a more intimate and beautiful wedding."
The ceremony took place at the home of Jeanie and Nat Harris. "Matt's dad and stepmom, Scott and Harkness Brown, married there in 2001," said Britton. "It's a gorgeous piece of property tucked away in Nashville, surrounded by old magnolia trees and overgrown bamboo, which made for the perfect backdrop." Fleming Wood Smith III officiated, and Cody Chelius and Steve Gallagher provided the music. The bride wore a Tulum wedding gown and carried a bouquet by Bloom Flowers.
The reception was at the home of Matt's mother and stepfather, Crissy and Eric Samide, in Franklin. "We converted their backyard into a beautiful forest," said the bride. "We lit up all the trees surrounding the pool, rented vintage lounge pieces and decorated a hexagonal tent with flowers and string lights." Airshow played, Clean Plate Club catered and Sumner Smith coordinated everything. "And we had the most perfect weather," added the bride.
Britton, a graduate of University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, is an interior stylist. Her mother and stepfather are Angela and Christopher Rice. Matt, an alumnus of University of Tennessee, is a software developer.
Photographs by Molly Peach Photography