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 time," said Hannah, "so it was very sweet and intimate."
The wedding took place in January 2018 in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. The weekend kicked off with a Thursday night welcoming reception on the rooftop of the Rosewood Hotel. Friday morning, guests rode out early on horseback to tour the canyons of Central Mexico. "We rounded out our ride with a traditional Mexican picnic and beer," said Hannah. After the rehearsal, the groom's family hosted a festive Mexican dinner at Hotel Nena.
The ceremony was held Saturday at St. Paul's Episcopal Church with the Rev. Ernest Townsend officiating the mid-morning service. Hannah and Reed wanted to incorporate a bit of local culture, so they included a "lasso" ceremony. Their mothers wrapped the couple in a floral garland to signify the gift of eternity and everlasting love.
The bride's lace trumpet-style gown and the groom's custom blue tuxedo were both designed by Olia Zavozina. The groom wore black velvet smoking slippers and Día de Los Muertos skull cuff links.
Following the ceremony, the wedding party and guests paraded through the streets, led by a mariachi band and accompanied by a donkey. They enjoyed a six-course luncheon in the garden at Casa Hyder served with palomas, cava and rompope, a traditional Mexican liquor made by local nuns. After a siesta, guests gathered back at Casa Hyder for a festive fiesta where they danced on a clear acrylic dance floor covering the pool to the music of Pilaseca.
The bride is a graduate of Harpeth Hall and University of Colorado. The groom is an alumnus of Brentwood Academy and Auburn University. Their parents are John Dixon and Cammie Cheek Claybrook and James Melton and Tammy Gallagher Gibbs, all of Nashville.
Photographs by Guillermo Van Olst/GVO Photography