Meredith Manning and Thomas Griswold became engaged in April 2019 but scheduled three different dates for their wedding because of the pandemic: May 2020, September 2020 and May 2021, when they finally tied the knot at West End United Methodist Church. Reverend Brandon Baxter officiated, and the Harpeth Trio and James Andrew Risinger performed selected pieces special to the bride and groom.
Meredith wore a Reem Acra gown of silk shantung embellished with delicate dimensional flowers and carried a bouquet designed by FLWR Shop. The bride’s mother, Lisa, used The Language of Flowers to share the hosts’ sentiments. The bouquet included astilbe (I will be waiting), astrantia (kindness), freesia (marital union), stock (lasting beauty in love and spirit), and a variety of roses expressing love, beauty, grace, joy and friendship. The bridesmaids’ flowers were sweet peas signifying sisterly love, and the mothers’ bouquets used moss expressing maternal love.
The reception took place under a tent on Swan Lawn at Cheekwood Estate & Gardens. Kristen Winston catered the dinner, which began with raw oysters and steamed shrimp around an ice sculpture followed by pan-roasted chicken, creamy cheddar grits, asparagus and portobello mushrooms. Leland Riggin of Dessert Designs created the five-tiered wedding cake and the groom’s Hallelujah cake decorated in a Notre Dame theme. The newlyweds cut the cakes with three Waterford crystal knife and server sets engraved with each scheduled wedding date.
City Lights performed during cocktails, and Big Blast and the Party Masters played for dancing. Dori Thornton Waller, owner of The Social Office, was the event planner.
The couple plan to take a wedding trip to Portugal but will postpone until international travel is safer. They live in Dallas, Texas, where Meredith, a graduate of Miami University, is a private educator and Thomas, an alumnus of Notre Dame, is a managing director of advisory services. Their parents are Lisa and David Manning of Nashville and Margaret and John Griswold of Lubbock, Texas.
Photographs by Mary Rosenbaum