Ann Ralls Niewold and Jerrod Brown met through mutual friends in 2012 at The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. Jerrod proposed on Dec. 30, 2017, in front of the cross in Sewanee after taking a hike with Ann Ralls. He arranged to have both families in town to celebrate afterward.
They married on Dec. 29, 2018, at West End United Methodist Church with the Rev. Brandon Baxter officiating. Matthew Phelps played the organ, and Pat Kumkee was the trumpeter.
Ann Ralls' dress was originally worn by her maternal grandmother, Betty Goodall, in 1955 and by her mother, Laura Niewold, in 1984. She carried a bridal bouquet of white roses and greenery by Terry White of the English Garden. Her bridesmaids wore designs by Hayley Paige Occasions from Bella Bridesmaids.
The wedding reception was at Belle Meade Country Club with dancing to the tunes of Musical Fantasy under a winter sky seen through a clear tentdecorated with golden fabric, thousands of tiny lights and sparkling chandeliers. Dance floor props including tiger masks, light-up boas and fairy wings added to the festivities. Continuing the New Year's Eve feeling was a bubbly barserving French 75s.
Dulce Desserts created the five-tier wedding cake with layers of vanilla buttercream and fresh strawberries, spice cake and chocolate chip cake. Dori Thornton Waller of The Social Officehelped plan the event. At the end of the night, the newlyweds drove off while firework fountains sparkled all around them.
Ann Ralls, a graduate of University of Richmond andBelmont College ofLaw, is an attorney with Stites & Harbison, PLLC.Jerrod, a graduate of The University of the South, is an investment advisor withThe Rowland-Bradford Group of Raymond James. Their parents are Laura and Charles Niewold of Nashville and Laura and Jerry Brown of Toccoa, Georgia.
Photographs by Mary Rosenbaum