Ashley Patton and Doug Foote met at a Nashville Predators game in 2013. Ashley's best friend asked Doug, who was working for the Predators at the time, if he had extra tickets to the game, because she had a friend that she wanted him to meet. In February 2019, Doug proposed on the garden rooftop of their apartment building in Manhattan's West Village.

"It was cold up there," said Ashley. "I definitely knew what was coming." Doug had organized the families to come into town for the weekend as a surprise for Ashley.

Plans for a wedding in Highlands, North Carolina, at Old Edwards Inn were abandoned with the arrival of COVID-19. "On Sept. 26, we had a very intimate ceremony in Nashville with our immediate families — 19 people total," said Ashley. 

Following a ceremony in the Patton family's living room — officiated by the groom's cousin Charles Nelson IV — the guests enjoyed dinner outside catered by Juniper Green. A handful of close friends came over afterward for wedding cake from Baked on 8th and cocktails featuring Harvest Haymaker, a vodka, pear, lemon and ginger ale concoction.

At night's end, local singer-songwriter Katie Basden played for the couple to dance to their favorite song, "All Your'n" by Tyler Childers. The band of two played, and all the guests sang along as Ashley and Doug enjoyed their first dance.

The bride wore a custom dress by Elizabeth Fillmore. Unable to decide between two dresses at Fillmore's New York showroom, Ashley took the designer's suggestion to combine the two patterns. "It turned out perfect," said the bride. She carried a simple but elegant bouquet by Vintage Florals. The mother of the bride worked with event planner Jessica Sloan and Please Be Seated to craft a beautiful garden reception.

After a wedding trip to Wyoming and Montana, the couple returned to Nashville, where they are both working remotely because of the pandemic. Doug, a graduate of University of Georgia, is an account executive with Yotpo in New York. Ashley, a magna cum laude graduate of Auburn University, is a product operations manager at Flatiron Health in New York. Their parents are Mary and Jeff Patton and Lisa Bass Foote and the late Douglass Foote Jr.

The newlyweds are still planning to have their "real" celebration in Highlands on Oct. 2, 2021.

Photographs by Natalie Watson