Samantha Phypers met Guy Simmons in 2017. They were introduced by Guy’s mother, Sissy, who was one of Samantha’s professors at Lipscomb University in Nashville. Guy proposed in October 2020 at the historic Rippavilla Plantation in Spring Hill, Tennessee. With the help of his mom and sister, Guy surprised Samantha with a Mexican margarita engagement party at his parents’ home, where all their family and friends were waiting.

The wedding took place in March 2021 on the front steps of the Rippavilla mansion, with Ellis Sloan officiating. Classical string wedding music was performed by Viva La Strings of Nashville. Samantha wore an ivory couture gazar gown with a beaded tulle veil by Zang Toi. She carried a bouquet of white hydrangeas and white peonies designed by Susan Ables of Flower Smithy. Bridesmaids wore floor-length dresses with spaghetti straps and carried white bouquets accented with anemones.

The reception was held outside the mansion until the rain and tornado warning came and everyone moved inside. Tables were decorated with white flowers in blue-and-white vases from a collection owned by the mother of the bride. Table for 2 Catering prepared the seated dinner of baked mustard chicken, green beans, tossed salad and sweet potato casserole. The wedding cake designed by Shivonne Hood was layers of vanilla and red velvet. Emerald Empire Band provided the music.

After a wedding trip to Casa de Campo Resort in the Dominican Republic, the couple returned to Nashville, where she is an accessory and dress buyer at Gus Mayer, and he is a sales consultant at DePuy Synthes.

Samantha has a bachelor’s degree in fashion merchandising from Lipscomb University, and Guy has a bachelor’s in exercise science from Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas. Their parents are Kathy and Craig Phypers of Lake Placid, Florida, and Sissy and Mark Simmons of Nashville.