Blair Steakley and Jonathan Lund met at the American Heart Association's Heart Ball Late Partyheld at Schermerhorn Symphony Center in January 2015. On Christmas Eve of 2016, while exchanging gifts, he claimed his last one for her was too large to wrap. He took her upstairs to a room where there were roses, Champagne and a poem ending with "Will you marry me?"She said ”yes," and they celebrated with family that evening.
Blair and Jonathan married in August at Grace Baptist Church with Fred Johnson officiating. He had baptized Blair and also performed her parents' ceremony 42 years earlier. The bride wore a gown of sequined, embroidered tulle and floral embroidered organza by Oscar de la Renta. A crystal encrusted belt by Maria Elena accented her waist. She also wore the garter from her parents' wedding. The couple who caught it that day had saved it all these years and presented it to Blair at one of her showers. Jonathan wore a custom tuxedo by The Clayton Collection.
The reception was at the Schermerhorn — the site of their first meeting. There, under the soaring chandeliers, guests enjoyed a seated dinner by Kristen Winston and danced all night to music by Party on the Moon. The space was transformed by floral arrangements by The Tulip Tree, fabric draping by Quest Events and lounge seating by Please Be Seated. Jayne Bubis Events helped with the planning, and Leland Riggan designed the cake.
Jonathan’s 10-year-old niece, Gabby Miller, sang "Make You Feel My Love" for the couple'sfirst dance. The late-night snacks were mini grilled cheese sandwiches, fries and milkshakes. The newlyweds plan to take a belated honeymoon to Bora Bora in the spring.
Both graduates of The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Blair attended Davidson Academy, and Jonathan attended Father Ryan. She is a director for Global Sales at UPS, and he is a senior electrical engineer at Power Management Corporation. Their parents are Brenda and Joe Steakley of Nashville, Martha Alexander of Brentwood and Roberto Lund Jr. of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Photographs by Kristyn Hogan