Elizabeth Stone and Chris Gerding met while working toward graduate degrees at Vanderbilt in the spring of 2014. Their paths did not cross on campus, however, but on an arranged date at 12 South Taproom planned by Elizabeth’s sister Mary Katherine and Chris’ sister, Katie, fellow teachers at Lead Academy. It turned out the sisters’ intuition for a possible romantic match was right as Elizabeth and Chris began dating soon after the introduction. Fourteen months later, Chris proposed on the Ganier Ridge Trail at Radnor Lake, and the couple celebrated the engagement with their two families that evening at Katie’s house.
Elizabeth and Chris married in April at Christ Church Cathedral in Nashville with The Rev. Becca Stevens and The Rev. Canon Gene B. Manning officiating. The wedding music included violin pieces chosen by Elizabeth and played by her Hume-Fogg classmate Lizzy Plotkin.
The bride wore the same strapless silk taffeta and lace dress previously worn by her two sisters. It was designed and then modified twice by Maria Elena Bishop of Romantic Creations. Her bouquet and the wedding-party flowers included white clematis, rosemary, mint and more picked from a friend’s garden and designed by A Village of Flowers.
The reception was at Belle Meade Country Club, where wedding guests danced to the music of The Long Players, a collection of some of Nashville’s finest musicians. As a special gift to Elizabeth and Chris, the flowers for the reception were arranged by family friends Missy Voigt, Wendy Martin, Honey Doramus and Celeste Reed. The couple left the reception in a vintage Packard owned by Ann Marie and Martin McNamara.
After a wedding trip to Thailand and Cambodia, the couple returned to Nashville where Chris, a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has started Boomalang, a language-learning technology company, and Elizabeth, a graduate of The University of Virginia, works for Stony Creek Colors, a manufacturer of bio-based textile dyes.
Photos by Rachel Moore Photography