God sometimes places people in your life that you know are there for a special reason. Luckily for me, I met the Gibson family two years ago when I shot the eldest sister, Elizabeth’s wedding. From that day on, I knew they would have a special place in my heart. They are the kindest, most genuine family you will ever meet. The love they have for each other is absolutely contagious. I hope you see that reflected in these images.
It was such an honor to be a part of the joining of these two amazing families! The day was full of touching moments, wonderful friendships and the party? Well, let’s just say it was so good, they needed two bands.
“We included several special traditions in our wedding. I wore my sister’s wedding dress and my grandmother’s/mom’s/sister’s/aunt’s veil. I also wore a pin on my dress that belonged to Davis’s grandmother. Safe to say the special women in my life had me covered on the “something borrowed!” It was such an honor!” – Kimberly
“Davis and I met during our freshman year at Ole Miss while on the Square in Oxford with mutual friends. We ended up talking for hours and made the connection that our dads knew each other when they were Sigma Chis at Ole Miss in the 80s.” – Kimberly
“I am especially thankful for my mom and Mona Dunlap. I brought a few ideas to them early on in the planning, but they ran with them and brought them to life better than I ever imagined! They are two of the most creative people I know, and they made the entire planning process as well as the wedding day so fun and relaxed”. – Kimberly
“I secretly went to Atlanta with my mom to pick out a ring for Kimmy in August. I held on to the ring for what felt like forever, and finally the perfect weekend came along in November as Ole Miss was playing Vanderbilt in Nashville. The game was the perfect excuse to have a big group of our friends come in town without making Kimmy suspicious. We had a big engagement party planned at my parents’ house. Kimmy came in town on Friday night for the football weekend and had no idea all of this was happening. I picked her up to take her to “dinner” around 7, but little did she know, we were headed to the Cumberland River in downtown Nashville. The spot had a great view of the Nashville skyline, and it was the perfect spot to ask her to marry me since Nashville was going to be our first home. I got down on one knee and the rest is history. It will always be a special day/place for us.” – Davis
“We were overwhelmed by the love we felt from our family and friends! It was amazing and humbling to see so many of our favorite people come together to be with us. One of my favorite parts of the whole wedding weekend was the ceremony when two of my friends sang the most beautiful duet while another dear friend signed it. It was a moment I will never forget!” – Kimberly
“We loved working with this family on this special celebration. Kimmie and her mom, Kim had a definite vision for the reception so this made our job that much easier. So many elements of this reception made it exceptional -The walls of lattice covered with greenery, the large tree covered with tiny lights in the center of the cocktail lounge, the water feature in the center of the dining room all complimented by the soft seating areas designed by Mona and provided by White Door Events We were very proud of the final look. Clean, fresh, current” – Greg Campell, Garden District, Memphis
“The inspiration behind the Gibson wedding came from pictures the bride and her mother brought to us of Restoration Hardware. She loved the transitional style and inviting feel implemented in their showrooms. With the request to use traditional table linens sparingly, our team was able to get creative with seating. Working with planner Mona Dunlap throughout the planning process, we saw the opportunity to incorporate multi-use structures that would anchor the space and bring the architectural vibe of Restoration Hardware full circle. In collaborating with our in-house artisans, we were able to design and construct metallic iron cocktail tables, larger-than-life palm leaves and iron cabana structures that truly elevated the look to an enchanting yet industrial scene. We are lucky to have wonderful, trusting clients that allow us the creative freedom to bring their vision to life!” –White Door Events
“One of the things I love about Davis is how he has a ton of interests and hobbies. However, this made it challenging to decide on a groom’s cake! For this reason, “The Davis Den” was created, which was filled with signature Nashville and Memphis foods, hunting and sports paraphernalia, and his cake. I wanted the cake to be something he wouldn’t expect, so I decided to unveil one of his secret talents that tends to only come out when he’s at Paula and Raiford’s Disco – drumming. Cakes by Mom and Me did an incredible job recreating the Raiford’s light-up dance floor and a drum set with “Rolfe & Roll” written on the bass drum”. – Kimberly
“Having Infinity Show Band from Atlanta perform at the reception was fantastic. It brought back great memories from when they played at the wedding reception for Elizabeth and Robert, my sister and brother-in-law. In addition, we spent many college and post-grad nights with friends dancing and singing 90’s country music with Mustache The Band. We were so excited to have them play for our late-night party after the reception!” – Kimberly
“The best advice given to me as a bride was to remember what is important and not get caught up in the little details. The planning is fun, but the marriage is what it is all about!” – Kimberly
“I can’t say enough about how much we loved all of our under vendors! Mona Dunlap Events and Ann-Marie at Taylor Square Photography. Greg and Erick at Garden District, Dawn and Patrice at Dawn’s Couturiere, Olivia at White Door Events, Curry at RSVP, Lori at Cakes by Mom and Me, and the whole team at The Memphis Country Club exceeded our expectations and were a joy to work with throughout the planning process. Many, many thanks to all!!” – Kimberly
Second Shooter: Mackenzie Rue | Dress: Dawn’s Couturiere (I wore my sister’s wedding dress, which was originally purchased from Maggie Louise). Dawn’s Couturiere worked tirelessly to deconstruct and redesign Elizabeth’s dress to make it truly unique for my wedding. | Bridesmaids Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids | Tux: Jos A Bank | Cakes: Cakes by Mom and Me | Venue: Ceremony- Independent Presbyterian Church; Reception– Memphis Country Club | Coordinator: Mona Dunlap | Flowers: Garden District | Invitations: RSVP | Rentals: White Door Events | Music/Band: Reception – Infinity Show Band; After Party – Mustache The Band | Rehearsal Venue: Hughes Pavilion at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens | Videographer: Lynn Productions | Caterer: The Memphis Country Club | Hair: Karissa Dickerson | Makeup: Kendrick Simpson | Preparation Accommodations: Bride/Bridesmaids – The Memphis Country Club; Groom/Groomsmen – Peabody Hotel