Ali and Zach, we were honored to be a part of your special day. The love that these two share is so evident and natural. Thank you for allowing us to capture such a fun and memorable day. We wish you all of the happiness in the world!
“As a little girl, I mainly dreamed about what my husband would be like. How would we meet? What would he look like? How old would we be? Where would we live? My husband is better than anyone I could have dreamed of! I am so thankful to be married to Zach, and I am so excited to start our lives together.” – Ali
“We met in Oxford at a Delta Psi party our senior year of high school. I was visiting some friends, and Zach was visiting his brother and Best Man, Will.
We went on our first date soon after meeting. We went to a ramen restaurant in Memphis. Ramen is a pretty hard-to-eat dish, not ideal for a first date. Nevertheless, we laughed the whole time and really hit it off. We didn’t start seriously dating again until Freshman year of college. It is so sweet to me that I got to go to every football game and sorority/fraternity function all through college with my future husband!” – Ali
“The night Zach proposed, he told me we were going to get a nice dinner in Memphis to celebrate my first day of teaching. Right as we were leaving for dinner, he ‘remembered’ that he left his fishing poles in my grandparents’ yard, where he had gone fishing with my brother the day before. I was so worried we would be late for our reservation! When we arrived, I walked out to the lake with him to grab the fishing poles, and he got down on one knee and asked to marry me. It was such a sweet surprise! My maid of honor was even hiding in the bushes to get some photos. Before we actually went to dinner, we went inside my grandmother’s home, where all our close family was waiting to share a champagne toast.” – Ali
“It was really special to get ready and take photos at my grandmother’s home, the same place where Zach and I got engaged. I also loved doing the first look with Zach and getting those little moments alone before the festivities really began. My father passed away just this past April from pancreatic cancer, and there were lots of special details in honor of him. I had a locket on my bouquet with his photo, and his wedding ring was sewn into my dress. We actually used the ring to bustle my dress during the reception. I really cherished having something of my Papa’s with me the whole day.” – Ali
“I was honored to wear my grandfather’s cufflinks and a vintage pocket watch that belonged to Ali’s family on my wedding day. The special items paid homage to those who have gone before me and signify the uniting of the families.” – Zach
“We wanted our wedding to be classic but also reflect our personalities. We love antique shopping together and anything vintage, so we wanted the wedding to reflect that. Zach chose the boy’s suit based on the tv show Peaky Blinders, which takes place in England in the 1920s. We love the Art-Deco style and wanted to incorporate it as much as possible.” – Ali
“We burned candles that were burned at my great-grandparent’s wedding in 1932! Also, my ‘something borrowed’ was my Aunt Camille’s veil from her wedding day.” – Ali
“Zach was so nervous about reciting his vows. We knew we would have a large audience at the wedding, so he spent time practicing the vows beforehand. When it came time to repeat after Brother David, he did a flawless job: until the last little bit. He said, ‘I’m sorry, can you repeat that part?’ We all laughed because he had worked himself up so much about it!” – Ali
“I know everyone says this, but really: take time to soak it in. One of my favorite parts of the whole day was right before Zach and I had our first dance. We stood on the balcony of the Cadre and looked down at all of our guests enjoying the reception. It was magical being able to watch together as all our family and friends celebrated!” – Ali
“Our photographers and videographers were such a wonderful part of the day. Everything ran so smoothly, and I am very thankful to have the day captured, especially since it felt like it went by in a blink. Ann-Marie did a flawless job of organizing our large wedding party and families beautifully. I cannot wait to see how Taylor Square Photography and Cine Garden Film Co. captured the story of our wedding day. Our florist, Kelly Freeland, absolutely blew me away with everything she did. I wanted the flowers to be unique, artistic, and colorful. She went over and above my dreams with the most gorgeous arrangements. I also adored the way she decorated the sanctuary; it was simply elegant. The Nashville Blue Tones were so energetic and fun and played a wide variety of music. They made our reception so memorable and exciting! Lastly, The Cadre Building was the perfect venue for our reception. The space is beautiful, and we love how it has multiple levels. The Cadre really gave our wedding that Art-Deco feel we were looking for, and Kelsey McMillon could not have been more helpful through the booking and planning process!“ – Ali
“The best advice that I have for brides is to break-in your shoes. It sounds silly, but I was standing our entire wedding day practically – so I am so glad my pretty shoes were broken in!” – Ali
“I didn’t expect everything to happen so fast! It was truly the most perfect day, and I wish I could live it over again and again. I will never forget having everyone we love all together in one place.” – Ali
Lead Photographer: Ann-Marie Wyatt | Second Shooter: Mackenzie Rue | Dress: Glamour Closet Chicago | Bridesmaids Dresses: Renz Bridal | Tux: Generation Tux | Cakes: Absolutely Fabulous Cakes | Venue: Hernando United Methodist Church; The Cadre | Coordinator: Jane Williams | Flowers: Southern Bloom | Invitations: Minted | Rentals: White Door Events | Band: The Nashville Blue Tones | Rehearsal Venue: Cypress Hall | Videographer: Cine Garden Film Co. | Caterer: First Choice Catering | Hair + Makeup: Faith Pool