Lodge-style Memphis wedding by Christen Jones Photography, featured on The Pink Bride www.thepinkbride.com

 

Maureen Shorter & Marcus Esposito

06.01.13

Featured in the Summer 2013 Memphis Pink Bride Magazine

 

In 2009, Marcus and I coincidently moved to Nashville to start our new jobs. It only took a few months before we started officially dating. On May 5, 2012, Marcus proposed in our favorite spot in Oxford. We had been to an Ole Miss baseball game, and while walking back, he stopped in the middle of the Grove on the Ole Miss campus, dropped down on one knee, and popped the question. Marcus had picked out the ring 10 months earlier but was waiting for a meaningful plan. And it was the perfect location as we are both HUGE rebel fans and in the city in which we first met! Thirteen months later, we finally said “I do!”

I always hear stories from other brides, saying, “The wedding goes by so fast.” I wanted to make sure that we had plenty of time with all of our family and friends, not just the few hours at the reception. So, we had a wedding weekend. The rehearsal dinner was Thursday night in the Hughes Pavillion of the Dixon. On Friday, the boys played golf while the girls had a luncheon. That Friday night was a backyard cookout for out-of-towners and friends at my aunt and uncle’s gorgeous home in East Memphis. This extra day of events on Friday gave us more quality time with the family and friends who traveled to Memphis that we don’t get to see as often. It also gave us a chance to talk to people before the wedding reception so we could spend more time on the dance floor! And we couldn’t have a dance floor without glow-sticks, sunglasses and late-night Krystal burgers! One other unique part to our wedding reception was the entrance for our guests. We were able to serve a signature cocktail as guests entered and then took a tram-ride to the Teton Trek. We’ve had so many compliments on how fun it was for everyone!

Marcus was mainly interested in helping with the venue and the food! When we were choosing caterers and menus, he was very decisive in what type of food we served and how it tasted. We wanted to have a theme with our food based on the cities we both come from, Memphis BBQ (my hometown) and New Orleans Cajun cuisine (where Marcus was born). He even had the idea of a macaron tower from Sucre in New Orleans, rather than a groom’s cake! When choosing the venue, the Teton Trek at the Memphis Zoo was the perfect for us. We knew we wanted an outdoor experience for the reception, but with our food and band inside since Memphis heat and weather can be brutal in June. Tim and his team at the Zoo made this planning process so easy and enjoyable! We knew how we wanted the reception to look, and they made it happen!

 

Photographer: Christen Jones Photography

Wedding Planner: Lauren Nugent

Florist: Kris Solon Designs

Caterer: CFY

Cake: Lee Sanders

Bridal Shop: Olia Zavozina

Bridal Party Attire: J.Crew

Ceremony Location: St. Peter’s Catholic Church

Reception Location: Teton Trek at Memphis Zoo

Transportation: TLS

Videographer: Storytellers by Don Lawler

Music/Entertainment: The Soulsations

Officiant/Minister: Father John Baker

Hair: Natalie Black

Make-up: Emily Callahan