Maggie Roy & Jonathan Lewis
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Featured in the Summer 2013 issue of Memphis Pink Bride Magazine
Tell us about the love story.
My husband and I both work at Methodist South Hospital in Memphis, TN. He’s a chaplain, and I’m an occupational therapist. We met in August of 2011 in a weekly interdisciplinary meeting and became friends. We began dating in January of 2012 and dated for about 8 months. On September 23, 2012, we planned a “Sunday Funday,” which included an early morning walk-up to Graceland (I’m a big Elvis fan!), breakfast at The Blue Plate Cafe, church, and a trip to the zoo. As we were walking around the Memorial Garden at Graceland, I noticed that Jonathan was kind of lingering around as I was getting ready to leave. He sat down on the steps, so I sat down beside him. He said, “I know you think it was your idea to come here this morning, but I actually thought it would be a good place to give you this.” He then pulled the box out of his pocket and sat it on his leg. He told me how much he loved me and the he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me, and then he asked me if I would marry him. I said yes (through my happy tears), and he opened the box and gave me my ring. We were engaged for seven months before the wedding.
Recap your big day.
The main thing that I remember about the wedding day is that I have never felt so loved, not only by Jonathan, but by all of our family and friends as well. I don’t remember feeling nervous at all either. I just knew that it was right, and I had no reason to be nervous. My bridesmaids made me laugh all day, from the time we were up getting ready through pictures and waiting for the ceremony to start, until we danced the last dance at the reception.
I think the photo booth probably got the most laughs. Everyone was working to make sure that Jonathan and I didn’t have to worry about anything on my wedding day, especially my mom! She did such a great job of shielding me from any stressors, and I didn’t truly realize how much until after everything was said and done.
The biggest unplanned occurrence was that no one put any Holy water in the bowl to have our rings blessed, but our priest played it off very well! My most memorable moments were right before I walked down the aisle with my daddy, and right after the ceremony when Jonathan and I walked out. I remember beforehand thinking of how this was everything I wanted, and how my life was about to change forever. Then afterward, I couldn’t believe seven months from our engagement was over and that we were actually married!
April 13th is actually my Maid of Honor’s birthday, so we had a birthday celebration for her at the reception as well, including a giant cupcake made by our baker, Lucy Hazel. We had everyone sing “Happy Birthday” to her, and I think it was a great surprise.
We danced to “Only You” by The Platters and even sang a little to each other during the dance. My dad and I danced to “Tough Little Boys” by Gary Allen. Our wedding colors were plum and silver for the wedding party attire, and the flowers were a bright spring mix.
How did your groom help you with wedding planning?
Jonathan was a huge help with the planning! He is very organized (which I am not), and he isn’t a procrastinator (which I am). He found our DJ, our reception venue and caterer, wedding planner, and baker. He also did all the communicating with them as far as costs, meetings, and what we wanted. He was very involved, and never seemed put-out with helping pick out flowers or decorations. Of course, my mother was a big help as well with helping plan our special day, and I couldn’t have done it without her either!
Share something unique you did for the wedding.
Jonathan’s parents gave us a Blessing Bowl, which was full of advice, well-wishes, and prayers that were hand-written by our guests and our loved ones who couldn’t make it to the ceremony. It was so special to read them all after we got back from our honeymoon.
Any regrets or things you wished you’d incorporated?
A lot of people have asked if there was anything we would have done differently, but I haven’t been able to think of anything I would change. It was a perfect day to us and was exactly what we wanted.
What’s your advice for future brides?
My advice for the wedding is pretty cliché, but it’s to enjoy every second. It really does fly by!
My marriage advice is communication! I think Jonathan I do communicate very well, and that’s a big reason why we work so well together. Neither of us gets mad about little things, and we try to help each other out. We’re very open and honest with each other, and we want to see each other succeed. I know without a doubt that he always has my best interests in mind, and I know that he truly loves me, as I love him.
Tell us about your wedding professionals.
All of our wedding professionals were very helpful! Our coordinator and her assistant made the day flow smoothly. Our DJ played the music we asked him to play, and we received several compliments on him. The food was fantastic, including the cake (which looked as good as it tasted!). Our photographer was very patient, creative, and easy-going. We were so happy with the way the photos turned out! We had several family members and friends helping with decorations, and transporting gifts and leftover cake.
Photographer: Lyndsi Metz Photography
Wedding Planner: Emily Rygg
Florist: The Yellow Rose
Caterer: The Landers Center
Cake: Cakes by Lucy
Invitations & Calligraphy: Joanna Shelton
Bridal Shop & Bridal Party Attire: David’s Bridal
Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse
Ceremony Location: Christ the King Catholic Church
Reception Location: The Landers Center
Music/Entertainment: DJ Glenn Miller
Rentals and Decor: Donna Bowen
Officiant/Minister: Fr. Ricardo Phipps
Framing Bouquet and Boutonniere: Flowers Forever