Modern Memphis wedding by Mark Hamsley Photography, featured on The Pink Bride www.thepinkbride.com

 

Meghan Fowler & Nicholas Gibson

06.08.13

Featured in the Summer 2013 Memphis Pink Bride Magazine

 

As short as our engagement was, I was ready for it to be over. I was so relieved when the big day rolled around. The morning of the wedding, I went to brunch with my best friends at the Majestic and then had a massage at Gould’s downtown. My mom had apartments rented at Metro 67 for us to get ready. My wedding party, which consisted of my sister and Nick’s nephew (who was the ring bearer) was rather small, so I was incredibly surprised when my aunt, cousin and close friends joined me during the preparation process. Getting ready with my girlfriends and my family was probably my favorite part of the day aside from the whole “marrying my best friend” part.

Since I was in hiding all day, and wouldn’t be able to see the reactions of the guests when they found out our surprise, my best friend Meghan brought two of my old friends from college to the apartment, and I got to surprise them. Their reactions were priceless! The night flew by, but some memorable moments were playing flip cup on my homemade beer pong table with my co-workers and friends from college. It was so fun to see attorneys of all ages mixed with my brother and cousins and hilarious friends from school learning the very “challenging” game of flip cup. We wanted people to remember the party and talk about how much fun they had. Playing that silly game was probably the best part of the reception because there was a laid-back vibe during the whole night. We had a really amazing party!

My whole wedding was pretty unique, which was important to me. I am a pretty non-traditional girl, so I wanted that represented in our wedding. I wanted something unexpected, and that’s what I got! Representing our personalities and using the element of surprise was like me – very memorable and one-of-a-kind. The casual food and tailgate atmosphere was representative of Nick’s laid-back personality. We had a cigar roller at the wedding which was a big hit and definitely matched up with the laid-back atmosphere.

The Metro 67 rooftop is an amazing place for a wedding. The view and ambiance are the reason we chose it as our location. The early summer evenings in Memphis are perfect, which is why I wanted to utilize the rooftop with the river backdrop. This made for amazing pictures! Our ceremony was right at sunset near the edge of the roof closest to the river so everyone could enjoy the view. The spacing of the rooftop made it so there was no confusion in our ongoing events. I knew I wanted an outdoor wedding, but knowing that there was an indoor backup plan because of the other locations within Metro 67 relieved any worries I had. My hair and makeup people were amazing. My cousin liked Alexandra so much that she already booked her for her wedding this fall. My photographer Mark Hamsley did a great job capturing the sunset for our special moment, as well as taking amazing candids throughout the day and night.

 

Ceremony & Reception Location: Metro 67 Rooftop

Photographer: Mark Hamsley Photography

Wedding Planner: Ashley Oldham

Florist: L and Jay productions

Caterer: Simply Delicious Caterings

Cake: Lee Sanders

Invitations & Calligraphy: Shara’s Paperie Studio

Jewelry: Josef’s Jewelers

Bridal Shop: Maggie Louise, Olia Zavozina

Formalwear & Bridal Party Attire: J. Crew Wedding

Music/Entertainment: The Memphis All Stars

Rentals and Decor: Classic Party Rentals

Officiant/Minister: Honorable John Wheeler Campbell

Hair: Chris Farrar, Pageboy Salon

Make-up: Alexandra Nicole