Timeless Memphis wedding at Idlewild and The Peabody by Ramblin' Rose Photography, featured on The Pink Bride www.thepinkbride.com


Claire Arnett & Andrew Sumner


Featured in the Summer 2013 Memphis Pink Bride Magazine


My wedding day was perfect, although I’m sure most brides feel that way. Around 10:00 the morning of, my bridesmaids and I headed to the Gould’s Salon at the Peabody for their hair appointments. Early afternoon, we headed to the bridal suite, where my hair and make-up were done. We had cake-pops, snacks, and champagne before leaving for pictures at the church around 3:00. Idlewild is exquisite as is, but the lighting that day was exceptional. After taking pictures, we all gathered in the Parlor at the church and waited for 6 o’clock when we headed towards the ceremony. The nave in Idlewild is separated from the congregation by stained-glass windows, so unlike in most churches, you can see all the way to the altar.

Watching Andy walk out and stand waiting as our mothers and dearest friends walked down the aisle is probably my most special memory from the day. The look on his face was priceless, and the feeling I had in that moment, waiting for my turn to walk down that aisle, is something I’ll never forget. Something unique I did for our wedding was that I walked myself down the aisle. I grew up with my mom, who taught me, among many other things, to be strong and independent. While there were certainly any number of men in my life who would have been wonderful candidates to walk me to the altar, taking that walk by myself in front of my closest friends and family felt like the right thing to do, the “me” thing to do, and I am so glad it was the decision I made.

After the reception, Andy and I made a little detour before calling it a night. We stayed at the Peabody the night of our wedding, but I wanted the traditional wedding exit; that is, I didn’t want to “exit” our reception onto the elevator up to our room. So, after running through rose petals and out the door, Andy and I went to Beale Street and took photos while our guests dispersed. The pictures Kim captured are incredible – one of my most cherished memories. The bright lights and chaos of Beale behind us in our gown and tux look so awesome and made for such special photos. Amy, our wedding planner, was a godsend! My mom currently lives in London, and at the time we were planning, I was in Knoxville in law school. In other words, Amy planned a wedding in Memphis where no one was living! I went into the process with plenty of ideas but knew I needed a wedding planner for those “things I didn’t know that I didn’t know.” Amy filled in those details seamlessly before I even asked! She has innumerable contacts, great ideas, and unfaltering calm. I had no doubt that everything would go smoothly throughout the whole wedding weekend with her at the helm, and she did not disappoint!


Wedding Planner: Amy Miller Weddings & Events

Photographer: Ramblin’ Rose Photography

Florist: Garden District

Caterer, Cake & Reception Location: The Peabody

Invitations & Calligraphy: Paces Papers

Bridal Shop: Claire Pettibone from Blackheath Bridal Couture, Blackheath, England

Formalwear: Jos. A. Bank

Bridal Party Attire: Leona at Bella Bridesmaid

Ceremony Location: Idlewild Presbyterian Church

Transportation: Premier Transportation

Videographer: Joe Urcavich

Music/Entertainment: Memphis Soul Revue

Officiant/Minister: The Reverend Doctor Stephen R. Montgomery

Rehearsal Dinner: Felicia Suzanne’s

Bridal Luncheon: The Beauty Shop

Rehearsal Dinner, After Party: Earnestine & Hazel’s

Make-up: Heather Balkunas

Hair: Chris Farrar, Pageboy Salon