Amy Balthrop & George Gates
Featured in the Summer 2013 Memphis Pink Bride Magazine
Our wedding day was a complete whirlwind! I woke up that morning with two of my bridesmaids. We had a leisurely morning of drinking coffee, and that’s where the leisure stopped. We went from my home to the Memphis Country Club to a brunch that my mother-in-law’s brothers and their families hosted for us. It was absolutely beautiful, and the bacon candy was spectacular. People still talk about it!
Did I mention that it snowed most of the day? For days we had been watching the forecast, and every day the temperature forecast dipped further down. We decided that week that the forecast wasn’t getting any warmer, so we decided to move our wedding inside to the barn instead of their beautiful garden at Heartwood Hall. The bridesmaids, my mom and I were able to get ready upstairs in the beautiful house at Heartwood Hall. My bridesmaids’ dresses were a beautiful dark metallic gray. I was able to pair those with a spray of spring colors, sage, pink, peach, orange and ivory. With the wedding being right in between winter and spring, I thought this was a great way to capture both seasons.
I tried to add several special touches to the wedding. I was glad that I planned the wedding myself because I was able to inject so much of us into our special day, and I loved every bit of it. Aside from my bouquet and veil, I added several special touches. I had my bridesmaids’ wine glasses hand-painted to match their dresses, and they were BEAUTIFUL! We had a special guest book that allowed our guests to not only sign but also write a special note to us. We have looked at it several times and know we will look at it many more.
Kevin Griffin, the florist, added a lot of beautiful greenery and lights to the already beautiful location. When I walked in, I felt like I was in a fairy tale. The reception was a blast. I got to talk to most of the guests before I danced the night away with some very special people. Some of our most treasured high school friends made the trip to West Tennessee for the wedding, and we were able to break it down old-school! If I didn’t know better, I would have felt like we were at the prom!
After the wedding, we made our way to the Belmont Grill to celebrate with several of our closest friends until late in the evening. Denise and all those at Heartwood Hall were absolutely wonderful to work with. I didn’t have to worry about anything at the venue. They were so easy to plan with, and the food was delicious. I still get loads of compliments on the food and venue. Our wedding photographer and dear friend Whitney Bower is nothing short of AMAZING! She was able to capture the beautiful day in so many special ways. I look at the photos on a regular basis, and those details take me back to that day over and over again. I felt like she captured our essence as a couple and the magic of the day perfectly, and I absolutely love her now even more than I already did!
Photographer: Whitney Bower Imaging
Day of Wedding Planner: Heartwood Hall
Florist: FedEx Flower Guy
Caterer, Rentals & Decor, Ceremony & Reception Location: Heartwood Hall
Cake: Fabulous Baker Boy
Invitations: Exclusively Weddings
Ring Bands: Diamond Brokers
Bridal Shop & Bridal Party Attire: Low’s Bridal
Formalwear: Jos. A. Bank
Transportation: Tennessee Limo
Music/Entertainment: Ragin’ Cajun DJ Cage Carruthers
Officiant/Minister: Rev. Doug Sullivan-Gonzales