Host your wedding at the CRC
With indoor and outdoor event space and views that include beautiful stately oak trees and a lush manicured lawn, there are multiple options for the various parts of a bride’s big day at the Junior League. Brides are choosing it as a place to tie the knot.
The historic building, with its immaculate marble, intricate stonework and Grecian columns deliver romance. Natalie Garner Meagle, new bride and JLM member who recently wed at the CRC, shares special details about her nuptials. Please contact Sereena Tucker, JLM Receptionist, at email@example.com or 901-452-2151 for more information or to check availability.
Describe your wedding day.
My wedding was the culmination of over a year of planning so, naturally, I wanted everything to go perfectly. Thankfully, we had a wedding planner doing all the grunt work so I was able to relax and enjoy the one and only day I’d have all of my best friends together in the same place. Kevin and I didn’t see each other until I walked down the aisle and I was so ready for that moment! We had a short service near the fountains which made for a beautiful backdrop. Unfortunately, there was a likely chance of rain so a couple of days before, we decided to move the location of the service and order tents for the ceremony and reception. After the service was a cocktail hour in a separate tent near the service, while the family and wedding party took pictures. After photos and cocktails, we moved the party inside and on to the dance floor which was on the front patio. We danced the night away and had a sparkler-lit exit down the brick walkway.
What was your overall favorite part of your wedding?
Finally being able to marry the love of my life!
What was your favorite detail of your wedding day? What about the reception specifically?
I loved my bouquet! I showed my wedding planner (and florist) a bouquet I’d seen on Pinterest and she was able to re-create it even better than I could imagine. The reception was great because of the flow from the CRC sunroom, which we had set up as the bar, out onto the dance floor (patio). The open flow from the inside to outside was a great way to transition on and off of the dance floor. Dancing with all our friends and family who came from as far away as London and Seattle to watch us tie the knot. Truly, a once-in-a-lifetime evening!
What were you looking for in a venue space?
It was important for us to be centrally located and to showcase a classic piece of Memphis to our many traveling guests. We also wanted a location that allowed us to host the ceremony and reception in the same place. You can’t beat the central location: our family was able to get back to Germantown with a short drive and my parents got a bus to take the party-goers to Raiford’s after the reception.
How do you feel the venue was cohesive with the theme/ atmosphere of your wedding?
The architecture of the house and landscape as a backdrop made for a beautiful evening, photos and a lasting impression with our guests.
How did you and your husband meet? Tell us your love story!
Kevin and I went to college together at University of Tennessee and had quite a few mutual friends. It wasn’t until a few years after we graduated and both moved back to Memphis that we really got to know each other. Thankfully, my roomie (fellow Junior Leaguer, Mary Alice Ruleman) and Kevin were pretty tight friends so I started seeing a lot more of him. One day, it clicked for the both of us that we were crazy about each other and we’ve been inseparable ever since.
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Please contact Sereena Tucker, JLM Receptionist, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 901-452-2151 for more information or to check availability.