While Miranda Merrick and Tim Buell didn’t jump into marriage quickly, they knew quite soon after they began dating that they were, indeed, a match made in heaven. Drawn to each other at Belmont University through their love of music, they sealed their romance soon after meeting each other. As Tim pursued his degree as a commercial percussionist, Miranda, one of Nashville’s finest vocalists, decided to change majors to creative writing. His career as the lead drummer in Remedy Drive has taken off, and Miranda’s writing led her to a job in development at Mercy Ministries, where she finds great joy in knowing her work helps girls find stability and support in a Christian environment. With all of their creative energies flowing in the right direction, it was time to get married.
Both Tim and Miranda had a strong vision of what they wanted for their wedding, yet the groom’s practicality took hold. As they negotiated the merits of a wedding over using the money to buy a house, they both knew that creating their special day was an important decision in their life. They wanted to be married in an intimate setting that celebrated Miranda’s life-long love of Nashville. There could be no better place than the Green Door Gourmet, a venue known for its green fields and rustic feel. Also, the bride’s love of lavender drew her there as she finds it a cathartic and healing herb.
When it comes to entertaining, Miranda’s mom, Lee Ann, knows a ton about the business. She’s the successful co-owner of Tinwings with a lengthy past career in restaurant management. That’s exactly why she turned the reins of Miranda’s wedding over to the venerable event planner, Libby Page. Lee Ann knew that to truly be the mother of the bride, she needed to step away and let others step in. Libby continues to understand more than most, that the vision of the wedding belongs to the couple. She is a master at navigating all the emotional ups and downs of the planning process to create the perfect wedding.
Tim and Miranda, together, wanted a small wedding, less than 100 guests, with an emphasis on music and literature. There were many special touches, like the communion breads baked by the bride’s mom, a special reading from the bride’s aunt, and flower girls, who are the daughters of the groom’s dear friends. It’s obvious to see that everyone who participated in the wedding felt the love and commitment of Miranda and Tim.
They asked Ursula Norris, Lee Ann’s capable business partner at Tinwings, to help with the decor. Taking the music and literature theme to the next level was easy, as the bride’s grandfather, now deceased, was a trumpet player, so re-purposing his sheet music and their old books completed the theme. And if you know Ursula Norris, you can see her magical touches all over the wedding.
In keeping with the overall theme of the wedding (keep it simple!), the reception carried on with a gracious elegance, so reflective of a Southern wedding.
Photographer: Bethany Renee
Wedding Planner: Libby Page
Caterer: Susan’s Catering
Flowers: Bridal Bouquet/Jim Knestrick
Decorations: Ursula Norris/Tinwings
Cake: Jennifer Penson
Hair and makeup: Jennifer at Babe Beauty Bar
Bridal dress: Olia Zavozina
Entertainment: Hanna Walters, Jameson Elder and Adam Mosely (friends of the bride and groom)