When Californians Rachel Ferst and Igor Gorodezky, music enthusiasts who work in the Silicon Valley, visited Memphis, they fell in love with the city and decided that their wedding must have a true Memphis vibe. Therefore, they held their wedding at the STAX Museum of American Soul Music. The ceremony was held inside the STAX recording studio, and they walked down the aisle to authentic sounds of a Hammond B-3 organ playing Al Green’s “Love and Happiness.”

Rachel Ferst and Igor Gorodezky, had a destination wedding at the STAX Museum of American Soul and Music. | Photo courtesy of Southern Event Planners | Photo credit: Josh Malahy

Rachel Ferst and Igor Gorodezky had a destination wedding at the STAX Museum of American Soul Music. Photo courtesy of Southern Event Planners | Photo credit: Josh Malahy

This was a standout occasion created by Southern Event Planners, and owner Angela Dacus says, “The wedding was styled to reflect The Partridge Family marries Mad Men, officiated by the Rev. Al Green.” Angela and her team were instrumental in turning every long-distance request by Rachel and Igor into a Southern, soulful reality.

The bride, Rachel | Photo courtesy of Southern Event Planners | Photo credit: Josh Malahy

Rachel | Photo courtesy of Southern Event Planners | Photo credit: Josh Malahy

The STAX venue was pivotal to Rachel and Igor’s musical motif. STAX, which began as a tiny record store in an old movie theater at the corner of McLemore Avenue and College Street in Memphis, grew to become one of the most important music recording studios around the globe. Today, STAX is the only soul music museum in the world.

Socially Inked created the invitations, which mimicked a record and album cover. | Photo courtesy of Southern Event Planners | Photo credit: Josh Malahy

Socially Inked created the invitations, which mimicked a record inside an album cover. Photo courtesy of Southern Event Planners | Photo credit: Josh Malahy

Socially Inked created the invitations, which reflected a record and album cover, an introduction to the musically inspired, distinctively retro evening. A guest list of 120 enjoyed Motown music and classics by soul pioneers like Aretha Franklin, James Brown and Ray Charles throughout the evening with entertainment by a Eubanks Sound Productions DJ. Local musician Chris Cardona and crew played an imperative role that night with live instrumentals on the Hammond B-3, a small drum kit and guitar.

The wedding ceremony was held inside the STAX recording studio. The chuppah fabric for the ceremony was custom-made from a graphic of their invitations. | Photo courtesy of Southern Event Planners | Photo credit: Josh Malahy

The wedding ceremony was held inside the STAX recording studio. The chuppah fabric for the ceremony was custom-made from a graphic of their invitations. Photo courtesy of Southern Event Planners | Photo credit: Josh Malahy

Rachel and Igor | Photo courtesy of Southern Event Planners | Photo credit: Josh Malahy

Rachel and Igor | Photo courtesy of Southern Event Planners | Photo credit: Josh Malahy

While retro-colored floral arrangements were scattered about, flowers were not the focus that night.

Retro-colored floral arrangements were scattered about the guest tables. | Photo courtesy of Southern Event Planners | Photo credit: Josh Malahy

Retro-colored floral arrangements were scattered about the guest tables. Photo courtesy of Southern Event Planners | Photo credit: Josh Malahy

Retro-colored arrangements scattered about the room | Photo courtesy of Southern Event Planners | Photo credit: Josh Malahy

Photo courtesy of Southern Event Planners | Photo credit: Josh Malahy

Instead, Angela scoured estate sales and antique stores for decorative elements to bring the ’60s and ’70s alive. The chuppah fabric for the ceremony was custom-made from a graphic of their invitations, and tables incorporated combinations of Angela’s finds, such as record players, View Masters, lunch boxes, Tang pitchers, and crochet and macrame items.

Angela scoured estate sales and antique stores for decorative elements to bring the 60’s and 70’s alive. | Photo courtesy of Southern Event Planners | Photo credit: Josh Malahy

Angela scoured estate sales and antique stores for decorative elements to bring the ’60s and ’70s alive. Photo courtesy of Southern Event Planners | Photo credit: Josh Malahy

Centerpieces incorporated combinations of vintage finds. | Photo courtesy of Southern Event Planners | Photo credit: Josh Malahy

Centerpieces incorporated combinations of vintage finds. Photo courtesy of Southern Event Planners | Photo credit: Josh Malahy

Angela made the bouquets with a collection of brooches, rather than flowers. Rachel’s vintage wedding dress and even the bride’s and groom’s shoes were in keeping with their choice to be seamlessly unique and reminiscent of the recent past.

Instead of flowers, Angela made the bouquets with a collection of brooches. | Photo courtesy of Southern Event Planners | Photo credit: Josh Malahy

Instead of flowers, Angela made the bouquets with a collection of brooches. Photo courtesy of Southern Event Planners | Photo credit: Josh Malahy

The bridesmaid's bouquet of vintage brooches | Photo courtesy of Southern Event Planners | Photo credit: Josh Malahy

The bridesmaid’s bouquet is a collection of vintage brooches. Photo courtesy of Southern Event Planners | Photo credit: Josh Malahy

Even the bride’s and groom’s shoes were in keeping with their choice to be reminiscent of the recent past. | Photo courtesy of Southern Event Planners | Photo credit: Josh Malahy

Even the bride’s and groom’s shoes were in keeping with their choice to be reminiscent of the recent past. Photo courtesy of Southern Event Planners | Photo credit: Josh Malahy

Rachel and Igor wanted a Southern menu prepared with items that were all grown locally. They also asked that there be enough nonmeat options and plenty of veggies but, of course, Rachel did request a “tiny bit of BBQ.” CFY Catering prepared regional favorites, such as cayenne chicken and waffles with buttermilk syrup, meat loaf sliders and grits, deviled eggs, grilled sweet potato salad, corn pudding, fried green tomatoes with pimento cheese and more.

The couple wanted a dessert table that looked like an old-fashioned Southern picnic. | Photo courtesy of Southern Event Planners | Photo credit: Josh Malahy

The couple wanted a dessert table that looked like an old-fashioned Southern picnic. Photo courtesy of Southern Event Planners | Photo credit: Josh Malahy

The couple did not want a traditional wedding cake display. Rachel and Igor asked Angela to design a dessert station that felt like an old-fashioned Southern bake sale, with selections such as banana pudding, sock-it-to-me cake, lemon pound cake and bread pudding. The wedding cake was a small tiered cake layered with pie—not pie filling, but actual pie. There was also an adult milkshake bar with Jack and coke floats and pumpkin mudslides.

The wedding cake and assorted Southern pies | Photo courtesy of Southern Event Planners | Photo credit: Josh Malahy

The wedding cake and assorted Southern pies | Photo courtesy of Southern Event Planners | Photo credit: Josh Malahy

The finale of this fantastic musical event was a ride on the famous “Miss Clawdy,” a fully restored, 1959 General Motors tour bus that took Rachel, Igor and their guests to an after party on Beale Street.

The finale of this vibrant, musical event was a ride on the famous “Miss Clawdy” to an after party on Beale Street. | Photo courtesy of Southern Event Planners | Photo credit: Josh Malahy

The bride and groom steal a kiss in front of “Miss Clawdy” before heading to an after party on Beale Street. Photo courtesy of Southern Event Planners | Photo credit: Josh Malahy

Here’s how they pulled of their unique and fabulous wedding:

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