Rebecca Maury and John Dicken are both Memphis natives and have always known of each other, though they were in different grades in school. After high school, John went to the University of Kentucky and Rebecca attended the University of Arkansas — but all roads led back to Memphis for these two. Both John and Rebecca ultimately ended up at the University of Memphis, where Rebecca attended a friend of a friend’s crawfish boil, hosted by none other than John Dicken. They were an instant match and began dating shortly thereafter.

They knew early on that they would spend the rest of their lives together, but it was three years later when they made it official. Rebecca and her family were visiting the Dicken family farm in Somerville, TN, for a Fourth of July party. Rebecca and John stole away to take the dogs on a run by the lake, as they always did, but this time was different. “As we made it to the lake, John grabbed my hand and took me right to the edge of the water,” Rebecca says. “He turned me toward him, and I could tell he wanted to talk about something serious.” He told her their years together had been the best of his life and that he couldn’t imagine a day without her. And then he got down on one knee, pulled out his grandmother’s ring and asked Rebecca to be his wife. “It was the easiest question I’ve ever had to answer,” Rebecca said.

A classic white lace bridal gown and gorgeous, lush white bouquet: Rebecca’s wedding day look was absolute perfection.

A stunning bouquet of white hydrangeas, peonies, roses and lisianthus was chic and classic.

Sweet little details

A truly breathtaking wedding stack

This bride was all smiles on the morning of her wedding. Incorporated in her wedding day attire was something old, new, borrowed and blue. Her ring belonged to John’s grandmother, and her dress was new. She borrowed her mother’s small diamond cross necklace and wore a blue sapphire ring gifted to her by her mother.

This lovely group of girls soaked up every moment of a special morning spent getting wedding-ready together.

The bride and her mother share a sweet moment. These two worked tirelessly together to plan the special day in 10 short months!

Rebecca’s mother booked an appointment at Low’s Bridal in Brinkley, AR, as a preliminary shopping trip to help them get some ideas of what Rebecca was looking for. But after trying on 10 dresses, Rebecca simply couldn’t get one out of her head. “I was looking for all lace, with a gorgeous back,” Rebecca says. “I am not much of a shopper and after the 10th dress, I decided to try on a veil with the third dress. When I added the veil, I just knew that was the dress I wanted to marry John in.”

Isn’t John the most distinguished groom?

Their first look was hands-down one of Rebecca’s favorite moments of the day.

The live oaks on the property at The Grand Hotel are completely magical.

““Since we wanted something small and outside, we thought it was the perfect place,” Rebecca says of The Grand Hotel. “Right on the water as the sun set was the exact place we wanted our wedding to be.”

The wooden cross at the altar was completely covered in Rebecca’s favorite flowers, and it was one of her favorite details from the day.

They wanted a small, romantic wedding, and with only 10 months to plan the day, they had to quickly start the process. Rebecca envisioned a fairy-tale outdoor ceremony at sunset with lots of twinkling lights. “After attending a close family friend’s outside wedding overlooking a vineyard, I knew I wanted mine outside as well,” Rebecca says. “Theirs was beautiful, yet not so formal and much more intimate than a traditional, huge inside wedding.” There was no location better suited for this soiree than The Grand Hotel in Point Clear, AL. Rebecca grew up visiting the hotel with her family, so its sentimental value combined with its dreamy location right on the water made it the only place Rebecca and John could envision their day.

Rebecca opted to keep the color palette clean and simple for the spring wedding. Lush white hydrangeas, peonies, roses and lisianthus were complemented by delicate sprigs of greenery, making for an elegant look. The bridesmaids wore floor-length, soft gray-blue gowns, and the groom and his groomsmen were the pictures of refinement in black tuxedos. This classic aesthetic paired perfectly with the location, making for truly the ultimate Southern outdoor wedding.

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On her wedding day, after spending the morning getting ready with her mother and bridesmaids, Rebecca headed out to meet her groom under the live oak trees dripping with Spanish moss that cover the property at The Grand Hotel. She describes the first look as one of her absolute favorite memories from the day — a moment that felt incredibly special and totally surreal. Rebecca says, “It was so special since we were alone and knew this was actually happening!”

As the sun started to set on a beautiful May evening, about 130 of Rebecca and John’s loved ones gathered under a sprawling oak tree overlooking the bay to witness and celebrate the beginning of their life together as Mr. and Mrs. Dicken. A string quartet played while guests sipped champagne and found their seats. Then, as the classic notes of Wagner’s “Bridal Chorus” began to build, Rebecca made her way down the aisle on her father’s arm. The bride and groom held hands at the altar, marked by a large wooden cross covered with Rebecca’s favorite flowers, promised to love each other forever and sealed their covenant with a kiss. With unfettered smiles on their faces, the new Mr. and Mrs. recessed up the aisle as the joyous “Wedding March” played.

The bride and her father walk down the aisle as a string quartet plays the “Bridal Chorus.”

Rebecca and John bask in that just-married glow.

The new Mr. and Mrs. make it official with a kiss!

How darling is this little flower girl?

“There were so many other special memories that stand out that include having my wonderful friends from high school and college roommates all together to share this moment, as well as family and our parents’ dear friends that had watched us grow up,” Rebecca says.

The reception was held at The Grand Hotel’s Julep Point overlooking the bay, giving guests an incredible view as the sun dipped below the horizon. Guests enjoyed a “Point Clear of Stress” signature cocktail as they made their way to the reception space and snacked on passed hors d’oeuvres before a meal of lamb chops, shrimp and grits, gumbo, lobster mac and cheese and crabmeat bites. After sunset, twinkle lights draped over the dance floor lit up the night sky and completed the bride’s vision for her fairytale wedding. The bride and groom shared their first dance to “Stand By Me,” the lyrics striking Rebecca as the perfect sentiment for their first dance as husband and wife. The band got the party going and kept the energy high all night as Rebecca, John and their beloved guests cut loose on the dance floor. At the end of the night, guests showered the bride and groom with lavender, and they rode off into the night on a flower-draped golf cart.

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Guests enjoy passed hors d’oeuvres during cocktail hour.

Shrimp and grits and little sliders were among the delectable bites served at the reception.

Introducing Mr. and Mrs. John Dicken!

The bride and groom dance to “Stand By Me.”

A four-tiered traditional white cake was the perfect wedding cake for Rebecca, who wanted something simple and elegant. Delicate groupings of white flowers add the finishing touch.

“We had an incredible band that was wonderful with interacting with the guests,” Rebecca says. “Everyone danced and got involved on the stage and dance floor.”

The bride and groom danced the night away with their family and friends.

A lavender station awaits the fragrant send-off at the end of the night.

Under a shower of dried lavender buds, Rebecca and John exit their reception.

Cheers to many years of marital bliss!

With memories of her May wedding fresh in her mind, Rebecca advises other brides to savor every second of their wedding day, saying, “It goes by so fast, but you really want to remember all the details on the biggest day of your life.” And, of course, she adds, “Hire a good wedding planner!”

Here’s to you, Mr. and Mrs. Dicken! Thank you for sharing your gorgeous day with us!

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