Meg Sights and Aaron Kala met through mutual friends, but had not spent much time around each other. On a summer night in 2012, many of their friends were invited to watch the opening ceremonies of the London Olympics, but as luck would have it, they were the only two who were able to attend. They decided to make the best of the evening, but then something else happened. The sound on the television went out. Meg recalls, “We were left with a choice of staring at the television in silence or talking, so we ordered dinner and started getting to know one another. Later, Aaron asked me on our official first date.”
Just two short years later, back in Cooper-Young, the couple finished lunch and decided to take a walk around the neighborhood. Aaron wasn’t leaving this one to chance. As they passed the location of their first dinner, he got down on one knee and proposed. The newly engaged couple made plans to have dinner with Meg’s parents that evening to share their news, but when they arrived, they were greeted with warm wishes and hugs from many of their closest family and friends, secretly invited by Aaron to join in their celebration.
The couple married November 14, 2015, at Idlewild Presbyterian Church, where Meg has attended church since childhood. Her father and grandmother have also been a part of the church for many years, so it was an easy decision for the ceremony. With another personal connection for the bride’s family to the Dixon Gallery & Gardens, the couple chose its Hughes Pavilion for their reception.
Originally an ivory strapless Monique Lhuillier sweetheart lace gown with a trumpet fit, Meg’s dress was modified by designer Sona Amroyan to have a lace illusion neckline with cap sleeves and a v-back. The veil was an ivory cathedral veil cut edge with lace trim. She also wore a double strand pearl bracelet that her mother wore on her own wedding day, giving Meg the traditional “something borrowed” item.
Meg’s bouquet held her something old: brooches from each of her grandmothers. The bridesmaids’ bouquets consisted of muted shades of greens, blues, pinks and champagne with dusty undertones, which perfectly complemented the attendants’ dresses and seasonal outdoor hues. After the reception, the flowers were donated to Bouquets of Hope charity.
Nearly 250 guests filled the church for the traditional ceremony. The wedding party consisted of five bridesmaids, including one of the bride’s closest friends since grade school, her sister-in-law, two college roommates and her roommate from medical school. The groomsmen included the groom’s brother, the groom’s father, the bride’s brother and three of the groom’s college and medical school friends.
When looking for a reception venue, Meg and Aaron were attracted to the intimate feel and natural beauty provided by the Hughes Pavilion at Dixon. The wooded entrance to the pavilion set the stage perfectly for the warm, welcoming and elegant environment for the evening.
Upon entering the reception, guests were greeted with a full bar, a delectable buffet of noshings, chef-attended micro plate, macaroni-and-cheese food stations and a dessert bar by CFY Catering. They were also served late-night burgers and chips.
The newlyweds’ first dance was “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” by Frankie Valli. Meg and her father enjoyed the traditional father/daughter dance to “Turn Around,” by Nanci Griffith. Aaron and his mother shared their dance to “The Rainbow Connection,” by Kermit the Frog. Guests then danced into the night to The DMP Band.
Bess Farris’ one-of-a-kind painting of the couple’s first dance was a wedding gift from two of the bride’s aunts and uncles and their families. This intimate memory captured in time is a gift they won’t soon forget.
The couple will take their honeymoon this March in Punta Cana, a first time for both to travel to the Dominican Republic.
Thank you to Meg and Aaron for sharing your big day with us! We wish you a lifetime of serendipitous occasions.
Wedding Venue: Idlewild Presbyterian Church
Reception: Hughes Pavilion at Dixon Gallery & Gardens
Planner: WED Memphis – Kathryn Sparks and Patti Ruleman
Photography: Christen Jones Photography
Bride’s Gown: Maggie Louise Bridal
Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids
Hair: Great Lengths Salon
Makeup: Heather Boutique
Groom & Groomsmen’s Formal wear: Men’s Wearhouse
Invitations, cocktail napkins and guest towels: Mrs. Post Stationery
Programs were prepared by the mother of the bride
Flowers: Garden District
Catering: CFY Catering
Music: RAM Entertainment/ DMP Band
Cake: The Flour Garden
Party Favors: Nana’s Sweet Treats
Event Painter: Bess Farris
Photo Booth: Phancy Photo Booth
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