When you’re raised in a family of tried-and-true Ole Miss fans, you likely know, from an early age, where you’ll one day attend college. It’s also possible that you’ll meet your soulmate when you attend that college and, if you’re lucky, their family has the same passion for the University that yours does. Fortunately, that was the case for Kimberly Gibson and Davis Rolfe, who met their freshman year at the University of Mississippi and fell in love fast. They continued dating throughout college and graduate school, and their beloved Oxford is the backdrop for their romance in a way that pulls at the heartstrings of every alumni. This is one Memphis wedding that was filled with love and a love for Ole Miss
In November 2018, when Kimberly and Davis had been navigating the ups and downs of schooling and life together for five years, a group of their friends all planned to gather in Nashville for the Ole Miss vs. Vanderbilt game. “It was perfect for preventing me from becoming suspicious about all of my friends and family being in the same city at the same time,” says Kimberly. The Friday before the game, Davis took Kimberly for what he described as “a quick bite downtown” before meeting up with their friends. But first, with a picturesque backdrop of the Cumberland River and the lights of downtown Nashville twinkling around them, Davis asked Kimberly to marry him. She said “yes,” and they spent the remainder of the evening celebrating at the Rolfe family home with their friends who were, so conveniently, in town to see their beloved Rebs.
When asked about her vision for the day, Kimberly says that she simply wanted her wedding to be vibrant, happy and beautiful. Could there be a sweeter wishlist for a bride-to-be? She expressed this vision to her mother and wedding planner extraordinaire Mona Dunlap, and largely trusted them to execute the day of her dreams. “They are two of the most creative people I know. They made the entire planning process, as well as the wedding day, energetic yet relaxed at the same time,” says Kimberly. “Mona’s guidance and expertise designed the process from start to finish. We trusted her in all the details.”
A summer Memphis wedding suited the bride’s bright aesthetic perfectly, so they got right to planning for June 2019, a quick seven months away. A mostly neutral color palette, with crisp white florals and plenty of greenery, helped to capture a classic look with plenty of personality and texture. The groom and his guys donned refined black tuxedos while Kimberly selected gorgeous floor-length, off-the-shoulder gowns for her attendants. She chose them in an elegant shade of light gray that picked up surrounding tones, and the color shifted from a blue-gray to silver to off-white.
Early on, Kimberly knew that she and Davis would be wed at Independent Presbyterian Church, the beautiful church in which she was baptized and raised. It’s a space that holds many significant and special memories — from her own profession of faith to her sister’s wedding several years prior. And it was an easy decision for the reception to follow at The Memphis Country Club, which Mona transformed into the ethereal, flower-filled space of Kimberly’s dreams.
On the morning of June 22, 2019, Kimberly put on the wedding gown her sister had worn two years earlier, customized to suit her perfectly, and headed down to the gardens at The Memphis Country Club to meet her groom. The two lovebirds spent the afternoon with wide smiles on their faces, and they soaked up every special moment together before heading to the church for the ceremony.
Sweet and full of sentiment, their ceremony was officiated by both the bride’s uncle and the couple’s pastor. “It was an honor to have them praying over us and blessing our marriage,” says Kimberly. “They reminded us of what a Godly marriage looks like and of the gift we have been given.” In a special, powerful moment during the ceremony, two of Kimberly’s friends sang “What a Beautiful Name” while another dear friend stood alongside them and performed it in American Sign Language. “It was a moment I will treasure in my heart forever,” says Kimberly. With a kiss, the new Mr. and Mrs. Rolfe walked back up the aisle, where they were whisked away to the celebration of their dreams.
The beautiful space at the Memphis Country Club was completely transformed for Kimberly and Davis’ reception. With Mona Dunlap’s vision in mind, the team at Garden District truly brought the outdoors in, with fountains and awnings and flowers galore, all combining with furniture and rentals from White Door Events, to create a welcoming, comfortable space for Kimberly and Davis’ guests.
The bride and groom were introduced for the very first time as Mr. and Mrs. and headed to the light-up dance floor for their first dance to Anderson East’s “This Too Shall Last.” Guests enjoyed a selection of passed hors d’oeuvres before digging into food stations featuring a bounty ranging from sushi to tenderloin to rack of lamb before joining the happy couple on the dance floor.
The dance floor was packed all night long as Infinity Show Band performed. The party continued beyond the traditional reception, this time featuring a performance by Mustache The Band, whose ’90s country tunes Kimberly, Davis and their friends had spent many nights singing and dancing along to throughout college and post-grad. And when their feet could dance no more, the bride and groom exited their reception under a curtain of flower petals.
Congratulations, Kimberly and Davis! Your wedding day was as sweet and beautiful as your love story, and we wish you every happiness!
Photography: Taylor Square Photography
Wedding Planner: Mona Dunlap
Wedding Dress: Dawn’s Couturiere (originally purchased at Maggie Louise)
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids
Groom: Jos A Bank
Groomsmen attire: Jos A Bank
Cake: Cakes by Mom and Me
Flowers & event design: Garden District, White Door Events
Venues: Independent Presbyterian Church, The Memphis Country Club
Catering: The Memphis Country Club
Band: Infinity Show Band, Mustache The Band
Hair: Karissa Dickerson
Makeup: Kendrick Simpson
Merchandise/Stationery Design: RSVP Stationers
Videography: Lynn Productions
Guest Accommodations: The Peabody. The Memphis Country Club
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