Quentin Hoffman was born and raised in Independence, Kansas, and attended Pittsburg State University. While seeking God’s will for his life, he spent a year doing overseas missions and worked with a doctor from Memphis during one of his projects. After hearing about some of the things the Lord was doing through a community of believers in Memphis, he decided he would move here when he returned to the United States.

A native Texan and Aggies fan, Joyce Liu attended Texas A&M University for undergraduate and medical school. Joyce’s desire has since been to use medicine to serve and glorify the Lord, and she says she is very thankful that God led her to Memphis to work with a group of doctors who live out the gospel through healthcare among the poor. When Joyce moved to Memphis in 2012, she didn’t realize that she would be living just down the street from her soon-to-be best friend and future husband.

Quentin had lived in Binghampton for several years when Joyce moved into the neighborhood and the two met shortly after through the church community, which had drawn them both to Memphis. “We became neighbors and fast friends!” Joyce reminisces. “Because we had such a good friendship, dating was easy and we knew we wanted to marry within just a couple of months of being together!”

Joyce and Quentin got engaged in August 2014 after dating for just six months. Quentin took her on a surprise date that started with a climb up the Chisca Mound near the Metal Museum where the couple watched the sunset over the Mississippi River. He proposed there (Of course she said yes!), and he then took Joyce to Flight, which was the location of their first date.

And so the wedding planning began.

Not being from Memphis, Joyce and Quentin hired wedding planners Kathryn Sparks and Patti Ruleman of WED Memphis. It was their style that immediately drew Joyce to them after a friend’s referral, and their experience and expertise in the Memphis market allowed her a stress-free planning experience.

The Rehearsal Dinner

As the couple greeted their guests at Flight Restaurant in Downtown Memphis, hors d’ oeuvres were offered during a cocktail hour. As dinner was served, family and friends toasted the couple, recalling memories and offering best wishes for their future together.

Flight Restaurant was the location of Joyce and Quentin's first date, so it was the perfect spot for their rehearsal dinner.

Flight Restaurant was the location of Joyce and Quentin’s first date, so it was the perfect spot for their rehearsal dinner.

Tables were simply adorned with classic white tablecloths and black napkins, chalkboard style table numbers, mirrors reflecting candles, flowering orchids and photos of the couple taken throughout the years.

Tables were simple, adorned with classic white tablecloths and black napkins, chalkboard style table numbers, mirrors reflecting candles, flowering orchids and photos of the couple.

The groom finishes out speeches and gives a toast to his bride-to-be.

The groom finishes a speech and gives a toast to his bride-to-be.

The Big Day

While they had planned for a lovely, outdoor spring wedding in March 2015, things took a turn when the temperature suddenly dropped from the 70s to just above freezing, and it snowed the morning of the wedding. “It was still beautiful,” Joyce recalls, “and I think the surprise snow and chill just made it extra memorable.”

Another stress-free decision for Joyce was her dress, finding “the one” while browsing The Barefoot Bride searching for designers and style ideas. She describes her Allure gown as an ivory, embroidered lace fit-and-flare gown with a bead-trimmed sweetheart neckline.

Joyce’s wedding dress, by Allure, hangs on a hashtag-embellished hanger at the Brooks Museum.

Joyce’s wedding dress, by Allure, hangs on a personalized hanger at the Brooks Museum.

It’s all in the details as personal touches abound. Personalized items included napkins containing the date and hashtag (#QandLIU), and a hand-made hanger for the bride’s dress. A vintage topaz ring from one of Joyce’s friends and bridesmaid that had been passed down through her own family for years served as Joyce’s something old, something borrowed and something blue. She wore a pair of petite crystal drop earrings from BHLDN as her something new.

Studded shoes and a flowing silk veil.

Studded shoes and a flowing silk veil

Petite crystal drop earrings in champagne and gold were Joyce's 'something new'.

Petite crystal drop earrings in champagne and gold were Joyce’s “something new.”

Personalized napkins to be used at the reception remind guests to share the memories of the evening.

Personalized napkins at the reception remind guests to share the memories of the evening with a special hashtag: #QandLIU.

The classic, elegant invitation to the wedding.

The elegant wedding invitation was displayed on the mantle in Joyce’s home, where the bride and her entourage gathered to get ready.

Quentin preps at home for the big day.

Quentin preps at home for the big day.

Joyce invited her wedding party to get ready in her home, and the girls received matching robes to wear while makeup artist Kasey Acuff and Marcie Seccombe from Salon 387 assisted with hair and makeup. Meanwhile, Quentin and his groomsmen spent the morning getting ready at his house.

As the couple arrived at the Brooks, Quentin and Joyce shared a special first-look moment and exchanged notes to one another before official wedding day festivities began.

Joyce, her bridesmaids, and their dresses; the bridesmaids wore champagne-colored short dresses in varying styles.

Joyce and her bridesmaids stand in front of their dresses; the bridesmaids wore champagne-colored short dresses in varying styles from Bella Bridesmaids.

Last minute touches included securing the veil and they headed off to the Brooks Museum.

Last minute touches included securing the veil before the party headed off to the Brooks Museum.

The anticipation of the moment before the first look is so exciting for a bride and groom.

The anticipation of the moment before the first look is so exciting for a bride and groom.

Joyce and Quentin share a tender moment before the wedding.

Joyce and Quentin share a tender moment before the wedding.

The couple shares a quick dance before the ceremony.

The couple shares a quick dance before the ceremony.

Quentin and his groomsmen.

Quentin and his groomsmen

Joyce and her bridesmaids make their way to their pre-ceremony photo shoot.

Joyce and her bridesmaids make their way to their pre-ceremony photo shoot.

The bride and her attendants share a light moment.

The bride and her attendants share a light moment.

Joyce hired Deedra Stone of Deedra Stone Designs to create a timeless, classic look for the wedding in color selections of champagne, blush pink and peach. Soft, delicate arrangements in complementing shades of white, ivory and pale pinks were selected for bride’s and bridesmaids’ bouquets, as well as the ceremony and reception spaces.

Joyce’s bouquet consisted of a combination of some of her favorite flowers — ranunculus and hydrangeas — as well as peonies and roses.

The couple exchanged traditional vows in front of 200 family members and close friends during an intimate outdoor wedding ceremony at the Brooks, while Beth Luscombe Strings played. They chose the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art as the location of the ceremony and reception because of its beauty, location in Overton Park and proximity to their Binghampton neighborhood.

 The bridesmaid’s stunning bouquets

We love the bridesmaids’ stunning bouquets!

 Joyce and the bridal party held hands as they prayed before the ceremony.

Joyce and the bridal party held hands as they prayed before the ceremony.

A beautiful moment as Joyce’s father kisses her cheek and gives her away to the groom.

A beautiful moment as Joyce’s father kisses her cheek and gives her away to the groom.

 Quentin escorts his new bride down the aisle.

Quentin escorts his new bride down the aisle.

The Reception

Guests enjoyed a brief cocktail reception in the Rotunda of the Brooks Museum, where they sipped Champagne punch and Memphis Mules — the signature cocktail — as passed hors d’oeuvres were served.

Once guests entered the Holly Court, an elevated Southern meal was served buffet-style. The menu included a mixed baby green salad with strawberries, almonds, brie and poppy seed vinaigrette; an assorted charcuterie display with genoa salami, prosciutto, parmesan, asiago, brie, pickles and mustards; a carver station of smoked beef brisket with horseradish crème, Mostardo fruit, Chimichurri and baked rolls; duck confit on blue corn waffle with spiced bourbon maple syrup; truffled mac and cheese; and fried green tomatoes with basil aioli. Wine and beer were served at the bar along with their signature cocktail, the Memphis Mule.

An elevated buffet of Southern specialties greeted the guests following cocktail time.

An elevated buffet of Southern specialties, charcuterie and salad greeted the guests following the cocktail reception.

A carving station featured smoked beef brisket.

A carving station featured smoked beef brisket and gourmet accoutrements.

Signs remind guests to step into the photo booth and share the love on Instagram using the couple’s personalized hashtag #QandLiu.

Signs remind guests to step into the photo booth and share the love on Instagram using the couple’s wedding hashtag, #QandLiu.

The buffet table’s centerpiece was a high flowing arrangement of neutral flowers in the bride’s chosen colors.

The buffet table’s centerpiece was a high-flowing arrangement of neutral flowers in the bride’s chosen colors. At the couple’s request, all floral arrangements were donated to Bouquets of Hope, a ministry of the Catholic Charities of West Tennessee, to be re-purposed for the comfort of those in the hospital, nursing homes and others in need.

Candles surrounded an elegant four tiered cake with layered flavors of vanilla, lemon and carrot cake with small bunches of flowers placed on each layer.

Candles surrounded an elegant four-tiered cake with layered flavors of vanilla, lemon and carrot cake with small bunches of flowers placed on each layer.

Upon first entering the reception as man and wife, the couple had their first dance to “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” by Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons.

Upon first entering the reception as man and wife, the couple had their first dance to “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” by Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons.

 Guests enjoyed music by the native Nashville band Nationwide Coverage.

Guests enjoyed music by the native Nashville band Nationwide Coverage.

Joyce shared a dance with her flower girl and her wedding party.

Joyce shared a dance with her flower girl and her wedding party.

At the end of the evening, guests showered Joyce and Quentin with a petal sendoff

At the end of the evening, guests showered Joyce and Quentin with a petal sendoff.

Joyce and Quentin spent a week at all-inclusive resort, El Dorado Seaside Suites, in Riviera Maya, Mexico for their honeymoon. Along with seaside massages and romantic sunset dinners on the beach, the couple enjoyed a trip to Tulum, where they snorkeled and explored the old Mayan ruins.

Thank you, Quentin and Joyce for sharing your special day with our readers and we wish you a lifetime of happiness!

RESOURCES

Wedding planner: WED Memphis
Venue: Memphis Brooks Museum of Art
Photography: Kelly Ginn Photography
Videography: VM Weddings
Bride’s gown: The Barefoot Bride
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Bella Bridesmaids
Hair & makeup: Marcie Seccombe from Salon 387  and Kasey Acuff
Groom’s & groomsmen’s formalwear: Jos. A Bank http://www.josbank.com/
Invitations & programs: Mrs. Post Fine Stationery & Gifts
Flowers: Deedra Stone Designs
Catering: The Brushmark Restaurant
Music: Beth Luscombe Strings   and Nationwide Coverage
Cake: Frost Bake Shop