When Stephanie Wharton was a fifth grader, she never imagined that the boy escorting her at The Racquet Club of Memphis’ cotillion class would escort her once again as her husband 13 years later.
According to Stephanie, she and her then-escort Paul Stephens “didn’t necessarily become good friends,” but the duo continued to encounter each other throughout middle school and high school. After high school the native Memphians discovered they were both headed to Ole Miss. As fate would have it, a close friendship developed in Oxford, and in their second semester of freshman year, Stephanie and Paul officially started dating.
Throughout their courtship, the pair enjoyed spending time at Stephanie’s parents’ ranch in Senatobia, Mississippi. On February 20, 2016, Paul took an unsuspecting Stephanie for a walk on the ranch. When they reached the lake, flowers, twinkle lights and candles set the scene for Paul to pop the question. Upon returning to the house the newly engaged couple found their families ready to celebrate with champagne and pizza. To further the celebration, Paul and Stephanie returned to the site of their first date, The Como Steakhouse in Como, Mississippi. Eight months later on October 22, the two exchanged vows in a Memphis-centric celebration.
Congratulations on your marriage, Paul and Stephanie, and thank you for sharing your story with us!
Planner: Sheril Greenstein of Shindigs by Sheril
Ceremony: St. Louis Catholic Church
Reception: Cadre Building
Bride’s gown: Liancarlo gown from Maggie Louise Bridal
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Bella Bridesmaids
Groom’s tuxedo: Hickey Freeman
Groomsmen’s attire: James Davis Men’s Clothier
Flower girl dresses: Gia Marina
Hair: Sara Winter of Germantown Day Spa
Makeup: Kasey Acuff Makeup Artist
Florist: Holliday Flowers & Events
Cakes: The Flour Garden
Catering: Another Roadside Attraction Catering
Photographer: Allison Rodgers Photography
Invitation suite: The Stovall Collection
Band: Party Planet
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