Caroline Clare Talbot and Johnathan Horton met as students at Mississippi State. “We dated on and off, and I guess it finally stuck after we graduated,” Caroline recalls. “The third time was the charm.”
When the time came for Johnathan to pop the question, he made sure it was a memorable evening for Caroline. Two years after graduation while in Charlotte, North Carolina, for a Mississippi State bowl game, Johnathan surprised Caroline with dinner reservations, a romantic stroll through the park and then proposed under the twinkling, starry night sky.
The couple made an early decision to marry at St. John’s United Methodist Church, a Midtown Memphis church that their close family friends attend regularly, instead of their home church in Hernando, Mississippi. They also included their family and friends in other aspects of their special day. Ceremony music was provided by organist and pianist Matthew Bogart; soloist and pianist Luke West, a friend of the bride and groom; and soloist Ashley Wieronski McCormack. There was a scripture reading by Johnna Strange, a bridesmaid and friend of the bride and groom.
Caroline wanted her wedding to be elegant and colorful, so they opted for fresh, traditional arrangements with bold complementing colors. Wanda Carol Robison of Blossoms is a friend of the family, so Caroline trusted her creativity and says that her selections did not disappoint.
Following the ceremony, guests traveled downtown for a reception at The Columns. Caroline selected the venue because of its central location and size.
There were his and hers cookbooks, a decorating book and a book about the Mississippi Delta for guests to sign as they arrived, each telling a piece of the story of the couple’s love and history. Fresh peach Bellinis and Moscow mules were handed out as guests entered.
Unique personal details were positioned throughout the reception space. Photos of friends and late family members were framed and placed on tables at the entrance. There were monogrammed personalized linens, koozies, wine glasses and even a personalized dance floor light! And the Amurica photo booth trailer was on site for fun and unique photos for guests to enjoy.
As Caroline and Johnathan were announced as Mr. and Mrs. Horton, they enjoyed their first dance to Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered,” one of Caroline’s favorite songs and one to which the couple has always enjoyed dancing. Caroline and her dad danced to “My Girl” by The Temptations, which holds a special meaning to them.
For more on Caroline and Johnathan’s wedding, check out their wedding video, produced by Sami Sue Studios.
We wish the couple a long and happy marriage!
Caterer: Simply Delicious
Rentals: White Door Events
Floral and lighting: Blossoms Florist
Cake: Alice Chow Cakes, Clarksdale, MS
Photographer: Katie Norrid Photography
Videographer: Sami Sue Studios
Ceremony music: Luke West, friend of bride and groom
Reception music: City Heat Band
Hair: Rod Henson Salon
Makeup: Kendrick Simpson
Bridesmaids’ dresses: BHLDN
Wedding dress: Maggie Louise Bridal Boutique
Tuxedos: Men’s Wearhouse
Photo booth: Amurica
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