Kendall Ann Jones and William Arthur Franklin met their sophomore year of high school at a football game when William accidentally stepped on Kendall’s foot while she was cheering after a big touchdown. As Kendall tells their story, “He apologized, introduced himself and asked for my number to check up on me later. He called that night. After that, the rest was history.”
Nearly 12 years later, they got engaged on a sunset stroll along the Mississippi River. After drinks at the Terrace at River Inn, they went for a walk in Greenbelt Park at Harbor Town. William trailed behind Kendall as she began talking. When she asked a question and didn’t get a response, she turned around and there he was kneeling on one knee with a ring in his hand — and he asked her to marry him. Through her tears and laughter, William had to remind Kendall, “You actually have to say, ‘Yes.'” She hugged him and shouted an absolute YES!
Kendall and her mother organized many plans early on, but they turned to wedding planner Mona Dunlap to finalize those all-important touches to create the perfect wedding. From helping to design the invitations and floral arrangements to menu selection and creating a gorgeous atmosphere for the reception, Mona was there to help Kendall plan a stunning day.
As soon as they got engaged, everyone began telling Kendall that Maggie Louise Bridal was the place to go to find THE dress, so she made an appointment and went with her mom and three bridesmaids to check it out for herself. Almost immediately, she found her dress, a Liancarlo gown, thanks to owner Molly Farrell’s due diligence in getting to know her bride. “It was the second one I tried on,” Kendall says. “I knew it was the one, not only because it was the most beautiful dress I had ever seen, but because it was the only one that made us all cry when I walked out!”
Kendall’s “something old” was a 100-year-old antique handkerchief that a family member from Maine found, bleached and gave her to “catch all the happy tears on her big day.” Her mom gave her a “new” antique clutch the day of the wedding. She borrowed a tube of lipstick from a bridesmaid and her bridesmaids’ dresses served as her “something blue.”
Kendall and her bridesmaids’ bouquets were bunches of white hydrangeas, peonies, roses and greenery.
Kendall knew she wanted a large open reception venue where everyone could be together but she also wanted something more formal. She immediately fell in love with the Cadre Building downtown where everyone headed after the wedding ceremony.
While the Party Planet Band played their first set of music, guests entered the Cadre to an open bar and passed appetizers of miniature waffle cones filled with citrus crème fraîche and topped with smoked salmon, a trio of barbecue cheddar, goat cheese and herb and gorgonzola with candied walnut truffles, as well as caprese explosions.
There were tables both upstairs and down filled with dinner prepared by CFY Catering, which included duck confit sliders with peach/habañero compote; waffle bowls filled with maple slaw; Korean chili cream and maple-glazed fried chicken; barbecue nachos finished with Ghost River cheddar fondue served on a tortilla crisp and Claybrook Farms beef short ribs braised with red wine served on a golden Yukon potato cakes. A chef-attended gourmet mac ‘n’ cheese station served smoked gouda, aged cheddar and fontina macaroni with butter-poached lobster, applewood smoked bacon and cheddar cheese.
The couple honeymooned at Coco Bay Resort in Antigua. While searching for an all-inclusive resort in the Caribbean, they found this destination and thought it looked too good to be true. They admit now that it surpassed all expectations they had.
Cheers to you, newlyweds, and thank you for sharing your wedding story!
Wedding planner: Mona Dunlap Events, (901)606-7206
Caterer: CFY Catering
Rentals: White Door Events
Floral and lighting: Garden District
Cake: Cakes by Mom and Me
Photographer: Kelly Ginn Photography
Reception music: Party Planet Band
Hair: Elaine Clayton from Salon 387
Makeup: Kasey Acuff
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Bella Bridesmaids
Wedding dress: Maggie Louise Bridal
Tuxedos: The Men’s Wearhouse
Ceremony venue: Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
Reception venue: Cadre Building
Invitations: RSVP Stationers