If you believe in fate, then you’ll be inspired by the uncanny number of coincidences that led Jay Pilkerton to marry Katheryn Dennison. For a long time, unbeknownst to them, they were walking along parallel paths. Both grew up in the gorgeous, leafy neighborhoods of Nashville and attended independent schools; both were accomplished athletes and students; and, unbelievably, both ended up at Ivy League schools. They would have met sooner, as supposedly Jay tried to talk to Katheryn at one of their track meets, but Katheryn didn’t hear him or as fate would say, “She wasn’t ready to hear him, yet.” Then they headed off to college to pursue athletics — he went to Yale to play football, and Katheryn went to Princeton to run track.
Even with the unlikely coincidence of Southerners heading up north to college, fate didn’t play its hand until their careers landed them both in New York City. Katheryn says that they “technically met in New York City,” but the truth is they were introduced in Nashville at Thanksgiving, by way of mutual friends. And Jay and Katheryn agree that once fate intervened, it didn’t take them long to know they were meant for each other. In fact, after a couple of dates, Jay and Katheryn were sure this was a lifelong partnership.
In NYC, Jay moved closer to her while studying as a certified chartered financial analyst. They dated for a couple of years and went on a dream trip together to London. It was there, after a visit to the Tate Modern gallery, that Jay proposed to Katheryn.
This fairy tale romance was celebrated in grand style when they wed on September 19, 2015. The bride wanted an elegant feel for the wedding, but nothing too pretentious. By selecting gradations of the color blue for her color palette, Katheryn was able to accomplish a sophisticated look, giving her wedding planner, Jessica Sloane, a ton of ways to embellish her vision for their special day.
The marriage took place at First Presbyterian Church, followed by a reception at Cheekwood Botanical Gardens and Museum of Art. Jay and Katheryn chose Cheekwood for its lush, green hills that so reflect where they both grew up. By having a seated dinner, guests were able to enjoy an intimate setting for conversation and experience the Tennessee outdoors. After dinner, the newlyweds danced alongside their guests before heading off to live happily ever after.
Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Jay Pilkerton!
- Ceremony: First Presbyterian Church
- Reception: Cheekwood Botanical Gardens and Museum of Art and Swan Lawn
- Wedding Planner: Jessica Sloane
- Photography: Austin Gros
- Caterer: Kristen Winston Catering
- Flowers: Vintage Florals
- Cake: Dessert Designs
- Invitations: Emily O. Holmes
- Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jenny Yoo
- Bride’s gown: Reem Acra
- Lighting: Bright Event Productions
- Videography: Needle & Thread