In some cases, being a tourist on Broadway will get you nothing more than the opportunity to hear live music, the chance of spotting a celebrity and the pains of waking up with Tennessee whiskey still running through your veins. In this case, being a tourist on Broadway got Megan Tatterson a run-in with the man she would later marry. “He was quirky, outgoing and fun. We ended up spending the rest of the night dancing and having a blast,” Megan says of meeting her future husband, Chad Buttrey.
Megan headed back to Chicago and the pair decided to take a shot at long distance. After two successful years, Megan made the move from Chicago to Nashville to be with Chad. Three years after she made this move, the pair returned to Megan’s hometown of Chicago where Chad popped the question. “It was simple and exciting — and I was completely shocked,” Megan shares about the proposal. During the fall of the next year, Megan and Chad exchanged their “I do’s.”
The first weekend in October, Megan and Chad invited friends and family from both coasts to Evins Mill in Smithville, Tennessee. Tucked in the trees an hour east of Nashville, Evins Mill offered a picturesque setting ideal for the pair’s nuptials. This was the couple’s second stay at the resort; the first being an overnight stay for Valentine’s Day a few years prior. “It is spectacularly beautiful with the old mill, hiking trails and lush forest surrounding the comfortable lodge and cabins with a lovely dam and pond,” Megan tells us. “We rented the entire resort for our wedding weekend so it was intimate with only friends and family onsite from Friday to Sunday.” Guests, many of whom had never been to Tennessee, were encouraged to explore the 40-acre property through hiking, fishing and relaxing.
In addition to providing a serene setting for a weekend getaway, the property is the perfect place for a September wedding. Donning a form-fitting lace dress, Megan walked down the aisle to exchange handwritten vows. Chad’s aunt read a Buddhist prayer during the secular, non-traditional ceremony and Megan and Chad were wed before 80 of their family and friends.
Taking cues from the venue’s natural, rustic setting, the pair chose floral arrangements that consisted of colorful wildflowers. “I have always loved wildflowers and knew that I wanted bouquets that were wild and beautiful,” Megan shares. Everything went off without a hitch and every detail (including the weather) was inspired by the couple and their choice of venue. “The weather was spectacular and we couldn’t have asked for more perfect sunshine,” Megan remembers.
Following the ceremony, guests sipped on wine, beer, bourbon and everything in between before dinner was served. In keeping with Megan and Chad’s vegetarian lifestyle and advocacy for animal rights, the meals were 100% vegetarian. “Even relatives who hunt claimed they didn’t miss meat on the menu,” Megan shares. The dinner consisted of a vegetarian pot pie, garlic mashed potatoes, maple spice baked butternut squash, sweet corn soufflé, asparagus and peach salad with pistachios. Dancing followed dinner.
The Wooly Mamas almost stole the show from the beautiful couple. As long-time business manager of LightsOut Events, a company with the mission to raise money for various non-profit organizations through concert events, Chad developed a working and personal relationship with the band. “When I spoke to them about performing at the wedding and they mentioned they know 80+ songs outside of their own music, it was a lock,” Chad tells us. “For us, I believe the highlight was when they played a few of their originals at the end of the night that Megan and I love.” Between the band and the couple’s good friend John Constable running light and sound, the dancing lasted well into the evening.
The newlyweds, alongside a group of guests, enjoyed a hike and swim in the properties waterfall on Sunday, which Megan describes as nothing short of magical. After this perfect ending to the perfect weekend, Mr. and Mrs. Buttrey spent two weeks celebrating their new marriage in Washington State, including a week on Bainbridge Island off the coast of Seattle before driving across the state to Olympic National Park to stay in a resort at Lake Quinault for several days before heading back to Seattle for several more days. “It was a trip full of hiking, kayaking and sight-seeing.”
We wish the couple a lifetime of happiness! Congrats!
Venue: Evins Mill
Photography: Creative Images by Jennifer
Bride’s gown: Bridal Warehouse
Bridesmaids’ dresses: David’s Bridal
Hair and makeup: Rebecca Hatfield
Men’s formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse
Invitations: Paper Source
Programs: Sheer Graphics Inc.
Flowers: DeKalb County Florist
Catering: Evins Mill
Music: The Wooly Mamas
Guest accommodations: Evins Mill