Megan Garfield and Michael Mason were just as surprised as anyone to find that their fifth-grade friendship would lead to everlasting love. They transitioned from friends to boyfriend and girlfriend nine years after their first encounter, just as they headed out in separate directions to college — Megan to Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Michael to Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, Tennessee. They fought the distance for four years until making their way back to Nashville. Their love story, which began in 2000, continued to develop before eventually taking a turn towards forever.
In May of 2014, Megan was greeted at her apartment by an unlocked door, lights on, music playing and an aisle of red rose petals. “I was very confused because I knew I had locked the door, turned the lights off, didn’t leave music on and definitely didn’t have rose petals on my floor before I left for work that morning,” Megan remembers. As any romantic would, Megan followed the rose petals and was overjoyed to see Michael, donning a suit, standing among the petals as he shared his desire to spend forever with Megan. “It took me by complete surprise … he had put so much thought into it, and I was just in awe,” she shares.
Following the engagement, Megan and Michael began to plan their wedding. Set on the idea of hosting the ceremony and reception in the same location, Megan and Michael were sold on Marathon Music Works. A multi-purpose space that opened its doors in Marathon Village in 2001, this renovated warehouse fit the bill for the couple’s needs and wants. Practical features, including parking in the back of the building, bar stations, ample space and opportunity to decorate how they wanted, combined with the “M” painted on the wall — “ironic, because both our names start with ‘M’ and our last name is Mason,” Megan shares — made this the ideal venue for their June wedding.
Thirteen months after Michael popped the question, the soon-to-be newlyweds were joined by more than 200 guests as they exchanged vows and wedding bands under the glow of a chandelier in Marathon Music Works.
As the space was flipped, guests snacked on appetizers (spiced Gulf shrimp and pistachio pesto on crispy wontons with caramelized onion jam, and pimento cheese and pork jowl on a crostini with a bourbon glaze) and cheese. Having spent time in Wisconsin, it was only fitting that Megan showcase her love of cheese, which was displayed with jams, crackers and chutneys. After whetting their palates with appetizers, the party goers were treated to a buffet dinner with Mexican-inspired cuisine.
Taking the dance floor as husband and wife, the Masons shared a dance to a slow version of “Down” by Jay Sean, which just so happens to be the song that was playing as Michael got down on one knee a year prior. This kicked off an evening of dancing, laughter and joy that wrapped up with personal servings of chicken and waffles, and a farewell to the newlyweds!
Cheers to Megan and Michael as they embark on a lifetime of happiness!
Venue: Marathon Music Works
Photography: Evin Photography
Bride’s gown: Olia Zavozina
Bridesmaids’ dresses: convertiblewrapdress.com
Hair & makeup: Amy Lynn Larwig
Groom’s & groomsmen’s formalwear: Belk
Invitations, programs & menu cards: Designs in Paper
Flowers: Vintage Florals
Catering: The Chef and I
Music: Hightone Entertainment
Cake: The Cupcake Collection
Wedding Planner: Firefly Events