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Real Weddings: Meredith + Lee Ficken

Vandy students Meredith and Lee wed in a traditional church ceremony with a reception at The Hutton Hotel.

Written By:  Nashville Lifestyles

Photographers:  Kelsey Cherry & Austin Lord

Vanderbilt’s Benton Chapel; The Hutton Hotel
August 15, 2015

Meredith and Lee met through mutual friends at Vanderbilt University. “We became good friends our senior year of college and started dating shortly thereafter,” Meredith explains. Lee then pulled off a romantic holiday proposal on Christmas Eve at his family’s farm.

The couple envisioned a classic wedding complete with a traditional church ceremony. Vanderbilt’s Benton Chapel was a perfect fit, especially since it’s situated on the same 
campus where Meredith and Lee began their relationship.

The bride and groom chose to forgo a first look before the ceremony, making Meredith’s walk down the aisle even more memorable. What’s more, Meredith’s mother used pieces of her own wedding dress to craft Meredith’s garter. “I was sure to recover it after Lee tossed it to one of his friends at the reception!” the bride shares.

“Plan your day a little at a 
time so it’s not overwhelming at the end. When people want to help, accept the offers and delegate tasks!”


Photographer Kelsey Cherry and Austin Lord 
Planner Elizabeth Conn, The Hutton Hotel
Florist The Enchanted Florist 
Caterer The Hutton Hotel 
Paper Goods Minted 
Linens The Hutton Hotel  
Band Nick Carver Band 
Bride’s Gown Watters, Arzelle’s Bridal
Jewelry Nordstrom 
Hair Stylist William Edge Salon 
Bridesmaids’ Dresses Adrianna Papell, Bella Bridesmaids 
Groom & Groomsmen’s Fashion Vera Wang, Jos. A. Bank 

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