Elisa and Yuri’s Summer Garden Wedding

Elisa and Yuri’s garden wedding was everything a romantic, summer celebration should be. Hazy shades of sage and mauve, a reception under the stars, and the grounds of Haseltine Estate were idyllic.

It is especially encouraging that even in the face of the pandemic, Elisa still received her dream wedding, and the two are creating their new life together. Beginnings and moving forward are a blessing to us all! The gathering was intimate, but the joy of seeing family again radiated in every moment. As you will see, family was an important thread throughout the day (for more ideas, see our post on honoring family).

Elisa made a timeless, classic bride! Her gorgeous dress speaks of Grace Kelly, and her pearls were her “something old.”



Take a moment to grab your tissues! We have never witnessed such a touching first look with a father. Likewise, the bridesmaids-family and fellow dance company members- were overwhelmed. So many happy tears were shed by all.

The handsome groom was so excited to see his bride! Due to the pandemic, Yuri’s family could not fly from Israel. His time, and eyes were all for Elisa that day! The love and amazement in their special moment reminded us why we think first looks are so indispensable! (More on that here)

Due to the couple’s decision to do a first look, we had plenty of time to take bridal party images before the ceremony. This meant more time for feasting and dancing later!

The ceremony itself was a beautiful highlight in our day with the family! The bride’s father led the traditional nuptials. Thoughtful details were provided for the guests- such as insect repellent for the summer garden wedding. The welcome table payed tribute to the Elisa and Yuri’s meeting in Israel, as well as their mutual love for Messianic missions.

A feast and dancing under the stars completed Elisa and Yuri’s celebration. We love the unique ways for which the guests were provided. In order to insure social distancing, the buffet was attended one table at a time- determined by trivia. Lawn games, and a photo booth kept non-dancers engaged. Yet another example of attention to health was a dessert bar in place of one big wedding cake. True to summer, an evening storm shortened the dancing and lawn games, but the family’s alternative provisions kept spirits high. In the wake of quarantine, it was such a breath of fresh air for these sweet people to enjoy the company of others that little could’ve affected their joy.

Elisa and Yuri, we love you, and can’t wait to see how God blesses your future together! Thank you for letting us be part of your perfect day!


Venue: Haseltine Estate 

Coordinator: Allie Rose Events

Rentals: Vintage Rental Company

Floral: Rosewood Floral and Event Design

Cake and Catering: Simply Delicious

DJ and Photo Booth: Elevate Entertainment 

Bridal Boutique: Gracie’s Bridal Boutique

Chuppah: Branson Party Chuppah

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Blush and Mauve Wedding Palette with a Whimsical Twist

What could be more alluring than a colorful, blush and mauve wedding palette? Whether you’re a spring bride, or simply want a classic color scheme, this pairing is timeless and versatile. Depth and saturation tweak these tones into something more moody, or airy to fit any season or taste. In this particular instance, we are head over heels for the whimsical, spring vibe in the blush and mauve wedding palette in this inspiration shoot (to see why we do styled shoots, click here).

TCB Events created utterly magical floral designs that felt like an enchanted forest. AK’s talent is particularly showcased in her ivy statement wall, and climbing greenery around the elegant arches of our venue. The Atrium at Overton Square provided the perfect backdrop for this project; it an airy space with dramatic architectural features such as their arches, and art deco glass.

Infinity Events created the beautiful table settings, and coordinated with participating vendors. The Infinity team never disappoints; I provided a palette, and mood- they supplied above and beyond with their resources and styling skills. (Click here for an interview with the owner)

We hope that you are inspired, and thrilled with this fairy tale spin on a blush and mauve wedding palette!

Please see the end of this post for a complete listing of participating vendors.



Special thanks, and highest recommendations for:

Venue: The Atrium at Overton Square

Chandelier and Velvet Bench: White Door Events

Linens: Elegant Chair Solutions 

Coordination and Styling: Infinity Events

Tableware: sourced by Infinity Events

Floral Design: TCB Company

Hair and Makeup: Faizah Husniyah

Wedding Gown: Liancarlo from Maggie Louise Bridal Salon

Ribbon: Illume Silks

Cake: Two Girls and a Whip

Menu Design: VF Paperie Etsy

Photography: Persuasion Photography

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Vendor Spotlight: EH Blooms

If you’ve visited our blog before, you know that we believe in using our industry expertise to help you however we can- from budget advice, and venue tours, to inspiration shoots, and local vendor interviews.  Today, we’re sharing a little about one of our favorite “friendors” (vendor friends), Memphis floral designer, EH Blooms. Elizabeth Harville is the lovely face behind the stunning floral creations of EH Blooms. In addition to her creative business, her family also owns Harville Farms – their garlic is a local, farmer’s market must-have! She may be a local, Memphis floral designer, but her talent has led to being published with us multiple times (see our international publication here) Without further ado, we are pleased to present Elizabeth!

Elizabeth putting the finishing touches on the bridal bouquet

How did you become a floral designer?

I quit my day job because I eventually didn’t have the freedom to balance in all the things that come with working full time in the industry I was in AND being a mom to three. I had a secret Pinterest board with all kinds of flower designs that inspired me and a dream to create those for others. I also had an idea for a flower subscription service. When I quit my job and still needed to support my family a few friends and family who knew about my dream gave me a little push and I jumped! It has snowballed from just a couple monthly subscribers to a full calendar of subscriptions, special orders, and weddings/events! I am definitely in my sweet spot and love creating with flowers!

How long have you been a floral designer, and what kinds of training/ certification/ career highlights have you had?

I have been doing my own thing around my house and for friends for years but I have officially been “EH Blooms” since fall of 2016. I am self taught and am currently trying new things, taking advantage of online resources, and spending time with other floral designers to continue to grow and learn!

What’s the hardest part of your job?

Definitely the physical toll it takes to pull off a large event. There’s lots of heavy lifting, hauling, climbing, and hustling. All of that comes after 2-3 days of typically working many hours designing and being on your feet getting everything just right for the big event.

What’s the best part of your job?

Definitely seeing people moved by the beauty that flowers and floral designs can bring!  When people see beauty in flowers through something I have designed it gives me the best rush!

Inspiration source(s) (art, nature, public figures etc)?

I am very inspired by nature, color, culinary creations, and architecture/interior design.

Bridal tip to avoid looking dated in 10 years?

I am probably going to catch crap for this but I encourage brides to add in the things they love. Unique, trendy, whatever you are excited by that expresses you. It is a day where you will look back and see who you were then and how you have grown and changed. Donut walls are trendy and fun. If you want donuts, do it! You may look back and laugh but you won’t regret not having a donut wall when it was the fun thing to do! I say when you look dated it’s because you were unique and I love a unique bride!

Most common wedding day mistake you encounter?

Other than trying to do your own flowers (I was guilty of this), not having a coordinator to run the show the few days before and the day of your wedding. You want to be present and taking either of these things on will take your focus off of enjoying the special time right before the big day!

Pro advice for wedding day?

Hire who you trust and then trust who you hire to carry everything out the way they know best!

Favorite current trend for brides?

I love that it’s okay for brides to be different and non-traditional. It is so acceptable these days for a bride and groom to infuse their wedding day with so many unique and special touches.

What is your dream assignment?

ANY with creative freedom!

What is your own dream wedding/ renewal?

I would love to pick out another beautiful dress, design (but not execute) lots of gorgeous flower arrangements, and have an outdoor spring or fall romantic garden wedding. I love to celebrate so throwing an epic party for our close friends and family would be the best part!

Beach or mountains?

I will take any vacation but I long for the beach.

Movies or books?


Cookie or cupcake?


Hogwarts house?

Don’t hate me, I have no idea what this means.


We hope you have enjoyed getting to know this Memphis floral designer a little better. Elizabeth truly is a rare talent with an irresistible style! If you want to meet more vendors, links to our other interviews are below:

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Crystal and Hector’s Engagement Session

Today we bring you Hector and Crystal’s engagement session. Crystal was the winner of this fall’s Instagram giveaway for an engagement session. This sweet couple- and their two pups- recently moved to Memphis.  Since they are newcomers to the city, and haven’t had much time to establish “special places,” we agreed upon the lovely Brooks Museum as a backdrop. (For more about “special places,” click here to see an engagement session with significant settings).

Hector and Crystal were such a joy to meet, we couldn’t have been happier that she entered the giveaway! Not only are they the nicest duo you’ll meet, they were a dream to photograph. We like to create moments- set the stage for a couple to be themselves- rather than force posing. They responded beautifully to direction, relaxed into each other, and trusted us. As a result, Hector and Crystal’s grandchildren will look at these pictures and say things like, “She still smiles at him just like this,” and “He still holds her like that when no one’s looking!” It’s important to help people still be themselves in the face of a big, scary lens, which is why we take client interaction and comfort so seriously. Let us share an insight into building that sense of meaningfulness.

Setting the Stage

When we’re planning a couple’s engagement session, we always like to ask if there are meaningful places they’d like to incorporate. If they don’t have requests, we move on to the next logical question: are you city people or do you prefer the country? This helps us decide whether to use architecture, or landscape to set the scene. Regardless of their decision, we usually choose a neutral backdrop- through color and/ or focus- so that attention is centered on the couple and their story.

Dress for Success

Believe it or not, even helping clients prepare their wardrobe builds on that foundation of comfort. First, we advise that the couple think about where they want to display their images, and consider the color scheme of that room. Choose a classic color from that room, and build your palette on it- this way, your framed moments will slip harmoniously into your home. Next, and more importantly, we encourage people to select clothes that will give their hands something to do. For instance, women shine with a flowy skirt to twirl; men benefit by having pockets. Hair is also an easy way to give nervous hands a task. (This engagement session exemplifies the use of all three). She can run her fingers through it, he can brush a strand lovingly behind her ear-not only do we have a tender moment, but we also avoid the dreaded “Ricky Bobby syndrome.”

Regardless of place or clothing, we truly do our best to cultivate rapport with our couples, and put them at ease. We believe in preserving these moments for future generations, therefore the interaction we capture must be a truthful reflection of our clients. Hector and Crystal did an amazing job trusting our guidance, and we will be forever grateful they let us into their journey for a moment! Thank you, and HUGE congratulations, Hector and Crystal!



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The Wedding Chapel at Mallard’s Croft

Welcome to our venue tour of the idyllic wedding chapel at Mallard’s Croft. The next best thing to an outdoor wedding, is an outdoor wedding with climate control, no bugs, and no fear of inclement weather! Mallard’s Croft provides all of the above in their brand new venue. Nestled in the Mississippi countryside, you would never know that you are a convenient drive to Memphis. Join us for one of our signature blog tours of this thoughtfully crafted haven.


Our explorations will mimic a bride’s wedding day path. For example, the top-most room- almost like a princess tower- is “My Girl’s Room.”


Next, we introduce you to the bridal party’s room. Not only does this lovely room have mirrors and outlet plugs galore (absolute necessities for bridesmaids), but there is a bird’s eye view of the chapel.


From the moment guests enter, they’re treated the glow of natural light in every corner. Whether they’re enjoying the ceremony, partaking of cocktails in the alcove, or mingling in the hall- there isn’t a bad seat in the house.


Please take a moment to appreciate the staircase. We know this feature will render iconic bridal portraits, or a breath-taking entrance into your wedding. (For more about creating those stunning bridal portraits, click here) Also, we love that the windows are salvaged, and will continue being loved for generations.


Truthfully, this is one of the most awe-inspiring spaces we’ve ever seen. Practically speaking, even if you can’t prioritize floral design in your budget- the natural beauty will speak for itself and provide a breath-taking backdrop.


The alternative space below is the same dimensions as its counterpart above. Again, natural beauty cloaks every view.


We hope you enjoyed your tour, and will go meet the lovely folks in person.

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Carly and Cameron’s White Christmas Wedding

Today, we’re taking you through a Christmas wedding. From the Victorian mansion’s holiday splendor, to the unique reception features, we thoroughly love Carly and Cameron’s wedding!

Many personal details are thoughtfully infused into their big day! The Woodruff-Fontaine House was a natural wedding venue choice for these history-loving, Memphians. Carly’s art deco wedding dress mirrors the Victorian home’s past. Likewise, they paid homage to their city through a dessert bar featuring Memphis’s most popular sweets. Scroll below to explore more of their carefully planned, Christmas wedding details. (Click here to Carly and Cameron’s downtown Memphis engagement session)

Engraved wedding bands like Cameron’s melt our hearts.

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Carly’s lovely flowers reflect her “White Christmas” aesthetic.

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Again, this wedding dress is the dreamy stuff of Gatsby and Downton Abbey!

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The groom’s look is classic, and elegant. In the second image, you will notice a style which deviates from our usual airy romance. We like to provide a more moody, masculine vibe in select groom’s portraits. (Grooms, we have more resources for you about tying tricky ties, groomsmen, lists, and… things you wish you’d known!)

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Of course, the lovely Carly. From her modified heirloom necklace, to her blue suede shoes, she’s the epitome of a timeless bride.

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Below, Carly is sharing a sweet moment with one of her adorable nieces.

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The Woodruff-Fontaine’s three story staircase is made for moments like this!!

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Even though the couple had casual expectations about their First Look, the moment was surprisingly emotional. We love a groom who sheds a tear! (For a real groom’s personal thoughts on First Look, read here)

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One of the best aspects of this venue is its many opportunities for bride and groom portraits! (Click here to see other bride and groom portraits at this venue)

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The perfect tree for a Christmas wedding!

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A mimosa bar, and coffee/ hot chocolate bar were provided just outside the ceremony space.

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The flower girls were eager to walk their aunt down the aisle.

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Wedding ceremonies at the mansion take place either on the lawn, or in the lovely carriage house. Take note of all the smiling faces, and not a phone in sight! Give yourself, and your guests the gift of an unplugged ceremony. You’ve hired a professional photographer, let them do the work!

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Mr. and Mrs. White!

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We love the winter blues of the bridal party, and the sweet simplicity for the flower girls.

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How inspiring is this Christmas wedding detail?! Reflecting both the Victorian, and seasonal aspects of the day- an illustrated edition of the Christmas Carol as a guest book. Point of interest: the museum has a signed, first edition of the novel and a chair that belonged to Charles Dickens!

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This “very Memphis” dessert bar features local favorites: 17 Berkshire, Muddy’s, Frost Bake Shop, and Westside BBQ’s barbecue cake.

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Finally, we think every reception needs a live artist! Carly and Cameron’s now have bespoke art for future generations, and guests were mesmerized by the process.

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We were deeply inspired by this Christmas wedding, and hope you are as well! Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. White- and may all your Christmases be “White.”

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To take a tour of the Woodruff-Fontaine House, click here. If you want more Christmas wedding inspiration, check out my own wedding here (neutral winter shades, candlelight galore, and a Rivini gown that my 23-year-old couldn’t live without!). You can also see our “Blue Christmas” styled shoot that was internationally published here.

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Miranda Marie Bridal Boutique

Welcome to another of our resource posts in which we offer professional tips, and explore local vendors. Today, we’re paying a visit to Miranda Marie Bridal– the most charming boutique in the city! Nestled in the historic district of Olive Branch, you are convenient to Memphis, yet enjoy the quaint charm of this Southern gem. The tone is set before you even open the door. Miranda is the warmest of hostesses, and will make you feel like beloved royalty! Her goal is to provide the couture salon experience to every bride- whether or not she is making a couture investment. She shared stories of how she has traveled to other cities for the bridal gown experience, and watched her friends receive lesser treatment because their budget priorities lie elsewhere. Miranda wanted to change this problem, and has done so with her gorgeous, intimate shop!

The boutique’s decor reflects the owner’s mission: an elegant, bridal atmosphere in a loving, relaxed environment. That “something blue” seating is for brides to bring close loved ones along for the milestone. Clients enjoy two hours of having the store all to themselves! Appointments demonstrate another stand-out trait of the experience- most boutiques offer one hour slots.


Gowns are thoughtfully selected and curated each season. Some of her designers include: Kenneth Winston, Moonlight Bridal, and Ashley and Justin. Our favorite aspect of their lines is that their designers are exclusive to the boutique, and will not be shown in other shops within a certain radius of Miranda’s. Her brides can rest assured that they will not see their gown at anyone else’s wedding!


Here is a peek at the spacious dressing room, and showing area where the magic happens.


Even the bathroom is a beautiful treat!


A Summary of Why You’ll Love Miranda Marie Bridal:

  • A luxury couture experience regardless of your price tag.
  • 2 hour appointments.
  • Exclusive designers
  • Miranda’s heartfelt love for the brides who enter her shop.
  • Bonus: The quaint Olive Branch square will make a perfect ladies’ day of antiquing, pampering, and specialty restaurants and coffee shops.

We hope you’ve fallen in love with Miranda Marie Bridal as much as we have! Explore our visits to two other Memphis bridal experiences, at The Barefoot Bride, and Maggie Louise. If you’re still trying to decide which kind of dresses you want to try on, check out our guide to selecting the right wedding dress for your venue (skip to the bullet points at the end if you’re in a hurry).

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The Carousel Pavilion: A Unique, Inspiring Wedding Venue in Memphis

One of the most unique wedding venues we’ve seen in Memphis, is the gorgeous Carousel Pavilion. Whether you’re a child at heart, love Victorian influences, or simply need a space full of amenities, the Carousel Pavilion rises to the occasion.
Aside from its obvious beauty, our favorite feature of this venue is its versatility. There are lovely, sliding doors which create multiple ceremony options. There are on site suites for the bridal party, and groom. We love that the groom’s suite has direct access to outdoors. Guests have multiple places to mingle- not least of which is the carousel, itself. 

         Let’s take a quick visual tour:

Guests enjoy a beautiful view from the ballroom. The ballroom is a large and versatile space which accommodates 400 seated, and 500 cocktail-style. Additionally, the up-lighting is can be customized to coordinate with your event. 

Next, is a delightful area adjacent to the ballroom. This space is lovely for a smaller ceremony, or cocktails. The sliding doors lend great options for this room. 
Below is the glorious bridal suite. The natural light, size, and neutrality are a dream! (See here to learn about the things you should look for in a bridal suite).
Now, on to the beauty! Call us silly, but our favorite thing about the carousel is is gorgeous color palette! Just think how many wedding colors you can find to coordinate with your venue. The detail and craftsmanship are awe-inspiring, and will make a lovely backdrop.


  • Maximum occupancy? 400 seated, 500 reception-style. 
  • Available parking? 111 secured within fencing, 434 monitored by armed security. 
  • Can we use the carousel? 2 consecutive hours of use are included. Additional time is available. 
  • What are the limits on decorations? No taping, nailing, stapling, etc. 
  • Can I hire my own caterer? Yes. 


  • Carousel rides during 2 hours of your choice. Additional time is available.
  • Coat check
  • Tables and chairs (300 fruit wood, 200 metal)
  • Portable stage
  • Kitchen
  • Projector and screen
  • Customizable lighting
  • Wireless mic
  • Secured parking
Persuasion-Photography-Memphis-Carousel-Wedding-VenueWe hope you enjoyed your “tour” of the Carousel Pavilion. If you’d like to see more of our venue visits, click to read: Annesdale Mansion, The Woodruff-Fontaine House, The Dixon, Tuscan Ridge, The Stratton House
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Memphis Venue With Southern Charm: The Stratton House

If you’re craving a little Southern comfort in your wedding, you’ll love The Stratton House! This Collierville wedding venue is nestled close enough to Memphis for convenience, yet removed enough for peace. Overflowing with the Old South’s grace, this historic home is now an intimate bed and breakfast. Character abounds in every corner here! There are plenty of nooks and crannies for beautiful bridal portraits, and elegant first looks. The historic interior is perfect for parties up to 50; the rear garden accommodates up to 200 (unfortunately, the weather was too poor on my visit to capture its beauty). If you want a wedding venue that feels like a Hallmark movie- you have to visit this hidden gem!


The spacious bride’s rooms are pictured below.

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The upstairs windows are perfect for those “must-have” bridal portraits!

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The music room is a popular location for cocktails.

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The bed and breakfast’s guest rooms are a convenient, romantic wedding night getaway! Imagine soaking in a fireside bath, then falling into a luxurious bed.

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We hope you’ve enjoyed our little tour. If you’ve enjoyed seeing this wedding venue, explore our visits to these other Victorian venues: Annesdale Mansion, and The Woodruff-Fontaine House.

If you’ve already chosen your venue, and are searching for the perfect dress, check out our guide to finding the right gown for your venue. Here are posts about our favorite bridal boutiques who can help you as well (Miranda Marie, Maggie Louise, Barefoot Bride)


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A Tour of The Balinese Ballroom in Memphis

Welcome another of our Memphis wedding venue tours! This week, we’re exploring the Balinese Ballroom near downtown Memphis. What we love most about the Balinese, is that there is something for every taste. The downstairs ballroom is a romantic, airy space. Upstairs, another ballroom features industrial brick and pipes which speaks to the building’s history. Both of these spaces are filled with natural light. Finally, the intimate High Point ballroom is another industrial space which reminds one of a speakeasy. Each of the three ballrooms boasts a gorgeous bar, and plenty of original architecture. Without further delay, enjoy this virtual tour of Memphis wedding venue.

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The Downstairs Ballroom

The downstairs ballroom is a classic, elegant facility that accommodates 250 with cocktail-style arrangements, and 170 in seated-style with a dance floor. 

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Just imagine how glorious bridal portraits would look in this corner! 

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An art deco inspired bar is directly to the side of the downstairs ballroom.

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The Upstairs Ballroom

Like its downstairs counterpart, this space accommodates 250 with cocktail-style arrangements, and 170 in seated-style with a dance floor

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The High Point Ballroom

Finally, the High Point  can accommodate up to 200 guests cocktail style and up to 120 seated with a dance floor.

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If we had to chose one favorite aspect of the Balinese, it would have to be the decadent romance of the downstairs ballroom. The chandeliers, natural light, and draping appeal to our classically bridal sensibilities!

We hope you enjoyed touring this Memphis wedding venue with us! If you’d like more tours from the comfort of home, be sure to check out our visits to the following: 

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