Andrea Tolliver & Josef McLeod

Nothing Short of Magical


Oct 16, 2016
Memphis , Tennessee

Photo Credit

Kaitllyn Stoddard Photography

Style Guide

Color Palette





The First Encounter

First, let me say it is just about impossible to surprise me. I was celebrating my cousin’s birthday at a painting party. My cousin was acting very weird the whole time. I thought she may have had too many drinks. It was getting late and we were putting the finishing touches on our work. I was facing the door and over the divider, I noticed someone had brought balloons for someone. My cousin stands to make an announcement. In walks Joe with flowers and balloons. He presents everything to me and drops to one knee. I am immediately in tears! He then says, “I love you a lot and was wondering if you would be my wife?” The only thing I could say was “Yes!!”

In Preparation

We got engaged on June 17th and neither of us believed in long engagements. I have always imagined a wedding in the fall. Since we are both basketball coaches, the date of October 16th (10/16/16) was set. It was exactly one week before high school basketball season began. Joe, my parents and I attended an event at the Columns several years prior. We all agreed it would be an amazing place for a wedding. When my mom heard of our engagement she wouldn’t entertain the thought of another venue. Thanks to Etsy, Pinterest, and Amazon, everything else fell very neatly into place.

The Big Day

I woke up with butterflies! Moments later my cousin from San Diego called and although she couldn’t be there with me she shared the best advice a bride can hear on her wedding day. “As of this moment, the planning is over. Don’t worry about the details because I know you have planned well. Be in the moment. Enjoy every moment of the day!” That is exactly what I did.

I was blown away as my father and I approached to walk me down the aisle. The architecture, décor, not one empty seat and then I saw him. He was standing there with my favorite “Cheshire cat-like” grin. At that moment it was only us. Our wedding day still feels like a dream! It was nothing short of magical! Words cannot express how much our circle stepped in to make our day the best ever!!

The Retreat

We honeymooned in Montego Bay, Jamaica, in April. I was the “Maid” of Honor in one of my Bridesmaid’s wedding there. It only made sense to extend that trip for our honeymoon. It was the best trip ever! Not only did we get to witness her nuptials, take part in the festivities, and we spent some amazing time with friends, but we also had some great time for ourselves. It was the perfect vacation! That time together was so invaluable and we hated for it to end! So we haven’t allowed it to end! Nearly 10 months in and we are still honeymooning!

Featured Wedding Vendors

Ceremony & Reception Venue

The Columns at One Commerce Square


Contributing Vendors


Me and My Tea Room Catering


Stephanie Cakes & Catering



Event Planner

Earnestine Taylor

Favors & Gifts

Let’s Toast


The Floral Cart


Low’s Bridal and Formal Shoppe


The Expansion Group Unlimited, LLC


Kaitlyn Stoddard Photography

Rentals & Decor

White Door Events


Carriage Tours of Memphis


WTR Entertainment

Honeymoon Accommodations

Iberostar Rose Hall Beach Montego Bay

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