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Madeline Littrell & John Coyle

A Southern Affair


Married

Oct 9, 2021
Memphis , Tennessee


Photo Credit

Snap Happy Photography


Style Guide


Color Palette



Style

Formal, Glamour


Season

Fall





The Proposal

In Christmas of 2020, John took his first trip to Madeline’s hometown in Memphis, Tennessee. Knowing how much she wanted him to see The Peabody Hotel, he surprised her by booking a room because, due to COVID, the lobby was only open to guests. Near sunset, the couple went to the rooftop to view the Memphis skyline and the Mississippi River. As the sun dwindled,  John got down on one knee and proposed. Caroline recalls being so nervous and excited that her hands were trembling, and John could barely get the ring on her finger. Fortunately, John had booked a photographer in advance who captured the event beautifully. Another surprise unfolded as they took one last picture in front of the Christmas tree. Madeline’s family and fur-baby, Tennessee Rose, gathered at the famous hotel to celebrate the newly engaged couple.


Madeline Littrell and John Coyles Wedding in Memphis Tennessee Invitations

Madeline Littrell and John Coyles Wedding in Memphis Tennessee Bride Close Up
Madeline Littrell and John Coyles Wedding in Memphis Tennessee Groom

Madeline Littrell and John Coyles Wedding in Memphis Tennessee Rings

Madeline Littrell and John Coyles Wedding in Memphis Tennessee Mother of Bride


In Preparation

Immediately following the engagement, Madeline booked her most important vendors within 24 hours. John’s job required the couple to relocate to San Francisco, so Madeline relied heavily on her mother and event planner, with most appointments taking place via Facetime.  And, though they missed out on the cake tasting,  the couple cherishes their memories of their signature cocktail tasting together at the Peabody, where they perfected an espresso martini.  Madeline envisioned a glamorous black-tie, gold-and-white, traditional southern affair that married her Tennessee roots with his New Orleans lifestyle. The bride’s vision also informed her choice of dress, which she described as “The classic, Old Hollywood glamour and the architectural details from Ines di Santo made me feel like the bride I wanted to be. Timeless.”


Madeline Littrell and John Coyles Wedding in Memphis Tennessee Groomsmen

Madeline Littrell and John Coyles Wedding in Memphis Tennessee Bridesmaids Look

Madeline Littrell and John Coyles Wedding in Memphis Tennessee Earrings
Madeline Littrell and John Coyles Wedding in Memphis Tennessee Bride

Madeline Littrell and John Coyles Wedding in Memphis Tennessee bridesmaids

Madeline Littrell and John Coyles Wedding in Memphis Tennessee John
Madeline Littrell and John Coyles Wedding in Memphis Tennessee Chapel

Madeline Littrell and John Coyles Wedding in Memphis Tennessee Wedding Party Candid


The Big Day

The couple envisioned a quintessentially Southern affair with a historic church, traditional wedding party, magnolias, candles, and LOTS of live music! Memphis meets New Orleans in a glamorous, gold and white, black-tie affair. John’s priority was a stellar bar, Madeline’s was a good photographer, and both wanted good music. Events began Thursday night – where Madeline had the privilege of marching the ducks as an Honorary Duckmaster, followed by a cocktail party in the Peabody lobby bar.  Friday’s rehearsal dinner was held at the world-famous Charlie Vergos’ Rendezvous for Memphis barbecue, followed by a surprise New Orleans style second-line. The couple curated little moments throughout the wedding to honor their loved ones who couldn’t be there. Highlights included the Memphis Soul Revue, who crooned the classics and kept the dance floor packed, a themed martini bar, “The Tennessee Rose,” named after Madeline’s dog, and a custom watercolor menu designed by a local artist and one of Madeline’s best friends.


Madeline Littrell and John Coyles Wedding in Memphis Tennessee Ceremony

Madeline Littrell and John Coyles Wedding in Memphis Tennessee Ceremony

Madeline Littrell and John Coyles Wedding in Memphis Tennessee Chapel
Madeline Littrell and John Coyles Wedding in Memphis Tennessee Table Seating Chart
Madeline Littrell and John Coyles Wedding in Memphis Tennessee Lounge Area
Madeline Littrell and John Coyles Wedding in Memphis Tennessee Cake

Madeline Littrell and John Coyles Wedding in Memphis Tennessee Reception

Madeline Littrell and John Coyles Wedding in Memphis Tennessee Flowers
Madeline Littrell and John Coyles Wedding in Memphis Tennessee Dip

The Retreat

Madeline and John met online during COVID, and one of his first questions to Madeline was, “where would you most want to visit” to which Madeline replied, “Italy, hand’s down.”  So it was only fitting the newlyweds honeymooned in Italy. The couple took in the food, art, and culture from Positano to Capri to Rome and Florence. One memorable evening they shared a bottle of champagne with a couple who had been married for more than 50 years. They didn’t speak the same language, but their hearts connected. Through the waiter acting as a translator, the Italian couple shared their best advice for a successful marriage: be kind to each other.


Madeline Littrell and John Coyles Wedding in Memphis Tennessee Bar Sign
Madeline Littrell and John Coyles Wedding in Memphis Tennessee Cake

Madeline Littrell and John Coyles Wedding in Memphis Tennessee Guests

Madeline Littrell and John Coyles Wedding in Memphis Tennessee Cold Sparks

Madeline Littrell and John Coyles Wedding in Memphis Tennessee Feathers
Madeline Littrell and John Coyles Wedding in Memphis Tennessee Peabody

Madeline Littrell and John Coyles Wedding in Memphis Tennessee Band

Madeline Littrell and John Coyles Wedding in Memphis Tennessee

Madeline Littrell and John Coyles Wedding in Memphis Tennessee Elevator


 

Contributing Vendors

PHOTOGRAPHER

Snap Happy Photography

EVENT PLANNER

Michelle Hope of Social Butterfly Events

FLORIST

Deedra Stone Designs

VENUE & CATERER

The Peabody Memphis

CAKE

Frost Bake Shop

INVITATIONS

Shine Wedding Invitations

GOWN & RECEPTION DRESS

Ines Di Santo

VEIL

Stanley Korshak Bridal Salon

BRIDAL SHOES

Stuart Weitzman

BRIDESMAID DRESSES

BHLDN

GROOM’S TUX

The Black Tux

ENGAGEMENT RING

James Allen

WEDDING BANDS

Diamonds Direct

HAIR STYLIST

Hair by Karissa

MAKEUP ARTIST

Isabella Allen

VIDEOGRAPHER

White Heart Wedding Films

CEREMONY MUSIC

Austin Carroll Music

RENTALS & DECOR

White Door Events

ENTERTAINMENT

Memphis Soul Revue of Ram Entertainment

TRANSPORTATION

Tennessee Limousine

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