Margo Gronauer & Steven Saharovici
Happily Ever After
Aug 4, 2019
Memphis , Tennessee
Kevin Barré Photography
In honor of completing our first semesters of medical and law school, Steven took me to a celebratory dinner at our favorite restaurant, Folk’s Folly Prime Steak House. Little did I know that dinner would end in an even bigger celebration. Upon receiving our dessert, I looked down at the dish and saw the words “Will you marry me?” and my soon-to-be fiancé on his knees with an engagement ring. Of course, I said “yes!” to spending forever with my love of seven years.
Planning a wedding while attending medical school could not have been done without the help of my mother and her wonderful team. Those close to me know that I’ve always had a more formal style; even my childhood bedroom is modeled after that of Louis the 14th! So, it was only fitting that I chose to have our ceremony in the beautiful Continental Ballroom at The Peabody Hotel where my grandparents married over 65 years ago.
Shortly after the venue was chosen, I flew to New York City with some family members to purchase my wedding gown, veil, and headpiece at Kleinfeld Bridal. For years I watched the TV show, “Say Yes to the Dress” and dreamed of selecting my own dress at this store. I chose a Pnina Tornai lace off-the-shoulder ball gown. It was truly a memorable experience. At the ceremony, the groom and groomsmen would wear formal tails, white piquet vests and bow ties.
When we returned to Memphis, I began planning the rest of the details with the help of my amazing vendors. They steadily worked together to create a magical, fairy tale wedding for Steven and me where I felt like a princess! We created a formal gold wedding crest that incorporated our initials along with the pattern of The Peabody’s signature bannister railings, which were used on the invitations and throughout the venue itself. From there, things just fell into place!
The Big Day
In honor of our Jewish heritage and upbringing, we were married under a beautiful chuppah that was elaborately covered with delicate strings of white orchids. We arranged for the bridal walkway to be a raised, mirrored runway with antiqued, gold sides so that our guests would be able to see every second of the wedding procession.
After the ceremony, guests moved to The Grand Ballroom for cocktail hour and appetizers where they created a gold monogrammed gates with an over-sized bar in the center. After cocktails, trumpeters lead guests through the gates into dinner where they found lavish, mirrored tables embellished with hanging crystals and large, raised, white floral displays. Guests enjoyed a scrumptious three-course meal and a high energy band from Utah well into the night.
The morning after our wedding weekend, we set off to Hermitage Bay Resort on the west coast of Antigua. The all-inclusive resort has 30 individual suites surrounded by tropical gardens on the beach and hillside overlooking a natural bay. Hermitage Bay was the most relaxing and personalized vacation with an incredible staff, luxurious spa treatments, an on-site organic garden, and romantic dinners on the sand. The cuisine was fresh and delicious with many meal options available as the menu changes daily. The serenity of the property was ideal for unwinding under the Antiguan sun however, there’s many activities available as well. We enjoyed snorkeling, sailing, and more. We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect honeymoon destination!
Featured Wedding Vendors
Kevin Barré Photography
CEREMONY & RECEPTION VENUE
Continental Ballroom at The Peabody Hotel
Grand Ballroom at The Peabody Hotel
CATERING & CAKES
The Peabody Hotel
FLORALS, RENTALS & DECOR
Holliday Flowers and Events
INVITATIONS & PAPER PIECES
Mrs. Post Fine Stationary & Gifts
RENTALS & DECOR
LIGHTING & AUDIO/VIDEO
Pnina Tornai at Kleinfeld Bridal
American Tuxedo Memphis
No Limits Band
HAIR & MAKEUP
Claudia Pedala Artistry
Maureen Pedala Artistry
Sami Sue Studios
Marcy Milman Productions
Chef Steven Leake