A Timeless and Elegant Wedding at Annesdale Mansion in Memphis | Mr. & Mrs. Fleming
Hannah and Andrew gathered all their friends and family at one of my favorite Memphis wedding venues, Annesdale Mansion. It sits tucked away amongst an enchanting ceremony garden, several tall magnolia trees, all contributing to it's elegance and southern charm. Hannah and Andrew chose this venue as soon as they got engaged in 2016, because they loved the story behind it's creation and gifting to Anne.
"Annesdale was built in 1850 by Dr. Samuel Mansfield. It is one of the largest and oldest homes to grace the Memphis area. The mansion sits on over 7 acres of land located in the Annesdale Snowden Historic District. Robert Brinkley, who built the Peabody Hotel, bought the estate as a wedding present for his daughter, Annie Overton Brinkley, and her husband, Colonel Robert Bogardus Snowden and named the estate "Annesdale" in her honor."
Hannah started the day with her best girls; drinking champagne, dancing and singing to Taylor Swift, and getting ready to marry the love of her life. This can often be a stressful part of the day, but not for Hannah. I don't remember one single moment where Hannah seemed anything but just... happy.
"As soon as my bridesmaids and I began celebrating in the bridal suite at Annesdale, the day seemed to sail by. Being surrounded by my closest friends and sister in matching robes while listening to music they'd put together for us that day was like a continuous hug before the ceremony." -Hannah
I don't know how else to describe it, other than with the word "excitement." The most excited I've ever felt. - Andrew
"My mom and my bridesmaid Bridget walked me down the winding staircase to see Andrew for the first time on the front lawn. I was so filled with anticipation for this moment. First of all, I missed him because I hadn't seen him in some time. Secondly, I was about to see how dashing he looked in his tuxedo! I knew to expect him standing with his back towards me and his eyes closed. I exited Annesdale's front doors and saw him doing just that, a huge wave of comfort and calmness overcame me. I surprised him by hugging him from behind. We had a moment to just take each other in, and then our pictures began. I am so impressed with Michael and Cassie's insight and ability to give direction in a moment as special as this. I felt they captured us in the most heart-warming moments without being intrusive whatsoever."- Hannah
"When the bridal party was lined up in the house to process down the aisle, I was sitting in a chair behind them. My dad came over to my chair and we talked about the day. He made me laugh, as usual, with a joke which helped calm my nerves. The joke alluded to a family vacation we had taken over 15 years ago. This moment with my dad gave our walk down the aisle an element of authenticity that I did not anticipate. Our conversation leading up to the walk and our walk will always be one of my favorite memories." -Hannah
"I feel doing a first look added so much to our ceremony.
Being able to connect with Andrew before allowed me to be more present during the ceremony. Because we were able to share our excitement moments before, it felt like the ceremony was something we were going to go to together. Feeling like the ceremony was something we were doing together, and I wasn't there to surprise my groom, was more congruent with my expectation of what the ceremony should feel like for me." -Hannah
We chose "California Stars" by Wilco as our first dance because we have seen Wilco together multiple times over the last 5 years. We visited my sister Jeanne in California and had an amazing time and we enjoy dancing to this song in the kitchen, so we thought it deserved a place in our day.
One of my favorite things that I noticed about Hannah & Andrew's wedding is that they spent the entire day side by side; whether it was at their ceremony as they said their vows, or the rest of the night on the dance floor, they were always together. And it's something that stood out to me because at a lot of weddings, the newlyweds get pulled away from each other throughout the night while greeting guests (and when 'Yeah' by Usher comes on and you HAVE to stop what you're doing and hit the dance floor.)
But not these two. And if they were headed to the dance floor, they were headed there together.
"Andrew and I share close relationships with our extended families. The outpouring of support and celebration from our families really made the reception and all of the events leading up to the wedding special."