Samantha Rivers Lale and Jay Sherman Broughton were united in marriage at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Tennessee on May 21, 2016. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Paul Lale, and the groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Maxwell Broughton. The venue was chosen because Billy Sherrill, the grandfather of the bride, was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2010.
The bride wore an elegant strapless gown with organza draped neckline, corset detail, Chantilly lace appliqués and a soft blossom flange bottom designed by Vera Wang. The veil, made with hand-cut Chantilly Lace embroidered on tulle, was cathedral length and designed by Vera Wang. The bride carried a bouquet of white peonies, created by Mark Whitler, of Branches Event Design and Florals.
Her something blue was a piece of her grandfather’s shirt sewn into her dress near her heart. Her something old was her great-grandmother’s diamond ring on her right hand.
She chose her close friend, Eleanor Childs Spruill, as her maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Laura Elizabeth McGilberry, Anne Orgill Buttarazzi, Whitfield Kittrell Broughton, Amy Lillian Montgomery and Morgan Louise Mitchell. The bridesmaids wore misty blue floor-length gowns designed by Bari Jay and carried bouquets made of white and blush peonies.
The groom chose his father, Jerry Maxwell Broughton, as his best man. Groomsmen were John Tyler Loper, Sean Michael Carter, Matthew Thompson Lale, Kyle Elliot Melson and Marcus Boyd Siegel.
Guests were greeted with glasses of champagne prior to the ceremony on the Carlton Terrace Rooftop of the Country Music Hall of Fame. The bride’s father walked her down an aisle lined with blush flowers to a flower-covered arbor. Harpist Phyllis Sparks played a medley of traditional wedding songs. Moments after the kiss, Echelon Choir ascended from the stairs behind the altar and began singing “This Will Be An Everlasting Love” while the wedding party danced down the aisle for the recessional. The choir continued with “Best of My Love” and “Say a Little Prayer.”
Following the ceremony, a reception was held on the top floor of the Country Music Hall of Fame. As doors opened from the cocktail hour to the reception, “Sweet Home Alabama” kicked off the night. The event hall was set against the most breathtaking backdrop of downtown Nashville. Memphis Soul Revue, a 14-piece band including a horn section, was chosen to ensure this party would go down in history. Guests sipped on signature drinks, the “Jay Bird” and “Queen B, ” and enjoyed shrimp cocktail on an ice sculpture and delicious favorites such as chicken and dumplings, tenderloin and gourmet pasta dishes. The five-tiered wedding cake with various flavors was a gorgeous addition to the night. Chandeliers hung from the ceiling and soft seating surrounded the dance floor. Each table was draped in champagne linens and topped with large lamps full of lush white flowers. A Slow Motion Booth by Details Nashville was highly enjoyable entertainment during the reception.
Wedding planners Hugh Howser and Kate Steele, of H Three Events, delivered the perfect day for the couple. Nyk and Cali Huber, of Nyk + Cali Wedding Photography, beautifully captured the day’s events. After traveling to Exuma, Bahamas for their honeymoon, the couple resides in Fairhope, Alabama.
Photos by nyk and cali huber / nyk and cali wedding photography