Catherine Norton & Nathan Simpson

Catherine Norton &

Nathan Simpson

September 19, 2020

Our wedding was originally scheduled for April 18, 2020, possibly the peak
of the pandemic in Shelby County. One month before the wedding, the CDC
issued guidance that social gatherings were limited to 10 people. Thinking a
six-month delay would be sufficient, we postponed our “big” wedding celebration
to September 19, 2020. Nathan and I were determined to still get married on our
original date, but with the Shelby County Clerk’s office closed since March, our
determination led us to Fayette County, where we were able to finally get our
marriage license. We had an intimate ceremony with just our parents and Nathan’s
siblings, which was incredibly special.

We were excited to have our “I Do, Re-Do” with more family and friends on
September 19, 2020. We took numerous precautions to ensure the safety of our
guests. Masks were required and guests were seated at least six feet apart on every
other row in Christ Methodist’s sanctuary. We moved our reception to the spacious
Columns to allow for abundant social distancing, and we provided customized
masks and personal hand sanitizers for each guest. We also live-streamed the
ceremony and first dance for guests who could not attend in person.

Despite the unconventional circumstances surrounding our wedding, we tried to
incorporate several wedding traditions. For my “something old,” my mom surprised
me with a purse made from her wedding dress; my “something new” was a mask
that matched my wedding dress; my “something borrowed” was a pair of my mom’s
pearl and diamond drop earrings; my “something blue” was the blue and white
chinoiserie theme used throughout our reception.

With the help of my mom, our incredible wedding planner, and our team of vendors,
the wedding was more spectacular than I ever could have imagined!

Taylor Square Photography
Message in a Bottle Productions
Caterer: CFY Catering
Bride’s Hair:
Misty Davis, Salon Liani
Bridesmaids Makeup:
Kendrick Simpson
Dance Lessons:
Fred Astaire Dance Studio
Caricature Artist:
Kevin Reuter (Roto Brothers
Ceremony Musicians: Dr. Gary
Beard (organ), Barrie Cooper (violin),
and Dr. David Spencer (trumpet)
Valet: Southern Valet

Wedding Dress:
Anne Barge / Maggie Louise
Bridesmaids Dresses:
Alfred Sung / Bella Bridesmaids
Tux: Jos. A. Bank
Cakes: Cakes by Mom and Me
Christ Methodist Church and The
Coordinator: Mona E. Dunlap Events
Flowers: Garden District
Invitations: R.S.V.P.
Rentals: White Door Rentals
Reception Band:
The Downtown Band
Rehearsal Venue:
The University Club