Did You Know Series: Elmwood Cemetery and Our Own Shonna Springer

Did you know that Shonna Springer, Mahaffey’s own Operations Coordinator, has graciously volunteered to be Elmwood Cemetery‘s Photographer-In-Residence? Check out some of her AMAZING work at Memphis’ most beautiful and beloved cemetery. Furthermore, one of her photos was chosen for the cover of a trade magazine called American Cemetery Magazine!

Established in 1852, Elmwood Cemetery has become the final resting place to over 75,000 inhabitants including mayors, governors, madams, blues singers, suffragists, martyrs, generals, civil rights leaders, holy men and women, outlaws and millionaires. It is the final resting place of those who created Memphis history and has emerged today as Memphis’ finest and oldest active cemetery. The grounds of Elmwood were entered on the National Register of Historic Places on March 20, 2002. If you’ve never been, it’s a Memphis MUST!

Memphis photography

Memphis photography

As an added bonus for this week’s “Did You Know” series, we thought you should know that Shonna has also started her own photography business, Shonna Nicole Photography. Be sure to check out her website and book a session!


The Best of Southern Weddings Part III

Beth, our wonderful marketing manager (and my awesome boss), had the pleasure of taking part in her sister Laura’s wedding this past Saturday at Heartwood Hall. Laura, who wed fiance Cary, were married in Heartwood Hall’s new ceremony and reception site, aptly titled The Barn.

The exterior of The Barn

Laura and Cary’s Wedding Sign

The interior of The Barn, used as Laura and Cary’s reception venue.

The table settings, by Mahaffey Tent and Party Rentals.

The washroom (my personal favorite). It helps give the barn an authentic feel.

A huge thanks to Denise Suthoff, the owner of Heartwood Hall and of course, congratulations to the new couple, Mr. and Mrs.  Cheston!



The Best of Southern Weddings Part I!

At Mahaffey, we feel blessed to be based in the South. Though we do travel a good bit outside of our region from time to time, there’s really nothing like a classic southern wedding.

With that in mind, we’re going to start a mini series on “the best of southern weddings.” To start it off, I’m sharing details from the wedding of a good friend of mine who recently had her wedding blogged about in a two-part series.

If you’re a true Southern Belle going for a Southern vintage theme, look no further than Southern Weddings Magazine‘s latest blog posts for your inspiration…especially Andrea & Tres, Part I and Andrea & Tres, Part II! Here’s a brief overview of this exquisite Southern wedding…

“Everything about our wedding was Southern! Our theme was Southern vintage, and our venue, Southern Oaks Plantation, set the tone for all the details. The front lawn of the antebellum home served as our ceremony site with a horse and carriage incorporated into the ceremony. My girls carried magnolias down the aisle, and magnolias were also included on our invitations and our wedding cake. To give the guys a Southern touch, they wore cotton bloom boutonnieres.”

All photos courtesy of Armosa Studios.

Southern Wedding

Wedding Ceremony Rentals

Southern Wedding Cake

More fabulousness to come next week from our friends at Southern Bride!


Get Married at Historic Heartwood Hall!

Main House Heartwood HallI had the wonderful pleasure of visiting Heartwood Hall this past weekend and was given the formal tour by its fabulous owner, Denise. It’s easy to see why she’s been so successful in her past ventures, and her background in interior design definitely shines through.

Every room is so warmly decorated, the grounds are exquisite and so well-kept, and the attention to detail is simply breathtaking. Walking through the rustic gates of the extraordinary Four Seasons Gardens, I immediately imagined an enchanting summer wedding taking place. It was such a treat to hear the stories of how Heartwood Hall came to be. So I thought I’d share this beautiful site’s rich history with you…

Built in 1840, Heartwood Hall was originally part of a 5,000 acre plantation estate. It now sits on 25 beautifully wooded acres. The Heartwood Hall residence as well as the grounds are both on the National Historic Register, listed as “The Miller House.” The grounds are on the register due to the fact that during the Civil War, the Union soldiers camped on the front lawn and occupied Heartwood Hall as a hospital.

Originally built by the Miller family, Heartwood Hall and a similar estate were constructed as wedding gifts for Mr. Miller’s two daughters. Luckily, the Union soldiers chose to preserve Heartwood Hall as their residence during the war because Mr. Miller’s other estate was burned to the ground.

John and Denise Suthoff bought the house eight years ago. Since that time, they have added on an additional 3500 sq ft to the residence for a total of 7,000 sq ft. During the renovation, the Suthoff’s added a gourmet kitchen, courtyard, and pool area. They joined the servant houses scattered among the property to create an 1800 sq ft Guest House updated with modern amenities located at the back of the property.

In addition to the Guest House and Courtyard, John and Denise added a gorgeous garden. They went through great pains to maintain the original character and integrity of the property during the renovation by using reclaimed wood, bricks and glass. The flooring used in the addition of the Main House was salvaged from a New Orleans cotton gin built in the 1800’s. The Barn which is currently undergoing renovation (scheduled to be completed April 1, 2011) is also being constructed from reclaimed wood derived from trees located on the property.

In addition to its Southern historic charm, Heartwood Hall offers an unparalleled setting for wedding ceremonies, receptions, bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, as well as corporate events. Explore all the options Heartwood Hall has to offer by choosing the perfect backdrop for your event…the Main House, Four Seasons Garden, Cabin and Lake, Barn, and Guest House.

Experience a venue like none other, with its inspiring views and historic Southern charm! Be on the lookout for a certain summer wedding feature at the beautiful Heartwood Hall! 🙂

Four Seasons Garden Heartwood Hall

Cabin-Lake Heartwood Hall

Four Seasons Garden Heartwood Hall

Cabin Heartwood Hall