Multicultural Marine Wedding in Franklin, Tennessee: Marisha + Clay

When Marisha, a middle school math teacher walked up to Clay, a sheriff's deputy at a bar, she did not expect him to ask her out to the movies right then and there...and for them to go the movies that very night. Their movie date led to a beautiful proposal at the Marine Corps Ball and a lovely small wedding in Franklin, Tennessee where they ended the night with Jamaican Rum Cake that was six months in the making.

Wedding Date: May 15, 2015
Wedding Location: St. Paul's Episcopal Church + The Red House in Franklin, Tennessee
First Dance Song: When I First Saw You” by Jamie Foxx
Favorite Item on the Menu: Queso
Bridesmaids/Groomsmen Gifts: The ladies received monogrammed flask, monogrammed purses, monogrammed button downs, and monogrammed champagne flutes. The gentlemen received monogrammed flasks, personalized jack Daniels bottles, and personalized wine/bottle openers.

Tell us about how you met and all about the proposal!

We met in a bar! I creeped on him pretty hard and he asked me out right then and there. I thought he meant in the future. Nope, he asked me to leave the bar and go to the movies. He proposed to me at the Marine Corps Ball. He walked me through Opryland Hotel and took me to the fountains.

Wedding Style

We didn't exactly have a theme, I just wanted classic and clean cut. We stuck with grey and blush with some navy. Dress shopping was beyond fun! I chose the third dress I put on, a blush colored Maggie Sottero dress purchased at Glitz Bridal in Nashville, Tennessee. My best friend and her mother had actually picked the dress the day after I got engaged and she arranged  for me to "find it." Ha!


My family is from Jamaica so for our wedding cake, my aunt baked us Jamaican Rum Cake. This was something my grandmother would have done if she were still with us. My aunt soaked the fruit in rum and wine for six whole months before baking the mixture into the cakes. It was wonderful.


I had a great talk with my Dad during our father daughter dance and he assured me that I had made the best choice and he told me how much he loves my husband. It was very special to me.

Help a bride-to-be out!

Choose three things each that are important for your wedding day and focus on those. Don't get lost in the little details that won't matter after the wedding day. We focused on church, photography, and family. Little things like napkins and who stands and sits where will fade with time. Focus on the marriage.


Photography + Videography: Frozen Exposure
Wedding Dress Designer: Maggie Sottero
Bridal Salon: Glitz Bridal
Hair: Mane Attraction Hair (Owner: Tori Buckner) 
Event Coordinator: Bethe at The Red Door

  1. TotallyTaurus

    Simple…yet beautiful! Congrats!

    • Mateen

      Wow! That’s a really neat anwser!

  2. Deon

    A spsaedrheet is a great way to start until your business grows to the point that you need an accounting software package to give you the info that you need. Absolutely keep it on the weekly to do list

  3. Micheal

    You’re on top of the game. Thanks for sharnig.


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