Stacey & Steven Morrison
The Morrisons first crossed paths at a rafting outpost on the Ocoee River, where they were both working over summer break. An unforgettable summer together was all it took for the pair’s friendship to turn romantic, and five years later, Stacey and Steven met each other at the altar.
The couple decided to marry at the Zan Guerry Clubhouse, the venue chosen for its ideal location and stunning scenery. Stacey recalls, “Steven and I fell in love on the river and both love the outdoors, and Manker Patten was right on the Tennessee!” Stacey designed around the venue’s best features to create an intimate celebration, beginning with a riverside ceremony held on the property’s cobblestone circle. They exchanged vows just as the sun was starting to set. Of the lace and tulle Stella York wedding dress she wore, Stacey describes, “It made me feel so girly and dainty and just really beautiful.”
Following the ceremony, their guests wined and dined at a cocktail hour, while Stacey and Steven enjoyed a private dinner overlooking the water. Then, the couple’s grand entrance kicked off the elegant reception at the Zan Guerry Clubhouse. Sand-colored linens and meticulously placed Italian ruscus served as décor; white candles in glass votives and hurricanes speckled the venue in romantic light. The Southern-style buffet and bar were located inside the clubhouse – an easy stroll from the outdoor balcony, where the dance floor was placed. Dancing under the stars to their favorite songs, the newlyweds reveled in the pure joy of their perfect day.
The Morrisons didn’t settle for a typical sparkler send-off, opting instead to cruise away via motorized scooter. “We sped away on our scooters around 11 p.m.,” Stacey tells. “The night was everything it should have been: full of friends, family, smiles, and so much love and happiness.”
How He Proposed
“It was my birthday, and we were at the Ocoee River celebrating with friends. At the end of the evening, we were walking to our little bungalow, and he slipped the ring onto my finger and proposed. It was simple and so sweet!”
Photos by Ana Massard Photography