Dr. Megan Elizabeth Hamblen became the bride of John Michael Taylor on Sept. 7 in a rustic outdoor ceremony at Deer Path Farms at 5 p.m. The double ring ceremony was conducted by Scott Parkison, of Trinity Baptist Church in Manchester.
The bride is the daughter of Dr. Russ and Carol Hamblen. She is the granddaughter of Sue Lee, the late Robert and Dorothy Lee, and the late Capt. E.A. and Ruth Hamblen of Rock Island.
Mr. Taylor is the son of Mark and Sherry Taylor. His grandparents are Ann Rogers of Manchester, the late Jimmy Rogers, and the late Hershal and Elizabeth Taylor.
A rustic barn surrounded by mountain foliage was the background for the ceremony. Guests were transported to the ceremony on a tractor-pulled wagon filled with hay. The path to the improvised altar was marked with a handmade burlap aisle runner with a monogrammed “T” in the center. Black-wrought iron hooks held Mason jars filled with fresh flowers. A custom-made chalkboard program sign graced the entrance, complemented with ferns, hay bales and draping burlap under a twig arch.
The 200 guests were seated on bales of hay and antique church pews. A selection of old gospel hymns were provided by The Company I Keep.
The bride entered the ceremony in a 1985 Mercedes SD driven by her father. She was resplendent wearing an Essence of Australia gown of oyster satin with ivory lace overlay. The gown featured a sweetheart neckline, and a corset back with a fit and flare design. A short ivory veil was complemented with lace accents.
Her wedding bouquet was of white hydrangeas and peach roses surrounded by greenery.
Dr. Leann Long, the bride’s sister, was her matron of honor. Maids of honor included Amber Hertwig and Scarlette Hodge. Bridesmaids were Dr. Nishel Patel, Kati Minton, Dr. Stacey Jolley and Katie Bryant.
They each wore soft pink chiffon dresses with sweetheart necklines. They carried baby’s breath bouquets wrapped in burlap.
Lily Norman and Maggie Bailey, cousins of the groom, were the flower girls.
Ring bearers were Levi Bailey, the groom’s cousin, and Charlie Long, nephew of the bride.
Mark Taylor served his son as his best man. Groomsmen were Dr. Michael Wainscott, Dr. Jordan Tortorich, Dr. Charlie Manning, Dr. Heath Robertson, Richard Milburn and Micheal Millrany.
A reception was given by the bride’s parents inside the historic barn. White tablecloths with burlap runners graced each table, topped with slices of wood, painted wine bottles and Mason jars filled with assorted flowers.
Guests enjoyed a barbecue dinner with all the backyard favorite foods, complete with a s’mores bar.
A white bridal cake was displayed on a larger wood slice and topped with fresh flowers on a round table placed underneath an elegant chandelier.
Following the meal, yard games were played, and a kid-friendly area was created in the loft of the barn. Each guest took home a jar of strawberry freezer jam made by the bride and her grandmother Sue Lee. Jason Gross with The Sound Machine provided music during the reception and into the night.
The new Mrs. Taylor earned a BS in biology from Tennessee Wesleyan College, and a Doctor of Dental Surgery from UT College of Dentistry. She is employed at Hickory Creek Dental Arts in McMinnville.
Her husband attended Middle Tennessee State University before receiving a DDS from the UT College of Dentistry. He is employed at Swanson Family Dentistry in Manchester.
The couple honeymooned in Jamaica, and are residing in McMinnville.