Liz Clark and Michael Schwartz were united in marriage on October 10, 2015. The bride is the daughter of Richard and Michele Clark of Germantown, Tennessee. The groom is the son of Steve and Sherri Schwartz of Germantown, Tennessee.
Although Liz and Michael have lived in Memphis their whole lives, they’ve never visited any of the typical tourist locales. The two decided to take the day before Thanksgiving 2014 to go on an adventure around the city and finally see what the fuss was all about.
The day date kicked off with tours at Sun Studio and the Stax Museum of American Soul Music. After grabbing lunch at Memphis’ oldest tavern, The Green Beatle, the couple moseyed around Beale Street. A quick visit to variety store A. Schwab’s gave way to an evening walk alongside the waterfront at Beale Street Landing. As the sun began to set, Michael proposed.
Liz and Michael headed to one of their favorite spots, The Madison Hotel, for a glass of celebratory champagne. Afterward, Liz thought the two would head home to tell their families the news, but Michael had a plan. Their close friends and family were waiting at Wiseacre Brewery for a surprise engagement party.
The ceremony was held on October 10, 2015, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Father Mike Werkhoven officiated the event. The bride wore a cathedral-length veil and an A-line Watters Too gown with a full tulle cut. The dress also featured a sweetheart neckline and a rhinestone and pearl sash.
For something old, the bride borrowed a handkerchief that belonged to her great grandmother. Every woman in her family have carried it down the aisle, each time adding their initials and wedding date to the embroidery. Her dress served as something new. For something borrowed, her sisters in Pi Phi pinned her with sorority’s signature arrow pins. To finish things off — and subtly cheer on the Memphis Tigers ahead of the Ole Miss game — the bride painted her toenails blue.
Following a honeymoon trip to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, the couple is at home in Memphis, Tennessee. After receiving a degree from the University of Alabama, the bride will graduate as a Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy in May. The groom received his degree from the University of Memphis and will also graduate as a Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy in May.
Bakery: Lee Sanders | Catering: Cindy Krag Catering | Dress: The Barefoot Bride
Florist: Kacie Cooper Floral Design | Musical entertainment: Gary Escoe and the Atomic Dance Machine | Photography: Maddie Moree Photography | Rentals: Hicks Convention Services & Event Rentals | Venue: Clark Opera Memphis Center | Wedding Planner: Betsy McKay of Salt, Style, & Events
Doris Elizabeth Clark &
Michael Samuel Schwartz
October 10, 2015 • Memphis, Tennessee