Maggie Martin knew her now husband Colt Sullivan was the one in a decidedly unromantic setting: at the hospital, where she was frantically helping her mother who was facing a medical crisis.


“We were supposed to have our first official date. It was a Christmas party, but I had to cancel at the last minute and take my mother to the hospital. Colt somehow found out which hospital, and had flowers waiting on her before we even got her checked in,” Maggie explains.

The ensuing weeks were difficult, with Maggie, a neonatal intensive care nurse,  keeping vigil over her mother. Colt, who Maggie says “I had known a little over a week,” was supportive and loving throughout.

With her mother healthy again, Maggie and Colt planned a wedding that was filled with family, history and Southern charm.

Historic Home Church

Maggie had been a member of Historic First United Methodist Church in downtown Franklin since she was eight years old. The church, built in 1872, felt “like home” to Maggie, who initially considered other venues.

Maggie and her mother, Amy Dunavant Martin, at their home church in Franklin.

Maggie and her mother, Amy Dunavant Martin, at their home church in Franklin.

“As is usually the case, my mother was right. She let me look at other venues, but I know it thrilled her that I chose our home church. And our wedding was the last one performed in the historic sanctuary before the church moved to the new location on Mack Hatcher,” says Maggie, who says the historic church and new church are both available for weddings.


Maggie’s home church, Franklin First United Methodist, was built in 1872.

Gown Times Two

The bridal gown was an ivory couture Martina Liana Private Collection from Petals and Lace. The owner, Karen, customized the lace jacket that accompanied the gown for the ceremony. Removing the  jacket and adding a belt, along with a French bustle, gave  a completely different look for the reception.

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The bridesmaids gowns were from designer Jenny Yoo, a sandstone chiffon with silver lace, from Bella Bridesmaid in Nashville.

While the wedding party for Maggie and Colt’s wedding was filled with friends and family, the tradition of strong friendships comes naturally to Maggie.

“We actually had 14 members of my parent’s wedding party attend our wedding. They are all still really close and supportive. I hope our wedding party will be dancing at our children’s weddings too,” laughs Maggie.



The honorary flower girls are graduates of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit where Maggie works.

” I had the honor of caring for Harper and Hudson during the very first weeks of their lives after they were born prematurely. I quickly fell in love with these strong, sweet girls and continue to watch them grow,” explains Maggie.

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Honorary flower girls Harper and Hudson are graduates of the NICU where Maggie works as a nurse.


Reception and Revelry

The reception was held at historic Carnton Plantation and included a seated dinner featuring stuffed chicken, gourmet macaroni and cheese, loaded potatoes and grilled asparagus with bacon. The dinner was catered by Suzette Ralls Lane with Catering and Events by Suzette.


Historic Carnton Plantation was the setting for the wedding dinner and dancing.


The wedding cake featured a duo of flavors, a sour cream pound cake and chocolate truffle cake with caramel filling from Dessert Designs.


Ever the Southern girl, Maggie chose to decorate the cake with a monogram and fresh flowers.



An embroidered handkerchief for Maggie’s father was a surprising special touch from the bride.


Maggie and her father begin the dancing for the evening. The band played long into the night for the wedding party and guests.


Father and daughter dance the first dance at the reception held on the grounds of historic Carnton Plantation.

The ending to a fairytale wedding? Maggie and Colt left the reception in a vintage Rolls Royce.




Thank you Maggie and Colt for sharing your special day with us!

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