Mr. Ian Bray and the former Miss Madison Curl met at The Riverwood Mansion in Nashville, Tennessee on November 5, 2021 at 4 p.m. to be joined in holy matrimony by Reverend Robert Blankenship.
The new Mrs. Bray is a 26-year-old native of Swainsboro. Her parents are Anthony and Karen Curl. Her grandparents include Eugene and Patsy Fields of Swainsboro, the late Henry Curl, and the late Betty Curl.
The groom hails from Nashville. His parents are Michael and Eloise Bray, and his grandparents are Jackie and Linda Bray of Thompkinsville, Kentucky, the late Joseph Webster, and the late Maryann Webster.
The bridal party included matron of honor and sister-in-law of the bride, Amy Fields; bridesmaids and friends of the bride, Sarah Thompson and Racheal Linares; and junior bridesmaid and sister of the groom Maryann Bray.
The groom’s entourage included Gus Marr as best man and friend of the groom; groomsmen James Conry and Rhon Jusi, friends of the groom; and groomsman Brandon Fields, brother of the bride. The bride’s nephew, Eason Fields, acted as ring bearer.
The Brays met in 2018 while Madison was working through the College Program Internship at Walt Disney World. Ian was visiting as a guest with his family when he stopped by Madison’s work location at Hollywood Studios and started up a conversation. The next day, Ian came back, visited Madison, and exchanged numbers. Before Ian left to go back home from vacation, their first date was visiting Epcot together and spending a day in the park. The following year was a back and forth of Ian flying down to visit Madison in Florida and Madison flying to Nashville to visit Ian. After a year of long-distance dating, Ian decided to move down to Florida and become a Walt Disney World Cast Member and work at Disney’s Rivera Resort.
After dating for two years, Ian proposed at Disney’s Polynesian Resort. He planned the entire surprise while also working with his and Madison’s parents to ensure all would be present when he asked. Ian even went as far as hiring a photographer to capture the entire proposal. In December 2021, Ian and Madison moved from Florida to Nashville, where they currently reside.
The bride wore an Essence of Australia lace A-line gown with ivory lace illusion sleeves accented with pearl buttons, ivory lace, and tulle over ivory shimmery soft tulle layers, a lace illusion neckline, and a rhinestone belt. The bride also wore an embellished headpiece with a cathedral, soft tulle, shimmer veil adorned with a floral appliqué.
The groom wore a Black Pronto Uomo Notch Lapel tuxedo with a white pocket square, black tuxedo pants, and an accompanying black vest and a custom feather bow tie.
Each attendant of the bridal party wore a long dress by Revelry in dark emerald velvet and with nude heels and crystal earrings.
The groom’s party wore black Pronto Uomo Notch Lapel tuxedos with white pocket squares, black tuxedo pants, with accompanying black vests finished with matching black bowties and an anemone flower on their lapels.
The mother of the bride wore a floor-length, raised waistline, mesh, lace and tulle dress in dark green, featuring hand-pierced lace adorning a tulle bodice top and sleeves.
The mother of the groom wore a plum color dress with a sequined bodice and satin bottom with sleeves.
A reception was held at The Riverwood Mansion venue after the nuptials. The event was catered by 8 Lavender Lane. Guests enjoyed a mac and cheese bar with toppings such as smoked chicken, bacon, cheese, and chives, a mashed potato bar with topping of pulled pork, grilled onions, cheese, and chives, and turkey stuffed with cornbread dressing. Refreshments were tea, lemonade, and water among a bar of various wine, beer, and seltzer selections.
The bride’s signature drink was an apple cider margarita, and the groom’s signature drink was an old-fashioned concoction.
8 Lavender Lane also made the desserts for the evening. The wedding cake was 3-tiered cake with a bottom and top layer of vanilla. The middle layer featured a chocolate flavor with fresh strawberries. As an homage to their meeting place, a small Mickey Mouse head adorned the center layer, along with a small arrangement of flowers matching the bride’s bouquet. An additional dessert was prepared by Accompanied by Five Daughters, which included 100-layer mini cronuts in vanilla cream, chocolate covered with sprinkles and pumpkin spice cream.
Enchanted Florist prepared floral arrangements of white anemones, blush roses, burgundy roses, burgundy scabiosa, ivory roses, thistle, dusty miller, and gunnii eucalyptus.
The pair were married under a wooden cross at the ceremony altar adorned with white roses, hydrangea, bells, and mini calla lilies. The aisle lanterns had magnolia leaves.
The event was deejayed by DJ Kris. The Brays also had orchestra musicians from Nashville Musicians Company. They employed a photo booth by HighTone Entertainment, a live painter named Maggie Kuhn, and Swainsboro local Mark Williams Studio to photographically document the special occasion.
The reception had many special dances. There was a sibling’s dance between the groom and his little sister as well as the bride and her older brother to “Hey Brother” by The Mayries, a mother-son dance song to “Forever Now” by Michael Buble, and a daddy-daughter dance song to “Love You The Most” by Zac Brown Band. The bride and groom danced to “Conversations In The Dark” by John Legend.
The newlyweds were sent off with a sparkler fountain box down the front stairs of the venue to a 1961 blue Jaguar getaway car.
The Brays honeymooned in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida before returning to Nashville.