Voted Oxford's Best Wedding Venue 2018

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Best Wedding Venue - The Jefferson is an unforgettable structure. Compiled with age old materials from around the south, the event space bleeds charm and elegance while embracing the rustic hues of the Mississippi farmland it sits on. From the chandeliers plucked out of an aging church in Memphis to the centuries-old cotton warehouse doors from Danville, VA, the courtly country expanse is the perfect locale for any Southern extravaganza.

Here Come the Rentals: An Expert Guide to Rentals for the Best Wedding Ever

At Home Memphis and Mid-South  - August 2017.  Text by Jordana White

Pegram/Boughton Wedding at the Jefferson

Pegram/Boughton Wedding at the Jefferson

Planning a wedding can be stressful—especially when you consider the growing number of couples who choose to marry in non-traditional venues. Beautiful and unique? Sure, but also lacking in some of the most basic necessities, like tables, chairs…even roofs! Enter: rentals, the solution to pretty much every wedding décor crisis. Couples who choose to rent wedding items often find the options can be overwhelming, so At Home Memphis & Mid South sat down with Ann Marie Shivers of Details Specialty Rentals in Oxford, MS, to nail down the dos (and don’ts!) of wedding rentals.

AHMMS: What types  of brides/venues are best suited to wedding rentals?
AMS: Any type of bride or venue can benefit from a rental company. At Details we carry everything from wood plates and McCarty china to copper, silver, glass, gold and Annieglass.

AHMMS: What advice would you offer engaged couples about choosing a rental company?
AMS: When picking a rental company it’s crucial to make sure that they have a variety of options for all budgets, and that they are willing to work within your budget. Everyone has a budget; it doesn’t matter how small or large, and everyone’s wedding is just as important, regardless of that budget size.

AHMMS: What is the biggest mistake a couple can make when choosing rentals and how can they avoid this problem?
AMS: The biggest mistake we see is when couples spend above their means. We want the experience to be a pleasant one for everyone involved. The rentals are not the only thing that will be important in the wedding. A bride and groom still have to remember the cake, food, alcohol and dress, just for starters. It is awful to see rentals get out of hand—sometimes it’s best to step back and reduce wherever possible to stay within budget and make everyone happy, especially the couple and the father of the bride!

AHMMS: What are the must-have wedding rentals at the moment?
AMSMore than anything else, people are renting furniture and lighting installations right now.

Top:  Pegram/boughton wedding at the jefferson.  bottom: garraway/Owen Wedding at The Jefferson.

Top:  Pegram/boughton wedding at the jefferson.  bottom: garraway/Owen Wedding at The Jefferson.

AHMMS: What’s the hottest new tent design today?
AMS: I would say the newest is the sailcloth tent.  It is beautiful and makes a lasting impression.

AHMMS: How can a couple take their event to the next level with rentals? What kind of extra items are you seeing people use?
AMS: To take an event or wedding to the next level, I highly recommend renting furniture, rugs and lighting. These items give the wedding reception a more intimate and fun atmosphere.  

AHMMS: How can a couple take their event to the next level with rentals? What kind of extra items are you seeing people use?
AMS: To take an event or wedding to the next level, I highly recommend renting furniture, rugs and lighting. These items give the wedding reception a more intimate and fun atmosphere.  

garraway/Owen Wedding at The Jefferson.                                                                                                                         

garraway/Owen Wedding at The Jefferson.     

 

                                                                                                               

AHMMS: In addition to delivery and pick-up, what kind of services does your rental company offer?                                                 AMSWe tell our clients that we really do not want or need to talk to them the week of their wedding. We should be finished with all of the planning and paying the week before so that they can enjoy the time leading up to their special day. We then will be prepared to go and set everything up according to the CAD (floorplan) of the chairs, tables, lighting, draping, etc… exactly the way we discussed in our previous planning meetings. We want the bride to walk into exactly what she envisioned in all of our meetings—that is our goal. After the event is done we come and remove everything.

AHMMS:  What are some of the most unique wedding items you’ve rented?
AMS: Some of the most special rentals we’ve seen are our hanging table (used for cakes, bar, appetizers), lucite cupcake tower (we can add different colored lights to each of the levels), chandeliers (we have many different styles to pick from), and pinspot lights (we have different styles to choose to highlight cakes, flowers, furniture…whatever we really want to pop).

AHMMS: What types of trends are you seeing in wedding design?
AMS: Gone is the oh-so-trendy use of burlap—thank goodness! We’re seeing everything more natural, simple and elegant: more greenery than flowers and candles, and, of course, brides love the furniture!

 

The Jefferson launches new website

We are relaunching our website to showcase a few of the stunning photographs that have been taken at The Jefferson during the last year.  We are so grateful to the photographers and brides that have allowed us to use their photographs. Thanks also to the many vendors that have decorated the venue so beautifully on these occasions.    

Photographers:  B. Flint Photography, Wilson Benton, Kenneys, Karla Pound, Taylor Square Photography, Camila Buoni, Danny K Photography, Barreg Weddings, Photography by Tema, Mass Interact (Google 360), & the Jefferson staff.

Special thanks to Oxford Floral, Jim Wilkirson, Details Specialty Rental, Magnolia Rental, Elizabeth Heiskell Catering, My Michelle's, Michelle Rounsaville, Alysha Kester, Twisted Twigg,  Lisa Kelly, Southaven Party Rental,  Claire Kiamie, Ferriday Mcclatchy,  Courtney Surber Paz,  Emily Sanders,  Kwanei Holloway,  Mackenzie Huelsmann, and venue managers Lisa Mills & Marti Mills.

10th Annual St. Jude Taste Of Oxford Benefits St. Jude Children’s Hospital

February 27, 2017 By Wes Cooper, an intern for HottyToddy.com. 

Thursday, The Jefferson hosted the 10th Annual St. Jude Taste of Oxford, featuring mouth-watering dishes from a variety of restaurants in the Oxford area, paired with an exquisite bourbon and wine tasting.

Live music was provided by Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors, and the event featured a silent auction in which all proceeds benefitted St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

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Princess Ball: An Enchanted Evening For Sparkling Daughters And Proud Daddies (Including A Famous One)

February 7, 2017 Written by Kaylen Miller, an intern for HottyToddy.com and a student of the Meek School of Journalism and New Media.

Tuesday night, Chick-fil-A’s 5th Annual Princess Ball had daddies, daughters (and mommas, too) gleaming while parading through the doors of The Jefferson across a red carpet to the ballroom floor, where daddies in their finest suits could sweep their sparkling princesses away in a dance.

The magical evening consisted of a delightful dinner followed by dessert, a chance to steal the spotlight in the photo booth, and arts and crafts for every princess to design something unique while creating memories to last a lifetime.

To top off the night, daddies and daughters witnessed possibly one of Oxford’s “fairest of them all” when a famous father of three girls of his own stood behind the mic and left the crowd in awe.

For Peter Pan, time may never be planned, but Ole Miss Football head coach Hugh Freeze reminded daddies that time does, indeed, go by quickly.

It moves very, very fast. The question you’re going to ask yourself one day is, ‘Did I do enough?’ I’m struggling with that right now. It’s real, and it gets there in a hurry.
— Hugh Freeze

Freeze’s oldest daughter, Ragan, was 12 when the Freeze family moved to Oxford. Now, Ragan will soon be going to college while the younger two will be going into high school.

“It moves very, very fast,” Freeze said. “The question you’re going to ask yourself one day is, ‘Did I do enough?’ I’m struggling with that right now. It’s real, and it gets there in a hurry.”

Lance Reed, owner of Chick-fil-A in Oxford, said the ever-growing Princess Ball would not be possible without the tremendous community support that is poured into such an enchanting night.

“Even though it’s something that Chick-fil-A is doing, and it kind of goes with our corporate purpose – that we want to have a positive influence in the community – it really, truly is a lot of groups and organizations,” Reed said. “That’s one of the deals that we love about it and why we really look forward to doing it.”

Reed said that Oxford Floral has graciously donated roses for the princesses, Yoknapatawpha Arts Council has been more than helpful in designing the sets and themes, Home Depot has been instrumental in providing building supplies, and Holli’s Sweet Tooth has kept the desserts ever-sweeter with each Princess Ball that has passed.

“It’s grown incrementally every year,” Reed said. “This is a way that we’re able to have a positive influence in our community and dads and daughters’ lives. That’s why we do it; this is a community-wide event.”

One Oxford father, Danny Moore, brought his princesses to the ball for the third year in a row.

“It’s always just fabulous and a great bonding experience,” Moore said. “My daughters have been asking how much longer until this event since about October.”

After treating their princesses to a night to remember, most daddies, like Moore, left the 5th Annual Princess Ball with the words of Disney’s Mulan on their hearts: “The greatest gift and honor… is having you for a daughter.”