Kristin Brooke Lowry and Dr. Reid Austin Maclellan exchanged marriage vows on February 9 at the Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Joe Novenson officiating. Parents of the bride are Mr. and Mrs. James Kris Lowry, and parents of the groom are Mr. and Mrs. Robert Howze Maclellan. Grandparents of the bride are Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wade Andrews and Mrs. Janice Valaret Lowry, and grandmother of the groom is Mrs. Billie Pigford.
The maid of honor was Sara Lynn Lowry, sister of the bride, of Birmingham, Ala., and the matron of honor was Nicole Lawyer Lowry, sister-in-law of the bride, of Spring Hill, Tenn. Honorary maid of honor was Allegra Rose Edwards of New York, N.Y. Bridesmaids included Chelsea Brown Averill of Venice, Calif.; Chelsie Cecilia Todd Blackwell of Sherman Oaks, Calif.; Jastyne Lilia Brice of Dana Point, Calif.; Tara Leigh Burns of New York City; Jessica Ann Rotter of Thousand Oaks, Calif.; Brittany Danielle Shelby of Nashville, Tenn.; and Lindsey Rutherford Whittaker of Lookout Mountain, Tenn.
The best men were Lee Taylor Maclellan, brother of the groom, and Robert Howze Maclellan, father of the groom, both of Lookout Mountain, Tenn. Groomsmen were Brendan Daniel Feitelberg of Boston, Mass.; Dr. Arin Kylie Greene of Wellesley, Mass., Dr. Stephen Howard Karshbaum of Burlington, Mass.; Ian Llewellyn Maclellan, brother of the groom, of Ooltewah, Tenn.; Dr. Grant Ralston Major II of LaGrange, Ga.; Darren Matthew Nunes of West Hartford, Conn., Dr. Peter Damian Ray of Huntington, W.Va.; and Dr. Robert Loy Whitaker of Lookout Mountain, Tenn. Dr. James Andrews Lowry of Spring Hill, Tenn., and Allen Wade Lowry of Nashville, Tenn., served as ushers.
The bridesmaids wore beautiful blush gowns with winter silver sequenced bodices and flowing chiffon skirts and featured fur trimmed collars. The bridesmaids carried fur muffs, while the matron and maid of honor wore the same dresses without the fur collar and carried bouquets of blush roses. The bride wore a gown created by Monique Lhuillier that featured a sweetheart neckline and a blush tulle skirt with 20 different graduated layers. An illusion overlay was enhanced with iridescent white embellishments, and the gown was tied at the waist with a satin ribbon that cascaded down the back of the dress. She wore a blush fur wrap and pearl and diamond earrings, both gifts from the groom, and carried a bouquet of blush roses.
Following the ceremony, guests enjoyed a reception at the Lookout Mountain Club at Fairyland, which had been transformed into a true fairyland by Catherine Kelley and Khaki Huffaker Wakefield and others, who created the beautiful floral arrangements at the church and at the club. The doorways of the club were graced with rose garlands, and in the ballroom, the exquisite table runners were created with roses. The guests enjoyed passed hors d’oeuvres before they were treated to different food stations of pork and beef tenderloin, vegetable trays, smoked salmon platters, and a fruit and cheese display. Later in the evening, guests feasted on breakfast sliders. The bride’s cake was created by Olexa’s of Mountain Brook, Ala., and the seven-tiered cake featured a cascade of roses down one side and was sprinkled with edible glitter that made the cake shine and twinkle. A pearl cross and a Bible, both gifts to the bride from the groom’s mother, adorned the cake table.
The four-tiered chocolate groom’s cake was accented with winter greens and lamb’s ear, which were both tipped with silver paint. Simply Irresistible, an incredible band from Atlanta, kept people on the dance floor forover three hours - with no breaks. Before the bride’s dance with her father, she curstied to him in true princess fashion, and the bride and groom danced their first dance to the song “A Million Dreams” from “The Greatest Showman,” which was a perfect choice for this fairytale wedding. At the end of the magical evening, the couple dashed through a tunnel of sparklers before driving away together in a white vintage Rolls-Royce. They honeymooned for two and half weeks in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, and stayed at the Cristallo, a luxurious ski resort. They later traveled to Venice for the annual Carnival of Venice before returning home to Lookout Mountain.
Prior to the wedding, several parties were given in their honor. In November, several of the bride’s mother’s friends hosted a “fairytale shower” in Birmingham, and on December 22, the groom’s parents, Lisa and Scott, hosted an engagement cocktail reception at their beautiful home on East Brow Road. In January, Lindsay and Robert Whitaker hosted a couple’s party at their home on Fleetwood Drive, and later, the groom’s grandmother, Billie Pigford, hosted a tea party for Brooke’s closest friends. Merrile Stroud hosted a “Blush Party,” and guests in blush-colored attire presented the bride with lingerie while enjoying blush wine and complimenting the blush-colored floral arrangements.
The week of the wedding, Luanne Miller and Jennifer Ray, the groom’s cousins, and Belinda Helveston and Diane Moss, hosted a bridesmaid’s luncheon at the Lookout Mountain Club in Fairyland, during which the men toured the Chattanooga Whiskey Company. The bridesmaid party enjoyed the delicious luncheon of chicken and spinach crepes, and Brooke wore a remodeled version of her great-grandmother’s wedding gown. The groom’s parents invited guests to a seated rehearsal dinner at the Lookout Mountain Club overlooking the golf course, and close friends and family gave many touching toasts.
Brooke chose “Flowers, Furs, and Fairy Tales” as the theme of her wedding, and that theme was evident throughout the ceremony and the reception. In August, Brooke and Reid told Catherine Kelley and Khaki Wakefield that they wanted the décor to be romantic, feminine, delicate, magical, and wintry, and those adjectives describe this incredible wedding perfectly. Even the wedding invitations were magical, down to the last detail: On the inside envelope flap, the Fairyland Club was painted in gold foil that matched the gold foil script of the wedding invitation. From start to finish, this was definitely a “royal wedding” on the mountain and was breathtakingly beautiful in every aspect.
Brooke and Reid reside at their home on Fleetwood Drive at the top of Ochs Highway. Reid is a pediatric plastic surgeon specializing in vascular anomalies and is an adjunct professor for both Harvard Medical School and Boston’s Children’s Hospital. He is also on the board of the Maclellan Foundation. Brooke is the founder and president of Southern Royal, a charm school that teaches girls how to “walk, talk, sit, stand, eat and dress like a princess.”