A Love Story by Mahaffey: Art + Suzi Richey

Dec 15, 2016 10:52:31 AM Mahaffey Tent & Event Rentals Special Event

Suzi Van Sickle and Art Richey crossed paths in our nation’s capital. After graduating from college, the pair moved to Washington D.C., where they were introduced by a mutual friend at a Christmas party. A few years passed and the two made their home in Birmingham, Alabama, where Art attended law school. 

Suzi and Art Richey

Image courtesy of Morgan Trinker Photography.

During Art’s spring break of his final semester, he surprised Suzi with a trip back to their original stomping grounds, where their love story first began. The couple visited all of their favorite spots in D.C. – their favorite restaurant, their first date spot and Suzi’s favorite museums. At the end of the night, Art took Suzi to the Jefferson Memorial and got down on one knee. The two haven’t looked back since!

Suzi is a native Memphian and through their many visits to visit Suzi’s family, Art fell in love with the city. After Art received a job offer in the Memphis area, the betrothed jumped at the opportunity to move to the Bluff City.

Art and Suzi became the Richeys on Saturday, June 6, 2015. There were numerous celebrations that special weekend, because Suzi’s grandparents got married on June 4, 1950, and her parents tied the knot on June 5, 1976. 

Wooden Folding Chairs

Image courtesy of Morgan Trinker Photography.

The two became one at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens. With the expertise of Mahaffey Tent & Event Rentals, Katherine at Bella Baxter and Paula at DeClerk Wray Designs, the Richeys’ wedding ceremony and reception were brought to life. Guests watched the two exchange vows while seated in Mahaffey’s natural wood folding chairs, which were the perfect match for the lush gardens at the Dixon. Because rain was in the forecast, Mahaffey eased Suzi’s nerves by installing a tent over the reception area. Mahaffey also provided a mixture of tables, including pilgrim wood farm tables, cocktail and banquet tables, with white chateau chairs. 

Tent rental, Chairs, Tables, Performance Stage

Image courtesy of Morgan Trinker Photography.

Guests enjoyed their dinner on Mahaffey’s oxford white dishware, with crown gold flatware. After dinner, they put on their dancing shoes and boogied the night away on a New England wood dance floor, while enjoying entertainment atop one of Mahaffey’s performance stages. Our canister lights were strung along the walkways and trees, creating the perfect romantic touch for a weekend already so full of love.

“Mahaffey was so easy to work with, and they even handled set up and breakdown for us,” said Suzi. “The last thing you want on your wedding day is to worry about the little details. Mahaffey went the extra mile to give us exactly what we wanted, with excellent customer service along the way.”

Thank you, Art and Suzi, for trusting Mahaffey on your special day!

We’d love to be a part of your special day! Check out our extensive list of event rental items, and give us a call to get started. 


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