This Nashville wedding from Brocade Designs was inspired by Mississippi charm (where this great couple met and fell in love), and all I can say is that if this is what southern hospitality is like, count me in! One word can sum up this charmer of a soiree: fun. Any bride who has her blue suede shoes on is ready to have a good time. It was definitely the personal touches the couple incorporated into the day that made it so unique. Though there were flowers everywhere, no two arrangements were the same. And that is what takes this vintage chic wedding to a whole new level. Check out the gallery for even more!
From the beautiful bride... Dan and I met in Greenwood, Mississippi, a small town of amazing food and that southern hospitality that you only read about. I was hooked the night I met him. He was an Atlanta Boy; I was born and raised in Indiana. And Greenwood was where we fell in love. After graduating college, I moved to the closest big city to Greenwood where I could find a job, just south of Nashville. Dan moved up a year later. When Dan proposed in late March, we knew that another year was too long to wait. So the date was set for October 2. Six months is not that long!
I quickly realized that our wedding was a celebration of the two of us and our new lives together. So the overall theme of the wedding became things we enjoyed together: birds, books, history, and the outdoors. All of that wrapped up with that southern charm we discovered in Mississippi. I decided I wanted to keep my dress and accessories classic. The birdcage veil was a must. I found a crystal encrusted birdcage veil, and it was beautiful, just the right amount of sparkle. I found a fascinator by VelvetOwl on Etsy that I attached to the comb of the veil to make it my own. I originally wanted a tea-length dress, but after trying on this one, I knew it was mine. No sparkle, just folds; Simple, Classic, beautiful.
We wanted to keep the ceremony sacred. With minimal decorations, we kept the focus on our vows. But the ceremony programs, kids programs, and our bouquets were enough to set the scene. After the wedding was over, I had people requesting copies of the Kids programs to take home! I wanted my bouquet to look like it had been freshly picked from the field. Hillary, the florist, twisted copper wire into a waterfall of vines that gave it that ‘wow’ factor I had wanted. The bridesmaid's were equally amazing. Some even had little birds incorporated into them! The groomsmen’s boutonnieres were all brilliant. Dan’s had a little bird on a nest with an antique key dangling from it. Having a smaller budget was tough when it came to flowers, but Hillary was able to do a lot with nothing. I just had a color scheme and a general look that I wanted. She did an amazing job. There were flowers everywhere, and no two arrangements were alike!
I'm crafty. From day one I knew (despite the advice of everyone I know) that I had to make everything that I could. Luckily I found a florist who shared the same vision and craftiness as me. Everything from the invitations and programs, to little paper details and cloth napkins, were all handmade. It helped keep everything personal. The decor was very eclectic which was great for a smaller budget! Searching for decor became a great adventure. Garage sales, flea markets, Etsy, and Ebay became my focus.
I had several great compliments that evening. Some of the kids said that they didn’t know a wedding could be so ‘cool’. A friend of mine said it was like he had stepped into my imagination for a few hours. And Dan said it was perfect. It was definitely the wedding I had always dreamed of.
Photography: Arlund Imagery / Event Design: Brocade Designs / Linens: Bride & Family and Brocade Designs/ Ceremony Location: Church of the Good Sheperd, Brentwood TN / Reception Location: Cool Springs House / Dress: Marisa Bridals from Faccio Bridal / Shoes: Cindy Lou / Videographer: Dynamic Video Weddings / Stationery: PhrenicCircus