We are interrupting (or more like prettying up) your lunch break with the most darling Music City fête by A Delightful Day Event Planning. You don’t mind a little interruption, do you? How could you when it looks so darn lovely? Pops of pretty yellow and loads of southern charm apparently makes for a whole lotta pretty! Don’t forget – there is even more from Chris & Adrienne Scott, Photographers in the full gallery!
From the Bride…From the moment Jeff and I got engaged, “operation wedding” was underway…from stocking our house with any and all wedding magazines to perusing blogs for inspiration, and building my own wedding planning portfolio of ideas, we kicked it into high gear. From our love of throwing parties and entertaining friends and family, Jeff and I had an exact vision of what we had envisioned our wedding looking like…timeless, understated elegance with classic tones of black and ivory with a fun summer punch of color, a perfect bright and bold yellow that screamed happiness and fun. I was even more thrilled to see how enthused Jeff was to participate…mostly for the food and cake I do believe, as he left other details up to the pro’s—my Mom, Mary Alice Sublett (our fantastic wedding planner, and me).
The background for our wedding was Scarritt Bennett Wightman Chapel, a historic church set on Vanderbit’s campus in the heart of Nashville. Unfortunately, with a waiting list for what seemed to be a mile high, we booked our wedding date 16 months in advance so we could have a summer wedding with plenty of time to plan and not stress. For our ceremony, we wanted a service focused on love, faith, and our friends and family. My favorite part of our ceremony was when our pastor asked for our bridal party to surround us and pray for our marriage, then followed in the Lord’s Prayer. It was just a small detail that had such a profound impact on us and I’ll never forget the emotion that came over me standing there with the most important people in our lives reading our vows to one another…a day every girl dreams of.
Then the real party started—we hired a local trolley to usher our bridal party around town complete with cocktails and music to get the reception underway. Once we arrived at aVenue, we were announced and everyone started to let loose to the musical stylings of Scat Springs Band—a local favorite around town for any and all Motown music. For me, the reception was like seeing a masterpiece complete for the first time. aVenue is a warehouse that was renovated as an event venue—think exposed brick, hardwood floors, and very simple. However, once our team of vendors worked their magic, it was a completely different atmosphere…romantic with lots of ivory chiffon fabric draping from the ceiling to the floors, market street lights and up-lighting to create depth and light, a custom gobo featuring our monogram as the backdrop on the stage, and gorgeous florals with different centerpieces on each of the tables for an eclectic feel. And the chiavari chairs, I could never forget the one thing I begged to have…they were perfect. The transformation was complete and it was the wedding I always hoped for.
Before Jeff and I were ever engaged, I just “happened” to stumble upon Joni AKA Chocolate Butterbean through a wedding website. As soon as I ventured to her website which showcased her gorgeous invitations suites and custom wooden signs, I knew I wanted her to design our invitations. This was the most important detail to me of our wedding, as to me the save the dates and invitations set the tone for your event. Not only did she design the most gorgeous and vintage-style southern suite I had ever seen, but she helped create a custom monogram for us to use on a number of items (invitations, napkins, gobo for the stage, etc) and it’s something we can keep forever.
As both Jeff and I were raised in Tennessee, we wanted to incorporate southern traditions into our wedding as much as possible, but with a twist. From a Jack Daniel’s groom’s cake to placing Tennessee-branded products into our out-of-town guest bags including Goo Goo Clusters, Spirit of Nashville postcards, and homemade Tennessee jam cakes, we wanted to provide our guests with little indulgences to make their stay more comfortable.
Looking back, our wedding was everything I had ever hoped it would be, and much much more. It was perfect and it made me know that 16 months of planning had paid off…the fun, the stress, the crazy and hectic scheduling—I wouldn’t change it for anything as I know it was the single most important day of our lives. Being able to throw a fun celebration for our friends and family was just icing on the cake!