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Romantic Art Deco-Inspired Nashville Wedding

I don’t love themed weddings, but this Bride and Groom’s Art Deco-inspired Nashville fête is so elegant and understated, that I may have to change my stance. With touches like beaded bridesmaids’ dresses and décor to highlight the space’s neoclassical design, this wedding is the perfect modern take on 1920’s glamour. And Cassidy Carson‘s photos? Well, they’re perfection, too—see them here.

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From The Bride… Nashville is a very special place to us; we met in Nashville, and my husband attended Vanderbilt University. Therefore Nashville was the only choice for us to tie the knot. When we started to look for wedding venues, we both knew that we wanted a classic wedding venue that combined southern culture and vintage charm. From the moment we entered the Schermerhorm Symphony Center in downtown Nashville, we immediately fell in love with the neoclassic design and natural lighting. The venue provided a vintage template, with a stunning courtyard, meticulous crown molding, and grand interior columns. The unique light fixtures and marble flooring were enhanced with beautiful organic floral arrangements.

When it came time to purchase a dress, I had trouble deciding what type of dress I wanted. I just couldn’t imagine myself in a traditional wedding dress. After looking through lots of wedding magazines and blogs, I ended with a custom design from St. Isabel based in Austin, TX. I quickly decided that I would feel most comfortable in a deep & dramatic neckline, and then we built onto the dress from there. I ended up wearing a long sleeved, white laced gown, with beautiful button details.

Once we selected the venue we wanted to make sure our wedding day was elegantly captured. We researched so many photographers and immediately fell in love with film photographer, Cassidy Carson. We couldn’t be happier with the way our pictures turned out. Every picture captures the joy of our wedding with a romantic, rich texture and soft finish.

On the day of our wedding, we started our morning with a quick run; we couldn’t resist telling fellow joggers that we were getting married. Everyone responded with positive comments and stories about their wedding day. Once we finished running we were off to the venue. Another great wedding decision was selecting Jamie Brickell from 12th table design for wedding coordination and Amanda Gros for styling and makeup. Jamie was spot-on with every wedding detail; she made all my planning efforts come to reality. Amanda Gros was also brilliant; she understood that I wanted a vintage, yet natural look. It was very important to me that my makeup wasn’t too heavy. We anticipated being nervous on the wedding day, but were surprisingly relaxed.

Even though we wanted a traditional venue, we wanted to reduce the traditional wedding activities. We excluded the garter belt / bouquet toss and cutting the cake; however we kept our first dance and the dances with our parents. One of my favorite wedding memories was dancing with my father to Moon River, the same song that my grandparents danced to at their wedding. We also wanted our guests to accurately experience Nashville, aka The Music City; we selected an incredible band that kept us dancing to Motown hits. My husband’s primary goal for the wedding was to have an awesome party, and sure enough, everyone had such a good time that it ended with all the male guests placing their ties around their heads. It was a night to remember! We feel so fortunate to have experienced our dream wedding, surrounded by the people we love.

Photography: Cassidy Carson | Floral Design: Belles Fleurs | Wedding Dress: Saint Isabel | Invitations: Chatham & Caron | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Adrianna Papell | Hair And Makeup: Amanda Gros | Band: The Good People Band | Groom's Suit: Brooklyn Tailors | Venue: Schermerhorn Symphony Center | Caterering: Flavor Caterers | Desserts: Wolfe Gourmet Cakes | Event Coordination: 12th Table | Linens: 12th Table | Rentals: Liberty Party Rentals | Save The Dates: Antiquaria

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Classic Nashville Civil Ceremony + Ballroom Wedding

This Nashville based couple threw tradition to the wind by having an intimate courthouse ceremony followed by an elegant ballroom reception with the rest of their guests. I Love You Too Weddings was there to capture both amazing moments orchestrated to perfection by Big Events Weddings. Seriously, this wedding is a cannot miss. See every moment here!

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From I Love You Too WeddingsEmily and Jan were introduced by a mutual friend who no doubt recognized their perfect compatibility. Though they call Nashville home today, the bride is a born-and-raised New Yorker and the groom is from Germany. Nashville, thus, became the ideal spot to unite both families and an opportunity for them to showcase their amazing city. And showcase Nashville they did!

Emily serves the State of Tennessee as the Assistant Commissioner of Education and has a long professional history of serving toward better education for young people. In light of this, the couple were inspired to have a Civil Ceremony with just close family and friends on the day before their Church ceremony and formal reception. Governor Bill Haslam served as the officiant at this very intimate Civil Ceremony held in the rotunda of the gorgeous State Capitol Building. The ceremony was followed by a brief champagne reception at the historic Hermitage Hotel. Friday evening culminated in a casual rehearsal dinner and Umtrunk (German for ‘a get-together of old friends and new family’) at one of Nashville’s favorite downtown music venues, The Listening Room, where the Bride and Groom, in German custom, sawed a log in half to symbolize the joint effort needed for a lasting marriage. Jan and Emily surprised their guests with a performance by legendary Nashville songwriter, Don Schlitz, most recognized for writing ‘The Gambler”, famously recorded by Kenny Rogers, among many others. Schlitz surprised Emily and Jan by writing a beautiful love song and performing it as a lull-a-bye on the eve of their wedding day.

The wedding day was a true fairy tale – the Bride turned from suited professional Yale grad into a stunning and giddy bride wearing what can only be described as a princess’s ball gown. The blessing of the marriage at the beautiful Christ Church Cathedral sealed their vows, which they exchanged in both English and German.

After a very emotional ceremony, Emily and Jan’s 260+ friends and family reunited for dinner and dancing at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in the Grand Event Hall with captivating views of the Nashville skyline. The ballroom decor can best be described as an ‘urban forest’. Dining tables were flooded with candle light and filled with stunning white orchids, calla lillies and hydrangea with sparkling accents of classic silver and black in the flatware and stationary. The rockin’ Atlanta Allstars took the stage after dinner and kept people moving under an incredible modern chandelier-lit dance floor for an impressive three hour set interrupted only by singer/songwriter Susi Ruth’s special performance of “My Love”, a song written for Emily by her Groom.

The weekend of celebration ended with one last bit of Nashville culture at the Johnny Cash Museum for Sunday brunch.

Photography: I Love You Too Weddings | Event Design: Big Events Weddings | Coordination: Big Events Weddings | Event Planning: Big Events Weddings | Floral Design: Big Events Weddings | Wedding Dress: Anne Barge | Cake: Dessert Designs By Leland Riggins | Reception Venue: Country Music Hall Of Fame | Band: Atlanta All Stars | Groom's Attire: J. Michael Clothiers | Musical Performance: Susi Ruth | Rehearsal Dinner And Umtrunk Venue: The Listening Room Cafe

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Rustic Gold Nashville Garden Wedding

This gorgeous Bride kept her nuptials feeling rustic at Cedarwood Weddings (where she is a former employee!), with vintage accents, ‘maids in shimmering neutrals, and a wildflower bouquet accented with gilded ferns (!). Even the handsome Groom let his hair down! Want more? Krista Lee Photography captured all the charm of this romantic garden fete in the full gallery here!


From Cedarwood WeddingsThis wedding is a very special one to us, because the bride is a (former) Cedarwood employee and (current) ambassador for our venue. Kortni and Logan are engrained into the fabric of Cedarwood, and we are grateful for the heart and soul Kortni contributed to so many Cedarwood weddings and our opportunity to help design a sophisticated garden wedding at our historic estate that is just as graceful as she is.

The late summer wedding is beautifully photographed in film by Krista Lee Photography and the styling is refined countryside gracefulness, including an outdoor ceremony and al fresco reception. Hand lettered invitations, a hanging champagne bar greeting guests, bridesmaids dressed in on-trend, metallic-embellished dresses, and foilage+floral garlands decorating spaces from the altar, to tables to bar. Even the historic house and barn donned fresh greenery. Ring bearer antics down the aisle, flower girls’ boho headpieces, the bride’s gorgeous loose curls and (musician) groom’s late night serenade are all part of this casually refined southern soirée.

From the beautiful Bride… I’m definitely one of those mushy, hopeless romantics. I do believe in fate! Three years ago, in our college town, Logan walked into my work with a group of his buddies. We both noticed each other right away and locked eyes. We had never met before and after finally working up the courage to ask me out; he walks up to me with hands in his pockets and asks to take me out for coffee. Which if anyone knows me, I’m obsessed with coffee, so naturally I said yes! He told his friends that night that he was going to marry me before even speaking to me. FATE! He didn’t wait the stupid 3 day rule that most guys stick to. He called me the next day to set up our date. So getting to know each other on our first date (with all the getting to know each other questions), we discovered that our moms were best friends in high school. FATE! Obviously, they had lost touch over the years, but after all this time, we discovered we were both from around the same area, yet had never met each other until now. Timing is truly everything. We fell fast for each other; that all-consuming love that takes your breath away, makes your heart skip a beat, and makes your tummy flop! MUSHY, I told you!:). And yes, our moms are reunited and best friends, once again!

Photography: Krista Lee Photography | Videography: Chris Bryant | Event Design: Cedarwood Weddings | Floral Design: Cedarwood Weddings | Cake: Patty Cakes | Catering : Chef Christopher | Hair And Makeup: Katie Russo Beauty | Officiant: Ralph Griggs | Transportation: FADDS Party Bus | Transportation: Matchless Limousines | Venue : Cedarwood Weddings | Invitations And Signage: Belle Foley | Music : Travelin' Roots Productions

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Prohibition Era Themed Nashville Wedding

With a wedding theme revolving the prohibition, you bet this themed affair is filled heritage. From the Bride’s Hey Lady heels, to the rustically arranged blooms, to the cookbook favors, I Love You Too Weddings captured it all (including some pretty incredible cocktails) here!

From Modern Vintage EventsCaitlin and Luke are a couple who truly know what they want. Their intelligence and attention to detail made everything about their day truly reflect who they are as people and as a couple. We themed the wedding after the Prohibition era. They brought in elements from both of their hometowns and from the things they loved. Caitlin and Luke lived in a building that has so much history and beautiful architecture, the church where they got married had the same beautiful vignettes. Their reception site was a renovated factory that had a perfect mix of modern architecture and historical pieces.

When it came to colors Caitlin described her palette as a summer palette that had been out in the sun and faded over time. This muted palette was perfect for their wedding in September. We used flowers there grown locally and arranged them in tin cans and bottles. The tables were named after literary couples who had positive stories. Caitlin and Luke tied in heritage wherever possible; they brought photos of their parents on their wedding day and gave cookbooks with family recipes as favors.

We brought back cocktails from another era with the French 75 and served local beer on the bar. The band, The Jake Leg Stompers, kept everyone entertained with Prohibition era music as well some recognizable new music. The evening ended with a second line and hugs and cheers from friends and family.

From the beautiful Bride… We met through online dating, but it turns out we were both grad students at the same university (kismet!) and we even knew some of the same people! We were really slow about dating though and our family and friends gave us a lot of grief. We had our first date in July of 2011, and we were slowly starting to see each other more and more. At some point in October, we finally decided that we needed to define things, which was mainly just “So, we’re dating, right?” “Right.” Unfortunately, we were so casual about it, neither of us remember when this actually happened (nor do we remember the exact date of our first date). My younger brother was thoroughly offended that we didn’t have an anniversary, so he arbitrarily assigned us October 12th. A slow start was more in line with our personalities, and it gave us both room to welcome the other into our lives more fully. Of course, the first thing Luke said when we set our wedding date was “At last! A REAL anniversary!”

Our approach was to try and capture as much of the Nashville vibe as we could. Almost all of our guests were from out of town and we really wanted to showcase the city that had been the start of our lives together. We wanted things to be personal for us and representative of our city. One of my favorite details was how we did the table names. Instead of numbers, we chose couples for our favorite books – not necessarily well-known, but ones whose stories were *good.* Our printer made up false book covers and we wrapped them around old books to label the tables. In the same vein, I gathered up quotes from literature about love, my parents printed them, and put them in picture frames to decorate around the bar and gift table. Sonnet 116, my favorite poem by Shakespeare, was the centerpiece of that element. And now (as soon as I can find the space in my apartment) I can hang up the frame as a reminder of our wedding day.

Our first big choice was our wedding planners (well, actually I bought the dress before hiring planners, but Luke wasn’t there for that!) and planner(s) you like and trust are essential. I wouldn’t do a wedding without them. We mainly went with their recommendations and were never disappointed. Your planner and your photographer, it’s almost as important that you think you can get along with them as that you like their work. You’re going to spend some very stressful hours with them, so make sure that your personalities mesh well! A planner and a photographer who can keep you calm will be a great thing come crunch time.

My absolute favorite part of the day was the 15 minutes we got alone during the cocktail hour. We were whisked away to a separate part of our reception venue while everyone else was downstairs chatting and snacking. The venue staff sent us plates of appetizers and glasses of water and cocktails and left us alone. It was a glorious moment to just… revel in the fact that we were now married! And, it guaranteed that we got at least some water, some food, and some of our cocktail before we started glad-handing everyone. Not only do I recommend fitting this into your day, I’d say it is essential. The rest of the day is about what looks nice, what photographs well, what the mammas want, what will be fun for your guests… this moment is well and truly about the two of you.

Photography: I Love You Too Weddings | Floral Design: Turnbull Creek Farm | Wedding Dress: Timeless Bride | Cake: Dulce Desserts | Ceremony Venue: West End United Methodist | Reception Venue: The Rosewall | Bride's Shoes: Hey Lady | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Alfred Sung | Catering: M Street | Hair And Makeup: One10 | Band: Jake Leg Stompers | Groom's Attire: Jos. A. Bank | Photobooth: Picturebooth | Planning, Design, & Coordination: Modern Vintage Events

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Hip Nashville Wedding at Cannery Row

Take note SMP’ers because this is what trendsetting is all about. For this hip and happening affair is overflowing with delightful details from I Love You Too Weddings that are oh-so-chic. Think industrial accents mixed with crisp white candles, it’s a gallery filled with goodies and you can see it here!

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From I Love You Too WeddingsNashville is home to a lot of super hip trendsetters and when two of them get married…it’s truly an event to remember. Britt and Alexis hosted close family and friends from near and far for a weekend of celebration. The weekend started with a Friday night welcome/rehearsal dinner at local East Nashville hot spot, Barista Parlor. Britt’s sister and close friends own a favorite East Nashville bar called No. 308 (coincidentally where Britt and Alexis first met) and they crafted deliciously boozy punches to accompany the delicious Mas Tacos Por Favor taco truck catering. Nashville delivered an epic sunset after friends and family toasted the happy couple and then continued on to 308 to keep the party going. Saturday brought the formal celebration with a very touching ceremony and dance-filled reception at Nashville’s music hub, Cannery Row, in their newly imagined event space, ONE. While their wedding day was designed with incredible taste and personal flair, it was the love of the couple and their friends and family around them that made the day so memorable. Alexis and Britt truly know what it means to eat, drink and be merry. From the beautiful Bride Alexis… Instead of choosing a set theme or picking colors, we focused our decor on a few key elements that best represented us as a couple. Our home is filled with vintage mid-century furniture, plants, and then more plants — so we ran with that and added a ton of white candles and soft white string lights. We had a lot of fun antiquing for wedding stuff in the months leading up — cake stands, picture frames for signage, cake servers, etc. We also utilized Etsy for a handful of details — matchbox labels from LiaGriffith for our DIY matchbox favors; caketopper from MelaboWed; and OurWeddingInvites for the guestbook. Britt has a degree in art and design, and she made all our signage and hand-wrote all the invitation envelopes. We were super fortunate to have pre-existing relationships with most of our vendors, so planning our wedding allowed us to work with friends. This included Kate York and Jeremy Lister, two super talented singer/songwriters who sung live for our procession and recession. They have beautiful voices individually, and together they created the perfect harmony. I’ll never forget locking eyes with Britt as I walked down the aisle clutching my mom’s arm, listening to Kate and Jeremy. One of our favorite elements was our sign-in table. We had guests take polaroids of themselves to put in our book with a handwritten message. And atop the sign-in table were wooden letter boxes (A & B) from Flora Grubb Garden, filled with succulents we had planted a few months before. We also loved our custom wooden chuppah with tiny plant holders for the air plants we attached to it. The same furniture designer made our dining table at home with reclaimed wood and the chuppah is now in our backyard. Most memorable moment: It’s hard to pick just one moment from the entire weekend, but both Britt and I cherish our ceremony. We got legally married at a municipal building in Brooklyn two weeks before, but wanted to share our love in front of our friends and family for a proper celebration in Nashville. As we clasped hands to recite the vows we had written it was like time stood still and no one else was in the room. Our good friend, mentor, and neighbor lead our ceremony. When she didn’t have everyone in tears, she had everyone laughing, especially with “By the power vested in me by absolutely nobody, but instead reflective simply of the transformative, radical power of love, I welcome you into your marriage.” Advice: Approach vendors you love who may not be in the wedding industry and ask if they’ll help with your special day. The owner of our favorite plant store, All Seasons, decorated our venue with ferns, succulents, and air plants. She had never done a wedding before, but was so excited to help. Also, during the planning process, make sure to set aside time together for non-wedding related things. Music: Nashville is Music City, ya’ll! The music selection of course was super important! Procession: Leather and Lace by Stevie Nicks Recession: One Love by Bob Marley First Dance: Somebody to Love by Valerie June

Photography: I Love You Too Weddings | Floral Design: All Seasons | Invitations: Love VS. Design | Jewelry: Wonders On Woodland | Wedding Bands: Erica Weiner | Catering: Bacon & Caviar | DJ: Jeremy Todd | Wedding Venue: ONE, Cannery Row | Alexis's Rehearsal Outfit: River Island Jumpsuit By ASOS | Alexis's Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Bouquet And Boutonnieres: Oshi Flowers | Britt's Attire: J&HP | Cake Topper: MelaboWed | Cakes And Cupcakes: Sweet 16th Bakery | Chuppah: Mastodon Jones | Cocktails: No. 308 | Guestbook: Our Wedding Invites | Matchbox Party Favors: Lia Griffith | Photobooth: Generation Domination | Rehearsal Dinner Catering: Mas Tacos | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Barista Parlor | Sign In Table Succulent Letters: Flora Grubb Garden

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