To be totally honest I’m kind of obsessed with this Tennessee shindig. Filled to the brim with Afloral silk flowers, Chinese lanterns, and adorable pups, Jessica Ranae captured each moment to a perfect T. Everything from the cake to the Bride’s veil were made by those dearest to the darling couple, and you can take a peek through the gallery over here.
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From Jessica Ranae Photography…I am so excited to share this wedding with you guys. There were so many DIY details that were amazing, especially the Silk flowers from Afloral Design! You couldn’t even tell that they were silk. I also loved the mason jars that each guest got to take with them, the wedding party’s attire, the huge gold balloons, lanterns they released at the end of the night and the chic vintage blue Jaguar getaway car. This DIY wedding was amazing from start to finish and here is the bride’s description on her amazing day and how they made it so perfect.
From The Bride…Tyler and I met on the first day of a PhD program at Vanderbilt in Biomedical Research. Having just moved from Arkansas (me) and Oregon (him), Nashville was a fresh start for both of us, and through the years we loved exploring all it’s nooks and crannies, making it our town together. When it came time to plan the big day, we knew it would have to be a very Nashville affair. We toured several farm venues, but ultimately fell in love with the industrial-rustic flair of Houston Station. Not only was it centrally located in town, but it also offered enough indoor space for all of our activities (erasing our fears of the fickle Nashville weather), a coffee shop and an amazing on site coordinator. We wanted our wedding to be relaxed, comfortable, fun, and reflective of the life we created together in Nashville. The ceremony/reception space was already gorgeous, with beautiful brick, original wood floors & exposed beams, that we focused on accentuating this “Nashville” vibe with string lights, ivory linens, burlap touches, and lots of mason jars!
Tyler & I wanted to have an amazing day, but we didn’t want to start our lives together with wedding debt. So we pinpointed some of the areas we were willing to spend more on & then did our best to save, save, save on the other parts. For us, we wanted good food, plenty of booze, music, & a space big enough for all of our family and friends without whittling away the guest list. Working with the family members that helped fund our nuptials, we set a budget & it ruled all planning decisions we made. If not, things can get out of hand & quickly!
Our wedding was truly a family affair – I sourced decorations from the Nashville flea market & DIY’d the invitation suite, my sister made the veil & wrote on the chalkboard signage, my stepmom made my garter, my mom made the flower girl dresses, my aunt and cousin made our entry way picture (out of a vintage window, so cool!), my grandparents designed & made our Mr. & Mrs. chair signs, a friend made our cut cake, & two of my friends played the ceremony music. Not only did we save money, but the family touches were meaningful additions to our day that we will never forget.
My best piece of advice…Hire vendors that you actually enjoy working with, and then let them do their thing. Ok, I can’t limit myself to just one. So here is another: plan for your marriage, not just your wedding day, surround yourself with your friends and family and spend time showing them how much their love and support has meant to you and your special someone.
Wedding Party Processional – “Black Bird”, The Beatles (performed by Kiernan McMullan)
Bridal Processional – “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”, Israel Kamakawiwo’ole rendition (performed by Kiernan McMullan)
Ceremony Song – “Sing This Life Together”, Blair Bodine (performed by Blair Bodine)
Recessional – “Time to Run”, Lord Huron (performed by Kiernan McMullan)
Bride Shoes: ShoeDazzle | Bridesmaids Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar | Catering: Bacon And Caviar Catering | DJ: Complete MVP | Dog Bowties: Duke N Daisy Designs | Embroidered Parent Handkerchiefs: Embroidery By Samantha | Floral Design: Afloral | Flower Crowns: Flower Crown Society | Groom's Attire: Jcrew | Groom's Attire: Converse | Groomsmen Attire: Jcrew | Hair And Makeup: Ace Of Face | Hair Stylist: Rachel Lawhead | Invitation Card Stock: Paper Source | Lanterns: Sky Lanterns | Large Gold Balloons: Amazon | Lighting: Nashville Event Lighting | Location: Houston Station | Mason Jar Labels: Allis Studio | Mason Jars: Amazon | Photo Booth: Complete MVP | Photography: Jessica Ranae Photography | Rentals: Southern Events | Sequin Hanger: Pearls And Pastries | Tassel Garland: Studio Mucci | Videography: John Hillin Videography | Vintage Blue Jaguar Getaway Car: Matchless Transportation | Wedding Dress: Jim Hjelm