Fair warning: this wedding will cause you to lose hours and hours (perhaps days) getting lost in the gallery while your Pinning finger develops overuse cramping. But it’s all worth it. As seen through Erin H Photography’s lens, the destination soiree epitomizes everything romantic that Nashville is, from the cowboy boots to the fantastic band to the bright city lights a la Bright Event Productions.
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Donny and I had been dating for over 10 years, so you can imagine how excited our family and friends were when we told them Donny had popped the question during an amazing trip to Italy. Assuming planning a wedding would be quick and easy, I was hoping to set a date for later that year.
Fast forward a whole year with nothing but bridesmaids dresses picked, we found ourselves in my favorite city, Nashville, Tennessee with me convincing Donny it was the perfect location for our wedding…which took all of five minutes to do!
Knowing we wanted something a little different, one trip up to the rooftop at Aerial we knew it was the perfect spot. Overlooking downtown Nashville, we knew it would be a fun, exciting way for our guests to experience the Nashville nightlife and a place that Donny and I had fallen in love with. We wanted our guests to love Nashville as much as we do so we had our favorite restaurant cater delicious southern food and had an amazing band, from our favorite bar, play at the reception.
The one piece of New Jersey we had to bring with us was our photographer Erin H. She had done a few of our friends’ weddings and we loved her style, plus she was dying for a trip to Nashville. So she was just as excited as we were to have her be a part of our big day.
We wanted our wedding to have a fun, southern feel, so we had our ceremony in a beautiful courtyard at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center and our rooftop reception at Aerial. The reception was the perfect continuation of that fun, southern feel with mason jars and burlap covered tables with hydrangeas, babies breath and lanterns. Being a graphic designer, I loved being able to add little details like menu bags for the biscuits and place cards made of tree slices.
Photography: Erin H Photography | Videography: Peerless Films | Wedding Planner: Kelly Dellinger Events | Florist: Fresh By Caryann | Dress: Ivy & Aster | Cake: Dulce Desserts | Catering: Merchants | Hair And Make Up: Parlour 3 | Lighting: Bright Event Productions | Musician: Ben Shirk Band | Assistant Photographer: John DeFiora | Ceremony Site: Schermerhorn Symphony Center Courtyard | Reception Site: Aerial | Rentals: Music City Tents And Events
Classic brides, get ready to lose a good chunk of your afternoon on this b-e-a-utiful Historic Cedarwood wedding—a well spent afternoon I might add. Every nook and cranny is filled with elegance, grace and tradition, from the welcoming invitations by Designs In Paper to the lush blooms at every turn, Nyk + Cali are behind every moment of love—it’s all right here.
From Cedarwood Weddings…This is a wedding that wows us every time, for the upscale, classic styling, sophisticated color palette of charcoal and ivory, all set in a historic Nashville country estate. The bride’s vision was a blend of rustic and elegant styling in a storybook romantic setting with lots of soft lighting and beautiful flowers. Just about every nook and cranny was filled with beautiful decor and personal touches, creating this classy, intimate celebration.
Just seven years ago, Heather and Corey were juniors in high school together, living in Florida. After graduation, they moved to Nashville to attend Belmont University – known for its stellar music program – so Corey could be immersed into his passion for music (he plays guitar.) When proposing to Heather on Valentine’s Day, Corey incorporated all of their ‘firsts’ into the proposal by ‘reenacting’ each one during a tour around town. Heather and Corey are an adventurous, humorous and fun-loving couple who enjoy living a self-professed ‘simple life’ – and we might add, ‘very elegantly!’
Photography: Nyk + Cali Wedding Photographers | Event Design: Cedarwood Weddings | Floral Design: Cedarwood Weddings | Cake: Patty Cakes | Invitations: Designs In Paper | Ceremony: Historic Cedarwood | Reception: Historic Cedarwood | Catering: Chef Christopher | Ceremony Music: Nashville Wedding Guitarist | Reception Music: Jace Aaron Entertainment | Videographer : Charity Vance
Two Peaches designed this Arrington Vineyards reception to be rustic and romantic, and the look was achieved thanks largely in part to the DIY details from the bride and groom’s family. Polishing off the pretty with a helping hand from Import Flowers In Nashville, the day proved to be a stunning success. See more here!
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From the Bride… We really wanted to support local vendors as much as possible and make it sustainable. We wanted it to represent the things we love about living in Nashville and to showcase our new city to friends and family. We chose one of our favorite places, Arrington vineyards to represent Michaels love of wine and the local making of wine to celebrate our marriage.
We drew inspiration from things we loved and always tried to keep it simple and classy. I had always visioned that we would do a lot of the wedding creation and decoration ourselves. When we saw the pile of barn wood at Arrington Vineyards I immediately asked my dad if he thought we could make tables for the wedding, and being the innovator he is, he took one glance and said “you’re the bride whatever you want” so Michael and I, with his parents, hauled all the wood back to Nashville in the rain and mud where it would sit for a few weeks until we began the project. As we began to sand the tables we realized how much character they had and began to love uncovering the layers of time on each table to find its beauty beneath. Our inspiration spiraled from there to find a fireplace mantle that my dad reclaimed which now serves as the headboard in our guest bedroom, and the chandler I found and repainted from the flea market. The whole concept was to make the wedding as sustainable as possible.
The guys were asked to buy any grey suit they would wear again and wear whatever shoes they wanted and the girls were asked to buy whatever design of dress by Dessy that made them feel the most beautiful. I wanted my girls to feel lovely on our wedding day and like themselves. We chose to have my dad preform the ceremony because of the special bond we with him and the respect we have for his wisdom and loving marriage. We knew he would preform a genuine wedding ceremony from his heart that we would always cherish. We wanted the wedding to be timeless so I choose a dress that represented that to me. I wanted to have a wedding that you could look at years from now and not know what decade it was from.
Michael is a chef so we wanted the food to be a huge part of what people remembered about the wedding because that is such a major part of who he is and how he expresses his creativity. We chose home.made catering because Chef Maumus has an uncanny ability to create intense unique flavors from food which is all locally sourced, something we truly believe in. We wanted to involve our family in the whole planning process and frequently asked for, and used their ideas so that it was truly a combination of of our families. Michaels mom made desserts which represented each one of the 4 parents heritage, which was really special. We served local beer and wine and Michael made his special drink called, Beverage. Even the flowers were locally sourced, my sister and I simply went to Import Flowers, 1 mile from my house and hand picked the bouquets we wanted and she created the arrangements. Other than that we just let the beautiful vineyard speak for itself and prayed the weather would be beautiful and it was, without a doubt, the most gorgeous day of our lives.
Photography: Kaitie Bryant | Floral Design: Import Flowers In Nashville | Bride's Shoes: Anthropologie | Catering: Mimi Maumus Of Home.made Catering | Band : Radio Daze Big Band | Bridal Gown: Modern Trousseau | Design And Planning: 2 Peaches Design | Hair/Makeup: Lisa Wolfe Of Ardon House Salon | Officiant And Pre-marital Counseling: Stonegate Counseling | Photography - Assistance: TWhite Photography | Wedding Planning And Design: Betsy Boswell And Sara Dimitroff Of Two Peaches