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Classic Nashville Ballroom Wedding

Some things in life just make sense together, and for me black tie and ballroom weddings are one. This timeless soiree captured by Bamber Photography is drenched in Southern elegance, and just like the Bride’s Monique Lhuillier gown, sure to leave you dazzled. It’s image after image of pure wedding magic, and you can see it all right here.

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From John And Lindsey BamberThis was one of our favorite weddings to date; classic, timeless, and extremely elegant in style. Lauren and Tyler are both from the south, so their classic wedding at the Schermerhorn center was filled with southern flair. During the cocktail reception guests were serenaded by a local saxophone player and enjoyed gourmet grilled cheese and BLT’s. People literally gasped when they entered the ballroom draped with crystals, orchids, and vases filled with Champagne. It was a gorgeous event.

From the Bride and Groom… A few piece of advice for planning a wedding, firstly, if you can afford it, hire a reputable wedding planner. Our planner did a fantastic job of getting to know our tastes and narrowing down every decision to just a couple of options. This made our lives so much easier and made the whole process much more fun. Secondly, allow yourself plenty of time to plan. We had a relatively long engagement (15 months), but it still felt like a whirlwind. Third, Be organized. We are both Type A people, but all of the planning can easily become overwhelming without a system to keep track of everything that has been done and what needs to be tackled next. Fourth, remain calm when you experience bumps in the road- things will not always go according to plan, but it will be okay!
We wanted a classically elegant black-tie wedding with some elements of Southern charm thrown in. Our ceremony was held in an old Gothic-style chapel on the campus of Vanderbilt University, and we had our reception in the magnificent Schermerhorn Symphony Center in downtown Nashville. We could not have been happier with these venues- they gave us exactly what we wanted! Celebrating our commitment to each other with all of our family and friends (we had approximately 220 guests at our wedding), and seeing all of the hard work we put into planning this event come together for a truly magical night. The Bride’s something borrowed and something blue was actually the same item- a beautiful sapphire ring owned by Lauren’s grandmother that had been given to her as a gift from Lauren’s late grandfather.The something old was a handkerchief that Lauren’s mother and grandmother had carried with them on their respective wedding days. We had it sewn into the inner lining of Lauren’s dress. And of course the something new was Lauren’s stunning dress itself!

Photographer: John And Lindsey Bamber | Event Planner: Jayne Bubis Events | Floral Design: Branches- Mike Whitler | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Wedding Cake: Dessert Designs By Leland | Invitations: INK Nashville | Bridesmaids' Dresses: The Bride Room | Catering: Kristen Winston | Band: Eric Blue Band | Groom's Attire: Brooks Brothers | Groomsmen's Attire: Street Tuxedo | Ceremony Site: Wightman Chapel At Scarritt Bennett | Linens: BBJ Linen | Reception Site: Schermerhorn Symphony Center

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Boho Chic Nashville Wedding

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 PhotographyI 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.

Song List…
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)

Photography: Jessica Ranae Photography | Videography: John Hillin Videography | Floral Design: Afloral | Wedding Dress: Jim Hjelm | Catering: Bacon And Caviar Catering | Hair Stylist: Rachel Lawhead | Hair And Makeup: Ace Of Face | Lighting: Nashville Event Lighting | DJ: Complete MVP | Groom's Attire: Jcrew | Groom's Attire: Converse | Bride Shoes: ShoeDazzle | Bridesmaids Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar | Dog Bowties: Duke N Daisy Designs | Embroidered Parent Handkerchiefs: Embroidery By Samantha | Flower Crowns: Flower Crown Society | Groomsmen Attire: Jcrew | Invitation Card Stock: Paper Source | Lanterns: Sky Lanterns | Large Gold Balloons: Amazon | Location: Houston Station | Mason Jar Labels: Allis Studio | Mason Jars: Amazon | Photo Booth: Complete MVP | Rentals: Southern Events | Sequin Hanger: Pearls And Pastries | Tassel Garland: Studio Mucci | Vintage Blue Jaguar Getaway Car: Matchless Transportation

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Rooftop Destination Wedding in Nashville

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 | Assistant Photographer: John DeFiora | Ceremony Site: Schermerhorn Symphony Center Courtyard | Musician: Ben Shirk Band | Reception Site: Aerial | Rentals: Music City Tents And Events

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Classic Black + White Cedarwood Wedding

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.

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From Cedarwood WeddingsThis 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 | Videographer: Charity Vance | 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

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Rustic Tennessee Vineyard Wedding

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

Charming, Rustic Farm Wedding in Nashville at Green Door Gourmet

Perfectly lovely and filled to the brim with sweet rustic details that will leave you more than inspired, this Green Door Gourmet wedding as seen from the lens of John And Lindsey Bamber is the definition of a perfect SMP wedding. With love being the greatest detail of all, this gallery is sure to make your heart swell. See it all here.

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From The Bride…I truly believe that it was not by chance that Jon was brought into my life and I into his. We were both transplants to Nashville, TN when we happened to cross paths while out with our respective friends one evening. Aside from the immediate commonalities between us – like our history of being college athletes or our current work in different sectors of health care – there was a deeper connection based around the love we had for our family and friends. When it came time to plan our wedding, we wanted it to not only be a celebration of our commitment to each other but of those closest to us, as well.

Keeping family and friends in mind, we asked our siblings and their significant others to serve in our bridal party. Jon’s 19-month old twin niece and nephew were our Flower Girl and Ring Bearer, and four of his closest friends were Ushers for the event. We chose to hold our wedding at Green Door Gourmet – a beautiful organic farm minutes from downtown Nashville with picturesque plots of vegetables and herbs, a quaint farm store and charming barn. Holding both our ceremony and reception on site helped create a comforting and relaxed environment where guests were allowed to roam the grounds and truly enjoy the company.

I wanted the décor and details of the event to highlight the rustic setting while adding refinement and sophistication. Minimal embellishments at the ceremony site allowed the surrounding nature to take focus, while a soft and inviting color palate with metallic accents played off the warm wood of the reception barn. Terry White of English Garden really personified understated elegance with his flower arrangements and even lent his personal collection of mercury glass to add reflective elements at each dinner table.

As a native of New Orleans and having roots in Nashville, both food and music were important elements to our wedding. Kristen Winston Catering not only produced dishes of superb quality but ones that hinted at my southern ties, including miniature muffalettas, cheese beignets, and jambalaya. Holding our event in Music City meant there would be no shortage of amazing musicians and bands to choose from. We wanted the music to help set the ambiance for each event, so we started with a string quartet for the ceremony, transitioned to a blue grass duo for cocktails, and ended with an extremely talented nine-piece band called Live Revival for our reception.

Planning our wedding was an unbelievably joyful experience. It certainly helped to have a clear vision of what I wanted going into the process, but it was no doubt eased by the dedication and professionalism of those I worked with. Many thanks to Jayne Bubis and Debbie Lundy for helping plan and execute our special day and to John and Lindsey Bamber, as well as Cardboard Films, for capturing every detail. I hope every couple feels the happiness we do when reflecting on their own wedding!

Photography: John And Lindsey Bamber | Videographer: Cardboard Films | Event Planner: Jayne Bubis Events | Floral Designer: The English Garden | Invitations: Buchanan Ink | Ceremony Venue: Green Door Gourmet | Reception Venue: Green Door Gourmet | Bridesmaids Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid | Catering: Kristen Winston Catering | Cake Designer: Dessert Designs | Musicians: Live Revival

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