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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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Summer
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Elegant

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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Woodland Tennessee Wedding With Rustic Elegance

There are some people that are just meant to be, and really, it only takes one look at these gorgeous images from Brandon Chesbro to see that these two lovebirds fall beautifully into that soul mate category. Their wedding was a culmination of love and gorgeous styling by the Bride, her mother-in-law and Amanda Matacale, and the result was a day they are all sure to remember forever.

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Summer
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Farm
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Rustic

From The Bride…Jourdan and I met by way of a pancake. On that day, my sister and roommate, Christin, her friend Evan, and Jourdan came over to meet me. Before they left the car, Jourdan was dared to present me with a nasty, day old pancake. Jourdan accepted the challenge of greeting me, pancake in hand. He admits, when he saw me for the first time – he immediately regretted the situation. But he accepted a challenge, so he went through with it anyway. I thought it was a sweet gesture and replied with “Ah, for me?? Thank you!” Then he proceeded to tell me, “You don’t want that, it’s been in a car all day.” I stared confused. He left feeling silly. This inspired our wedding favors – pancake mix and syrup. Our wedding party came together to make these as we reminisced about the day Jourdan and I met. The favor included a tag that said, “A Pancake Story”.

Jourdan’s mom, Robin, told him at a very young age that he would marry a girl named Rachel. She was determined of this throughout his entire life. Jourdan would occasionally meet a girl name Rachel and wonder… maybe this is it? He went so far as to name his car Rachel! On our third date, Jourdan picked me up in his blue Ford and took me out for dinner. We parked and I got out and slammed that blue door shut a little too hard. Jourdan jokingly said, “Be careful with Rachel!’ I replied, “Hey, that’s my middle name!” I will never forget Jourdan’s face turning pale white. He didn’t tell me why at that time. Several months past and he finally confessed. The day Jourdan proposed Robin and Harry, his dad, surprised me afterwards. As we set down for dinner, I turned to Jourdan and asked if it was time to tell Robin about my middle name. He said it was the perfect time. I turned to Robin and said I had something very important to tell her. I said,” Robin, my middle name is Rachel.” Robin and Harry turned to each other and tears welded up in their eyes. Robin had prayed over this “Rachel” for years and that girl happen to be sitting right in front of her. Robin often refers to me as “her Rachel.”

I had the joy of planning this wedding with my mother-in-law. I shared my vision and she executed it out more beautifully than I could have imagined.

We hired a close friend of mine, Amanda Matacale, to be the wedding coordinator. Amanda added her own beautiful touch to the wedding, making flags for the mini-pies, tags for the favors, and many other details that popped throughout the wedding. She was Robin’s right-hand lady. I STILL have people come to me and ask where I found my fabulous wedding coordinator. She was exceptional and I still can’t figure out how her and Robin pulled everything off.

Robin and I found a local Nashville wholesale florist, Geny’s, and met with a sweetheart named Nicole Arbuckle. She was fabulous to work with! I highly recommend her. She caught onto the vision in no time.

Robin drew the entire wedding by hand. She called the vision, A Woodland Fairytale. I was in awe as she shared her drawings with me. She took all of my ideas and married them on a page right before my eyes. She is a very talented woman! We wanted the décor to be very floral, including moss and branches. Our wedding was beautiful and elegant with a Hobbit like feel (I like to say). Robin’s drawings shocked most people. Her vision was so extravagant. How could she accomplish everything? With an army of loved ones. We did not hire one single person I didn’t know personally, down to the florist. My father has delivered mail to Geny’s for over 20 years. Our wedding was a labor of love. That is why I am convinced, it could not have come together more beautifully. When I gazed upon the décor, I realized how much my family and friends truly love us. My suto-mom, Amanda Sites spent countless hours with Robin planning and talking about the wedding. I witness a friendship form between them. My mentors hosted a GOURGEOUS bridal shower that I will never forget. My sister and maid of honor, Christin, threw me a bachelorette party I will never forget; we met Robin Williams!

Our caterer, Debbie Hart, is a very close friend of ours. She is family to us. We were spoiled rotten, having Chef Deb at our fingertips. She worked closely with Robin, helping choose table décor. I STILL can’t stop talking about that spinach dip – oooh wee!

A couple I know from church, The Fennels, took on the HUGE carpentry jobs Robin planned out. Burt Fennel made the wood pie/cake platter. Burt helps load in the branches that would turn the reception area into the Woodland Fairytale is truly was!

Our ceremony sight did not need much décor. Our backdrop included a creek with a huge, mossy stone cliff and trees galore. We added an arbor made of branches and flowers. The scene was breathtaking. We placed a vintage doorway at the start of the aisle.

Robin wrote a song for Jourdan and I to sing at the reception. This song incapsulated our story in a beautiful way. Here are the lyrics.

Three Little Words

Nothing like this moment

Nothing like this place

Nothing like the way you look

A vision of grace

Here I am to say

Three little words

Three little words

I love you

I love you

Let me say again

Say it every day

I love you

Nothing like this beauty

Nothing like your face

Nothing like this feeling

That I have for you today

I dreamed of you

Prayed for you

Gave up others waiting for you

Just to say

I love you

Let me say again

Show it everyday

I love you

Shortly after Jourdan and I met, my best friend passed away after 3 months fighting for her life. This song was inspired by the way Jourdan stood by me during that time.

I had no idea what the reception would look like. Robin kept it a secret. Jourdan and I were blind folded and guided to our reception. When the room was revealed, I could not believe my eyes. This far surpassed my dream. It took my breath away. Branches filled with lights towered the room. Flowers filled the tables. I looked around to see those who worked countless hours preparing for this moment and our guess enjoying our reactions on the back porch. I can’t describe the joy that brought me with words.

Photography: Brandon Chesbro | Videography: Alex Morgan | Wedding Planner: Amanda Matacale | Flowers: Geny's Flowers | Stationery: Overnight Prints | Rings: The Green Bull | Catering: Debbie Hart | Hair: Mary Stanley | Groom's Attire: Express | Mini Pies: Debbie Hart | Veil: The White Room | Venue: Five Star Retreat Center

Enchanted Southern Summer Wedding Inspiration

I love all weddings, I really do, but Southern Weddings just so happen to pull the hardest on my heartstrings. The romance is palpable, the style impeccable… so obviously, when this Southern wedding inspiration shoot popped up on my computer I was giddy with excitement. Ashley Upchurch and her talented team pulled together what I can only assume will be the top trendsetter in the seasons to come!


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Summer
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Estate
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Romantic

From Ashley Upchurch PhotographyTennessee in the summer is full of bright colors, warm sunshine, and luscious green fields so I knew it had to be incorporated into the backdrop for this summer wedding inspiration shoot. When we began planning this styled shoot I knew I wanted to expand on the idea of the southern wedding. Too many brides believe that a true southern wedding is full of burlap, mason jars, and baby’s breath. While those elements are still beautiful they don’t have to be the staple for a truly southern wedding. Angela and I, along with my fellow photographer friend, Leilani Evans of Elsy Photography, decided to use a color palette of peaches, light pinks, and corals to compliment the greens surrounding the location. By pairing these colors with gold flatware and gold-rimmed plates and glasses, we are showing brides how to incorporate southern elements with classic pieces. We chose a lacy Rivini gown for the bride and a dark navy suit for the groom to add to the southern charm. We also decided to have a more casual, organic style cake for this shoot.

Photography: Ashley Upchurch | Wedding Dress: Maggie Louise Bridal | Cake: Catie Cakes | Hair & Makeup: Rachel Douglass | Grooms Attire: James Davis | Floral Design & Styling: Angela Mazanti