Somewhere in between the first and last image of this darling gallery from Brooke Boling, lives a cozy, happy place that I want to live for hours on end. Maybe it’s the charming red-wheeled wagon (that I want to curl up in) or the glowing reception thanks to Alice Hendry and Bright Event Production or the welcoming place settings prettied up by BBJ Linens and Lauren Marie Atkinson Designs. Thankfully I don’t have to pick a favorite moment, because they’re all sitting pretty right here.
From Brooke Boling…It was the perfect Fall Day designed with a true Southern spirit. On Sunday, October 5th 2014, Allison Keaton married Dale Binkley in a beautiful Oscar de la Renta gown. The ceremony looked just like a beautiful southern backdrop. The trees, the soft wind, the bridemaids in long green dresses. Allison is a trained chef and the menu for the guests was absolutely incredible. Pumpkin soup served in tiny pumpkins. Charcuterie Boards with an assortment of locally cured meats and house made pates. Passed edible tea cones with curried chicken salad, sweet potato cake with goat cheese and caramelized bacon, wild rice orzo in a wonton crisp. They also had a bourbon and cigar bar for the guys. The details were as perfect as perfect can be.
Photography: Brooke Boling | Videography: That's Classic Media | Event Planning: Alice Hendry | Floral Design: Lauren Marie Atkinson Designs | Wedding Gown: Oscar De La Renta | Cake: Dessert Designs | Invitations: Invitations Galore And More | Ceremony Venue: Belle Meade Plantation | Reception Venue: Belle Meade Plantation | Brides Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Dessy | Catering: Chef's Market | Make Up: Laura Godwin | Hair: Lindy Dunn | Groom's Attire: Street Tuxedo | Lighting & Sound: Bright Event Production | Linens: BBJ Linens / Production | Music: The Nashville Blue Tones | Rentals: Music City Tents & Events | Rentals: Please Be Seated | Transportation: Matchless Transportation
Two Words: Bootie Wall. The Perfect Pair in Nashville might be our own little slice of bootie lovin heaven. It’s crazy chic design by Rachel Halvorson infused with fashion staples curated by a Nashville native who also happens to be one heck of a stylish lady. Meet Whitney Dunn Daniel, along with her retail baby so perfectly captured by Alyssa Rosenheck Photography and her top fashion must haves below!
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From Alyssa Rosenheck Photography… I recently helped The Perfect Pair Nashville rebrand her store which is filled with layers of fashionable staples that apply to all seasons in a very conscious and artful way. She has a glorious bootie wall that I immediately fell in love with along with her casual chic style. I love that the booties can be worn with dresses, skirts, jeans, shorts, a cool hat and cut offs, great accessories etc.
Whitney Dunn Daniel has been a stylist to some of Country Music Royalty. She has curated labels that are environmentally mindful and mostly family owned. Whitney enlisted her close and talented friend Rachel Halvorson to create a space for her clients that is chic and casual.
1. A Neutral Bootie | Like this one from Coclico. It elongates the leg, looks great with all black, and pairs well with dresses or pants.
2. Geode Stud Earrings | These Liz Legg studs pair well with all of my jewelry. A pair of earrings that I rarely change out.
3. A Neutral Tote | These Nisolo totes are made right here in Nashville of the most wonderful leather.
4. A Great Wavy Blowout | From my friends at the Dry House in Nashville. Nothing makes me feel more ready for an event. They last for days! With my hair done, I feel more put together.
5. Molecule 01 | My all-time favorite scent. It’s mysterious and simple and smells unique on everyone.
Styling: The Perfect Pair Nashville | Bracelets: Winifred Grace | Crescent Pendant: Liz Legg | Cross Pendant: Cheri Coyle | Cross Wrap Necklaces: Virgins Saints & Angels | Graphic Geometric Gold Leaf Print: The Mint Gardener | Handbags: Nisolo | Interiors: Rachel Halvorson Designs | Italian Booties: Coclico | Location: The Perfect Pair Nashville | Photography + Styling: Alyssa Rosenheck Photography
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 Bamber… This 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