Backyard Wedding in Nashville, Tennessee
July 20, 2010

What happens if your venue gets flooded weeks before your wedding? Well if you're this couple, you stay calm and carry on and manage to have one rockin backyard shindig despite the circumstances. Rain on (or around) your wedding day is good luck after all, isn't that the way the story goes? It must be, because this day is brimming over with love and family and the cutest of touches. Captured by Michael Howard Photography, we are talking Nashville nuptials at their finest. Be sure to check out the gallery for more from this happy, happy day.

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From the Bride:

From day one we all knew the risks involved in planning an outdoor wedding. No one, however, thought that record flooding would hit the Nashville area a mere 3 weeks from our wedding day! Although the house did not incur substantial water damage, the sloping terrain between the plateau and the house was hit hard. A massive mudslide took out 2/3's of where we had been planning to hold our reception. Time was not on our side and our last minute efforts to re-build the stone retaining wall and lay sod fell short. After getting past the initial devastation and thoughts that our wedding was ruined, we collected ourselves and began lay out our options...this would not be a black-tie affair, but instead a black TOP ceremony...held in the driveway! Luckily, the front of the Bryant’s home was equally as beautiful, and acted as the perfect backdrop. Thus, the show pressed on. We made light of the unfortunate scenario by taking a few pictures alongside the large, unmistakable excavating machine that loomed to the side of the house.

The reception was a time for everyone to enjoy a buffet-style, southern inspired dinner with a flair of the Midwest. We created an outdoor "photo booth" by hanging empty picture frames between trees and instructing our guests to choose from an array of mustaches-on-sticks as they posed for an Instamax, polaroid-style picture...which they then placed in our guestbook.

Towards the end of the evening we wanted to address our friends and family and thank them for their love and support. In honor of our bridal party, we served all of our guests and toasted with homemade pineapple-vodka shooters and sparklers! What a better way to end the evening?!

As if it couldn't get any better, we have the sweetest little video of the day shot by Focalpoint Cinematic Weddings to share. Grab some popcorn and take a load off. This is the perfect ending to a day of wedding greatness. Congrats Andy and Reagan. From all of us at SMP, we wish you a lifetime of happiness.

Photography: Michael Howard / Design: Culbertson Concepts / Coordination: Classic Events / Catering: Constant Craving / Rentals: Southern Events / Printing: Buchanan Ink / Dress and Veil: The Bride Room / Men's Ties: Narrow Ties / Tie Bars: Thom Kostura / Reception Band: Scat Springs / Hair/ Makeup/Styling and Accessories: Mark Evans of Trumps Salon / Video: Focalpoint Cinematic Weddings / Lighting: Bradfield