Monday, January 11, 2010

"Music City Magic" - A Summer Wedding in Nashville

Leah wanted a very formal, elegant and traditional wedding ceremony but wanted to cut loose and have fun at a laid back reception. We took her vision to heart and there was no doubt in my mind that the Wightman Chapel at Scarritt-Bennett Center would be the perfect location for the ceremony.

Working with floral designer Caprice Palmer, we created a modern focal point at the altar with tall, blooming branches in vintage garden urns with a bold, single line of white hydrangeas and dozens of candles. White rose petals and hydrangeas lined the aisle.

With thier southern roots and the last name "Lee," who could pass up such a perfect get away car. The couple made their grand exit from the church in none other than the General Lee from the Dukes of Hazard, a vintage replica owned by a family friends.

Finding the perfect spot for the reception was a little bit trickier. The couple was living in Memphis while planning a Nashville wedding which made it a challenge to visit locations. But after dozens of emails and hundreds of pictures, we finally decided on the Musicians Hall of Fame in downtown Nashville. It had the right vibe for a the laid back party Leah & Brent wanted.

We utilized a cocktail style floor plan to maximize the space and leave plenty of room of the dance floor. Using natural tones such as ivory, browns and greens, we were able to create a very casual but upscale look for the reception that just hinted at the elegance and formality of the ceremony earlier that day.

Chef's Market provided a delicious heavy hors d'oeuvres menu featuring many southern favorites such as shrimp and grits. Instead of a groom's cake, Brent had a white chocolate banana pudding passed before the sour crem almond wedding cake was served later in the evening. The dance floor stayed hoping all night with a great mix of country hits, top 40 and oldies but goodies played by the wonderful Nashvegas All Stars.

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