Elegant Parthenon Wedding

Beautiful, Understated Spring Wedding

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Kaitlin and Mick's spring wedding was a beautiful affair for all of their guests who gathered in Nashville from around the world.   The day started with the bride, her bridesmaids and mom getting ready in the bridal suite. 

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The ceremony was held at historic Wightman Chapel.  The wreaths and altar continued the wild and loose feel of the florals. 

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Guests then headed to an amazing reception at the Cordelle.  The relaxed, elegant feel of the reception was designed by Kaitlin and her mom who wanted an understated feeling and a relaxed space for their guests.  

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Guests were greeted with a shrimp and oyster bar.  

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The reception tent featured gorgeous chandeliers with greenery and lovely wild flowers with lush blooms. 

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The bride and groom left the reception to a Second Line.

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Photographer: Justin Wright Photography  
Rentals: 12th Table
Dress Designer: BHLDN
Lighting: Bright Event Productions 
Cake Designer: Dessert Designs 
Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Joseph A Banks
Makeup Artist: Katie Russo Beauty 
Caterer: Kristen Winston Catering 
Dress Store: Modern Trousseau Nashville
Equipment Rentals: Music City Tents and Events
Ceremony Location: Scarritt Bennett Center
Band: Scat Springs Band 
Ceremony Musicians: Silver Strings
Calligrapher: The Dotted Line 
Floral Designer: Basil and Bergomot Flower Farm
Event Planner: Events by Elaine 
Reception Venue: The Cordelle

Nordic Inspired Winter Wedding Shoot

I was invited to participate in a styled shoot with some of the planners from the Nashville Wedding Planners Group. It can be challenging for 8 planners to come together and agree on a design, but the results where beautiful. We were inspired by the concept of a Nordic or European winter wedding - lots of furs and warm seating and a fireplace. Enjoy the results.

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Planners Involved:

Megan Scurlock of Locklane Events
Emily Kennedy of Kennedy Occasions
Elaine Roberts of Events by Elaine
Ashley Porter of Posh Occasions
Margaret Tolbert of Details by Margaret
Toni Smith-Carroll of Celebrations by Toni
Naomi Goodman of At First Blush and Co
Parthenia Fayne of Epiphany Events 


Photographer Ryan Tolbert Photography
Venue & Catering Hutton Hotel
Florist Kennedy Occasions
Hot Chocolate Bar Bar Magnolia
Suit Street Tuxedo
Bride Attire Willow Bride
Makeup Artist Primp This
Hair Stylist Beautifully by Belen
Rentals White Door Events
Paper Goods Brinkley Studio
DJ Entertain! TN
Cocktail Band Mockingbird Musicians
Dessert Bar – Popcorn Kernels Nashville
Dessert Bar – Cupcakes Locklayer’d Cakes
Dessert Bar – Cheesecake Momma Nik’s Cheesecakes
Dessert Bar – Cookies & Brownies Christie Cookie Co.
Favors – Cookies Sweet Sifter
Favors – Cupcakes Divine Sweets
Door Prize Ekko Candle Company

2018 Wedding Trends

Photo: Justin Wright

Photo: Justin Wright

Weddings always include classic details and traditions; however, these trends can add a modern, fresh feel to your wedding.  

Large floral installation: 

Large impact making florals are going to continue into 2018.  These showcase pieces will always make a statement whether on a wall or hanging from a ceiling. 

Photo: Madi Flourney

Photo: Madi Flourney


Wedding cakes:

Wedding cake is getting some personality.  Drip cakes and multi colored cakes are showing up everywhere.   Watercolor and floral patterns are also exceedingly popular.  

Dessert Table: 

The dessert table is more popular than ever.  Couples are offering their guests a large selection of tasty treats in a beautiful display. 

Photo: Freestone Photography

Photo: Freestone Photography

Dark, Moody Feel: 

Black accents and a dark, moody feel is making its way into weddings.  It creates a dramatic feel.  You can include these shades in your flowers with deeper, richer shades.  Your reception can include these feel with charcoal or black lines and matching candles.  Dark purples, blacks, grays and muddy colors will replace blush flowers. 

Smaller, Intimate Weddings:

Couples are choosing to limit the guest list to a small, intimate collection of friends and family, usually less than 75.  These weddings allow couples to spend more money on food, decor, or accents that they want. 

Photo: Celladora Photography

Photo: Celladora Photography


Bold Colors: 

The past few years blush and neutrals have ruled wedding.  Well, 2018 is bringing back color.  Rich reds and burgundy, navy and teal, forest green and gold - dramatic, beautiful colors are stealing the show. 

Photo: Celladora Photography

Photo: Celladora Photography


Taking over for gold, copper is the metallic of choice.  From cups to votive holders to lanterns, copper is shining.  

Photo: Ryan Tolbert

Photo: Ryan Tolbert

The Wreath:

No longer just for Christmas, the wreath is a beautiful accent.  From wild and green to a mass of flowers, there is no wrong way to incorporate they beautiful 

Photo: Justin Wright

Photo: Justin Wright