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2011 End of Year Roundup - Our Favorite Nashville Weddings

Friday, December 23, 2011

We are ending the week with our overall favorite Nashville Real Weddings from 2011. While this is not an easy task, the weddings below are stunning, unique, and overall flawless.

1) eHarmony Love: Kate + Justin's Zoo-Inspired Wedding

Married: May 28, 2011

The two met on eHarmony and fell in love. Then, giraffe keeper Kate married Justin at Scarritt Bennett with a Houston Station reception. The whole day was zoo-inspired with vintage touches; from a giraffe topper to venue's exposed brick.  See more of this wedding here.

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Planner: Austin Floyd with Last Minute Planners; Venue: Scarritt Bennett & Houston Station; Photos: Krista Lee Photography; Loved by: Meg of ABG


2) Miranda and Grant's Ecletic Garden Wedding

Married: May 14, 2011

I am a big fan of intimate weddings.  I think it takes a lot of guts to slash that wedding guest list in half and focus on what the two of you really want.  Not only did Miranda and Grant keep it intimate, they were not afraid to mix gutsy flair with traditional details.  You can see their personalities throughout their ceremony and reception and you can tell that they had FUN!  CJs off the Square is always a great backdrop for an outdoor Tennessee wedding and Ace Photography captured the essence of their day splendidly.  See the full wedding feature here.

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Planner + Venue: CJ's Off the Square; Photos: Ace Photography; Loved by Ashley of ABG


3) Bethany + Jay's Franklin Wedding

Married: June 2011

The stunning bouquets and flowers throughout are enough to take your breath away, but then you see the ruffled wedding cake that favors the bride's ruffled dress... Oh my! The details are astounding. For all of the University of Tennessee fans, make sure to check out more photos on Evin's blog - including one of the groom's cake (a replica of Neyland stadium!).

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Monogrammed Decor: Bella Grace by Bethany (the bride)
Venues: Brentwood Baptist Chapel + The Factory's Bldg 8; Photos: Evin Photography


4) Liesl + Dean's Intimate, Tuscan-Style Wedding

Married: October 20, 2011

This beautiful couple, shot by Kristyn Hogan, hail from South Africa and Australia. The two met in Florida on a yacht and were together for three years before tying the knot in an ode to the time they spent together in Tuscany. Between their story and their elopement on Mooncake Lake, I was enchanted and hope you are too. Read Kristyn's blog for more info and photos.

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Planner + Venue: Historic Cedarwood (along with Jessica Sloane); Photos: Kristyn Hogan; Loved by: Meg of ABG


5) Corely + Jake Combine Two Families at their Opryland Hotel Wedding

Married: June 2011

A wedding in the Crystal Gazebo, celebration in the Magnolia Ballroom - with names like that and the added peacock theme, it's bound to be stunning! And the smiles on the bride and groom, as well as those of their sons, proves that this was a happy union. See Joe's blog for more from this happy day.

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Planner: A Magical Affair; Coordinator & Venue: Gaylord Opryland Hotel; Photos: Joe Hendricks Photography


6) Jamie + Andy's Downtown, DIY Wedding

Married: April 30, 2011

Jamie impressed us earlier this year when we first shared her wedding, and we just can't get over it! All of the decor she did herself with the help of family and friends. Her amazing husband even DJed part of their reception. The whole day was an impressive success and in the end, they had a great wedding, but these two are more focused on the long term - having a wonderful marriage!

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Venue: The Hope Center & The Anchor Fellowship; Photos: Pear Image Photography; Loved by: Sara of ABG


7) Cannery Ballroom Transformed for Julie + Nicholas' Elegant Summer Evening

Married: July 10, 2011

A simple , though lovely, ceremony at Scarritt Bennett would hardly have prepared these guests for the amazing site they would see at the Julie and Nick's reception. The Cannery Ballroom was transformed (in fact, you can watch the transformation on Dove's blog). Intricate details made the room jaw-dropping: crystal and wrought-iron chandeliers, flowers hanging over and overflowing on tables, monogrammed boxes, custom pieces, and even a suspended cake by Jay Qualls.

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Planner: Elegant Weddings by Angela; Venues: Cannery Ballroom; Photos: Dove Wedding Photography

8) Sean + Thalia's Greek Orthodox Wedding

Married: July 2011

Greek Orthodox weddings are a true example of devotion and faith. During the ceremony, the bride and groom do not say a word to each other (no vows) as their presence alone is enough to state their devotion to one another. You've got to see the beauty in that! Following tradition, Sean and Thalia's reception was full of dancing, breaking of bread, and there was lots of style with the lovely draping. There was even a bit of teasing - see the blog photos for a shot of the groom with a bottle of Windex ("My Big Fat Greek Wedding").

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Venues: Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church + Durego; Photos: Joe Hendricks Photography

9) An Australian Marries an American at Kings Chapel: Suz + Philip

Married: October 2011

These two could be models, they are to lovely together! The ceremony took place at the intimate Kings Chapel and the decor was designed by Suz, who chose a vintage theme. Guests traveling from as far as Australia would not be disappointed as the reception hosted an espresso bar from Beve Coffee and chocolate covered marshmallows. See more of the design, treats, and venue on Evin's blog.

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Venue: King's Chapel; Photos: Evin Photography


10) Great Gatsby-Themed Wedding: Liz + Jamie

Married: May 21, 2011

Liz and Jamie were married at Cedarwood's unique and amazing outdoor cathedral, with a reception reminiscent of The Great Gatsby. As Cedarwood puts it, moving to the reception, "guests were transported into a wonderland of high stepping vintage style." But words alone cannot do this wedding justice, instead see the full feature on Cedarwood's blog in Part 1 and Part 2, or watch the short video below.

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Planner + Venue: Historic Cedarwood; Photos: Dove Wedding Photography

Nashville Wedding Video :: Liz + Jamie from Catchlight Cinema


Really and truly, these weddings are just a few of the highlights from this year. There have been so many great weddings of impressive scale with wonderful vendors; weddings that will be talked of for years to come, but we have one blog post and we must limit the amount shared!! But check out more great Real Weddings that we have featured this year and post your favorites to our comments or our Facebook page. We love being impressed by creative brides and planners!

So here is to a great year of weddings in 2011! We are so looking forward to what 2012 will hold!

About the Author:

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I’m new to the wedding industry. Before getting engaged I literally avoided any websites for weddings only because I knew, once I delved in, I would become obsessed…. And it’s true. Once I got engaged, I did become obsessed and luckily, about that time, I started working in the wedding industry. So my interest increased on two levels. Now I am a newlywed and still enjoying the industry. I love writing, social media and connecting to people; happily, I get to do all of this with ABG.

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send Posted on December 23, 2011 | Filed under: Cakes & Desserts, Photography, Real Nashville Weddings, Wedding Planners & Coordinators, Wedding Venues and Locations,

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