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Ashley & Armin’s Unforgettable Multi-Cultural Soiree, Planned by Regalo Design

Friday, March 7, 2014

The merging of two cultures is a beautiful thing that should be celebrated. Bride, Ashley is African-American and grew up in a traditional southern family. Groom, Armin is Serbian-Hungarian who moved to the United States when he was 17. While planning their “I Do’s,” it was important to Ashley and Armin that their War Memorial wedding be a celebration of these distinct cultures. With the help of Regalo Design, they had a stunning fete that did just that.

The bride and groom’s guests enjoyed a classically elegant soirée that included a scrumptious sit-down dinner by Savor the Flavor, lofty floral centerpieces highlighted with pops of purple and dazzling up-lighting that accentuated the beauty of the venue. These elements coupled with unique Hungarian traditions intermixed throughout both the ceremony and reception made for a truly memorable event.

Be sure to read on to learn more about planning a multi-cultural celebration from bride, Ashley, and to view more gorgeous photos from She + Him Photography

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Ashley & Armin 
Wedding Date ~ November 2, 2013
Ceremony & Reception Venue ~ War Memorial Auditorium
Guests ~ 200

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Wedding Team

Planner | Damon Goude | Regalo Design
Photographer | She + Him Wedding Photography
Videographer | Beyond the Still Image
Gown | Allure Bridal from The White Room (Lebanon, TN)
Bride’s Accessories | Cezanne bracelet and earrings from Dillard’s
Men’s Attire | Vera Wang from Men’s Wearhouse
Bridesmaids’ Attire | Alfred Angelo
Hair | Tiara Evans of Natural Awakenings Salon
Makeup | LeeAnne Blair
Stationery | Designed by bride and Regalo Design, printed by Vistaprint
Caterer | Savor the Flavor
Cake Artist | The Sweetest Day
Floral Design | Regalo Design
Ceremony Musicians | Sarah Davison (pianist)
Reception Musicians | Brad Ford of Snyder Entertainment (DJ)
Rentals | Southern Events
Lighting | War Memorial Auditorium
Transportation | Matchless Transportation
 

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Wedding Details

How would you describe your style as a couple?

Fun!  We are laid-back, love to laugh and have a lot of fun – both in a group setting or just the two of us.  We agreed that our wedding had to be fun above all else, and reflect us as a couple.  Additionally, we merged two cultures – Ashley is African-American and grew up in a traditional Southern family, while Armin is Serbian-Hungarian, moved to the United States at age 17 and spent his “formidable American” years in the Midwest.  We often joked that ours would be the best “Blungarian” wedding anyone had ever been to!

How did you incorporate that style into your wedding? 

The details including the venue, wedding colors and décor were all very classic and elegant.  We incorporated fun by having a laid-back flow to the order of events, great food and drink, and a great dance party at the reception.  We also weaved Hungarian traditions into both the ceremony and reception - we threw coins and broke a plate for good luck in the marriage, taught guests some Hungarian vocabulary words via their table assignments and offered shots of Palinka, a traditional Hungarian fruit brandy.  It was fun bringing those experiences to our guests.

What was your (or your guests’) favorite aspect of your wedding? 

Our favorite part was blending our two cultures, friends and families together for a celebration of us – it’s awesome to see pictures of the dance floor with so many different people coming together to have a good time and kill the Electric Slide!  We have also gotten a ton of compliments on the food, which we knew would be an important ‘measuring stick’ of the day.  We loved it as well and appreciate the fact that we were able to sit down and enjoy the meal with our families.

Your hair is gorgeous! Who styled it?

Thanks!  My hairstyle was inspired by Pinterest, of course – but luckily, I found a stylist who was able to transform that inspiration into my own style for the big day.  I have not lived or had a stylist in Nashville for quite some time, but I found Natural Awakenings through a Google search, and lucked upon the talents of Tiara Evans – I highly recommend her for other natural-haired brides!

Where did you splurge? Where did you save/DIY?

We splurged on the venue, but felt really good about it in the end since we had both the ceremony and reception at War Memorial.  We also splurged on the food, but knew it would be totally worth it in the end (it was – people are still complimenting us on it!)  Planning the wedding long distance made it difficult to be DIY, but we did incorporate some elements into all of our paper pieces.  Our invitations, programs and thank you cards at each place setting all featured a paisley design that my Mom, Damon and I found on Google images.  It was used consistently and gave every piece a high-end designer look.

Now that the wedding day is over, is there anything about your planning process you feel you could have done differently?

Even though I’m happily married, I still watch a lot of the wedding shows on TV, and it’s easy to think about small changes that could have been made such as a certain song or not over-throwing my bouquet (went right over all the single ladies’ heads…oops!).  However, at the end of the day, there is nothing I would do differently.  I went into the planning process with a pretty good idea of what I wanted that would be beautiful, but still reasonable and realistic.  I started working with Damon after some of the major details were decided, but he swooped in and helped me (calmly) plan the rest.  I made it a point to include my fiancé and his ideas appropriately, while still keeping my vision.  Keeping a good balance and remembering the overall objective of the wedding day itself helped make the planning process a breeze.

In one sentence, what words of advice do you have for couples in the midst of their planning?

Stay calm – remember it’s all about the love you share and your lifetime of happiness; no wedding day hiccup should ever be able to ruin that.

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Newlywed Heather

Heather is a Pittsburgh, PA native who now proudly calls Nashville home. As a newlywed herself, Heather is excited to talk about the latest wedding trends and share everything she learned in planning her very own Nashville wedding (psst: don't stress...At the end of the day, you'll be married to your best friend!) with Ashley's Bride Guide's readers.

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send Posted on March 7, 2014 | Filed under: Multicultural, African-American weddings, Luxury Nashville Wedding Finds, Real Nashville Weddings,

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