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Hannah + Dan’s Elegant, Laid-Back Houston Station Wedding

Friday, August 5, 2016

I love a Houston Station wedding! And it's so fun to see how each and every couple transforms the space to compliment their personalities and personal style. Hannah + Dan's wedding has a Nashville flair with an elegant twist - and Houston Station is the perfect venue for that! With cowboy boot coozies next to sheer draping, Hannah and Dan's personal style melded into one magnificent party! Hannah reveals more behind the scenes info about her Houston Station wedding below...

Hannah + Dan
February 27, 2016
Houston Station
130 Guests
$20,000-$30,000 Budget

Wedding Team

Day of Coordinator | Events Nashville
Photographer | Lane Photography
Photobooth | Let's Booth It
Wedding Gown | Augusta Jones from Elegance by Roya
Bride’s Accessories | BHLDN
Hair/Makeup | Katie Russo Beauty
Save the Dates | Darby Cards
Invitations | Minted
Programs | Design by Bride
Caterer | Bacon & Caviar
Cake Artist | Dulce Desserts
Floral Designer | Abigail Curtis at Import Flowers
Ceremony/Cocktail Hours Musicians | Honeyboy and Boots
Reception Musicians | JD's Music
Rentals | Liberty Party Rental
Lighting + Draping | Southern Sky Event Lighting
Transportation | Shuttle Buses from Matchless Transportation
Guest Accommodations | Courtyard Nashville Downtown, Embassy Suites Nashville, and Hampton Inn Nashville/Vanderbilt
Rehearsal Dinner Location | Merchants on Broadway

How would you describe your style as a couple?

Hannah: We are both a laid back and fun couple. We enjoy grabbing drinks with friends or entertaining at our place. We are also content with staying in and cooking a meal while listening to some music.

Where did you get your wedding inspiration?

Hannah: I got a lot of my inspiration from all kinds of outlets, but mainly Pinterest and A Practical Wedding. Since we were having a winter wedding, I wanted things to feel warm. That's how I chose the color scheme of blush and champagne. We wanted to keep things pretty simple and make sure our budget was going to the right things. Having lavish decorations wasn't important to me, so we went with pretty simple centerpieces at the tables. I also love the idea of being able to reuse something. Our cake holders and the mason jars we used as decorations everywhere were from my grandmother. We also had our wedding party choose their outfits in hopes that they could wear them again.

How did you incorporate that style into your wedding?

Hannah: We really wanted our wedding to feel more like a big party than a wedding. It was the majority of our guests first time in Nashville (Dan's family is from the New Jersey/Connecticut area), so it was important to us to have that laid-back and fun feel you get with Nashville. Our main focus was making sure we had good food, plenty of drinks, and good music to dance to. We let the rest just fall into place. Decoration wise, you don't need much with a venue like Houston Station. I loved the rustic look that Houston Station gives with the exposed brick and wooden beams. It's proximity to downtown was also nice because it allowed guests to continue to celebrate downtown after the reception.

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

Hannah: We got a ton of compliments on the food and to go along with our simple/laid back theme, we went with BBQ from Bacon and Caviar. We also did a buffet instead of a formal sit down. This allowed guests to go back for seconds if they wanted to.
We also got a lot of compliments on the party favors. As our party favors, I had coozies made in the shape of a boot. A lot of our guests had a mission to get boots during their visit to Nashville, so they loved the idea that now their drinks had boots too.

Tell us about your cakes!

Hannah: We had a two tier cake and then did 4 additional 8" cakes to make up a cake buffet. Juanita with Dulce Desserts presented the idea to us as a more economical option than a 3 tier (or more) cake. It ended up being much more fun because of the variable flavors and finish textures.

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

Hannah: While everything seemed like a splurge (this is definitely the most expensive party I've ever thrown), the two last minute things that we ended up going for that we hadn't planned on due to the extra costs were the bar back and Farmtable for the head table. For the bar, we were originally just going to do table and cloth, but last minute decided to splurge on the beautiful wood bar from Liberty.

We saved on flowers and alcohol. For our head table, we used the flowers from my Bridesmaid luncheon that my Aunt Lucy and Aunt Susan hosted for me. For the rest of the tables, we kept the flower arrangements simple with baby's-breath placed in Mason jars that we got from my grandmother. We also used some of the Bridesmaid's bouquets throughout to help with the decorations during the reception.

I loved that you could bring your own alcohol in Houston Station. It allowed us to shop around for the best prices on the different types of alcohol. We got the liquor from Frugal's, the wine from Colonial, and the beer, believe it or not, from Wal-Mart. Frugal's and Colonial would buy back whatever wasn't opened which was nice.

Who were your favorite vendors and what made them exceptional?

Hannah: All of the vendors were fantastic to work with. Everyone was so pleasant and nice that it made the process so easy. The two vendors that just stood out the most were the folks at Houston Station and Lane Photography.

Elizabeth, Sam, and Sarah are a dream team! They were the main ones running the show the day of our wedding and I can't tell you of anything that went wrong. I know my mom sure enjoyed them the month leading up to the wedding. She was probably in contact with them every other day and they were so good at helping her.

The whole process of working with Scott and Kristin at Lane Photography has been awesome. We first met them at our engagement session, and I felt like we were laughing the whole time. Scott is really good at getting you to relax and feel comfortable. He's also got an incredible talent. I absolutely loved the action shots he got during the reception.


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

Hannah: Absolutely not! That was one of the best days of our lives. I was on cloud nine for like a whole month after our wedding. While we definitely had some stressful moments during the planning period (especially planning it from DC), it was all totally worth it.

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

Hannah: Don't let yourself get stressed out in the small unnecessary details. In the end, everyone that attends is there to support you and celebrate this huge chapter in your life!

Thanks to Hannah and Lane Photography for sharing these beautiful photos! Happy Friday!

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