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Caroline + John’s Black Tie Southern Wedding at War Memorial by ZoomWorks

Friday, July 28, 2017

At times, Nashville weddings are seemingly more casual and laid back than in other cities. But when I come across a black tie wedding, I'm all about it! I love how couples bring a big of glitz and glam to our city and get all spruced up for their big day! And that's exactly what Caroline + John did for their Nashville soireè at War Memorial Auditorium. Blue and white details were sprinkled throughout the winter day and the guests who stayed until the very end got a fun surprise of Krystal burgers & glow sticks! See all of their beautiful photos below along with more details from ZoomWorks...

Caroline Hughes + John McClelland

War Memorial


Wedding Team:

Photographer |  ZoomWorks

Floral Designer | Landy Gardner Interiors

Band | The Music Garden

Event Venue | War Memorial

Dress Store | Bridals by Lori

Cake Designer | Cakes By Shara

Caterer | Chef's Market Catering

From the photographers, ZoomWorks: We met this couple through photographing another sibling's wedding and we fell in love with the family. They embrace life and live it large, and of course, we were excited about working in one of our favorite cities, Nashville. The couple met while attending UGA in Athens, GA. They were friends for a while, and then the 'spark' grew to a point they realized it was something more than friendship. He proposed to her on her doorstep in Nashville on a cold rainy day. Totally unexpected! They call Nashville home now. Their dream of a black tie wedding affair was part of the reason they chose War Memorial as a venue. It's grand architecture fit their vision perfectly.

Thank you so much for sharing Caroline + John's day with us, ZoomWorks! You can check out more of ZoomWorks' portfolio here on their website and also here on Instagram!

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Penny + Brad: Blooming Springtime Wedding at Scarritt Bennett in Nashville, TN

Friday, July 21, 2017

This is how the pros do it! Bride, Penny is also a wedding planner with Aisling Weddings & Events here in Nashville - and she tied the knot with her husband Brad this past spring at the beautiful Scarritt Bennett. Keeping it simple and personal was key to Penny's wedding and adding in so many incredible elements that represented them as a couple really stood out! From their "bomb squad" wedding cake to their dogwood seedlings as guest favors, Penny's eye for detail was so evident in their day! Check out all their beautiful photos from Blue Dahlia and read all about their day below... 



Penny + Brad

Scarritt Bennett


Wedding Team:

Location and Catering | Scarritt Bennett Center

Photography | Blue Dahlia Photography

Videography | Varnish Wedding Films

Cake | The Frosted Affair by Jay Qualls

Flowers | Ruth Gardner at Import Flowers

Music | Nashville Wedding Musicians and Nashville Pipes & Drums

Hair and Make-Up | Kara Gaylor

Dress | BHLDN Bridal in Beverly Hills

Suits | Street Tuxedo

Vases | Southern Events

Tree Guest Book | Lets Paint This Town

Bridesmaid Gifts | Southern Polished

Planning and Coordination | Aisling Weddings & Events

Officiant | Stephen Seymour, Unforgettable Ceremonies

From the bride: On the most perfect Spring day in April, Penny Northcutt and Brad Burns were married at the awe-inspiring Wightman Chapel at the Scarritt Bennett Center in Nashville. The couple wanted a simple, yet elegant, wedding with just family and those in their wedding party in attendance.

Brad is originally from Nashville, and Penny is originally from Manchester, TN, but has lived in Nashville since 2001. They met on eHarmony, which Penny swore she’d never use. However, on a fateful day while working at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Penny’s friend and co-worker, Missi, informed her that she was going to create an online dating profile on her behalf. Penny wasn’t a fan of the idea, but Missi insisted, and informed Penny that she could create her own online dating profile that very evening, and if she didn’t, Missi would do it for her. Penny couldn’t risk the likely grammatical errors of her friend, and she created an online dating profile that evening, still to her dismay. Brad was the first and only person that caught her attention, and vice versa, as he was new to the site as well. Within 2 weeks, the two were communicating constantly. They had their first date upon Penny’s return from visiting friends in Los Angeles the following week, and the rest is blissful marital history.

Penny had always dreamed of a Spring wedding, and had every detail of the day in her head, ready to execute when the time came. This was also much in part to her experience coordinating weddings for others as co-owner of Aisling Weddings & Events in Nashville. Penny was able to book nearly every aspect of her wedding within a 2 week period. However, the dress was lacking. On another trip to Los Angeles, Penny’s friend, Julie, surprised her with dress fittings at Saks Bridal and BHLDN Bridal, both in Beverly Hills. After finding several dresses that were beyond fabulous, but not so fabulous for the budget, the last dress of the day proved to be “the one” in every way at BHLDN. It was then that every aspect of the wedding was truly complete…still several months before the wedding.

Even though the couple wanted a simple wedding, Penny made sure that certain aspects were included. The music had to be grand and stately, as well as unique, and Wedding Musicians Company  delivered, especially with the ending of Bohemian Rhapsody via the pipe organ as the recessional song. Guests and the wedding party were caught looking at each other asking, “Is that Bohemian Rhapsody?” Indeed, it was. To honor Brad’s Irish heritage, Penny also wanted to include bagpipes. As the groomsmen entered from the front of the chapel, so did a bagpiper and a snare drummer from the back of the chapel while playing Wearing of the Green. Brad had no clue, and was overcome with emotion. The bag piper and snare drum also accompanied the organ for a stately rendition of Highland Cathedral for the bridal entrance. To include more of Brad in the day, the rings were presented in a wooden container shaped like a bomb, which was made by Penny’s dad for Brad, to honor his profession, and made from a tree that fell in the yard of the couple’s home.

From the bride: The brunch reception for the 100 guests took place in the Susie Gray Dining Hall, with a custom menu by Scarritt Bennett’s Executive Chef, Jennifer Threadgill, consisting of a biscuit bar with all the fixings, maple glazed bacon, cheese grits, and Jennifer’s own homemade apple butter, and other brunch delicacies. Another nod to Brad’s heritage were the flower arrangements on the reception tables, with Irish coffee mugs used as vases, rented from Southern Events in Franklin, filled with perfectly Spring-like arrangements created by Ruth Gardner, from Import Flowers.

But, the pièce de résistance was the cake. Brad is on the bomb squad of the Metro Nashville Police Department, and that was highlighted for everyone to see with a two-sided cake, thanks to the talents of Jay Qualls of The Frosted Affair. One side of the cake featured beautiful pastel peonies, ranunculus and roses, and the other side featured a bomb technician wearing a bomb suit walking out of the cake…in fondant, of course. The cake was placed on an automatic turntable, and the look on Brad’s face when he saw the “bomb guy” on the cake was priceless.

Because Penny didn’t want the typical guest book, she opted to have a guest book thumb print tree, drawn by the talented Autumn Potter of Lets Paint This Town. The result now hangs on the couple’s home, as a constant reminder of those that shared in their special day. Additionally, Penny didn’t want to give her guests just any old favor, but one that would mean something to the newly married couple, as well as to the family members in attendance. Penny’s dad is a retired county extension agent who specialized in forestry, and who also coached many 4-H forestry judging teams. Therefore, Penny found dogwood seedlings from Porcupine Hollow Farm in Central Lake, Michigan, that the couple gave their guests, as an homage to Penny’s dad and the mutual love of trees by so many in attendance.

The quickly executed day went just as planned, thanks to Penny’s solid vision and experience planning similar events. The newly married couple departed the next morning for 2 weeks in Ireland.


Thank you so much for sharing your wedding with us, Penny! You can check out more on her wedding planning company Aisling Weddings & Events here on their website and also here on Instagram!



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Veronica + Andrew’s Destination Wedding in Nashville at Belle Meade Plantation

Friday, June 30, 2017

I love a traditional Southern wedding - and whether you're from Nashville or not, many couples dream of a plantation wedding! Thus is the case for Veronica + Andrew - the couple hails all the way from Miami to opt for a sweet Southern soireè. With gold touches, greenery details and candles everywhere, the scene was set for a budding romance. Plus, film photography has my heart, and the photos captured on film by Jo Photo are breathtaking! Veronica's first look with her dad is definitely a tearjerker and seeing everyone's faces (especially Andrew's!) as Veronica is walking down the aisle is priceless! See all the gorgeousness below!



Veronica + Andrew

Belle Meade Plantation


Wedding Team:

Photographer | JoPhoto

Videographer | Bruce Karcher Video

Dress Designer | Ines di Santo

Dress Alterations | Alter My Heart

Hotel Accommodations | The Hermitage Hotel

Ceremony | Cathedral of the Incarnation

Reception Venue | Belle Meade Plantation Events & Weddings

Floral Designer | Lauren Marie Atkinson Designs

Rentals | Liberty Party Rental

Event Planner | Stunning Events

From the photographer, Jo Photo: We’re thrilled to share this Belle Meade Plantation wedding in Nashville with you today! Veronica and Andrew got married on June 4, 2016. They are from Miami, and their destination wedding is full of the most gorgeous and elegant wedding details! Veronica and her bridesmaids got ready at The Hermitage Hotel. Built in the early 1900s and located in downtown Nashville, it is a beautiful hotel, full of glamour and class. Veronica’s wedding gown was custom-made for her by Ines Di Santo, and it was nothing short of amazing! With layers and layers of tulle and the most gorgeous lace, Her attendant/bridal assistant was Rachel Swayne with Alter My Heart.Their wedding ceremony was at the Cathedral of the Incarnation downtown, and it is such a gorgeous cathedral! Built in the early 1900s it resembles a Roman basilica with beautiful stained glass windows. Kristin with Stunning Events was their wedding coordinator, and cinematography was by Bruce Karcher Video. After the ceremony, their wedding reception was at the Belle Meade Plantation Carriage House. Lauren Marie Atkinson Designs did all of the floral design for their Nashville wedding, and rentals were from Liberty Party Rental. The bouquets and reception decor was stunning! Delicate stems of greenery were perfectly placed on each gold-rimmed glass plate, and the head table had a lush floral table runner with candles. Lots of candles everywhere! Twinkling candles on the tables and bistro lights draped across the ceiling made for the perfect reception at the Carriage House! As the sun was setting, Veronica and Andrew stepped away from the party for a few minutes. The sky became the most beautiful shades of pink and orange, and it was the perfect sunset to the most perfect wedding day. Enjoy this Nashville wedding at Belle Meade Plantation!

Thanks for sharing this gorgeous Southern wedding with us, Joe + Kathleen! You can check out more of JoPhoto's work here on their website and also here on Instagram! Happy Friday!


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Hailey + Grant’s Classic Southern Wedding at War Memorial by Music City Events

Friday, June 23, 2017

Classic meets modern. Southern traditions meeting the modern age. Timeless photography that will also show a sign of the times. All of these #weddinggoals truly embody Grant + Hailey's wedding at War Memorial! Planned by the downtown wedding pros themselves, Music City Events, each and every detail tied together created a cohesive and timeless wedding (I can't stop saying timeless - this wedding truly is!). And with Hailey's close ties to her grandmother, she incorporated elements from her downtown wedding years ago into her own wedding - it is truly one for the books! Plus, the historic elements of each and every venue are true flashbacks to the days of old. See all of their lovely photos from Melissa Madison Fuller and hear all about their day straight from Hailey below!


Hailey + Grant 

West End Church of Christ and War Memorial Auditorium


240 Guests

Wedding Team:

Planner | Music City Events

Photography | Melissa Madison Fuller 

Ceremony | West End Church of Christ

Reception Venue | War Memorial Auditorium

Guest Accommodations | The Hermitage Hotel

Florals | Knestrick by Design

Wedding Dress | Village BridalPronovias

Bridesmaid Dresses | Bella BridesmaidsJoanna August

Paper Goods | Nesting Project

Band | Super T Revue

How did you guys meet?

Hailey: Oddly enough, we grew up about 10 miles from each other and spent four years at the University of Tennessee without meeting each other. The year after we graduated, we both stayed in Knoxville for our first jobs and met through a year-long Young Professionals program. We had a blast in Knoxville post-college and made some lifelong friends as we were starting our relationship.

What was the vision for your wedding?

Hailey: Classic Southern with modern clean lines. I loved the historic feel of War Memorial but wanted to have a traditional ceremony at a close by church. I loved that the church had a touch of color on the walls but was very white and simplistic. Grant and I also loved cocktail hour, particularly having time to greet guests and mingle. The weather was perfect and the outdoor courtyard was exactly what we wanted. It was important to me that the bridesmaid dresses were neutral along with the flowers and tablecloths. We used olive branches as a touch of green.

Can you share any special moments or highlights from your wedding day?

Hailey: I loved being downtown. The bridesmaids and my parents stayed Friday night at the Hermitage Hotel. It was very fun to wake up with our view looking out onto War Memorial and to have a slow and intimate morning with some of my favorite people. The bridal party walked over to War Memorial for pictures and it felt like a movie with us all walking around the downtown streets. Especially me with my long train and cathedral length veil. It took 2 bridesmaids to keep it from sweeping the streets up!

Is there anything else you'd like to share about your wedding?

Hailey: My something old was my grandmother’s garter. We pinned it inside of my dress. She was also married in downtown Nashville so sharing multiple things, such as a middle name, is very special to me. My something new was a Tiffany’s pearl bracelet Grant gave to me as a wedding gift. My something borrowed was really fun. I had my sorority sisters meet me before the ceremony to serenade me with a ritual song we sang together many times, right before they each brought their Phi Mu pin and we attached them to my bouquet.

Thanks so much for sharing this stunning wedding with us, Music City Events! Be sure to check out more of their weddings here on their website and give them a follow over on Instagram!


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Alena + Bryan’s Heartfelt Family Wedding at W.O. Smith by Erin Allender

Friday, June 9, 2017

Weddings call for special moments, but for Alena + Bryan's family, this had a whole new meaning. After Alena's sister was diagnosed with cancer, her husband was then diagnosed with ALS. It's truly remarkable that Nathan was able to join in on the celebration and be there to see his sister in law tie the knot. There was not a dry eye in the house! From their beautifully draped ceremony backdrop to the classic navy color scheme, this wedding was heartwarming in every way. Take a look at the photos by Erin Lee Allender below and read her take on the couple's meaningful day filled with family love...

Alena + Bryan

W.O. Smith


Wedding Team:

Photographer | Erin Lee Allender Photography

Venue | W.O. Smith Music School

Flowers | A Village of Flowers

Cake | Homestyle Bakery

Catering | Taziki's Mediterranean Cafe

Entertainment | J. Clark w/ Snyder Entertainment

Beverage | Yazoo Brewing Company

From the photographer, Erin Lee Allender: 

I first met Alena 6 years ago when I photographed her sister Kathleen's wedding. When Alena contacted me to photograph her and Bryan's wedding, I was so excited to work with her and her family again. Alena is one of three sisters so I knew there would be lots of sister banter and if Kathleen's wedding was any indication of what the reception would be like, I knew that I would be photographing her dad getting down on the dance floor. When I met Bryan, my excitement became even greater because as you'll see in the photos, he's such a good natured and fun guy. 

If you've known me for a little while, you have heard me talk about this family a lot. They have been through so much together. Alena's sister Kathleen (my previous bride) had cancer and as soon as she was pronounced in remission, Kathleen's husband Nathan (my previous groom) was diagnosed with ALS. This family is a tight knit unit so when Alena's wedding day came, this family was there together to welcome Bryan into their tribe. Nathan, despite being bed-bound, not able to talk, and not able to move endured a very painful ambulance ride so that he could be there at Alena's wedding. Alena and Bryan's wedding had a lot of tears but so much laughter and joy because everyone was thrilled that Alena and Bryan had found each other and that they were joining their lives together.

Thank you so much for sharing such a special wedding with us, Erin! You can check out more of Erin Lee Allender's photography work here on her website and also be sure to follow along on Instagram here! And keep in mind - Taziki's can cater your wedding just like Alena + Bryan's! Find out more about their fresh catering options here

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