When Lisa of The Wedding Plate told me the whole concept behind her business started when she was collecting plates for her daughter's wedding, it was such a fun and unique story! I was so excited to see the story unfold and view the beautiful photos and table scapes from Shelby + Grayson's wedding! From vintage china to flatware and glassware, Lisa scoured vintage and antique shops to curate a one-of-a-kind vintage collection to offer Nashville area brides. Adding in Shelby's personalized elements like her grandmothers' wedding dresses, DIY signage and more, the rustic chic Nashville, TN fall wedding was one to remember! Read more of their story below…
Shelby Shacklett + Grayson Adkins
The Grove at Williamson Place
Photography: Eden Ingle Photo
Caterer: The Blue Porch
Vintage Tableware: The Wedding Plate
Wedding Planner and Florals: Julie Fletcher
Wedding Dress and Veil: Olia Zavozina
Makeup: Annalise Carey
Hair: Jo Smith
Limousine: Matchless Transportation
Donuts: Fox's Donut Den
On a perfect fall day last October, Shelby Lee Shacklett and Grayson Waldron Adkins were married at an outdoor ceremony at The Grove at Williamson Place in Murfreesboro. The couple wanted a wedding as unique as their love story. Originally from Nashville, Shelby and Grayson met in July 2013 in Hong Kong, while Shelby worked as marketing intern and Grayson vacationed with friends. Shortly after their first date, Grayson moved from Phoenix to San Diego to attend grad school, and Shelby soon followed and started her marketing career there. They became an ‘official’ couple on November 9, 2013, and Grayson proposed to Shelby on that same day in November 2015.
Shelby had always dreamed of a fall Southern wedding, and the couple agreed that the wedding would be at home in Middle Tennessee. They quickly set the date and secured their venue. While home for Christmas, Shelby found her wedding dress and veil at Olia Zavozina’s Nashville boutique, selected bridesmaids’ dresses, a wedding planner and florist. Shelby wanted her Southern wedding to be very personal and to include elegance and sparkle. With that in mind, Lisa began collecting mismatched vintage china, glasses, and flatware from estate sales and antique stores for the wedding. The collection continued to grow, and Lisa and Shelby created The Wedding Plate, a rental boutique featuring mix-n-match china, goblets and flatware for weddings and other memorable events.
The wedding day started with the wedding party getting ready in the house located on The Grove’s property. While makeup artist, Annalise Carey, and hairstylist and maid-of-honor, Jo Smith, attended to Shelby, wedding planner Julie Fletcher kept the whole day running smoothly and also provided the flowers. The ceremony included live music by fiddlers Crystal Plohman, Shelby’s fiddle teacher, and friend Leah Gray, and guitarist Rich Moore. The wedding party included six bridesmaids and groomsmen and the bride’s cousins as flower girl and ring bearers. The bride’s youth minister, Rob Touchstone, officiated the wedding and the couple recited their own vows.
Following the outdoor ceremony in the grove of trees, guests walked to the loafing barn for hot cider, games, and photos at the photo booth while photographer Eden Ingle captured sunset pictures with the bride and groom. Breakfast was served for dinner in the main barn on tables set with mismatched china, lanterns, burlap table runners and greenery. The wedding cake was cut and served along with donuts from Fox’s Donut Den, and toasts were given by the fathers, best man, and maids-of honor. The band, Matt Mackey and the Loveseats, entertained the crowd, but guests especially enjoyed when the bride picked up her fiddle, joined the band and played a few tunes. The guests were encouraged to take home a pint jar of homemade peach, strawberry or pear jelly, made by Shelby’s grandmother, as their gift.
The night ended with a sparkler send-off as the couple climbed into Waylon Jennings’ 1962 Cadillac limousine and headed off to the Opryland Hotel. The couple honeymooned for two weeks in Dubai and Maldives before returning to their home in San Diego.
This wedding is such a dream! Thank you so much for sharing your day with us Shelby! It's such a cool story to learn more behind the scenes scoop on how The Wedding Plate began. And now these place settings will live on to grace the tables of lots more weddings in the area – how very special!