Learn more about their wedding via our interview with the newlyweds today.
Audrey & Jesse
Wedding Date: May 25, 2014
Ceremony & Reception Venue: aVenue
Planner, Rentals & Lighting | Sarah Ann Miller, Randi Events
Photographer & Videographer | SheHeWe Photography
Gown | Martina Liana, The White Room
Bride’s Accessories | Jewelry borrowed from family
Veil | The White Room
Men’s Attire | Men’s Warehouse
Bridesmaids’ Attire | The White Room
Hair & Makeup | Salon YaYa, Green Hills
Stationery | Save the Date Magnet from Vistaprint, Invitations from Wedding Paper Divas
Caterer | Chef's Market
Cake Artist | Groom’s mother
Floral Designer | Geny’s Wholesale
Ceremony & Reception Musicians | The Downtown Band
Transportation | Horse-drawn carriage, organized by Randi Events
Rehearsal Dinner | Suzy Wong’s House of Yum
How would you describe your style as a couple?
Jesse and I are a pretty laid back couple. If I had to describe our style, I’d say it’s minimalist but elegant. We tend to gravitate towards a style that is clean and classic. Neither of us like things that appear busy or with a lot of detail, we just like to keep it simple.
How did you incorporate that style into your wedding?
Truthfully, when planning our wedding we didn’t put a whole lot of thought into style. We knew that we didn’t want anything extravagant – Jesse and I cared most about having a ceremony that best represented who we were as a couple and a party afterwards that people would remember.
We looked at number of wedding venues after we got engaged, but aVenue was by far the best fit for us. We loved that it was right in the heart of downtown Nashville, so that our out of town guests would have an opportunity to have the full “Nashville” experience.
In terms of the space, we loved aVenue’s high ceilings, that the second story “loft” level overlooked the first floor, and its exposed brick, hardwood floors and tall wooden beams. Another big draw was that the space came with a wedding planner. This was key for us, we wanted to be able to rely on someone to make recommendations and decisions for us – a professional that we could trust with all the details. Our wedding planner Sarah Ann Miller did a fabulous job. She put emphasis on elegant lighting and draping to really highlight the space. She wove in our wedding colors beautifully with various linens and signage and picked out chairs and tables that worked perfectly with the color scheme and the overall décor. She quickly got to know us as a couple and we pretty much gave her free reign to design something amazing – and she did!
What was your favorite aspect of your wedding?
The dance floor was full all night, so I think it’s safe to say that the band was a huge hit! After our “last dance” all of our guests started cheering “one more song, one more song…!” I’d never seen that at a wedding before – I think even the band was surprised. They performed an encore song and everyone ran to the dance floor to finish out the night!
People also really raved about the food. Instead of doing a traditional sit down meal, we opted for tasting stations around the room. We envisioned a night where our friends and family would be mixing and mingling – having fun with each other and moving around the room. The stations definitely helped create the party atmosphere we were going for. One of our stations was a mac and cheese bar, including a variety of mac and cheese options and toppings – the lobster brie was definitely a favorite.
Our favorite aspect of the wedding – this is a tough one. There are so many amazing elements, but when looking back on the day we are both just so grateful for each other and our loving and supportive family and friends.
Where did you splurge?
We definitely splurged on the band – The Downtown Band came highly recommended by our wedding planner. After we listened to their stuff and heard them at a friend’s wedding, we knew we couldn’t pass them up. Another thing we splurged on was a wedding video. Just about a week before the wedding, I was regretting not hiring a videographer. We called up our fabulous photographers (SheHeWe Photography) and asked them if there was any way to get a video crew together in less than a week. Without hesitation they pulled it off for us, and we couldn’t be more happy with the way it turned out. Lastly, I spent a bit more than was budgeted for the dress, but it was worth it!
Where did you save/DIY?
Having tasting stations as opposed to a sit down dinner allowed us to save – the food was less expensive and we didn’t have to pay for additional servers. aVenue allows you to bring in your own alcohol. We purchased everything from Frugal McDougal’s downtown instead of having to buy our alcohol from the wedding venue, which can get really expensive. Jesse and I aren’t huge cake people, so instead of having a traditional wedding cake, we had a dessert bar with cookies and pie pops. For the ceremonial cake cutting, Jesse’s mom made us a small but elegant cake.
Now that the wedding day is over, is there anything about your planning process you feel you could have done differently?
Honestly, we can’t think of anything that we’d do differently. The planning process did get overwhelming at times, but we were fortunate to have family and friends who gladly took on some of the work and stress!
In one sentence, what words of advice do you have for couples in the midst of their planning?
If you ever stop having fun planning your wedding (which will happen, because planning a wedding isn’t always fun), stop what you’re doing immediately and revisit the planning process the next day – or even a week later. Whatever doesn’t get done probably doesn’t matter. Also, trust and rely on the professionals.