What do you get when you mix a downtown wedding, family heirlooms, artistic touches + even a London cab? Meredith + Eric's wedding! Their wedding took place on April Fools' Day, but let me tell you, it was no joke! As much of their relationship was based around music, their decision to break the mold and be the very first wedding at Ascend Ampitheater really shows how personalized and throught out their wedding was. The Nashville vibe was present throughout their day – with the Pedestrian Bridge as the backdrop of their wedding ceremony, skyline place cards for each guest and even Goo Goo Clusters available for guests to eat – it was truly magical! Take a look at all their gorgeous photos by Ashley of Smash Studios Photography and hear their unique story from Ashley's point of view below!
Meredith + Eric Ashford
Photographer | Smash Studios Photography
Event Venue | Ascend Ampitheater
Rentals | M&M Event Rentals
Caterer | Copper Kettle
Beauty | The Blowout Co.
Dress Store | The White Room
From the photographer, Ashley of Smash Studios Photography: Meredith and Eric met online and began dating long distance in 2014. Eric moved to Nashville later that year, and they fell in love (he told her first loved her on the Pedestrian Bridge)! Eric sends Meredith a song every Friday on Spotify, and last September, Meredith found it odd that she hadn't received hers yet. After a dinner at Eastland Cafe, Eric told her to check her phone, and he had sent “It Had to Be You” from Meredith's favorite move, When Harry Met Sally. He then asked Meredith to marry him with a diamond passed down through his family.
Meredith and Eric had the FIRST EVER wedding at Ascend Ampitheater this past April, and the weather was perfect. Meredith got ready at Blowout in the Gulch, and she and Eric had their first look on the stage at Ascend. They incorporated tons of personal touches into their day– photos with their dog, Lois Lane, Meredith's grandmother's handkerchief around her bouquet (which was made by a friend), and Eric's sister was the officiant! They also incorporated their favorite city, Nashville! They took photos around the Ampitheater, made the place cards in the shape of the skyline, and Eric even sketched the skyline HIMSELF for the save the dates, and had the sketch displayed on the screens in the room.They honeymooned in London, so it was only fitting that their getaway car was a hansom cab!
Thanks so much for sharing this beautiful wedding with us, Ashley! You can check out more of Smash Studio Photography's work here on her website and also be sure to follow her on Instagram!