real wedding:: blush & bashful formal garden party

Now that wedding season 2014 is in full swing, isn't it prime time to look at some pretty KDE weddings?! I'm starting off this series of real weddings with Alexa and Adam's gorgeous Steel Magnolias-influenced pink garden-esque wedding held at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville.

Alexa and Adam were married August 31, 2013 at the Schermerhorn. Elements composing the design decor included swags of eucalyptus,  lush garden roses, long satin ribbons, and a crown motif (to echo the couple's new last name:  King!). 

formal wedding invitation
precious flower girls
pink succulent bouquet
bride in badgley mischka heels
groom getting dressed
peach succulent garden rose bouquet
schermerhorn symphony center wedding
king wedding details
schermerhorn pink wedding party
groomsmen in plaid ties
long pink chiffon bridesmaid dresses
schermerhorn pink wedding ceremony
happy newlyweds

The ceremony decor was dripping with candles, rose petals, and an altar of stunning heights of florals. Adding to the flowers, of course, was the natural beauty and architecture of the Symphony Center. I die over all that marble and those chandeliers!

elated bride and groom ceremony

We surprised the bride and groom with a children's choir, which performed "Oh Happy Day!" immediately after the First Kiss. For pediatrician bride Alexa, it was a delightful surprise!

children's choir surprise wedding
Transient
schermerhorn wedding reception
happy bride and groom
pimms cup signature drink hors d'ouevres

Passed strawberry lemonades greeted guests as they arrived for the ceremony. Cocktail hour included more passed treats, including a Pimms Cup signature drink and Texas-inspired hors d'ouevres to pay homage to the groom's heritage. The whole day incorporated a mixture of Texas and Canadian traditions to honor the families of the bride and groom!

pink glamorous escort cards
pink garden party wedding reception

The head table was the central focus of the reception with its long feasting table with candelabras, garlands, and crystals galore.

crown wedding cake

The three-tiered wedding cake was an absolute masterpiece, created by Dulce Desserts. Isn't that crown topper just divine?! After they cut that cake, we rolled out another surprise for the groom: A Steel Magnolias-esque armadillo groom's cake!

armadillo groom's cake steel magnolias
texas two-step first dance
tambourine wedding exit formal departure
reem acra convertible exit

The night ended with a silver and pink tambourine-shaking exit as the couple made their way to their vintage convertible!

 

Venue | Schermerhorn Symphony Center
Planner | Kelly Dellinger Events
Hair | Jessica Oram
Makeup | Brenna Mader
Photographer | Spindle Photography
Ceremony Music | Silver Strings TrioNashville Children’s Choir
Reception Music | Nationwide Coverage
Bride’s Cake | Dulce Desserts
Groom’s Cake | The Painted Cupcake
Catering | Chef’s Market
Florist | Geny’s Flowers
Wedding Gown Shop | B Hughes Bridal
Bridesmaid’s attire | Ann Taylor
Bride’s Shoes | Badgely Mischka
Stationery/invitations | Katy’s Hallmark
Favors | Donation to the Look Good Feel Better program that helps women with cancer feel more comfortable and confident while undergoing treatment.
Photo Booth | Cosmo Creations
Rentals | Liberty Party Rental

real wedding:: brittany & doug

Where to even begin with these two?! Brittany is a classic Southern belle. (I like to think this is why we have much in common!) When Doug proposed at a gorgeous Tennessee vineyard in the fall of 2011 (with a STUNNING emerald-cut diamond ring, might I add!), Brittany dove headfirst into planning after her dream Southern wedding. She dreamed up a gorgeous pink and grey affair, complete with fresh peonies, garden roses, and hydrangea, queenly attire (a darling Jim Hjelm lace dress with Badgley Mischka floral pumps), and a reception replete with details. The calligrapher for Southern Weddings magazine's logo, Kathryn Murray, drew up some beautiful verbiage and a custom monogram for the couple's striking geometrically-printed paper goods suite. Brittany had the monogram made into a gobo which was cast on a brick wall in the reception space (creating a beautiful, cohesive look!). String lights illuminated the pink and grey table linens, and mason jars with fresh flowers accented each and every table.

Following the traditional church ceremony, guests were greeted at the door of the Factory at Franklin with a spiked Arnold Palmer cocktail served in Mason jars (and iconic striped straws!). Live music, performed by the Nick Carver Band, serenaded the party for the duration of the night. Dinner was composed of Southern classics, such as a mashed potato bar, sautéed green beans, and stuffed chicken. Every last sweet tooth was satisfied with wedding cakes from Puffy Muffin and the groom's cobbler bar (the most SCRUMPTIOUS dessert ever!) served hot and a la mode.

Brittany and Doug, I wish the two of you a marriage full of love, happiness, and Southern charm!

Photography | Nancy Ray Photography 
Ceremony Venue | Baskin Chapel in Brentwood Baptist Church 
Reception Venue | The Factory
Planner | Kelly Dellinger Events
Florist | Susan Barnett
Officiant | Jay Strother
Cake Artist |The Puffy Muffin
Caterer | Stoveworks Restaurant
Reception Band | Nick Carver Band
Hair Stylist | Dion South
Rentals | Southern Events
Lighting | SpringTree Media
Wedding Gown | The Bride Room 
Calligraphy | Kathryn Murray
Hair Accessories | The Headband Shoppe
Favor Table Print | Sparkle & Rust