real wedding:: destination nashville

Y'all, I don't know how a wedding could get any more quintessentially Nashville that this one! For Jersey-yielding Nashville-philes Lori & Donny, a destination occasion in their favorite city was exactly what the doctor ordered for their Memorial Day weekend wedding. With an almost 100% out-of-town guest list, we packed up some downtown hotels with guests and had a raring good time. 


Lori's dress was downright perfect -- sweet and drapey with adorable Swiss dots and a thin gilded belt. She swapped out her pretty tan strappy heels for some cowboy boots for a couple of pictures to show off her inner country.

The Schermerhorn Symphony Center might be my favorite place to plan weddings here in Nashville! With its stunningly gorgeous gardens to the marble architecture, it is unfailingly a showstopper.


Erin H. (the photographer du jour) traipsed all around downtown Nashville with Lori & Donny after the ceremony to catch some pics at their favorite Broadway haunts. A wedding dress in a honky-tonk? Absolutely fitting.

Dulce Desserts created several gorgeous and delicious cakes for the reception at Aerial. Everything from strawberry to chocolate chip was featured and gobbled up by happy guests.

Designer bride Lori created all of the signage and paper goods for her wedding. I adored these little menu-printed biscuit bags which adorned every place setting, as well as the escort card tags we tied onto mason jars for guests to drink from.


The views from Aerial were absolutely spectacular! The whole reception felt like one giant outdoor al fresco dinner party -- guests were serenaded by the insanely talented Tootsie's house band as they looked out onto the rooftop views off Broadway. You've got to love the giant D + L Bright Event Productions hung up, too!

Planning | Kelly Dellinger Events
Florals | Fresh Nashville
Makeup & Hair | Parlour 3
Rentals | Music City Tents
Catering | Merchant's
Ceremony Trio | Lauren Conklin & Benjamin Johnson
Reception Band | Tootsie's House Band (Ben Shirk Band)
Wedding Cake  |  Dulce Desserts
Ceremony Venue | Schermerhorn Symphony Center
Reception Venue | Aerial

Photography | Erin H Photography
Lighting | Bright Event Productions

featured:: junebug weddings:: honeycomb shoot

Woo hoo woo hoo! Happy Halloween to all you lovely ladies & gents! I got an extra-special surprise on this lovely haunted holiday -- a feature on Junebug Weddings of my shoot collaboration with Kelly Cummings


Oh joyous day! We had such a blast working at Rucker Place with fabulous florals by Hothouse Design Studio and tableware by Table Matters, among other frabjous vendors! 


Photographer: Spindle Photography

Styling & Planning: Kelly Dellinger Events

Florals: LMA Designs {Nashville} & Hothouse Design Studio {Birmingham}

Place Settings: Table Matters

Bride Model: Elisabeth Oliphint

Hair & Makeup: Kaley Schwab

Clothing & Accessories: Molly Green Boutique

Bride’s Dress: White Dresses Boutique

Calligraphy: Kelly Cummings

Octagonal diamond ring: Diamonds Direct

Real Honeycomb: We Three Beeks in Birmingham, AL

Locations: Rucker PlaceMolly Green

featured:: borrowed & blue:: kde interview

I had the privilege of being interviewed for the fabulous new wedding vendor directory resource, Borrowed & Blue, last month! See a snippet below and read the whole thing here:

What do you love about the wedding industry & working with brides?

I love the gravity involved with weddings: they’re events, first and foremost, but they hold so much importance to people. It’s probably the most memorable party of a person’s life! With that in mind, wedding industry professionals take that very seriously. We understand it’s not just a dress, a bouquet is more than flowers, and why everything is such a big deal. It’s also amazing to be in the industry that celebrates love the most – literally every decision is made around a pivotal relationship between two people who love each other. As far as working with brides is concerned, I love helping bring their dreams to fruition, finding them the perfect vendors that fit their values and tastes, coming up with beautiful ideas and ways to incorporate their relationship into the day’s celebrations. I love how intimate the relationship between my clients and me can be: I see couples extensively for months (sometimes years!), help problem-solve and plan the most important party of their lives, and get to share in the experience of their wedding day. It’s such an honor and absolutely humbling to be chosen to walk with them through that period of their lives. It’s fulfilling and meaningful for me.

What is your advice for a couple on a strict budget?

The one thing I drill into my clients’ heads over and over, no matter their budget, is PRIORITIZE!!! Regardless of how much money you have to play with, you have to know exactly what you care about and want to invest in – even if you’re not shelling out a ton of money, you’re still limited by timelines and the boundaries of reality, so it is absolutely imperative that you and your fiancé prioritize what will be going into your wedding. I also strongly encourage my more limited budget clients to think outside of the traditional realms of what a wedding “should” be. You might want a huge blowout wedding with a full meal, 200 of your closest friends, and flowers for days, for example. If you can’t afford to feed everyone a four-course supper (food’s expensive, y’all!), why not have a brunch wedding? You can still have just as many people attend but fewer people are going to drink heavily in the morning (hello, mimosa or bloody mary bar!), and depending on what you serve, you can get away with serving less food (for less money). You can also provide less reception seating (and therefore fewer centerpieces, saving costs), you won’t need as much lighting, and you can limit the timeline from start to finish (saving on hourly expenses). Morning weddings are just as charming as evening affairs. PLUS, you get to spend a whole day with your new spouse… you can get dinner afterwards for the two of you, maybe massages, actually get to ENJOY your wedding night hotel suite… think of the opportunities!

Another surefire way to lower your wedding costs is to cut down that guest list. Do you REALLY need 300 people at your wedding? Would you seriously buy every person on your list dinner if you went out to eat with him or her? That’s essentially what you’re doing. Are you still going to be close friends with them six months after the wedding? Remember your time is limited on your wedding day. You only get to talk to people for a few minutes over the course of the whole day. If you invite substantially fewer guests, you get to spend more quality time with each of them. Food for thought!

You are happily married. Can you share one piece of marriage advice for our brides-to-be?

The most important thing is to love your spouse more than yourself. Our natural human tendency is to be selfish (I’m particularly guilty of this most of the time), but I guarantee your marriage will be a thousand times happier and more fulfilling when you bless your spouse by loving them first. Also, always be gracious. Both of you will make mistakes frequently (welcome to reality!), but have grace with one another. Be quick to forgive, slow to anger. Drew and I strive to have our relationship reflect that of Jesus and the Church – we may be far from perfect, but when your goals and hearts are in the right place, even if you fall short, it’s so much better than being unintentional.

Be sure to add Kelly Dellinger Events to your Borrowed & Blue WishList for your own wedding in Nashville!

Thanks to Borrowed & Blue for choosing me to be the spotlighted planner of April! Check out their website -- a valuable wedding planning tool -- here!

behind the scenes:: KDE styled shoot

As you may have seen last week, Alyssa Joy Photography and I had a marvelous time, styling up a gorgeous farm just south of Nashville. I got to actualize one of my childhood wedding dreams (swoon!) and style a pink-and-red garden rose fantasy in a grove of cedars.

We envisioned a romantic elopement in the woods, complete with a table for two, scrumptious buttercream-frosted wedding cake, and a celebration not devoid of any traditional wedding "ritual." Who says elopers don't get to share a first dance or cut their cake?!

Beautiful model-friend of mine, Paige, starred as the bride. She wore a Monique Lhuillier gown (borrowed by the fabulous The Bride Room) and a little fuchsia capelet I made the weekend prior. Her groom, Thomas, rocked a burgundy bowtie and a traditional black tuxedo.

All behind-the-scenes photos by Southern Girl Photography. (Thanks, Shayna!)

Kelly Dellinger behind the scenes photo shoot

Alyssa Joy Photography behind the scenes
KDE photo shoot
Kelly Dellinger behind-the-scenes

behind the scenes kelly dellinger dulce desserts

romantic bloomsbury farm elopement shoot

This pink-and-red winter elopement shoot was loosely inspired by a childhood novel retelling the story of Beauty & the Beast.  Instead of the traditional concept of a courthouse elopement, we strove to evoke a romantic outdoor setting for a wedding for two -- complete with marriage vows spoken over a glorious overlook, a first dance as husband and wife beneath strung lights in a grove of cedars, as well as a dinner of cake and champagne. A Belle-inspired fuchsia bridal capelet also provides a pop of color against the natural woods and a beautiful alternative to the winter wedding fur stole or shawl. Bloomsbury Farm, located just South of Nashville, Tennessee, provided the perfect locale for an intimately sweet affair.

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expert planning advice on the Nashville Wedding Planners Group blog

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a few reasons i love weddings | part four

To get to know me a little better, I'm sharing a multi-part series on how on earth I stumbled upon this marvelous career and found my calling. Stay tuned this week for the remaining installments! {See Part OnePart Two, & Part Three here!}

Fast-forward six months, and my supervisor mentioned one day that the wedding planner she worked for was currently looking for a spring intern. I freaked out and IMMEDIATELY went to a computer to compose her an email.  

Hi, Mary Alice!

     I'm a junior at Belmont University and an aspiring weddings/formal events planner. I am currently working for one of your Event Assistants. . . I've been following your company's blog for years and was so thrilled to find out Kimberly was part of your team.  She told me A Delightful Day was looking to hire an intern this January, and I would LOVE to be considered for the position.  Any sort of experience I can get with event planning/coordinating would be incredible, especially with a company I've admired since high school. Please let me know if you'd like me to send in my resume or an application specific to ADD.

Thanks so much, Kelly Stack

And then, as fate would have it, I joined the team of incredible planners I'd marveled over for years. I assisted with beautiful weddings in gorgeous settings across Nashville -- barns, symphony halls, gothic cathedrals, Hindu temples, plantation homes and modern brick-and-mortar venues galore. I assisted with every wedding I could possibly fit into my schedule and worked behind-the-scenes (blogging, marketing, and assisting with event plans) during the week. Mary Alice was a marvelous planner to learn from, having had years of experience under her belt and plenty of stunning events in her portfolio.

When I graduated from Belmont (finally having settled on achieving a Communications degree!), I moved up in the ranks from an Event Assistant to Event Planner and had the privilege to direct some lovely weddings on my own. Coupled with the weddings I'd started to plan and execute independently through word-of-mouth, I kept very busy, filling my calendar with all kinds of odds-and-ends of wedding work.

Since I emerged into the wedding industry back in January 2010, I've done everything from logging wedding videography footage to setting up gorgeous floral centerpieces (and making a FEW on my own!), manning a photo booth, directing bridal fashion shows behind the runway, putting together out-of-town welcome bags, and designing inspiration boards for brides who want a visual aid to depict their wedding day "vision."

I love what I do, and I love the field I'm in. As the subject of this series depicts, there are so many things I love about weddings... The fashion. The color palettes. Unique, personalized details. Making old things new. Repurposing beautiful items to incorporate in wedding day decor. Tablescapes. Gorgeous rental furniture and place settings. WEDDING CAKE. Beautiful textures, textiles, and materials. Insanely pretty locations. I love the variety of ways you can go about producing a modern wedding:  elopement for two followed by a champagne dinner and tiramisu, draped tent with dramatic lighting for 200, covered bridge celebration with a church reception, gospel choirs singing recessionals, synchronized swimmer cocktail hour entertainment! There are unlimited possibilities, and brides are getting creative with their plans! MEGA SWOON.

So there's my journey. From start to the next big start. (I'm never finished;)

I hope you'll follow along!!! :)