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
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:: 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