Wedding Wednesdays are back for July! Today, SB friend and event planner and designer extraordinaire Amos Gott shares a beautiful wedding story that will make you sigh and believe in magic again.
Today’s stunning photos are courtesy of Kristyn Hogan.
Weddings are often thought of as fairy tales, and the day we created for Jessica Lingo and Drew Hill in Nashville was exactly that. No Fairy Godmother could’ve made the bride more gorgeous, no castle could’ve been more regal than Scarritt-Bennett, no royal affair more ethereal than the wedding reception at Richland Country Club, and no happily-ever-after could have had better weather than the wedding day.
The happy couple before the wedding ceremony.
Jessica Lingo and Drew Hill inadvertently met online in a law school forum just prior to starting law school at Northwestern University in Chicago. After dating through law school, they both found jobs and upon graduating moved to Nashville to continue their relationship.
Drew took Jessica to a lovely dinner and then to the Symphony. While in the Symphony’s Founder’s Hall for some pre-concert drinks, he arranged a photographer to take pictures. On the second photo he got down on one knee and proposed. As you can see, she never saw it coming! Of course, Jessica said yes! The two of them could hardly pay attention to the concert–despite the fact they were given the best seats in the house–they were so happy to be engaged!
And then the wedding planning began!
The day began with laughter …
… and tears as Jessica got ready for her big day. The bride, wearing a gorgeous Jemma gown by WooToo, was assisted by her bridesmaids before the big reveal to her mother Barbara.
And Drew was enjoying his last moments as a single man with his groomsmen.
A sentimental and special moment, Jessica and Drew read letters that they had written to one another before they saw each other for photographs.
Today, many couples are choosing to take photos before the ceremony. While this is untraditional to some, it is a truly intimate moment and a beautiful way to start the big day and life together. Regardless, there is still no other moment equal in excitement or anticipation for the bride and groom than when the doors open and the bride walks down the aisle. Below, Jessica and Drew enjoy a private moment to see each other for the first time on their wedding day.
Jessica wanted soft colors and succulents in her bouquet. We used pink peonies and a blend of roses, succulents and parvi eucalyptus to make this stunning bouquet.
Jessica enjoying a casual moment with her bridesmaids, who were wearing Bill Levkoff.
Jessica requested bouquets in shades of white for her bridesmaids. White peonies were mixed with three different shades of white roses and looked beautiful against the navy blue gowns.
Drew and his groomsmen in dashing black tuxedos.
To compliment Jessica’s bouquet, Drew and his groomsmen wore boutonnieres of succulents and roses.
Drew escorting his grandmother into the church.
The best man and his daughter, who served as flower girl.
Jessica and her mother have one last walk together on their way to the front of the church to enter the sanctuary.
Always a special moment, both bride and father hold back emotions before they walk down the aisle.
Now officially Mr. and Mrs. Hill, Jessica and Drew enjoy a moment together before heading off to the reception in a vintage Rolls Royce.
Richland Country Club provided a beautiful setting for the wedding reception.
Before heading inside, Jessica and Drew snuck off for a few photos on the grounds.
But once inside, Jessica couldn’t stop hugging her friends and family in excitement about the big day.
Following cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres of Gazpacho Shots in Port Glasses, Mini Crab Cakes on silver dollar crackers, Cheese Grit Cakes with Portabella Mushrooms and Baby Red Potatoes, with Asiago Cheese and Garlic, guests sat down to a three course meal.
Before guests entered the ballroom for dinner, Jessica got a sneak peek of the decorated room.
Jessica wanted soft neutral colors, with flowers in muted colors to compliment her bouquet. To soften the space, dramatic draping was added to the ceiling, and centerpieces were both high and low to create visual interest in the room.
Asymmetrical arrangements of blue hydrangea, roses in five different colors, French tulips, snapdragons and succulents graced the tables in glass vessels.
Each centerpiece was surrounded by a collection of different mercury glass votive cups. And table numbers were designed specially for the look of the event.
A close up of the unique linens that provided texture and visual interest to the table while also keeping in the soft tones Jessica desired. Cards with the menu in calligraphy described the menu of Spring Mixed Greens Salad with Strawberries, Orange Segments, Caramelized Pecans, Jicama tossed in Poppy Seed Dressing, the entrée was a duo of Roasted Tenderloin of Beef and Spinach and Bleu Cheese Crusted Breast of Chicken with Whipped Potatoes, Asparagus and Julienne of Peppers.
And of course wedding cake for dessert! Tiers of almond cake with alternating layers of chocolate cake were frosted with two layers of vanilla buttercream with ribbons of caramel and one layer of ganache.
Jessica and Drew’s chairs were marked with delicate “Bride” and “Groom” signs tied to the gold chiavari chair backs.
Guests enjoying dinner were accompanied by music on the baby grand piano.
Following dinner, it was time to cut the cake. But not before Jessica’s father gave the couple a touching and loving toast.
Following dinner, guests moved back to the ballroom, where Jessica and Drew surprised everyone with a dance routine.
Following Jessica and Drew’s first dance, Jessica took to the dance floor with her father.
During dinner we changed the room from cocktails, adding soft seating and a more comfortable atmosphere for guest to mingle if they weren’t dancing.
What better way to end the evening than with a Gatsby-style photo of the wedding party in the lobby of the club.
Thank you, Amos! And thank you, Jess and Drew for sharing your special day with our readers!
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