When you live and breathe weddings, picking a favorite is a tough task. But local wedding experts were up for it. Local event planners, venues and florists submitted (one of) their favorite weddings of the year. From breathtakingly beautiful florals and stunning backdrops to couples with the purest of hearts, these weddings are each special in their own way. Take a look at the local experts’ picks and learn why these weddings stand out as favorite Nashville weddings in the past year(ish).
Inspired Garden Wedding
Before we dive into 2018 weddings, we’d like to revisit a few 2017 weddings that will forever be favorites.
“This past September, we had the chance to celebrate Mary Lawless and Madison Lee,” Megan Proby of 12th Table tells us. “The bride wanted an experience that felt like her and Madison — only elevated and augmented. We spent four months putting together an inspired garden wedding that was equal parts wildly natural and pristinely modern. A complete departure from the traditional ‘I do.’
“One of the things I adored about Mary as a bride was that she had a keen sense of what she loved. We all know her for her great design eye and aesthetic instinct in fashion from Happily Grey, and that translated here, too — quickly and easily knowing which concepts made her heart beat a little faster and which didn’t feel like natural fits.”
Festive + Classy
Cody Swiney + Kirk Dryer | at Frist Art Museum | November 4, 2017
“Cody and Kirk’s wedding was full of tradition as well as fun and energy,” Kathy Demonbreun of Frist Art Museum tells us. “We loved how they used the entire Frist building in their celebration — from the elegant ceremony in the auditorium, followed by a cocktail reception in the Grand Lobby, and then ending with a jazz band ‘best wishes’ parade out the front steps to Broadway into an awaiting classic 1940s vintage car! Such a festive and classy event. Congrats!”
New Year’s Eve Celebration
Mattie + Drew Carney | at Loews Vanderbilt Hotel‘s Symphony Ballroom | December 31, 2017
“Mattie and Drew had so many fun and personal elements throughout their entire celebration, from the décor and dinner, menu, which paid homage to Positano, Italy (where they were engaged), to the party favors, horns, top hats and glow items that were brought out on silver trays to celebrate the New Year — and so much more,” Erica Carvalho of Loews Vanderbilt Hotel tells us. The night was truly one to remember among their 370 guests.”
Stunning + Classic
Dede + Wallace Palmer | at St George’s Episcopal Church and Belle Meade Country Club | April 28, 2018
“This one was fun because her makeup was elegant — to complement the entire theme of the wedding,” Val Cole of Daniel Cole Collection shares. “The stunning, classic makeup will still be gorgeous when she looks at her wedding photos years from now. Her invites were the same — truly beautiful!”
Backyard Garden Wedding
Mary + Ryan Keith | McCluggage’s Nashville Home | April 28, 2018
“The wedding reception began with signature cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres in the backyard garden, and then guests moved to a seated dinner held in a custom-built tent with glass walls,” caterer Kristen Winston of Kristen Winston Catering shares. “Guests dined on a spring strawberry, cucumber and butter lettuce salad followed by filet mignon and sea bass. The party after dinner kicked off with a surprise performance by Earth, Wind and Fire!”
An Elegant Spring Affair
Jordan + Jake Wade | at The Bridge Building | May 12, 2018
“Jordan and Jake were high school sweethearts, and their years of love, laughter and tears radiated through them. Both Nashville natives, Jake proposed under a tree at Jordan’s parents’ house, where they took prom pictures together nearly eight years before. Their wedding day wish was to enjoy time with family and friends, and they did just that. With the sweetest father-daughter first look, clean lines and pastel florals, their stylish wedding at The Bridge Building Event Spaces embraced Nashville’s spring weather and a chic, neutral palette,” says Kristina Hannon, Event Director with Infinity Events & Catering.
Contemporary + Southern
“New Yorker Neysha and Nashvillian Joel’s biggest priority was for their guests to experience Music City in a chic, urban environment on their special day. Utilizing a bright white palette with plenty of candles, stylish white bridesmaids’ dresses and dinner on the riverfront, their spring wedding reception at The Bridge Building Event Spaces was reflective of that vision,” says Kristina Hannon, Event Director with Infinity Events & Catering. “Strikingly contemporary and beautifully captured by Parker Young, the day was ultra-stylish from start to finish with a little Southern flair. Neysha and Joel’s modern Southern wedding reception was gorgeously contemporary with a unique outdoor reception design on the riverfront.”
Romantic + Slightly Boho
Nikki + Josh Kritner | at 21c Museum Hotel | May 24, 2018
“We absolutely loved working with Nikki and Josh. On their first visit to 21c, they fell in love with the idea of hosting their intimate wedding in our rooftop 21c suite, and the outdoor deck ended up being the perfect setting for their ceremony and reception,” 21c Museum Hotel‘s Lisa Curry shares. “Nikki always said they wanted a ‘romantic, slightly boho feel to the wedding, and between her flowy gown, seasonal spring florals and dreamy sunset backdrop, that is exactly what they got!”
Old Hollywood Glam
Lindsay + Mikell Hazlehurst | at Christ Church Cathedral + The Hermitage Hotel | June 16, 2018
“Lindsay and Mikell came to us with a vision of Old Hollywood glam for their big day. Our historic hotel embodies all the timeless and elegant elements evocative of the era and provided the perfect setting for their celebration. Every detail was flawlessly planned and executed by AmosEvents. The excitement from the bride and groom spilled out to everyone throughout the day and ended on the perfect note as they toasted with friends and family in our Grand Lobby,” says Kait Clarke with The Hermitage Hotel.
Romantic Summer Wedding
Lizzy + Clayton Wilburn | at The Bell Tower | August 4, 2018
Small, Intimate Affair
Rachel + Bobby West | at Clementine | September 22, 2018
“I’m selecting Rachel Reed and Bobby West’s wedding because there was such an intimacy to the whole affair that is often hard to capture with larger weddings,” Amos Gott of AmosEvents shares. “The ceremony was immediate family only, so it was very personal and reverent. The reception following was the perfect blend of family and friends in the environment we created at Clementine to feel like you were in someone’s living room. Special touches within the various soft seating areas gave the room a warmth during cocktails, but the Downtown Band made the event a great party. And guests are still talking about the Nashville Soft Pretzel Co. sliders served late night and the balloon artists creating made-to-order balloon hats!”
Autumn in Nashville
Katie + Kevin Clifton III | at Atrium Celebrations in Columbia, TN | October 13, 2018
“We loved creating these wedding florals for Katie and Kevin filled with pale blush and cream tones for autumn,” Anna Page of Rebel Hill Florist shares. “With soft feminine hues and rustic flare, these nuptials were the epitome of a Nashville wedding. We chose this celebration of love as our favorite of 2018 because of the attention to detail, romantic colors and perfect weather! Everything came up roses for this lovely union.”
Caitlin + Spencer Foote | at Sewanee, Tennessee | September 29, 2018
“This is a favorite because I have known Spencer’s family for years, and I loved getting to know Caitlin. She is so easy to work with and showed me a few things she liked and let me run with it. I love this handmade paper, and she was willing to let me paint the lining to coordinate with the save the dates. I hadn’t ever painted the whole suite like that, and it was really fun! She’s adorable and I loved the green ink and the font — perfect to set the tone for the gorgeous outdoor wedding in the mountains,” Val Cole of Val Cole Calligraphy says of her pick.