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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

Mary + Madison Lee | at Bloomsbury Farm + The Cordelle | September 17, 2017

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.”

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An inspired garden wedding perfectly reflected the couple. Image: Emmy Lowe Photography and Alaina Mullin

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!”

The festive affair was planned by Tiffanie Elliott of Elliott Events. Image: Jeb Wilson, Nashville Photography Group

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.”

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Planned by H Three Events, this New Year’s Eve wedding was a hit! Image: Austin Gros

11 Favorite Weddings of 2018

The bride and groom cutting into their cake (by A WARD Cakes) | Image: Austin Gros

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!”

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A stunning wedding for a stunning couple! Image: Mary Rosenbaum

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!”

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Planned by H Three Events, this backyard wedding was an event for the ages! Image: Kristyn Hogan

11 Favorite Weddings of 2018

Guests dined like royalty before hitting the dance floor. Image: Kristyn Hogan

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The newlyweds were all smiles on their big day. Image: Kristyn Hogan

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.

“The elegant spring wedding’s chic, neutral design perfectly complemented our industrial framework. Their unique and sentimental decor, including a custom floral-adorned cross for the rooftop altar, really made our jaws drop!”
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The Bridge Building was transformed for this elegant spring affair. Image: Laura K. Allen Photography & Design

11 Favorite Weddings of 2018

With their hometown as the perfect backdrop, the couple said, “I do!” Image: Laura K. Allen Photography & Design

Contemporary + Southern

Neysha + Joel Clevenger | at Scarritt Bennett Center + The Bridge Building Event Spaces | May 19, 2018

“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.”

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Urban, Southern and contemporary, this wedding was just what the couple wanted. Image: Parker Young

11 Favorite Weddings of 2018

The newlyweds standing on the steps at The Bridge Building | Image: Parker Young

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!”

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In the heart of downtown Nashville, Nikki and Josh celebrated their marriage! Image: Isaac Ladd Photography

With the views of Downtown behind them, the newlyweds cut the wedding cake!

With the views of Downtown behind them, the newlyweds cut the wedding cake! Image: Isaac Ladd Photography

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.

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The Hermitage Hotel was the backdrop for this Old Hollywood-style wedding. Image: Teale Photography

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Fun was had by all! Image: Teale Photography

Romantic Summer Wedding

Lizzy + Clayton Wilburn | at The Bell Tower | August 4, 2018

“Lizzy and Clayton’s summer wedding was romantic, with luminescent draping and swoon-worthy fresh florals covering almost every surface. Their reception reminded us of one of the most beloved Disney films of all time, Beauty and the Beast. The draping, florals and modern production design all came together in a beautifully nostalgic way; and we couldn’t get enough of Lizzy’s intricately beaded Hayley Paige wedding gown,” Megan Sauder, Event Director with Infinity Events & Catering tells us.
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The Wilburn wedding was full of stunning floral arrangements, thanks to J. Kent Freeman Floral Design. Image: John Myers

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A beautiful evening for a beautiful couple! Image: John Myers

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!”

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A small ceremony was followed by a reception to celebrate! Image: Celladora Photography

11 Favorite Weddings of 2018

The Clementine, one of Nashville’s new event spaces, was the setting of the affair. Image: Celladora Photography

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.”

Stunning florals by Rebel Hill Florist set the tone for this autumn wedding.

Stunning florals by Rebel Hill Florist set the tone for this autumn wedding. Image: Sarah Sidwell Photography

The color scheme continued with the bridesmaids' dresses.

The color scheme continued with the bridesmaids’ dresses. Image: Sarah Sidwell Photography

Planned by Clemmie Grace Designs, this wedding was full of romantic details.

Planned by Clemmie Grace Designs, this wedding was full of romantic details. Image: Sarah Sidwell Photography

Mountain Wedding

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.

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Held on a bluff in Sewanee, TN this mountain wedding was full of love and laughter. Image: Molly Peach Photography

11 Favorite Weddings of 2018

Everything, from the rehearsal dinner invitations to the wedding invites and hand-painted envelope lining, was a work of art — thanks to Val Cole! Image: Molly Peach Photography


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