Unlike our other SB markets, we do have one more wedding coming up for Williamson Co before we end our series. As always, special thanks to our Wedding Sponsor: The Registry.
Ravenswood, a home rich in tradition and history in Brentwood was in the groom’s family since 1961. The groom’s father proposed to his mother on the porch swing, before moving that swing to their own home on the land next door. Overlooking Ravenswood, their son Stephen Smith asked Allison Bates to marry him on the same swing. Of course, she said yes.
Not unlike the bad storms that have been occurring up north recently, Allison and Stephen met through mutual friends during a blizzard in Washington, DC. The city was shut down for a week, but Stephen volunteered to drive Allison and her friends in his four-wheel drive truck to reach the few restaurants and bars that were open. From there a romance blossomed and the two Nashvillians who had never met, began dating.
The wedding planning began and the reception found the perfect setting at the old family home, Ravenswood, which is now available for weddings and events. The estate recently became a part of the Marcella Vivrette Smith Park in Williamson County, making it available for all the community to enjoy. Allison knew she wanted the ceremony to take place at the church she grew up in, Calvary United Methodist in Green Hills. Marrying in such a familiar and treasured space made the entire day more special. Allison told us that the kneeler on which she and Stephen prayed during the ceremony was embroidered by a church member and one of her former teachers. She also relished getting ready in the Bride’s Room in the balcony, a place she had only peeked into as a little girl.
Before the festivities began, Allison and Stephen each took some personal time. Allison dressed and got ready at her parents’ home with her bridesmaids, all close friends and family. She also took photos with family and friends in the church beforehand, a nice way of getting quality time with the ones you love as well as leading to a smooth transition between the ceremony and reception.
Allison choose her gown based around her veil. The full length lace veil belonged to Allison’s mother and the bride knew she wanted to wear it for her own wedding. So with the lovely antique piece in mind, Allison ventured to the Bride’s Room to find her perfect dress. She ultimately choose a gown that evoked the classic style she wanted to be pervasive throughout the wedding. The lace overlay complemented her intricate veil beautifully. With the help of wedding planner, Amos Gott of AmosEvents, Allison was able to pull together the classic and traditional wedding of her dreams.
As the Ravenswood property had been transformed from family home to rentable venue, the lovely house underwent some restorations. Though the exterior looks nearly identical to the original 1825 construction, the interior is updated for modern lifestyles. Allison told us that walking around, Stephen could still see hints of Christmas memories gone by and lazy afternoons playing board games on the porch. Guests were able to enjoy the beautifully restored home before walking out to the tented reception in the backyard.
Thank you to Stephen and Allison for sharing their wedding day with us. They currently live in the Logan Circle neighborhood of Washington, DC where Allison works for Google in public policy and government affairs and Stephen runs the digital practice for Purple Strategies, a communications and advertising firm.
- Wedding planner: Amos Gott with AmosEvents
- Wedding dress: Lea-Ann Betler from the Bride Room
- Bridesmaid’s dresses: Amsale
- Rentals: Music City Tents and Events, Please Be Seated
- Photographer: Paul Wharton
- Florist: English Garden by Terry White
- Caterer: Sharon Johnson
- Wedding cake: Billie Mochow
- Valet parking service: Parking Management Corporation