When planning their wedding, Alexis Witman and Kurt Tahara were on the hunt for a venue in Nashville, the place they both called home. The spot they chose for their vows and reception blends the modern and traditional. “We loved how Ruby incorporated the the traditional, while still being modern,” Alexis says of the decision to host their wedding at the church-turned-venue on Blakemore Avenue near Vanderbilt. “We also loved how the huge windows opened up into the park — almost making our ceremony look like it was outdoors.” Ruby sits on the edge of Hillsboro Village and was more than enough space to accommodate Alexis and Kurt’s 100 guests on their big day.
For as long as Alexis could remember, she wanted a navy and white wedding. These dreams were set in motion after Kurt proposed in December of 2015. “As we sat out on Nashville’s pedestrian bridge, Kurt gave me a Christmas present. When I unwrapped it, it was a planner with a photo of us and the name ‘Alexis Tahara’ on the front. I looked back at him, and he was down on one knee to propose,” Alexis recalls. After the proposal, the pair headed to dinner to meet Kurt’s brother and sister-in-law who had played matchmaker for Alexis and Kurt a few years before. When they arrived, they were surprised to be greeted not only by his brother and sister-in-law but their entire family who traveled from across the country to help celebrate.
Eight months later, on August 15, 2015, the pair exchanged traditional vows and walked down the aisle as Mr. and Mrs. Tahara.
The couple did all of the planning themselves but were grateful to have help on The Big Day. “We did have Ruby’s help coordinating on the day of the wedding, which was an absolute godsend and something I would recommend for any and every bride and groom,” Alexis tells us. With someone else to stress over the details, Alexis and Kurt were able to enjoy an evening with friends and family. After the 6 p.m. ceremony, the guests were treated to a taste of Nashville during a cocktail hour featuring local beers and small appetizers that paid homage to Nashville (think hot chicken and grits bites!). “Because it was a destination wedding for most of our attendees (I am from Pennsylvania, and Kurt grew up in Indiana), we wanted our guests to fall in love with Nashville and everything it has to offer — just like we did,” Alexis shares. The Nashville-themed bites continued with a buffet dinner of dishes influenced by Nashville’s food culture. They even opted for Nashville’s iconic Retro Sno’s Original Shaved Ice’s shaved ice in lieu of a cake. If that doesn’t scream Nashville, we are not sure what does!
After returning from their honeymoon, Alexis and Kurt moved to Houston, Texas. “The wedding kind of served as our farewell to the city, which made it even more special to have little Nashville touches in the wedding,” Alexis tells us.
Thank you to Alexis and Kurt for giving us a glimpse inside their big day! We wish you a lifetime of love and happiness!
Venue: Ruby Nashville
Photography: IBW Photography
Bride’s gown: Potomac Bridals
Bridesmaids dresses: Weddington Way
Hair: Bréon Hair Salon
Makeup: Kayla Evans (friend of the bride)
Invitations, programs & menu cards: Graphics Universal
Flowers: A Village of Flowers
Catering: Chef Penelope’s Catering
Music: Josh Rose with Cosmo Creations
Shaved ice truck: Retro Sno’s Origional Shaved Ice
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