Percy Warner Park spans 2,684 acres and offers a serene escape from day-to-day life in Nashville. It is here in this stunning location that Kendall Marston and Carter Henderson decided to commit their lives to each other. In December of 2015, while taking a stroll through the park, Kendall accepted the proposal of her boyfriend of two years. After being introduced by mutual friends in 2013, Carter and Kendall went on four dates in one week — a clear sign of what was to come.
Seven months post-proposal, Carter and Kendall said “I do” during a ceremony at Covenant Presbyterian Church. Through the exchange of traditional vows in front of 230 family and friends, they became husband and wife. Following the ceremony, the newlyweds and their guests headed across town to The Cannery Ballroom.
Usually occupied by concert goers, The Cannery Ballroom was transformed for the Henderson’s summer wedding. “I had been to The Cannery Ballroom for events before and liked the aesthetic of the space — with the wood floors and exposed brick,” Kendall says of picking this spot. “I knew I wanted space for a band and a big dance floor, as well as space for all of our guests to be seated for dinner. And of course, it had to be inside since we got married in July!” Softened with flowers and draped fabric, the historic space offered an atmosphere of sophistication and romance.
“I wanted everything to be classic, but not too fancy because I wanted to feel at ease. I wanted the flowers to be colorful since it was summer, but still soft and understated,” Kendall shares. Best described as elegant, yet laid-back, the décor matched the personality of the couple. “A Village of Flowers did an amazing job with all of the flowers,” wedding planner Linley Stokes shares. “Peonies and a variety of roses filled almost every arrangement for our traditional bride.”
Every detail was thoughtfully considered: a watercolor motif was carried from the save the dates to the escort card display to the menu and beyond; a live painter captured the scene; and a soft seating area allowed guests to take a break from dancing the night away.
“It was seriously so much fun! Carter and I both loved having all of our friends and family in the same place,” Kendall says of their wedding day. “The ceremony was really meaningful to us, and the reception was a blast. It was exactly what we wanted!”
After bidding their guests farewell, Kendall and Carter headed to Highlands, NC, and stayed at the Old Edwards Inn for their honeymoon before returning to Nashville and continuing to build their lives together!
“It was a treat to work with such a kindhearted couple who had their priorities straight. They were so excited to be married that they did not get caught up in the little details. They are sweet as can be, as are their families and wedding party,” Linley tells us.
Cheers to the happy couple!
Band: Scat Springs Band
Cake: The Sweetest Day
Caterer: Flavor Caters
Church: Covenant Presbyterian Church
Drape and lighting: Nashville Audio Visual
Escort card display, map, menu, out-of-town guest box artwork, place cards, save the dates, table numbers: Martha Willis Art
Invitations and programs: Emily O. Holmes
Florist: A Village of Flowers
Getaway car: Matchless Transportation
Hair/makeup: Katie Russo Beauty
Photographer: Cameron Reynolds Photography
Planning and design: Linley Stokes
Reception venue: The Cannery Ballroom
Rentals: Music City Tents and Events
Soft seating + head table china and linens: 12th Table
Transportation: Anchor Transportation
Valet: Stewart Parking Solutions
Videographer: Caitlin Colcolough
Bridal gown: Tiadora from Arzelle’s
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Bella Bridesmaids
Groom and groomsmen attire: Men’s Wearhouse; The Tie Bar
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