Set in Nashville’s downtown, The Bell Tower is an historic event space that dates back to 1874, when it was erected as a church. Last October, the space was transformed to host the wedding of Natalie Bradford and Tyler Sangster. “We loved that it was hiding in plain sight,” Tyler says of the venue. “Once we saw it, we never looked anywhere else.” With exposed beams, large windows that let in tons of natural light and multiple levels and rooms (including a tasting room), the venue was perfect for the pair’s fall wedding. One hundred guests filled the space to witness Natalie and Tyler commit their lives to each other through the exchanging of personal vows.
It was during the summer of 2014 that Tyler first laid eyes on Natalie. Or maybe, vice versa. “We met at Carrigan’s Public House in Birmingham, Alabama. Natalie was on the rooftop having a girls’ night,” Tyler shares. Natalie walked straight up to Tyler and said, “I like you. Come sit with us.” Natalie’s boldness paid off as the pair exchanged numbers and have been together ever since. In December of the next year, Natalie came home from a business trip to her favorite dinner and a new orchid (Natalie’s favorite). “Each night we have the tradition of saying grace before dinner. It was Tyler’s turn to say grace. He said he was very thankful for me being in his life, then he got down on one knee and proposed. It was the perfect proposal,” Natalie shares.
Although still living in Alabama, the pair planned their Nashville wedding. Being Natalie’s hometown, Nashville was the location of choice. “Lesa Neff was our wedding planner, and she helped us the entire time,” Tyler says. “She and Natalie made the perfect team. We did as much as we could from Alabama, and she handled everything we couldn’t get to on our trips to Nashville.”
“People are coming to Nashville for Nashville, not for Margaritaville — although they end up there sometimes! But when someone is visiting Nashville, we want them to leave with an experience that is really Nashville,” says Nathaniel Beaver, co-owner of Infinity Hospitality Group, which owns The Bell Tower. The guests were entertained with a wonderful evening of celebration in a place rich with history. And although a few of them might have made their way to Margaritaville after the ceremony, they all had the joy of experiencing something that is authentically Nashville.
Donning a Jim Hjelm dress with fitted silk bottom and lace sweetheart neckline, Natalie descended the stairs to meet her groom. “Natalie’s entrance was amazing. She came in from the second story of The Bell Tower to Adele’s “Make You Feel My Love,” Tyler tells us. For him, this was the most memorable part of the big day. Natalie’s cathedral-length veil with lace appliqués was borrowed from her mother. She carried her grandmother’s blue floral handkerchief as her something blue.
After the ceremony, guests were treated to a cocktail hour with an open bar and passed appetizers. “The guests drank out of mason jars that doubled as seating cards,” the couple explains. Mingling and cocktails were followed by a seated dinner and dancing. Natalie and Tyler shared their first dance as husband and wife to “Die A Happy Man” by Thomas Rhett. Once they kicked things off, the newlyweds spent the evening on the dance floor with friends and family!
“For our honeymoon, we went to Seattle as we had never been there. We spent our time walking the city, eating and drinking our way through the small treasures — the weather was amazing,” Tyler says.
Here’s to a lifetime of love and happiness to this wonderful couple!
Venue: The Bell Tower
Photography: Krista Lee Photography
Bride’s gown: White Dresses Boutique
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Bella Bridesmaids
Hair: Melissa Clark, close friend of the bride and owner of Xscape Salon in Birmingham, AL
Makeup: Cameron James
Groom’s & groomsmen’s formalwear: TheBlackTux.com
Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas
Programs, menu cards, and meal selection cards: made by the bride
Flowers: Forget Me Not Designs
Music: Even Steven Duo and DJ Rich
Cake: Dulce Desserts
Catering: Infinity Hospitality Group
Rentals: Infinity Hospitality Group
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