Juliann and Daniel decided to wed in Daniel’s hometown of Nashville, Tenn., but the couple made sure to incorporate many special elements from Juliann’s Louisiana roots including a beautiful New Orleans-style ‘second line’ reception exit and Tabasco-themed wedding favors. And the couple’s elegant style was well represented from the traditional church to Juliann’s gorgeous scoop-back and sleeved gown to the incredible vintage Rolls Royce. / Images by Joshua Gull Photography.
Says Juliann, “Elegant is the word that came to my mind when we started planning the wedding. Daniel’s family is from Nashville, so we decided to host our wedding there. However, coming from Cajun country, I knew I couldn’t have a wedding without a little Louisiana flair. I did not want to get stuck on too many little details, but I wanted just enough to make it unique to us. I decided I wanted the colors to be gentle and warming for a springtime affair but also complimentary to our venues, so I went with gold, ivory, and blush pink.
The ceremony was at Woodmont Christian Church, an elegant white church with an amazingly tall steeple. The church was decorated with a large flower arrangement in front of the beautiful stained glass window, flower wreaths on the large red front doors, and candles that ran along the center aisle. The bridesmaids wore a beautiful, strapless, blush pink dress by Bill Levkoff, while groomsmen and groom sported traditional black tuxedos with black bowties. I walked down the aisle, escorted by my father, wearing an all-lace ivory dress with lace sleeves by Modern Trousseau. We rode to the reception in a vintage white Rolls Royce.
The reception began with cocktail hour in the beautiful lobby of the Hermitage Hotel with its intricate ceiling and gorgeous stone fireplace. Guests enjoyed drinks and hors d’oeuvres while a member of the band played the grand piano.
After the cutting of the cake, guests dinned in the main ballroom. The menu included southern style shrimp and grits, hand cut filet mignon, mashed potato bar, and vegetables. Tables were placed around the dance floor with alternating high and low pink and ivory flower arrangements with gold accents on ivory tablecloths. There was not much decorating required as the room itself was absolutely gorgeous. For dessert, not only did guests enjoy a delicious red velvet and cream cheese wedding cake, they also savored an arrangement of cupcakes. After dinner, guests danced the night away to the 12-piece band.
As guests departed after a long night of celebrating, they took with them a minature bottle of Jack Daniels whiskey tied together with a small bottle of Tabasco. This was our way of saying thank you to our wonderful guests by incorporating the sweet taste of Tennessee bourbon with the spicy kick of Louisiana hot sauce.
The exit from the reception was one of my favorite parts. We followed the horn section of our band through the lobby, down the grand staircase and outside around the hotel with our black and white decorated umbrellas. In true New Orleans style ‘second line’ fashion, the band played ‘When The Saints Go Marching In’ and the guests waved white handkerchiefs to the beat. It truly was an elegant affair with just enough Louisiana flair to make it feel like home.”
Credits: Ceremony: Woodmont Christian Church / Reception: The Hermitage Hotel Nashville / Dress and Veil: Modern Trousseau / Tuxes: Men’s Warehouse – Vera Wang Wedding / Flowers: A Village of Flowers / Photographer: Joshua Gull Photography / Videographer: With This Ring Videography / Catering and Bar: The Hermitage Hotel / Cake: Dessert Designs / Cupcakes: Ivey Cakes / Band: Pat Patrick’s band / Hair: Dion’s South / Make up: Parlour 3