Classic Nashville Wedding

Liz and Thomas tied the knot at West End United Methodist Church in Nashville, Tenn., followed by a reception at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The couple chose a classic color palette of ivory and natural greenery with a few pops of dusty blue. / Images by Heather Durham Photography.Says bride Liz, “The ceremony was held at West End United Methodist Church, the church I grew up in and where I was confirmed. Following the ceremony, we hosted guests for the reception in the Event Hall on the top floor of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, an iconic Nashville venue with floor to ceiling windows and amazing views of downtown Nashville.

The CMHOF brings back memories from the first time Thomas visited Nashville and we toured the museum. As a music lover and record collector, Thomas was moved by the exhibits and genres of music represented. Little did we know the CMHOF would be the location of our wedding reception exactly the same weekend two years later. It was the perfect location for our reception.

Elegant, classy and romantic were the themes I envisioned for the style of the wedding. We appreciate our vendors, our parents, and all others for bringing this vision to life so successfully. Everything was absolutely beautiful and executed with perfection.

What were your favorite special touches from the wedding? The invitation suite was one of my favorite special touches. We choose a gold and ivory color palette with the edges of the invitations hand-painted in gold. The artwork and addresses were created by a renowned calligrapher and done in a special gold ink.

A custom stamp was designed of the church’s gothic-inspired, wood-arched atrium. In a nod to what would be our first dance as a couple, The Wonder of You, we choose a vintage Elvis stamp for the reply envelope. For an additional special element, the envelopes were hand-canceled.

Another special touch was the “live-painting” of the reception that took place throughout the evening. The artist was hired by Thomas’s parents as a surprise wedding gift. Now, the painting is displayed in our living room reminding us of so many memories from our special wedding weekend.

Your favorite memories of the day? Many wedding days are filled with timelines, moving parts and there can be a lot of chaos. A favorite memory for us occurred at the reception when time seemed to stand still for a brief moment. We were seated at the head table in the middle of the room and everyone had been served dinner. At that moment, we took in everything going on around us. We were able to fully appreciate the beauty of the room filled with all our family and friends who were there to celebrate with us.

Another favorite memory is getting ready in my parents’ home on what had to be one of the best weather days of the year. The bridesmaids, flower girls, and my mother were all there getting our hair done, make-up applied, having lunch, and enjoying each other’s company on a very special day for all of us. Having my mother help me with my dress, to my father’s big smile when he first saw me in my dress, to getting photos with the bridesmaids in matching robes on the patio (including dog, Biscuit), made memories of the day extra-special for me.

Advice? We made a point to stay together at the reception so we could enjoy the evening together and share in the same experiences of the night. On Friday we had our rehearsal dinner and afterward a welcoming party for out of town guests. Friday night we tried to talk to as many people as possible, especially those who we hadn’t seen in awhile. That way on Saturday we could spend more time together enjoying the night.

Another piece of advice I would highly recommend is to hire a top-notch photographer like we did. We now have a lifetime collection of exquisite photographs that have so accurately captured not only the physical images but also the emotional aspects of our wedding day.

Credits: Photographer: Heather Durham Photography | Ceremony Venue: West End United Methodist Church | Reception Venue and catering: Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum | Event Planner: Jayne Bubis Events | Florist: English Garden by Terry White | Wedding gown and veil: Purchased at Lana Addison Bridal, Designer: Pronovias | Groom’s Attire: Street Tuxedo | Bride’s shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids’ attire: b. Hughes BridalWatters | Wedding Stationery: You’re Invited, Val Cole Calligraphy (Daniel Cole) | Cake: Dessert Design | Transportation: Matchless Transportation, Gray Line of Tennessee | Hair: Clark & Co Salon | Makeup: Daniel Cole Collection | Band: The Downtown Band