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Friday, April 12, 2013

Destination Wedding Nashville

Words by Alicia Clark
Photos courtesy of Phyllis Lane

When a couple wants to have a destination wedding, sometimes it can be hard to choose a location. When you have the entire World at your fingertips, how could someone possibly choose? But for Kelsay and Bruce, the decision to hold their nuptials in Nashville came as naturally as their love for one another.

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It came as no surprise to the couple’s friends and family that the two would be married in Tennessee. Kelsay grew up just outside of Nashville and the two met in college in the state, so it was only expected that Bruce and Kelsay would say their ‘I do’s’ there.

“Nashville has a special place in our hearts for so many reasons that it just seemed like the natural choice,” the bride said.

The couple were excited to have a wedding which was centrally located for their guests, and after attending a few destination weddings themselves, their minds were made up.

“We loved the idea of planning a whole weekend of fun for our guests,” the couple said. “Plus, with friends and family spread all over the country we felt like a destination wedding gave us all an excuse to party together for one or two more days.”

Bruce and Kelsay’s wedding was visually stunning as you can see from the photos, with a certain elegance and charm which only a place like Nashville can offer. Coordinating with vendors from afar to achieve the couple’s dream wedding was a challenge, but with the use of Pinterest, the bride was able to share her wedding vision from a distance.

“I was really vigilant about pulling images of floral arrangements, hairstyles, cakes, anything I liked so that my vendors could all get an idea of who I am and what I like,” Kelsay said. “Pinterest is seriously the easiest way to share ideas, everything is in one place for all to see.”

In planning a wedding from afar, the couple points out that it’s necessary to relinquish some of the control.

“You have to be willing to let go of the reigns a little and trust the people you’ve hired, pick a couple of aspects which are most important to you and let the rest just fall into place.”

By using Pinterest and a wedding planner, the couple was able to bring together the sophisticated Tennessee wedding of their dreams. 

The only problem the couple had with organizing was that in a city as large and busy as Nashville, it is necessary to book venues and hotels far in advance because spots tend to fill up quickly.

For advice, Kelsay and Bruce encourage other couples not to sweat the small stuff or worry about getting every detail absolutely perfect.

“Be thankful for all the friends and family that took the time to travel on your behalf,” the couple said. “Lastly, look around the room and take a mental picture of all the people who have gathered to celebrate you, because it will be over before you know it.”

Vendors: Photography: Phyllis Lane, Wedding Planner: Jenny Corts, Ceremony/Reception Site: First Presbyterian Church/Belle Meade Country Club, Gown Designer: Monique Lhuiliier, Florist: Mark O'Bryan, Groom's Clothing Designer: Jos. A. Banks, Bridesmaids/Groomsmens' Clothing Designer: Amsale/Jos. A. Banks, Cake: Dessert Designs, Hair & Makeup: Debbie Dover Hall

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