Wedding Aces Bridal Buds

Morgan & Brett

May 25

Nashville, Tennessee

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Q & A with the Bride:

What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

The biscuits and the fried chicken! Loveless Café is featured on all sorts of food television shows for their famous biscuits and fried chicken.  One bite and we knew we had to have our reception there.  Our friends and family still cannot stop talking about that food.  

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

  1. The personal touches everywhere.  Brett’s dad hand painted all of the birdhouses for our centerpieces and created majority of the signs / decorations.  Almost all of our décor was passed down or borrowed from our family and friends.  
  2. Our guestbook. We had one of our engagement pictures printed on a guitar and asked everyone to sign it.  It is something that is now hanging in our house that we get to look at and read every day.
  3. Our bridal party’s shoes. All of the girls wore their favorite boots and the boys wore their favorite tennis shoes.  People said we were crazy to allow the boys to wear whatever, but they loved it.  It was a way for them to add their own flair and be different…even if it meant seeing neon orange shoes in our wedding pictures.

Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.

My daddy/daughter dance. I am the youngest to four older brothers so I am truly daddy’s little girl.  It is tough with him living in Michigan and I am in Nashville so I wanted this to be a special dance.  I did something a little different and asked him to pick out the song.  He surprised us all and started doing the robot to “Push It.”  Everyone died laughing.  But then it cut to “Timeless” by The Airborne Toxic Event.  It is not your traditional daddy/daughter dance song, but I lost it hearing the lyrics.  I don’t think there was a dry eye in the place.  I still can’t listen to the song without tearing up.  I will be a daddy’s girl forever.

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Romantic, Map-Themed Summer Tennessee Wedding

Posted by Kim on Mar 13, 2013

Emmie & Dave

August 31

Nashville, Tennessee

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Q & A with the Bride:

Which details from your wedding were your favorites?

Our favorite detail was probably the wine box ceremony. We had a custom dark wood wine box made for us engraved with our names and wedding date in a special symbol that was designed for our wedding. Inside the box, we had a bottle of La Crema Pinot Noir 9 Barrel (our favorite wine) and love letters we had written to each other. During the ceremony we nailed the box shut, and we will open it on our fifth wedding anniversary.

Our ceremony itself was completely us. We decided to have Dave’s dad marry us. He was nervous because he had never performed a wedding ceremony and this was the marriage of his first-born child. But, it was so touching and personal and meant so much more than having someone who barely knew us perform such an important ceremony. Together with Dave’s dad we wrote every word in our ceremony to be completely and uniquely us. We are really into wine, so we had 2 ceremonies within our wedding ceremony that showed that passion. We did a wine ceremony where we combined a white and a red wine to make a rose and drank from the same cup as a symbol of our unity, and a wine box ceremony. We wrote our own vows and read them to each other while we fought back tears. My dog is really one of my best friends, so he was a “bridesdog” in the wedding. Our guests were all standing around us in the barn during the whole ceremony making it super intimate and personal. And, at the end of the ceremony, Dave’s little sis and her boyfriend (who proposed to her a few days later) performed a song called “I Do” that they had written just for us. Everything about the ceremony was so personal and special.

 The rest of our wedding also had so many personal touches. Here are a few that we love: 1. Dave and I spent the 4 years leading up to our marriage on the road as part of our work in the sales training industry. We literally lived in 12 different cities in four years. Our wedding invitation was a map that showed this journey around the country with us ending in Nashville, our new home. On a card that sat on each table we had written one of our favorite stories from our time together in one of those cities. We had maps that traced this journey and vintage suitcases to complete the theme. 2. Our wedding happened to be on the night of a blue moon with the next blue moon happening 3 years later. So to celebrate this, we served moon pies and had an image of a giant blue moon on the ceiling.

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Romantic Summer Garden Wedding in Tennessee

Posted by Kim on Mar 01, 2013

Lauren & Charles

September 16

Franklin, Tennessee

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Q & A with the Bride:

What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

We live in Southern Alabama and our families are from Illinois. We knew we wanted to get married in the Nashville area because it is a good halfway point and my dad lives near Nashville. CJ’s  Off The Square was perfect because it is a stunning location and it is all-inclusive, which means they took my vision and then took care of everything from the decor, to the food, to the music.  Planning from so far away with such a helpful staff made everything a breeze.

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

My table numbers were hand crafted signs with pictures of the groom and me at the age of the table number. It was fun for my mother and the mother of the groom to put together because they got to pull out old pictures, and it made a great conversation piece for each table

CJ’s set up a hot dog bar as part of our meal. I am a hot dog fanatic, and anyone who knows me knows how much I LOVE hot dogs. This wasn’t even an option in their catering package but they were happy to make it work. This was a fun personal touch and yummy too!

My bouquet was wrapped in lace pieces from my mom’s wedding dress and mother-in-laws’ wedding hat. I also had a very special and sentimental broach from my grandmother, and Charlies’ grandmother attached to the bouquet, along with my sorority pin.

Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.

It was really important to me that we write our own vows. My husband is one of the strongest US soldiers you will ever meet, but he was extremely emotional and choked back tears throughout the recital of his vows. There wasn’t a single dry eye in the venue. I kept the ceremony decor very plain and simple in order to stick to our budget, but it didn’t matter because the ceremony was beautiful by itself.

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Pink Sweet Love-Themed Spring Wedding in Tennessee

Posted by Caitlin on Feb 13, 2013

Talia & Dustin

April 21

Knoxville, Tennessee

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Q & A with the Bride:

1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

I had my wedding at the beautiful St. John Neumann Catholic Church. I grew up going to the church when it was at another location. When I went to college, they built a new gorgeous church, which I alway knew I would be married at if I had a wedding in my hometown.

2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

First, I gave my parents and husband’s parents hankerchiefs at the rehearsal dinner. My father-in-law’s read ”Thank you for raising the perfect man for me,” my mother-in-law’s read “You raised with love a gracious man with whom I’ll share my life. He is lucky to be your son, and I am lucky to be his wife,” my father’s read “Thank you for walking by my sade, today and always” and my mother’s read “To dry your tears as you have always dried mine. Thank you for the wedding of my dreams. I love you.”

Secondly, we had a dessert table with various cakes, pies, cookies, etc. Each dessert was a favorite dessert of either one of my grandparents, Dustin’s grandparents or my maid of honor’s mother (Her mother died the October before from breast cancer). We had each of their pictures by their dessert.

Third, I loved all of our guests. We have such a wonderful family, who were all able to make it. We had the best wedding party, which just made the whole day so much fun as well as all of our guest that were at the reception to party! We just had so much fun at the reception, I remember someone saying at 11:30 p.m., “Are you guys going to leave?” We lost track of time, we were enjoying ourselves! 

3. Give us the one moment from your wedding that you can’t stop thinking about.

That’s easy. The moment all the stress melted away. I was standing behind the church doors listening to the piano start to play “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri. As soon as the singer started, the doors opened and although the aisle was way too long for me to make out Dustin’s face, I could tell immediately that he was crying by his body language. People were looking at me, but everyone had the sweetest faces watching Dustin. As I got closer, I lost it as well. I have only seen Dustin cry twice in our five years, and deep down, I knew all along he was going to cry at that moment. I just wasn’t prepared for how much it affected me. The last thing that is so vivid to me about that moment is we were both standing on the altar, as the priest was giving his opening remarks, with our backs to the audience passing a kleenex back and forth as we sniffled. 

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Eclectic and Whimsical Tennessee Wedding

Posted by Kim on Dec 19, 2012

Megan & Brian

November 10

Nashville, Tennessee

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Q & A with the Bride:

What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

We loved the classic/historic feel of the Chapel. We knew our pictures would look timeless.

What three (3) details from your wedding were your favorites?

1. Photographs

2. Wedding attire for the entire wedding party

3. Floral arrangements (specifically the pew balls in the Chapel)

Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.

Our photographer suggested a “first look” moment. We really cherished our time together before the ceremony. It made the wedding day feel more intimate.

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