October 31st, 2017
When a bride and groom go for the classic black tie wedding, I just can’t help but feel… all. the. feels. I love walking into a wedding where the ladies have chosen their best silk gowns and the men have dressed to the nines in their tuxes. I love when guests have been intentional in celebrating and honoring their hosts by dressing up and rising to such a joyous occasion. Ashley and Hunter’s wedding was no exception— the flowers, rentals, installations, and invites— all welcomed their guests with a bold hello. We love how Austin Gros documented this day, and we wanted to share it with you!
The Couple’s Names: Ashley Joan Horne and Hunter Woodrow Herring
Wedding Date: March 18, 2017
Location: Country Music Hall of Fame Rotunda (ceremony) and Conservatory (reception)
Tell us “your story.” Hunter and I had been friends for 8 years before we started dating. Once we were both single at the same time the sparks flew!
Pick three words you would use to describe your wedding. Modern, chic, and formal!
We love your style! Tell us a little bit about your aesthetic. I like dressing up so I knew I wanted a black tie wedding with all the ladies in formal gowns. I also wanted romance so we used tons of candles for the ceremony and the reception. In every aspect of my life I like bold statements so that was sort of the inspiration for the large tree installation and the linen choices for the tables.
What was your very favorite detail from the day? I can’t pick just one! We did the ceremony in the round which I loved, but I also have to include the tree installation at the center of the head tables! It was truly a jaw-dropping element in the room.
One thing you wish you would’ve know before you started wedding planning? Do not drag out the planning process! It was six months from engagement to my wedding date and I think that was the perfect amount of time. But I thought I needed a year and I was wrong. Any longer and I might have gone crazy!
Tell us why you love EOH custom paper lovelies! People literally called us to tell us how gorgeous our invitations were! What more can you ask for?!
Details on the Wedding Suite: Ashley and Hunter have great taste and we loved collaborating with them on this bold and timeless wedding suite. The couple chose a luxurious thick Crane lettra paper with all black letterpress and a gold foil custom monogram. The bright white paper and square size also gave it a modern twist compared to the traditional rectangle invitation. And to top it off – the fabric liners! The couple selected black moire fabric liners that were absolutely lovely! Thank you again for letting us help you set the tone for this elegant evening!
Anything else you’d like to tell us?! We’d love to hear! Never underestimate the importance of finding the right wedding planner for you. I cannot imagine going through all of this without Big Events!
A special thanks to Big Events and Austin Gros for allowing us to feature the Horne/Herring wedding on our blog! We are so grateful Ashley and Hunter that you chose to use EOH as the first glimpse into your wedding day. Thank you for allowing us to share in such a special moment.
DRESS Romona Keveza // ACCESSORIES Mother’s earrings // VENUE Country Music Hall of Fame Rotunda and Conservatory // PHOTOGRAPHER Austin Gros // WEDDING PLANNER Big Events // PAPER Emily O. Holmes // FLOWERS Martha Greenwood at Big Events // CATERER Country Music Hall of Fame // CAKE Dessert Designs by Leland Riggan // RENTALS Please Be Seated, Music City Tents // GROOMSMEN Men’s Wearhouse // MAKE UP Jessie Law // HAIR Korie Kendrick // BAND Emerald Empire Band
July 5th, 2017
I absolutely love a couple that has authentically chosen their wedding features to reflect who they really are. They don’t try to hide behind the trends or the fashion or the glitz or the allure of having the best wedding. They invite their guests into a space and time that reflects who they really are…all for a chance to get to know others better. Paula and Peyton’s wedding reflects two people who wanted their wedding to be authentic, natural, and inevitably— just, well, them.
The (Happy!) Couple: Paula and Peyton Smith
Wedding Date: April 23, 2016
Location: Nashville, TN
“Tell us your story.” Peyton is from Mississippi and I am from Washington, DC. We both came to Nashville for school (me for Medical School and Peyton for Law School) at Vanderbilt! We met during our last year of school and fell fast in love.
Pick three words you would use to describe your wedding. Casual, Intimate, Us!
We love your style! Tell us a bit about your aesthetic… I believe in simple. I felt strongly that if I chose a beautiful venue with beautiful rentals, a lot of the extra decorations would be unnecessary. We had minimalist flowers and very few other decorations. We let the food, the drink, the space, and the people create the ambiance we wanted! We didn’t have “colors”. I let the bridesmaids choose their own dresses. Also, since it was a spring wedding, I wanted an indoor-outdoor space. Luckily the weather cooperated!
What was your favorite detail from the day? On one of our first dates, Peyton and I went on a “taco crawl”: we drove down Nolensville Pike (with PBR in our trunk), and ate one taco at 6 or 7 different taco trucks in various gas station parking lots. It was so much fun, and the date we each feel like was the day “we knew” we were right for each other. Any way, we’ve loved going to Taco Trucks ever since…. so we asked one of them to come to our wedding! Taqueria “La Fondita Express” rolled up in front of The Cordelle for a late night snack, serving our usual orders: Carnitas Tacos (for him) and Carne Asada Tacos (for me). It was a hit.
One thing you wish you would’ve known before you started the wedding planning process… It’s really a lot of fun and not that stressful… or at least it doesn’t have to be!
Tell us why you love EOH custom paper lovelies! Emily Holmes and her team did a wonderful job. They were easy to work with and made BEAUTIFUL invitations and paper goods. When I sprung Taco Truck ordering cards on her at the last minute, she made it happen with a smile.
EOH would like to thank Paula (the beautiful bride!), her mother, Jamie Brickell from 12th Table, and Brandon Chesbro for documenting this special day! We were so thankful to be apart of this wedding and work alongside of your family to help you create your picture perfect day. We are also a big fan of taco trucks and loved being apart of her last minute detail. Thank you for letting us be apart of your day and letting us walk alongside you in this new season of life!
DRESS The Dress Theory, Nashville, TN // VENUE The Cordelle // PHOTOGRAPHER Brandon Chesbro // WEDDING PLANNER Jamie Brickell with 12th Table // PAPER Emily O Holmes // FLOWERS 12th Table // CATERER Flavor Catering // CAKE Sugaree’s Bakery // RENTALS 12th Table // GROOMSMEN Blacktux
April 24th, 2017
There’s something enchanting about the lush, rolling Tennessee hills at the start of Fall. Those long summer days still seem to linger, setting evenings aglow with their soft, fading light. When you add a stunning couple and a crisp reflection pond to the landscape, you get a dazzling, dreamy, modern-day fairytale. Liz and Warren’s October wedding perfectly combined natural beauty with touches of simple and sophisticated elegance. While they let their breathtaking location take center stage, it was the sheer and radiant love of this couple that stole the show.
The Happy Couple’s Names: Liz and Warren Beck
Wedding Date: October 8, 2016
Location: Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art (ceremony) and Belle Meade Country Club (reception)
Tell us “your story” in a few sentences.
Warren and I met during the first semester of our freshman year at Auburn University. We ran in the same group of friends but dated other people until I asked Warren to be my date to a sorority function in November of our junior year (his friends were going with my friends so a few of my pledge sisters suggested I bring him along), and the rest is history! After graduation, we backpacked through Europe for two months before landing in Nashville, my hometown. Warren proposed in December 2015 in the Germantown condo we had just closed on.
Pick three words you would use to describe your wedding.
Elegant, uncomplicated, fun!
We chose to feature your wedding, which means we love your style! Tell us a little bit about your wedding aesthetics (colors, inspiration, personal style, etc).
My style is very simple and classic, so I wanted to draw most of our inspiration from the natural colors, textures, and beauty surrounding Cheekwood’s reflection pool—encompassed by decades-old boxwoods, beautiful stone statues throughout and sweeping views of the hillside— where our small ceremony took place. Since the ceremony location is so breathtaking, we let those surroundings take center stage and simply set out white chairs along the pool and put out an oversized flower arrangement to mark the entrance. My amazing wedding planner and florist incorporated that casual, intimate garden vibe through to the 250-person reception at Belle Meade Country Club with family-style tables in the dining room and beautifully styled vignettes throughout of wildflowers, loosely arranged florals, and lots of greenery, including the vine-covered Italian string lights over the outdoor dance floor.
What was your favorite detail from the day?
There were many, but I most loved the details that added a personal touch to the day, from the Tennessee and Alabama flags that hung at the entrance of Belle Meade Country Club to the birthday candles that were lit on our four-tier wedding cake (October 8 also happens to be my birthday). There was also a moment at the beginning of the reception during the cocktail hour when my wedding planner told me to grab my mom and look around before the craziness of the night took off. I’m so glad we had that moment alone to walk around and see how everything came together after months of planning.
What’s one thing you wish you would have known before you started wedding planning?
I wish I had taken a month or so to enjoy being engaged and mentally prepare for the planning process. It seems like as soon as you get engaged, you immediately hit the ground running on planning. It’s sometimes hard to come down from the excitement of being newly engaged and jump into the reality of wedding planning, which is a lot of juggling, budgeting and decision making, and things don’t always work out the way you envision.
Tell us why you love EOH custom paper lovelies!
Emily was so amazing to work with! We went into the paper suite process without much of an idea of what we wanted—just that we knew what we didn’t want—and Emily was so helpful and patient as we went through zillions of options. We ended up going with a simple but classic look. Emily was also able to incorporate a watercolor that my mom painted into the design, which was one of my favorite personal touches of our whole wedding. The final product was a beautiful suite, and I can’t say enough how much I appreciated how easy and stress-free the whole process was.
Liz and Warren’s beautiful wedding was also featured on Once Wed.
Dress: The Dress Theory (Nashville)
Accessories: Branch belt from The Dress Theory; veil from Etsy; diamond stud earrings were my “something borrowed” from my aunt; silver twist stacker from Consider the Wldflwrs; antique pearl and sapphire ring that was an older gift from my mom.
Venue: Ceremony at Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art, reception at Belle Meade Country Club
Photography: Cassidy Carson Photography
Wedding Planner: Jessica Sloane
Paper: Emily Holmes
Flowers: Melissa Broadwell at Vintage Florals
Caterer: Belle Meade Country Club
Cake: Leland Riggan at Dessert Designs by Leland
Rentals: Liberty Party Rental, Please Be Seated
Bridesmaid Attire: Joanna August, from Bella Bridesmaids
Groomsmen Attire: Combatant Gentleman
Make-up: Hannah Farmer
Band: Number One Party Band