Rebecca and Blake’s traditional loft wedding was captured by one of my favorite Nashville photographers, Matt Andrews. In addition to being talented, Matt is reliable and always a professional. Having worked with so many wedding vendors as a planner, I can’t say enough about Matt’s work ethic or team-oriented working style. If putting together a dream team of wedding professionals in the Nashville area, Matt would be on mine. Visual Elements and Nashville Event Lighting would also be on that team: both have gone above & beyond for weddings I’ve planned. Vendor recommendations are a huge benefit to hiring a wedding planner like Angela Proffitt to ensure you have a 5-star team. The unexpected always happens on a wedding day but it’s never a problem if you have the right people working for you!
From the bride, Rebecca, “Blake and I complement each other on so many things but his and my idea of a wedding started on two opposite sides of the spectrum. He envisioned a larger, formal affair, while I thought an intimate gathering would be perfect. We settled on what we called a “preppy antique” style that suited both of our tastes.
To build that theme, we chose a neutral color palette (midnight blue, gray and gold), clean-cut wedding party outfits, and traditional indoor venues for both the ceremony and the reception. We decorated those venues using a mix of decor comprising personal items (a van load of things that traveled all the way from our home in Virginia to Tennessee); handcrafted details inspired by magazings, blogs, and Pinterest boards; Etsy purchases; and pieces provided by Visual Elements.
Like so many couples, Blake and I wanted our wedding to reflect what is important to us. My grandparents are very important to me. My engagement ring was my grandmother’s and the cobalt blue glass bottles that adorned several of our reception tables were those given to me by my grandmother or borrowed to us by Blake’s grandmother. Going into the wedding, they were the only decor element that I insisted on incorporating. My collection of antique hats was a close second.
Blake and I planned our wedding remotely and took on several large DIY projects, so organization was essential. To that end, we could not have coordinated our wedding weekend without the help of our wedding planner, Angela Proffitt, and her team of professionals. Not to say every couple needs a wedding planner, but it was unrealistic of us to ever think (even for a hot minute) that we could put our wedding together without one.
But neither my color-coded, indexed wedding planning book nor our rock star team of planners could prepare us for the one-foot-long tear I put in my dress (down the side of my leg) between the ceremony and the reception. Yes, that happened. The pictures we took inside the chapel were more than pretty poses-our photographer Matt “strategically placed” my bouquet over the tear in every shot. We got to a seamstress (who is rightfully referred to as Fairy Godmother by her colleagues) for an emergency repair before the reception. Many of our guests never knew about the incident! “The tear” made our wedding human and temporarily chaotic, but it makes for a great story that Blake and I will continue to tell.”