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Mederia & Sean Keep It Classic With Their Valentine’s Day-Inspired Wedding at Hotel Preston

Friday, April 24, 2015

Using Valentine's Day as their inspiration, Nashville couple Mederia and Sean said their "I Do's" at the beautiful Hotel Preston, surrounded by candles, dim lighting, and roses.  Romance was in the air for this elegant wedding, featuring fantastic décor, food, and a photo booth!  Photos captured by Roland Photography detailed every exquisite aspect of the wedding, from the gorgeous centerpieces to the lovely ceremony backdrop.  Valentine’s is all about exalting love, and so was their wedding! 

Take a look at the beautiful pictures that captured the moments when Mederia and Sean said "Be Mine." 

 

Mederia & Sean 
Wedding Date: February 15, 2014
Ceremony & Reception: Hotel Preston 
Guest: 150
Budget: 10,000 – 20,000

 


 

Wedding Team

Photographer | Roland Photography 
Videographer | Reflection Cinema
Gown | David's Bridal
Men’s Attire | Men’s Warehouse
Bridesmade Attire | David’s Bridal
Hair | Tamika Hurst
Makeup | Danita Berry 
Invitations, Programs | Programs by Boleyjack
Caterer | Hotel Preston
Cake | Publix
Reception DJ :  DJ C-Wiz
Chair Covers & Ties : BBJ table fashions
Floral & Lighting Designer | Elegant Weddings and Flowers

 

Wedding Details

How would you describe your style as a couple?

Our style as a couple is traditional.

How did you incorporate that style into your wedding?

Our wedding was the day after Valentine's Day, so we wanted a romantic and elegant feel.  Traditionally, when you think of Valentine’s Day, the color red comes to mind.  I felt cream and gold really amped up the romantic feel!

Our wedding inspiration came from my personal feelings of what brought romance to a space.  I thought of candles, red rose petals, and dim lighting!  So, I took that and ran with it!  For our ceremony, we created an altar area using a draped backdrop in cream, with lighting and four large (white) flower arrangements in tall gold vases on each side of the minister and at the end of the draping.  All of the chairs had cream chair covers with red bows.  We used an off-white aisle runner framed with red and white rose petals.  Coupled with the rose petals, we had large, clear vases with red sand, and cream candles that sat on top: four on each side from beginning to end of the aisle.  The lights were dimmed to lend feelings of warmth, elegance, and romance to the room!

For our reception, we wanted the same feel.  We used cream linen on the tables with red napkins and gold chargers.  Our centerpieces were large, clear vases with red water, a ball of red roses on top, and crystal beading draped around the vases.  We chose the Hotel Preston because we wanted to have our ceremony and reception in one place.  We knew that would take a lot of work because the ballrooms would need to be flipped in a timely manner.  We also needed space for our guests to enjoy a cocktail hour while the staff flipped the space.  The hotel accommodated our request for a full service bar along with appetizers and space for a photo booth.  I think that the Hotel Preston is a hidden gem!  The staff is very professional.  They were willing to go above and beyond to make our wedding everything we wanted and more within our budget!

 

What was your (or your guests’) favorite aspect of your wedding? 

My favorite aspect of our wedding was the ceremony, hands down!  I married my best friend!!!  Our guests' favorites were mixed.  Some loved the romantic feel of our ceremony; others loved the décor, food, and party atmosphere of the reception.  The photo booth and its props were another BIG HIT!

Where did you splurge?  Where did you save/DIY? 

I would say we splurged the most on décor!  I had a vision, and I wanted everything just as I imaged it on our big day.  I would say I saved by doing the planning myself.  It may have been stressful and difficult at times, but it was worth it all in the end.

Did any of your Nashville-based vendors stand out as exceptional? 

I had two favorite vendors. The first being my wedding coordinator Parthenia Fayne.  Although I did the planning myself, she was always a call away if I had any questions.  I knew from the beginning I would need a professional to keep everything in order and to keep me stress free the weekend of the wedding.  Mrs. Fayne took over a month out from the wedding and she “DID THE DANG THANG!”  She understood my vision and made sure all of my other vendors followed through with everything on time.
My second favorite vendor was Roland Photography.  Roland and his crew did a great job with getting pictures of our wedding day from start to finish.  They captured moments that I will cherish forever!  He was also incredibly creative in the staging of our photos; we took pictures all over the hotel and grounds.

 

Now that the wedding day is over, is there anything about your planning process you feel you could have done differently? 

Now that the wedding is over I wouldn’t change a thing about my planning process.  It was a lot of trial and error, but in the end, great learning experience.  I have become a go-to for family and friends who are in the planning process.  Why not share my experiences and the information I gathered?

In one sentence, what words of advice do you have for couples in the midst of their planning?

My advice: Don’t get so caught up in the details that you lose sight of what the wedding is all about!

Posted by Alex Engaged Bride | Filed under: Multicultural, African-American weddings, 0 comments »

Shop Collection or Go Custom with J. Amber Creative, a Nashville Wedding Invitation Designer

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Jessica of J. Amber Creative designs wedding invitations and paper goods that are luxurious and dreamy.  While brides all over the world can purchase her retail designs on Minted.com, we're lucky to have this talented designer right here in Nashville!  

Check out some of her recent submissions to Minted.com, several of which were picked from thousands of submitted entries.

 

Stickers for weddings and personal stationery

Wedding invitations from the überminimal to the over-the-top romantic

 

Love one of the above designs?  Want something similar?  Start with her wedding invitation portfolio or go custom.  Contact Jessica to co-create your perfect wedding invitations.

Posted by Ashley King | Filed under: Invitations & Paper Goods, Luxury Nashville Wedding Finds, 0 comments »

Nashville Bride Reviews Her Wedding Day Video

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Matt Currier, the fabulous videographer, with Audio Video Art created the most fun and memorable video for Caylan and Anderson's Nashville wedding.  From touching scenes at Saint George's Episcopal Church to the guests getting down on the dancefloor at the downtown Nashville City Club, Matt captured the ceremony and reception beautifully and also made a really fun video for the couple and guests to enjoy.

We shared their video last year but we weren't the only ones who loved it.  The couple recently posted a review of their videography service that we thought you might enjoy, especially if you missed seeing the video last year.

Enjoy!

Caylan - Nashville Bride

"Matt was fantastic to work with.  He shot beautiful footage and did and execptional job creating our wedding video.  Matt took all of our special requests to heart and also added a beautiful artistic eye to create a video better than our expectations.  We highly recommend Audio Video Art for any special occasion. "

 

Caylan & Anderson's Wedding Day Teaser from Audio Video Art - 615-783-1536 on Vimeo.

Posted by Engaged Bride Olivia | Filed under: Real Nashville Brides, Videography, 0 comments »

We Love This: An Elegant, Unexpected Twist On The Wedding Cake

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

We absolutely love when A) Brides have the courage to do something completely outside of tradition and trends, and B) Nashville wedding vendors excel well beyond their comfort zone.  That's exactly what happened when an engaged couple, who chose Nashville as their destination wedding location, also hired The Frosted Affair, whose cakes are tasty as well as beautiful.  This couple's originality grabbed our attention which, after seven years covering Nashville weddings, isn't easy to do.  

We hope their story below inspires you to design your wedding from a blank slate.  See what you might do outside of the norm.

 

Below is an excerpt from The Frosted Affair's blog which you can find via this link.

"Frosted Affair was approached by a bride regarding her wedding cake. While not from Nashville, she loved the city and wanted to have her wedding in Music City! After looking at numerous wedding cake designs, she actually decided she wanted each guest to have their very own wedding cake! We decided on a beautiful 4 inch wide by 2 inch high cake for each guest in almond cake with almond buttercream. Each cake was also adorned with a three letter monogram and pearl bead border. Gluten free and peanut free guests were also able to have their own cakes! The bride and groom also chose a complementing two-tier cake adorned with fresh flowers to serve as the centerpiece on their table. Initially, the guest list was about 70 people, but, by the end, 100 attended! So, yes, Frosted Affair made 100- no, make that 101 cakes for a wedding!!!!!!!!"

 

Posted by Ashley King | Filed under: Cakes & Desserts, Real Nashville Brides, 0 comments »

Mark Your Calendar for A Very Marry Occasion at CJ’s Off the Square on May 12, 2015

Monday, April 20, 2015

CJ’s Off the Square in Franklin, TN is thrilled to once again host the annual Southern wedding and event style showcase.  This year BHLDN has joined our fab team of local vendors and will be on site showing off samples from their gorgeous inventory.  Attendees include the Enchanted Florist, Southern Events, A Catered Affair and The Bake Shoppe, Premier DJs of Nashville, Amanda Gros (hair and makeup), and Austin Gros (photography).

Have you gotten your tickets for this year's ‪#‎averymarryoccasion? Don't delay - they are selling fast!  You can purchase tickets via this link.

Posted by Ashley King | Filed under: Bridal Shows & Events, 0 comments »

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