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
Budget: 10,000 – 20,000
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
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!