It takes so long to plan a wedding, to get all the details just right. Of course, every couple wants their dream day to be absolutely perfect, but sometimes the imperfect moments are the ones you treasure the most. This couple had a truly harrowing experience on their big day right in the middle of their vows! They were exchanging rings when they realized the groom's ring was missing. And it wasn't just any ring, it was an heirloom piece that belonged to his grandfather! Thankfully, they found it after the ceremony and everything turned out happily ever after, but it created a funny moment that the two of them will never forget.
This couple dreamed of a big white wedding complete with a church ceremony and a ballgown fit for a princess. With its ornate architecture and beautiful stained glass windows, First Evangelical Lutheran Church was the perfect place for them to say, "I do". Afterward, they moved to Mere Bulles for an intimate reception with their nearest and dearest. The beautiful classic florals by Rose Hill Flowers added to this wedding's timeless appeal. We don't often get a ton of photos from inside church ceremonies, but Rebecca Renee Photography was right there and got plenty of great photos! Peerless Films was also there with the couple to capture their big day on film. To see more from this beautiful wedding, check out the full gallery. Read on to hear more from Meredith Corning about how this gorgeous day came together.
THE LONGEST AND SHORTEST DAY
Heather and Travis knew they wanted a traditional wedding spent with their closest friends and family members in Nashville, Tennessee. Since the couple’s top priority was to have a day where they could focus on one another and to be as COVID-safe as possible, an intimate affair seemed most fitting. The ceremony took place in a church that embodied their dream aesthetic. They held their reception at the location Travis proposed to Heather, Mere Bulles, where they simply wanted a relaxing, lovely dinner with their guests. “It felt like an extra special, full-circle moment to be able to have our reception at Mere Bulles. When I think about our wedding day, it often feels like the longest and shortest day. It was all such a marvelous, surreal experience and just truly the happiest day of our lives thus far”, explains Heather.
WHERE'S THE RING?!
In a twist of fate, Heather said that the funniest moment of the day was when they were saying their vows and realized Travis’s ring must have gotten left in one of the dressing rooms during all the hubbub of the day. Luckily, Travis’s brother and best man, Taylor, offered up his wedding band as a placeholder for the couple to use at that moment. Both rings are very special to the couple with Travis’s ring being his grandfather’s and Heather’s ring is also vintage.
FINDING THE RIGHT GOWN
The Vladiyan Royal gown and veil Heather found at Couture By Tess Bridal exceeded every possible expectation she had. The European couture dress is incredibly unique without sacrificing elegance. The entire piece is covered in an intricate baroque lace pattern made out of lustrous white sequins. The cathedral veil is just as detailed and made the perfect match for Heather’s vision.
“My gown and veil were straight out of my wildest, most fanciful fairytale dreams! As I was dress shopping, I knew that I wanted a luxurious ball gown and a long veil. After visiting several shops, those dreams started to feel like a tall order. Fortunately, I found Couture By Tess Bridal on Instagram, made an appointment, and Tess and her staff made sure that all of my dreams came true. I loved the way it reflected light, very similar to the way that light sparkles, shimmers, and bounces off of the ocean. I dream of having an excuse to wear it again somehow...I'm obsessed”, explains Heather.
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