After six years together, my love and I decided to tie the knot. Little did I know the undertaking in throwing a party for 250 people. I have learned a lot throughout this past year of planning and there was no way I could have pulled it off without the help of some amazing friends, families and vendors.
On September 18th at 6:42, John and I were the 1st couple to say “I do” at The Mansion at The Fontanel since it’s opening to the public. There is no doubt in my mind there will be many weddings to follow, the venue is absolutely stunning. The Fontanel is not for every bride, but was a perfect fit for out carnival/circus themed wedding.
Deanna Bruton of Strategic Hospitality worked wonders on finalizing my tables, chairs, glassware, placement, decorations and so much more. While my day of coordinator, Marsha Bollinger of thirty-three Events ironed out all the important details of the day. Note to brides- do not try to have a wedding without a coordinator! Trust me they are very important. These ladies both rocked out a slew of important elements for me.
As guests were shuttled up they were treated to a video of John and I imitating Anchor Man. The spoof on the movie, and on ourselves, was shot and edited by Joel Wilson of CinematicFocus . These guys continued to document our entire wedding day and I can’t wait to see what they work up!
For months, Olia Zavozina spent countless hours perfecting my custom made, mermaid, sweetheart, French lace dress. I could not have been happier with the final product. She also made John’s suit which had the cutest accents of red piping. Contrecia ‘Trecie’ Tharpe of MakeUp by Trecie painted my face, while Alicia Powell of Altra Salon pieced my hair together into a one of a kind up-do. Alain Patterson designed my birdcage veil, which, Annie Blankenship made a sparkling, pearl, flower hairpiece for. My neck glistened with a pearl and diamond necklace and my arm with a diamond bracelet from Ben Brantley & Co. Once all of the final touches were made, I was swept away for a fun romantic filled photo session with Stephanie Saujon Baltz of La Photography .
Each of my bridesmaids wore personalized necklaces from m.florita Jewelry . Two jewels in our wedding colors, black and red, hung with two pendants. One pendant is of the Tennessee state flag (the stars I also had engraved on John’s ring) and the other a portion of our poem (Carnival of Love) that was read at the wedding. Marrah did an amazing job with the presentation, which included carnival flags with their names on it, State flag seals and a complete version of our Carnival of Love poem. Marrah also provided bucket candles from Woodbine Candle Co., which were a nice touch at our cocktail hour and made the path for our exit.
Meantime, Cari-Ann Redding placed kissing balls and gorgeous flower arrangements amongst the outside ceremony area. That’s also where producer, Bert Hensley of Gary Musick Productions hung red & white draping making the ceremony grander than I could ever expect. He also placed down a fabulous red carpet for us to walk on. Gary Musick can truly do anything when it comes to event production and they saved my ceremony from the wooden bears, that I was dreading.
Chris Scruggs rounded up some of the best living legend musicians to provide both; our ceremony and reception music. The band backed songwriter & dear friend, Lee Holyfield as she performed a beautiful rendition of Heavenly Day while we cut into the most delicious sour cream, chocolate ganache, caramel cake by Dessert Designs. Hey Girl Hey Cakes out of California provided the most amazing circus tent cake for the groom, complete with cannons and all!
After the ceremony, guest were directed to take guestbook photos from Old Time Photo booth. You can check some of those out online!
The carnival party awaited guests with a kissing photo-booth, a “Strolling Table” by Strolling Tables of Nashville , fire hula hooping by The Spinderellas , Larry “The Panty Boy” served as the ringmaster and aerialist Leela Sophina “Queen of the air” amazed guests as she hung from atop the high log ceilings.
Inside, Liberty Party Rental provided tables; glassware, chairs and more while Nashville Audio Visual provided the lighting and sound.
These vendors helped make the evening nothing short of magical. Thank you to all of them!