Country Music Hall of Fame Wedding Reveal: #thefannclub
Our typical planning process is about nine months to one year, and we're hired at the beginning of planning. But, there are those rare cases when we come in at the very end of planning! We met Ali in July, just a couple months before her October wedding. Ali is another one of those exceptional brides that was extremely organized and really just needed someone to be her advocate on wedding day. And, we were honored to be just that! She already had a stellar line-up of vendors including our friend, Kristin Sweeting!
For Ali, it was important to have someone available. We arrived early to her suite at the Omni. We brought lunch, helped tidy the personal items and we were there to see Ali reveal her dress! It's something we'll be offering for future clients - a day-of bride's assistant. It helped the bridal party stay on time and on task, and helped our team really be involved in the wedding festitives.
Ali admitted during planning and in her wedding toast, she wasn't the bride that dreamed of her wedding day - the colors, the dress, the fluffy stuff. But, that's not to say she didn't have great taste. Ali and Drew's wedding was classic and timeless! The neutral color palette and best view of Nashville's skyline make this the prettiest ballroom wedding we've hosted this year!
The most memorable toast of my career was hearing Ali remember her dad picking out the song they would dance to when she was a little girl - "The Way You Look Tonight". Ali and her dad practiced dancing to the song throughout her childhood. It was an emotional moment when they danced to that song that evening. I'll never forget that detail and how much Ali's dad was looking forward to her wedding day!
We did something a little different when planning the flow of the evening by request from Ali and Drew. Instead of hosting dinner immediately after cocktail hour, we went straight into dancing. Guests were ushered into the event hall by the band and were encouraged to dance. When Ali and Drew were introduced, guests were surrounding the dance floor and after their first dance, guests continued to dance until dinner was served later in the evening. Setting the tone early in the evening really helped keep the party alive all night! We also had a traditional hora dance, which is always so much fun to be a part of!
Guests sent Ali and Drew off with Vandy-inspired pom poms! Drew works in the Vanderbilt athletic department and the two met in class at Vanderbilt. It was the perfect ending to a really fun party!
Photography / Kristin Sweeting