Matthew and Rebecca’s hot summer wedding in Nashville boasted casual country attire and sweet family details you’ll love!
Rebecca Gilley & Matthew Alexander
Featured in the Winter 2013 Nashville Pink Bride Magazine
LOVE STORY: Matt and I have known each other since we were kids. In high school, we never hung out in the same crowds, but little did I know, he liked me the whole time! In 2010, we met up again at a mutual friend’s birthday party, and I decided to find out if he was single. He happened to be, and the rest, as they say, is history. He later told me that he had been praying to God that he would put us together!
WEDDING DETAILS: My vision and theme for the wedding was to be country-chic. I feel like we accomplished that vision! Pinterest was a great help with ideas. My parents’ farm is where we decided to have the wedding & reception since there was a big yard and the horses would be there. We also knew we would be able to invite more guests. My mother-in-law made the wooden signs to place around the ceremony, and we bought some whiskey barrels to use at the altar. We also used both of my grandfather’s old riding saddles to place at the altar, as well. We used white pews for the family to sit on and had white chairs for the rest of the guests. A friend of ours built old wooden doors to look as if you were walking into an outdoor chapel. The centerpieces were simple round wood pieces with a candle, grass, and a mason jar with wildflowers. Candles in mason jars lined the aisle.
For the reception, I wanted to have a country-style meal so we went with pulled pork, pinto beans, potatoes, turnip greens, and cornbread. There was a dessert bar with ice cream, blackberry cobbler, and banana pudding. Of course, there were the wedding cakes with vanilla and strawberry cake. The groom’s cake was shaped into a saddle on a hay bale that was chocolate inside.
The biggest hit of the reception was the photo booth by NashVegas Photo Booths! Dancing and music was provided during the reception with mostly country songs.
WEDDING DAY: The big day was the hottest day I think we had all summer. It happened to be 105 degrees! Luckily, the wedding was in the evening and had cooled down some. The day was full of nerves and excitement. Whenever Matt and groomsmen were getting ready, they realized we did not have enough shirts for the guys! My dad happened to have an extra white shirt that matched the guys’ shirts exactly.
Photographer, Invitations & Calligraphy: Candice Jones Photography
Rentals and Décor: Stewarts Special Events
Wedding Planner: Norma Knox & Jackie Preston
Florist: Terry Brewer & Woodbury Flowers
Caterer: Christie Q BBQ & Catering
Cake: Rebecca Merritt
Bridal Shop: The Something Blue Shoppe
Ceremony & Reception Location: The bride’s parents’ farm, Stones River Farms
Transportation: Horse & Buggy by David Preston
Videographer: Jubba Womack
Music/Entertainment: The Gilley Brothers
Officiant/ Minister: Herb Alsup
Photobooth: NashVegas Photo Booths