We’re in love with the sweet details of this modern Nashville wedding sporting an urban vibe and timeless details.
Everything from the dusty lavender bridesmaid gowns to the city lights at night has us swooning! The bride looks positively radiant in a fitted lace wedding gown, while the groom and his men don dapper navy suits that look ultra-chic against the city backdrop. Lush flowers and meaningful décor elements turn this ceremony into a celebration with style. Fun details unique to the couple tie in a lovely theme we can’t resist!
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Taylor Suzanne Gaw + Richard Harrison Williams
April 22, 2016
Wedding Day Soundtrack
“Can’t Help Falling In Love” – Haley Reinhart
“How Long Will I Love You” – Ellie Goulding
“Canon in D” – Ryan Jones
“Come Thou Fount” – Chris Rice
“Feel Again” – One Republic
Bridal party entrance at reception:
“I’ll Be There For You” – The Rembrant’s
First Dance, Father/Daughter, Mother/Son:
“Tennessee Whiskey” – Chris Stapleton
“Thank Me Now” – Drake (my compromise for the Groom!)
Tell us about your love story!
Harrison and I met while attending the University of Tennessee Knoxville and became fast friends. After five years of dating other people, refusing to admit we were soul mates, and our friends constantly begging us to date, we both ended up in Nashville and decided to give it a shot. After our first kiss at Paradise Park (RIGHT beneath our wedding venue, no coincidence!), two dogs, a cat, and a crazy two years, Harrison finally popped the question at Bicentennial Mall, in the middle of “The Court of 3 Stars.” The significance of the tri-stars was that we met in Knoxville, realized we were in love when I lived in Memphis for a job, and made things official back in our hometown of Nashville. Our entire story is on our wedding website.
Describe your wedding planning process.
We were engaged for eight months. We took on the roles of planning by ourselves. We were very set on having the day be true to us. Big decisions make me antsy, and I get overwhelmed easily, so we tended to make them quickly and with as little fuss (and other opinions) as possible. I am a total people pleaser and often found myself worrying more about guests than the big picture – I was getting MARRIED. Harrison was great about sympathizing with me and then getting me back on track. I usually picked my top three options for something, and Harrison made the final call. We are a great team. J I hated my dress when I saw it on the hanger…a saleswoman suggested it, and I had promised myself to be open minded and try everything on. I went in wanting a boho loose casual dress and walked out with a mermaid-silhouette lace dress that I ADORED. I started to use planning tools but got overwhelmed at all of the decisions it told me I needed to make, so I tossed them aside! I did use The Knot as a guide to keep me on track and kept a wedding binder. I LOVED looking at real wedding features on The Pink Bride – it was so helpful to see real events and ideas in action. We hired a day-of coordinator who took over the month of the wedding, which allowed us to just focus on the fun. Best money we ever spent!
Recap your big day for us.
I got ready with my bridesmaids at my grandmother’s house with my mom, grandma, and aunts. It was so peaceful with a small group, and we were able to relax by the pool, sip mimosas, and soak in the moment! I LOVED my small bridal party. It was so easy to coordinate on the day-of! The boys had brunch at Harrison’s parents and then went to The Board Room in Brentwood for clean shaves and a little pampering. I was eerily calm all day. Everyone around me seemed to be stressed and kept asking me why I wasn’t. I think I was just laser focused and trying to remember it all! My bridesmaids kept me laughing all morning. We giggled for a good 30 minutes trying to get a bottle of champagne open and danced to Britney Spears. We ran about an hour late getting to pictures, so we were a little frazzled, but they surprised me with some Starbucks labeled “Bride,” and that’s when it started to sink in. My mom was worried about me eating, and we were running so late that she made me eat a cheeseburger from McDonald’s, ha! My photographer and videographer were GREAT about working with us and took detail shots and shots of the groomsmen while we got ready. I called concierge to order a bottle of wine, and they answered, “Hello, Mrs. Williams!” and my knees buckled a bit. I honestly didn’t cry until my photographer asked me to film a short message for Harrison, and I lost it when I started to tell him how excited I was to marry him! I cried when I read a note Harrison had written me, which included a hand-drawn illustration of our pets, and then just one more time when I was walking down the aisle.
What about the details?
Our vision was a party with downtown Nashville as the backdrop. We had so many great nights on Broadway with friends that we wanted to recreate that vibe. The location was so gorgeous itself that we didn’t really stress about decor. We used simple hydrangeas (Sams Club!) and kept wine bottles we drank during our engagement to use as vases. The focus was great friends, loads of food, and lots of drinks. The fact that our first kiss was at the bar downstairs was serendipitous (we even snuck down during the reception for a picture), so when they offered to cater, we jumped at the chance (mini corn dogs, sliders, jalapeño fritters, sweet potato fries, tater tots, and chicken tenders – YUM!). Our wedding was the first time a lot of our friends were reunited since college, and we wanted it to feel like old times – a great night out on the town. I wanted to be able to look back on pictures twenty years from now and see a classic neutral vibe. I love that the majority of our pictures are of our guests on the dance floor rather than stills of details. I cry laughing every time I look at how much fun everyone was having! My hair was in a ponytail most of the night because I was dancing so much!
Spectators lined up on all of the other rooftop bars, and watched our entire wedding! They clapped when Harrison came out, ooh and aah’d when our adorable ring bears walked down the aisle, and cheered like CRAZY during our first kiss. Our amazing venue security actually stopped Broadway traffic for a moment so we could get a picture in the middle of the street. Coolest. Thing. Ever.
Our officiant was Harrison’s youth minister and close family friend. He called Harrison “Huck” during the ceremony, which was his childhood nickname, and of course had me and his whole family bawling.
Our pets couldn’t attend, so my “something borrowed” was my dog Neylie’s tag on my bouquet, and we had a dog treat bar for guests to take home a treat.
What was your wedding day budget (and for how many guests)?
We started with a budget of $10,000. Ha. Ha. We ended up spending around $30,000-$40,000 total. We invited 150 guests, thinking that only 125 would come. We only had six regrets! Thank goodness there was standing room during the reception, which actually worked out well. We saved by using flowers and cupcakes from Sam’s Club, recycled wine bottles as vases, printing our own envelopes and programs, and bringing most of the decor from our own home. I splurged on my wedding dress, with help from my mom and Grandma, but I saved on a veil. My seamstress made me one for $50 (always ask for help from vendors; they are the pros and know all the secrets)! Our venue was the most expensive thing we paid for, but it was worth EVERY single penny. Our coordinator was great about working with our budget and tailoring the package for our needs. Every single vendor we used was a friend and/or we got a deal. The wedding industry is CRAZY and we refused to get caught up in it. It was also so nice to work closely with friends rather than strangers. It made the whole day so fun and stress-free. We chose bar food, beer and wine, and our guests loved it. We splurged on the most extensive photography and videography packages because those were important to us, but our vendors were SUCH a great deal that it was still less than other basic packages we were quoted. We were bargain hunters for the entire wedding. I don’t want to give too many secrets away, but I will say that Goodwill, the dollar section at Target, and the Dollar Tree were my best friends, AND we were able to just toss a ton of decor at the end of the night because it was so cheap!
What’s the best advice you can give a bride and groom planning their wedding?
It is YOUR wedding; not your mom’s, not your friends’, but just you and your husband’s. Everyone else will have a chance to plan their own or already has. You do YOU! I am NOT a flower person…I felt pressure to spend a ton of money but am SO glad I went with my gut and bought them in bulk. Honestly, the ONLY regret I have is not just ditching flowers entirely and saving a couple of hundred dollars. Be strict with your guest list! If you wouldn’t go have dinner or grab a drink with someone right this second, do you really want to spend hundreds of dollars to have them present at the most special moment of your life? It sounds harsh, but if you are true to yourself, your husband, and your beliefs during the planning process, you won’t have any regrets. Don’t stress over things you can’t control. The weather is going to do whatever it may no matter how much you agonize over it! There was 90% chance of rain on our big day, and it could not have been clearer or more beautiful. Go with the flow. Things will go wrong; embrace them. My hanger strap was hanging out of my dress during the ceremony, Harrison was chewing gum during it, my bustle broke during the reception – and we laugh about all of those things today! Some of my favorite shots are candids of us sweating on the dance floor or making crazy faces while the wind blew my veil all around us during “formal” pictures.
What do you look forward to most as Mr. & Mrs.?
Getting back into our normal routine and NOT planning, saving, or stressing about a wedding. And not having to hear unsolicited advice or the question “How’s the planning going?” ever again 🙂
What has surprised you most during the first few months of marriage?
How awesome it is! We got so caught up in the wedding that I kind of forgot that we got to be MARRIED afterwards. Something about having a husband, wearing a wedding band, and changing your last name just makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. It is so relaxing to be able to come home, have a glass of wine, and cook dinner instead of worrying about a billion wedding errands. Also, knowing that you legally and officially have someone as your partner and in your corner for life is very reassuring. Our relationship has gotten so much stronger since our wedding, and we definitely have more respect, appreciation, and love for each other.
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Accommodations: Hilton Nashville Downtown
Caterer: Paradise Park Trailer Resort
Florist: Flower Express
Cake: Sam’s Club
Invitations & Calligraphy: KSM Designs
Jewelry: Simply Radiant
Bridal Shop (Gown): Kenneth Winston
Bridal Party Attire: Lulu’s
Videographer: Christian Lewis
Music/Entertainment: Wade Evans
Rentals and Decor: Music City Tents and Events
Officiate/ Minister: Paul Teller, Family Friend
Day-of Coordinator: Hailey Brewer
Lighting: Bright Event Productions
Hair and Makeup: Sarah Hibbs Williams