Michael and Anna celebrated their Nashville wedding with soft country accents and simple details you’ll love! Check it out here.
Anna Billa + Michael Rhea
Featured in the Winter 2013 Nashville Pink Bride Magazine
THE PROPOSAL: Ultimately, he spoke with my father about marrying me (unbeknownst to me) when we were visiting my family for Christmas – on World War II battleship in Fall River, Massachusetts. A week later, he wrapped up the ring in a big box for my birthday, which is also New Year’s Eve. He saved that gift for last, and it was such a big box that I was starting to feel disappointed, thinking it wouldn’t happen after all. When I opened the box, he had the ring strung on a red satin ribbon draped over a framed collection of photographs of the two of us (hence the big box). Of course, I said yes. We then went out for our New Year’s Eve/birthday dinner reservations at the Sunset Grille in Nashville, where he had ordered a large bouquet of red roses with a card that said, “I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with you.”
WEDDING DETAILS: I wanted a wedding that was simple, rustic without being too rustic, with a Nashville-country flare. I knew a dusky blue would be the base color, although I explored other colors – but I always came back to this dusky shade of blue. Like much of our wedding, our theme came together serendipitously; shades of blue and beige available at the Loveless Barn for table linens led us to the exact shade with beige as our second color, which worked beautifully with the dresses I liked at J. Crew for my bridesmaids. Our florist pulled it all together by designing gorgeous flower arrangements that were both simple yet eye-catching. She put together a display of honey-suckle and ivy that draped over the altar, with mason jars hanging from it by ribbons and small bouquets that matched the rest of the flowers in the jars. All of our bouquets were soft without being too wild. It turned out to be a perfect mix of what we wanted.
We had an activity table where our family and friends could write us notes (memories and advice). The parts of this table, along with our seating chart, were lettered by Jim Billa, uncle of the bride, who is a freelance artist and sign-maker. One year at Christmas when I was very little, my uncle created a fantasy animal called the Porsibau, which looks like a bird with very thin legs and spotted wings. He made my family an ornament with a Porsibau on it that we still put on our tree every year, and Jim and I joke about it every year. So, for our wedding, Jim tucked little Porsibau drawings into the corners of everything he made – the directions for the activity table, the guest book, the photos we had on display. It’s been fun to go through everything since the wedding and find new little Porsibaus that I hadn’t seen before!
Photography: Puccini Photography
Florist: Enchanted Florist
Bridal Shop: David’s Bridal
Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse
Wedding Planner: Misty Hollamby, Silver Leaf Events
Caterer: Loveless Café
Bridal Party Attire: J. Crew
Ceremony & Reception Location, Rentals & Décor: The Loveless Barn
Music/Entertainment: High Tone Entertainment
Officiant/Minister: Bob Palmer (friend of the groom)
Hair: Carly Rae Lawrenson, Harlow Salon