A bustling urban cityscape in Nashville makes the perfect backdrop for a Southern-chic wedding.
Garrett and Amanda’s celebration made expert use of that fact! The couple paired the country-chic culture from the heart of Nashville with sweet Southern flair that’s not too country to make one unforgettable event. We love this dynamic duo’s timeless sense of style, stunning color palette of rich purple and cream, and classic use of venue space both at the ceremony and the reception. Scroll on to get all the details!
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Garrett Mowrey + Amanda Motel
March 15, 2014
Tell us about your love story!
Garrett and I met through an online dating website. I had just moved to Nashville a couple of months prior and was only hoping to make some friends and get to know the city better. Our first date took place at Bosco’s. Over a pizza and a couple of glasses of wine, we spent hours sharing our dreams, values, and what was important to us. We both were secretly noting how similar we were on so many fronts. My first thought was that he was remarkably kind and truly seemed interested in knowing ME.
The proposal happened over Memorial Day at his parent’s lake house in South Carolina. We had gone there for the holiday weekend with a few friends. On Saturday morning, we took our dogs for a walk down to a peaceful and intimate boat dock. It was a gorgeous day. I sat down to dangle my feet in the water and noticed he was kind of standing around anxiously. I got to my feet thinking he was ready to leave, and when I stood up, he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him! Upon getting back to the house, we were met by family and friends eagerly waiting with mimosas and cheers! It was perfect. I knew the proposal was coming, but I didn’t know for sure when it would happen. I guess you could say it was an “expected surprise.”
Recap your big day for us.
I felt like I was smiling ear to ear all day. My face hurt by the end. I have never felt so overjoyed. I cried when I walked toward Garrett waiting for me at the altar. A memorable moment was when my dad sang a song he wrote especially for us during the ceremony. Walking into our gorgeous venue for the first time and seeing all the planning come to life was also extremely memorable. It was beyond anything I could have hoped or wanted. There was a lot of traffic getting downtown, so a delay in getting to the reception was unexpected. I wish that we had had longer to enjoy cocktail hour!
What about the details?
My theme was southern urban chic. I had a lot of out-of-town guests, so I wanted the theme to feel “southern” but not too country. The event space was rustic, with wood floors and beams, but was softened with candles, string lights and amber uplighting. G Catering did an amazing job of creating gorgeous food stations, which added a touch of elegance. The colors were plum, ivory and leaf green, so there was a good balance of light and dark. Each of the centerpieces was slightly different, consisting of rustic décor pieces, mason jars, candles, and array of ivory and purple flowers.
Describe your wedding planning process.
We were engaged for 9.5 months. We started the planning shortly after the proposal. Millie Mathis of Southern Touch Events was the ceremony planner and did a tremendous job! We met a handful of times before the wedding to ensure every detail was taken care of. I didn’t worry about one thing. The reception package came with an events planner (Randi Events) who helped us figure out the overall look of the wedding and arranged all the vendor rentals (décor, lighting, linens, tables & chairs, etc.). The best decisions I made in the planning process were having a ceremony planner and picking an amazing band!
What was your wedding day budget (and for how many guests)?
The planned budget was $25,000 for 115 guests, but in reality, everything came to around $30,000. The splurge was the event space. We saved on the flowers (done by Wade in Green Hills Kroger). The bouquets were way bigger, bolder and more beautiful than I ever could have dreamed. We also saved big by doing most of the décor ourselves. My mom is very creative and did a beautiful job!
What’s the best advice you can give a bride and groom planning their wedding?
Start early so you have lots of venue options and can take it easy. Planning should be fun and not (overly) stressful. Enjoy the process. If you have creative and talented family and friends, let them help! DIY projects can save you serious money.
What do you look forward to most as Mr. & Mrs.?
We just enjoy spending the day-to-day together. It’s so nice having a partner in life. We also look forward to starting a family someday.
What has surprised you most during the first few months of marriage?
How easy it has been! We’ve heard from many people that the first few months of marriage can be challenging, but we’ve truly enjoyed married life and look forward to many happy years together.
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Bridal Shop (Gown): Bridal Warehouse
Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse
Photographer: Lisa Shelby Photography
Wedding Planner: Southern Touch Events
Caterer: G Catering and Events
Florist: Kroger (Green Hills)
Cake: Creative Crumbs
Invitations & Calligraphy: Michael’s (DIY)
Bridal Party Attire: Little Borrowed Dress
Ceremony Location: Vanderbilt University – Benton Chapel
Reception Location: aVenue
Videographer: Jamison Shaffer
Music/Entertainment: The Respectables
Officiate/ Minister: Tom Clagett