It was my last wedding for the 2011 year, but it was a wedding that became very near and dear to my heart! This Belmont Mansion Wedding could not have been more beautiful! Becky and Mike contacted me a year ago when they first became engaged. At the time they were both living in Memphis, TN and working together at St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital while trying to plan a Nashville destination wedding at Eastland Baptist Church and Belmont Mansion because it was the center point for Becky’s Louisville, KY family and Mike’s Atlanta, GA family. But as if that were not crazy enough for them… Mike accepted a job in Atlanta and ended up leaving Memphis to make the ten hour trip and move in order to prepare their paths for their future together. It was not long after that Becky was also offered a job in Atlanta, so she was able to join him. What a whirlwind for both of them! Planning a destination wedding and moving TWICE in the middle of that planning?
Earlier this year I made the trip out to Atlanta to spend a day with Becky and Mike before a conference that I was scheduled for. It isn’t very often that I make a habit of spending the night in my clients’ homes but I really wanted to spend some time getting to know them better. I knew from the start that they were one of those couples that would become great friends! Becky and Mike welcomed me with huge open arms, entertained me with amazing food and delicious cupcakes, and my very first trip to IKEA!
My emotions were running all over the place on their wedding day. So much so, in fact, that Becky’s mother stopped to pray over me. That actually made me cry even more… but for a different reason. LOL. The entire day was such a roller coaster of emotions for me because I knew I had to do an amazing job for my clients, but I was extremely happy to be a part of their big day… and ultimately I was watching my FRIENDS get married to each other. It was amazing!
Our day began at the Embassy Suites at Vanderbilt where Becky began getting ready.
After hair and makeup, Becky arrived at the church where she got into her dress and prepared for a very emotional first look with her mother and father.
Becky and Mike did not want to see each other before the wedding, so we spent a little time with each of them getting as many different combination of pictures as we could before the ceremony. I must say… this was one very fun bridal party! I really enjoyed getting to know all of the girls and the guys!
I’m pretty sure this is the most amazing wedding pianist I’ve ever heard… Alexis Cruz, Nashville TN.
Eastland Baptist Church is amazingly beautiful! Simply beautiful! It was decorated for Christmas and it was breathtaking with the cathedral ceilings and chandeliers! And I have to give credit to my amazing second shooter, Rebecca Payne for grabbing this shot from the balcony during the ceremony!
The wedding reception was held in the beautiful, historic Belmont Mansion! It was also decorated for Christmas and absolutely beautiful! It was the perfect backdrop for this beautiful couple!
I couldn’t help but take a few pictures of everyone enjoying the same day slide show from across the room! I think everyone was thrilled to see photos from the wedding on the same day as the wedding! There was a crowd gathered around the slideshow every minute! But my favorite moment is when the flower girl found it! The expression on her face was priceless!
I love love love all of the special touches that Becky incorporated into her wedding to make it “her!” The vintage feel was perfect at the mansion! And I simply adore the gift table where Becky gave her guests the perfect place to put their cards to her and Mike!
And her decision to use sparklers on this dark winter night as she and Mike departed for their honeymoon… sighs! Perfect!
Congratulations Becky and Mike! I seriously can’t tell you how much the two of you have come to mean to me! I am so happy that you contacted me about shooting your Nashville Destination Wedding! And I am so happy that we met and have become friends! Atlanta is not that far from Nashville… and Scott and I simply MUST get some Becky and Mike time every now and then! Besides… I’m going to need to make a trip back to Atlanta soon to go to the Vortex!
Hope you guys had a blast in St. Lucia!
Wedding Photography: Wendy Cunningham; Nashville, TN
Second Shooter: Rebecca Payne; Louisville, KY
Wedding Venue: Eastland Baptist Church
Wedding Reception Venue: Belmont Mansion
Wedding Coordinator: Brandon Rich with Rich Events
Officiant: Bob Russell; Louisville, KY
Pianist: Alexis Cruz; Nashville, TN
Hair: Ashley Newton
Food and Catering: Down South Delights
Cake and Desserts: Sweet 16th
1900 Belmont Blvd
Nashville, Tn 37212