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Nashville Inspired Wedding

When this wedding from Alison Conklin landed in our inbox, we knew within seconds we wanted to feature it. Bride Amber filled the day with details (some taken from Ruffled!) that were personally meaningful for this non-traditional couple, right down to the wedding cake — which was made by the bride’s 15-year-old sister! Keep reading for some inspiration from this 1960s Nashville-inspired wedding:

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bride and groom against wall

From the bride, Amber: Our biggest goal while planning our wedding was to have it be both a reflection of us as individuals, and as a couple. We also wanted to blend both old & new, showing our guests that just because we’re non-traditional ourselves, didn’t mean that we wanted to disconnected ties with all traditions. Lastly – we wanted the whole process and day of to be a lot of fun.

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bride in black

Our starting point for a theme was 1950s/1960s Nashville. John and I have visited there a couple of times together and have just fallen in love with the music scene, southern hospitality and the food! Because we both love all things vintage, this naturally played a large role in the decor.

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There were a TON of DIY projects involved in this wedding. Here’s a list:
-Hand-painted burlap table runners
-Hand-dyed doily garland
-Groomsmens’ bowties made using vintage fabric
-Bridesmaids’ dress hangers and button rings
-AJ DIY Marquee sign
-Vintage style concert posters, I designed them in Photoshop and had them printed on Vistaprint
-Painted dessert stands
-Banners for around the reception
-45rpm record place cards
-Ruffled streamers
-Here comes the bride banner
-Doily poms at the end of pews
-Flags & lavender sachets for post-ceremony parade

vinyl place settings

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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? If you’re doing a lot of projects yourself, it is NEVER too early to get started. Get as much done ahead of time as you can! Also – keep yourself as organized as possible. I swear by a wedding binder. It’s a great place to keep all of your contracts, to do lists, inspiration, etc.

bride and groom parade

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newlyweds first dance


View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Bridal Party Processional: Four Seasons Spring Movement, Vivaldi
Bride’s Processional: Sonata in A Major, Op. 65, No. 3, Felix Mendelssohn-Barthody
Recessional: Symphonie No. 2, Op. 13, No. 2, Charles Marie Widor
First Dance: “Picture in a Frame,” Tom Waits
Father/Daughter Dance: “In My Life,” The Beatles
Mother/Son Dance: “You’re the One,” The Black Keys

Wedding Vendors (Easton, PA):

Wedding Ceremony: Trinity Episcopal Church / Wedding Reception: Third Street Alliance / Wedding Photographer: Alison Conklin / Wedding Dress: Vera Wang for David’s Bridal / Wedding Veil: made by bride / Wedding Shoes: Discount Dance / Jewelry: Family heirlooms / Hair: Ashley’s Main Street Styles (Coopersburg, PA) / Groom’s Outfit: Express / Bow Tie: Countess Mara / DJ: Soundscape DJ Entertainment / Wedding Cake and Sweets: Bride’s Family / Wedding Invitations: Kevin Maloney / Cake Topper: Simply Silhouettes

8 Comments on Nashville Inspired Wedding

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  • 1

    Love!!! Totally obsessed with details, her dress, and photos. Amazing!!

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  • 2

    What a unique bride and groom ensemble! Love the big black bow and birdcage face veil . . . the black bridesmaids’ dresses create a dramatic look; so elegant!

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  • 3

    Just like I told my daughter, just be true to yourself! Forget about “traditions” do things the way you want. I think she will keep some traditions, and add a little of themselves to the mix. It should be beautiful!

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  • 4

    Ahhh!!! The bride looks absolutely fabulous in the dress! I work as a wedding consultant as David’s Bridal & I think the Vera dresses take a very certain bride to pull them of f& rock them and she did an amazing job! :)

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  • 5

    Every time i see these beautiful photos, i only have one idea, that is to get married asap. The black bridesmaid dresses attract me most, and i am try to buy black and white bridesmaid dresses for my dear frineds, xoxo.

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  • 6

    omg this is awesome! the bride is absolutely beautiful! the couple really looks like they put a lot of themselves and hard work into this! i love it!

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  • 7

    I love how you included black!

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  • 8

    Black bridesmaid dresses = 10 automatic cool points.

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