Grace + Josh | Sep 1, 2019
Art Deco wedding with an abundance of natural light at Noelle in Nashville, Tennessee
Grace and Josh met their sophomore and junior year of high school when they sat near one another in the lunchroom, and continued to get to know each other in a youth group. Fast forward to the homecoming dance, when they had their first official date and their very first kiss!
“I knew he was the one when we were in high school and having conversations on whether or not we should say ‘I love you’ yet,” said Grace. “Shortly after, he said it!”
After that special day, Grace and Josh spent the rest of high school together and all the long-distance college years together. Just when things couldn’t get any sweeter, Josh got down on one knee and asked her to spend forever with him.
“We’ve had great times and we’ve had to work at things, but in the end, we knew we always wanted to be together,” said Grace.
In downtown Nashville, an Art Deco boutique hotel offered unique finishing touches that brought the couple’s combined wedding vision to life. The setting was exquisite, infused with an abundance of natural light, fresh flowers, and a neutral color palette of ivory and blush paired with metallic and charcoal accents.
“I’m a little bit of an artist and a little old fashioned in ways and would love an outside, artistic, rustic theme, while Josh is a smarty-pants science guy and thought a museum or hotel would be cool,” said Grace. “I feel like the venue is the perfect combo of both!”
Grace’s bridal look emulated effortless poise and elegance. She wore an off-white, princess cut gown with an intricate lace bodice and sheer illusion neckline. The back was open and romantic with more lace detail cascading down the full tulle skirt. She twisted her blonde hair into a bun and added a cathedral length, lace-trimmed veil and crystal encrusted drop earrings.
Her bridal bouquet was a handpicked selection of blush and cream roses, garden roses and peonies, mixed with lush sprays of fern, myrtle and eucalyptus. The bridesmaids complemented her beautifully in charcoal-colored gowns with a sweetheart neckline and tulle overlay.
Josh and his groomsmen wore polished black suits with white shirts, black ties and black patent leather shoes. Their boutonnieres drew influence from the bridal bouquet and were made of a single cream rose bud and sprig of greenery.
Inside the boutique hotel’s historic 1930 Art Deco space, the sophisticated atmosphere was complete with original crown moldings, exquisite marble encasements and arching windows that maximized natural light. There were retro sputnik chandeliers with brass finish, and modern wooden chairs for the guests.
Once their friends and families were all seated, the wedding party took turns walking down the aisle, led by the most adorable flower girl in a charming flower crown. Grace, on her father’s arm, looked radiant as she made her way down the ivory runner to where Josh was eagerly waiting for her.
Grace and Josh stood at the altar, in between two white podiums, showcasing statement arrangements of hydrangeas in tall glass vases. The large arched window in the backdrop allowed an endless amount of natural light to flood into the room. After exchanging the most beautiful vows, the lovebirds shared their much-anticipated first kiss as a married couple!
Following the ceremony, Grace, Josh and their wedding party posed for portraits at the altar while the space was transformed for the reception. The couple even slipped away for some intimate shots outside on the terrace with the Nashville skyline painting the backdrop.
To kick off the cocktail hour, there was a mirrored sign with whitewashed-wood trim welcoming guests to the reception. There was also a polaroid guestbook for the newlyweds’ friends and families to sign - with the instructions to “snap it, shake it, stick it, sign it” - which was a personal touch for the bride and her passion.
“I love photography (I used to have a photography business) and really wanted to incorporate it somehow,” said Grace. “So during cocktail hour we had large portraits of weddings throughout each of our families history lined up by the windows to show the progression of wedding styles/photography.”
On a small white accent table, there was a lantern with a lit marble candle, accompanied by a framed sign honoring those watching from above. The seating chart was displayed on a wood framed sign, with sheets of paper hanging by clothespins and handwritten calligraphy designating different table assignments.
Each round table was arranged with an ivory linen tablecloth, tall glass candle holders, antique silver candlesticks and centerpiece flower arrangement. The place settings were designed with ivory linen napkins, classic glassware and silver flatware, silver chargers and a special white and gold coated chocolate guitar as a sweet takeaway.
As soon as Grace and Josh walked in, he took her to the dance floor to spin, twirl and dip during their first dance. They were soon after joined by the rest of their closest friends and families, who danced the night away with them in celebration. Everyone was all smiles - with a few tears - during the toasts, raising their glasses to the new Mr. and Mrs.
Their wedding cake was almost too beautiful to cut into, with handfuls of baby’s breath and blush rose buds on top and around the trim of each tier. It was a two-tiered classic buttercream cake with a tiny banner on top that read, “JUST MARRIED”.
“Grace and Josh had an amazing wedding day with so many special touches,” said the photographer. “From their overflowing floral centerpieces to the homemade chocolate guitar that each guest received as a wedding favor, this wedding was so sweet!”
We are so happy for these lovely newlyweds!
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Noelle Hotel Nashville