CLASSIC SOUTHERN WEDDING | Randi + Dan… “She said she wasn’t going to cry!” | Chic, lovely Nashville nuptials that will likely lead to heart explosions.


You guys probably recognize Randi and Dan, and that’s because we featured their dockside engagement session a short while back, and it was pretty phenom.  They’re a gorgeous couple, and if you think they clean up nice for e-shoots, ohhh MAN are you in for a treat today.

I’ve been holding onto this gem the fantastic and fabulously talented Kristyn Hogan gave me, for a few reasons.  1) if it’s not obvious already, this affair is the unofficial mayor of Prettytown, population Kristyn, Randi, Dan and their guests.  2) I’m a sucker for simple, refined color schemes, navy dresses and matchy-matchy bouquets.  3) When I imagine a perfect wedding, I imagine smiles, pretty dresses (hey, cool it – I’m allowed a shallow element in my fantasy), and lots and lots of happy tears that we promised we’d hold back when the day began but that are now FLYING OUT OF OUR EYES because our emotions on this day… to quote a Miley Cyrus’ album title… Can’t Be Tamed.  Ugh.  That’s two Miley references in seven days.  WTF, me?

Anywho, hey guess what?  I’m sure you’re not already expecting me to say this or anything, but THAT’S THIS WEDDING.  High kick, woot!

Here’s the story behind this radiant couple, from Kristyn:

Randi & Dan met through mutual friends in college. The couple took a trip with Dan’s family to Steamboat Spring, CO and on a romantic sleigh ride, Dan proposed. Randi & Dan are the definition of classic, elegant style and I loved the timeless feel of their wedding. They were married on a beautiful October evening at the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Nashville, TN with a stunning reception at the historic War Memorial. Randi is such a sweet, classic Southern girl and an interior designer, so every detail was executed perfectly. Along with her classic Priscilla of Boston gown, Randi wore pearls from her in-laws and a bracelet made of vintage jewelry from both of her grandmothers.

And here’s some bitchin’ advice from our bride, Randi:

It will all come together. Surround yourself with positive and loving people whom you trust. And just remember, it’s about you and your groom being married and spending the rest of your lives together.

Spot on, Randi.  Now, we’re gonna go enjoy your wedding if you don’t mind.  Thaaaanks! :)

Randi and her popsicle seeing one another for the first time that day.  Yup, maximum adorbs. ↴

According to Kristyn, Randi said she wasn’t going to shed tears during the ceremony. ↴

Uh oh!  It’s the contagious strain of cry.  The least treatable! ↴

Umm… AWWWWW! ↴

Ok, seriously, stop it, Kristyn.  Stop ruling so hard with your camera and your fancy pictures and your ridiculous talent.  Stop it.  It’s starting to get really unsettling how good you are at making me cry over a couple I’ve never even MET.

you guys.  Are you positively DYING over this wedding, like I am?

By the way, I’m kinda dying to know your favorite part.

xoxo!  – Alison

Photography: Kristyn Hogan / Ceremony Venue: Cathedral of the Incarnation / Reception Venue: War Memorial / Bride’s Dress: The Bride Room | Priscilla of Boston / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: The Bride Room | Amsale / Bride’s Shoes: Christian Dior / Grooms’ Attire: Street Tuxedo / Florist: Brocade Design Arts / Wedding Planner: Simply Stunning Events / Band: Super T / Cake: The Sweetest Day / Rentals: Classic Party Rentals / Lighting: Bradfield Stage Lighting / Catering: Nick’s Catering / Event Design: Jonathan Savage

Label(s): Blue, Color, White, {Real Weddings}

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  1. jacin {lovely little details} on March 22, 2011

    why can’t i look all calm and collected like that? she is gorgeous, the wedding is perfect, and i love the details.

  2. Jemma on March 22, 2011

    Alison, there’s no doubt I’m dying over this! That first shot is out of this world faaaantastic! With the strong light behind them it looks like they’re just floating there. Definitely my favorite.

  3. floralartvt on March 22, 2011

    I love the flowers! Her bouquet is beautiful…and perfect for her!…and the centerpieces are so over-the-top I have to love them! (I am not usually a fan of tall centerpieces being the practically nelly that I am.) Beautiful, beautiful shots.

  4. Denise L. Woods on March 22, 2011

    A gorgeous wedding from A to Z!

  5. Melissa @ The Loveliest Day on March 22, 2011

    Those shoes, THAT BOUQUET! Love, love, love!!!

  6. Alison on March 22, 2011

    Jacin – Totes feel you; Randi epitomizes the three Cs. :)

    Jemma – that first shot is one of my tops, too. It’s RIDIC!!!!

    floralartvt – The centerpieces really work for the room, I’m with you. They’re almost subtle, despite their size!

  7. Leanna T. on March 22, 2011

    Aww this is beautiful! Photog did an amazing job.

    I’m a guaranteed cryer so I’m crossing my fingers my crying face turns out as beautifully as this bride’s did!

  8. lizzie on March 22, 2011

    i love how dramatic the reception was and how classic and elegant the photography is! holy cow indeed.

  9. Sonya Cole on March 22, 2011

    Wow, yes in love with this. Beautiful!!

  10. viv @ the eclectic life on March 22, 2011

    this is a beautiful wedding but what i love most is how great the bride and all her bridemaids’ hair is. their hair is seriously smoking! love it.

  11. LemonBride on March 22, 2011

    Wow wow wow. Just gorgeous. When I used to live in Nashville, that was always such a gorgeous place for photos and they are just amazing here! I love the lit candles and her bouquet is beautiful!

  12. Koru Kate on March 22, 2011

    Stunning, every little detail is stunning! My favorites? The votive candle/escort card display & the sparkler grand exit. You can beat a sparkly exit!

  13. Amber on March 22, 2011

    Absolutely beautiful wedding, so classic and elegant. I love it.

    And you know the photography is good when you get all teary-eyed looking at a total stranger’s wedding photos. They captured every moment perfectly.

  14. Chandra ~ Oh Lovely Day on March 22, 2011

    My favorite is the bride’s bouquet. It is beyond gorgeous. And I love that last shot of “love” with sparklers!

  15. the Perfect Palette on March 22, 2011

    All kinds of pretty! Love it all.

  16. Emma on March 22, 2011

    Beautiful reception details! The bright blue is incredibly stunning.

  17. Nicole on March 22, 2011

    I absolutely love everything about this! It’s soooo gorgeous!

  18. Lena on March 22, 2011

    This is gross. The world’s loveliest couple, the best nude pumps, so many pearls, all those happy tears. I’m sick, and by sick I mean totally and completely IN LOVE with these strangers.

    I’m sure that won’t be weird for Randi and her sweetheart to read.

  19. Nicole on March 22, 2011

    love the bow on her dress! and the sparklers spelling out Love > seriously, thats awesome!

  20. erin * sparkle & hay on March 22, 2011

    STU-UNNING!!!! aaaaaaand i might just have found a future sundaybouquet – love it!!!

  21. Kristyn Hogan on March 23, 2011

    Haha, it’s okay, it’s normal to fall in love with these two :) They are pretty ridiculously adorable and their wedding was completely fabulous. I just gave them their album and I was sad because I just wanted to keep it for myself :)

  22. Chris on March 23, 2011

    Love the detail shots in this wedding. The bouquet shot with the depth of field is gorgeous, love those kinds of shots

  23. This venue is gorgeous on its own, but the photographer captured it beautifully. Loving the sparkler photos!

  24. Sara on April 8, 2011

    Wow!!! Absolutely is a wonderful wedding !! …and also the location is very elegant and beautifull :)


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