Real Wedding at the Nashville City Club: Study in Red

Posted on Sep 15, 2009

Sep 15, 2009


By Krista Chapman

Recently, I was privileged to host my assistant’s wedding here at the City Club. This is the second City Club employee that has hosted such an event at the Club, our Gneral Manager Jim was married here in March. Both weddings were beautiful, but Renee’s truly transformed the space.

Renee and I bounce ideas around for sometime about the decor. She wanted to create a space “that doesn’t look like where I work”. We set about looking for a unique color scheme. Both Renee and her groom Brian have ties to the music industry and wanted a fun, upbeat party for their reception. We positioned the dance floor centrally in the Club’s Main Dining Room, choose a strong color palette of red, black & dark aqua and used draping and red uplighting to create a nightclub feel in the space. Roses created a dramatic floral arrangement on the central table with peacock feathers as accents. With a panaramic view of the city lights the reception was a prefect mix of tradition and fun, set to a metropolitan backdrop.


Food was easy with a Chef like Luis Fonseca. We created a heavy hors d’ouevres style spread that included coconut shrimp with a mango relish, mashed potato martini bar, live action pasta station creating custom orders for guests, grilled chicken satay with a Thai peanut sauce amoung other delights. Wine and beer flowed freely as guests mingled, waiting for their the newlyweds.

When Brian and Renee arrive, we stole them for a short minute to grab a bite and then into the reception for their introduction as husband and wife. They shared their first dance and then cut the cake. Dulce Desserts made a three tier simple strawberry shortcake was finished with white buttercream and fresh strawberries. Full and happy, guests were ready to dance.

And dance they did, late into the night. It was a beautiful wedding and Renee would later tell me that everything, “was just awesome”. Cheers, to many years of marital bliss (and continued work as our Club Coordinator).

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