A Southern Winter

Posted on Jan 11, 2010

Jan 11, 2010


By Krista Chapman

The Nashville City Club started the new year off with a little southern flair. The wedding was almost a year in the works when Lillian and Craig were married on Jan 2, 2010 and celebrated with friends and family. The event was an ode to Nashville as the Bride and Groom highlighted details of the city where they fell in love. Having worked in events at Vanderbilt, Lillian had many grand and creative ideas for her special day, fusing a winter theme decor with classic southern tastes and hospitality. Using the whole Club, three dynamic spaces where created for the guests to enjoy.
Keeping with the season, the Main Dining Room was dressed in whites and icy silvers. The Bride used white ostrich feathers and pine Cones to create large, dramatic centerpieces (Caprice from Enchanted Florist does great work, I happily recommend her). This space would serve as the more traditional reception set-up as Trotline, a country band in from Alabama was centrally positioned as the night’s entertainment. Cool blue uplighting from Nashville Event Lighting, finished the transformation to a southern white winter.
Meanwhile the South Rooms were transformed into a Lover’s lounge with darker blue lighting and soft seating for guests to relax. Finally, the bride saved space for the youngest guests with a Kid’s Corner with special treats, movies and coloring books. A babysitter keeps the kids occupied while freeing parents to enjoy the event. This is a great idea I recommend to any host with young children on their guest list.

It was the details… a guitar as the guest book, a belt strap on the lowest level of a classic three tier white cake and a Southern themed menu through and through that reminded guests that they were in Nashville. Guests were welcomed by a signature drink, Sweet Tea Firefly Vodka and Lemonade, designed by the couple as well as a bar featuring Yazoo Pale Ale and a variety of wines. The menu was a cocktail style buffet with a live action grit bar where guests ordered this southern specialty topped with variety of favorites including BBQ Shrimp. Servers passed a fried green tomatoes, macaroni and cheese phyllo cups, pulled pork sliders with sweet pickles and cornbread muffins filled with chili. Later, after the bride and groom shared their first dance, a bananas foster flambe station was opened for guests to enjoy with the cake and gourmet coffee bar.
Enjoying their fill of Southern delights, music and love, guests would venture in to the chilly night with hot coffee in hand… sighing, “what a beautiful wedding.”

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