Beautiful flowers clipped and placed into gorgeous arrangements. Flour and sugar and butter(!) transformed into delicious cakes. Long white dress donned for the bride’s debut. Sleek black tuxes buttoned up to make the him debonair. Event spaces draped and lighted to create an epic stage…..
It’s wedding season here in Tune Town, and many area wedding professionals have already had full weekends serving brides and grooms for their marriage celebrations.
So what does a gaggle of wedding professionals (a.k.a. friendors) do on a Monday after another full weekend? Take the day off, right?
Not for this fun bunch who descended upon Noah Liff Opera Center to throw a “for-fun” wedding inspired by the color-explosive stylings of uber-chic fashion designer Betsey Johnson.
So here’s what happens when a group of talented wedding professionals sets sights on a decadent theme, cranks up the music, and rocks a photo shoot simply to have a great time and show off. First, it all starts with an idea, and Amy Nathanson of Belles Fleurs Designs served as ring mistress to this cirque du colour. Add a contemporary venue designed for the modern, cosmopolitan bride and groom who want to make a bold statement for their wedding day, then assemble a snappy team of creative pros and turn ‘em loose to do their thing and … Boom!
What’s a fun wedding without a fun bride and groom, right? Real-life newlyweds Kendall & Billy are crazy in love with each other, and it clearly shows. A simple “OK, you two, let’s make a kissing shot” which is sometimes directed as “OK, getchya some!” and, well, you know. Weddings are the ultimate Public Displays of Affection, and the connection chemistry of a Betsey-kind-of-couple contributed to the cool craziness. Cosmopolitan, connected, and care-free. Killer.
Speaking of killer, check out this fantastic cake design by Juanita Lane of Dulce Desserts. She nailed this Betsey Johnson inspired theme to the hilt. Talk about combining signature design elements into big-and-bold layers of visual awesomeness. More shots of this amazing cake design to be featured in a future post, and I wanted to start the sweet bragging about Dulce’s decadence now. So, so good.
That post will also brag all over the floral design of Bonnie Denton of Belles Fleurs Designs, table settings and linens pulled together by Sarah Willard of Music City Events and Audrey Bell of Music City Tents & Events, the evocative event lighting provided by Bob McClung of REM Entertainment, and more. For now, I’ll turn back to the amazing people at this shoot…and their tattoos. \../. .\../
I have one; Liv and Nick (the bartender here) have many, to the tune of 75+ between them. The tattoo score is Nick 69, Gregory 1. Gonna have to bridge that gap by one or two points soon for sure.
Liz rocked the Betsey Johnson dress as the flirtatious yet hard-to-get bridesmaid. Big thanks to Rachel Vich from Betsey Johnson Nashville for providing the amazing dresses for this shoot. Also, a big shout out to Link Tipton of Blue Nova Designs for the draped cabana bar. And there’s that bride and groom getting all PDA on each other again.
The flirty bridesmaid entices another groomsman with another kind of sweet kiss in the form of puckering lips and bold hearts provided by the great team at Dulce Desserts. Who can resist a plate full of cookies like those?
Across the room sits another table o’ deliciousness provided by Pam Hogancamp of Ribbons of Chocolate. This is a “fondue waterfall” of event-colored white chocolate to douse succulent strawberries clad in edible animal print plus chocolate-dipped pretzels and colorful marshmallows served in martini glasses. Sweet decadence…Betsey style.
At the head table, it’s time for tributes and toasts to the lovely couple, and this shot features the work of every friendor involved in this shoot. Check out the hot pink chocolate fountains that look like sculptures. Skewer a strawberry and douse it in that rich melted chocolate….yeah. Check out the exotic flower arrangements and decorations atop the gold linens matching the gold chairs set against colorful ombre lighting pattering on elegant white draping. Please note that behind the draping wall you’ll find a not-so-gorgeous freight elevator. This is how creative event professionals turn a bland area into an epic event space.
Here’s another example of of turning basic corner in an epic event vignette. Behind this black and white backdrop is a set of commercial-grade double doors and an illuminated red exit sign…both necessary in an emergency…and this team of event design pros creatively disguised them (keeping the star couple and guests happy) while maintaining a safe exit route (keeping the fire marshall happy). And, again, check out the fantastic table settings and this fabulous wedding party. Cheers indeed!
The Noah Liff Opera Center offers a really cool architectural facade for wedding party photos and grand exits…even the “traditional” bouquet toss gets a modern twist. Just toss it really high while rocking heels and a Betsey Johnson dress. Any guesses about who caught this feather and flower bouquet?
And finally…this shot begged to be made so we obliged. I present to you Music City’s newest and most-fashionable all-girl performing group … The Petticoats. This calls for another \../. .\../
Such a fun shoot, and I could write even more. I’ll cover those additional thoughts in additional posts soon. This style shoot has been brought to you by these amazing wedding professionals:
Amy Nathanson & Bonnie Denton … Belles Fleurs Designs (concept, flowers, decor)
Rachel Vich … Betsey Johnson Nashville (dresses)
Sarah Willard … Music City Events (decor, planning/coordination)
Bob McClung … REM Entertainment (event lighting)
Audrey Ball … Music City Tents & Events (rentals, linens)
Juanita Lane … Dulce Desserts (cake, cookies)
Pam Hogancamp … Ribbons of Chocolate (chocolate fountains)
Link Tipton … Blue Nova Designs (draping)
Sunny Fitz … SUNNYband (headbands)
Amy Lynn Larwig (make-up stylist)
Jo Smith & Meghan Parkinson … Salon P’Nash (hair stylists)
Rachael Street … Street Tuxedo (um, tuxedos)
Stephanie Resch … Relish (invitations and paper goods)
Heidi Schwartz … Paint Your Event (live event painter…more on her in a separate post)
Billy & Kendall (bride & groom)
Liv, Rachel, and Jo (bridesmaids)
Ryan, Chris, and Tom (groomsmen)
Noah Liff Opera Center (location)
Jessica McIntosh (photo assistant, behind-the-scenes photographer)
And yours truly (photographer, fun wrangler)
Cheers to a great week. See you soon.