Wedding Stories: Claudia & Arnd

This sweet couple from Germany decided to come to Nashville and have the most beautiful destination vow renewal! Their love of country music brought them here, but their love for each other was the real star that day. Here is Claudia and Arnd's story!

Their Story

Arnd and Claudia met during college in their twenties. Claudia felt that he was in love, but she was in a relationship and he never declared his love for her. So they stayed friends, met once a year on the occasion of the yearly town festival in their hometown in Germany. They both married and had children: Arnd has 2 sons (Vincent and Felix) and Claudia has one (Max). At this time, they could not see each other anymore as Arnd moved a lot, for example to Nashville.

Then, they met again, after 20 years, one morning on an airplane to Paris. "It was flashing!" They began to see each other again. Claudia and Arnd found that they were what they each were somehow missing over all of those years. In September 2011 they moved together in their first little flat and finally got married in December 2014.

They decided to celebrate their love and renew their vows in style with a destination vow renewal in Nashville in May 2016. 

The Big Day

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The day of Claudia and Arnd's vow renewal was a beautiful May morning in Nashville. The bride and groom, and all of their guests, had flown in from Germany the day before. The ceremony was held at Riverwood Mansion, and it was looking dreamy and idyllic, as usual. As the guests arrived, we played soft country tunes. 

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Claudia walked down the aisle to "You're Still The One" by Shania Twain. Country music from the 90's was the theme of the day, as both Claudia and Arnd love that era of music. The bride looked stunning, and the groom looked starry-eyed, as he should.

The happy couple, officially renewed, walked into this second phase of their happy marriage to the chorus of "It's A Beautiful Day" by Michael Bublé. From there, we launched into a two hour cocktail hour, playing a mix of jazz and country tunes, including Faith Hill's "This Kiss" and Martina McBride's "Valentine". 

When the time came for Claudia and Arnd's "wedding waltz", they requested "She's Always A Woman" by Billy Joel. This just so happened to be the song they danced to at their first wedding, so it was a very special moment to witness. The love these two have for each other is truly beautiful. 

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Congratulations Claudia and Arnd! I hope you two have a long and happy life together and go on all sorts of European adventures :) 

With love,

Whitney 

Wedding Stories: Jessica & Jack

This beautiful couple had an equally beautiful wedding day! For Jack and Jessica's wedding, I wore a very different hat from what I usually do. I was their day-of-coordinator, and it was certainly an adventure. Here is Jack and Jessica's wedding story!

It was an absolutely gorgeous May morning and I already had a huge to do list. I met with Jessica, the bride, as well as her family and bridesmaids for breakfast. We also did a final rundown of what was going to happen that day. After enjoying a delicious breakfast, I headed over to the venue, The Lighthouse in Hendersonville, TN, to begin setting up all of the decorations.

I put all of these together, and hung them up from the ceiling, myself!

I put all of these together, and hung them up from the ceiling, myself!

Antique windows that Jessica, the bride, collected herself. 

Antique windows that Jessica, the bride, collected herself. 

Luckily, the venue is already beautiful, so there wasn't a whole lot to add. Except for the dozens of paper lanterns, antique windows and homemade cookie favors (made by the bride herself!) Jack, the groom, was sweet enough to come and lend a helping hand.

Homemade cookie favors and sparklers for the grand exit! 

Homemade cookie favors and sparklers for the grand exit! 

After getting the venue ready, the bride and her bridal party showed up, as well as the amazing photographers, Psalm 27 Creative. They did an amazing job, and they certainly made my job for the day much easier! I was running around making sure all of the other vendors were accounted for and assuring that everything was set up according to plan. 

I snuck a quick picture before the ceremony! 

I snuck a quick picture before the ceremony! 

Jessica's precious niece and flower girl, Story

Jessica's precious niece and flower girl, Story

Finally, it was time for the ceremony to start. To the glorious strains of music played by violinist, Kristin Weber, the guests began to show up in all of their early summer wedding finery. Needless to say, it was a stunning wedding. I got quite emotional, as both bride and groom are close friends of mine. It was amazing to see them finally become husband and wife! 

A delicious dinner, catered by The Lighthouse, was served after the cocktail hour. Each table was graced with gorgeous flower arrangements by GreenFinch Floral Design. Dinner was followed by dancing, music provided by j'adore DJs, and scrumptious cakes by The Rolling Pin. The guests and newlyweds danced the night away, paper lanterns swaying overhead and a summer breeze drifting through from the veranda. 

Delicious cakes, provided by The Rolling Pin, and flowers provided by GreenFinch Floral Designs

Delicious cakes, provided by The Rolling Pin, and flowers provided by GreenFinch Floral Designs

The bride and groom's first dance! I apologize for the dark and blurry picture! 

The bride and groom's first dance! I apologize for the dark and blurry picture! 

A sparkler exit topped off the evening of what was one of the most delightful weddings I have ever attended. Even though I had much more responsibility heaped on my shoulders this go around, I would not have changed that evening for anything. Congratulations to the happy couple, Jack and Jessica. 

If you have not checked out their engagement story, you can do so here

With love, 

Whitney