A Laid-Back Blue-and-White Wedding in Nashville, Tennessee
Delaney and Austin
Delaney and Austin met on the job in early 2004. He was beginning an internship at Hatch Show Print, one of the country's oldest letterpress print shops, where Delaney worked. After dating for five years, they decided to wed and began planning their Nashville nuptials.
When historic flooding hit the town three weeks before the wedding and both their ceremony and reception venues were completely underwater, the discovery of Houston Station, a renovated hosiery factory, came just in time.
Austin, who now works at Delevante Creative as a graphic designer, designed the tag-shaped invitations and had them digitally printed by Advocate Printing. The RSVP card was part of the third page, and the return address was rubber-stamped on the back alongside the postage. An old-fashioned brass brad fastened the four pages together to slide into brown envelopes from Paper Presentation. Austin printed the envelope labels onto adhesive paper and then trimmed them down to the strip size by hand.
The First Look
Delaney and Austin chose their former work place -- and starting point of their relationship -- for their preceremony portrait session. Their friend Bob Delevante snapped photos of them around Hatch Show Print's studio.
Delaney collaborated with Jessica Maros on the design of her dress, which features a blue satin train. She pairs her gown with a Toni Federici veil from B. Hughes Bridal Salon and a pair of chalcedony and tanzanite drop earrings by Lisa Aronow.
Austin sports a seersucker suit, perfect for the late May weather.
Delaney made her bouquet with some last-minute help from a couple of friends. Using local peonies from Import Flowers, they wrapped the stems with leftover blue satin from the train of Delaney's gown. A costume brooch from her maternal grandmother and four wedding rings collected from Delaney's mother's side of the family were wired and tucked among the blooms. An antique jade spoon pin was attached to the handle of the bouquet, in memory of the bride's late paternal grandmother. Delaney found it especially meaningful to carry these tokens with her down the aisle.
Photographer Jonathan Frazier captured this portrait of Delaney prior to the ceremony.
Fabric boutonnieres with covered-button centers adorn the lapels of the wedding party, thanks to Anna Talley, who made them to match the wedding's palette. The groom receives special treatment with a Kansas Jayhawks lapel pin in the center to reflect his team spirit.
Square cards and a simple ribbon bow reserve seats for the bride's and groom's parents.
Delaney's Uncle Bill officiated the ceremony, which took place under a garland of honeysuckle and magnolia. It was more of a symbolic gesture, however, as he was not legally ordained to preside over the wedding. The following Monday, the couple made their marriage official at the county clerk's office.
During the ceremony, songs by MGMT, Nina Simone, and Al Green were played; a friend performed an acoustic version of the Kinks's "Strangers." "Dive for Dreams" by E.E. Cummings and "Oh Hasten Not This Loving Act" by Paul Valery were read as guests followed along in their programs. The programs also featured a quote about falling in love from a Calvin and Hobbes comic strip, fitting since the night of the couple's first kiss they'd stayed up late reading each other Calvin and Hobbes comics.
In addition to a small wedding party, Delaney dubbed a group of 18 friends the "blue girls." They sat in the front rows wearing blue dresses and a pair of handmade earrings from the bride.
The Popcorn Hour
Between the 6:30 p.m. ceremony and 8 p.m. dinner, the 240 guests take part in a popcorn hour. The snack is served in paper bags that read "Don't Spoil Your Supper," designed by the groom. Guests also enjoy New Orleans-style shaved-ice snowballs from Fleur De Lis Flavors in a variety of flavors, as well as fresh-squeezed lemonade.
Escort cards letterpressed at Hatch Show Print and written out by the couple's friend hang on painted shutters.
The Guest Book
Glass jars filled with handmade paper flowers made from magazines, wallpaper scraps, and notebook paper dot the long tables, which are dressed with white linens and burlap runners cut and sewn by a friend and Etsy vendor.
Bacon & Caviar prepared an upscale barbecue feast. On the menu: pulled pork and chicken, corn salad, cole slaw, baked beans, macaroni and cheese, and baskets of cornbread muffins. Spinach salad with black bean cakes and spring green salad with salmon cakes sat at alternating place settings.
Jars of local honey topped with labels designed by the groom are also perched at each place setting.
Delaney and Austin opted to forgo the traditional first dance but did find each other midway through the reception to dance to Joseph Arthur's "Honey and the Moon."
When Pam Tillis's "Sweetheart's Dance" made its appearance on the night's playlist, Delaney took to the dance floor once more, this time with her dad, who actually penned the country song.
Games are set out as entertainment for those not dancing.
A collection of the couple's photographs hang above a dessert buffet of homemade sweets made by friends, family, and coworkers. Nearly 30 options -- including strawberry shortcakes, black-pepper spice cake, raspberry-oat bars, chocolate-coconut cookies, and pecan pie -- end the night on a sweet note.
The Photo Booth
A Smilebooth photo booth with a simple cloth backdrop is set up for guests to enjoy. Here, Delaney's "blue girls" pile in.