Glamorous Southern Wedding at The McConnell House in Franklin, TN
Rose Gold, Sequins, and Champagne – OH MY
Nashville Wedding Photographer, Melanie Grady
Congratulations Lauren and Hayden!!
Lauren and Hayden are fun-loving, smart, adventurous, energetic, chic, and in love! These are qualities I always hope for when I photograph couples. I wish for laughter, joy, great style, and down-to-earth couples with big hearts for the people in their lives. This is Lauren and Hayden to a T! They live in Louisiana, but love to travel – and they especially love visiting Lauren’s home state of Tennessee. Franklin is her favorite town, so it wasn’t a big surprise to have their wedding at the McConnell House. It’s a sweet southern sophisticated venue with a bridal suite that boasts beautiful natural light from the enormous windows and a shabby chic motif. I could have photographed Lauren & her girls in there ALL DAY.
Speaking of her girls… Wait til you see their gowns! My favorite bridesmaid dresses of all time. Rose gold and sequins – what else can you ask for? The way they fit each girl perfectly and the draping on their backs looked absolutely incredible. Of course, Lauren’s gown from Fabulous Frocks in Nashville out-shined the sequins! I always get a little choked up when my bride gets dressed – the beauty of the entire moment just gets me emotional. But I just loved the moment when Lauren’s sister, Caroline saw her fully dressed. She practically screamed and cried and jumped up in the air with excitement. I vividly remember her saying “OMG, You are the most beautiful human being on this entire planet!!!” She was being completely honest with her sister. I love that. These are the moments that I live for.
The day was incredible in every way – I was able to take the ladies to the square in downtown Franklin for some photos before the ceremony and the images are priceless! Since Lauren and Hayden decided to see each other for the first time walking down the aisle, the photos of him at the altar are tear-jerking! He was choked up in that moment – and rightly so! The ceremony was beautiful and heartfelt (we were only allowed in the back of the church and on the balcony, so most of the photos are from a distance). After the formal church photos – which are some of my favorites, we took Lauren & Hayden’s portraits around the outside of the church and back at the McConnell House (the ivy wall is a seriously pretty backdrop!). Once the reception got started it was non-stop PARTY TIME. Josh and I couldn’t stop smiling the whole night. The dance floor was on fire.
Lauren and Hayden, I am so beyond happy that I got to be there to witness and capture the beginning of your next big adventure. Thank you a million times over for being so incredible. I hope this new adventure together gets better each and every day. Your joy is contagious and I absolutely loved being surrounded by it on your wedding day. Cheers to many more decades of love and happiness!
RECEPTION/CEREMONY VENUE: The McConnell House – Franklin, TN
BRIDAL GOWN: Fabulous Frocks Nashville
VIDEOGRAPHER: Peyton Smith
FLORIST: Judy Barnhill (family)
CAKE ARTIST: Judy Barnhill (amazing right !!)
HAIR ARTIST: Jamie Lealos
BRIDESMAIDS DRESS: Amazon – seriously!
TUXES: Men’s Wearhouse – Joseph Abboud
OFFICIANT: Vona Wilson
INVITATIONS: Wedding Paper Divas
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