What happens when a history buff with a DIY leaning (Stephanie) and an Americana fan who loves to throw ‘down home’ parties (Alex) get married? Pure magic! This HAS to be one of the most well done weddings I have ever seen. Not only is it shot exquisitely by Abigail Bobo Photography, but it also tells a story from start to finish, is flawlessly suited for its historic venue (Andrew Jackson’s old home!), and contains personalized touches unique to this darling couple.
From Abigail Boho Photography – “This story starts three years ago when Alex and Stephanie met in NYC on a fishing trawler. They fell in mutual love on the salty deck. Alex tells the story best…
‘Stephanie and I met on a fishing boat.
My friend bought a groupon to go fishing and had an extra ticket.
He called me and told me I had 3 minutes to get ready and make the trip.
I was planning on sleeping in that day and then getting a big sandwich
but I am really really happy I took that call and got on that boat.’
A couple of years later, they got iced in during a vacation to Nashville. The pair fell in love with the city and decided to host a unique destination wedding to share their love of Nashville with their favorite people.
Stephanie is a menswear designer for Swiss Army and wove together beautiful details, including a scavenger hunt of Nashville, hand-lettered invitations, cross stitch decorations, vintage flags, magnolia place cards… Alex is a lover of Americana and provided a surprise groomsman in an American flag suit, vintage record table numbers and Andrew Jackson penny press boutonnieres.
However, what truly sets this day apart is Alex and Stephanie themselves. They are kind, warm and hilarious people who take nothing seriously but having a great time with the people that they love!”
From The Bride, Stephanie – “We started without any “colors” besides the blue sky and the green earth. I wore a simple boatneck duchess satin dress with buttons down the entire length of the back, a blush train, and a repurposed leather belt I borrowed from my husband. I made my own veil. Simplicity was important to me. Alex wore a denim shirt and chambray tie (in homage to my time as a denim designer when we first met) with a navy suit and pressed penny boutonniere. It was important to him to be able to dance wild and free!
All the bouquets were just greens to let the girls shine and the bridesmaids chose their own blush dresses, while the groomsmen wore oxford chambray suits.
We researched the history of our venue and started collecting as much Andrew Jackson memorabilia as we could, Wheaton Glass bottles, antique campaign pins, vintage pennants, dozens of candelabras, doilies, etc.
I created the invitations by using seed paper (when planted it sprouts flowers) and calligraphy letters mimicking Jackson’s handwriting inviting guests to his home for “Martellimony.” All invites had ‘Hermitage’ and Andrew Jackson stamps (collected off ebay) Our wedding programs doubled as old-fashioned fans to fight off the heat in the historical church.
Cross-stitch hoops were used with lace and bells to make homemade tambourines for the big kiss during the ceremony. I also filled them with vintage doilies and embroidered them to make a fun piece of wall art with “HOLLER AND SWALLER” (aka: ‘cheers’) and other wedding party phrases.
Our bar featured all local Tennessee whiskies & moonshines and our menu was a take on upscale BBQ. We met on a boat, so there were a few boat references hidden throughout the wedding on napkins and with a large gold pirate ship we found while antiquing in Nashville. We used Records (Dolly Parton Forever!) to list guest seating, and tea-stained American flags stitched to sticks for the sendoff at the end of the night.”
Photography: Abigail Bobo Photography // Event Design: Stephanie Martell // Coordination: Bonnie Hix // Catering: Two Fat Men Catering // Floral Design: Greenfinch Floral Design // Music: Avery Bright Trio, Hogslop String Band, & Premier DJs Nashville // Venue: Hermitage Home of Andrew Jackson in Nashville, Tennessee.