We featured Cory and Chris’ engagement session a couple months ago on Once Wed, so when Kate Murphy sent over images from their wedding I was so excited about the opportunity to feature more of this lovely couple on the site. The story behind Cory’s wedding dress is probably my favorite to date, and with the bride and groom both being in the design field you can imagine how stylish and fun the entire celebration was. The beautiful bride, Cory, sent over some more details behind their day…

We made the decision to have our wedding in Nashville because we knew Chris’s family and all our northern friends would really enjoy the city, and we loved the idea of a southern, laid-back, and low-key affair. Our inspiration for the wedding came first and foremost from the venue…the Belle Meade Plantation is such a beautiful location and really speaks for itself. It has a very rustic, vintage, old South feel, which we thought would be quite a treat for all the Philadelphians and New Yorkers attending the wedding. Being an interior designer, the color scheme was very important to me as I know color can set the mood for any occasion. Our colors actually came about after I found the fun bridesmaid dresses at Anthropologie; I was also working on a project at the time where the client wanted a different iteration of purple in each room of their apartment…so I guess I was in a purple mood! I think weddings should be festive and joyful, which for me is accomplished through color, and luckily we could really go there with the neutral grey backdrop of the Carriage House.








I had been adoring the Lela Rose “Mansion” wedding dress for quite some time, but knew I didn’t want to spend $10,000 on a dress. I was in Nashville over Christmas last year, and happened to wander into this cool discount designer store, U.A.L., where I found that exact Lela Rose dress I had torn out of magazines a hundred times hanging way in the back. It fit me perfectly, needed nothing except a new zipper, and let’s just say I got it for more than 90% off the retail price!! It was pretty unreal!


Stay tuned for Part II coming up next!


Comments (10)

mariel | Reply

I just can’t get over Cory’s dress; the textures are top shelf! I don’t how the wedding guests could keep themselves from reaching out to touch it. :)

Newly Domesticated | Reply

Her dress is TO DIE FOR. And it looks like it fits her like a glove.

Jocelyn Stott | Reply

Really, really beautiful.

Clare | Reply

The dress is too, too gorgeous! If Cory wants to share the love/ luck and onsell her dress, please pass on my e-mail address to her! I’ve seen this dress before on a wedding blog somewhere and have always adored it.

Sarah | Reply

I love both the bride and the bridemaids’ dresses! Such wonderful colours too!

Tara @ Pacific Bride Guide | Reply

Love the bridesmaid’s dresses- what a funky palette! Cute!

chrissy | Reply

i love cory’s blue shoes! i’ve been looking for teal blue t-strap shoes with a small-ish heel for my wedding. might cory (or anyone who has found similar shoes) give me some insight regarding where to find such lovely shoes? thanks!