From Jessica Sloane:
“Working with Mancy and Alex was a breeze. They were confident about what they wanted their wedding to feel like from the beginning. Their priority was to have a celebration that was comfortable and warm, like a Kinfolk dinner with their closest friends and family gathered around them. And on their wedding day, Mancy and Alex really embrace the rainy weather with such grace. It actually felt like we planned for it to rain as the wet weather brought everyone closer and we had a very intimate gathering!”
From the bride, Mancy:
“When Alex and I were in the earliest planning stages, we knew that we wanted our wedding to be intimate, authentic, natural, organic, and most of all, fun. Alex is from California, and although I have lived in California for the past nine years, I was born and raised in Nashville. We loved the idea of having a “destination” wedding in Nashville so we could showcase my hometown for California friends and family (most of whom have never traveled to the South), but it was also daunting to think of planning a wedding from so far away. When I discovered Jessica Sloane’s work, I knew that we shared a similar aesthetic and I could trust her completely.
Our wedding day, which was exactly six months from the date of our engagement, was rainy and unseasonably cold. Thankfully, because spring weather in the south is so unpredictable, we opted to have the reception indoors at the Hermitage, which is not only historic and pastoral, but its cabin by the spring embodied the rustic simplicity that we were looking for. Although we had planned an outdoor ceremony, the rain forced the ceremony under the cabin’s covered veranda. The weather ended up being a blessing, since the rain and the mist made the ceremony so much more romantic and unique. And, the cabin’s two wood-burning fireplaces, which we did not originally plan on using, added even more warmth and coziness to the evening.
Alex and I could not be more pleased with our wedding weekend. We were so touched that friends and family were not only willing, but happy to travel so far for the celebration. We were able to highlight my southern roots from the setting to the food, but we also celebrated Alex’s Greek heritage by incorporating olive leaves throughout. But of course, we could not have accomplished any of this without Jessica Sloane (who made everything so beautiful and seamless), Rylee Hitchner (who graciously captured the day with such sweetness), Erika Finney (my dear friend who volunteered her time to design and oversee the paper goods), and every other vendor who made our day special. And, boy, did we have fun!”
photography: rylee hitchner photography | design, styling & coordination – jessica sloane event styling & design | floral design – jessica sloane event styling & design | invitation design and printing: erika finney at sugar paper | calligraphy: molly jacques illustration | venue: the hermitage | caterer: beyond details | cake: dessert designs | rentals: southern events | dj: brian snyder entertainment | bridal dress: nicole miller | reception dress and jewelry: BHLDN | veil: twigs and honey | hair and makeup: jordan byers | groom’s tux: hugo boss
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