Real Weddings: Andrea + Ford Ray
A formal and glamorous affair at West End United Methodist Church and the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.
Written By: Nashville Lifestyles
West End United Methodist Church; Schermerhorn Symphony Center
April 25, 2015
Andrea met Ford at a concert just a week before she moved to start her senior year of college. After pursuing a long distance relationship for three years, Ford planned a romantic seaside proposal in Malibu, complete with a private helicopter ride, sunset picnic, and poem he wrote for his bride-to-be.
Andrea’s dream for her wedding day was an elegant, formal, and glamorous affair. The Schermerhorn Symphony Center was the perfect backdrop for the bride and groom’s color scheme of white, ivory, and blush with metallic accents and large floral arrangements. While Andrea had a very specific vision for her wedding, she let her mother have a hand in picking out the cake—which ended up being over ten feet tall and required two cars for transportation!
Personal touches like handwritten vows and signature drinks kept the evening intimate, and a surprise confetti drop during the newlyweds’ final song made for a magical ending to the night.
“Our most special moment was seeing each other for the first time at the ceremony in the church. Logistically, doing a first look made more sense, but we were adamant about sharing that moment with our family and guests.”
Photographer Kristyn Hogan
Videographer Zane Karl Studios
Planner Jayne Bubis
Florist Mark O’Bryan, The Tulip Tree
Cake Dessert Designs
Caterer Kristen Winston Catering
Paper Goods You’re Invited; Ink Nashville
Calligraphy Kitty Hobbs; Val Cole
Rentals Classic Party Rentals; Visual Elements
Ceremony Music Russell Davis, Wedding Musicians Company
Band Burning Las Vegas; DJ Danny Sirikoun
Bride’s Gown Vera Wang
Bride’s Shoes Jimmy Choo
Jewelry Jacob & Co.
Hair Stylist Korie Bernard
Makeup Artist Dhante Alderson; Val Cole
Bridesmaids’ Dresses Monique Lhuillier, Bella Bridesmaids
Groom’s Fashion Gucci
Groomsmen’s Fashion Street Tuxedo