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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

Photographers:  Supplied

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

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