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Real Weddings: Melissa + Dustin Balser

Sentimental and special — Melissa and Dustin's Scarritt Bennett wedding and Union Station reception brought together more than 300 close friends and family.

Written By:  Nashville Lifestyles

Photographers:  Supplied

Scarritt Bennett; 
Union Station
May 16, 2015

Dustin proposed to Melissa atop the Gullfoss waterfall in Iceland—which may just be the most romantic engagement ever. When planning their wedding, the couple’s priority was finding a venue to accommodate more than 300 of their closest friends and family (from 18 different states, no less). “Nashville was where we met and spent a large portion of our relationship,” explains Melissa. “So we decided to make everyone travel to us!”

One of the bride’s favorite memories was standing outside of Union Station with her groom before their grand entrance as husband and wife. “We had a chance to talk about the ceremony and just be us for a few minutes before the craziness began again,” Melissa recalls. “It was perfect.”

Several special items were incorporated into the couple’s wedding day: Melissa wrapped her great-great-grandmother’s handkerchief around her bouquet (and placed a dime from her grandfather in her shoe for good luck), and the newlyweds’ cake topper was a souvenir from their engagement in Iceland.

“When the day of the wedding comes, let other people 
handle the details. Everyone is beyond willing to help, 
so let them! It’s tough to give up control of every last detail, 
but it allows you to actually enjoy the day.”


Photographer Jen & Chris Creed 
Planner Kelly Dellinger Events 
Florist Amanda Jerkins Design 
Caterer Prime 108, Union Station 
Paper Goods Green Bean Paper Company 
Linens BBJ Linen 
Band DJ Connection 
Bride’s Gown Matthew Christopher, Stardust Celebrations
Bridesmaids’ Dresses Bill Levkoff 
Hair Stylist & Makeup Artist Katie Russo Beauty  
Groom’s Fashion Brittni Coates, J. Hilburn 
Groomsmen’s Fashion Men’s Wearhouse

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