This sweet wedding is full of charming elements and details, from the bride’s dress (she wore her mother’s wedding dress, updated) to the beautiful venue Mint Sprigs Farm, to the newlywed’s wedding gifts to each other. Plus it’s absolutely beautiful! Read on for all the lovely details.
Did you have “something old, new, borrowed, and blue”? Something old: wedding dress; something new: shoes; something borrowed: pearl earrings from my Matron of Honor; something blue: garter (I ordered two so I could keep one and Eric could throw the other!).
Tell us about your dress and veil. My dress was originally made by my grandmother, Margaret McCreery, in 1985 to be worn by my mother, then “updated” by Nina Rosenburg for my wedding. The veil was originally made by my mother for her own wedding, then I added some pearls and floral appliqués. My mom’s father, Granddaddy, passed away in 2001. A few months before, I tried on my mom’s wedding dress “just for fun,” and he got to see me wearing it. My mom found a sweet picture of him and put it in a little gold frame that I tied to my bouquet. It was special to feel that he was so close on my wedding day.
What was the best advice you received as a bride? The best advice I received as a bride planning her wedding was: once you make a decision on something (dress, cake, etc.) DO NOT LOOK AT ANY MORE PICTURES! This advice was wonderful! Once I chose to wear my mom’s dress and Nina began the alterations, I vowed to not look at any more dresses because the decision was made! The best advice I received as a new wife was always remember that Eric and I are on the same team, both working for a beautiful, Christ-filled marriage. And, “don’t sweat the small stuff.” Still working on that!
What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding? When the wedding is over, you will feel silly for ever being upset or stressed over the small stuff! So sit back and enjoy the day – soak up every crazy second of it, laugh with and love on your friends and soon-to-be spouse, and have as much fun as possible! The day flies by, and you will wish you could do it all over again!
If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently? Not a single thing. Well, maybe we would have started getting ready a little earlier, but besides that… nope!
Do you have any budget tips for other brides? Remember, it is just one day!
Brandiann’s bridesmaids wore matching pale pink knee-length dresses with sheer straps. They all carried romantic bouquets in shades or pink and white.
“The ceremony and reception were at the same location – Mint Springs Farm – just different buildings. This was so convenient for everyone, including us! Neither Eric nor I grew up in Nashville, but we have made it our home and felt it would be a good place for our wedding.”
Your ceremony in three words. Romantic, Christ-centered, Elegant
Who officiated your ceremony? Ketric Newell is the youth pastor at CrossPoint Church, and he officiated our ceremony. I met him on a mission trip and knew his fun and energetic spirit would be perfect for our wedding. We also asked Dr. John Tarpley to give the sermon during the ceremony. Dr. Tarpley interviewed Eric for medical school at Vanderbilt and their friendship began instantly. During Eric’s years in Nashville, Dr. Tarpley has been a mentor and example for him, and he and his wife, Maggie, have been like family to us. We knew he needed to be a special part of our wedding!
What was your ceremony music?
Bridesmaids processional: “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” Bach
Bride processional: “Canon in D” Pachelbel
Recessional: “Entrance of the Queen of Sheba” Handel
Hymn: “10,000 Reasons” Hillsong
What were your ceremony readings? 1 Corinthians 13:1-7
What were your vows like? About 2 weeks before the wedding, we realized we had not written our vows, so we went to our favorite local sushi restaurant and wrote. We wrote our vows independently, yet discussed the flow of our vows to make sure they went well together and complemented each other. We started by picking some of our favorite scriptures that described the type of spouse we each wanted to be, then used these as inspiration into the words of the vows.
What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony? I had two favorite moments: The first was Eric’s face as I was walking down the isle. I will never forget the way he looked at me. The second was towards the end of the ceremony: Sammie Bank soloed “10,000 Reasons,” which is one of my favorite songs. During that time, Ketric prayed with us – a special and intimate moment!
“Before pictures began, Eric and I had our first look. We met in the chapel, and my dad walked me down to meet Eric. It was the most emotional moment of the day for me – just the three of us alone together. Eric and I spent a few moments smiling and whispering and kissing, then we exchanged gifts. It was probably one of my most favorite moments of the day – we each got the other an engraved Bible (mine has my new married name on it). Neither of us told a soul that we were getting the other an engraved Bible, yet we had the same thought.”
“I’d describe our reception as the best dance party EVER with all of our favorite people! What else could you want?”
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? BHLDN had many lovely pictures of weddings, which I used for much of my inspiration. I wanted a wedding that was classic and elegant, but still unique. I used way too many Pinterest pictures to get my inspiration across to our designers at Mint Spring’s Farm, but they were so gracious and made it better than I could have imagined! Mint Springs was a life-saver when it came to wedding planning! Eric is a surgery resident and I was working full-time as a nurse and in school, so planning a wedding sounded challenging and stressful. Thankfully, Mint Springs Farm took over the hard part of wedding planning and allowed us to focus on the fun parts, like cake tasting and color choosing and Pinterest. We met with Kesha periodically starting about 12 months out and shared our wedding vision with her, then she worked her magic and made it happen.
Are there any DIY details you’d like to tell us about? My mom gathered wedding pictures of my family and Eric’s family and put them into beautiful gold frames to be displayed at the wedding. We also ordered a large wooden monogram that my mom painted white, then we had our guests sign it in gold pen.
Did you have a signature cocktail? We talked about having a signature cocktail, then decided that open bar was easier, and maybe more fun!
What type of cake or dessert did you serve? Signature Cakes by Vicki made a gorgeous and delicious cake with both almond and strawberry flavored cake, since we could not decide which flavor we liked better. Not only was it lovely, it tasted delicious! We just had the top tier for our 1-year anniversary and the catering team packaged it up so well, it still was just as good a year later!
What was your favorite moment or part of the reception? Entering for the first time as Mrs. Rellinger, and hearing my dad’s toast – it was incredibly sweet and thoughtful!
First dance: “Come to Me” by Goo Goo Dolls
Father/daughter dance: “Father & Daughter” by Paul Simon
Mother/son dance: “All Because Two People Fell In Love” Brad Paisley
Please tell us about any other special details or moments from your reception. Eric and I were very overcome with gratitude at the thought of our closest friends and family coming from all over the country to celebrate our wedding. One of my most favorite parts of wedding planning was writing a thank you letter to our guests, expressing our joy in their presence! My mom then suggested having the thank you cards printed in gold ink on a robin’s egg blue paper, which turned out just gorgeous. It was a lovely contrast to the pink, gold and ivory decor.