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Kelsey & Brian's Wedding at ICONA Avalon

Nashville, Tenn., is known for its country music, hot chicken and culture. But for Kelsey and Brian, Music City will forever be known as the place where Brian proposed. While on a self-guided tour of the historic Ryman Auditorium where they would be attending the Grand Ole Opry show the following night, Brian was pointing out where their seats would be when he dropped to one knee and asked Kelsey to marry him. 

The couple had met during a summer internship in Philadelphia. They started as friends, and decided to keep in touch when the summer was over and they went back to their respective colleges. Fortunately, they were both hired at the place where they had interned, and their friendship blossomed into romance. 

Despite meeting in one city and getting engaged in another, the couple decided to stay true to their roots and opted for a winter shore wedding. ICONA Avalon offered everything they envisioned for their big day: The purity and crispness of the hotel and ballroom, with its beach backdrop, combined all the elements they wanted, and the landscape and quiet winter season amplified their style even more. For one photo concept, the couple shared a “first touch” instead of a “first look.” With help of the on-site wedding coordinator, the photographer posed Brian and Kelsey so they could hold hands and talk without seeing one another, as they wanted their first look to be when Kelsey was walking down the aisle.

Kelsey selected a gorgeous Allure Bridals gown and her bridesmaids each selected their own style of Bill Levkoff dresses in the color merlot. Brian and his groomsmen were dressed to the nines in navy with accompanying merlot bow ties. The Manic Botanic created eye-catching arrangements with winter pine, natural greens, and maroon and blush flowers. Lanterns and candles were used to create centerpieces, and each was garnished with winter greens and pines to complement the winter season.

The Bake Works designed a four-tier ombre naked cake decorated with burlap ribbon and the florist added small maroon flowers to complete the look. To fit the season, Kelsey and Brian selected pumpkin cake with cinnamon icing.

Kelsey and Brian shared their first dance to Ryan Hurd’s “Diamonds or Twine” before guests joined them on the dance floor. In reminiscing about their day, the couple recalled their top three moments of the day as being in a room full of so much love and enjoying the party with all their guests; getting ready and spending time with their bridal party; and, of course, their sweet “first touch,” which made for a really special memory and photo. 

What we love: 
Instead of a first look, this couple opted for a first touch, where they held hands and chatted right before the ceremony without seeing each other. That way the first time they actually saw each other was as Kelsey walked down the aisle. A great photo, a romantic moment between bride and groom, and you still get the ‘down the aisle’ look. We’re liking this twist.


Photos courtesy of Kaleidoscope Imagery

Color Scheme: 
Maroon | blush | greenery
Allure Bridals
Bridesmaid Dresses: 
Bill Levkoff
First Dance: 
“Diamonds or Twine,” Ryan Hurd
Saint Lucia
Wedding Date: 
Friday, December 7, 2018
ICONA Avalon
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