Jenny + Kevin | Romona Keveza Wedding from Ian Riley Photography

In the words of today’s featured bride: “This is a dress meant to be celebrated, a dress that embodies love and vitality and what it means to be a woman!” I love that. It’s such a meaningful perspective that set the tone for Jenny + Kevin’s thoughtful and intimate Nashville winter wedding. And Jenny looks stunning in her structured and elegant Romona Keveza gown. Congrats to the beautiful couple!

Jenny + Kevin | December 28, 2012 | Nashville, TN

The Ceremony
For our ceremony, we chose to keep it intimate, inviting out-of-town friends and our immediate family members to participate in our bond. We wanted the ceremony to be for us, something quiet and special. We took formal photos at the Scarritt Bennett Center on the cold and rainy day, which made for great lighting as the clouds filtered the December sun. Our bridal party was our family members, including my daughter given to an open adoption almost 10 years ago. Her family is now incredibly close to mine, and I couldn’t imagine my wedding without her family being a part of it. The bridesmaid’s dresses came from Etsy in an infinity style, so that each bridesmaid could wear her dress the way she felt the most beautiful. A mutual friend and pastor conducted our ceremony, forgoing traditional robes and rocking some gorgeous hair and a cute mod style dress. My dad, though weak from the flu, still walked me down the aisle.

The Reception
While the ceremony was for us, the reception was for our friends and family! Community is important to both of us, and we wanted to treat them like the treasures we believe them to be! The reception site, Ruby, was transformed with Italian style wedding lights and gorgeous pale roses in several shades. The main flower pieces were two large candelabras supporting an overflow of these roses. We chose bistro tables to give the room more flow and movement than traditional large round tables.

Jenny’s Dress Search
I knew I wanted something timeless when I started my hunt. Growing up with pictures of my gorgeous mother’s wedding day, I wanted a dress that my future daughters would love as much as I did. The dress I chose was the 3rd one I tried on at B Hughes, a bridal boutique in West Nashville. Like all the other choices I had to make for the wedding, I knew that there were many beautiful and acceptable options. But when I put on the Romona Keveza dress, I knew that that one was mine. I felt like I was stepping onto the red carpet at the Oscars. It was structured enough for me to feel safe in (the corset keeps your waist nicely tucked in), but it showed me. Like great makeup, it allowed me to be my most beautiful me, but still me.

How Jenny Felt in Her Wedding Dress
Sexy, Confident, Classy

Why Jenny Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress
To preserve this dress and tuck it away has got to be a sin! This is a dress meant to be celebrated; a dress that embodies love and vitality and what it means to be a woman! I would never deny another woman the chance to feel as confident and beautiful as I felt in that dress. I mean, look at the booty that dress makes!  On the practical side, I don’t see the use in wrapping it up and lugging it around for decades in hopes that a future child of mine might want to wear it and might be anywhere close to my size.

Wedding Dress: Romona Keveza | Photography: Ian Riley Photography | Ceremony Venue: Wightman Chapel – Scarritt Bennett Center | Reception Venue: Ruby |Event Planning: Michelle Soll of Burlap and Brooches Events | Floral Design: Joan Presley of Geny’s Wholesale | Cake: Nicole Wolfe of Wolfe Gourmet Cakes