Oh What a Wonderful Year – 2016!

2016 was such a whirlwind of a year, I’m finding it hard to believe I’m writing this blog post and that it is already the end of December!

Every year I get a little nervous as January rolls in because it really feels like a crazy opportunity for my little business to grow.  I officially started this company exactly 6 years ago as 2011 came to a close, when I decided to put all my eggs in one basket and give Christina Logan Design a real shot.  Turns out it was a shot worth taking and each year at this time as I reflect on that decision, I feel extreme gratitude to the amazing clients that let me be a part of their life and trust me with handling decisions on such a personal moment in time.

Even though we haven’t gotten to blog all of these yet, here is a recap of some of our amazing weddings this year, with our last one to ring in the New Year tomorrow night!  Happy Holidays and we can’t wait to see what’s in store for 2017!

Christina and the CLD team

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Nashville Wedding Collection

Nashville Wedding Collection

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Photo Credits:

Laura K Allen Photography
Nashville Wedding Collection
Frenzel Studios
The Brides and the Bees
Frenzel Studios
Teale Gunter Photography
Abigail Bobo Photography
By Shea Photography
Austin Gros Photography
Cassidy Carson Photography
Untamed Heart Photography
Smith Thomas Photography
Laura K Allen Photography
Smith Thomas  Photography
Micah G Robsinson
Smith Thomas Photography
Jordan & Alaina Photography

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Celebrate: Eric + Blair

I had been waiting for this one. Right when gay marriage was legalized in Tennessee, I got a call from Eric to go to lunch.  I had my hopes up but didn’t want him to know it because I didn’t want to pressure him into thinking he had to ask me to do his wedding.  The moment he hinted at it I was filled with excitement and jumped on the opportunity!  I love these two men, as their kind souls and ridiculous humor clicks perfectly with my sense of honesty and sarcasm.  It was such a fun year getting to work side by side with them to make this day beautifully minimal and classic, and about uniting a family.  I’ll miss this time together!

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Celebrate: Kat + Alex

Sometimes when you meet a person, you can tell they radiate an energy that draws people towards them.  That is Kat, and in no doubt, why Alex fell for her when they were just friends.  Kat and I clicked immediately because she is from Nashville and moved to SoCal;  we think we swapped places, both loving things about our new homes and missing things about our past.  She was my gateway back to a California breeze and I just adored the vibrant spirit of hers.  Kat and Alex had a beautiful Ojai elopement and then opted for a low-key, Nashville roots reception after the fact.  The Loveless Cafe Barn was the perfect location for a little good, old-fashioned Southern get together.  I hope we see each other one day in an airport as we pass ways!

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Wedding Planner: Christina Logan Design
Venue: Loveless
Bridal Hair/ Make-up: Libby Barnes
Caterer: Loveless
Flowers: Phillipe Chadwick
Lighting: Southern Sky
Photo Booth: Let’s Booth It
Photographer: Laura K. Allen
Vintage: Southern Events

Celebrate: Amber + Will

One of my favorite moments with these two had nothing to do with their wedding at all.  In fact, I was working a different wedding, and heading into the front entrance of a large hotel downtown.  Walking towards me and laughing were two people with ridiculous hats on backwards and sideways, a sun tan and a buzz from the local beer festival; it was Amber and Will, laughing and having a good time – they were just as surprised to see me! It is these organic moments of seeing my couples having fun and loving life that makes me remember why I do this.  Because watching two people truly in love and having fun is what it’s all about.  Needless to say, they had an awesome party with a packed dance floor!

Ceremony + Reception Venue: The Fontanel

Wedding Coordinator: Christina Logan Design
Bridal Hair/MU: One10 Beauty
Cake/Desserts: Kay McConfections
Caterer: The Fontanel
Ceremony Musician: The Corwin Trio
DJ: 3rd Coast Entertainment
Flowers: Amanda Jerkins Design
Hotel Block 1: Residence Inn Vandy
Hotel Block 2: Holiday Inn Opryland
Photographer: Smith Thomas Photography
Videographer: Lynn Productions

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Celebrate: Gabrielle + Clay

I fell in love with Gabrielle the moment we first spoke because she is the exact same as my sweet cousin, Gabriela.  Their light-hearted, fun-loving personalities, their good energy and their looks (not to mention their names), I swear they could be twins!  This was one of those amazing destination wedding experiences, as all her guests traveled from out of town to celebrate these two.  I had so much fun planning all the details with the bride and her mom, it was like having two friends that we got to chat weekly about all the bits to bring the wedding to fruition.  So sad they don’t live locally, but I know I’ll see these gems again.  Enjoy!

Wedding Planner: Christina Logan Design
Venue: Aerial
Cake: Kay McConfections
Caterer: Merchant’s
DJ: 3rd Coast
Flowers: Beyond Details
Lighting: NAV
Officiant: Ralph Griggs
Photographer: Untamed Heart Photography
Rentals: Music City Tents & Events
Videographer: Lynn Productions

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Celebrate: Leslie + Corey

It isn’t uncommon that I only get to meet the groom at the rehearsal, and this was no exception.  So when I met Corey and his fun-loving personality, and I could just see how it was so perfect for Leslie, I knew this was going to be a beautiful marriage.  In fact, watching them take photos, I could quite literally see Leslie glowing in the sunlight, as the sky came perfectly through the trees and lit her beautiful (and annoyingly perfect at all times) hair like a halo.  The details that she chose were just lovely, and it was clear her taste was top notch all around!  Such a beautiful wedding that we were happy to be a part of!

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Celebrate: Kylie + Colin

One of the coolest parts of Nashville is the history that lives in this city.  In the midst of a regular street, you can come upon the most beautiful glimpse into the past.  Kylie and Collin’s wedding was at the historic Riverwood Mansion, where the property transports you to another time full of seclusion and greenery.

Kylie and Collin recently moved to Nashville and are taking the city straight on, with energy and enthusiasm and love to conquer all!  It is their amazing spirit that made this day even brighter – even when we thought there might be rain, they kept moving forward like nothing was going to stop them.  It is so refreshing to see such laughter and excitement – a gorgeous wedding that is going to turn into a beautiful marriage.  So honored to be there to witness it all!

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Celebrate: Lindsay + Bobby

Right from the first phone call I knew these two were going to be an amazing time, and I was right, all the way down to the cocktails!  Working in the liquor industry has some perks, and this crowd knew how to party!

But it is the internal spirit of these two that was totally beautiful. In Nashville, there are pretty high odds of rain at any given time of year.  So when the forecast was showing 50% chance all wedding week, the two decided to take their chances and go ahead with Plan A all the way.  For them, there was no Plan B (ahem, we still had one up our sleeves), and that is the way they will continue to live their lives.  Walking right into the moment, smiles on their faces, rain or shine.

PS. It was a perfectly gorgeous day without even a rain drop!  Enjoy these sweet pics by Abigail Bobo Photography!

 

Celebrate: Kelly + Ren

It is so much fun to work a new venue, especially one that isn’t even done being built yet!  Kelly and Ren chose the Old Glory Distilling Company while it was still missing walls, and just trusted that it was going to turn out amazing – and it did.  This takes the kind of client with a little vision and a lot of trust, not to mention a free spirit to go with the flow.

And that is how we would describe this wedding.  With free spirited florals and classic neutral tones, mixed with the modernity of cement floors and a band made for a party – this wedding was a melting pot of all things amazing! So in awe by our teams hard work and the team of vendors who brought it all together, I think it was a pretty spectacular night for this fun and vibrant bride and groom!

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Celebrate: Jessica + John

Sometimes a whirlwind romance will just take you over!  And Jessica and John are that exception.  They met and just knew, married at the gorgeous Belle Meade Plantation a year later, with family and friends by their sides.  I had such a fun time choosing all the details with Jessica and her mother, where we could focus on the pretty little details and watch an exquisite team of vendors pull it all together!  It was a perfect day.

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