A Colorful, Mardi Gras Inspired Wedding at Durego in Cool Springs
We are so excited to share one of our wedding from 2011 – it’s also featured on Ashley’s Bride Guide today! Be sure to check out her site for great info on Nashville weddings.
In anticipation of Tuesday’s Mardi Gras celebration, we thought we’d share a Stephanie and Marquez’s Mardi Gras inspired, Nashville wedding. It’s always so fun to see weddings with festive themes. Today’s wedding planned by Music City Events takes us to the whimsical, colorful festival of Mardi Gras at Durego, one of Nashville’s newer venues. We hope this wedding inspires you if a festival theme is what you’re thinking of doing for yours! Enjoy!
Stephanie + Marquez
Date of Wedding ~ 11/11/11
Ceremony & Reception Venue ~ Durego
# of Guests ~ 100
Our Budget: $10,000 – $20,000
Our Wedding Team:
Planner: Sarah Willard of Music City Events
Photographer: Leslie Emmetts of Divine Images
Gown & accessories: The White Room (Lebanon) & Swarovski
Groom’s & groomsmen attire: American Tuxedo
Bridesmaids attire: The White Room (Lebanon)
Hair: Milly Mundy @ Rodelle’s
Makeup: Katy Mclaren
Stationery: Invitations by David’s Bridal, programs created by my aunt (Palace Reid)
Ceremony musicians: Pianist- Rex Houston
Reception Musicians: Robert Luke of Robert Luke Entertainment
Transportation: Global Motorsports
Caterer: Elaine O’ Day of Moveable Feast
Cake Artist: Juanita of Dulce Desserts
Floral Designer: Belle Fleurs
Guest Accommodations: Brentwood Hilton Suites
My Wedding Details
How would you describe your style as a couple?
As a couple I think our style is all over the place. We like a little bit of every thing!
How did you incorporate that style into your wedding
With our wedding we wanted to have fun, so we decided on a Mardi Gras theme for the reception. The wedding was simple and elegant and we incorporated all of the colors and masks into the decorations of the reception.
What was the favorite aspect of your wedding?
My favorite part of the wedding was everything! I absolutely loved the whole process from the beginning to the end!
Where did you splurge? Where did you save/DIY?
We splurged on the pictures. Our photographer was fantastic! I absolutely love my photos, she was worth every dollar! We saved on the programs because my aunt did them. We also saved by having our wedding and reception in the same space, because we only had to decorate one space and we didn’t have to provide transportation to the reception.
Now that the wedding day is over, is there anything about your planning process you feel you could have done differently?
I loved every minute of planning my wedding. With the help of my mother and my wedding planner, we had a blast. I can’t wait to plan our vow renewal ceremony!
In one sentence, what words of advice do you have for couples in the midst of their planning?
Just make sure you enjoy the day, it’s all about you!
Thanks to Stephanie & Marquez for sharing their experience with us and Music City Events for another fabulous wedding and the great pictures from Lesli Emmetts from Divine Images. For more weddings by Music City Events visit their website here.
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