“Before the day of our wedding we invited everyone from our wedding party to do the Nashville Escape Game, and played with Team Fleck and Team Harris. It was a great ice breaker for both halves of the wedding party and really got everyone excited about Nashville!”
The boys’ Fall wedding last year was held at the Legacy Farms in Lebanon (Tennessee), just 30 minutes out of Nashville. They say that a Nashville wedding is almost guaranteed to:
Brian and Mason are two adorable humans who share commonalities in love, views and interests who also describe themselves as being polar opposites. “Brian is more outspoken and upfront, where sometimes I am quieter and more reserved, but I think that is what allows for us to be together. We level each other out and help bring out good different qualities in one another. We have each other’s back, always.”
The boys have been together for 3 years (married for 7 months) and “met through mutual friends while we were both living in Orlando between 2012 – 2014.”
“We were out on a ‘Sunday Funday’ and a couple of my friends were saying hi to Brian and introduced us as well. I thought this man was beautiful. We saw each other a couple more times and I would go to his bar when we were all out.”
“Getting his number evolved into hanging out and becoming friends, and eventually dating. We wanted to get to know each other before diving into a relationship and to build a solid friendship foundation.”
The boys started the wedding off by putting ‘Welcome Boxes’ together. They were “for guests visiting from out-of-town, distributed to each hotel with personalized itineraries. Welcome box included: itinerary, GooGoo Clusters, pistachios, map of Nashville and classic ‘Spirit of Nashville’ postcards.”
“We had our moms walk us down the aisle, wrote our own vows, and had a family member from each side read a poem/short story in honor of love and our joining together in marriage. We also did a sand ceremony. Mom and dad from each side put a different color sand in the vessel at the bottom to show the separation of families (we used two different color blues, light and dark).”
“During the ceremony each of us had sand brought to Nashville from our hometowns (the coast of Houston TX and South Florida), and we each poured our sand in together during the ceremony signifying the joining of the two of us in wedlock.”
I asked the boys how they reacted to the landmark ruling across the US that legalised same-sex marriage…
“This was a day I don’t think either of us will ever forget. It was around 9:30am and we were actually sitting in a meeting with our wedding planner when both of our mothers started calling us, and because we were in a meeting (and it was early) we didn’t answer. Then about 5 minutes later one of the ladies came in all excited to tell us about the court ruling. They brought us champagne and we all celebrated, and maybe got a little emotional.”
The boys used Fall colours and florals at their Reception as well as white draping and up-lights. For an element of fun, the boys had a photobooth, as well as an Instagram booth.
“Picking Amber was the easiest decision we made throughout the planning process. We met her at Panera Bread and within 5 minutes knew she was the one. It was the genuine excitement to shoot our wedding that made us want her to be part of it. We knew she was going to capture the love, laughs and happiness of our wedding day and we didn’t want it any other way. The best part was Amber listened to us and what we wanted. We think that the reason people become photographers is to use their creativeness, and that was something we made sure she could do. Instead of trying to control everything, we let go and trusted her to capture our day in the best way and she definitely did.”
“START PLANNING EARLY!
Use an all-inclusive venue; it will really help with the smaller details. A package is good, but most venues will allow you to pick a smaller package so you’re not getting more than what you want, and then you can add on what you’re missing. This was a big help for us!
Don’t sweat the small stuff and on the big day, just do your best to relax and enjoy it. It’s going to fly by so ENJOY every moment!
Communicate. Compromise. Have fun!”
Congratulations on your actual for realz marriage boys! May your next chapter as husband and husband be filled with love, mushiness and laughter xx.