Audrey & Aaron said it best, honestly. At the end of the day, we are celebrating the beginning of our lives together, and anything else is just noise. That statement is so true, and a beautiful depiction of the day that they had together which was absolutely gorgeous.
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from the photographer: “This downtown Nashville, Tennessee wedding has me swooning! Audrey & Aaron are the absolute most precious couple. From speaking to them when booking services, to traveling for the engagement session, to final detail calls, this couple had everything they wanted in their wedding weekend perfectly planned out. Yet, they were completely relaxed through it all and thoroughly soaked in the moment with each other. Once wedding weekend finally arrived, they looked at each other with pure adoration and they complemented each other so well. Aaron is a pilot, and I loved the perfect little details that they used throughout their wedding to acknowledge that. From the book “The Aviator’s Wife” to use in detail shots to their seating chart that featured different airport codes, they tied in a personal element so well.
The morning of the wedding, everyone got ready on 12th Avenue South. Once everyone looked perfect, we all headed to St. Henry Catholic Church where the most precious ceremony was held. They had their ceremony early in the day, which left ample time in between the ceremony and the evening reception for us to venture around Nashville for portraits. We went to Centennial Park for the majority of their formal portraits and used the dreamy park as the perfect backdrop for these images. Once we captured their loving looks in both digital and film format, we took off to the Bridge Building next to Nissan Stadium for their cocktail hour and reception. The venue overlooked the river and downtown, which made for the perfect backdrop for dinner and dancing late into the night.
This wedding was perfect and I am so thankful to have been able to capture it through timeless imagery.”
How did you two meet? What were your first impressions of one another?
Audrey was a personal assistant flying on her boss’s plane and Aaron was a pilot for the company that flew her boss, flying the plane that same day. Audrey’s boss suggested Aaron ask Audrey out, he did, and they were inseparable ever since. When they first met, Audrey thought Aaron was a little grumpy because he isn’t a morning person and he was flying them at 5am… so when Audrey was bright eyed & bushy tailed at 5am and exclaimed “Good morning!!” she got little more than a “uhhh hi”. Little did she know, Aaron is the kindest person with the biggest heart. Audrey’s boss knew and loved Aaron, so when she was reassured he’s a great guy, she was excited when he texted her the next day. As for Aaron’s impression of Audrey… he thought she was cliquey in her current friend group and uninterested in meeting anyone new. Little did HE know, she had been looking for a guy just like him.
Tell us a funny story relating to your wedding day or relationship!
Audrey and Aaron are notorious pranksters and love to joke around. They have the same sense of humor & can laugh at themselves and not take life too seriously. One day, Audrey told Aaron she needed new windshield wiper blades, hoping he’d offer to change them but unfortunately he was leaving for a long trip the next day and wouldn’t be able to help. BUT he knew exactly where she should go — O’Rileys. Aaron knows Audrey loves a good deal, so he told her that if she sang the jingle they would give her 15% off. So, the next day Audrey confidently walked in O’Rileys, found her blades, and then at checkout sang the jingle “Oh, Oh, Oh, O’Rileyssssssss, Auto Parts. OW!”. The cashier, super confused, said “Yea… that’s us”. When the cashier told her the total, Audrey reminded him to apply her discount. He asked if she was active military and she replied “No… but I sang the song”. His bewildered look was when it hit her — Aaron got her good. Needless to say, Audrey can never show her face at O’Rileys again. Aaron’s punishment? He’s on wiper blade duty for the rest of their lives.
Describe a hurdle you had to overcome in your relationship or during your wedding planning.
Aaron was hired at United Airlines as a A320 Pilot in June, just 6 months before their big day. He began his 2 month training in Denver in July, and he was 1,000 miles away until 2 weeks before the wedding. Audrey & Aaron are Tennessee transplants, so most of their friends and family lived far away. With Aaron gone as well, Audrey had a lot on her plate and tackled it all alone. Thankfully, although Aaron couldn’t physically be there to help, he offered Audrey encouragement & support every day on the phone.
Any special ways you incorporated your family or family history into your wedding day?
Our grandparents mean the world to us, but unfortunately only 1 was able to make the trip to Nashville. We mailed ceremony programs to their homes & livestreamed our ceremony for Aaron’s 2 sets of Grandparents in Illinois, Audrey’s grandmother in Vermont & Grandfather in Georgia. As another personal touch, Audrey had her late grandmother’s rosary wrapped around her bouquet.
What part of your wedding day was/is most important to you?
Each other. At the end of the day, we are celebrating the beginning of our lives together, and anything else is just noise. Aaron reminded Audrey, a perfectionist to say the least, that something WILL go wrong and when it does just laugh it off and remember why we’re all here today.
What is the best thing you’ve learned from one another?
Audrey is a visionary with big ideas and often unrealistic expectations, while Aaron is level headed and practical. To say we level each other out would be an understatement. Audrey often comes up with these grand plans with little to no thought on if it’s feasible or not. After one of Audrey’s beautifully complicated ideas, Aaron can bring her back to Earth while still appreciating the idea. Together, they make an achievable plan — Audrey inspires an idea and Aaron brings it to fruition.
What is your favorite thing about each other?
Audrey’s favorite thing about Aaron is his loyalty to those he loves. He has stood up in over a dozen weddings because he’s always the guy his friends and family can rely on to always be there for them. Aaron is so loving and helpful to his mom, and this alone was testament to what kind of life partner he would be.
Aaron’s favorite thing about Audrey is her thoughtfulness and how much she does for other people. She is always thinking of other people and their feelings, offering help, or preparing a kind gesture to make someone feel loved. Her appreciation for the small stuff and attention to detail to make someone’s day brings her joy, and that’s a beautiful thing.
What was your favorite part about planning your wedding?
Working with our incredible vendors to see our vision come to life. Each and every vendor understood what we wanted and helped us make it happen.
One of the most important parts of our day to make sure every moment and every detail was captured so we can relive our day over and over. Our photographer, Samantha Coleman, had a creative solution to any roadblock I had… We couldn’t throw anything for our church send off, no problem, use ribbon wands. No open flames or sparklers are allowed on the Nashville bridge, no worries, just use LED wands. Working with a creative mind like hers was such a great experience.
Our Florist, Natasha at Larson’s Florist, worked with Audrey and fed off of Audrey’s ideas and offered recommendations we wouldn’t have thought of without her. Our venue, The Bridge Building, kept us on schedule and knew who to contact for what — no matter the crazy idea, they had a plan to make it happen.
We had such a seamless day and that wouldn’t have been possible without their help.
If you had one piece of advice for other couples, what would it be?
Aaron’s dad gave offered us one piece of advise that his father gave him, and we someday will give to our children: Don’t wish away time. It’s so easy to overlook the small moments by waiting for the next big moment. When you’re young, you wish it was summer; when it’s summer you wish it was Christmas. When you’re older you push through week days wishing for the weekend or you can’t wait for a vacation that is month’s away. Enjoy each and every moment, no matter how small and appreciate the beauty in the quiet nights, lazy Sundays or evening walks together. Time is precious, and time together is invaluable.
What is the most honest thing you can say about love?
Love is knowing that no matter what, you have someone you can rely on; someone who will be there for you unconditionally — on your good days and your bad. Life is unpredictable, so having each other as an unwavering constant is so important. After a bad day, you should find comfort knowing your person is there for you, always.
Photographer: Samantha Coleman Photography
Venue: Church – St Henry in Nashville + Venue – The Bridge Building
Stylist / Planner / Designer: Infinity Hospitality
Floral Designer: Larson Floral Co
Dress Boutique: Fabulous Frocks
Cake Designer: Triple Crown Bakery
Hair and Makeup: One10
Film Lab: Photovision