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A Winter Inspired Wedding at Rippavilla Plantation

November 7, 2016


Some of these photos might look a bit familiar if you’ve visited our newly designed website! As part of our rebranding process we created a few styled shoots. One of these styled photoshoots was a winter inspired wedding at Rippavilla Plantation in Spring Hill, TN. The Antebellum 19th century mansion is incredibly beautiful and even more breathtaking in person. This historical home was completed in 1855 where the original family lived until the civil war began. The home and grounds are perfect for a wedding ceremony and reception; it also makes the perfect space for a luncheon, rehearsal dinner, Christmas party or social gathering.

Front of Rippavila Plantation historic venues Bride and groom eating donuts on the front steps of Rippavilla historical venue Winter Inspired Wedding Photoshoot at Rippavilla Plantation outside of Nashville, TN . Florals courtesy of Amy & I Designs, Bridal Gown from The White Room, Mens Tux from Street Tuxedo, Hair & Makeup by Makeup For Your Day Bride Winter Bouquet Walking through courtyard at Rippavilla Plantation bride and groom together Classic winter inspired wedding with bride look and groom style Winter Inspired Wedding Photoshoot at Rippavilla Plantation outside of Nashville, TN . Florals courtesy of Amy & I Designs, Bridal Gown from The White Room, Mens Tux from Street Tuxedo, Hair & Makeup by Makeup For Your Day Whimsical Side Countryard of Venue Romantic kiss shared between bride and her husband in side countryard of plantation

One of our dear couples from whose wedding we photographed last fall, Kinzie & Scott, graciously agreed to be our models for the photoshoot. Kinzie’s gorgeous winter look was styled by both Brittany Shears & Makeup for Your Day. We love the bold lip that Makeup for Your Day selected for Kinzie’s makeup, and the eye color really made her already stunning eyes pop in the photos. The floral crown was created by Amy & I Designs and paired perfectly with the beautiful updo styled by Brittany Shears.

Newlyweds taking a walk on the front lawn of Rippavilla PlantationHappy couple smiling in garden of plantation Southern winter wedding with classic black and white tux and black bow tie Classic black and white groom style with winter inspired details Historic brick arch of gardens at Rippaville Plantation Bride flower bouquet featuring winter tones of reds, pinks, evergreens, and berries Funny laughter filled picture of bride and groom drinking Cheerwine Donuts and Cheerwine on the front stairs of Rippavilla Plantation

Amy has an amazing eye for florals and did a spectacular job styling the bouquet, hairpiece, & boutonniere for the photoshoot. Her business, Amy & I Designs, provides incredibly wonderful planning and design services. The beautiful winter colors or the flowers complimented the gorgeous gown provided by The White Room. We’re total suckers for a long flowing dress with a lot of tulle. They are just so much fun! The White Room always has the best selection of dresses in their 2 middle TN locations. The classic black tux provided by Street Tuxedo completed the winter inspired look we were going for. There is just something so elegant about the timeless look of a black and white tux; but that’s only the tip of the vast variety that Street Tuxedo has to offer. If you’ve ever had the opportunity to step inside their Street Truck you’ll know exactly what we mean! They have so many options available that every groom can find exactly the style he wants.

Cheerful couple laughing on front lawn of historic Nashville venue Bride and Groom steal a kiss on the front lawn of Rippavilla Plantation venue Bride flower bouquet featuring winter tones of reds, pinks, evergreens, and berries Side countryard at Rippavilla Plantation with fountain Whimsical pretty bridal dress flowing & groom holding Donut Country doughnuts Winter Inspired Wedding Photoshoot at Rippavilla Plantation outside of Nashville, TN . Florals courtesy of Amy & I Designs, Bridal Gown from The White Room, Mens Tux from Street Tuxedo, Hair & Makeup by Makeup For Your Day Wedding style Glazed doughtnuts from Donut Country in Murfreesboro Whimsical flowing wedding dress from the White Room with silver thread and crystal accents

We had such a wonderful time with everyone involved and are so happy with this winter plantation wedding! Everything came together so perfectly, and we had a wonderful team all of whom we highly recommend working with if you are searching for your Nashville wedding vendors!

Couple walking together at elegant historical Nashville venue plantation lawn Bride and groom share cheerwine soda

Venue – Rippavilla Plantation
Hair – Brittany Shears
Makeup – Makeup For Your Day
Florals – Amy & I Designs
Dress – The White Room
Tux – Street Tuxedo
Donuts – Donut Country

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