Kelli Crubaugh first met Tobin Sio in January of 2009, shortly after she moved to Nashville, Tennessee, for work. Despite working together, it took Tobin eight months to gather the courage to strike up a casual conversation with Kelli. "My curly hair was actually the ice breaker," Kelli says. "We started talking regularly after that and have been officially together since January of 2010." After four years of dating, Tobin popped the question while the pair was on vacation to the Cayman Islands.
Although both Kelli and Tobin call Nashville home, neither of their families hail from the famous city, so the bride and groom wanted to make sure their guests got the full experience. They planned a ceremony at a site where their family and friends could take in everything the city had to offer: John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge. "It's stunning and offers the best views of downtown," Kelli says. A reception followed at the Cordelle, where an open space proved to be a blank canvas that the couple could transform into their dream venue. Amy Nicole Photography was on hand for their May 9, 2015, celebration and captured every lively element of this unique wedding.
The groom's mother, Besty Sio, designed the couple's watercolor wedding invitation, but Kelli and Tobin turned to the pros at Ink Nashville to bring the blue and green creation to life. "We chose green, blue, and yellow as the colors throughout our wedding and went for an eclectic feel," the bride says of their overall design. "We wanted everything to feel fun, encouraging our friends and family to relax and enjoy."
Kelli loved her strapless lace gown by Modern Trousseau from the moment she put it on. "I felt beautiful in it and was comfortable," she says. "I couldn't have asked for a more perfect dress." To make her gown even more special, Kelli had a hand-stitched blue tag sewn into the dress, which she customized to read, "Kelli & Tobin 5.9.15."
The bride's bouquet contained a mix of white roses, dusty miller, and succulents. Her florist wrapped the arrangement with a lace handkerchief and butterfly pin that Kelli's grandmother, who couldn't attend the wedding, had given her.
Tobin's gray suit was perfect for a spring wedding, and he chose a seasonally appropriate boutonniere comprised of roses and a succulent.
Kelli's bridesmaids wore cocktail-length navy dresses of their own choosing while Tobin's groomsmen coordinated with the groom in gray pants and vests.
With such a unique space for their ceremony, the bride and groom knew they wouldn't need much in the way of décor. Both Kelli's mother and father walked her down the aisle. "When my mom got married, she had both of her parents walk her down the aisle. I liked that tradition and wanted to keep it going," the bride says.
In the middle of the pedestrian bridge, Kelli and Tobin exchanged vows they wrote themselves. During the proceedings, a blue heron, which Tobin and his family associate with the groom's late grandfather), flew past the couple. "It was such a special and significant moment," says the bride. The bride and groom also added their own traditions to the ceremony, including affixing a lock to the rails of the bridge and tossing flowers into the water below.
The couple and their 165 guests moved to the Cordelle for the reception. Long tables were decorated with a deep blue runner, mismatched vessels, and a mix of white and yellow flowers. "We wanted a collected, gathered feel on the dining tables," says Kelli. A mix of long wooden tables and smaller round ones filled the room while geometric, architectural chandeliers hung from above.
To further personalize their reception, Kelli and Tobin put photos of their parents and grandparents at each table.
The bride and groom selected a traditional Southern dinner with a Nashville twist, including mini chicken and waffles, buttermilk biscuits, and a mixed greens salad with fresh fruit. Although the couple didn't announce their signature cocktails, guests knew that a Dark n' Stormy (Kelli and Tobin's favorite drink!) would be available at the bar throughout the night.
Kelli doesn't like cake, so the couple swapped out a traditional tiered confection for a selection of different pies. Everyone dug into apple pie with salted bourbon caramel, strawberry rhubarb pie, and classic pecan pie.
Hoping to avoid post-wedding blues, Kelli and Tobin decided to delay their honeymoon to give them something to look forward to after the big day. They enjoyed a relaxing trip to New Zealand as husband and wife, and left behind this advice for future couples: "Enjoy the process! Don't sweat the small stuff. Don't worry about making everyone happy or making every last detail perfect."
Ceremony Venue: John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge || Reception Venue: The Cordelle || Wedding Planner & Flowers: AmosEvents || Bride's Wedding Dress: Modern Trousseau || Hair: Salon FX Spa || Makeup: Amy Lynn Larwig || Groom's & Groomsmen's Attire: Express || Invitations: Betsy Sio; Ink Nashville || Catering: Chef's Market || Rentals: Liberty Party Rental || Photographer: Amy Nicole Photography
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