Travel-Inspired Wedding at East Ivy Mansion
Updated: Jan 12, 2021
For the adventurous and well-traveled couple, it would be hard to pinpoint a dream wedding destination. Sara and David had something different in mind when they were planning their wedding. They brought their travels home to Nashville. Keep reading to learn all about their travel-inspired wedding and to be whisked away to their favorite faraway lands!
The moment you walked into Nashville's famous East Ivy Mansion on that October morning, you knew you were in for something special. Sara and David focused on a cohesive theme. Antique suitcases and globes greeted the guests on either side of the entrance of the mansion. So much detail went into these pieces - from the stickers on the suitcases to the votives wrapped in maps. After passing through the gorgeous entry gates, guests were asked to check in and write their well-wishes on postcards (which the bride and groom collected during their travels) and place the signed postcards in a mini antique suitcase. Guests were also asked to sign black-and-white atlases as the guestbook.
Sara and David both love to travel and frequently did - separately before they knew each other and together after they met. They wanted their guests to experience all of the cultures they were able to fall in love with just by attending their wedding. Their seating chart was a world map, and each table was a specific country. Together, we transformed East Ivy Mansion to a multi-cultural extravaganza featuring antique globes all over the event space, hanging globe lights, and inflatable globes in East Ivy's iconic pool. Globe Christmas ornaments were used for aisle markers as a unique alternative to florals.
Guests used the world map seating chart to find out "where in the world" they were having dinner. Each guest table "centerpiece" was hand-crafted with a globe and souvenirs from each specific country where the bride and groom had traveled. We loved picking the globes for each table because some of them were even in different languages.
Meanwhile inside East Ivy Mansion's doors, Sara was getting ready. She chose a Modern Trousseau gown with a faux blue and white bouquet constructed from maps, with airplane accents. Look closely at the bouquet to see the groom's airplane cuff links too!
The wedding cake, from Signature Cakes by Vicki, was a traditional white with a golden world map, gold stripes, and black airplane flight path accents. The sweetheart table featured an antique globe, paper windmills made out of maps, and "Pilot" and "Co-Pilot" chair signs. We'll let you guess which was Sara's and which was David's.
As you can see, Sara and David had a truly memorable and fun wedding. Planning this day with them made us want to travel the world and see all of their favorite places.
Design: Ad Astra Events
Venue: East Ivy Mansion
Photography: Laura Schneider Photography
Rentals: Music City Tents & Events
Catering: Chef's Market
Cake: Signature Cakes by Vicki
Gown: Modern Trousseau