I’ve known Ginger for quite a while, and have long associated her with her gorgeous red hair and affinity for all things vintage, 1940s movie stars, Wes Anderson, and fabulous costumes (she and Zack were Mr. and Mrs. Fox from The Fantastic Mr. Fox a few years back, and it was unbelievably adorable). I feel like lots of worlds collided to make the magic of this wedding happen at least for me to be a part of it, and all of the details and moments that were so completely Ginger and Zack… it was perfect. Early last year my best friend and fellow photographer Morgan Trinker was looking for a model with red hair for a St. Patrick’s Day themed styled shoot and I sent a message to Ginger, and once Ginger and Zack (already engaged) agreed to model I joked with Morgan that I’d hate her if she got to shoot their wedding (in NASHVILLE, no less!). The shoot was totally perfect for these two redheads (three if you count Morgan), as they love Ireland, green, beer, coffee, and St. Patrick’s Day, and it was a match made in heaven. Despite my blonde hair I even made an appearance, filling in for a model who couldn’t make it.
I was overjoyed when I got an email from Ginger asking if there was any way that Morgan and I ever shoot together, and if we were free for their Friday date in Nashville. Even more magic happened when Ginger decided on our friend Kelly Dellinger for her event planner, and on a lovely day in October we were off to one of our favorite cities to photograph an amazing wedding bursting with personalized details. The couple’s love for Harry Potter was echoed in the choice of venue, Wightman Chapel at Scarritt-Bennett Center in Nashville, with a very Hogwarts reminiscent feel, as well as a Marauder’s map to get guests from the ceremony to reception. The color palette included lots of green and gold, metallic pewters for the bridesmaid dresses, green dresses for all of Ginger and Zack’s sisters (they both have big families!), reds and oranges and fall neutrals, succulents, and texture for the florals, gray wool suits and plaid details for the guys.
The wedding included Irish/Scottish inspiration for the dinner menu (mini shepherds pies, Irish bread with honey butter, mint tea and so on), bagpipes for the ceremony and for the reception entrance, as well as the color palette. Ginger and Zack love to travel, so they included lots of maps of favorite places (Ginger’s shoes included maps of France and Ireland!), the table numbers were cities they love (Paris, France for Morgan and my table, Ginger knows us too well!), and the build-a-plane send-off was adorable. Ginger’s long lace veil and short birdcage veil as well as the brooches in her bouquet and on her handmade belt were an homage to her love of vintage. The kismet of their marriage is reflected in the Scottish crest for their new last name, Lindsey, which includes a swan (Swan is Ginger’s maiden name), and so the couple included the crest in their paper suite and for the cake topper. A love of foxes (including the song “What does the fox say”), Indiana Jones (making my archaeologist self happy), and Church Street break-up cookies (renamed Hook-up cookies for the wedding), also snuck their way in. I could go on forever, but instead, please enjoy the photos.
Thank you so much to Ginger and Zack for having Morgan Trinker and I as your photographers, and for being so incredibly awesome that we have to pinch ourselves over all the amazing details. It was so fun to finally shoot a wedding as a tag-team with my best friend and what an amazing one to work together on! We’re still up for taking an anniversary trip with you to Europe if you have room in your suitcases!
Vendors: -Ceremony Venue: Scarritt-Bennett Center – Wightman Chapel -Reception Venue: Houston Station -Hairstylist: Chelsea Crawford -Wedding Coordinator: Kelly Dellinger Events -Ceremony Music: Preston Lovinggood & Katherine Mez / Dave Boling – Pipes // Lori Cheng, Richard Hsiung, Landon Rogan – strings & piano -Reception Music: Jared Foldy – DJ -Cake & cookies: Heather from Churchstreet Coffee & Books -Catering: Martha Stamps Catering -Florist: Rosemary & Finch -Gown designer and shop: Pronovias from Bella Couture -Stationery/invitations: DIY & Minted -Videographer: Matt G Video
Q&A with the bride, Ginger!
Tell me about the day: The feel of it, the colors/theme, special details. I guess the whole thought that started it all was when we were wishing that money didn’t exist or that we could teleport our whole family to Ireland or Scotland to experience our favorite places and play tribute to our family heritage. I always loved a certain chapel in Nashville, but then when I (Ginger) moved there, I realized just how much more amazing the campus and the area was (and how much it felt like Hogwarts, too– bonus!). So since we couldn’t have everyone travel to our most magical places, we wanted to bring some of the adventure of traveling to our wedding. Our love for romance and epic stories was incorporated with lanterns, marauder’s maps, Braveheart and Indiana Jones music. We used the Lindsey Scottish crest, which happens to be a swan with a crown — Swan being my maiden name. Our colors were stone, emerald/moss, orange/copper, latte and ivory — which fit our love for all things woodland, rustic, and autumn. Some extra travel theme details included boarding pass escort cards, location table names made with maps, and balsa wood planes to send us off. Our last big, intentional detail was the Scotch-Irish menu from our amazing, local/organic caterer… But also even more… the beverages we love to go along with it. Zack brewed a Harvest Spiced Ale and a Dark Wolf Lager which was served along with Nashville Yazoo brews and Morgan Creek wine from Birmingham, Vulcan Red and Cahaba White. Finally, our coffee obsession was not left out with a coffee/espresso bar and coffee mug favors.
What was most important to you when you were wedding planning The biggest priority was definitely the venues, and a big “extra” splurge was with lighting. This probably goes back to the fact that we are both a little dramatic and care a lot about ambiance and mood. (And also maybe even a little more with my film/theatre background… All the world’s a stage, right?) Other than that, what was most important was just having creative details. Of the things that were DIY and handmade, I think my favorite was my “something old” heirloom belt made by my maid of honor, Sarah Miller. The women in the family donated jewelry pieces, doilies, hankies, lace, etc. and we put them together to make the belt (which was really difficult actually). But I was so happy to have something so personal be a part of my dress.
What do you remember most about the day/what are your favorite memories from the day? Did anything surprise you? Both of us agree that our favorite moment was the “blind look” or whatever it should be called…when we talked to each other on either side of an archway and held hands for the first time that day before our wedding. In the ceremony, we loved everything but especially the music that our awesomely talented friends hit out of the park. At the reception, we REALLY were so happy to have a sweetheart dinner to actually enjoy our amazing food and talk to each other. I think every bride and groom should be required to do that before going into their reception. Our biggest and most FAVORITE surprise was how many dancers were cutting loose on the dance floor and being completely entertaining and hilarious. I’ve already been crying with laughter at the preview photos from those moments. And the fact that my dad presented Zack with a Scottish sword of protection at the end was just so ridiculous and awesome that we still are laughing about it. Finally, my favorite un-documented moment was our ring-bearer and flower girl waiting to walk down the aisle. I’ve never known two 3 year olds to be so adorably well-behaved. They were complimenting each other on their outfits and just waiting patiently holding hands. I almost died from cuteness.
What advice would you give other brides now that you’re official? 1. Spending time on the personalized details makes it so much more meaningful and enjoyable. Sometimes we were cursing our DIY ideas a few hours after we were already into them, but in the end you only get one wedding so why not just spend a little extra time? (That being said, don’t procrastinate any DIY ideas… better to just let those go. haha) 2. Prepare yourself for the crazy, relative perspectives of time. The 10 minutes you are waiting to walk down the aisle is going to feel like more than an hour, and then the 4 hours of your reception is also going to feel like less than an hour! In both, just try to notice every little thing you can and take it all in. 3. No matter how much work you put in– especially with a crazy, big family — you can’t control other people and their circumstances. Just communicate and communicate until you feel like you are going a little overboard on the communication…and then just let go, have fun, and “que sera sera!”
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