in partnership with our friends at Infinity Hospitality.
We’re all for a rainy day wedding, actually, the more rain, the merrier. However, when said rain accompanied by whirling wind isn’t planned for, it’s a welcome comfort knowing you're already covered. The Bridge Building in downtown Nashville is a stunning yet functional space ready to tackle unpredictable days in serious style. With a rooftop patio overlooking the city, a main event space with floor to ceiling windows and a patio right on the bank of the Cumberland River, this 1908 building lends an upscale industrial look to each event hosted here. Steel beams, abundant natural light and the city surroundings instantly transform any event into a sleek, modern affair fit for the most discerning city slicker. Insider tip: All events booked at The Bridge Building have the option of using Infinity Hosptiality's talented team to design, plan and execute the entire day for a completely stress free experience.
We recently caught up with photographer Caleb Clayton about photographing The Bridge Building from his favorite part of the venue to helpful tips for couples looking to rent the space, inclement weather included.
Tell us a little about this couple and how you became their photographer.
I believe the couple just found me online, either through my website or from my instagram. So glad it worked out because they were awesome to get to work with! I had the privilege of getting to do an engagement session with them as well 8 months before the date of their wedding and we had an immediate connection. They were very comfortable in front of the cameras, easy going and fun!
What was the overall theme and inspiration behind this wedding?
It was beautiful and elegant (if that counts as a theme!). The Bridge Building's reception hall and room ceremony gave it a very formal and elegant vibe with the massive windows looking out onto the river and downtown Nashville.
Can you share about your experience at The Bridge Building?
I loved getting to shoot at The Bridge Building. It was very unique offering different locations to hold the ceremony, reception, etc. The huge windows on the bottom level gave everyone a great a view of the sparkling lights of downtown Nashville being reflected onto the Cumberland River. Unfortunately, we were unable to take advantage of all the venue had to offer (the access to the pedestrian bridge, outside on the lawn by the river, the patio by the river) because we actually had terrible weather the day of, with extreme straight line winds for most of the day that even caused the power to flicker on and off a few times during the ceremony!
What was your favorite part of shooting at this location?
I definitely liked how convenient every part of it was to the next. While various parts of the wedding were on different floors of the building, it was very well thought out and scheduled for vendors and guests to get around conveniently. Partying on the rooftop into the night with the Nashville lights in the background was very awesome as well!
Any tips or advice for couples looking to host their own wedding at The Bridge Building?
It's hard to recommend a season in Nashville where you can guarantee nice weather. The Bridge Building (like most other venues) has a lot more potential locations to shoot, decorate and utilize if the weather is nice. The florals by Big Events were outstanding – loved the touch of eucalyptus leaves in them. Also, Dede, the day of coordinator was great to work with and kept everything running extremely smoothly despite the chaos the weather was creating at times! The band that night, The Music City Sound, kept the whole floor rocking till the very end!
Do you have any fun stories from the day you can share?
I've mentioned the weather several times, which was a huge factor, but Starr had really wanted to do her and Alan's first look by the river on the lawn outside. Miraculously after having rained and stormed all morning, there was a break just long enough for us to run outside and do the first look and get a few shots of Starr and Alan with the city skyline behind them. While it was still extremely windy at the time, it made for some awesome veil shots!