Adding a touch of history to your wedding is a sentimental notion that we all would love to incorporate but what about those with a more modern aesthetic? Enter The Bell Tower, Nashville’s oldest downtown venue dating back to 1874. What was once a post Civil War church is now a contemporary space with an open floor plan. While the original stonework and woodwork remains in tact, The Bell Tower has brought a few modern day amenities to the building such as the tasting room inside the actual bell tower with over 100 hand-picked bourbon, whiskey, and scotch selections.
We caught up with photographer, Katelyn Nicole to get the inside scoop on this old meets new space in the heart of Nashville. Read on to get an exclusive look and tips on hosting your own event at The Bell Tower.
Tell us a little about this couple and how you became their photographer :)
I met Jonathan and Rachel for the first time at a coffee shop in downtown Nashville. They heard about me from a friend of theirs who is a wedding planner that I've worked weddings with before. It also turned out that Rachel and I were from near the same part of Tennessee. They were great to work with and so easy going on their wedding day.
What was the overall theme and inspiration behind this wedding?
It was a simple yet elegant wedding with whites and greens.
Can you share about your experience at The Bell Tower?
This was my first time shooting at the The Bell Tower and it was great. They have a great area for the bridal suite plus a perfect area for the ceremony and reception. It's right downtown, which also gave us a lot of photography options on their wedding day. Insider tip: The Bell Tower's sister property, The Bridge Building, is another great spot to take photos.
Location: The Bridge Building
What was your favorite part of shooting at this space?
There are so many places to shoot both in and outside of the venue. There's open light in the ceremony location which a photographer always loves and the hardwood floors and open floor plan makes for great photos.
Any tips or advice for couples looking to host their own wedding at The Bell Tower?
Rachel and Jonathan used the onsite wedding planner from The Bell Tower and it was very organized and they were easy to work with, so for sure go with a planner.
Do you have any fun stories from the day you can share?
One of my favorite moments was riding in the Trolley with the wedding party to the other side of the bridge to take their photos. It was a great time for candid photos where everyone was just hanging out. Also, their reception was one of the most fun receptions I've ever shot. You could really tell that their family and friends were there to truly celebrate them!
Venue: The Bell Tower | Photographer: Katelyn Nicole Photography | Florist: Forget Me Not Designs | Cake: Faye's Cake Pops | DJ/Band: Nashville Party Authority | Catering: Infinity Events & Catering | Planning: Brittany S., Infinity Events & Catering
Created in partnership with The Bell Tower.
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Katelyn Nicole Hamilton