Anna Hardaway & Bradley Davis
Taking Vows at a Tennessee Mansion
Oct 14, 2017
Brentwood , Tennessee
Anneli Marinovich Photography
Bradley & I began dating in 2009, and we are both Nashville natives. On December 29th, 2015, we had plans to go to dinner with one of Brad’s best friends and his girlfriend. We were a bit early, so we stopped in a couple of stores along the route to the restaurant. Brad was acting strange and pacing aimlessly trying to avoid me. Finally, he mentioned they were at the restaurant so we started to make our way there. On the way there, we passed an old building called “The Franklin Theatre” when all of the sudden we stopped, I looked up, and “Anna will you marry me?” was on the marquee. I, of course, said yes, and it seemed like a dream. After we left the little historic square of Franklin, Brad drove us to his house where he had surprised me with 50 of our closest friends and family. He had gotten friends and family from across the country to all come in for this very special night. It was absolutely a night to remember. Brad also had the entire thing filmed, and it’s amazing to look back and watch the entire thing over and over.
The planning leading up to the big day will always be something we remember. Brad had accepted an almost year-long position in London, England while our planning was going on, so I was traveling back and forth between there and Nashville. My mother and I had met with Sarah Goude from Regalo Design, and she pretty much laid out of the steps needed to make the day go perfectly. I honestly don’t know what I would have done without her and my mother during the planning process. While Brad and I were in London, I found an amazing photographer, and it was my dream to have engagement photos taken in London, so one day we met Anneli Marinovich by the Horses Guard in St. James Park. A year later, Anneli flew to Nashville to shoot our wedding. Later on, I figured out I wanted to take that mystical English garden theme and somehow transition that into our big day. For our venue, Brad and I went to our first appointment at Ravenswood Mansion. The moment we arrived, it just felt right and like us. We both went to Ravenwood High School not even a mile away, and everything was located right in Brentwood which was perfect. Some of the best memories I have include trying on dresses with my friends and family at The Bride Room, cake tasting with Wolfe Cakes, figuring out our custom crest, designing the invitations and all of the fun meetings with Sarah. Brad and I also started taking dance lessons at Arthur Murray Dance Studio which was always a fun little wedding stress reliever.
The Big Day
I couldn’t have been more in love with my husband on our wedding day. Love was definitely in the air and I know everyone was feeling it. I woke up Saturday morning, and my cousins that were in my wedding picked me up around 8 a.m. We made our way over to the Bridal Suite at Ravenswood Mansion. All of the girls spent the whole morning and early afternoon getting our hair and makeup done, sipping champagne and laughing. It was such a special time I’ll never forget with all of my best girls and my mom. Brad, all of the groomsmen and the male family members went to our old high school gym and played a game of pick-up basketball. We made team pennies that had his college lacrosse number on them and family on the back. All of the men then went to Brad’s parents’ home in Brentwood to get dressed. The ceremony started at 4:30 p.m., and Brad and I weren’t doing a first look. We decided to see each other for the first time at the altar. The weather was sunny and absolute perfection. We had the ceremony on the side of the house with about 450 guests, and then everyone walked to the back where tents were set up to start the party. The band was incredible, and everyone rushed the dance floor when they started. The entire night was spent visiting and dancing with friends and family under the stars. Towards the end of the night, everyone made a tunnel outside and shot off silver streamers as we walked through.
We left for St. Lucia the Monday morning after our wedding. We decided we wanted to stay at two different places, so half of our trip was spent at Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort and Ladera Resort. We stayed in private villas at both resorts. The honeymoon was filled with fruity drinks, beach naps, swimming, boat rides, sunset watching and room service. Two weeks later, we moved to Manhattan and, we are currently living in New York City.
Wolfe Gourmet Cakes
Big Night Dynamite (Prime Source Entertainment)
The Bride Room
Rentals + Dècor