Mattie Jackson & Ben Selecman

Fairytale Wedding


Married

Oct 7, 2017
Franklin, Tennessee


Photo Credit

Kristyn Hogan


Style Guide


Color Palette



Style

Formal, Luxury


Season

Fall





The Proposal

Ben will tell you we first met at a mutual friend’s wedding, but I just remember dancing with a cute guy and never thinking about him after. We reconnected 2 years later while he spent a summer clerking for a judge in Nashville during law school. He asked me out and I said no, but he didn’t give up. Three months later, he called. I finally relented, so he drove almost 4 hours just for dinner and we’ve talked ev- ery day since. He pursued me until I finally saw the handsome, outgoing, Godly guy I needed. After deciding we were meant for forever, he took me on a picnic on the Old Historic Natchez Trace, where we enjoyed incred- ible wine, cheese, dancing and the most romantic proposal.



In Preparation

When it came to planning our dream wedding, we wanted the day to feel elegant, personal and full of happy, infec- tious energy. I’m all about details, while Ben revels in the big picture. Some things were very collaborative, integrating our southern, playful yet refined tastes, like the two specialty bars: a Champagne and oyster bar for me and a Scotch and slider bar for Ben. Other things, like the linens, lighting and cake, he graciously dubbed as, “Whatever makes you happy.” Our favorite part to plan together was a surprise first dance, a two-step swing dance to my Dad’s first radio single, Blue Blooded Woman ‘and a Redneck Man’.

 



The Big Day

We are both big on entertaining our friends and family, so to say the day was a fairytale is an understatement. It felt like the first day of school, senior prom, and a sort of graduation into a world with so much more gravity than any we’d yet experienced. I was calm and ready to cross the finish line, while Ben was giddy and charged like a little boy throwing his first fastball. The first look felt somewhat surreal. The ceremony felt surprisingly personal, like it was just us, the pastor and the defeated, ominous clouds that held back the rain. Our reception was better than any party we’ve ever been to. From the moment our toasts concluded, the custom dance floor bore no pause in party, song or dancing. One of our favorite memories was popping a vintage 2006 bottle of Tattinger’s Comtes de Champagne, a bottle they only make in the best years. We’re looking forward to opening another from the 2006 vintage on our 10th anniversary.



The Retreat

After such an amazing celebration, it was so wonderful to head off on our honeymoon together to the Sey- chelles and South Africa. The best part was taking time to experience and explore each other’s passions. Ben reveled in wine country and the best restaurants in the Western Cape and Hemel-En-Aarde with me and I rode 12 hour days on hunting safaris with him in the Eastern Cape. The joy it brings to truly soak up each other’s passions to kick off a marriage is indescribable.

 



 

Contributing Vendors

VENUE

Jackson Family Estate

INVITATIONS

The Paper Place

CATERER

Kristen Winston

ENTERTAINMENT

Wedding Musicians Co.

FLORIST

The Tulip Tree

BRIDES SHOES

Jimmy Choo

PHOTOGRAPHER

Kristyn Hogan

FIREWORKS

Impact Pyro

RENTALS & DECOR

Please Be Seated

HAIR & MAKEUP

Parlour3

WEDDING GOWN

Vera Wang

MOTHER OF THE BRIDE’S GOWN

Cristina Ottaviano

PLANNER

Jayne Bubis

RINGS

Hamilton Jewelers

DRAPING & CHANDELIERS

Quest

CAKE

Classic Cakes

LIGHTING

Bright Event Productions

VIDEOGRAPHER

Dallas Wilson Wedding Films

GROOMS ATTIRE

Custom Tux by Joseph A. Banks

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