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Amber & John: A Formal Wedding in Nashville, TN

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"I totally felt like a princess in it," Amber says of her gown. She wore a Reem Acra ball gown and cathedral-length veil.
The Bride Room, Franklin
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Amber pinned a cameo pendant that had belonged to her paternal great-grandmother to the ribbon wrapping her bouquet.
First Kiss/Geny’s Wholesale Florist, Nashville
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"The main flower I chose to be used in the bouquets, boutonnieres, and centerpieces was the orchid -- to honor John’s Southeast Asian background," the bride explains.
First Kiss/Geny’s Wholesale Florist, Nashville
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Amber and John highlighted John's Laotian heritage by incorporating orchids and bamboo throughout the celebration. The invitations and programs, which featured a custom letterpress-printed bamboo motif, were the first to introduce the theme.
Cathy Butler, Clawson, MI
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Floating orchid centerpieces sat atop the tables at the reception. Pulling together all of the details for the nuptials was easy, since the mother of the bride is actually a full-time wedding coordinator. Light pink, light green, and silver hues dominated throughout the reception.
First Kiss/Geny’s Wholesale Florist, Nashville
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Amber and John shared their first dance to Tim McGraw’s "My Best Friend." "I really wanted the reception to have a party feel to it, and our DJ kept the dance floor crowded all night with great tunes and props that everyone enjoyed," Amber says.
Bart Hanchey, Choice Disc Jockeys, Nashville
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Amber and John cut a four-tier pale-pink cake that was decorated to mimic the embroidery in the bride's veil. Each tier featured a different flavor, including the bride’s pick -- chocolate truffle. "It was like eating a warm brownie!" Amber says.
Dessert Designs, Nashville
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As guests left the reception, they picked up stalks of lucky bamboo tied with personalized tags. The stalks were placed in the same bucket in which Amber had been burning those mementos when she and John first met. "I agonized on how to use it in a tasteful way," she says. "Filling it with river rocks and water to support the lucky bamboo was perfe ...
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Amber & John in Nashville, TN

"I met the man of my dreams in a parking lot -- yes, I know that sounds odd!" Amber says. Actually, the circumstances were even more unusual than that. Amber had just sworn off men following a bad breakup, so she and a couple of close girlfriends decided to have "a good old-fashioned boyfriend bonfire." The Bride Amber Norton, 25, data mining analyst The Groom John Vongsamphanh, 30, business systems analyst The Date July 29 Armed with a bucket, lighters, and plenty of "fuel" -- old love letters, photos, and other mementos -- the girls headed for the parking lot of one friend’s apartment complex. Just as things were heating up, Amber looked up and spotted "the most handsome man I’d ever seen" coming their way. John and his friends wound up helping out with the bonfire, and asked Amber and her friends if they wanted to come out with them that night. "Being covered with soot, we politely declined," Amber says. Still, she couldn't stop thinking about John, and decided to leave him her number. Two years later, they were planning their wedding.
- Kate Wood
Their Ingredients
  • Michael Howard Photography, Thompsons Station
  • Lori Butler, Your Day Your Way, La Vergne
  • University Club of Nashville
  • The Bride Room, Franklin
  • First Kiss/Geny’s Wholesale Florist, Nashville

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