21c: How did you meet?
PW: Channing and I actually met our senior year of high school through our mutual friends that were dating at the time. I went with my friend to play sand volleyball at Channing’s church and little did I know my future husband would be across the net from me. We then both went to the University of Tennessee where we would say ‘hi’ whenever we ran into each other, but it wasn’t until after college when we moved back to Nashville that the sparks flew!
21c: What were you looking for in a venue? How did you know you found the one?
PW: We are both born and raised in Nashville, and have been to our fair share of weddings in the area. When we started our venue search we both agreed that we wanted something unique, modern & located downtown. I remember I kept saying to Channing, “I just don’t want a barn wedding!” After our initial visit to 21c, we knew we had found the perfect setting for our big day. Everything about it took my breath away from the art & décor to the professionalism & friendliness of the entire staff. We both knew by choosing 21c, we would be giving our guests a once in a lifetime experience.
21c: Who had more fun getting ready–the bridesmaids or the groomsmen? (You can agree to disagree!)
PW: Definitely the groomsmen! Channing didn’t ask for much when it came to the wedding, so I wanted to make sure I did something special for him and the boys. I gave Channing the Penthouse Suite with the wrap-around terrace to get ready in, and they certainly took advantage of it! Their morning and afternoon were spent playing corn hole, watching the Vols, and eating all the Chick-Fil-A that Nashville had to offer. Whereas my bridesmaids and I were busy with hair and makeup all day, so I think it worked out perfectly!
21c: What song got the most people on the dance floor?
PW: Funny enough, it was “Mustang Sally.” I’m laughing writing this because I’m remembering all of our friends being on the dance floor and then when that song came on both of our entire families got in on the action! It really got everyone involved. I’d also say ending our reception with “Rocky Top” was a big hit as well! (per usual).
21c: How many penguins are featured in your wedding album?
PW: Several! Channing and I are seriously obsessed with the penguins scattered around the hotel. Our guests even enjoyed them so much that they moved one to their table to join them for dinner. We looked over, and there was a teal penguin at Table 1! We also now have a teal penguin figurine and magnet displayed in our home. Our goal is to visit all of the 21c Hotels and collect each different colored penguin!
21c: What was the dreamiest dish from your reception?
PW: Everyone was raving about the mini grilled cheeses served at cocktail hour and the cast iron steak at the reception. My personal favorite was the crispy eggplant! Let’s get real, it was all delicious! WAY above your standard wedding food!
21c: How did your wedding reflect who you are as a couple?
PW: 21c truly captured the theme Channing and I set out for our wedding and also the theme of our relationship. We love to have a good time, are huge foodies, and always like to do things just a tad bit different! Our wedding combined amazing food, a dance floor that was never empty, and a space that truly was as beautiful and unique as our relationship.
21c: What are people still talking about from your wedding?
PW: The food, our cake, the accommodating staff, and the overall high energy at the reception! Yes, we planned our wedding based on our taste, but throughout the whole process, our goal was to cater to our guests and make sure they had the time of their lives! I’d say we achieved that thanks to 21c making that their goal as well!
21c: Do you have any tips for brides-to-be to make their day as stress-free as possible?
PW: Make sure to take a moment for yourself on the big day and hire the right people to be your vendors! Your day will fly by and can also be overwhelming, so if you need to lock yourself in the bathroom for 5 minutes just to collect your thoughts – do it and don’t apologize! I also can’t stress enough about choosing the right people to execute the details of your big day. Lisa & Monika with 21c were always so helpful and prompt starting from our very first tour, which was a big indicator to us that they would be on top of things throughout the whole process! We were right, and our day was perfect thanks to the staff and our other incredible vendors!
Photos courtesy of the bride & Cannon Wedding Photography