LGBT Elopement on Nashville Pedestrian Bridge + Drag Show Reception at Suzy Wong's House of Yum
I’ve been sitting on this blog for a while trying to find words worthy enough for the experience of Amy and Sonia’s wedding in Nashville. I know it’s shocking ME at a loss for words, haha! There are just so many feelings, and I can’t quite piece them together in a way that would make sense without me talking in circles. The amount of love and comfort I felt between Amy and Sonia was radically awesome. That same feeling extended to every guest that shared in the celebration. I felt welcomed the instant I walked into their presence. During a quiet time at the dinner reception, I was sitting and conversing with Amy as she described her “tribe” feeling like home. I understood exactly why she feels overjoyed in her company as I watched the crew interacting so warmly loving towards one another.
I started the day meeting Sonia at their house while Amy was getting ready at a hotel in downtown Nashville. Originally the plan was for Sonia and I to be on the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge waiting for Amy to walk up for the first look then going right on into the intimate elopement. After receiving a last minute phone call from Amy, plans shifted to her surprising Sonia by already being on the bridge when we arrived. The secret played out beautifully because Sonia, completely caught off-guard, noticed her bride standing in a white dress in the middle of the bridge and instantly burst into tears and took off running!
We gathered around in one of the overlooks as the rain fell, barges whistled horns, and on-lookers paused walks to witness the elopement. The vow exchanged was deeply personal and emotional. One minute we would be laughing out loud and the next crying. Following the intimate wedding, the brides and I were taxied around Nashville searching for fun murals scattered around town. Their photography vision was to capture their most real selves and their city. Mission accomplished!
Nashville Pedestrian Bridge Wedding
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After exploring Nashville and chasing one another through a Christmas tree farm, we met up the rest of the party at Suzy Wong’s House of Yum for a dinner reception. Talk about creating a unique wedding, these brides celebrated their marriage with a drag show! Y’all it was so cool! The night began in a private room at Suzy Wong’s where they enjoyed a first dance (this time Sonia surprised Amy with a song), cake cutting, a tear-jerking toast, and Drag’n Dinner. We also had some extra friendly [drunk] ladies that were celebrating a birthday come over and congratulate the brides. Before heading over to the after-party at Play, the couple decided to share the remaining wedding cake with them and everyone in the place, including a lovely Queen, sang “Happy Birthday.”
To top of the fun-filled night, we headed a couple doors down and had a blast at the drag show at Play. For days and days after the wedding, I couldn’t stop talking to everyone about Amy and Sonia’s incredible day. I always seem to draw closer within my own and become a more enlightened me with each experience I have. Witnessing my first, and it better not be my last, drag show was truly an awakening moment. I gain an even more heightened feeling of comfort in my own skin, and this wasn’t something I expected to get out of attending. The entertainment is likely pleasing to most people simply on the surface, but for me it ran so much deeper. I could see the glow shine out from the entertainers. This is a place where the Queens are praised for being who they choose to be; not who society tells them to be, not what any standards define them as, just them. It was creative expression of the inner self, an art, and that y’all is the most beautiful thing.