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Urban bohemian wedding ideas + surprise proposal

November 2, 2015
Bohemian wedding altar

Two main takeaways from the snaps Photographix + the team below sent us: 1) two very different vibes (say, urban + bohemian) can bring out a fab design—so don’t be afraid to combine styles and, 2) we will never tire of a good proposal story, like Magen + Lyndi’s. M was ready to propose, and with the chance to model for a wedding shoot at Acme Feed and Seed, the timing was just right. The whole story is too cute.

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The first order of business was to bring a desert landscape to downtown Nashville…

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Krista of Twisted Crow explains, Our models wore soft, textured attire with southwest-inspired jewelry pieces by Castilleja. Lyndi’s bridal look is bold yet ethereal, dressed in BHLDN’s Gwyneth gown and a turquoise statement necklace. Artistry Salon Spa gave her a deep red lip and strong brow, with cascading curls and a braided crown. We wanted Magen’s bridal style to complement Lyndi’s without feeling too formal, so we dressed her in a relaxed 3-piece linen suit from Ambassador’s Formalwear by Gilda, accessorized with natural stone jewelry, including a turquoise pendant necklace and geode cuff.

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For the tablescape we arranged the fruitwood farm tables in a chevron pattern, with lace runners layered beneath the place settings. Deep turquoise napkins and stacks of vintage books added a pops of color. The stag skull adorned with greenery and florals made a stunning focal point. Metallic chandeliers from Bright Event Productions added height and opulence. 

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(See how the idea for a sign came about in Magen’s story below!)

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I was ready to propose. I was so ready to take our relationship to the next level but I am such a nervous person. I was too scared I wouldn’t be able to speak to ask the question so I called a vendor and asked a favor to have lights saying “marry me”… That way there was no screwing it up! When we talked prior to the engagement we agreed we wanted our favorite song Come Alive by Rachel Taylor to play because it meant so much to our relationship. I knew the perfect person. Lyndi’s best friend and her husband were musicians! It would be perfect to have them playing our song.

On the day of, with my nerves rolling, we parked our car in the parking garage and made the walk down to Acme. Lyndi made a comment about how crazy it was that we got the opportunity to do this. Little did she know, I had been planning for over a month. We started with hair and makeup and hardly anyone would speak to Lyndi in fear of spilling the beans. We started the shoot with photos on the beautifully arranged wedding set. Shortly after, as Lyndi did some solo shots, I broke away from the 3rd floor set to make my way to the sunset roof top with my marry me lights, our families and friends, and the band. When she walked up the stairs I asked them to play so she could hear it. She got to the top to see me on my knee and the song playing. She was very confused about whether it was real until she saw both of our families, who had just met standing together. Then came the tears.

My one hope was that Lyndi would reflect on that day and say it was a fairytale. She says it all the time. I couldn’t have pulled off the most epic proposal without great vendors and an awesome company that we work for, TOMKATS at Acme Feed and Seed!

Congrats M + L! And props to the guys below on pulling it all off:

Photographer: Photographix / Venue: Acme Feed and Seed / Flowers & Design: Enchanted Florist / Rentals & Design: Southern Events Party Rental / Styling: Krista of Twisted Crow / Hair & Makeup: Artistry Salon Spa / Paper: Designs in Paper / Cake: Dulce Desserts / Props & Décor: Castilleja / Chandeliers: Bright Event Productions / Wedding Dress: BHLDN / Jewelry: H&M & Castilleja / Groom’s Suit: Ambassador’s Formalwear by Gilda