After years of missing out on all the LGBT marriage revenue, local wedding service providers have now been reaping the rewards of a more open and just society for a few years, but our favorites are, for the most part, tried-and-true allies who supported our community, or were part of it, even before marriage equality.


Wedding Venue—Belmont Mansion

This year, Belmont Mansion upset perennial fave, Cheekwood. Belmont Mansion is the largest house museum in Tennessee and one of a few whose history revolves around the life of a woman: Adelicia Acklen.

Belmont Mansion, photo via Facebook

Visit their website & Facebook page!


Wedding Coordinator—Ron Sanford

Ron Sanford is a character, and knows how to be an individual—and this allows him to help couples design and implement the perfect event for their special days. So if you’re looking for someone to help you organize your next soiree, he’s your man according to our readers.

Visit Ron's website & Facebook page!



Monell’s is famous for its family-style authentic southern dining experience. Let them bring that flair to your event, as well, and make everyone feel right at home!

Monell's, photo via Facebook

Visit their website & Facebook page!


Wedding Florist—Phillipe Chadwick

Phillipe Chadwick is a wedding florist of exceptional caliber, having worked as a horticulturist at Cheekwood Botanical Gardens where his design acumen helped shape the direction of the gardens. Chadwick is a previous winner of this category, and was cover model of our 2016 FAVES & RAVES issue.

Visit his Facebook page!


Wedding Photography—Eric Dulberg

This year’s fave photographer, Eric Dulberg, is a real inspiration—his photography has been part of his path back from the brink, as detailed in O&AN’s February 2018 profile. His photography is artistic and captures the true essence of your event.

[NOTE: the spelling of Dulberg has been corrected in the web edition]

Visit their website & Facebook page!


Place to get a Wedding Cake—Nashville Sweets

Our readers again chose Nashville Sweets as their favorite place to get a wedding cake. Founders Brittany Pulley and Danielle Worley “believe every sweet can be art and should be beautiful, delicious and made with a whole lot of passion, care and laughter.

Nashville Sweets, photo via Facebook

Visit their website & Facebook page!


Rehearsal Dinner—Bricktops

With locations throughout the South—and two in Nashville—Bricktops specializes in classic American cuisine. Their restaurants offer the perfect ambience for a rehearsal dinner—or an anniversary date night!

Bricktops sushi, photo via Facebook

Visit their website & the Facebook page for the West End location!


Check out all of our Nightlife, Dining, Look Good/Feel Good, Professional Services, Community, Places, & Wedding Services FAVES & RAVES 2018 winners!

SEE ALSO: FAVES & RAVES 2017 Wedding Services winners!


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For two years, there’s been nothing left for us travel junkies to do but sit at home and try to find new destinations that we will conquer once we defeat what appears to be the biggest villain of the 21st century. But once that happens, hold your bags tight because we will be up for some of the most interesting travel experiences. Take a look at some ideas for your post-COVID traveling plans:

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