Cactus Wedding Inspiration at Nashville's Ruby

As a design-focused wedding planner, I’m always itching to step out of my comfort zone to create something fresh. So when Maggie from Maggie Rae Photography asked me to join her for a funky, southwestern wedding editorial shoot here in the mid-south - I jumped at the chance!

We wanted to bring the outdoors in and the gorgeous plaster walls at Nashville’s Ruby allowed the impressive cacti to shine. I pulled the color palette from a Mexican blanket of Maggie’s and incorporated a touch of turquoise in the jewelry and paper goods (by the oh-so talented Darby at Darby Cards!) to drive home the southwestern feel. The flower components by HG Florals were so deep and rich and a perfect accompaniment to the striking king protea! The two piece Noel & Jean gown from The Dress Theory paired with the model’s own boots, hat and bolo made for a rockin’ combination. Nashville Sweets nailed the hand painted two-tier cake topped with succulents and ranunculus.

We had an absolute blast pulling together all of the fun and funky details!

 Ruby Nashville Wedding By Nashville Wedding Planner + Event Designer The Gifford Collective
 Ruby Nashville Wedding By Nashville Wedding Planner + Event Designer The Gifford Collective
 Ruby Nashville Wedding By Nashville Wedding Planner + Event Designer The Gifford Collective
 Ruby Nashville Wedding By Nashville Wedding Planner + Event Designer The Gifford Collective
 Ruby Nashville Wedding By Nashville Wedding Planner + Event Designer The Gifford Collective
 Ruby Nashville Wedding By Nashville Wedding Planner + Event Designer The Gifford Collective
 Ruby Nashville Wedding By Nashville Wedding Planner + Event Designer The Gifford Collective
 Ruby Nashville Wedding By Nashville Wedding Planner + Event Designer The Gifford Collective
 Ruby Nashville Wedding By Nashville Wedding Planner + Event Designer The Gifford Collective
 Ruby Nashville Wedding By Nashville Wedding Planner + Event Designer The Gifford Collective
 Ruby Nashville Wedding By Nashville Wedding Planner + Event Designer The Gifford Collective
 Ruby Nashville Wedding By Nashville Wedding Planner + Event Designer The Gifford Collective
 Ruby Nashville Wedding By Nashville Wedding Planner + Event Designer The Gifford Collective
 Ruby Nashville Wedding By Nashville Wedding Planner + Event Designer The Gifford Collective
 Ruby Nashville Wedding By Nashville Wedding Planner + Event Designer The Gifford Collective

Planning, Design + Styling: The Gifford Collective

Photographer: Maggie Rae Photography

Venue: Ruby

Beauty: Hannah Farmer Creative

Floral Design: HG Florals

Paper Goods: Darby Cards

Cake + Cookies: Nashville Sweets

Rentals: Liberty Party Rental

Bridal Boutique: The Dress Theory Nashville

Bridal Gown: Noel & Jean

Jewelry: Ophelia Stone


Kristin Gifford is a design-focused full-service wedding planner and event designer working in Nashville, Cincinnati, Lexington, Louisville and beyond. Kristin’s approach centers around the unique vision, priorities and characteristics of the couple. In addition to full-service weddings, Hitched by The Gifford Collective offers highly-personalized all-inclusive elopements in Nashville. The Gifford Collective has been featured online and in print in publications like Bridal Musings, Kentucky Bride, Nashville Lifestyles, Ruffled and Wedding Sparrow. If you're looking for a Nashville wedding planner, Cincinnati wedding planner or Kentucky wedding planner or if you want to elope in Nashville, get in touch with The Gifford Collective!