Diane + Mike's Intimate Fall Wedding at White Avenue Studio in Nashville

Diane’s smile lights up a room and her laugh is contagious. Some things never change! You see, many, many moons ago, Diane and I were college roommates. Life happened and we’ve not been in touch as often as we’d like but when she reached out to share the exciting news that Mike had proposed - I was ecstatic! Not to mention, she’s built an incredible career in catering and events so I was especially honored that she trusted me to guide them as they planned their wedding. Diane knows her stuff!

It was important to Diane and Mike to have a small ceremony with just their families followed by a slightly larger dinner at which their closest friends could join them. The crisp October sunshine allowed for an intimate outdoor ceremony on the enclosed courtyard at White Avenue Studio, followed by cocktails and an incredible dinner.

Mike’s last name is Bies (pronounced bees) so we included a few subtle nods to the honeybee like the breathtaking buttery yellow color palette, the homemade spiced honey and the honeycomb inspired paper goods.

These lovebirds are my kind of couple and they were all about doing what felt right to them!  They walked into the ceremony together arm in arm, Mike crafted a killer playlist for the day (and an awesome speciality cocktail, too!) and they passed on the more traditional wedding to-do’s like ceremonial dances and a bouquet toss. Rebecca with The Honest Brush painted their wedding ceremony live, we displayed it at the dinner reception and now that gorgeous oil painting hangs in their home!

Being a wedding planner is a dream. I’m surrounded by love on the regular and I get to bear witness to the most incredible promises. But I have to tell you, it’s extra special when you see an old friend find her forever. Diane, thank you! Thank you for being so wonderful, so passionate about the things that mattered and so go-with-the-flow about the things that didn’t. And, Mike, you’re a lucky, lucky man. You’re going to be laughing forever!

The Gifford Collective | Nashville Wedding Planner + Event Designer
The Gifford Collective | Nashville Wedding Planner + Event Designer
The Gifford Collective | Nashville Wedding Planner + Event Designer
The Gifford Collective | Nashville Wedding Planner + Event Designer
The Gifford Collective | Nashville Wedding Planner + Event Designer
The Gifford Collective | Nashville Wedding Planner + Event Designer
The Gifford Collective | Nashville Wedding Planner + Event Designer
The Gifford Collective | Nashville Wedding Planner + Event Designer
The Gifford Collective | Nashville Wedding Planner + Event Designer
The Gifford Collective | Nashville Wedding Planner + Event Designer
The Gifford Collective | Nashville Wedding Planner + Event Designer
The Gifford Collective | Nashville Wedding Planner + Event Designer
The Gifford Collective | Nashville Wedding Planner + Event Designer
The Gifford Collective | Nashville Wedding Planner + Event Designer
The Gifford Collective | Nashville Wedding Planner + Event Designer
The Gifford Collective | Nashville Wedding Planner + Event Designer
The Gifford Collective | Nashville Wedding Planner + Event Designer
The Gifford Collective | Nashville Wedding Planner + Event Designer
The Gifford Collective | Nashville Wedding Planner + Event Designer
The Gifford Collective | Nashville Wedding Planner + Event Designer
The Gifford Collective | Nashville Wedding Planner + Event Designer
The Gifford Collective | Nashville Wedding Planner + Event Designer
The Gifford Collective | Nashville Wedding Planner + Event Designer
The Gifford Collective | Nashville Wedding Planner + Event Designer
The Gifford Collective | Nashville Wedding Planner + Event Designer

Planning + Design: The Gifford Collective

Photography: Lindsey Johnson Photography

Venue: White Avenue Studio

Floral Design: Gradient and Hue

Paper Goods: Darby Cards

Cake: Baked in Nashville

Beauty: Hannah Farmer Creative

Rentals: Liberty Party Rental

Officiant: Ralph Griggs

Live Painter: The Honest Brush

Catering: G Catering


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!