Sara + Daniele's Sweet Surprise Wedding at Nashville's Ruby (Planned in 40 days!)

Planning a wedding in 40 days certainly lends itself to stress and exhaustion. But when that wedding is a SURPRISE wedding, well, it’s the most thrilling experience!

In the midst of uprooting their lives to pursue new opportunities in Austin - Sara and Daniele decided to tie the knot in a big, BIG way. They invited their family and friends to a blowout bash to celebrate their move from Tennessee to Texas and made plans to announce in their farewell toast that they were getting married that very night!

Over the course of a few weeks we met in secret over cups of coffee, bottles of wine and gorgeous cheese platters to plan their celebration, source like-minded vendors and fine tune their exciting reveal. Despite their hectic schedules (work transitions, moving trucks and a short planning timeline, OH MY!), Sara and Daniele were the epitome of calm throughout.

Daniele wanted an elegant experience (the invitation read “dress fabulously”) and Sara had her heart set on lilacs and live ceremony music. Gradient and Hue found the last of the season’s lilacs and we hid a string quartet in a tiny dressing room (along with a cake, two bouquets, two dresses and an officiant!) until Sara and Daniele announced to their nearest and dearest that they were actually there to witness their union!

The building vibrated with cheers and excitement when, after everyone had raised their glasses to toast to their cross-country move, Sara grabbed the mic from Daniele and hurriedly announced the exciting news. Talk about a fake out! Guests were ushered to the front patio to refresh their cocktails while we quickly transformed the room for the ceremony and Sara and Daniele changed from their cocktail attire to their beautiful silver and mauve gowns.

I have never experienced a ceremony in which the guests cheered from the second the processional started until the moment the officiant spoke his first words. They filled in the aisle, creating a semicircle of love and support and only parted to let Sara and Daniele recess as wives.

Thank you Sara and Daniele for bringing me along on your magical journey to the altar!

 The Gifford Collective | Nashville Wedding Planner + Event Designer
 The Gifford Collective | Nashville Wedding Planner + Event Designer
 The Gifford Collective | Nashville Wedding Planner + Event Designer
 
Second only to the reveal, our favorite memory is the quality time we spent earlier in the day getting ready together in the first home we purchased together.
— Daniele
 
 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
 
Our closest friends suspected something big was about to happen but no one was certain. The invitations, the setup at Ruby, the Tennessee and Texas themed cocktails, our black party attire...none of it screamed “wedding.” The reaction from our guests when we revealed we were getting married will stay with us forever. We’ve never felt more loved and celebrated.
— Sara
 
 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: Jessie Holloway Photography

Venue: Ruby

Floral Design: Gradient and Hue

Paper Goods: Minted

Calligraphy: White Ink Calligraphy

Cake: Baked in Nashville

Beauty: Helen Bush

Rentals: Liberty Party Rental and 12th Table

Officiant: Chance Dillon

Entertainment: College Grove Strings + Snyder Entertainment

Catering: Chef’s Market


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 Ruffled, Kentucky Bride, Bridal Musings and Wedding Sparrow. If you're looking for a Nashville wedding planner, Cincinnati wedding planner or Kentucky wedding planner, get in touch with The Gifford Collective!