Yes, for starters, their names sound perfect together (both beginning in “j” and containing two syllables) and they may not be able to take full responsibility for that. However, Jenna and Jared have a whole lot more going for them than just a serendipitous site title. A wardrobe stylist and drummer respectively, the Nashville-based pair ooze effortless cool — just look at them! And their wedding website is no exception. It’s really simple: great engagement photos plus a complementary template equals effortless elegance. But we really can’t take too much credit from the creative couple. We immediately fell for their unique use of our “Signature” design when we stumbled upon their site, and definitely wanted to learn more about their big day!
Luckily, we got to chat with Jenna to get the full scoop. Read up to hear about their wedding and click through to the next page to see how these two used their Riley & Grey wedding website to tell the beautiful story of their NYC engagement.
How did you incorporate your personal style into your big day? In other words, how did you “do you”?
We incorporated our personal style into our big day by first taking the pressure off of ourselves to impress others. We wanted them to have the best time on our big day, but we wanted the wedding to scream “us” more than anything. We are both unique and creative individuals so as we searched for inspiration, we realized that as beautiful as everything was, we wanted to be a bit more original so that our wedding fit us. We started off by saying that we didn’t really have a theme but more so wanted it to be white, clean, minimalistic and modern.
Jared is from Australia so we were intentional to incorporate Australian pieces into the wedding. We had eucalyptus in all the flowers and alter, an afternoon Aussie tea (with fairy bread), our homemade corn hole boards had an American flag and Australian flag painted in our wedding colors, a Tim Tam Slam to finish the toasts and more. Jared is also a drummer so one of my favorite parts of the reception was when he joined our soulful band on the drums. Everyone loved it. We definitely made music a priority in the wedding and reception.
I’m a wardrobe stylist, so after trying on a countless number of dresses and even venturing to different states to find the “dream dress”, I realized I had the unique dress in my head so why not make it?
Talking about priorities…I’m a wardrobe stylist, so after trying on a countless number of dresses and even venturing to different states to find the “dream dress”, I realized I had the unique dress in my head so why not make it? I found a seamstress and we made my dream long sleeved, two piece dress. That wasn’t enough though, after that I went on to have my flower girl’s dress made and spent hours picking out 8 unique bridesmaid dresses in an ombre of mint, teal, and forest green.
Jared then made a modern wooden alter (crazy beautiful) and I made 1500 cones to hang from it. Kind of crazy now that I think back but it was stunning. I also had a few out of the ordinary touches like having blue, green, and white glow sticks as the farewell and adding king protea and red cabbage to my bouquet rather than having the traditional flowers. All these little details made the day special.
One last way we incorporated our personalities into the reception was by greeting our guests with a fast motion video of Jared and I around town displaying our love story. We love community and humor and the video captured both. I’ve had people actually ask to have a copy of it because it was so cute and creative. And we had a blast making it.