I am excited to present a vendor spotlight on one of my favorite Nashville vendors, Sue from Elope in Nashville. In addition to her own business, Sue is also the Elopement Specialist at Riverwood Mansion.
We did a little interview about her business and her sweet pup, Izzi. Some of these photos are from my Riverwood Mansion Styled Shoot, where Sue was our officiant! There are also photos below of Sue and Izzi having fun together.
Enjoy this interview with one of Nashville's best wedding officiants!
How did you get started officiating weddings? Why do you love it?
I started officiating weddings when I started working at Top O'Woodland in East Nashville in 2009. At first I was reluctant but after the first few weddings, I realized not only did I love it, but I knew it was my calling!
My grandfather, who lived with my family growing up as a child, was a Presbyterian Minister. He was born in England and had a wonderful dry sense of humor. I remember that his sermons were always filled with light and made me laugh. Now I feel him with me whenever I perform a ceremony.
What is your favorite part of the ceremony?
I love personalizing each ceremony to suit the couple and give them a chance to say what they would like to each other. Each story is so personal and special. I consider this sacred and I am humbled to be a part of such a happy occasion. I also am a florist so I love creating the bridal bouquets for the bride!
What would be your #1 piece of advice to give brides?
I have run the gamut in weddings I have officiated--everything from 300 guests to elopements. My preference is elopements because when all is said and done, a wedding is about the bride and groom's new commitment to each other and their families. This is what remains primary in a small wedding. Everything else is secondary. If a wedding is too big and elaborate the perspective can be lost of what is important in life.
How do you help couples on their wedding days?
I always create a time line for the couple from arrival to departure. My goal is to change their stress about the planning to excitement!
I would love to know more about your pup!
I was separated from my husband for about 9 months and decided I wanted a Mini Aussie more than anything. Jay, my husband, offered to buy her for me. So we took a trip down to Cottonwood, TN and I fell head over heels in love with Izzi. Izzi's sire and dame were award winning champions from England. Izzi was there for me when there was no one else. We have a very special relationship.
Where is your favorite place to go with your pup?
Since I live in Madison, we love to take walks at the nature walk by Old Hickory dam. There is hardly anyone there and gives the dogs a chance to explore.
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