A Bride in Black: Bethany & Doug

Bethany & Doug were married at Houston Station, Nashville. The bride wore a black Betsey Johnson dress. “My dress was a big deal,” she began. “I had originally purchased a vintage inspired white dress and the bridesmaids were going to wear black but I kept thinking about a photo I had seen of a model bride in black that our photographer had used as an ad for her studio. I really wanted to wear black but I was having a hard time finding one that didn’t look goth, since that’s not my style at all.”

So in the end, Bethany wore black and her bridesmaids wore white! She told her bridesmaids they could wear any white dress they wanted so they all picked their own, “I was lucky that none of the bridesmaids had bought their dresses before I found mine, so it was okay with them to get a white dress instead of black. I am so happy that I went with the black dress because it was exactly what I wanted! I wanted my bridesmaids to have something that they liked and would show off their personal styles. I had chosen each one for different reasons including their different personalities so their dresses came from everywhere from a vintage shop to Bebe.  They also picked their own shoes after I asked them to choose different colors. They also wore hair pieces that I had made for them as part of their thank you gifts.”

“I would call our wedding theme ‘random’ (as did Doug when I asked him!)” the bride continued, “That’s also how I would describe us. I am happy to say that we don’t really fit into a category. We had elements that were vintage, eco-friendly, rockabilly and modern.”

“I was inspired by so many different places, it’s hard to know where to start. I definitely kept Rock n Roll Bride bookmarked and checked back often.  I was originally looking at a lot of mainstream wedding magazines when we first got engaged but they were a little ridiculous.  They make everything look so easy when really a lot things that they feature are pretty difficult and mostly way too expensive, so I put them down and started searching the internet for things that Doug and I liked and tried to incorporate them.”

“Etsy is full of inspiration.  So many times I would be browsing a category on and find something that was similar to what I wanted but that I could make my own.  Really, I just tried to keep my eyes open and whatever I saw anywhere that I liked I tried to figure out how to put it in the wedding.”

Beautiful! Thank you to Bethany & Doug and their photographer Stephanie for sharing these today.

Photography Credit: La Photographie
Coordinator: Lindsey of Dandylion Events
Venue: Houston Station, Nashville
Bride’s Dress: Betsey Johnson
Bride’s Shoes: Macy’s
Bride’s Headpiece & wooden flowers on tables: Accents and Pearls on etsy
Bride’s Jewellery: Betsey Johnson
Groom’s Outfit: Men’s Wearhouse
Flowers: Richland Flower Shop
Hair: Sarah Clark from Top of the Block
Band: Hillbilly Casino 
Stationery: Cissy Crosslin (friend)
Favours: Tree Beginnings 


  1. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this dress, so much so that I was actually eyeing it up a few month’s ago in the Betsey Johnson store in Covent Garden! Unfortunately, I didn’t have anywhere in mind that I could wear it, so never got it… Bethany looks beautiful and so unusual, a vision in black….

  2. Wow! I got married at the end of July and I’m now questioning why on Earth I didn’t choose a black wedding dress!!! I love the “shock” factor!

  3. dress is gorgeous and i just love her hair with the roses and feathers in – simple but effective when you have short hair.
    those flamingoes on the cake are a cute touch too.

  4. Bethany was truly a beautiful bride. Nobody else could rock that much ink like Bethany. Her beauty is timeless and she and Doug beamed with joy everytime they saw each other. I was able to see Bethany before Doug. I walked into the groom’s room and said, “Doug, if you don’t marry Bethany, I will, she is absolutely gorgeous”. He got to her first.
    Cheers and my very best wishes to you both,
    Elizabeth Gilbreath
    Houston Station
    Nashville, TN

  5. I love everything about this wedding!!! That dress is sensational and I love the peacock feather in her hair. *Sigh* I want!!


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