The bride wore white, and so did the rest of her Nashville wedding. She bedecked the whole affair in a gorgeous blanket of white, burlap, and bling, and oh. my. goodness. It is perfect. The whole day was planned, coordinated, flora’ed by (and took place at) Historic Cedarwood, and looking through all the fantastic images from Mary Rosenbaum Photographs, I can just tell it was a day built for total romance. I’m loving every single little detail, but the thing I can’t get past? All the white. I love a brave bride, and this bride’s bravery paid off – the color palette is beyond amazing. Dreamy. Perfect. Click here for more!

Cedarwood has a historic Old South look and feel (it was built in 1835). Since moving to the south, Chris and I have fallen in love with “Southern Culture” and we wanted our guests (mostly northerners) to ‘feel’ the south at our wedding.   Cedarwood was perfect, and they are also amazing wedding stylists and designers, so we knew we could rely on them to help us create a memorable affair with a mix of southern comfort, shabby chic décor with a touch of glam.

I knew right off the bat I did not want a lot of color present on our wedding day.  I love white, how the color conveys bridal and all things wedding.  Plus white is simply classic.  I felt I would never look back on my wedding pictures with disgust about my color choices if I kept my look classic with a twist.  Adding bling as a primary décor theme to the wedding made sense as well, I absolutely love sparkle.  In my wardrobe, home décor, jewelry choices… the more bling the better.  Around that time, I began to see burlap showing up in more décor stores and the Cedarwood design team helped me build this concept of burlap and bling – a mix of the natural burlap element and bling to dress it up a bit.  This established our styling and I began to get really excited about our décor choice.

The venue and flow of the evening truly defined our wedding day as unique.  Hosting a non-traditional, outside garden ceremony, cocktail hour in a barn, toasts on the front lawn of an antebellum style home was different.  I wanted there to be surprises for guests, such as finding their seat card on yarn hanging in the barn.  Providing a “shabby chic photo booth” set up as guests arrived to have their picture taken in lieu of guest book will hopefully be remembered as a unique experience.

There are so many wonderful memories from our wedding day.  In retrospect the heat of the day and the cicadas (although somewhat bothersome the day of) provided memories we will cherish forever.  Being that over half of our guests came down from northern states, the southern heat and cicadas were interesting talking points for guests after the big day.  We was so worried about the cicadas upon hearing they were taking over Nashville during the spring/early summer of our wedding however they provided nice background noise to our ceremony and one even landed on my dress!  Chris did a great job removing the cicada without worrying me. We also cherish the memory of our first dance under a beautiful chandelier with all our friends and family looking on.

Photographer:  Mary Rosenbaum Photographs / Ceremony and Reception Venue:  Historic Cedarwood / Floral Designer: Cedarwood Weddings / Event Designer/Planner/Director: Cedarwood Weddings / Invitation Designer: Designs in Paper / Cake/Desserts: Patty Cakes / Limo: Matchless Limo / Catering: A Dream Come True Catering / Wedding Gown Designer: Marisa, Faccio Bridal / Hair and Makeup: Angelica Smith, Style Kitchen / Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Joseph A Banks / Bridesmaid’s Dress Designer: Jim Hjelm, Faccio Bridal

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