From the Bride... Shortly after Eric’s proposal, I received a congratulatory call from my grandfather asking that our wedding take place in a location where he could easily attend. My grandfather is the kindest, most thoughtful man who I seldom get to see. We knew honoring his request meant hosting a destination wedding in the South. It was important for us to find a venue that reflected our laid back, low key personalities; a place where our family and close friends would feel relaxed and have fun. Kind of like a backyard party, but with an elegant feel.
We decided that Nashville would be the perfect place. It offered the ideal Fall getaway for our guests. When we found Cedarwood, we were instantly drawn to its Southern charm and natural beauty. Every corner of the property offered something unique - a historic Antebellum home, cocktails in the barn, lake, nature preserve, rolling meadow, creek, and a pond on the front lawn. Once I saw the Outdoor Cathedral (reclaimed gothic windows and pews) where our ceremony would take place, I was sold.
I wanted our décor to be simple and understated – a rustic elegance that would not interfere with the natural beauty surrounding Cedarwood. I chose a color palette of dreamy whites, creams, and silver with a touch of plum. Since we were getting married in the Fall, we brought in hay bales and a fire pit to add a rustic flair and to warm our guests when the sun went down. For our family and friends who had never been to Nashville before, we wanted to give them a ‘taste’ of southern culture. Our signature drinks – Jack Daniels & Coke and shots of ‘Ole Smoky’ apple pie moonshine – were served in the barn and were a huge hit!
A month before our big day, my grandfather took ill. When it was clear that he was not going to be able to attend our wedding, he got very emotional. My grandfather is a Godly man of strong faith. We tied a ribbon around his tattered bible and had our ring bearer carry it down the aisle. It was also important that I honor two special women in my life. Attached to my bouquet were both of my grandmother’s wedding rings – which, when combined, symbolized a total of 138 years of marriage.
When I realized our evening was coming to an end, I took a brief moment to step off the dance floor and take everything in. It was such an amazing feeling to see everyone dancing, smiling, laughing, and singing. I was in awe of the reception site – the soft light flickering in all directions from the chandeliers, candles, lanterns, and mason jars was breathtaking. The Cedarwood design team had executed my vision to perfection. It was magical.
One of my most memorable moments centered around our first dance. Since Eric and I were getting married in Nashville, we thought it would be fun to take dance lessons to learn the two-step. Admittedly, we are not the best dancers, but it was a great way to bond as a couple during the weeks leading up to our special day.
Wedding Photography: Photographix | Wedding Venue: Historic Cedarwood in Nashville, Tennessee | Floral + Event Design: Cedarwood Weddings | Officiant: Rod Lilly | Caterer: A Dream Come True | Wedding Cake: Patty Cakes | Dessert: Pink Sugar Bowl | Ceremony Music: Rob Higginbotham + Rebecca Baumbach | Band: Nash Vegas All-Star Band | Invitations + Wedding Stationery: Designs in Paper | Transportation: FADDS Ultimate Trolley & Grand Avenue | Limousine: Reggie Slaughter from Nashville Wedding Cars | Wedding Dress: San Patrick via Arzelles Bridal | Alterations: Karen Hendrix | Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade | Bride's Jewelry: BHLDN | Bridemaids' Attire: Jim Hjelm via Arzelles Bridal | Men's Attire: Street Tuxedo via Arzelles Bridal | Hair + Makeup: Artistry SPASALON