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A First Place Derby Day Wedding

We’re hedging our bets and declaring that this Derby day celebration in on track to win every wedding award in the book. It’s a long-distance love story come full circle and thankfully Cassidy Carson Photography was on hand to capture it all to share. From their stunning outdoor ceremony (complete with Jenny Yoo gowns), to the romantic indoor reception, we’ve got every first place detail waiting for you in The Vault!

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From the Bride…Ryan and I met in Nashville at the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2013. It was apparent right away that somebody incredibly special had just walked into my life. I know Ryan felt the same way because about an hour later he proposed (for the first time) and uttered the words “I love you.” I laughed it off at the time but a week later, our long distance, whirlwind love story really began.

Over the next year we spent all of our weekends back and forth from Washington D. C. To Denver or meeting in various cities across the country. We even made it to Alaska, biked the Golden Gate Bridge and Ryan proposed (for real this time) atop beautiful Aspen Mountain. Our biggest adventure thus far arrived at 12:29 pm on December 22, 2014 in the form of a squishy baby boy named Beckett. Becoming parents opened our hearts to a whole new kind of love and happiness.

Every single cliche feeling people tell you about becoming a parent is true. Our sweet little family was bursting with joy so we knew we wanted our wedding day to reflect that. Ryan and I are blessed with the most incredible family and friends on earth so we wanted our wedding to not only be a celebration of our love, but also of the wonderful people we have in our lives.

To bring things full circle, we hosted our rehearsal dinner on Broadway in Nashville to kick things off. Our ceremony and reception took place at Mint Springs Farm and the whole day could not have been more calm or perfect. The birds were chirping and the breeze was just right as we exchanged our personal vows and said our I Do’s. The reception ‘Derby Day’ details were simple and subtle, and our Edison bulb chandelier tied the whole feel of the evening together. We danced the night way to our favorite local band, Burning Las Vegas and celebrated all the love we have been so fortunate to share.

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Photography: Cassidy Carson Photography | Cinematography: Lynn Productions | Floral Design: Mint Springs Farm | Wedding Dress: Lela Rose | Cake: Signature Cakes by Vicki | Invitations: Rock Paper Scissors | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: The Chef And I | Calligraphy: Claire Cohen Lettering | Band: Burning Las Vegas | Groom's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Venue: Mint Springs Farm | Groom's Bow Tie: Brackish Bowties | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

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A Nashville Wedding Dressed in Neutrals

Anytime Cassidy Carson steps in front of the camera, pretty things happen. Just take a peek at this Nashville wedding and you’ll see exactly what I mean. Designed around a neutrals-on-neutrals palette and a gorgeous stationery set by Designs in Paper, it’s Southern elegance done right in every way.

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From the Bride…Corey and I met in January of 2011 when we were both out with mutual friends. Our connection was instant, but we didn’t begin our relationship until about a year and a half later. But when we did start our relationship, we knew right away it was a forever thing. Corey proposed in September 2015. We had talked about marriage for a long time, and had looked at rings and chosen the perfect one (well, I gave him a picture of a Heidi Gibson ring I fell in love with). I knew he had my grandmother’s wedding set so he could use the center stone, and from there I waited. When I got home from work one Saturday evening, Corey met me outside with a big smile. He was dressed up, and he grabbed my hands and led me to the front door where he told me to close my eyes. I was excited, thinking he had cleaned my house for me (this was normal). Instead, he led me inside and through the house to the dining room, where I opened my eyes to Corey on one knee and candlelight dinner with champagne and rose petals everywhere. The phone calls were made, pictures posted, and the next day the wedding planning started!

Having worked in the wedding industry since 2008, Corey left everything up to me. I knew the venue and photographer were the first two vendors to tackle. I also knew that having worked with bridal gowns for the last 8 years, finding my dress was going to be the most daunting part! Step one was a piece of cake: I knew exactly the venue I HAD to have and didn’t bother looking elsewhere. My wedding would be at the Cordelle in Nashville and the date would be whatever was available from April to before-football-season-starts 2016. I love everything about the Cordelle and have wanted my wedding to be there since I saw pictures of the building being renovated. Next up- finding a photographer. This was a stressful decision because pictures are so important! It’s the one thing left after the day is over. When I found Cassidy Carson Lynch’s website, I knew I wanted her to capture our wedding. And she did not disappoint! Our pictures are more perfect than we imagined. Next was the dress- and oh my goodness was I stressed about that. Those who know me know how picky I am, and having tried on probably a hundred wedding dresses in my life, I really wanted to feel like a bride and not feel like I’m putting on just another dress. I made three dress appointments, and after the second appointment I told my mom I wasn’t going to find a dress in Nashville and didn’t know what we would do. But the next day at my last appointment, the first Hayley Paige dress I put on was perfect. Dress ordered! Designs in Paper created the most perfect Save the Dates and Invitations to set the tone. Christina Logan Designs would take care of the planning leading up to the day. And A Village of Flowers was set to handle the florals.

Overall, I wanted the day to feel traditional but fresh, southern, and effortless. Many people asked me what “my colors” were. I always answered “I don’t have any!”- I love neutrals too much. The ivory bridesmaids’ dresses looked so classic with our lush bouquets of greens, creams, and whites. Thinking of my guests, I wanted them to have a drink in their hand and their feet on the dance floor. I work next to Chef’s Market, so that was another vendor I knew I had to book. I wanted everyone to have a good southern meal- and they did not disappoint. The food was perfection. We opted for a band over a DJ- being in downtown Nashville during CMA fest, we needed some live music! Cornhole was on the lawn, cafe lights lit up the outside bar, the dance floor was full, and it was perfect. Our favorite part of the day (aside from the ceremony!) was being able to visit with everyone that had come to help us celebrate. We honestly had so much fun the entire time. The day went by much too quickly, but looking back, everything looked and felt exactly how I envisioned it. I wouldn’t change a thing and I wish I could do it all over again!

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Photography: Cassidy Carson Photography | Cinematography: Lynn Productions | Event Planning: Christina Logan Design | Floral Design: Kelly J Ross | Wedding Dress: JLM Couture, Inc | Cake: Frosted Affair | Invitations: Designs in Paper | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Engagement Ring: Heidi Gibson | Bridesmaids' Dresses: JLM Couture, Inc | Catering: Chef's Market | Hair + Makeup: Amanda Gros | Band: Emerald Empire Band | Groom's Attire: Tuxedo Avenue | Groomsmen's Attire: Tuxedo Avenue | Venue: The Cordelle | Bridal Boutique: The Dress Theory | Draping: Nashville Audio Visual | Earrings: Haute Bride | Groom's Tie: Me And Matilda | Rentals: Southern Events Party Rental & Vintage Prop Shoppe | Rentals: 12th Table | Veil: Alter My Heart

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The Surprise Proposal She NEVER Saw Coming!

Nothing brings me to tears faster than a heartfelt proposal. Especially when the groom pulls in Julie Paisley, Sugar Peach Productions, Cedarwood Weddings and Designs in Paper to help make his girl’s wildest dreams come true. What she thought was a photo shoot turned into THE “down on one knee” moment and they’ll deeply cherish the photos and film for many years to come.

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She said YES!! Aaron proposed to Anna in one of the coolest ways possible! Anna agreed to model for a “photo shoot” at our Nashville venue with Julie Paisley Photography, but little did she know, an actual planned and styled surprise proposal was awaiting her. We worked with Aaron to create a youthful, fun, boho style to reflect Anna’s playful personality.

When Aaron presented Anna’s ring in front of a custom teepee, she asked “is this for real?”, thinking it was just part of the shoot. We arranged for Anna’s parents to be on Skype to witness the special moment and setting, which included a Cupid-inspired teepee, custom signage, arrows, feathers, XO balloons and a festive celebration with a mimosa bar and color-coordinated mini pineapple bundt cakes!

Dressed in Alexandra Grecco separates and a boho flower crown, Anna was naturally gorgeous. She and Aaron perfectly fit the vibrant elements of this summer outdoor proposal party, with personalized details and colorful decor designed by the Cedarwood Weddings team. Their inspiring engagement was beautifully documented with film photography by Julie Paisley and a video by Sugar Peach Productions.

Photography: Julie Paisley Photography | Cinematography: Sugar Peach Productions | Event Design: Cedarwood Weddings | Floral Design : Cedarwood Weddings | Dress: Alexandra Grecco | Cake: Patty Cakes | Stationery: Designs in Paper | Venue: Cedarwood Weddings | Bridal Salon : Lvd Bridal

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