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Rustic Tented Historic Cedarwood Wedding

When planning out our editorial calendar for 2014, I knew I had to start with a big, beautiful wedding so it was a no-brainer to turn to Cedarwood Weddings and Kristyn Hogan. The duo is like pure wedded gold and today’s celebration is one of their bests. Cute as can be flower girls included.


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From the stunning bride… I think what made our wedding so special were all the small details and personal touches we added into the wedding so that each person that attended could feel welcomed, like they were getting to know us even better, and like there was something everyone could enjoy, even the kiddos. I tried to keep everyone in mind when I was brainstorming ideas. For people who didn’t like cake there was a dessert bar, for the grandmas there was seating around the dance floor, for the ladies we invited them to kick off their shoes and throw on some flip flops, for the kids we set up a kid’s table with a lot of crafts and candy. The uniqueness of our wedding was all centered around Cedarwood. I have never been to a wedding at a place as magical as Cedarwood. With all of the features of Cedarwood, such as the meadow, the barn, the plantation home, the hidden lake, and that truck, it is truly a one of a kind unique wedding destination.

My absolute favorite moment was my Maid of Honor’s speech/song. Carlyle was my first friend when I moved to Richmond, Virginia, so it was a no-brainer to call upon her to be my Maid of Honor. She is gorgeous, hilarious, and oh-so witty, and her song just knocked it out of the park! I am glad we have it recorded and every time I watch it I cry with laughter! However, close seconds were being given to Joseph by my father and step-father and dancing our first dance together. During both of those moments I had time to reflect on the moment and take it all in. I felt very blessed in those moments to be marrying my best friend, on a gorgeous day, surrounded by our most favorite people.

Originally Joseph and I decided we wanted to get married in Nashville because he had taken me to Opryland on a Thanksgiving vacation and I fell in love with the hotel. It was a gorgeous place and my mind just ran wild with the possibilities. However, on our “venue trip” to Nashville we checked out Cedarwood and my eyes light up! At one point I remember Joseph turning to my mom and telling her, “Well I think this is it, look at Sarah’s face!” There was a perfect mix of a southern country rustic feel and elegant details, which is exactly what I was looking for. At the end of the day, I don’t think you could have planned a better wedding to suit my style. Cedarwood did an absolute perfect job getting to know me and providing exactly what I was looking for.

Although I didn’t actually make items, I did make sizable contributions to Etsy, LOL. I wanted to include lots of personal details throughout the celebration, from monogramed welcome bags and s’mores favors to monogramed hankies for our parents and grandparents. We love cute signs with personality, and (in addition to the hand lettered signs made by Cedarwood) got several from Etsy vendors, like the “Last Chance to Run” ceremony sign that had everyone laughing. Other personalized items included Koozies, water bottle labels, thank you notes, and napkins with assorted quotes. My favorite personal touch was the video game controller cuff links for the groom. We even dressed our dogs for the celebration from LAdog!

My diamond stud earrings were my something borrowed from my mother. My silver bracelet is actually a bracelet that holds my grandfather’s ashes on both ends with his birthstone (since his birthstone is blue, this was my something blue.) My pinky ring was my grandmother’s wedding ring from my grandfather. My veil was made by Joseph’s aunt.

All the bridesmaids purchased their own dresses, shoes and jewelry to fit their individual styles. The majority of the girls has purchased more than one dress and were extremely indecisive about what to wear. About three hours before the ceremony, I just laid everything out and mixed and matched until I had selected a good combination of styles and colors or each one. Some girls even ended up wearing someone else’s dresses! I was so happy with how it looked and so were they.

Photography: Kristyn Hogan | Florist: Cedarwood Weddings | Cake: Patty Cakes | Ceremony: Historic Cedarwood | Reception: Historic Cedarwood | Catering: Chef Christopher | Hair and Makeup: Studio BBC Salon | Lighting: Uplight Events | Boots: Justin | Bridal shop: Wedding Atelier NY | Bride's dress: DDylan by Modern Trousseau | Ceremony Musicians (trio): Nashville Wedding Guitarist | Draping : Events Plus | Event design : Cedarwood Weddings | Groom\'s Attire: Burberry | Groom\'s Attire: Charles Tyrwhitt | Groomsmen\'s Attire: Jos A Bank | Invitations and paper: Designs in Paper | Music: Jace Aaron Entertainment | Rentals : Liberty Party Rental | Transportation: Matchless Limousines | Wedding rings: Jared

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Christmas Cedarwood Wedding

Okay, truth be told, this isn’t a Christmas wedding. It’s a 1940′s, Old Hollywood inspired wedding, but you’re about to see exactly why I’ve been saving it for today. It’s filled with magic (thanks to Cedarwood Weddings) and that magic is perfect for a special day like Christmas Eve. Jenna Henderson captured it all – from the stunning invites from Designs in Paper to the candlelit reception under the stars.


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From the stunning bride… My idols are Doris Day, Natalie Wood and Audrey Hepburn. Their music and films were the foundation of my childhood. I am a romantic and value the power and emotion they can evoke. I love to sing, bake and indulge in a great bottle of wine. Nick is in graduate school at Vanderbilt, pursuing a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering. He is a rational thinker that values vintage and classic things proven to stand the test of time.

We met six years ago while pursuing our undergraduate degrees. Over time, we became casual acquaintances, and I mentioned to Nick that I was having trouble keeping up in a calculus class. Being the mathematically-oriented guy that he is, Nick worked out a tutoring arrangement. Nick shares, “Around the third or fourth tutoring session, I realized that Lauren didn’t really need tutoring, and was actually quite capable at calculus. I also found that I was starting to look forward to those early-morning tutoring sessions more and more as the semester wore on, so I tried to keep them going.” Little did Nick know, I already had an A in the class and our “tutoring sessions” were simply a way for me to see him on a regular basis! Eventually, we began to find all sorts of excuses to be at the same places at the same time and one thing lead to another, and we fell in love. In the course of one year, our relationship went from typical to long distance when Nick started graduate studies at Vanderbilt and I moved over a thousand miles away to pursue a Master’s degree in Connecticut. The distance apart was difficult, which is to be expected, but because of it, we realize that we were made for each other and should never take our love and time together for granted. Four years later, we were engaged to be married with plans to make Nashville our home.

Instead of a large wedding, we chose to have one solely focused on our commitment to each other. We fell in love with the elegance and rustic charm Cedarwood offers, and the fact that this venue caters custom designs events for couples who wish to walk away from their wedding feeling excited, stress-free, and with beautiful memories and photographs.

My personal style is classic, with simple silhouettes and fun accessories, and I love finding ways to add color, whether it’s an occasional electric blue skirt or red shoes, to keep my style fun and vibrant. At the same time, I also love pearls and classic design, for their simplicity and elegance. We wanted to be married outside with a natural backdrop where we will exchange our own personally-written vows and a place with lots of character developed over time. Nick and I are determined to be together for the rest of our lives, so it is symbolic to be married in a place that reflects those same qualities. Cedarwood is a stately antebellum estate with the dignity and beauty of a historic landmark.

I wanted a wedding with a1940s-inspired vintage Hollywood theme. The staff at Cedarwood went out of their way to add touches of this theme throughout all of the decorations. The walkup from the parking lot was a red carpet, the guest book was a repurposed film reel, and paper goods, cake and almost every detail fit our taste, and Cedarwood made sure to incorporate lots of personal touches to the celebration. It exceeded all of my expectations. Everything was well executed, and that is really what made the day. It was easy, beautiful and fun.

Photography: Jenna Henderson | Event Planning: Cedarwood Weddings | Cake: Patty Cakes | Invitations: Designs in Paper | Hair: Katie Russo Beauty | Ties: The Tie Bar | Brides Dress : David's Bridal | Event Design & Styling: Cedarwood Weddings | Favors : DIY | Groom's attire : J.Crew | Makeup : f.a.c.e. Makeup Artistry by Erin Hendley | Rentals: Liberty Party Rental | Venue: Cedarwood

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Nashville Wedding at Mint Springs Farm from Teale Photography

A Nashville destination wedding is one idea that I can most definitely get on board with.  I mean, not only is Nashville one of the coolest cities on earth, it also happens to be a pretty amazing place to host a wedding.  Case in point?  This pretty little affair captured by Teale Photography, a rustic meets romantic celebration with the perfect amount of whimsy.  I’m talking a gorgeous pink Elizabeth Dye gown (YES), lace table runners and peonies a plenty.  Start your swoon-fest right here in the full gallery.

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From the Bride… While I had cherished every single moment we had ever shared, I’d been waiting six years, four months, and four days for this one – I got to say “I do” to my very best friend and it couldn’t have been more perfect! The road to get here was long, filled with beauty, adventure, mystery, and a few forks, but worth every mile. Chad and I have been surrounded by the most wonderful family and friends along the way, and to be able to share this most special celebration with them meant the absolute world to us. We knew we wanted this day to be one big LOVEFEST!

Chad and I had separately moved to San Diego about seven years ago, leaving behind many friends and family on the east coast, and making many new ones on the west. We decided the best way to get everyone together in one place would be to have a destination wedding. Music has had a large influence in both of our lives and so it wasn’t long before we decided that Nashville had exactly what we were looking for – somewhat centrally located, a city with an enormous energy, and beautiful landscapes in every direction!

We knew our venue was “the one” before we even entered the property! With its rolling hills, immaculate barn, crystal clear lake, and countless chandeliers, Mint Springs Farm just took our breathe away from start to finish. They executed each and every detail with such beauty and perfection. Despite the difficulty of coordinating a wedding from out-of-state, Brandy, our Mint Springs liaison, completely captured the Rustic-Chic vibe we were going for, just based on my Pinterest board and a few conversations. The tables were filled with vintage books, containers of all shapes and sizes, romantic floral arrangements complimented with beautiful mint green succulents, and lots and lots of peaches! We chose to use postcards from all of the places we’ve visited together as table names and more peaches as escort cards – one of my favorite DIY projects from the wedding!

But as much as I loved all the little details, I must say that it was the moments throughout the day that made our wedding so special. From our Beatles-themed ceremony music as a tribute to my late father and our extremely personalized ceremony, to walking down the aisle with my mom by my side and having a family member as each ceremony participant (including my brother as the officiant), to having Chad’s mom be able to join us via FaceTime for the whole ceremony and reception as her health did not allow her to be present, to being the subject of the worlds most amazing FLASH MOB and to all the laughter created from our DIY photobooth – we were able to share our love with all those around us, which is what we wanted most. Our love, our adventure, has always been deepened by the people we have gotten to share it with. We are so grateful to all of our incredible vendors for helping us create and capture memories that we’ll all share for a lifetime!

Photography: Teale Photography | Cinematography: Karl Weidmann and Joshua Mendez | Coordinator: Brandy Lester at Mint Springs Farm | Florist: Caroline Jones Of Mint Springs Farm | Flowers: Mint Springs Farm | Cake: Signature Cakes by Vicki | Stationary: Chicks N' Hens | Caterer: Chef Penelope | Band: The Remedies | Grooms Attire: Tommy Hilfiger | Dessert Bar: B Jacksons Bakery | Dress Designer: Elizabeth Dye - "Tea Blush" | Farm: Mint Springs Farm | Makeup: Amanda Gross | Veil: Tessa Kim - "Feather Adorned Birdcage Veil"

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