Perfectly lovely and filled to the brim with sweet rustic details that will leave you more than inspired, this Green Door Gourmet wedding as seen from the lens of John And Lindsey Bamber is the definition of a perfect SMP wedding. With love being the greatest detail of all, this gallery is sure to make your heart swell. See it all here.
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From The Bride…I truly believe that it was not by chance that Jon was brought into my life and I into his. We were both transplants to Nashville, TN when we happened to cross paths while out with our respective friends one evening. Aside from the immediate commonalities between us – like our history of being college athletes or our current work in different sectors of health care – there was a deeper connection based around the love we had for our family and friends. When it came time to plan our wedding, we wanted it to not only be a celebration of our commitment to each other but of those closest to us, as well.
Keeping family and friends in mind, we asked our siblings and their significant others to serve in our bridal party. Jon’s 19-month old twin niece and nephew were our Flower Girl and Ring Bearer, and four of his closest friends were Ushers for the event. We chose to hold our wedding at Green Door Gourmet – a beautiful organic farm minutes from downtown Nashville with picturesque plots of vegetables and herbs, a quaint farm store and charming barn. Holding both our ceremony and reception on site helped create a comforting and relaxed environment where guests were allowed to roam the grounds and truly enjoy the company.
I wanted the décor and details of the event to highlight the rustic setting while adding refinement and sophistication. Minimal embellishments at the ceremony site allowed the surrounding nature to take focus, while a soft and inviting color palate with metallic accents played off the warm wood of the reception barn. Terry White of English Garden really personified understated elegance with his flower arrangements and even lent his personal collection of mercury glass to add reflective elements at each dinner table.
As a native of New Orleans and having roots in Nashville, both food and music were important elements to our wedding. Kristen Winston Catering not only produced dishes of superb quality but ones that hinted at my southern ties, including miniature muffalettas, cheese beignets, and jambalaya. Holding our event in Music City meant there would be no shortage of amazing musicians and bands to choose from. We wanted the music to help set the ambiance for each event, so we started with a string quartet for the ceremony, transitioned to a blue grass duo for cocktails, and ended with an extremely talented nine-piece band called Live Revival for our reception.
Planning our wedding was an unbelievably joyful experience. It certainly helped to have a clear vision of what I wanted going into the process, but it was no doubt eased by the dedication and professionalism of those I worked with. Many thanks to Jayne Bubis and Debbie Lundy for helping plan and execute our special day and to John and Lindsey Bamber, as well as Cardboard Films, for capturing every detail. I hope every couple feels the happiness we do when reflecting on their own wedding!
Photography: John And Lindsey Bamber | Videographer: Cardboard Films | Event Planner: Jayne Bubis Events | Floral Designer: The English Garden | Invitations: Buchanan Ink | Ceremony Venue: Green Door Gourmet | Reception Venue: Green Door Gourmet | Bridesmaids Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid | Catering: Kristen Winston Catering | Cake Designer: Dessert Designs | Musicians: Live Revival
Wrapped up in this beauty of a day beautifully captured by Sayher Heffernan is the perfect amount of elegance and fun. It’s a wedding that is not only stylish, but smile inducing – and the laughs almost seem audible when you glance at the gorgeous images below. It’s a day filled with heart, and trust me, you don’t want to miss a second of it. Catch it all here.
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From Sayher Heffernan
…Matt is from Melbourne and Eliza, Nashville. The two met in Cece Winans home after Matt was nearing the end of his stay in Nashville. They hit it off, Matt proposed in New York and less than two years later got married in Nashville joined by a strong Australian crowd. It was a fun few days in Nashville with food and bowling at the Pinewood social club, a rehearsals dinner complete with taco truck and then a super fun wedding at Wightman Chapel (Scarritt Bennett) and reception at Belle Meade country club. The styling of the day was elegant and simple with a focus on fresh flowers (Australian florals included).
Photography: Sayher Heffernan | Videography: Brandon Chesbro | Cake: Leland Riggan | Reception: Belle Meade Country Club | Shoes: Nordstrom Halogen | Rings: Chris Hannan In Melbourne | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Virgos Lounge | DJ: Chase Akers | Groom's Attire: Oscar Hunt | Rehearsal Dinner: Mas Tacos Taco Truck
Inspired by the prettiest of driftwood, this shoot from Kristyn Hogan and Cedarwood Weddings took a rustic-to-refined concept and turned it into the loveliest wedding inspiration. And I’m loving every single inch of it. As driftwood is worn, tumbled and beaten by the waves—the soft, elegant and curvy result is oh-so-lovely. Sort of the perfect natural decor for any seaside soiree, if you ask me. See more right here!
From Cedarwood Weddings…Our appreciation of driftwood evolved into a passion for combing Tennessee lakeshores (including Cedarwood’s own Mooncake Lake) for unique pieces of wood smoothed by nature and time into sculptured works of art. This transformation from rustic-to-refined inspired our design team’s “Wildwood” wedding inspiration.
Partnering with The Dress Theory, we selected designer Sarah Janks’ “Briana” gown to complement our event team’s “Wildwood” styling contrasts. The SJ bride, according to the designer, is “a study in nonchalance, moving from sophisticated to sexy, and a beautiful contrast of strong and vulnerable.” To reflect this unique balance is the aim of our event design.
We infused both dramatic and romantic qualities in styling by blending re-claimed, weathered wood and antler sheds with organic hues, exotic flowers, and sequin-embellished linens. A driftwood chandelier (custom installation of flowers and candlelight reflecting in glass globes) hangs over the head table, repeating elements from the tablescape. Hand-lettered driftwood sentiments for guests, French bistro chairs and driftwood charger plates lend a warm, rustic- organic quality to the sophisticated ambiance.
Befitting the exciting romantic mood of our event styling, the bride and groom glide across Cedarwood’s Mooncake Lake in a vintage rowboat bedecked with a floral and driftwood garland.
Photography: Kristyn Hogan | Event Design: Cedarwood Weddings | Floral Design: Cedarwood Weddings | Cake: Patty Cakes | Groom's Attire: Nordstrom | Wedding Venue: Historic Cedarwood | Bridal Gown Designer: Sarah Janks | Bridal Gown Shop: The Dress Theory | Draping: Events Plus | Paper Goods: Designs In Paper | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Rentals: Liberty Party Rentals
For all of you pretties out there planning a fall fête, this beauty designed and hosted by Cedarwood is overflowing with the prettiest inspiration. With a color palette that wows, florals that will leave your jaw on your desk and perfectly placed details around every corner, you simply can’t miss all the pretty snapped up by Jen And Chris Creed waiting for you in this gallery.
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From Jen and Chris Creed Photography
…Diane and Glenn were married on a gorgeous (although warmer than usual!) fall day at Historic Cedarwood in Nashville, TN. Their purple and orange color palette was perfect for the fall! Diane and Glenn met in college, through Diane’s sorority sister. It took several tries before they finally ended up on a date, and the rest was history! Glenn proposed while they were out geocaching with Diane’s parents (such a sweet story!). They now live in Nashville with their awesome dog Emma Lynn!
A few notable details…Their guests enjoyed dinner at tables set up under the stars in the garden! Diane’s bouquet was wrapped in her grandmother’s lace gloves, and had her grandfather’s pin from WWII. The Jordan almonds are an Italian wedding tradition, and a nod to the bride’s family. The flags on the front of the house were the state flags of KY (Glenn’s home state) and NY (Diane’s home state). The groom’s cake was a Louisville Cardinals cake (Glenn is from Louisville).
Photography: Jen And Chris Creed | Event Design: Cedarwood | Floral Design: Cedarwood | Wedding Dress: Bridal And Formal | Cake: Patty Cakes | Invitations: Designs In Paper | Catering: Chef Christopher | Band: The Downtown Band | Venue: Cedarwood | Dress Designer: Maggie Sottero
These two met while running against each other for President at Belmont university, but I think it’s safe to say they both ended up winning. Because that little race led to their love story, and ultimately a wedding so gorgeous I can’t look away. Captured beautifully by Kristyn Hogan, the images sitting below are nothing short of classic perfection, and you can see even more here.
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From Kristyn Hogan
…Rachel & Jim met each other while running against each other for President of their student government at Belmont University. Rachel won, but when telling the story, Jim insists that he came out the winner with the love of his life and when you see them together, you just know they are meant to be.
Rachel & Jim had a stunning classic, black-tie wedding at the Nashville Symphony, with a gorgeous outdoor garden ceremony and a sophisticated reception that gave classic a modern twist.
Their ceremony was highlighted by a canopy of trees, silver chiavari chairs and classic marble statues & fountains that gave the feeling of an enchanted garden in the middle of the city. When the ceremony was over, guests were led to an indoor candle-lit cocktail hour with white circular seating and varying shapes and sizes of cocktail tables.
Walking into the reception, the feel was transformed into a modern sophisticated take on a classic ballroom wedding. The reception was held in the Symphony hall, where the signature lighting fixtures were lowered and floor to ceiling draping gave the large room an intimate feel. Tables were varied shapes and sizes (square, half moon, and even banquet style with booths) and were covered in varying metallic and black linens. The metallics were highlighted with candlelight, mirrors, lucite, varying place settings and unique floral arrangements.
The bride and groom made their grand entrance through crossed draping which was opened to reveal them for the first time as husband and wife and they sat at a large square head table in oversized white leather “king & queen” chairs. Guests enjoyed the evening with a plated meal, signature coffee bar, lounge area and dancing. After dancing the night away (Rachel in her Monique Llhuillier party dress) the couple made their way through a shower of sparklers into a vintage Jag and whisked away to Hawaii for their honeymoon.
Photographer: Kristyn Hogan | Videographer: Zane Karl Studios | Wedding Planner: Angela Proffitt | Florist: Village Of Flowers | Cake: Jay Qualls | Ceremony Venue: Schermerhorn Symphony Center | Reception Venue: Schermerhorn Symphony Center | Catering: Chef's Market | Lighting: Nashville Event Lighting | Groom's Attire: Street Tuxedo | Transportation: Grand Avenue | Bridal Attendant: Karen Hendrix | Bride's Ceremony Dress: Vera Wang From B. Hughes | Bride's Reception Dress: Monique Llhuillier From The Bride Room | Ceremony Musicians: Nashville Chamber Players | Coffee Bar: Noteable Blends | Hair & Make-Up: Parlour 3 | Paper Goods: The Pink Orange | Reception Band: The Cliff Richmond Band | Rentals: Nuage Designs | Rentals: Music City Tents & Events | Rentals: Visual Elements | Rentals: BBJ Linen
In planning my very own bridesmaids get-together for a sun-soaked summer day, this sweet inspiration from Amber Housley Weddings and Cedarwood Weddings popped up at just the right time. Loaded with pinks, tangerines and aquas, bottles of bubbly and florals galore, you can bet I’ll be pinning every single inspiring image from Kristyn Hogan!
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From Amber Housley Weddings… The gorgeous cherry blossom tree on Cedarwood’s beautiful property only blooms for a short period of time, so to get all this gorgeousness timed on just the right day was a challenge, but was oh so worth it!
Concept: Our bride is getting married at a beautiful historic farm, her venue for the day. Instead of a traditional bridesmaids luncheon, she takes advantage of the venue’s outdoor beauty prior to the ceremony. Gathering her bridesmaids and together dressed for the wedding, the photographer has time to capture images of friendship and festivities, include gift giving, nibbles and a champagne toast.
Champagne: Le Grande Courtage | Dresses: The Bride Room | Hair & Make-Up: Jessica Jones | Historic: Historic Cedarwood | Linens: Urban Outfitters | Model Styling: Opulent Couturier | Planning, Paper Goods, Styling: Amber Housley Weddings | Veils & Sashes: Beatrice Couture Designs | Venue, Florals, Planning, Styling: Cedarwood Weddings