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Gold Medalist Shawn Johnson Shares Her Adorable Engagement Photos

You know her as Olympic gold medalist, but this weekend Shawn is taking on the role of “bride” as she weds Oakland Raider long snapper, Andrew East in Nashville. While we’re on pins and needles to see how the big day turns out, let’s a peek at her darling engagement session shot by Wild Native in the meantime. Congrats, Shawn! We know you’ll make the most beautiful bride.

From Wild NativeIf she looks familiar to you, you may be as much of a fan of the 2008 US Women’s Gymnastic team as I was! I remember parking myself in front of the TV in my college dorm, locked in as this incredible group of women competed for the gold!

If he looks familiar, you might be a bigger fan of pro football than I’ll admit I am. In fact, I didn’t recognize this handsome hunk at all before we started taking engagement pictures one sweet springtime afternoon in Nashville. Recently signed with the Seattle Seahawks, sweet Shawn is the only thing this dashing long snapper loves more than sports.

This pair has a redemptive sort of love. Not only an incredible amount of affection and grace for each other, but there is this kindness about them that you can’t help but notice. We spent an entire day together and I was blown away by their warmth and their generosity. They are the sweetest couple I have ever photographed and am over the moon to shoot their wedding.

 

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Photography: Wild Native Co. | Venue: La Sirena

Rustic Fall Wedding at Nashville’s Cedarwood

I adore little ones at weddings. And one look at these pics by Julie Paisley and I have a feeling you’ll be agreeing with me. This intimate rustic celebration, crafted by Cedarwood Weddings, was filled with smiles for all ages, topped off with the beautiful Bride and her new husband. Join me oohing and aahing over everything, from the bouquet to the babes in our Vault right this way.

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From Julie Paisley… When you put together a beautiful venue, a couple so in love, their adorable blended family and 20 of their closest family and friends, you get a wedding that will make you just swoon and believe that it’s never too late for “Happily Ever After”.

As always, Cedarwood knocked this wedding out of the park with their color scheme of blue, grey, blush and gold. Lush florals, a romantic candlelight ceremony space, an ombre’ cake, a beautiful long tablescape with gold candlesticks, layers of flowers, crystal plates and gold silverware brought together wedding decor that was a dream to photograph.

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Photography: Julie Paisley Photography | Event Design: Cedarwood Weddings | Floral Design: Cedarwood Weddings | Cake: Patty Cakes | Stationery: Designs in Paper | Venue: Cedarwood Weddings

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Intimate Nashville Wedding with Every Guest in the Wedding Party

It’s official, this is one of the most adorable couples and sweetest weddings ever. Though Sammi and Branden originally had two very different visions of their wedding (an elopement for her, a big wedding for him), the duo ultimately decided to exchange vows surrounded by 30 of their closest friends and family, all of whom “got a bouquet or corsage because each of our guests was in our wedding party.” See every moment of this special day, captured by Maria Lamb, in The Vault!

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From The Bride & Groom…On November 15th, 2015, we gathered with 30 of our closest friends and family to make vows to be forever committed to each other, to God, and to our relationship.

When we first got engaged and began to talk about our wedding, we both came from different perspectives. Originally, Branden wanted a large wedding and I (Sammi) wanted to elope.

Now, I’m glad we did neither of those.

Having a small, intimate wedding was so incredibly perfect for us. With both of our lives so public online, it was a relief to let things go and not have to make a big production out of the day.

We’re both so glad we took advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to have everyone we loved most, from all over the country, in the same room. And not just for a day, but to hang out all weekend in Nashville before our Sunday afternoon wedding.

One of the things that was most important to us while we were planning was that everyone had a role within the wedding. My sister did my make-up, our friend Judson made our vow books, our friends the Lambs took photos, our mentors read passages during the ceremony, my mom gave me my great-grandmother’s china to use for our doughnuts….

Everyone got a bouquet or corsage because each of our guests was in our wedding party; everyone from Branden’s grandma to my best friend.

Because of the small size, we had everyone join us in a circle during the ceremony. A decision that we originally made from a practical standpoint turned out to be a beautiful physical reminder of the amazing support we have received through the years of our relationship.

We are so grateful for all the love we have received as we have stepped into this new chapter together. Thank you to all of our friends and family who have chosen to be a part of our story.

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Photography: Maria Lamb | Floral Design: Rosemary and Finch | Catering: Edley's Barbeque | Makeup: Savanna Dykstra | Hair: Bree Barela | Venue: WELD Nashville | Desserts: Five Daughters Bakery | Event Design + Coordination: Alexandrea Cantrell Weddings | Film Processing: PhotoVision Prints

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