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Sweet Southern Engagement Session in Nashville

You guys, how cute is this pup?! Even cuter? The fact this lil’ ball of fluff started one sah-weet love story. For it was when Hynes – Lara’s eccentric mosaic lab – took an interest in his new next-door neighbor Daisy – Will’s puppy – that resulted in a playful encounter and eventually a puppy park proposal. See I told you it was sah-weet – see it all from Cassidy Carson in THE VAULT!

From the Bride-to-be… Despite having lived down the hall from each other in our apartment building in Nashville, TN for almost 6 months, it required the intervention of our two dogs to bring us together. had recently been given a yellow lab, Daisy, for his birthday that fall. Hynes, Lara’s eccentric mosaic lab, took an immediate interest in his new next-door neighbor Daisy. While our two dogs were playing, it gave us a chance to get to know one another and Will arranged for our first date at the dog park. Living down the hall from each other gave us the opportunity to pursue our relationship, overcoming our busy work schedules as a resident at Vanderbilt and as a financial analyst.

A year and a half later, we got engaged at the same dog park where we went on our first date. Amusingly, neither dog was in Nashville at the time, forcing Will to borrow a dog to have an excuse to go to the dog park. During our engagement, Will, an only child, has enjoyed getting to know his two wonderful new sisters and Lara, a Pittsburgh native, is learning more about Will’s Southern roots in Alabama. Most importantly, we love spending time together and have enjoyed sharing our interests with each other. We enjoy running with Hynes and recently ran our first half marathon together and look forward to many more as husband and wife. Will recently took up snowboarding and is still hopeful that one day Lara will learn to drive a tractor. We can’t wait for our friends and family to join us next spring at Belle Meade Plantation for our wedding.

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Photography: Cassidy Carson | Venue: Marcella Vivrette Smith Park | Vendor: The Bride's Aunt & Grandmother

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Rustic Elegant Fall Wedding At Cedarwood

When it comes to weddings, there are some factors out of our control and Mother Nature is one of them. But impending rain doesn’t mean smiles turned upside down, and this gorgeous Bride is the perfect example for taking stormy skies with a grain of salt. Cedarwood Weddings are pros at handling anything and a few drops here and there are nothing to fret over. Kelsey Combe and Little Josh Productions captured it all, from the Designs In Paper creations that set the scene and the beautiful bridesmaids in Jenny Yoo to the sparkler send off. See it all in our VAULT this way!

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From Kelsey Combe Photography… Cedarwood was a dream come true. When I got the call from a dear family friend to shoot her wedding in Nashville, a destination location for me, I jumped for joy at the opportunity. The ladies of Cedarwood are extraordinary. They take the visions of brides and they RUN with it. They turn childhood dreams into reality and then some. Everything was so carefully styled, so curated, no detail left undone. And rain? Who cares. Cedarwood will provide the umbrellas and even change the schedule around to accommodate being able to hold an outdoor ceremony. And when it rains anyway, they will help everyone put up their umbrellas and enjoy the view.

And then, let me just gush about the bride, Carey, for a moment. She was in a stunning, perfect, intricate Vera Wang gown. Her hair was perfectly done – her makeup simple and lovely. And that girl just didn’t care that it was raining. During the ceremony, she happily laughed as the rain fell. She embraced the day and made sure the weather didn’t control her. By the end of the night, the bottom of the dress was caked in a layer of dark Nashville dust – but it was the best worn dress and happiest bride I’ve ever seen.

From the Bride… Kyle and I met at Vanderbilt University after locking eyes at a mutual friend’s dinner party. While he hails from the suburbs of Louisville and I grew up in Boston proper, we were immediately drawn to each other and found ourselves staying up until the early hours of the morning watching CMT while Kyle sang questionably into my ear. Upon graduation, Kyle moved to Boston for law school, and I excitedly joined him a year later. Chicago called to Kyle post law school and I again followed him.

While we love each city we have lived in and shared together, Nashville was ultimately the city where we met and fell in love, and the city that still holds a big part of our hearts. So with that easy choice out of the way, it was time to select a venue. Both of us grew up camping and experiencing the outdoors, so we wanted to include an element of that in our wedding day. When we saw Cedarwood for the first time, we were both blown away. We loved the rolling hills, the at-home feel, and how each corner afforded a new vantage point. Once the venue and date were selected, it was time to pick a photographer, a videographer and a band. Each of these held significant importance to us so we researched for months to ensure we were exhausting our options and finding the ones that we knew would capture who we were as a couple. The videographer came first – Josh Curd of Little Josh Productions. We met him while in Nashville and we knew right away he was the one for us. He is friendly, relatable, hard-working and passionate about what he does. The band came next. Lovers of Texas Country and Classic Rock, we wanted a band that could play a variety of classics but we had a few songs on our “must play” list and one more complicated requirement that held us up a bit – a fiddle player (“If you’re gonna play in Texas, you gotta have a fiddle on the band,” right?). We eventually found Edsel West and they were everything we wanted – a little bit of country, a little bit of rock and roll and a lot of fun.

The photographer was the hardest part for us (read: me). I had a very specific look I was going for and was looking up every Nashville photographer I could find. The whole time, however, I had a very specific person in mind whose style I was trying to emulate. Ultimately, I realized – why am I not asking her to see if she’s willing to travel to Nashville? Not only is Kelsey Combe one of the most talented and breath-taking photographers I have laid eyes on, but she just so happens to be someone I grew up with in our small, close-knit summer community in Northern Michigan, and I loved the connection that was able to bring to our Nashville wedding. Kelsey was almost, if not just, as excited as we were about this newfound professional relationship and as you can see from the photographs, we could not have picked a better, more professional or more genuine photographer. What a team we created!

The day of our wedding was a magical, mystical, and misty day. Cedarwood went above and beyond to bring our dreams to fruition. Being in the interior design business, I was meticulous about little details and didn’t want anything overlooked. Details I thought may be missed, Cedarwood caught. Colors, textures, and scents were mixed together to create an absolute dream day. Dressed in Vera Wang with my hair and makeup done by Toni Ann Christian Moss, I finally felt like the woman who was about to become Mrs. Elder in a few short hours.

Rain sprinkled our ceremony and then splattered our dinner, but everyone danced on, embracing the beautiful backdrop under a white tent and twinkle lights and everything Mother Nature created for us. Friends and family came from all over, with no more than two guests local to Nashville. We were eager to show our guests the city we had fallen in love with and Cedarwood was the perfect place to encapsulate the Southern charm we love so much. The team at Cedarwood cannot be exceeded. From the white golf umbrellas on hand for rain, to the ease and flow of the day, the Cedarwood team knows what they are doing and they do it with excellence. My mother, sister and I did not feel an ounce of stress that day and that would not have been the case without the team we had created behind us. Thank you to everyone who made our day what it was. It was the best way we could imagine celebrating our new life together.

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Photography: Kelsey Combe Photography | Cinematography: Little Josh Productions | Floral + Event Design: Cedarwood Weddings | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Cake: Patty Cakes | Invitations: Designs In Paper | Bride's Shoes: Valentino | Bridesmaids' Dresses: For Her & For Him | Catering: Chef Christopher | Hair + Makeup: Toni Ann Christian Moss | Band: Edsel West | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Groomsmen's Attire: The Black Tux | Ceremony Music: Nashville Wedding Violin | Transportation: Anchor Tours | Venue: Cedarwood Weddings | Maid Of Honor Dress: Jenny Yoo | Vendor: The Bride's Aunt & Grandmother

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Black + Gold Holiday Wedding Inspiration

When it comes to styling winter celebrations, I fall into the mindset of “opposites attract.” Take this holiday-inspired shoot from the fabulous Cedarwood WeddingsDesigns In Paper and Julie Paisley. It’s metallics and glam paired up with natural, organic elements and fresh foliage galore. Rustic and modern and glam all at once, THE VAULT is bursting with ideas for winter brides in every style camp. Grab your hot cocoa and let’s get started.

From Julie PaisleyThe holidays are a time to sparkle and shine, even on a Tennessee nature preserve. It is precisely the play of festive patterns and metallics against outdoor landscapes that encourages intimate weddings and backyard celebrations during a season defined by lovely settings.

We paired glitter and glam with organic elements for a rustic chic style that is unexpected but undeniably warm and inviting, starting with glided evergreens in the ceremony altar at the venue’s Cedar Cottage. Sequined overlays on bench seating continues on reception chairs to unify spaces. Festive paper goods and table decor in black, gold and white offer modern appeal. Fresh foliage is the star of florals, especially in the loosely gathered bridal bouquet. The bride and groom are perfectly balanced between style elements with her bejeweled headpiece and his hand-crafted wood bow tie.

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Photography: Julie Paisley | Wedding Planning: Cedarwood Weddings | Floral Design: Cedarwood Weddings | Wedding Dress: Gossamer | Cake: Patty Cakes | Invitations: Designs In Paper | Bow Ties: Venuto Woodwork | Venue: Cedarwood | Hair Accessories: All About Romance | Rentals: Liberty Party Rental | Vendor: The Bride's Aunt & Grandmother

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