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Driftwood Wedding Inspiration

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!

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From Cedarwood WeddingsOur 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

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Fall Nashville Wedding at Cedarwood

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 PhotographyDiane 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

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Classic Nashville Wedding at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center

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 HoganRachel & 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

Bridesmaid Tea Party Inspiration

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!

From Amber Housley WeddingsThe 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

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Inspiring Cedarwood Wedding in Nashville

Not only is this Historic Cedarwood as pretty as they come, it’s as special as they come too. Captured by Sara Kristen Photography, this is the union of two people that have so much heart is seems to shine through every image. And although the details were basically perfection, their focus on charity and their story of love (the description is worth the read) takes center stage, making this gallery heartwarming to say the very least.


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From Sara Kristen PhotographyThis beautiful and inspiring wedding was unique because it centered around giving back, helping an organization called “ordinary hero. It’s a non-profit organization that seeks to bring public awareness to the orphan crisis and provide opportunities to change the lives of children in need.

I’ve noticed that more brides recently are wanting to make a difference and include something in their wedding that will help support charities or build their community. With this wedding, the bride and groom wanted to honor their family’s story – past, present, & future. Which included the groom’s late wife who passed away a year before, just after having adopted a beautiful baby boy from Ethiopia through the “Ordinary Hero” program. Here’s a video of the groom telling his story (you might need a tissue, I cried buckets when I watched it) .

From the Bride…For a girl who really never “dreamed” about my wedding day, I admit that it turned out to be everything I could have ever hoped for or imagined. To say that the day was “perfect” just won’t suffice. I don’t necessarily believe in things being “perfect”, but I do believe in things being just what you need – and for me, my wedding day was what I needed…and what my husband and his 4 beautiful children (who are now my 4 beautiful children) needed. It was a day to celebrate a relationship that only God could have orchestrated. While, in turn, giving honor to my husband’s late wife, Beth, who passed away a year ago in August. In lieu of wedding gifts, we decided to accept donations to a memorial fund set up in Beth’s honor. We asked for donations that would help women & orphans in Ethiopia provide a better way of life for themselves & for their families. This is what made my wedding day so unique – it wasn’t just about me or my husband or even our kids. I know that doesn’t necessarily go with the norm – but there are too many people in this world who need help and if I can use “my” day to focus the attention on the needs of others than that makes it all worthwhile.

My favorite memory from the wedding would have to simply be the ceremony. I know it may be cliché to say that, but it was honestly the one thing that calmed my nerves & kept me smiling. The vows were beautiful & I was excited to be entering into a new life with Michael & the kids. I especially like that we could share this moment together.

Photography: Sara Kristen Photography | Dress: Maggie Sottero | Bride's Shoes: Toms | Catering: Chef Christopher | Makeup: Ulta | Ceremony Music: Nashville Wedding Guitarist | Dress From: Ever After Bridal & Formalwear | Event Styling, Planning, Flowers And Design/décor: Cedarwood Weddings | Hairpiece & Earrings: Ever After | Invitations & Paper Goods: Designs In Paper | Location: Historic Cedarwood | Video: 29Eleven Productions | Wedding Cake/Cupcakes: Patty Cakes

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Rustic Wedding at Historic Cedarwood

When two New Yorkers opt for a destination wedding down South, lovely things happen. But add Kristyn HoganCedarwood Weddings and FocalPoint Cinema to the pretty little mix, and you’ve got an affair that’s blog-worthy in every. single. way. From an al fresco barbecue feast to the post-wedding bonfire, this is exactly the kind of day we’d not-so-secretly loooove to be a guest at.

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From Cedarwood Weddings… Robin and Mark reside in New York City and despite their power jobs (business development with Google for instance) they insist their personal style is low-key and light-hearted. Robin and Mark wanted a ‘slower than New York’ pace for their wedding, and decided a destination wedding in Nashville was just the ticket. Robin says she and Mark chose Cedarwood because it offered a beautiful setting and relaxed style close to downtown Nashville, so guests could head out to the Honkey Tonks afterward.

Wedding attire was casually elegant with bridesmaids dressing in their favorite color and groomsmen selecting different pastel colored ties. Inspired by the natural beauty of Cedarwood’s historic farm, Robin chose neutral tones and soft colors to enhance our restored farm-house, old barn and meadow. Rustic rustic wood farm tables paired with vintage crocks, old books and burlap grain sacks created the country chic style Robin and Mark wanted. Unexpected touches throughout the property, an alfresco barbecue feast and bonfire enhanced the overall southern ambiance.

Robin and Mark’s ceremony was a unique tribute to their relationship. Robin shares, “Our wedding vows were very special to us, and we really wanted our ceremony to reflect our view of life which is to live happy and laugh a lot. Our officiant Caroline was Robin’s childhood friend and the bulk of the ceremony centered around the reading of a light-hearted story focused on family and friends. Part of the story included a beer toast that was rather important to the plot of the story Caroline was reading. When that moment came and there was no stock at the altar, the Best Man ran to get the bottles of beer we had forgotten. In his haste, he forgot to get a bottle opener, so he opened the bottles of beer with his teeth. We felt pretty lucky to have a best man with that party trick up his sleeve in our wedding! The ceremony in Cedarwood’s beautiful country meadow surrounded by love and laughter gave us the warm and playful ambiance we wanted.

Summing up their Cedarwood Country Chic Wedding, Robin and Mark describe the day as “an elegant evening in the Tennessee Countryside – stunning, vibrant, perfect.

Photography: Kristyn Hogan | Videography: FocalPoint Cinema | Floral Design: Cedarwood Weddings | Wedding Dress: Jenny Lee Bridal | Cake: Patty Cakes | Catering: Chef Christopher | DJ: Jace Aaron Entertainment | Grooms Attire: Calvin Klein | Ceremony Music: Nashville Wedding Guitarist | Transportation: Anchor Tours | Ceremony & Reception: Historic Cedarwood | Draping: Events Plus | Hair & Make-Up: Studio BBC | Planning & Styling: Cedarwood Weddings

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