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.
From Sara Kristen Photography…This 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.
When two New Yorkers opt for a destination wedding down South, lovely things happen. But add Kristyn Hogan, Cedarwood 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.
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.
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.