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Elegant Tennessee Plantation Wedding

Love stories are the heart and soul of every SMP wedding and this one was nearly 10 years in the making. And when the day rolled around these Tennessee sweeties opted for a hometown affair with a major nod to their roots. They brought on Austin GrosBright EventsMusic City Tents & Events and a whole crew of talented vendors for a day that can only be described as “Southern elegance done right.”

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From Sage Nines Event ProductionCaroline and Lee had been together for almost ten years prior to getting married and it was important to them to throw a celebration that exemplified their roots. Wanting a classic outdoor Southern wedding, they chose Carnton Plantation in Caroline’s hometown of Franklin, TN as their venue. The historic mansion and its grounds were the perfect backdrop for their day. Caroline’s father escorted her to the aisle via an arbor that surrounds the formal garden. The ceremony took place under a giant tree adorned with hanging lanterns and flowers in shades of white and ivory. Bridesmaids wore pale blush Monique Lhullier gowns. 

Following the ceremony, cocktail hour on the mansion’s porch featured signature drinks including the Mitchell Mule in honor of the groom’s family name, and the Sweet Caroline White Cosmo. Guests played corn hole, the couple’s favorite game, while enjoying mini margaritas and mini tacos, a nod to the couple’s love of Mexican food. Hand lettered magnolia leaves served as escort cards and directed guests to their tables for the main meal.

Dinner took place in a large tent adjacent to the garden, which was illuminated by a 6′ crystal chandelier chosen by the bride. Wooden farm tables were decorated with magnolia garlands intertwined with white roses and hydrangea, while round tables featured striking centerpieces of white roses in tall silver flutes. Abundant candlelight created a romantic warmth throughout the night of dining and dancing.

The happy couple departed the festivities in the bride’s grandfather’s vintage car after guests joined them in launching white balloons into the night sky.

Photography: Austin Gros | Flowers: The Enchanted Florist | Gown: Ines DiSanto | Cake: Dulce Desserts | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids Dresses: Monique Lhuillier | Caterer: Kristen Winston Catering | Hair: Ashlea Mullins | Lighting: Bright Events | Event Design And Production: Sage Nines Event Production | Linens: La Tavola | Makeup: Stephanie Harrison | Rentals: Music City Tents & Events | Wedding Venue: Carnton Plantation

Ines Di Santo and Monique Lhuillier are members of our Look Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here. La Tavola Fine Linen Rental, Music City Tents and Bright Event Productions are members of our Little Black Book. Find out how members are chosen by visiting our FAQ page.
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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 | 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 | Makeup: Ulta | Video: 29Eleven Productions | Wedding Cake/Cupcakes: Patty Cakes

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Yes! Inspiration Shoot

With Valentine’s Day just a day away, it seems only right to devote our morning to the one word a lot of you lovelies will be uttering in complete surprise tomorrow: “Yes!”  Because if there’s one thing cupid is known for, it’s proposals.  And this stunning shoot from Modern Vintage Events and Gambill Photography just so happens to be an ode to that first “Yes!”… and all of the ones after that.  See it all here.

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From Modern Vintage Events… Yes. Marriage starts with a question and an answer, and the answer to that questions is “Yes.” It doesn’t end there, the first yes is a predecessor for the multitude of times in the course of a marriage that a husband and wife will have to say yes. Yes to richer, yes to poorer, yes to sickness, yes to health, yes to better, yes to worse. Yes to standing beside each other until death with the knowledge that neither of you have any idea what the future holds but no matter what, you will say “yes” to doing it together.

With this shoot we really wanted to get down to the grass roots of what marriage is all about. Weddings are amazing and details are so fun, but details do not a successful marriage make. We wanted to showcase two people and their love for each other. We used a couple friends of ours who were married but who got married at a courthouse and never had official wedding photos. They also happened to tell us that day that they were saying “yes” to learning that three is a magic number and were expecting their first baby.

We featured a burlap banner with “yes” printed on it and a pallet that simply said “she said yes.” We also strung vintage photos of couples on another pallet to serve as a reminder of those who have said yes continuously through their marriage. We set up a small picnic “celebration”.

Photography: Gambill Photography | Styling: Modern Vintage Events | Dress: Modern Trousseau | Suits: Street Tuxedo | Baker: Julia From Scratch | Church : Florence Baptist Church | Florist : SOUL Flowers

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