Now this is what I call a wedding… and no surprises here, it was planned, designed, flora’d and housed at Cedarwood Weddings. But aside from the gorgeous locale, this whole day pulls at my heartstrings. The bride wore pearls, gifted to her by her mother in law before she passed away, while dancing with her love to bluegrass played by her grandfather. A beautiful wedding, captured fabulously by Love is a Big Deal!
From the beautiful bride… More than anything, Justin and I wanted our wedding to have a sense of place. Both our families have lived in Tennessee for generations, and we wanted this day to reflect the South the way that we see it. Instead of a groom’s cake we served apple pie and we filled the barn with bluegrass music, some of which was played by my late grandfather, Benny Sims. We had a custom mixture of vintage stamps for our invitations that tied in the color scheme and southern touches of the wedding day. We couldn’t imagine a better venue than Cedarwood for this. The full hydrangea blooms, white-washed walls, and shady barn were a perfect backdrop for our Southern theme. Of course there were other things that I loved. We had milk and cookies from Justin’s favorite cookie shop and an incredible dinner from Nashville’s Copper Kettle. Also, I loved the succulents in the boutonnieres so much I potted a few for my back porch. Most special, though, were the pearls I wore—a gift from Justin’s late mother for me to wear when I married him. Our wedding day was full of so many sweet memories and we left feeling we had shared a little bit of our home and ourselves with our guests.
From Cedarwood Weddings… We love Emily and Justin’s story. In true Southern style, they met in sixth grade and Emily says although she liked Justin from the first moment she saw him, he needed about four years of friendship before he realized she was perfect! Their courtship began in high school and continued through college at Belmont University in Nashville and then on to graduate school for Justin and Dental school for Emily in Memphis.
Their Southern Home Style Wedding in rich blue, gray and soft pastel florals featured gorgeous paper goods and hand lettered calligraphy. The celebration can be condensed into the message printed on reception table placemats: “It may have taken them ten years but Justin and Emily are thankful you came to join in the celebration! They wanted an evening filled with southern hospitality from the freshly baked pies to the hanging mason jars. The day is full of special touches for both of them. Emily is wearing pearls that Justin’s mother gave them as a family heirloom. The bluegrass played during the cocktail hour honors Emily’s late grandfather Benton Sims, who can even be heard playing fiddle on some of the tracks. The Suiters are blessed to share this night with such wonderful friends and family. Now eat up, drink up, and dance!”
Venue: Historic Cedarwood | Event planning, styling, floral and decor: Cedarwood Weddings | Photography: Love is a Big Deal | Invitations and Paper Goods: Designs in Paper | Hand lettered calligraphy: Cedarwood Weddings | Bride’s dress: Jim Hjelm | Wedding Cake: Patty Cakes | Pies: Flour Girls | Groom’s Dessert Table: Christie’s Cookies | Ceremony music: Nashville String Trio | Reception music: Skyline Drive | Transportation: Matchless Limousine | Catering: Copper Kettle