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Olympic Gold Medalist Shawn Johnson’s Wedding

Shawn and Andrew? They’re the definition of a power couple. Shawn, an Olympic Gold Medalist currently commentating in Rio, and Andrew, a Long Snapper for the Oakland Raiders, said “I do” with a celebration that felt uniquely and completely “them” planned by Fete Nashville. If you ask us, there’s no better way to lead up to tonight’s Olympic closing ceremonies than a trip to the wedding gallery photographed by Wild Native Co. plus a peek back at their adorable engagement.

 

I don’t think our wedding day

could have been any more perfect

…or any more “us.”

 

 

Andrew surprised Shawn by singing

“You’ve got a friend in me”

 

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From Fete NashvillePlanning Shawn Johnson + Andrew East’s wedding was a dream come true! It was pretty exciting from the beginning when Andrew, a long snapper for the Oakland Raiders proposed to his sweetheart, Shawn, a gold Medal Olympic gymnast, at Wrigley Field right after she threw out the first pitch!


We started planning right away and chose the top of a hill for the ceremony, with 360’ of countryside views at a farm in Franklin, Tennessee. The alter was designed with gorgeous whitewashed antique church windows dripping with flowers, honeysuckle, and vines with more natural elements at the base including logs and lots of candles.

 Jack Daniel’s barrels served as aisle markers holding the most beautiful flower arrangements of white peonies, ranunculus & dahlias, ivory garden roses, and lots of textured greens. The bridal party walked through custom barn doors and down the aisle decorated with lanterns, candles and flowers. After the “i do’s, the new Mr. And Mrs. East jumped up with excitement to the cheers from all their friends and family and danced their way back down the aisle to Stevie Wonder’s “signed, sealed, delivered!”


At the reception, Andrew surprised Shawn by singing “You’ve got a friend in me” with his father playing the piano accompaniment. As a late night snack, we had the famous Ellie’s doughnuts food truck come to serve sweet treats to all of the guests. At the end of the night, Shawn and Andrew ran through sparklers to a silver Rolls Royce. At 7 incredibly delicious layers, the wedding cake was taller than the bride!

The reception was lovely with Shawn + Andrew sitting in an ivory love seat with custom “bro” & “bug” signs on the back; their nicknames for each other. Gold calligraphy on white washed wood hanging with gold silk ribbon. Head table made up of several reclaimed wood farm tables with vintage lace runner. 25’ ladder covered in greenery installed over the head table with exposed bulbs hanging. White french urns and mercury candles with loose and flowing greens.

Guest tables: a combination of farm tables and rounds with ivory linens. Centerpieces of barn wood boxes filled with low, lush greens hanging over loose and whimsical. Shawn’s gown is a glamorous silk duchess trumpet silhouette with a soft geometrical lace bodice. Matching lace trim along the hem of her gown also appears on the removable silk satin organza cathedral train. Shawn’s gown features the Elena Zavozina signature keepsake pearls cascading down the back of her gown. Shawn also had her custom headpiece and jewelry designed by European designer Elena Zavozina designed Shawn’s dress, all nine bridesmaids dresses and Andrew’s entire custom suit

From the Newlyweds… Fete Nashville truly made my fairytale wedding come true! I don’t think our wedding day could have been any more perfect or any more “us.” From how it ran to the details, Fete Nashville thought of for Andrew and I. They blew us away and we couldn’t have been happier!!!

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Photography: Wild Native Co. | Cinematography: White In Revery | Event Planning + Design: Sara Fried With Fete Nashville | Floral Design: Enchanted Florist | Wedding Dress: Olia Zavozina | Cakes: Dulce Desserts | Catering: Chef's Market | Hair + Makeup: Dean Banowetz + Sarah Woolf | Calligraphy: Eliza Gwendalyn | Lighting: Bright Event Productions | Entertainment: Tim Hiber DJ | Entertainment: Nashville Wedding Guitarist | Transportation: Grand Ave | Wedding Venue: Trinity View Farm | Doughnuts: Ellie's Doughnuts | Printing: Minted | Rentals: Nashville Tent And Awning | Rentals: Southern Events Party Rental & Vintage Prop Shoppe | Rentals: Posh Privy

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The Ultimate Spring Plantation Wedding

Can we please discuss how incredibly sweet Courtney and Isaac’s wedding is?! Filled with pretty pink details and a few happy tears, this is one celebration that you’re sure to fall in love with. Nathan Westerfield was behind the lens snapping it all to share and it’s all waiting for you in The Vault!

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From The Bride…May 14, 2016 was the most perfect day! The bridesmaid’s and bride started the day early with hair and make up and a few mimosa at the hotel. It was an atmosphere of joy surrounding the bride; everyone was happy and willing to make sure the day went great! After all the hair and make up was done, the bridesmaids put their Jenny Yoo dresses on and they looked beautiful. The bridesmaids and bride then headed to the venue for the bride to get dressed. The bride’s dress was a beautiful lace dress by Sareh Nouri with Badgley Mischka shoes. Her something borrowed were gorgeous diamond earrings from her Grandma, her something new was her dress, and her something old and blue was her mom’s garter that she had worn at her wedding. The bride put her dress on and her sister who was also her Maid of Honor zipped it up. While the bride and bridesmaids took all day getting ready, the groom and groomsmen spent the day relaxing and got dressed in their tuxes in about 15 minutes and then headed to the venue just before it was time for the bride and grooms first look. Once the groom and groomsmen arrived, the wedding planner, Lauren placed the groom, Isaac in the garden to await the first look with his bride, Courtney. As Courtney was walking to the garden to meet Isaac she was so excited to finally get to see her handsome groom! Their first look was such a happy moment as they got more and more exciting to marry their best friend! After the first look Isaac and Courtney took some pictures together and then met back up with their wedding party for some group pictures.

After all of the group pictures were taken it was about time to get ready for the ceremony! Guests started to arrive and Courtney and her bridesmaids were hidden away in the bridal suite until a majority of the guests were there. The wedding party then lined up at the back of the garden, where the ceremony was going to take place and it was then it hit Courtney that she was about to get married! She tried to hold back tears and shared a special moment with her dad. The ceremony then began and the music went along beautifully, all of the wedding party made it to their places and then it was time for Courtney to walk down the aisle with her dad. This was when the emotions really started flowing, Courtney was crying and Isaac teared up a little bit, this was it, they were getting married!!! The ceremony shared a beautiful message with Courtney and Isaac and all of their guests about how special the love was that was shared between a man and a women as they became husband and wife. It was a surreal and beautiful ceremony.

After the ceremony was cocktail hour which was held on the front lawn of the beautiful plantation house. There were many cute southern touches such as rocking chairs on the front porch, string lights over the lawn, corn hole boards and hors d’oeuvres of hot chicken bites and pulled pork with sweet potato grits. the ceremony was a blur as Courtney and Isaac tried to talk to all of their guests. A little ways through cocktail hour Courtney and Isaac were whisked away to take sunset pictures in a beautiful field. It was a nice chance for Courtney and Isaac to connect with each other and get to take a deep breath and enjoy the fact that they were married!! After the pictures they had their grand entrance into the reception area. The tent was beautifully decorate from chandeliers to bright flowers and gold silverware. It was like a dream. Courtney’s dad made a toast to the happy couple and blessed the food and then everyone ate. After dinner the best men and the maid of honor gave their speeches. The maid of honor wrote words to the song Bohemian Rhapsody and sang then couple a song, it was one of the highlights of the night!! From there the bride and groom cut the cake and maybe smushed some cake on each others faces and then it was time for their first dance! It was one of those things that seems like a normal thing, but was such a special time for them to connect and reflect on their amazing day. After their dance, Courtney danced with her dad and was able to thank him for everything he had done to make the wedding happen. (Courtney’s parents paid for the whole wedding) After that dance the dance floor was opened to everyone and then the party really started. It was so special to see all of the friends and family who had come out to celebrate Courtney and Isaac, it made them realize how truly loved they were. All in all it was an amazing day and there isn’t anything they would do differently!

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Photography: Nathan Westerfield | Cinematography: Little Josh Productions | Event Planning: Lauren Emerson | Floral Design: Belles Fleurs | Wedding Dress: The Dress Theory | Cake: Nashville Sweets | Invitations: Empress Stationery | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid | Catering: Chef Penelope's Catering | Lighting: Bright Event Productions | DJ: Blair Saldana | Groomsmen Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Venue: Carnton Plantation | Bridal Boutique: The Dress Theory | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Rentals: Music City Tents

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Bacon + Bourbon Make This Southern Affair All the More Memorable

Sweet southern sizzle this wedding is everything. For not only did this pair plan one heck of a celebration, they also made sure guests were well equipped to carry on the fun throughout the night. Translation: A passed hors-d’oeuvre consisting of bacon paired with single barrel bourbon. If that doesn’t get your heart racing then maybe all the stunning captures from Austin Gros in The Vault will do the trick!

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From The Bride…Where do you have a wedding when the bride grew up in Maryland, the groom New York, and they are currently settling in Los Angeles.  You dig for roots…

We planned a Tennessee wedding after relocating to from New York City to Los Angeles.  We were drawn to Middle Tennessee for our wedding as I spent many spring vacations from elementary and middle school visiting relatives and family friends in Franklin – rollerblading through town, movies at the Franklin Theater, and listening to seemingly endless family stories – as my dad wanted me and my sister to experience a little of our Tennessee roots. 

It wasn’t hard to sell Matt on the idea of a Tennessee wedding as few of our New York friends and Matt’s family had ever visited Nashville and he knew it would be fun for them to experience someplace new.   My easiest wedding decision was where to have the reception.   Carnton was in my blood – literally, as I am a lineal descendent of Randal and Sarah McGavock, who built the home.   Actually, as delineated in the “father of the bride” speech, our wedding reception is the first family wedding celebration held at Carnton since January 3, 1884, 131 years ago.  Also, there were more direct McGavock descendants at Carnton that May 9th evening than at any other time since the house was built in 1826. 

Most importantly, this was a magical evening for us, complete with a surprise ice-breaker for all the guests, Tennessee Moonshine.   The photographs capture the wedding spirit, complete with a bride and groom dance-off and yes, even doing “The Worm” on the dance floor.   Matt’s reaction early the next morning as he slowly, oh ever so slowly, eased himself into his now father-in-laws car: “That party was the best night of my life”. 

It was very important to us that our wedding feel relaxed and not formal.  On a night when all eyes were on us, we felt incredibly comfortable and relaxed.  I credit this because we didn’t feel like we had to adjust how we acted due to the wedding, the wedding adjusted to us and our energy set the tone.  We were 100% ourselves that night, just as everyones wedding should be.  We made the decision to have our wedding party photos taken at Carnton before the ceremony.  This turned out to be crucial as we were able then to be present for and enjoy every minute of the reception.  While there were 250 people there, it still managed to feel like one tight-knit gathering. 

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Photography: Austin Gros | Coordination: Leigh Bawcom Events | Floral Design: Vintage Florals | Cake: Dessert Designs | Ceremony Venue: Church Of The Assumption | Reception Venue: Carnton Plantation | Catering: Kristen Winston | Hair + Makeup: Amanda Gros | Lighting: Bright Event Productions | Band: The Legendary Memphis Icebreakers Of RAM Entertainment | Transportation: Grand Avenue | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Rentals: Southern Events Party Rental & Vintage Prop Shoppe | Stylist: Jessica Sloane Event Styling & Design | Tent & Event Rentals: Music City Tents