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Tennessee Mountain Wedding by Watson Studios

Some weddings are beautiful and then there are those that are sweet and full of sentiment and once in a while the stars align and a wedding comes along that is all of the above. That is just such the case with this eye popping, jaw dropping gorgeous wedding photographed by Watson Studios. Set in the mountains of Tennessee, these nuptials were a culmination of a very trying year for the bride and groom which resulted in a highly anticipated celebration among friends and family. Be sure to read the Bride’s story below that details her and her husband’s journey to the altar. Congrats Katie and Johan. We are so glad all turned out so beautifully for you two!

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Johan and I met in January of 2009. He from Denmark and I from the mountains of Tennessee, it was an unlikely but meant-to-be meeting: he had made a New Year’s resolution to volunteer, and I was working as the Director of Volunteers at a not-for-profit agency. The rest was history. Though we weren’t officially engaged until July, I’d started carving out ideas for our wedding long before and even bought my wedding dress prior to the proposal (when you know, you know!). The wedding was to be held at the private, mountaintop estate of some dear and generous friends, and I had a pretty clear vision of what our wedding should be: elegant, a touch of vintage, natural, and as laid back as possible.

Sadly, our plans were put on hold last October, when Johan was critically injured in a motorcycle accident. After several months in the hospital recovering from multiple injuries and a subsequent stroke, he had a number of surgeries and months and months of rehab. By March we were finally back to wedding planning, but by that point, we were not only exhausted but on quite a compressed timeline for our early May wedding date.

The fortunate part was that the reality of the accident and the rigors and stress of his recovery completely shifted our perspective: we chose to focus on the fact that we were having a wedding at all and channeled our efforts into ensuring the day was a celebration of our love and what it had already carried us through. Part of this included opting for a more intimate feel, cutting our guest list by more than half and forgoing a traditional bridal party. We also decided not to compete with the beauty of the mountaintop setting and kept the décor to a minimum with a soft color palette.

We wanted to rejoice in not only our love story, but also the blending of our families and cultures along with honoring our very diverse guest list (we had guests from Serbia to Peru and 10 countries in between!) who had offered the love and support that sustained us through Johan’s accident and recovery. We also wanted the day to be very personal, and at the same time, it was important for us that our guests truly enjoy themselves. After a simple garden ceremony performed by our close friend and neighbor, our guests enjoyed a cocktail hour, which progressed to a seated dinner held in a closed tent. True to Danish form (and that of many European countries), we had an assigned “toastmaster” who coordinated a multitude of humorous, heartfelt, and colorful speeches. Our guests completely immersed themselves in the way of traditional Scandinavian toasting (dating back to the Vikings), which includes shouting “Skal!” and then having to make eye contact with everyone at the table. As in the U.S., if people tapped their glasses with their silverware, we had to kiss; except per Danish tradition, we had to stand up on our chairs to do it (not easy in a wedding dress!).

Though our road from engagement to wedding day was wrought with stress and uncertainty and was anything but typical, our journey truly culminated in a celebration that meant the world to us…and was world of fun for our guests. We couldn’t have asked for a more special time with our families and closest friends. SKAL!!!!

Photography: Dan & Natalie Watson of Watson-Studios / Wedding Coordinator: Sonya Scott of  A Perfect Day / Flowers: Pat Felts of Clay Pots / Catering/Cake/Cupcakes: Tony McClanahan of First Fruits / Dress: Monique Lhuillier / Shoes: J Crew

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Memphis Engagement Party with Miami Chic Style

Last but certainly not least is this uber chic engagement party sent to us by Annabella Brandon of Asian Bees Photography. This may not be a rehearsal dinner, but it still has PLENTY of steal-able ideas for ALL of the numerous shindigs you throw before the big day. So modern and cool, who doesn’t love a rooftop cocktail party? We happen to be huge fans.

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A jazz trio band and chips and guacamole hors d’oeuvres? Sold. Congrats on your engagement Jenni and Chris. We can’t wait to see what you do with your wedding!


Photographer: Annabella Brandon of Asian Bees / Venue: Madison Hotel, Memphis, TN / Event Planner: Social Butterflies / Flowers: Karin Woodward of Haute Horticulture / Music: Gerald Stephens Jazz Trio / Furniture, Linen and Textile Rentals: Mahaffey Tent and Party Rentals

Nashville Wedding Video

We just couldn’t resist showing you the video from Golriz and Devon’s whimsical wedding. As if it weren’t enough that these two are so creative and so artistic, they also sing adorable songs together! I don’t think it gets much cuter than that. Check out their video from Full Frame Cinema to see just how quirky and fun this day was. Congrats you two on a fabulous, heart-felt wedding!

Golriz + Devon :: Trailer from Jeffrey Holland :: FFDC on Vimeo.

Videography: Jeffrey Holland of Full Frame Cinema

Nashville Wedding with LOTS of Personality

One of the things that we love so much about weddings is that every single one is so different, so unique. All of those personal touches really make the wedding world go ’round and this Nashville wedding is the perfect example of that. Golriz and Devon make up the insanely cute, quirky couple behind the day and they created such a one-of-a-kind event filled to the tippity top with creativity. Ryan Lash was there to capture soo many wonderful snippets. The art installations alone have us squeeling with glee. Be sure to check out the gallery for more from this DIY couple.

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Devon and I wanted every ounce of our wedding to burst with creativity, but we had a very tight budget. This was actually a blessing as it forced us to be really creative and think outside the box. It also meant we had fun adventures to pursue together like hunting for the ‘perfect’ couch on Craigslist!

One of the biggest priorities for us was making the event space feel really cozy and intimate. We achieved this by setting up a cozy nook in the corner with a colorful and intricate backdrop. We hung paper strips to the ceiling to create a beautiful paper chandelier, with twinkly lights that peeked out between the strips. Behind us we hung strands of handmade fabric flowers that myself, a good friend and my mom had spent weeks creating out of an assortment of vintage fabrics.

Art Installation: Devon had always dreamed of creating an art installation with vintage televisions, umbrellas and bare light bulbs…so this was his chance! We hunted high and low for TVs that had big knobs and dials – the sales staff at the thrift stores must have thought we were mad! Devon figured out a way to connect all the bulbs to one switch and even installed a dimmer (yes, I’ve obviously married MacGyver).

Other DIY projects: For our wedding favors we printed CDs with songs that we had written & recorded and placed them in hand sewn fabric sleeves made out of assorted vintage fabric. We then hung the CDs off ribbon with miniature clothespins so guests could pick one up as they left.

Photo booth – in the corner of the room we set up a photo booth. This element was a hit with our guests and we have hundreds of photos that captured the fun they had. Inside the booth I had placed a box of assorted props, hats, wigs etc. and a chalkboard so that guests could write personalized messages for us.

Unique guest ‘book’ – in lieu of a guest book we had a huge stretched canvas on an easel. We picked a very specific palette of colors and had each guest paint a heart in one of the grids. Now we have a beautiful piece of art to take with us as we start our lives together!

Cake toppers – my mom hand-stitched adorable little fabric birds with wire feet – my bird even had a little bouquet and Devon’s had a yellow bowtie! They made great props for our photographs.

Cupcake stand – instead of purchasing/renting a stand for our 150 cupcakes we built one (using Cetaphil containers and cake boards!)

Photography: Ryan Lash / Videography: Full Frame Cinema / Event Space: Marathon Village, Nashville TN / Wedding Dress: Handmade by the bride’s mother / Shoes: Office / Groom’s suite: Costume National / DJ: Joel Price / Cupcakes: Effie Sahihi / Makeup: Neda Ferdowsi / Hair: Salon Genevieve

Sweet, Charming Wedding by Watson-Studios

There is something so sweet about this little wedding. Photographer, Natalie Watson, sent it our way and I have to say…it completely charmed me. From the adorable couple to the pretty, understated details, I heart everything about this adorable affair.

greenville wedding

Tosha & Will’s soft, intimate hometown wedding took place in Greeneville, Tennessee. The couple had a traditional service followed by an intimate dessert reception all done at the church. Every aspect of the wedding was made personal — the grooms pie made by Will’s grandmother, an acoustic guitar was played during ceremony by Will’s uncle, the table numbers were created from a cedar tree in their backyard, the get away 46 Ford Coupe was provided by Tosha’s great uncle, the couple was married on Will’s grandparents 61st wedding anniversary.

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As for the details, the couple used their old love letters as ringbearer pillows and held the letters they read right before the ceremony, they hung old photographs of couples in their lives (parents, grandparents, siblings, etc.) For the dessert reception, Tosha & Will took a huge piece of plywood and painted it with chalk board paint and used it as a seating chart. You can see more of the wedding right here.

Vendors: Location at First Presbyterian Church, Greeneville, TN / Photography by Dan & Natalie Watson, Watson-Studios / Flowers and Catering: Beverly at Main Street Catering (Jonesborough, TN) / Wedding Cake: Embree House Wedding cakes (Jonesborough, TN) / Groom’s Pies were made by Will’s grandmother / Programs were made by Jessica Miller from JessLehry Designs and thebudgetsavvybride.com

Vintage Inspired Wedding

I thought that this Mad Men inspired wedding was totally adorable, totally fun. Photographed by Tara Kneiser of Dixie Pixel Photography, this wedding is vintage inspired goodness and for me, it’s the definition of a really whimsical wedding. One that you will find so many steal-worthy details. Super, SUPER cute stuff here people.

mad men inspired wedding

The cute, cute couple was married in a backyard affair this past October in Tennessee. Blush Weddings and Events did the coordination, flowers by The Flower Pot and Catering by Luxe Catering. That adorable dress was made by Colleen Moore of White Orchid Bridal in Knoxville and the bridesmaids dresses were found on Etsy.

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Here are a few words from the fabulous photograher, Tara…

This wedding was a DREAM.  Dianna worked over a year to make it the perfect backyard affair.  Her beautiful dress was custom made by Colleen Moore of White Orchid Bridal (local to Knoxville, Tn).  They were very inspired by the TV show “Mad Men” for their wedding.  There were so many delicious details, it’s best to just have a look!  I have not yet blogged this wedding on my blog, and the images haven’t been posted anywhere.

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SO. STINKING. CUTE. Thank you so much to Tara Kneiser of Dixie Pixel Photogaphy for sending us such a treat. It’s the icing on the already really yummy cake.


DIY Wedding in Memphis, II

Before we dive back into the adorable wedding that we are currently devouring, I wanted to mention…for any of you that are dreaming of starting a stationery business we are chatting all about it over on BackStage. Starting with the invitation company that I started, we are working through all of the ins and outs of taking the leap into entrepreneurship. Come join in!

Ok, back to the task at hand. I really think that if Etsy could build a wedding of their own, it would be this one. All of the little details that the bride provided are kind of amazing, kind of awesome actually. She found a ton of inspiration right here on SMP and in turn is inspiring brides to no end with her own affair…

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From the lovely bride…

The wedding day went by in one beautiful flash, which is why I’m glad Heidi was there to capture the elements that were so important to me. I tried very hard to make the wedding meaningful and creative without spending tons of money. I made our caketoppers out of salt and pepper shakers, elements from my mom’s wedding dress, clay and a vintage letterpress stamp found on Etsy. A friend of mine made my veil from the tulle of my mom’s veil. And another friend designed our programs based on a unique invitation design I found online.

I tried to use all Etsy vendors for everything, and only went to non-Etsy vendors when I couldn’t find it there. I love supporting artists, and Etsy is an endless supply of wonderful crafters. Using the lanterns was an easy way to avoid flower centerpieces and a nice gift for our wedding guests. Not a single one was left at the end of the night! Plus, we saved tons of money by buying them in bulk and on sale at TJ Maxx and Marshal’s.

The things you couldn’t see in the photos were the beautiful songs my now-husband wrote and recorded for the processionals. He played everything on cello, guitar and keyboard and it turned out so gorgeous. He based the melody on the song he wrote to propose to me. His is the John Benjamin Band.

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From Heidi Ryder, the fabulous photographer…

John runs an online music community called SongFight! and to propose to Dorie he enlisted the help of some of his SongFight friends by having them each write a love song for Dorie. When he posted those songs online, he showed them to Dorie and stayed nearby with a ring while she listened to the songs. Those same songs were played during the ceremony and made into a mix CD called “Super Secret Love Maneuver”, which  was given out to the guests as a favor. The amazing programs were designed by Dorie’s friend, Sara Jackson.



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Here is a list of the vendors that participated in this awesome, awesome day.

Flowers by Gesture Gifts / Cupcakes by Sugar Bowl Cupcakes / Map Boutonnieres by Hope and Joy Studios / Corsages by Petals Handmade Wedding Accessories / You Are My Sunshine studios by YeeHaw Studios / Jewelry by JMG Jewelry

DIY Wedding in Memphis

You guys are going to find so many steal worthy ideas tucked inside this wedding. It’s funny, just as I was editing this post, I got an email from the bride thanking me for featuring her big day. She said, “I was such an avid reader of your blog when I was planning our wedding and found endless amounts of inspiration in your lovely posts. I hope that my wedding can serve as the same inspiration for other brides looking to make their wedding beautiful and unique…”

And you know what. It SO will.

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Heidi Ryder is the incredibly photographer behind the affair and she has been sweet enough to share some of the details!

What I loved about this wedding is Dorie and John weren’t afraid to do things their way. They didn’t follow any traditions unless they wanted to, and in fact, they even made up their own. The details of the wedding were a lovely arrangement of vintage elements mixed with beautifully-crafted DIY projects. Needless to say, this wedding was a dream to photograph.
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In addition to etsy-purchased vintage jewelry, Dorie wore three strands of pearls – each of them handed down from a different woman in her family. The only fresh flowers used at this wedding were for Dorie and her Maid of Honor’s bouquets. That’s it. The boutonnieres were made out of folded maps and were purchased from Hope and Joy Studios on Etsy. I thought this was an amazing idea and the lack of fresh flowers phased absolutely no one. But, the fresh flower bouquets were quite gorgeous in their own right. They were provided by Gesture Gifts in Memphis. A vintage brooch from Dorie’s mother was pinned to her bouquet.

diy wedding in memphis

In love. Madly in love. We have so much more from this delightful wedding, including the full resource list, on the way! Thank you so much to Heidi Ryder for sending such a treat our way!

Rehearsal Dinner in Memphis

I have the cutest, most adorable, most steal-worthy wedding coming up next but before I share…I wanted to show you these pictures from the equally sweet rehearsal dinner. The event was sent to us by the fabulous photographer behind the day, Heidi Ryder, and is ALL charm.

rehearsal dinner by Heidi Ryder

I mean seriously. How stinking cute is this? The vintage floral linens, the sweet centerpieces, the CELEBRATION sign. Madly, madly in love with all of it. Oh and they actually had an Elvis impersonator to celebrate their Memphis roots. Yep, they are that cool! The full wedding is coming up next!

Tennessee Wedding Day From Eric Laurits

We originally posted Carey and John’s wedding slideshow on Saturday, because we thought it was a great reminder about how sweet, peaceful and joyful weddings can be!   Their great photographer, Eric Laurits had set the images to music on his blog, and gave us permission to play the slideshow over here on Style Me Pretty’s Little Black Book Blog post.

But now that it’s Monday again, back to the hustle and bustle of the workweek, we wanted to share just a few of our favorite still shots from the wedding slideshow …

From Carey and John’s Tennessee wedding by Eric Laurits …

Eric Laurits Photography

Eric Laurits Photography

Eric Laurits Photography

Eric Laurits Photography

Their love for one another came through loud and clear all day long.


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Don’t you feel better after watching that? Joyful. Classic.

A quote from Eric’s blog: “Never be afraid to show the world how truly beautiful you are. It is the greatest gift you could ever give. Be joyful. Seek the joy of being alive.” We think his photography celebrates just that.

Around the Blogs, Part II

You’ve probably already seen this amazing “wedding,” as it’s been ALL OVER THE BLOGS, but it’s so ridiculously good, I couldn’t resist. Shockingly good. Tec Pataja shot the incredible photographs for Nashville Lifestyles magazine, bringing together the creme de la creme of artists and vendors to design a day that is right out of heaven.

I know that this isn’t exactly news, but holy cow. Every time I look at the photographs I turn into a school girl with her first crush!

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Oh my. Make sure to check out Tec’s blog for the full rundown of vendors as it’s basically a laundry list of the industry’s best. But, I have to say, along with the perfect photographs, it’s the styling that is completely and totally blowing my mind. And who else but Joy Thigpen was the voice behind the look!

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I MEAN COME ON!!! The shabby chic, vintage, kind of eclectic place settings. The perfect flowers, the mismatched glassware. The freaking horses. Does it get any better than this?

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For any girl who loves that down home style, that backyard chic look that is becoming more and more popular these days…this wedding must be your one and only. You’ll find more inspiration than you thought was humanly possible by devouring the images that Tec has up on this blog right now. Head on over but buyer beware, it’s scary good. Scary good people.

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More to come from around the blogs!

Real Wedding: Sara and Jay

If the first wedding we featured today was the prettiest wedding I have ever seen, this is a close second. But, in a totally different way. I spotted this wedding on Simply Bloom Photography and have stalked them for the last two days so that we could feature it on SMP. It’s just that good.

rustic chic wedding - bride and groom, dress

Sara and Jay were married in Cool Springs, Tennessee, just a few miles away from my college stomping grounds. Take it from this Nashville girl…Cool Springs is a lovely, Southern town filled with charm and style that is hard to match. Just look at the centerpieces. The perfect pink centerpieces are enough to make me jump for joy!

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Oh and the gorgeous bride inscribed each block of wood by herself. LOVE.  Simply Bloom is going to be adding to this perfect little collection of photos over the coming days so make sure you check back often!

Jennifer & Kevin’s Oceanside Wedding, III

No feature about Little Black Book photographer Angela Talley would be complete without a few of her especially luminous photographs of the little ones …

Photography by Angela Talley

Photography by Angela Talley

Photography by Angela Talley

Photography by Angela Talley

Jennifer and Kevin’s wedding at Playa Del Carmen in JANUARY was just an amazing day all-around.

But the fun had just begun …


Jennifer & Kevin’s Oceanside Wedding, II

Photography by Angela Talley

Jennifer and Kevin were married at Playa Del Carmen in January. What a fabulous place for a winter wedding!

Photography by Angela Talley

Photography by Angela Talley

Angela has this instinctive sense of romance, spirit and finesse … all rolled up into one incredible photographer!


More of Jen and Kevin’s wedding to come …

Jennifer & Kevin’s Oceanside Wedding … Captured With Incredible Style

Imagine you are standing next to the love of your life with your nearest and dearest just a stone’s throw away.  Imagine you are standing on a tropical beach, ready to burst with anticipation because you are about to marry him. The sky is threatening rain, but for some glorious reason, you could care less …

Photography by Angela Talley

That’s where the story begins …

Photography by Angela Talley

Photography by Angela Talley

Angela Talley, one of Style Me Pretty’s sensational Little Black Book photographers captured Jennifer and Kevin’s wedding day with her distinctive style and unrivaled quality. We have tons of the most incredible images from the day coming right up … so stay tuned!

Real Wedding: Bonnie and Trevor, V

This next set of pictures from Bonnie and Trevor’s Nashville wedding is pure deliciousness. They look like they are right out of some fabulous movie…

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all photos by Mary Claire Crow, wedding planning by Elizabeth James

The entire wedding just seems so alive, so completely down to earth. Here are a few more details from Bonnie…

At the reception we really used the farm aesthetic, but in an elegant way. There were long tables in the tent which were topped with burlap. Down the tables were a mix of peonies and dahlias in various silver julep cups mixed in with chicken feeders, with wheat grass growing out of them. Everyone feasted on a big southern supper – chicken croquettes, green beans, cheese grits and bbq in corn meal crepes – just to give you a taste.

We danced the night away then pulled away on the hay wagon as guests waved sparklers!

Stay tuned to hear about Bonnie’s gorgeous invitations…that she designed herself!

Real Wedding: Bonnie and Trevor, IV

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a hundred times…it’s ALL in the details! Bonnie did such a fabulous job at bringing a bright, colorful palette together into a cohesive and lovely look. She incorporated the horseshoe to perfection and brought along the lovely Southern touches with a sense of charm and sophistication.

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all photos by Mary Claire…GORGEOUS!

We have so many more photos coming…so stay tuned!

Real Wedding: Bonnie and Trevor III

If you are just now popping in, we are featuring Bonnie and Trevor’s lovely, lovely, lovely Southern inspired wedding. Bonnie brought such sweet, approachable details into her wedding…from handmade invitations to custom built signs, the whole day was a reflection of this ridiculously cute couple.

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All of the photographs from this wedding were captured by Mary Claire Crow, who Bonnie just raved about. The next set of pictures from this wedding is my absolute favorite so you definitely have to come back and check it out.

Oh…and if you haven’t already, you HAVE to head over to the Little Black Book Blog today, as we are featuring the prettiest wedding shots by Paul Rich. The bride talks about how SMP inspired her to design a wedding that really represented her and her fiance…love that!

Real Wedding: Bonnie and Trevor, II

Here are a few more pics and details from Bonnie and Trevor’s absolutely perfect Southern inspired wedding…

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all photos by Mary Claire Crow

From the bride, Bonnie…

Everyone arrived to bluegrass music from some local musicians and the ceremony was held in a grassy area behind the house. After the ceremony guests gathered at the back bar (an old wagon we covered with wood & ticking) for some champagne or a pimm’s cup (a staple cocktail in our house!). Then everyone walked up the lane to the barn for the reception. We have horses on the farm and my father really wanted to use them so my husband and I rode up in a horse drawn wagon while the bridal party rode on the hay wagon.

So much more to come!

Real Wedding: Bonnie and Trevor

I don’t talk much about myself here on SMP…I am so enamored with all of the stuff that you guys are doing, I tend to leave myself out of the mix. You guys know that I just had a little girl, Audrey. That I live in Boston. That I have the best job in the world. But, another little piece of my soul, that really helped to form who I am today…are the four years that I spent in Nashville, Tennessee going to college.

So of course, anytime I see a Nashville wedding, I am taken right back to those incredibly blissful days, where I just had to wake up in the morning to see my best girl friends, where we sat on a porch drinking lemonade (okay, not really lemonade but it sounds a little better that way), wasting the day away in the lazy Summer sun.

Today’s featured wedding is so wonderfully Southern, so perfectly Nashville. I just had to share!

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photos by Mary Claire Crow

From Bonnie, the gorgeous bride…

I got married in May on my parents farm where I grew up. We really wanted a creative & festive, southern affair with lots of personality. Plus I am a graphic designer so I designed the invitations and other details (more on the invitations in a bit).

Guests drove up the driveway greeted by “burma-shave” signs. My mother’s friend is an artist and created them for us – they were a huge hit! There were 6 signs…”Winding Road, Fresh Green Grass, Musicians Play, Oh Happy Day, To Wedding Vows, That Last”

more to come!