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Photos by Souder Photography
Christmas is just days away and we want to share our wishes for the season and New Year: May all brides be beautiful and fearless; may love and peace prevail on our planet and thankfulness reside in our hearts; may we uplift others and collectively create a kinder world. Looking back at our year, Cedarwood has been blessed beyond measure with over 80 real weddings to nurture, design and deliver. Our lives are meaningful and full (and busy!) Yet, we sometimes hanker to design just for the joy of it, for artistic expression and inspiration. Our love and peace styled wedding sprung from this place: to be different and creative, have fun, connect with modern bohemian lifestyles, support eco-friendly practices, express our love of all things vintage, show the versatility of Cedarwood as a venue and show off our 1970s Airstream. When Josh and Meg Souder of the uber-talented Nashville Wedding Photographers, Souder Photography, wanted in, it was done! We’re delighted that Chantale Montgomery featured our style shoot on her hip wedding blog, La Belle Bride. Enjoy her post and a few bonus photos. Love+Peace.
From Chantale: CONFESSION: I spend my entire high school career in bell bottoms. And no, I wasn’t born in the 70’s. Yep, I had completely missed the hippie movement but by the time my budding adolescent sense of style came to fruition, I was completely obsessed with the vintage 70’s look. I was wearing polyester 90% of my life – and loving it! (I kinda get itchy just thinking about it now.) I eventually ditched the bell bottoms, however my love for vintage clothing was born and has really never died since. What does this (self-indulgent) blast from the past got to do with today’s wedding? EVERYTHING. Today’s Nashville hippie wedding really sent me back. Shot by Souder Photography at the gorgeous Historic Cedarwood venue, I just adore this cute, hippie-vintage wedding. And most importantly Allie and Bo don’t just LOOK the part (like I did) they also walk the walk. Their wedding was not only a celebration of their union, but also a celebration of nature and their organic lifestyle. I loved the grassroots vibe and décor. So many adorable bohemian DIY wedding ideas. Here’s Allie to inspire us with the details from her day:
I like to consider myself a modern day hippie with a bohemian bent. I wanted something sort of whimsical and vintage for my wedding. I grew up with stories from my grandmother of the passions of the hippie movement of the late 60’s and early 70’s. She encouraged me to be original and taught me an appreciation of nature and an independent sense of style. Bo and I love to hike and camp and we eat locally grown food, so it was important for us to plan an environmentally friendly wedding.
For the perfect vintage-boho infusion, (and to honor my grandmother) I chose to wear her wedding dress, a 1970’s Gunny Sax Prairie style cotton dress. Bo wore jeans and a natural fiber vintage hippie shirt and love beads. We enjoy drum circles and our friends are musicians, so we thought it would be fun to have a reception reminiscent of folk festivals, laid back and personal. Our guests were invited to wear casual clothes (tee-shirts, jeans and bare feet were encouraged) and bring their musical instruments. Even our pet Cavapoo, Jack, came along! Our wedding celebration was all about love, sharing and authentic people!
Our organic lifestyle guided our wedding choices, including:
- A natural outdoor venue with “green” practices suitable for both the ceremony and reception
- Retro and vintage elements (the venue is a historic farm preserved from 1835, has a 1972 airstream, a 1950 Chevy truck and vintage barn)
- Simple, picnic style reception food from community farms and entertainment provided by guests -jam-session style
- Freshly picked field flowers incorporated in my bridal bouquet and unique floral designs (we literally helped pick our flowers right off the property grounds!)
- Fun and whimsical icons with a timeless message – like peace signs, vintage posters and ‘love rocks’ favors
Bonus: This wedding was also featured in Dream Green Weddings. Check it out here.
Our warmest greetings to our brides and grooms, families, friends, talented industry partners, and readers of our blog! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Linda & the Cedarwood Event Team
Photographer: Souder Photography | Venue: Historic Cedarwood, Nashville, Tennessee | Design, Flowers, Styling and Décor: Cedarwood Weddings | Invitations, paper goods, custom buttons: Designs in Paper | Cupcakes: Patty Cakes | Favors: Decoupaged love rocks, hand made by the bride and groom | Music: Wedding guests ‘jam session’ | Bride and Groom models : Aspen Cook-Hall and Brad Hall | Wedding Attire : All vintage / recycled.
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