Photos by Ace Photography
Anne and Jeff’s country chic wedding in a nutshell:: Vanderbilt University “girly girl” bride falls in love with a rugged southern man and plans a celebration that represents both personalities. Loads of family heirlooms and tradition, al fresco dining by a vintage barn, a biscuit station, iced tea bar, and beer served from the tailgate of a 1950 Chevy are just a few of the southern treats infused into this “As Southern As Possible” Country Chic Cedarwood Wedding.
We hope you enjoyed Anne and Jeff’s complete wedding featured on Style Me Pretty! It was a southern sensation, and are excited to share more lovely details from their wedding day in our follow up post. There were so many fantastic personal and style details, Anne and Jeff had two photography teams! Ace Photography helped ensure that every gorgeous detail was captured. Enjoy!
Congrats to Anne and Jeff, who have celebrated one year together. We love Anne’s reflections on her wedding day:
Tell us a little bit about yourselves ~ how did you meet … fun proposal story …: ? “Back in 2007, Jeff’s roommate from Mississippi was dating one of my roommates from Vanderbilt. The whole group started hanging out together but Jeff was on the quieter side so it took me a little bit to warm up to him. But once I saw his dance moves, I was sold! We were from two completely different upbringings; mine the Midwest suburbs of Cleveland, OH and him, the southern country of Meridian, MS. However, we realized that our close-knit family units and underlying values were very similar. Since then, I have introduced him to a lot of different cities in the US (and all of their golf courses) and taught him about the love and passion (and agony!) of professional sports teams. And Jeff has taught me that I have to be quiet when hunting deer and invisible when hunting turkeys. Oh, and it’s not correct to pronounce the “g” on “huntin”.”
The proposal: “After dating for 4 years, marriage was definitely in the discussion. With an impending weekend seeing my parents, I had an idea something may be coming soon. But on the Tuesday before I left, I arrived home with take-out Panera dinner to a very relaxed and non-chalant Jeff and decided it wasn’t happening this evening. We ate dinner like nothing out of the ordinary until I (finally!) walked into my bedroom to see a dozen pink roses and something sparkly in the middle of one. Very confused and shocked, I turned around to see Jeff on one knee asking to marry her! I later discovered he had not only asked my dad for my hand in marriage, but he also consulted with my grandfather and my older brother, all the important men in my life!”
What prompted the decision to have the wedding at Cedarwood? “I am a girly girl and Jeff is a rugged outdoor hunter and fisherman. It was really important to me to pick a venue that I loved and he would feel comfortable in as well. He is not suited for a blacktie hotel ballroom! My mother and I searched and searched around Nashville and nothing was perfect until we pulled into Cedarwood’s parking lot. We just looked at each other and said, “This is it!!”. It was the perfect combination of romantic elegance and rustic charm. When I brought Jeff back for his approval, he heard a turkey gobbling in the distance and knew that was a great sign! I felt Jeff and I can pretty much be summed up by our wedding shoe choices, I wore gold sparkly Jimmy Choos and he wore black ostrich cowboy boots. Cedarwood captured that juxtaposition perfectly!”
What was the ‘inspiration’ for your wedding style? “Our inspiration was soft romance with touches of rustic, natural elements. I used light pink, blush, and ivory for most of decorations and incorporated dark wood chairs, burlap, and black lanterns for the balance. For the soft, romantic elements, my bridesmaids wore baby pink chiffon dresses and my lace dress had chiffon ruffles on the bottom to add to the softness. I think the two best indications of our inspiration were our table settings that had ivory table cloths, burlap runners, light pink peonies, and dark Fruitwood chairs. And our pink and white ruffled wedding cake sat on top of a real slice of wood! My biggest inspiration was from Cedarwood’s own website and Style Me Pretty. I loved all of their gorgeous outdoor weddings that both posted. Jeff can attest that I became obsessed checking both websites for updates! It was the highlight of my day!”
What special touches/traditions did you incorporated into your ceremony/reception? “Jeff comes from a Christian family and I come from a mix between Judiasm and Christianity. We wanted a ceremony that wasn’t necessarily religious but included our love and faith of God. We stood under a Chuppah, the Jewish symbol for a new home that we will build together, and draped across the top of it was my late grandfather’s tallis, or prayer shawl. I had lace from my mother’s wedding dress wrapped around my bouquet and I carried the same bible down the aisle that she, and my cousins, carried on their wedding day. The diamond in my engagement ring was a gift from Jeff’s late grandmother to his grandfather, so it is especially meaningful to his family. My pearl bracelet that I wore was my “something old” from my grandmother and my garter was “something borrowed” from my best friend and Matron of honor. She also had a blue dress tag sewn into my dress with our wedding date monogrammed for my “something blue”. One other fun element was our recessional back down the aisle was to Jimmy Cliff’s song, “I can See Clearly Now”, the same song that my parents walked down the aisle to 35 years ago!”
What are your most vivid memories from the wedding day? “There are so many great memories! One of them has to be the garter toss where Jeff broke into dance before removing the garter. And the band liked his dance so much, they made him do it again before continuing. And my brother and his girlfriend caught the garter and bouquet, which we were hoping!! Of course, we can’t forget the one hour thunderstorm that rolled in about 2pm when we had a 0% chance of rain that day! I, of course, was worried but had some champagne with my bridesmaids and by the time we got to Cedarwood, skies had cleared and they were in full motion getting everything back in order! Our amazing photographer really focused on the action shots of the day; so many great ones of everyone dancing with huge smiles on our faces! Our one large group shot of the bridal party is pretty amazing as well, Evan was the best photographer!”
Wedding favors? “In lieu of traditional favors, we sent a donation on behalf of our guests to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in Memphis. A hospital that treats children with cancer regardless of their ability to pay. We also had monogrammed koozies made in a camouflage print with hot pink writing (see the theme of our relationship yet?)”
Advice for other couples? “Remember that this is obviously an important day but you will have many other happy days to follow. Everything does not have to be 100% perfect for it to be incredible. Also, make sure both the bride and groom’s essence is obvious in the wedding. I wanted people to say, “this is so great for Anne AND Jeff”. Finally, don’t involve the groom in certain planning aspects if he’s not interested! It was not worth the struggle trying to get him to come pick out cups and napkins when he wouldn’t care (or notice probably) either way. I knew the important things that he and I wanted to choose together (hello, wedding cake flavors!), but if he’s not terribly interested, I was happy figuring out the design details with my mom, and he was too!”
Thanks for sharing with such personality, Anne! Also thanks to Ace Photography for these incredible photos detailing Anne and Jeff’s wedding day and styling by the Cedarwood Design Team. A big shout out to the following as well!
Linda & the Cedarwood Event Team
Wedding Venue (and reception venue): Historic Cedarwood, Nashville, Tennessee
Design inspiration: Style Me Pretty and Cedarwood Weddings Blog
Flowers and Decor, event styling, planning, and directing: Cedarwood Weddings
Event Photographer: Evan Baines Photography
Detail Photographer: Ace Photography
Hair and makeup: Hair- Brea and Melanie from Salon FX, and makeup was Meredith from Private Edition
Bride’s gown: Paloma Blanca from Arzelles Bridal Boutique
Bride’s shoes: Jimmy Choo
Bridesmaids dresses: Ivy and Aster from Bella Bridesmaid in Chicago, IL
Groom and Groomsmen suits and ties: Jos A Banks
Groom’s boots: Lucceshe
Caterer: Copper Kettle
Entertainment/Music: Burning Las Vegas, booked by Liza at Prime Source Entertainment
Honeymoon location: The One and Only Palmilla in Cabo San Lucas
Jewelry: Family friend from Cleveland OH, Schreibman Jewelers.
Invitations: The Lettered Olive by The Dotted Line.
Save the Dates and Programs by bride’s mother and cousin
Other paper goods: Designs in Paper
Registries: Macys, Pottery Barn, Anthropologie, and small boutiques in Meridian, MS
Rehearsal Dinner location: Jack’s BBQ, downtown Nashville and afterparty at The Wheel, downtown Nashville.