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Weddings

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From the Bride… “We wanted our wedding to be a celebration of our relationship and all of the things it is: full of unique beauty, brimming with old-fashioned-meets-modern romance, sweet and a little bit wild, dreamy-eyed for days gone by balanced with our joy for now and tomorrow – all framed by the people we love and cherish most.

We know our love story is the only of its kind, and we wanted our wedding to be the same way. Relationships and romances are like fingerprints; no two are the same. Grayson and I wanted to put our unique stamp on our wedding by not following any specific rules while still sprinkling in traditional rituals and elements as we wished. Nashville and the surrounding areas have a multitude of wedding venues, but Grayson and I were initially unsuccessful in finding the place that was perfect for us. However, we soon got word of a new venue, Ravenswood Mansion, just south of Nashville in the idyllic rolling hills. The historic venue, built in 1825, wasn’t due for restoration completion until a month prior to our wedding, but we took a gamble and set our date. We wanted unique and we got it: we were the very first couple married at Ravenswood.

For aesthetics and creative direction, we turned to the brilliantly talented Janna Brown of Janna Brown Design Co. (who also happens to be my sister). Her taste and style are flawless, and we trusted her to take our ideas and run with them. She listened to what inspired us, what we were drawn to and considered all of the outside elements. Her professional expertise and creative ideas not only guided the overall creative direction for the day, she made it a truly personal and touching experience for both us and our guests. In addition to providing/styling all of our props and vintage rentals, Janna surprised us throughout the wedding day with gorgeous details and touches that we could never have imagined. Her vision and coordination with Kara Anne Paper for calligraphy and signage created some of the most memorable touches of the day. She created a hand-drawn crest for our wedding day of Ravenswood Mansion that appeared on cocktail napkins, hand-painted cookies and more. In addition, Janna and Kara created a “logo” of our two beloved dogs—Buddy and Linus—which was found on custom koozies and more hand-painted cookies. To name the multitude of elements such as these that Janna Brown envisioned and executed would be impossible. I’ll just say that she far exceeded our wildest dreams for a wedding day ripe with beauty, styled to the nines and attention to detail at every turn.”

–  View the published feature on Style Me Pretty  –

Photography GLASS JAR PHOTOGRAPHY  |  Floral Design LMA DESIGNS  |  Wedding Dress MONIQUE LHUILLIER  |  Cake FROSTED AFFAIR  |  Invitations THE PAPER PLACE  |  Jewelry BEN-AMUN BY ISAAC MANEVITZ  |  Catering FIVE SENSES  |  Hair And Makeup LESLIE ELLIS  |  Lighting BRIGHT EVENT PRODUCTIONS  |  Music JAKE BURTON ENTERTAINMENT  |  Wedding Venue RAVENSWOOD MANSION  |  Day of Coordination, Katie Choma, ALWAYS INSPIRED EVENTS  |  Rentals JANNA BROWN DESIGN  |  Sound HIGH TONE ENTERTAINMENT

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from the bride herself, Janna… “The day that my husband and I wed is a day that has wrapped itself around my heart and has been imprinted into my mind for all of my days. I ached to see the smile of my father–to have him there to walk me down the aisle–for the warmth and comfort of my mother and sister’s doting love and laughter as they would help me slip into my dress, reminiscing on days gone by, and for the sight of the sweet tears that would roll down my grandmother’s face and fill my heart with joy. Alone in our thatched villa in the wild bush of Africa, thousands of miles from our loved ones, I bowed my head in prayer and I felt serenity wash over me. This day, this feeling, these memories will never fade.

As we wound through the African bush, I closed my eyes and felt my soul awaken as I inhaled the crisp air into my lungs. The wind tugged at my curls and my skin tingled from the chill in the air… I could feel the spirit of the land running through my veins. The lull of the engine slowed as we approached the ceremony site, and my heart began to beat faster. In the distance, I could see my strapping groom in his tall leather boots and suspenders, waiting patiently. Jabulani and each of the other elephants saluted me with their trunks aimed toward the heavens as I grew closer to the lantern-lit aisle. I slowed, my body imploring that I take in each second. Jabulani, the gentle giant, and I locked eyes, and I resisted the urge to praise him for his patience. In the distance, I could hear the scoffs of disapproval from the baby elephants who were being shied away from their posing mothers. I felt as though I was soaking up the soul of Africa through my bare feet asI drifted over the rose petal covered bush floor. As I reached my groom, I exhaled euphorically and listened as the Ghost Birds gave their blessing. We became bonded through Christ as Mother Nature surrounded us and cloaked us in her beauty. Our souls will forever be willfully bound to this soil, and our hearts will ache to be in the presence of this ethereal land until we return once more.”

– View the published feature on The Bridal Theory –

Photographer SARAH MARIE PHOTOS | Wedding Planner & Florist ELSIE OLËN, CAMP JABULANI | Venue SUNDOWNER LOOKOUT AT CAMP JABULANI, HOEDSPRUIT, SOUTH AFRICA | Gown AIGUILLE GOWN BY ANNA SUI | Reception Dress ALLSAINTS | Shoes CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN | Groom’s Attire COL. LITTLETON and J.L. POWELL | Videography BMG WEDDING CINEMA

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from 100 Layer Cake… “If our bride’s darling fit ‘n flare gown tells you anything, it’s that this wedding sure was pretty (hello, lace and tulle!). With 300 people in attendance at Leah’s childhood home in Alabama, Leah and Caleb simply wanted a classically romantic day spent celebrating with their guests. Thanks to Simply Bloom Photography for sending these light-filled photos our way—such a perfect fit for L + C’s wedding design! Leah, on their wedding inspiration: “Simple, classic and elegant. We wanted everyone to feel like they had fallen in love with their loved ones all over again!”

– View the published feature on 100 Layer Cake –

Photographer SIMPLY BLOOM PHOTOGRAPHY | Videographer EVAN & KEVIN LANIER PHOTOGRAPHY | Venue PRIVATE RESIDENCE | Florist SOUTHERN POSIES | Hair TWIGGY ROMEI | Makeup BRIDE | Invitations, Calligraphy, & Paper Goods KARA ANNE PAPER | Cake TERESA’S CATERING | Catering BRAD McFIGGEN | Rentals TENTLOGIX | Band THE DOWNTOWN BAND | Bride’s Gown ALLURE BRIDALS from The Something Blue Shoppe  | Maid of Honor Dress DONNA MORGAN | Groom & Best Man Attire MODERN BRIDES INC.