Outdoor “Church” Wedding : Megan+Brett

Photos by Leslee Mitchell

What do you do when you love the outdoors but want to get married in a church?  You bring the church outdoors! That’s exactly what we did for the August 15 Cedarwood wedding of  Megan Powell and Brett Wiendenhoeft.  Our stunning Outdoor Cathedral is erected with ten foot Gothic church windows and antique carved solid Oak church pews set in Cedarwood’s green summer meadow.  It’s a site to make anyone pause at the beauty of God’s handiwork.  Add the love of a beautiful young couple, united in holy matrimony by a minister complete with communion for everyone, and you have a setting and ceremony to evoke a spiritual experience.   As guests approached the altar one by one to receive communion from the Doctor-Reverend Lenoir Culbertson in a moving moment of interaction with the bride and groom , there was no doubt that they were in a sacred space.

Ivory and butter-cream flowers with pops of golden yellow in vintage blue mason jars decorated the altar and pews. The altar cloth was a rug Megan had found to anchor her wedding design, and which will resume it’s supporting role in Megan and Brett’s home. White doves hung from the altar flowers as tributes to Megan and Brett’s grandparents who have passed on. They seemed to ‘fly’ on the breeze during the ceremony!  Megan and her mother made custom wedding programs with a sewn binding!

Megan wore a stunning strapless ball gown with cathedral train by Jasmine from The White Room and an Amsale reception gown from The Bride Room. The bride’s wedding jewelry included chandelier earings by Paris from The Bride Room,  a Homa bracelet from Arzelle’s and turquoise reception earings from Anthropologie. Bridesmaids’ dresses by The Dessy Collection are from Arzelle’s. We will share some of Megan’s amazing bridal portraits by Leslee Mitchell in another post so you can appreciate the beautiful detailing of her dresses!  The bride’s bouquet, designed by Cedarwood’s master designer, Karen Wright, was a soft and romantic blend of dahlias, chrysanthemums, roses, spray roses, craspedia, stock, trachelium and zinnias.

Megan is a graduate of O’More College of Design in Franklin, Tennessee and a dream bride with lots of creative ideas and the talent to execute a lot of personally unique details (with assistance from her amazing parents Suzy and Richard Powell.)  We’re going to devote a whole post to these fantastic lovelies from Megan and Brett’s wedding day in part 2. If you can’t wait, click here to head on over to  Style Me Pretty, which featured Megan and Brett’s Cedarwood wedding.

Leslee Mitchell is one fantastic photographer, and we whole heartedly recommend that you check out her work.  Leslee’s brother Jeremy Mitchell shoots video, and here’s a sneek preview from Megan and Brett’s wedding:
Megan + Bret [Preview] from Jeremy Mitchell on Vimeo.
Megan and Brett, we are honored to have played a part in your sacred ceremony using the Cedarwood Outdoor Cathedral. There’s more beauty to come. Stay tuned!
Linda & the Cedarwood Event Team
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  1. Did they rent the church pews? If so, can you tell me where?

    • Hi Annie. Cedarwood owns the church pews and reclaimed gothic church windows. They complete the ceremony option we call the Cedarwood Outdoor Cathedral. Thanks for visiting our blog.

  2. Are the gothic church windows available to rent? I want this so bad for my alter!

    • Hello Olivia! We offer the gothic church windows as an exclusive option for couples getting married at Cedarwood. We wish you an amazing wedding day, full of joy and love!

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