Photos by Krista Lee Photography
Jessie Foster‘s definition of a perfect wedding starts with a warm and inviting setting with tons of details pulled together without looking like it and not a detail forgotten. Our translation: beauty at every turn, seamlessly coordinated design, pampered guests and a fun party!
The coordination of details for Jessie Foster and Brian Strike‘s October 24 Cedarwood wedding was impressive. Warm spiced cider as guests arrived (via chartered shuttle), a ceremony congregational hymn (Come Thou Font of Every Blessing), ceremony music by Craig Duncan Musicians on guitar and mandolin featuring songs like “The Tennessee Walt,” live bluegrass music for the lively cocktail reception in the barn, “Southern Palmer” signature drinks with Firefly sweet tea vodka served in mason jars, hay bales draped with our vintage printed tablecloths – all aspects that showered guests with southern hospitality.
And there’s more! Here’s a random list, including some fantastic photos by the fab Krista Lee Photography.
Jessie’s dress and boots (designer gown with kickers – so cool!) … the guy’s joke-around “boutonnieres” … Brian’s real boutonniere with a shaft of wheat (repeated in Jessie’s bouquet and on the wedding cake) … the artistically drawn chalkboard dinner menu and bar menu (and the rustic handwritten cocktail bar menu in the barn-wood frame) … burlap linens and fall flowers nestled among pumpkins, bittersweet vine and candles… table numbers using “Spirit of Nashville” postcards of Nashville icons … late night party food including “Pigs in blankets” with gourmet mustards … custom designed Patty Cakes wedding cake …. Brian’s Pumpkin flavored groom’s cake with hand made marzipan fruits (also by Patty Cakes) … rustic craft and twine place card-tags hanging in the barn with clothespins … the lively cocktail reception in the Cedarwood barn with Jessie’s dad, Larry Foster, ringing the dinner bell to send guests to the Pavilion for a delicious dinner by Panache Catering … their cinematic slide show … the bride and groom’s wedding toast with orange juice (a family tradition) … paper lanterns decorating the dance floor that was hoppin’ all night long … a beautiful golden day transitioning to a cold fall evening (making the sunny warm day even more special) … the gracious note we received from Jessie’s folks (read it in comments below!)
Thanks for sharing so much of your work, Krista Lee. Jessie and Brian, your wedding was golden and you are definitely gold.
For anyone who missed ‘the rest of their wedding celebration story’, be sure to read “Parts I and II” in the Cedarwood blog!
Linda & the Cedarwood Event Team
To the Cedarwood Staff,
Thank you so much for all your hard work and preparation for Jessie and Brian’s wedding on Saturday. The grounds were beautiful and flowers were spectacular! The cool weather was perfect for the couple as both were born in northern states- Brian in Pennsylvania and Jessie in Wisconsin. It truly was “Southern Hospitality with a Northern Attitude!” Our friends and family from all over the United States and Canada had a wonderful time and we are thrilled that Cedarwood is now a part of the histories of our families as Jessie and Brian build the foundation of their lives together. A special moment for us during the ceremony was the hawk soaring above the trees on the hilltop. As we watched it circle we felt the presence of the bride’s paternal grandfather ” Grandpa Tom” who had past away 10 years ago. It brought tears to our eyes, but also peace to our souls. It truly was a “Heavenly Day!”
We truly are blessed.
Larry and June Foster