May 24, 2010

Real Wedding Redo : Southern (Living) Style

Photos by Kristin Vanzant Photography

This post is dedicated to Cedarwood’s May 2 bride and groom, Beth Clarke and Brian Whaley, their amazing families and friends.

We rarely do style shoots at Cedarwood because our design team is first and foremost focused on creating the most stunning and spectacular real weddings for couples getting married at our Tennessee historic farm estate. This is an exception done with purpose. The shoot took place just after the devastating May 1-2 floods forced hundreds Nashville brides and grooms to compromise their wedding plans. All of you reading this are emotionally invested in weddings, so you know how disappointing and unsettling it is to let go of even a few long anticipated wedding day details.

Beth and Brian are both attorneys in New York with an impeccable sense of style and pragmatic sensibilities, so we must say that working with them through this historic weather event was impressive. We must also say that their wedding did happen beautifully at Cedarwood – miraculously with most of their plans in tact (special shout out to the amazing staff of A Dream Come True Catering, Patty Cakes, Wedding Guitarist Rob Higginbotham, Anthony – the best bartender in the world – and the band, “The Dickens” who traveled through nasty weather from North Carolina to play for the reception!) We’ll share more details when we post an official blog on Beth and Brian’s wedding.

So on with this story…. As often happens after a natural disaster, the day following was blue sky-beautiful as Beth and Brian left Nashville. The Cedarwood team looked around at the lovely table tops, flowers, linens and the emerald green lawn that went unused on Sunday when everything was forced under the pavilion. We wanted to create a special memory for Beth and Brian that would involve the Cedarwood grounds.

Days earlier Kristin Vanzant of Kristin Vanzant Photography and Emily Humphries of Simply Yours Weddings & Etc came to meet us and express their interest in shooting a session at Cedarwood. These creative women have huge hearts so we called them with our idea of dedicating a ‘style session’ to Beth and Brian, using their wedding flowers.

We re-purposed Beth and Brian’s reception table centerpieces, pew arrangements, focal arrangements and house decorations for this stylized redo, along with a few items from the Cedarwood design studio, pantry and gardens. We rescued a few left over stems from buckets in our studio to create the cascading ‘love knots’ on the table and an exotic, yet simple bouquet of Parrot Tulips, Calla Lillies and Fern Fronds.

Design Redo. Beauty captured. Dedicated to Beth and Brian. Enjoy.


Beth and Brian, your epic wedding has just landed on top of our unforgettable weddings list. You are fantastic! We hope you enjoyed seeing your lovely wedding flowers again.

Please check back in with the Cedarwood blog to see the beautiful Beth and Brian Whaley and lovely ‘real wedding’ details when their photographer Christy Bryan of Waldorf Photographic Art releases images from the day. We can’t wait!

Thanks again to Kristin Vanzant and Emily Humphries for reaching out to Cedarwood and taking time to help us with this shoot. We love to network with creative and fun people.

Linda & the Cedarwood Event Team

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  1. Mary Helen Clarke says:

    Thanks, Linda! This is SO pretty. We’re sad we didn’t get to do this, using the grounds, with the mint julips on the lawn! However, thanks for doing a great job of putting together such a beautiful wedding under such adverse circumstances.
    It didn’t look like this “style shoot” and it was not exactly as planned, but it was still lovely, and I know your staff worked very hard to make it happen.
    All the best, Mary Helen Clarke (Mother of the Bride)

    • admin says:

      You all were such troopers! It was wonderful to see everyone come together to make Beth and Brian’s wedding a beautiful occassion despite 13 inches of rain! Like the Nashville Flood 2010 posters say, “You can’t keep a good town down.”

  2. Laura Knapp says:

    My daughter and I came from Seattle for the nuptials. We had the opportunity to stroll along the creek and look at the fish in the pond in the front yard. I’m sorry to have missed the mint julips, but it was a wonderful wedding.

    Thank you for all your hard work. It was worth the trip. We’ll never forget it.

    Laura Knapp

    p.s. how did you get the water off the patio?

  3. admin says:

    Thanks so much Laura! Push brooms and shop vacs work wonders, and the good thing about water is that it does dry up! Cheers.

  4. Jaymee says:

    I LOVE the style shoot you guys did for Brian and Beth, especially the love knots. The Southern Living style shoot is beautiful and I am sure the actualy wedding was too as all are at Cedarwood. Looking forward to our big day there in October!

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