Photos by Ace Photography
Heather Payne and Tommy Smith are a Halloween bride and groom. Their October 31 Cedarwood wedding was an enchanting blend of seasonal beauty and a trove of treats for guests. After their amazingly warm, sunny garden ceremony on the last day of October, the team at Ace Photography captured a few more fun and romantic photos of Heather and Tommy on the grounds as guests were ushered to a fantastic fall fete.
When Heather and Tommy got to their table, two surprises awaited. A custom Cedarwood-carved monogram pumpkin lantern and an autographed, framed copy of their special ceremony song, “Johnny and June” by Heidi Newfield, with a personal wish just for them. When sheet music for this song was unavailable to wedding guitarist, Rob Higginbothom, Heather’s mom Nancy Payne used her friendship to score an original version from the publisher! We must say that this song was totally perfect for Heather and Tommy’s wedding, and a highlight of the ceremony.
Decor for the reception was tasteful and elegant with a little bling and a nod to Halloween holiday traditions. Stick Masks, candy for the kids, and of course, pumpkins and lots of candles illuminated the evening.
Our favorite photos of the wedding are the next two of Heather and her father Joe during the father-daughter dance. Heather is blessed with two amazing parents. Their love and devotion to her was touching throughout the planning process, as Nancy and Joe Payne made sure nothing was overlooked that would make Heather’s day more special.
From Portland, Tennessee, Joe and Nancy are part of the bedrock of Sumner County and the community respect for this family was obvious at Heather and Tommy’s celebration. We think it is especially appropriate that these photos appear on our blog on Father’s Day. Joe, you are an inspirational father and Heather, you are one lucky daughter!
Sweets of the night included Patty Cakes gorgeous wedding cake and Tommy’s Wrigley Field groom’s cake. Just look at the detailing on this cake! Patty can create amazing 3-D groom’s cakes – your imagination is her inspiration.
The reception dinner menu for this wedding was another highlight. How’s this for seasonal flair and good southern cuisine by A Dream Come True Catering: Fresh garden salad, roasted chicken with cornbread dressing, cranberry sauce and gravy, rosemary garlic carved roast beef, sweet potato casserole, fresh vegetable medley, parsley buttered new potatoes, corn pudding, yeast rolls and butter. De-lish!
Heather and Tommy, we hope your marriage is as fun and lively as your fantastic fall Halloween wedding. Stay in touch!
Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads who make the world a special place! Our Dad included!
Linda & the Cedarwood Event Team
Floral and Decor: Cedarwood
Venue and Planning: Cedarwood
Wedding cake and Groom’s Cake: Patty Cakes
Ceremony music: Rob Higginbotham — Nashville Wedding Guitarist
Reception music: Mad Dog Mobile Music
Photography: Ace Photography
Video: Andy Cam Productions
Catering: A Dream Come True Catering