Photos by Bledsoe Photography
Morgan Halfhill and Michael Gaither are such a great pair with common college roots at Austin Peay. Both physics majors doing their grad work at the University of Maryland and George Washington University, respectively, Morgan even managed to join the Maryland Air National Guard as their relationship grew to marriage-worthy. They live north of D.C., but planned their Memorial Weekend destination wedding with a little country music twang and a tribute to thirteen family members who have or are currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.
When we started planning sessions with Morgan and Michael, the challenge was to pull these elements together and maintain an elegant garden setting that wasn’t overly patriotic. Morgan’s choice of bridesmaids dresses in Ocean Blue by The Dessy Group anchored the color pallet, and we complimented it with wine and ivory for a classic combination. Romantic crush tablecloths in wine and blue french country pots brimming with garden flowers like larkspur and roses in shades of blue, plum, purple, deep red and ivory exuded an enchanting richness for the evening celebration. Shanelle of Bledsoe Photography was on hand to capture Morgan and Michael’s big event and shared a taste of the day thru these photos.
At ceremony time, Morgan and Michael’s guests were greeted with rain showers upon arrival at Cedarwood. But a little rain didn’t stop a smooth flowing evening of celebration! Guests were ushered into the Cedarwood barn for cocktails while the shower passed, followed by a beautiful garden wedding just as planned. Lovely!!!
The lovliest part of Michael and Morgan’s wedding day was “their love story” that followed in this letter to us:
“Linda, Christa, and the whole Cedarwood Gang,
The night Michael proposed to me a little over a year ago (on our 5th anniversary), it rained. He proposed during a nighttime carriage ride on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Initially, I/we were pretty bummed that it was slightly rainy outside, but looking back the next day I realized that the rain on Cinco de Mayo that year kept all of the would-be tourists and party folks cooped up inside. As a result, we got to have a beautiful, private carriage ride. There wasn’t a sole in sight to interrupt our special moment when he got down on one knee (yes, on the wet ground) and proposed. It was completely and utterly romantic. I’m so thankful for the rain.
Maybe the rain is meant to be present on all of our special days, and we’re okay with that. Our guests on May 30th were patient while we waited out the rain showers so that we could have our ceremony outside on the beautiful garden terrace. Christa was a dream to work with! Her recommendation to have to cocktail hour BEFORE the ceremony saved the night (you never want your guests to go too long without food and drinks)! I’m glad that Michael and I joined the party in the barn before the ceremony, even though it’s not typical for folks to see the bride before she walks down the aisle. We were happy to be able to spend that time in such a beautiful location catching up with our dearest family and friends. (Really, who knew a barn could be so elegant!)
We haven’t stopped getting compliments on the wonderful time everyone had that night, and we wanted to give a few compliments ourselves:
The flowers were Michael’s FAVORITE part! They were perfect!!!
The food and cake were amazing: the au gratin potatoes were raved about by more than just me.
Rob was outstanding on the guitar. We were delighted that he was willing to learn an acoustic version of Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ on a Prayer” for the bridesmaids and groomsmen processional!
We have no shortage of good things to say about our wedding day in Nashville. The grounds and ambiance of Cedarwood were the most perfect location for us to commit to a lifetime of love. We’ll be forever grateful for the passion and professionalism that the staff at Cedarwood bring to their work, even on the rainy days.”
Our Best Wishes, Mrs. Morgan Gaither and Mr. Michael Gaither
Then time to turn up the country music and have fun Nashville style. Love Morgan and Michael’s cowboy hats …and their boot scootin’ party complete with Michael’s signature beer bar to wash down some Tennessee Smokehouse Brisket and delicious ‘city cusine’ by A Dream Come True Catering. Followed by Patty Cakes deliciousness.
Thanks Michael and Morgan for your graciousness and generosity! If you haven’t see Morgan’s stunning bridal portraits by Shanelle of Bledsoe Photography, click here and check them out!
Linda & the Cedarwood Event Team