March 22, 2012

Destination Love :: Tari+Ruben

Photos by Love is a Big Deal

Tari and Ruben’s October 1 destination wedding at Cedarwood will be one we cherish, not just because of the perfect day full of personality and love, but because of the relationship we developed with these extraordinary West Point – US Army officers as we planned their wedding.  We kept Tari and Ruben close to our hearts while we worked together long distance between Nashville and Afghanistan. Their wedding was the culmination of months of thought-through details and gorgeous photos by Love is a Big Deal.

Style Me Pretty published Tari and Ruben’s wedding with a summary that hits the target perfectly:  Darling – so darling that darling doesn’t even cover it. It’s country and chic, southern and stylish, rustic yet refined – and it’s all completely perfect.

Tari says, “When Ruben proposed, we knew wedding planning was truly going to be our first big adventure together. We had five months until we deployed to Afghanistan for a year. Our first major decision was location. I grew up in Wisconsin, and Ruben was a city boy from California. We decided on a “destination wedding” in Nashville, where we met and fell in love and where we were going to begin our lives together.  After looking around at venues, we fell in love with the beauty and amazing staff at Historic Cedarwood. The location was perfect, just outside of downtown Nashville and set out in a secluded area in Whites Creek. We knew it was the perfect canvas for creating the rustic chic day of our dreams. The Cedarwood team was absolutely amazing and helped us coordinate every detail of our day through countless emails and photographs sent between Tennessee and Afghanistan. The day of the wedding was an absolute dream come true. Every detail came together in the most amazing way. It was beyond our wildest dreams. The Cedarwood staff made sure every detail was taken care of, which allowed Ruben and I to focus on each other and enjoying the day with all of our family and friends.”

Thanks Tari and Ruben, for your trust in us, your kind comments and the gorgeous personal style you brought to Cedarwood! Thanks also to Love is a Big Deal for sharing these images. Click here to see Tari and Ruben’s wedding feature on Style Me Pretty and check out their amazing vendors below.

Linda & the Cedarwood Event Team

Tari and Ruben’s Vendor Team: Wedding Photography: Josh + Meg Souder of Love is a Big Deal / Wedding Venue, Event + Floral Design: Historic Cedarwood in Nashville, Tennessee / Wedding Cake: Patty Cakes / Cider Donuts: Evans Orchard / Transportation: Matchless Limousine / Wedding Invitations: Lucky Luxe Couture Correspondence / Calligraphy: Holland Wilson Calligraphy / Custom Map: The Wandering Whale / Guest Book: Modern Shabby / Programs: Designs in Paper / Wedding Dress: Jim Hjelm via Faccio Bridal (615-778-9437) / Veil: The Red Magnolia / Hair Fascinator: Anna Panik / Bride’s Shoes: Valentino / Hair: Jenna Al-Hayek of Salon Atash / Makeup: Lisa Johnson of Brides by Lisa


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  1. Tari says:

    Again, we cannot thank you enough for the amazing work of you and your team for our October 1st Wedding. It was a fairytale from start to finish. Tari

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