November 7, 2012

Destination Love :: Tamara+Zach

Photos by Ulmer Studios

Love has a way of connecting people meant to be together.  In the case of Tamara and Zach Derrick, Love took it’s time – initially keeping them apart despite the many commonalities of their lives. Surprisingly Zach and Tamara’s paths did not cross as they attended rival high schools and colleges in Georgia, had friends who dated, attended the same youth group events and weddings of mutual friends. Zach was even on the same swim team as Tamara’s sister one year.  Ten years post graduation, Zach and Tamara (both living in Atlanta) connected through E-Harmony two years ago.  Tamara says she would never have guessed that she would meet such an amazing man and perfect partner online.  We are so glad they found each other!

We had the privilege of working with Tamara and Zach in planning their gorgeous July 28 Cedarwood destination wedding, full of heirlooms, family sentiments and personal details.  Tamara and her mom, Valerie Thomson, and family friend Brenda Douglas (thanks Brenda and Cedarwood couple  JD and Katie Douglas for recommending us!) created some cool DIY elements for the wedding.  We love the “Where did you come from” Map!  Tamara and Zach’s wedding is full of southern loveliness, starting with Mint Juleps and the bride’s Maggie Sottero “Victoriana” wedding gown in light gold with a dramatic cathedral length veil.  Bridesmaids wore ‘Caspian’ color dresses by Alfred Sung, adding richness to soft flowers  and chic southern touches.  Enjoy their wedding images by the talented Amber and Josh Ulmer of Ulmer Studios!

Blessings to you Tamara and Zach, and may your union be a testament to the tenacity of love in pulling two perfectly matched people together. Thanks also to Ulmer Studios for sharing your work! We love these photos.

For a special treat, CLICK HERE to view Tamara and Zach’s wedding video by Catchlight Cinema.  Happy times!

Linda & the Cedarwood Event Team


Photography: Ulmer Studios
Venue: Historic Cedarwood and the Cedarwood Outdoor Cathedral
Floral, event styling, decor and planning: Cedarwood Weddings
Videographer: Catchlight Cinema
Ceremony music: Nashville Wedding Guitarist with Kristin Leigh Patterson Edmunds, soloist
Invitations and Paper Goods: Designs in Paper
Limo: Matchless 1965 Silver Cloud
Reception Band: Lipstick Blond
Cake: Patty Cakes
Catering: Chef Christopher
Novelties: Sugar Wagon Gourmet Ice Cream Sandwiches
Bride’s dress: Maggie Sottero from Bravura Bridal, Atlanta
Bridesmaids dresses: Alford Sung from Bravura Bridal, Atlanta
Bride & Bridesmaids Hair & Makeup: Katie Russo Beauty (Leslie Ingram-Hair, Rachel Wallace-Makeup)
Calligraphy Wedding Weekend map: Calligraphy Atlanta
DIY and collage signage: Bride and family, friends
Favors: Holle Wiktorek of Stampin’ Up, Clarksville, TN
Hand lettered art chalkboard signs: Cedarwood Weddings

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  1. Tamara says:

    Thank you to the amazing Cedarwood team and all our wonderful vendors! Everything was absolutely gorgeous! Zach and I could not have asked for a more perfect and special day. Thank you to Ulmer Studios for truly capturing the essence of us!

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