Photos by Kristyn Hogan
A good love story is good for the soul. And Candi and Christopher have one that inspires anyone looking for their soul mate. Colorado native Candi moved to California for 8 years of disappointing relationships before moving back home in 2011, shaken in her judgement to find the love and life she yearned for. Then, as Candi confirms, Christopher ‘found her” as she waited for a job interview in his office building. Christopher says he can still remember making eye contact with Candi while nervously walking back and forth across the lobby stealing glances and trying to work up the courage to introduce himself. Christopher says that was the first time Candi gave him butterflies, and that was before they had even met. The butterflies have not stopped for Christopher or Candi.
Candi and Christopher are all about making each other happy, better and stronger. After their engagement in May of last year, Candi started searching for a wedding location that would be unique and beautiful, and she and Christopher decided they wanted a destination wedding to help keep their guest list small and their celebration intimate. Candi says, “after spending countless hours searching the internet and reading wedding blogs, I didn’t find anything that really reflected my dream wedding. One day I had a random thought that Nashville would be a good place to get married since the culture is a reflection of our personalities, laid back with an appreciation and love of music. I began a quest to see what Nashville had to offer for weddings and I came across Cedarwood. My heart stopped and all I could think was, ‘this is my dream wedding location.’
Candi is an interior design student, and we enjoyed collaborating with her to create an organic, elegant ceremony and reception that would feel like an “elaborate backyard barbecue.” Al fresco dining with rustic-luxe farm tables and french bistro chairs, fresh lavender, herbs, flowers , live music and lots of romantic lighting kicked the celebration into southern high-style. Candi and Christopher took dance lessons just for their wedding, so we arranged for them to dance under the stars on this sparkling summer night. Enjoy their beautiful wedding through the amazing photography of Kristyn Hogan.
We enjoy Q/A sessions with Cedarwood brides. Candi shares her wedding insights:
Q: What prompted the decision to have the wedding here? A: When I stumbled upon Cedarwood, I couldn’t believe what I was seeing, it was everything I had envisioned for our wedding to be, Rustic, Charming, Elegant, and Romantic. The place is even more magical than you can imagine, it is truly enchanting.
Q: Describe your wedding style. A: Cedarwood fit our style in the regards that the atmosphere is very laid back and relaxing. I wanted our wedding to be intimate and relaxing but also elegant and something that reflected our style and personality. The thing that inspired me most about Cedarwood was that it offers opportunities for so many different style options. The property is already amazing , a blank canvas that is already the most perfect back drop and a dream atmosphere. I knew that putting our special day in someone else’s hands was never going to be easy, but with this design team, I knew I was in good hands. I’m an Interior Designer so this is kind of up my alley, but these ladies blew me away! I couldn’t have done a better job myself.
Q: Did you have any special touches, DIY details? A: I definitely wanted to feel like I had a few things that made it more personalized so my grandmother gave me her vintage hanky collections to use for the guest’s “Happy Tears.” I was very hands off and let the design team work their magic.
Q: What are your favorite moments and how would you describe your day in three words? A. Our favorite moments were seeing how everything had finally come together. It was more amazing and stunning than we ever thought possible. We waited for what seemed like forever for this day to come, and it sneaks up on you. It felt so great to finally get to celebrate the union of us becoming husband and wife. Three adjectives that describe the day? A: Romantic, Magical, and Enchanting
Thank you so much Candi, and our best wishes to you and Christopher for a wonderful life together. We are honored to have played a part in your wedding day celebration. Kristyn Hogan is such a talented photographer, and we thank her for perfectly capturing Candi and Christopher’s wedding day joy and the sensational event styling!
Linda & the Cedarwood Event Team
Photographer: Kristyn Hogan
Venue: Historic Cedarwood
Event design, floral/decor and styling: Cedarwood Weddings
Wedding Dress: Lazaro
Jewelry: something borrowed
Grooms and Groomsmen suits: Hugo Boss
Rentals: Liberty Party Rental
Music: Jace Aaron Entertainment
Catering: Cedarwood Private Chef
Cake: Patty Cakes