Photos by Photographix
Lisa and Andrew stole our hearts in so many ways, with their light-hearted and self-deprecating humor, their sincerity, their commitment to each other through separation, and their determination to be married, to name a few. Their love story is vivid and full of the best of humanity (more on that from Lisa later!) We are honored to have helped Lisa and Andrew design a wedding around their personalities, which Lisa describes as J.Crew preppy, classic, laid back and simple. Lisa and Andrew met while attending the University of Mississippi – Ole Miss in 2005. Andrew is a typical southern guy that likes to wear button downs and Polo shirts and Lisa likes fashion basics and classic jewelry. Lisa told us their dream wedding would be to marry each other at a beautiful southern venue like Historic Cedarwood with an outdoor ceremony and reception that would look classic, cozy, enchanting and romantic – similar to a secret garden dinner party. Then Lisa and Andrew “turned us loose” to plan, design and create a celebration uniquely and personally for them. Here’s what the Cedarwood Design Team did, shared through these fantastic images by Photographix.
Lisa and Andrew’s love story, told by Lisa:
“Andrew and I were students at Ole Miss, and the typical story would be that we met in class or at a campus event, but ours is slightly different in that we did the online dating thing before it was cool, normal, and an everyday thing. A simple Facebook message led to our first meeting at the Ole Miss Student Union in 2005 to Andrew proposing in the middle of Central Park during our first trip to New York City in 2009.
“After our engagement in 2009, we decided to hold off on getting married right away as we felt that we were too financially unstable to start our lives together. But we never dreamed we would be waiting three years! I had graduated the previous year and was unemployed – still figuring out what I wanted to do. Andrew was looking for career advancement. When I received a job offer in Washington DC with the Department of Veterans Affairs, we moved there together. After only three months in our new place, Andrew received the career offer he wanted – except it was in Nashville – 700 miles away in a different time zone! We were heartbroken (I even cried in front of my boss the day after) but knew this was an excellent opportunity for our future. After 2-1/2 years living apart and only seeing each other on government holidays and through Face Time, The Department of Veterans Affairs finally transferred me to Nashville. Together and stable, it was FINALLY time for us to get married – like the lyrics from the Zombies, ‘This will be our year; took a long time to come.’
“Having just moved to Tennessee, I didn’t’ have a support system to help me plan a wedding. We loved the beauty of Cedarwood, and had seen many of their weddings featured on blogs like Green Wedding Shoes and Style Me Pretty. I knew that Historic Cedarwood would be the absolutely perfect and romantic setting for us to start our lives together, but I never thought we would be able to get married at a place like Cedarwood with the small budget we had for our wedding. Then I learned about their Love Grant Program, and I had to at least try for the opportunity. We were willing to get married on alternate days of the week with timing and terms set by Cedarwood, giving their design team the lead in creating a celebration to match our love story and personalities. We couldn’t have been happier with what they planned. It was totally ‘us’ and a day much more magical that we could have ever imagined or created on our own.
“Fun facts about us:
My first kiss, my first date, my first everything has been with Andrew.
We are both complete dorks.
We love all things Ole Miss and college football.
We were born in the same hospital exactly two years and two months apart.
We both work for the department of Veterans Affairs supporting Veterans benefits.
We are terrible dancers and limit our secret dance moves to road trips.
Andrew left a note on the refrigerator the morning he left DC for Nashville, saying “I love you more than you will ever know and I already miss you.” The note wasn’t moved until I said goodbye to DC.
At college, we bonded over video games and emo music (we didn’t exactly have the best taste in music back then.)
Andrew proudly admits that his favorite 90’s TV show is “Saved by the Bell” and he has all the episodes on DVD.
I bought Andrew an iPod for our first anniversary. He brought me a dog. Guess which one lasted longer?
We love spending weekends at the theatre or watching movies at home with our dog.
After graduation, I traveled to China with my mother and grandmother for two weeks. I accidently racked up a $3,000 phone bill calling Andrew from my hotel every day. Oops.”
How can you NOT fall in love with these two? Congratulations Lisa and Andrew. You deserve all the love in the world for your whole lives. Thanks to Photographix for these amazing photos, and to our wonderful vendor-partners, Designs in Paper, Patty Cakes and Chef Anthony Montgomery to name a few!
Linda & the Cedarwood Event Team