November 13, 2013

Autumn Nature Preserve Vow Renewal Inspiration

Photography by Frenzel Studios:

To be part of the Cedarwood Event Team, you’ve got to be talented, crazy about creating, and passionate about everything ‘weddings.’ And by passionate, we mean a bit obsessed. (By the way, our lovely staff  member Jessica Foley is a perfect fit!) Even with Cedarwood’s heavy wedding schedule, we delight in designing and styling romantic inspiration for the joy of it. Jessica and Luke’s milestone first year anniversary was a perfect opportunity to celebrate  their relationship in the natural fall beauty of our historic farm.  Hence, the origin of this inspirational shoot with our own free-spirit, Jessica, and the love of her life, Luke, in the wilderness of Cedarwood’s Nature Preserve.

Event styling was inspired by Jessica and Luke’s common Irish heritage, love of autumn and artistic natures. We used feathers, flowers and organic materials plucked from the nature preserve for an ‘earth and sky’  aesthetic that evokes the passion and creativity these two share.  Jessica added her ideas and talents to the mix, including her hand-lettered invitation and handmade fashion accessories. Luke and Jessica’s love chemistry did the rest, all beautifully photographed by Frenzel Studios.  Enjoy!

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From Jessica: ” Luke and I met in South Carolina in September, got engaged in September, and he even gave me a sapphire engagement ring, so naturally we wanted to get married in September. When I think September, I think autumn- my favorite time of year because everything feels so romantic. The days become crisper and shorter, the skies bluer and the colors are rustic and sensual. Our 2012 late September wedding plans ultimately turned into a  September 1st wedding in Beaufort, South Carolina. (September 1st on the South Carolina coast is not autumn; it’s pretty much still August – and hot)   Still, I LOVED my wedding and would never trade it for anything else. Planning my wedding did help me realize that I wanted to be in the wedding industry. With my printmaking degree and life-long love of design, I was grateful for the opportunity to join the Cedarwood Weddings team when we moved to Nashville for Luke to pursue his music career. At Cedarwood, I’ve learned much, much more about weddings while getting paid to be creative – a dream job!  As my first season working with the amazing designers at Cedarwood was coming to a close,  I had so many new wedding ideas I wished I had when planning my wedding a year ago. Plus it was late into the fall season that I love so much!  Imagine my excitement when Cedarwood suggested we do an inspiration photo shoot for our first anniversary (YES, Please!)  This was a cool opportunity for me to think about my wedding with a different theme and atmosphere, utilizing the gorgeous property at Cedarwood.  We created a beautifully romantic, autumnal and intimate setting in the wild grasses of the nature preserve; it felt like we had run away in late October to elope in a secluded, grassy field in the Irish countryside!  Luke and I had so much fun feeling like newlyweds again and will treasure these memories and photos forever.”

Thanks Jess and Luke for sharing your love and to Frenzel Studios for capturing the beauty of this priceless day!  We are also grateful to our friends at Arzelle’s Bridal for providing Jessica’s gorgeous dress. And for all of you who have admired the beautiful calligraphy and hand-lettered signs at Cedarwood, Jess has a hand in that!  Love you Jess!

Linda & the Cedarwood Event Team



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