Photos by Erin, of The Collection
We are totally smitten by Laine and Devin’s modern chic country wedding! Laine and Devin were able to combine elements of their personalities, adventures and relationship into one exquisite, love-filled destination wedding at Cedarwood. Nebraska was home to Laine and Devin, who met at the University of Nebraska and logged many miles on I-80 between Lincoln and Omaha. Four years together spanned many decisions regarding, school, careers, travel and even starting a canine family (six pound Derby and 65 pound lab Chili) before moving to Nashville last year for Laine to start her MBA program at Vanderbilt. Devin proposed to Laine in their new hometown, and they decided to have a destination wedding in Nashville. Laine’s mom Paula visited Nashville the weekend of their engagement, and suggested they consider Cedarwood as a venue, since she liked what she saw online. Laine says, “I fell in love with Cedarwood on the website, and was 100% sure I didn’t need to consider another location after dropping by to check things out. It was the dream location I had always envisioned for my wedding. Moms always know best!”
Finding a way to include their beloved four-legged family led to the cutest escort and table cards we have seen. Laine and Devin also treated guests to a homemade “Puppy Chow” bar. ADORABLE! Laine wanted a bit of bling included in her wedding style, and chose untraditional sequined bridesmaids dresses which perfectly complimented her color palette of ivory, raspberry and blush. Pink and navy patterned socks totally rocked the guy’s blue suits. Enjoy every unique detail of this day, captured beautifully by Erin of The Collection.
Congratulations Laine and Devin! Devin says, “Looking back at the girl that made me too nervous to ask out on a date, to having that same girl walk down the aisle to marry me, is unbelievable.” May the magic last a lifetime. Thanks, Erin and The Collection, for sharing your photos!
We always love it when a bride shares her “inside scoop” with us, and Laine was gracious to send us a few reflections. Although she says there are too many to include them all, here are a few. Thank you Laine!
“Devin and I have one major thing in common and that is our love for dogs! We knew we had to incorporate that into our wedding to make it “us,” so I made homemade gold dog figurine escort cards that matched up with dog table numbers.
One thing that was especially hard for us was that Devin’s father’s family all resides in Iran and was unable to attend the wedding, but we wanted to incorporate them in some fashion in the wedding. Iranian tradition is that the grooms family provides the wedding rings, so Devin’s late grandfather purchased his wedding ring for him just before he passed away, making it incredibly special to both of us. One of our favorite memories of the night was when Devin’s dad, Moe, led the dance floor in a traditional persian dance.
Instead of having a grooms cake, we made a puppy chow bar because that is Devin’s favorite dessert.
Thinking back, nothing could have prepared either of us for the amount of emotion that came over us as I walked down the aisle to marry Devin. That moment was truly the most exhilarating I have ever experienced, and it is that moment that I continually daydream of reliving since our wedding day. Even though we had a first look, nothing could’ve taken away from that moment. With that being said, we were both so happy we did a first look so we could have that special time alone together before the ceremony.
The food was AMAZING! Our guests are still telling us how amazing our food was, which was so important to us because we are both self-proclaimed foodies.
Probably one of the most special things to me on my wedding day was that my mom had reached out to all of the special women in my family and Devin’s family and asked for a broach to incorporate into my wedding bouquet as my something “old”. This included my mom, both of my late grandmothers, and Devin’s mother and grandmothers.
When I went to pick up my dress from the seamstress the week of the wedding my mom had surprised me by having a poem sewn into the bottom inside of my dress in blue ink for my “something blue” which said “To my sweet darling, Do you know how much you are loved? All the way around the world forever and a day. And how do you suppose out of all the little darlings in the world we got the very best one? Be good and take care of each other. We know you will do great things in the world. Love always, Mom and Dad.” That was a surreal and emotional moment where I realized how lucky I was that not only I got to marry my best friend in the whole world, but also had the most amazing family to support me. This is something I will cherish forever!
I caught my own bouquet…enough said. Ahh!
Instead of taking family pictures after the ceremony with our extended family we opted to take a group picture with all of our guests since everyone there meant so much to us. We are so thankful we decided to do this, and the pictures turned out amazing!”
Linda and the Cedarwood Event Team
Photographer: Erin of The Collection
Venue: Historic Cedarwood
Event planning, design, flowers and styling: Cedarwood Weddings
Bride’s Dress: Lusan Mandongus @Rhylan Lang, Omaha, NE
Bridesmaids Dresses: Dillards
Groom’s Suit: Tommy Hilfiger
Groomsmen’s Suites: Bitners Formal
Catering: A Dream Come True
Cake: Patty Cakes
Draping: Events Plus
Officiant: Ralph Griggs
Ceremony musician: Rob Higganbotham, Nashville Wedding Guitarist (trio)
Reception music: Jace Aaron Entertainment
Invitation Logo: Grey Snail Press
Day of paper goods: DIY by the Bride (printed napkins by Designs in Paper)
Favors: Homemade Puppy Chow Bar