I've never met a Cedarwood wedding I didn't love, as the picturesque 1830's antebellum farm estate offers the perfect backdrop for just about any romantic Southern I Do's. Rolling meadows and lush green gardens, a vintage barn and historic estate... if I was getting hitched down south, Cedarwood would be my venue!
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Want all the details on Jo Ellen + Chuck's unforgettable Southern wedding? Here's the scoop from Cedarwood's talented event designer:
Chuck and Jo Ellen are executives with sophisticated tastes, yet they are also adventurers who love travel, nature, music and fun. To make sure Cedarwood had the right feel and ambiance for their wedding, they spent time on our 50 acre historic farm more than once before committing to our venue. Our design team wanted to find the perfect balance between sophisticated and rustic-romantic to express Jo Ellen and Chuck’s style and create an elegant, understated vibe to the day.
An invitation suite using hammered silver paper reminiscent of galvanized metal set a rustic-luxe tone for event styling. We paired gorgeous garden roses, dahlias, vines, berries and succulents in subdued tones of blush, cream and gray-lavender with natural materials to connect the various spaces on the property.
An outdoor garden ceremony followed by cocktail hour in Cedarwood’s vintage barn let guests enjoy fresh country air and the transition to twilight. Since the barn sits beside a running creek, we provided a set of river rocks for each guest – one for them to sign as a keepsake for the bride and groom, and one to toss in the creek as a ‘wishing well stone’ of good intentions for the newlyweds.
Romantic flowers with rich, woodland styling using boxes, moss, terrariums with classic ivory linens and burlap runners created an enchanting setting for the reception. Whimsical ‘find a word’ games on each table were conversation starters, as were names of the bride and groom’s signature drinks. Fine champagne and a ‘gourmet grilling station’ serving chef-cooked filet and salmon was a perfect combination of casual and upscale. As senior director of event management for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Jo Ellen is well connected to the music industry and the variety of music for the day ranged from classical to blue grass. Nashville’s famous Hatch Show Print created a custom poster for the guest book, and jars of Tennessee honey were gifts to guests.
Bride Jo Ellen says, “There was such a comfort to the day and an overall feeling that was peaceful and happy. Everybody felt that sweet spirit, and everything was perfect and perfectly connected.” As event designers, there’s no higher joy than hearing from many guests, “This is so Chuck and Jo Ellen.” We loved every detail of their celebration.
Hair Stylist: J Bangs Salon
Caterer: Chef Christopher’s Catering
Event Designer: Cedarwood
Music: Craig Duncan Music, Johnny Campbell and the Blue Grass Drifters
Reception Venue: Cedarwood
Invitation Designer: designs in paper
Dress Designer: Vera Wang
Other: Hutton Hotel
Cake Designer: Patty Cakes
DJ: Cosmo Creations
Makeup Artist: Ingrid Sommers
Transportation: Grand Avenue
Jewelry: Tiffany & Co.