Spencer and Lindsey - Natchez Trace Engagement Session

Our inspiration for this Engagement shoot was a drive down the Natchez Trace in the fall. If you live in Nashville you know that it's hard to beat. I really enjoyed getting to know these two and can't wait for their wedding at Scarritt Bennett!

When did you know that he was the one?

"This is going to sound so cheesy, but I knew that I was going to marry Spencer after our very first date in college. There was just something about him! Even though we broke up and got back together a few times throughout our several years of knowing each other, I always knew that Spencer was the man I was supposed to be with. I guess the saying “when you know, you know” was really fitting here!"

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I know that part of your dating relationship was long distance, what did that teach you?

"Long distance was so hard and I’m so glad it’s over, but looking back I am so glad that we had to date that way for a year! We learned so much about communication. Between me working night shift and Spencer being an hour ahead in Cincinnati, we truly learned how to cherish every minute that we were able to talk to each other and didn’t take any second for granted! I think we really grew as individuals and also learned to love each other better."

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What are your favorite qualities about each other? 

"Spencer is hilarious. His personality and smile can light up a room, and he always knows how to make me laugh. He is also very sensitive and thoughtful. Spencer always thinks of others and puts them before himself, and I really admire that in him. He pushes me to be a better person."

"Lindsey has a sweet disposition. She goes out of her way to help others. She’s kind and steadfast in her beliefs. She’s fun-loving and always up for an adventure. She loves the Lord and it shows in how she treats people."

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Any advice for others planning a wedding?

"Don’t sweat the small stuff (I’m still reminding myself of this in the months leading up to our wedding)! Enjoy being engaged. After Spencer proposed, I remember feeling so overwhelmed trying to pick everything out and making decisions so quickly. We had to step back and refocus on the fact that the most important thing was that we were going to be married, and that it wasn't worth it to freak out over something silly like the color of the tablecloths—nobody is going to remember that anyway!"

What are you most looking forward to about marriage?

"We recently bought a house in Sylvan Park, and neither of us have moved in yet. Seeing it all come together as our little home makes me so excited for us to move in and start our life together! We are so excited for what lies ahead and to grow in our relationship with each other and the Lord together."

Rachel Moore Photography, Nashville Engagement Photography

Lee and Camille, Cannery One Wedding, Cannery Ballroom Wedding, Nashville Wedding Photographers

Lee and Camille got married in ONE  with their reception in the Cannery ballroom downstairs. They loved that the building had a lot of character - exposed brick, worn wood, big beams, and high ceilings. They wanted to have a relaxed, approachable style to the wedding that also balanced elegance. "Basically, the same style as Nashville - you can walk into any nice restaurant and still see someone wearing a flannel shirt." -Camille

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Both my grandmother and mother wore the dress on their wedding days. I’m so glad it held up for me to wear too! 
— Camille
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Lee and I met in business school - friends first, then started dating our second year in the program. We’re opposites but balance each other out perfectly! He was born and raised in Manhattan, and I was born and raised in Memphis. He’s a finance mind, and I’m more of a creative. But we both still have so much in common - like our love for our pup Mya!
— Camille
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Most memorable moments (because I have a few):

1. The kiss I gave Lee before our officiant Payne gave the go ahead! Lee smashed the glass to symbolize our union, then I jumped in and kissed him - couldn’t help myself. So I guess we had two ceremony kisses

2. Moment of comic relief to keep my from getting more emotional than I was during the ceremony: My dad slipped on my veil seconds before we walked down the aisle. It was one of those slow motion catches that cracked me up! Only the two of us had the pleasure of witnessing it. So glad he didn’t bust it

3. The moments when my mother and then my grandmother saw me in their dress. So special!
— Camille
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Getting ready location: The Thompson Hotel, Planner: Southern Touch Events, Venue: ONE at Cannery and Cannery Ballroom, 2nd photographer: Kristen Fields, Hair/Makeup: One 10 Beauty, Florist: Lauren Marie Atkinson

Reese and Shea, Classic Ballroom Wedding in Nashville

When these two college sweethearts tied the knot, they planned around the concept of "classic elegance with a touch of glam." And from the ceremony under the oak tree to the stunning ballroom reception, their day was one for the storybooks. As seen on Style Me Pretty.

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Reese and I met while we were in school at Auburn University. Luckily for us our fraternity and sorority were always together, so we had lots of mutual friends. Through attending football games and date parties together, we both fell for each other quickly. We have been together ever since, through college, long distance, new jobs, and new cities. This year marks six years we have been together.

I randomly decided to attend Auburn University after attending one college day visit. I’m still not sure why I was so convinced Auburn was the school for me without knowing anything about it or anyone there, but now looking back it makes complete sense. I am so thankful for Auburn, Alabama because it led this Georgia girl to a boy from Tennessee and was the perfect place to start our story.
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Our wedding was at 6 in the evening outside Belle Meade Country Club under the huge 200-year-old tree. At 5:30 it was still raining and dreary, like it had been all day. We took a chance and did not move the ceremony location. At 5:45 the clouds parted, and it became the most beautiful day that was complete with a rainbow.
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It was important for Reese and me to have the day focused on the love we have for each other, and the love we have for each person that was there that day. It was also important to have a wedding that was elegant, yet inviting. I loved that we had a seated dinner in a gorgeous ballroom filled with all white flowers and linens, and then moved to the tent where the band, décor, and lighting provided the perfect atmosphere for a memorable party.
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Photography: Rachel Moore, Planner: H Three Events, Venue: Belle Meade Country Club,

Hair + Makeup: Parlour 3,  Floral design: Branches

Martin & Jane, Nashville Engagement Photography

"Martin is the best person I know. He is smart, always thinks before he speaks, funny without trying, understanding and sympathizing. He truly challenges me to be and do better everyday. I am more of the talker in our relationship. I've never known a stranger. I like to think I'm a good friend, loyal and honest. I love my family and can't wait to start one with Martin. "

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How did you two meet?

"Martin and I met at a discover Vanderbilt MBA session in February 2015. Neither of us were 100% on attending, but we ultimately decided on the school. Following a pre-orientation trip to Costa Rica, Martin took me on our first date - to Love Circle then to Rumors East - on August 11, 2015. Three years later to the day, we're tying the knot!"

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What's the proposal story?

"Martin picked me up for a holiday party we were (supposed) to attend. He wanted to drive by the Christmas lights on the way, which I agreed. We were driving around Hillsboro Village and started to head to towards Love Circle. Martin suggested we go up to the top to see if we could see any Christmas lights from up there... I begin to get a little suspicious because he took me there before our first date. We got to the top of the hill, where there was a blanket set out with champagne. He got down on knee and the rest is history. It was perfect in every way - so romantic and so us."

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What's your vision for the wedding?

"My vision for the reception is having all our loved ones in one room where they can see the dance floor. I want people to have FUN and celebrate our once in a lifetime love. I also want to be able to spend time with everyone because when else will our favorite people in the universe be under one roof? As far as details, I want a formal, elegant affair. I want things to be timeless and not trendy. I'm thinking black tie preferred, white dinner jackets for the groom and groomsmen, and simple pale pink and white flowers."

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Photographer: Rachel Moore, Location: Nashville

Bri & Tom's Cedarwood Wedding - Nashville Wedding Photographer

Tom and Bri are the type of people you just want to be around; they're kind, thoughtful, appreciative, genuine and joyful. After just photographing Bri's older sister's wedding last summer, we arrived to their wedding feeling like family friends. 

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Bri and I met at Mississippi State University, she was a Freshman and I a Sophomore. Her personality is gold, and her kindness will give you a hug figuratively speaking. She has a love for music, nature, animals and making me smile. She’s an all around encouraging individual, and I feel as if there’s no getting enough of her.
— Tom, the groom
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Tom has the biggest heart, contagious faith and is very easy going. Tom loves the earth (Environmental Scientist), camping/rock climbing, playing guitar, and makes everyone cry with his letters - he just has this thing with words.
— Bri, the bride
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Tom and I love the outdoors so when we came across Cedarwood we immediately fell in love with the relaxed layout and gorgeous landscape. To us, the venue had a hint of Mississippi and a hint of Tennessee feel to it which was a perfect fit and combination of where we are both from.
— Bri
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Southern Garden Luxe only begins to describe Bri & Tom’s dream day. They combined some of our favorite wedding elements: garden luxe styling, watercolor paper goods, the Cedarwood Outdoor Cathedral, and a warm and rich palette of ruby and gold-toned hues. Tom describes Bri’s personality as ‘gold’ and the rich reds (representing Tom and Bri’s alma mater, Mississippi State) are ‘at home’ with Bri’s love of earth tones and ‘anything floral.’
— Ashley, Cedarwood stylist
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During the ceremony, there was a big yellow butterfly that kept landing on the bridesmaids’ bouquets. My mom and I had just talked the day before about how we draw to ourselves what we seek out. Her example of this was how she had once focused on looking for yellow butterflies and was amazed at how much she noticed them over a period of time because she was purposely looking for them. Seeing the yellow butterfly just confirmed if you focus on positive feelings you will draw that to yourself.
— Bri
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Having all of our friends and family in one place was such a humble feeling and made the day extra special - especially to see everyone dancing and enjoying themselves!
— Bri
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Bri & Tom embraced southern garden style incorporating Bri’s love of flowers from their custom watercolor floral invitation suite to seed packet favors. An overflowing bouquet bursting with roses, ranunculus, dahlias, and amaranths made for a swoon-worthy bundle the bride couldn’t put down! To sweeten their night a casually elegant barely there cake from Patty Cakes was dolled up with pops of romantic blooms surrounded by candlelight and true love.
— Ashley, Cedarwood stylist
Tom and I are living in Nashville and look forward to continuing to explore the city. We’re excited to travel together, grow together, and see what life has in store for us!
— Bri

Photography: Rachel Moore, Second Photographer: Lauren Stewart, Venue, Floral, Planning and Design: CedarwoodPaper Goods: Designs in Paper , Cake: Patty Cakes , Catering: Dream Catering & EventsBridal Store: The White Room 

Sam + Jamie's Wedding at Green Door Gourmet

What made you choose your ceremony and reception venues? Did they have any special significance to you? 

As a young girl, I never really imagined what my wedding day would be like; instead, I would spend hours on my grandparents’ peanut farm, looking up at the blue sky over hundreds of acres of land, while imagining what it would be like to one day move to a big city and fall in love. We had our wedding on a middle Tennessee farm to combine our appreciation for the city that brought us together with my childhood daydreams of falling in love on my grandparents’ south Alabama land.

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Did you have something borrowed, blue, old, and new? If so, do tell! 

I wore my grandmother Bobbie’s pearl earrings and diamond tennis bracelet as my something old, and my dress and veil were new. My something blue was a keepsake box that belonged to my great-grandmother, and my new sister-in-law gave me a silver sixpence for my shoe. My something borrowed was such a surprise. On the morning of our wedding, my aunt and my grandmother came by to share a piece of family history with me, and they let me borrow several trinkets, including my great-great-grandparents’ copper wedding rings. My great-great-grandparents immigrated to the United States from Italy in the mid-1890s, and they were madly in love, but had to come overseas at different times for financial reasons, so they were married by proxy. One of the rings says “Amore” which means love in Italian. I felt so honored to pin those rings to my bouquet along with the other family heirlooms.

Our flowers were picked to honor my late grandmother Bobbie, who was an Alabama Master Gardener and my hero. She could find beauty in any flower growing wild on the side of the road, and her perennials still blossom every spring, so I carried her small garden spade in my bouquet to have a piece of her with me. We worked with a farmer florist to pick the most elegant and natural flowers that were in season. All of our flowers were locally grown and free flowing, just like I wanted them.

Did you decide to do a first look? Why or why not? 

We decided to do a first look and we were glad that we did. We are both pretty private people and I don’t like to be the center of attention, so as the day progressed, I became a bit anxious. Right after we saw each other, it felt like everything else disappeared in an irreplaceable moment that just the two of us shared, and it is a memory we will cherish forever.

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What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? 

Looking at each other during the ceremony and reciting our vows was the most memorable moment. We had the dreariest weather on our wedding day, but only joyful tears came down my cheeks during our intimate ceremony. Although our outdoor ceremony was quickly moved indoors, we could have been anywhere in the world, and all that mattered was that we were publicly committing our lives to one other in the presence of God and everyone we loved.

We decided to recite traditional vows. I was not expecting to be so emotional when my eyes locked with Jamie’s as we were joined as husband and wife, but I’ll never forget him wiping away my tears while I said my vows. We had so many guests comment on how sweet and reverent our wedding ceremony was, and that was our main objective.

We wanted our wedding celebration to represent our heritage and our hearts. We collected old photographs to showcase our beautiful families. My grandfather Sammy worked tirelessly for months leading up to our wedding to cut down a dying oak tree on his farm to make the wood slabs for our reception centerpieces, and my uncle let us borrow bottles that he had collected for decades to sit atop the wood. Sammy is an important person in my life, so it was an honor to have him say the most touching blessing before our reception meal. It felt just like home.

Our favorite detail might be the one hundred candles we had in the barn. The brass candlesticks were a last minute addition and they not only took our breath away, but also added such an intimate and cozy feeling to the rainy day.

How did you meet? Tell us your love story. We both joined Teach for America as corps members in 2011 and were placed in Nashville. We met the day we moved and spent that summer in the Mississippi Delta teaching summer school and becoming friends. We tried to stay just friends, but we couldn’t deny that there was something special between us for very long. On one fateful August afternoon, Jamie was going to the Nashville Public Library to do some work for school and asked me if I wanted to go, too. The two of us have been a happy pair and by each other’s sides ever since that first “date” at the library.

Tell us all about the proposal!  After celebrating three years of dating, Jamie proposed on August 22, 2014. His birthday fell on a Tuesday, so I kept telling him to pick out a restaurant to go to for a nice Friday night dinner. Friday came and he hadn’t picked a place yet, but he called me that morning to say that we had reservations at one of our favorite little cafes in Sylvan Park. When I came home later that day to white rose petals on my front steps, I certainly suspected a proposal. I walked in and there he was, holding a colorful bouquet in the candlelight. He said the most beautiful words and got down on one knee in the kitchen. Before he could even finish the question, I exclaimed the happiest “Yes!” with the happiest tears. We decided that we wanted to wait to call our families until a little later in order to take in the moments of only us knowing. As we walked up to the restaurant, all of a sudden, I heard a group say “Congratulations!” I looked closer to see my sisters, Jamie’s brother and sister-in-law, and both sets of our parents, all of whom had never met each other before that night. It was the perfect private proposal on a regular Friday afternoon, and then the most charmed evening with our closest loved ones.

How did you plan for your marriage while planning your wedding?  With all of the anticipation leading up to our wedding day, we knew that laying the foundation for a strong marriage was the most important part. We read books together, prayed together, and attended premarital counseling courses together. We genuinely enjoyed the season of engagement because we viewed it as a time to prepare for marriage.

What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding?  Breathe before and on the day of your wedding; be completely present and take in both the small and monumental moments. Understand that the best is yet to come, but do your best to savor the time that is fleeting.

What’s next for you as a couple? Right now, we are soaking in being newlyweds and we love it. It still blows us away that we get to spend the rest of our lives together. We love coming home and just being married, as simple as that sounds. We are currently saving up to buy our first home. We cannot wait to see what the future holds for us!

Original post written by Lisa of Southern Weddings and the bride herself, Sam Gutter | Photographer: Rachel Moore Photography | 2nd Photographer: Lauren Stewart | Planner: Modern Vintage Events | Venue: Green Door Gourmet at Hidden Valley Farms | Florist: Basil and Bergamot | Caterer and Cake: Whole Foods Catering | Rentals: Southern Events Party Rentals | Lighting: Bright Event Productions | Band: 24/7 | Paper Products: Marked | Bride’s Gown: Ti Adora Style 7451 by Alvina Valenta | Hair and Makeup: Katie Russo Beauty | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Donna Morgan | Menswear: Jos. A. Bank | Musicians: Mockingbird Musicians | Getaway Car: Matchless Transportation

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Jack and Adair's wedding at WaterColor Inn

Adair grew up having family bonfires on Grayton Beach in FL, so it only seemed natural for her to pick a nearby venue, WaterColor Inn & Resort for her wedding. Being a photographer herself, Adair has refined taste and all of the design elements reflected that. The aesthetic of the day was crisp and clean with tons of natural beauty in the surrounding lush greenery and waters. After their peaceful outdoor ceremony, Adair and Jack led the way across the bridge over the water with their four piece brass band following behind them. Their reception was at the Boat House in the warmth of the glow of string lights, candles and the bride herself. 

"Having everyone we love dearly together for a whole weekend (many of whom didn’t know each other before this), dancing to great music (including a great local band, my cousins’ band, both our sisters, and our jazz band friends) and keeping it a drama free, low-key weekend was really the main focus; I suppose that’s what made it special and unique." - Adair

See this wedding featured here on Grey Likes Weddings

Venue: WATERCOLOR INN & RESORT // Bride’s Dress: HOUGHTON NYC // Groom’s Suit: BILLY REID // Reception Band: DREAD CLAMPITT