Jane & Martin

You might recognize this couple from their Engagement session or their feature in my video on my about page. Jane and Martin were dream clients to work with. They knew exactly what they wanted and they trusted me 100%. Jane is such a natural, classic beauty with an effortless elegance and a refined taste. They were such a joy to work with as was their planner, Molly Sohr of the Cedar Lane.

What made you choose your ceremony or reception venues? Did they have any special significance to you?
Our Ceremony was at our church home in Nashville, West End United Methodist Church. While the church is a show stopper, it was the head preacher, Carol Cavin-Dillon, that won us over. She was our marriage counselor and we leaned on her as we prepared for our next chapter. She challenged us, prayed with us, and really got to know us throughout that time. It made for a personal and beyond special service that will stick with us forever. 

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For the groom - what do you admire most about your wife?
I admire so many things about Jane. Her passion and drive are some characteristics that I admire. But most of all, I admire her ability to maintain such strong relationships with family and friends especially at a distance. Jane consistently takes time out of her day to check in on friends and family to see how they are doing. The people close to her mean so much to her and it is incredible to see how much she cares for those close to her.

For the bride -- what do you admire most about your husband?
Martin is the most kind and compassionate person. He listens and does not pass judgement. I admire his intelligence and his drive. He encourages and supports me but also challenges me to be / do my best at the same time. Most of all, I admire his dependability. He is my rock and his love is constant. I know his friends and family say the same thing – Martin is trustworthy and you can always count on him. 

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What is your most memorable moment from the wedding day?
While so hard to choose a single moment, I think my favorite moment was our wedding ceremony. I remember locking eyes with Martin walking down the aisle (so relieved / grateful to finally see him!) and feeling like the happiest and luckiest human marrying him. Our preacher’s homily told our story perfectly and it felt like it was just the two of us and the preacher up on the altar. It was a feeling unlike anything I’ve felt before – pure joy as I married my best friend. 

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Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line?
We didn’t write our own vows, but we did memorize the traditional ones and made our promises to each other unprompted! (Martin went first and CRUSHED it!). My favorite line is “for better, for worse.” I am a Six, or a loyalist, on the Enneagram personality scale, meaning I am a “what-if” thinker. That’s a nice way of saying, I can be pessimistic. Knowing that Martin will love me and be my husband in the best – and worst – of times provides me with the security I need to be my best self. 

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What was your favorite detail of the wedding?
I loved our invitation suite. It was timeless, classic, and elegant. The calligraphy on the envelopes was stunning. The combination really set the tone for our black-tie wedding. Oh, and my dress + veil. It’s in a league of its own. I felt like absolute royalty and I loved that I had a ceremony and reception look. -Jane

My favorite wedding detail was either the additional AC for the cocktail hour or our monogram. Jane’s good friend from high school custom designed it for us and it was a meaningful way to personalize our wedding. We used it at our welcome party, on our programs and on our welcome bag. -Martin

The band! Burning Las Vegas burned. The. House. Down. -Martin and Jane

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Our Reception was at the Bell Tower in downtown Nashville. Our vision for the reception was to have all our guests in one room. I loved the balcony that overlooked the main floor, which allowed each guest to have a view of the big moments. The Bell Tower has beautiful wooden beams in the ceiling (it’s an old church itself) and a ‘tented’ patio (with a roof and AC which was clutch in August) for cocktail hour. The venue made for a gorgeous – and memorable – reception space. Finally, I loved the proximity to downtown so our guests could continue the party after our send off. Since 90% of our guests were from out of town, it was important to us to showcase ‘our city’!

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What's next for you as a couple?
We are living and working in Nashville – Jane in marketing and Martin in healthcare IT. We’re getting settled in our townhome in Hillsboro Village and are very excited to newlyweds!

What was it like being in front of my camera?
Rachel makes you feel so beautiful, comfortable, and dare we say natural in front of the camera. Her eye, direction, and demeanor made for such enjoyable face-time in front of the lens. Rachel pays so much attention to detail and it shows. She coordinated with our planner Molly Sohr at the Cedar Lane to make sure our day-of-schedule aligned with our photo list. The photo list and must have shots Rachel knew backwards and forward, ensuring that she got every shot we wanted. She commanded attention for our large families (in the nicest way possible) and kept us on schedule. The best part was that we trusted her completely, which made for a relaxed wedding day. We love Rachel so much!

Nashville Wedding Photographers | Rachel Moore

2nd photographer: Lauren Stewart, 3rd photographer/assistant: Anna Garman

Planner: Molly Sohr of The Cedar Lane

videography | cardboard films

church | west end united methodist church

reception venue | the bell tower

band | burning las vegas

florist | LMA designs

linens | Bbj rentals

specialty rentals | please be seated

getaway car | matchless